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GearAndGuitars 18th November 2014 11:13 PM
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Spotify Says Per-Play Royalties Will 'Likely Never Go Up' - Digital Music News



The two takeaways were this: the executives from Spotify said that the per-stream rate that artists get will likely never go up, no matter how much Spotify grows, or how fast it grows.

GearAndGuitars 18th November 2014 11:09 PM
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BREAKING: Spotify Per Stream Rates Drop as Service Adds More Users… | The Trich



WE NOW HAVE THE PROOF. STREAMING RATES HAVE PEAKED. As we noted yesterday The UN is airlifting calculators and behavioral economics textbooks to Hollywood and Silicon valley. So soon we hope some of the executives being paid to do the math on streaming will actually do the math on streaming. In the meantime we crunched the numbers and it appears that Spotify rates per stream have peaked and are now dropping as they add more users.

GearAndGuitars 18th November 2014 11:05 PM
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Garth Brooks Weighs In on Spotify, iTunes and YouTube Controversies | Rolling Stone



Garth Brooks weighs in on artists pulling music from Spotify and calls out YouTube for not paying artists fairly, calling the site "the devil."

Whitecat 18th November 2014 08:18 PM
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Bragg: Swift 'sold soul to Google'



Singer and activist Billy Bragg calls Taylor Swift's decision to pull her back catalogue from Spotify a "corporate power play".

GearAndGuitars 18th November 2014 08:04 PM
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Sony May Pull Songs From Free-Music Services After Taylor Swift Disses Spotify | Variety



The decision by Swift’s Big Machine Records to yank the pop star’s music from Spotify has prompted Sony Music Entertainment to reconsider whether it will continue to license songs for free, ad-supported music services, according to Kevin Kelleher, EVP and CFO of Sony Music.

Whitecat 17th November 2014 01:13 PM
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Steve Albini on the surprisingly sturdy state of the music industry – in full | Mu



The music producer, Shellac frontman and author of seminal 1993 essay The Problem with Music has turned his frown upside down – read his Face the Music speech in full

GearAndGuitars 17th November 2014 06:05 AM
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SiriusXM Slammed Yet Again As New York Judge Rules in Turtles Lawsuit - Hollywood Re



For the third time in as many months, SiriusXM has been rocked with a court ruling over the issue of pre-1972 sound recordings.

GearAndGuitars 16th November 2014 11:00 PM
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Science Shows There's Only One Real Way to Listen to Music - Mic



Even the man who invented the iPod believed this.

GearAndGuitars 16th November 2014 10:55 PM
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A Visual History Of Loudness | Helloiam



I analyzed billboard hits from the last 30 years and catalogued them chronologically. The resulting infographic was picked up by NPR for a story they did on the loudness wars.

GearAndGuitars 16th November 2014 08:25 PM
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How to Fix Music Streaming in One Word, “Windows”… two more “Pay Gates" | Trichordist



We’ve written about this before in two posts, Why Spotify is not Netflix (But Maybe It Should Be) and Streaming Is the Future, Spotify Is Not. Let’s talk Solutions. In Both posts we talk at length about how the problem is not technology or streaming itself, but rather the very restricted business models and poor economics that currently exist.

Whitecat 16th November 2014 11:47 AM
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The future of music sales is here. So how CAN the artists make it pay? | Music | The



Singer-songwriter Taylor Swift reignited the row over streaming songs online when she removed her albums from Spotify, citing too little reward for the creators

GearAndGuitars 16th November 2014 02:38 AM
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We Don’t Care If You’re Paying For Spotify - The Cynical Musician



One of the big head-scratchers that comes up whenever anyone keeps something off Spotify - or streaming in general - is the chorus of voices that rise in a collective call: “But we’re already paying for Spotify! What do you mean we can’t listen to your new album?”

GearAndGuitars 14th November 2014 05:31 PM
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Jason Aldean Explains Removing New Album From Spotify | Rolling Stone



Jason Aldean explains his reasons behind removing the album 'Old Boots, New Dirt' from Spotify's catalog.

TranscendingM 13th November 2014 09:43 PM
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Era of Free Digital Music Wanes - Yahoo Finance



From Yahoo Finance: Enjoy the free tunes while you can: The party may be winding down as the music industry prepares to make fans pony up.
Thought this might be of interest, dealing with music streaming and record labels.
GearAndGuitars 13th November 2014 07:53 PM
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How Much Taylor Swift Earned From Spotify - Business Insider



Taylor Swift's move to pull her music from streaming service Spotify is starting to look like a smart one.

Whitecat 13th November 2014 02:30 PM
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Taylor Swift and Spotify Battle Over Pay From Streaming Service



Taylor Swift has been paid less than $500,000 in the past 12 months for domestic streaming of her songs

GearAndGuitars 13th November 2014 01:58 AM
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What kind of generation doesn't stick it to the Man, but to Taylor Swift instead? •



If I can find pirated material, so can Google...

These companies can’t keep giving the "I see nothing" Sergeant Schultz line. Artists are sick of it and now that The Turtles [following a recent lawsuit victory over Sirius XM, where the satellite radio giant was done for copyright infringement for failing to pay royalties on the group's recordings made before 1972] have shown us the light, and if the DOJ doesn’t do anything, expect lawsuits. In multiple jurisdictions, against brands, Madison Avenue and the advert exchanges.

GearAndGuitars 13th November 2014 01:21 AM
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The Streaming Price Bible – Spotify, YouTube and What 1 Million Plays Means to



Several of our posts on streaming ray rates aggregated into one single source. Enjoy... If the services at the top of the list like Nokia, Google Play and Xbox Music can pay more per play, why can't the services at the bottom of the list like Spotify and YouTube? We'll give you a hint, the…

GearAndGuitars 13th November 2014 12:19 AM
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Irving Azoff Says That YouTube Lacks Licensing Rights to 20,000 Songs (Exclusive) - H



Many works composed by popular musicians including The Eagles, Pharrell Williams, Boston, Foreigner, John Lennon, Smokey Robinson, Chris Cornell and George and Ira Gershwin could be headed off YouTube.

Whitecat 12th November 2014 06:36 PM
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YouTube Settles Its Beef with Independent Labels... - Digital Music NewsDigital Music



YouTube, independent, labels, Merlin, Musickey, Pandora, streaming

Whitecat 12th November 2014 06:15 PM
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Will YouTube Music Key make Spotify sing the blues? - BBC News



Rory Cellan-Jones considers whether YouTube's new subscription service could signal a shift in the balance of power in digital music.

GearAndGuitars 12th November 2014 08:38 AM
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Pirate Bay co-founder jailed in Denmark - Yahoo News



From Yahoo News: The Swedish co-founder of file-sharing website The Pirate Bay was sentenced to three years and six months in jail Friday in the largest hacking case in Denmark's history. Gottfrid Svartholm Warg, 30, was sentenced at a Copenhagen district court a day after he was found guilty of "hacking and aggravated vandalism". The prosecutor had requested a six-year jail term for Warg, and two years for his co-defendant, a 21-year-old Dane, who received a six-month sentence instead. The court in Frederiksberg, in central Denmark, said Warg's "piracy was systematic, intensive and long-term".

GearAndGuitars 12th November 2014 12:48 AM
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Thank You For Appointing Me CEO of Spotify: Now a Strategic Plan to Fix the Service.



The music business press has repeatedly criticized artists for not providing a solution for the problems with streaming. Once you get past the amusing fact that it’s not our job nor are we paid to fix streaming services it does become a useful exercise. Here is my response.

I would like to thank the shareholders for appointing me CEO of Spotify. I am honored that you placed such great trust in my ability to navigate us through this difficult time.

Whitecat 12th November 2014 12:43 AM
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New Usher Song Available Exclusively in Cereal Boxes at Walmart | Billboard



A new song by Usher will be the prize at the bottom of select cereal boxes. Starting Tuesday, a exclusive single will be available for download with specially-marked Honey Nut Cheerios packages purchased at Walmart stores.

GearAndGuitars 12th November 2014 12:35 AM
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Bit Torrent Logic: How Spotify Brought on Their Own @TaylorSwift13 Problems | Music Tech Policy



Is he mad? Anyway, there's something on his mind, as sure as there must be something on a deck when it cracks. Moby Dick, by Herman Melville

When you look at all the sanctimony that Spotify has ginned up about Taylor Swift’s withdrawal from the service, only the erudite Ben Sisario has put his finger on the real reason:

GearAndGuitars 12th November 2014 12:33 AM
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Spotify CEO lashes back at Taylor Swift, says Spotify has paid music*industry over $



Lashing back at artists who have recently come out against music streaming — namely, Taylor Swift — Spotify chief*Daniel Ek released a statement insisting that Spotify has already “paid more than $2 billion*to labels, publishers, and collecting societies for distribution to songwriters and recording artists.”

GearAndGuitars 11th November 2014 12:00 AM
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Jason Aldean Removes New Album From Spotify | Rolling Stone



Jason Aldean removes 'Old Boots, New Dirt' from Spotify's catalog, following a similar move from Taylor Swift.

GearAndGuitars 10th November 2014 05:17 PM
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Rdio on Taylor Swift's Spotify block: 'This is art. It’s the artist’s choice' |



Anthony Bay: ‘It wasn’t anti-streaming, it was anti THAT type of streaming: free unlimited listen to anything you want’. By Stuart Dredge

Whitecat 9th November 2014 11:45 AM
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Led Zeppelin's Robert Plant turns down £500MILLION to reform supergroup - 3am &



The rock legend ripped up Sir Richard Branson’s contract for 35 dates in front of astonished promoters after the other members of the supergroup all signed up

GearAndGuitars 9th November 2014 07:00 AM
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BUT SPOTIFY IS PAYING 70% OF GROSS TO ARTISTS, ISN’T THAT FAIR? NO, AND HERE'S WHY | Trichordist



Spotify is not paying sustainable rates for the cost of goods. Look – it’s like this, if something cost you $100 to make, and someone else sells it for $10… it doesn’t matter that you are getting 70% of the gross, you’re still over 90% unrecouped on a per unit basis. This is the problem

Whitecat 8th November 2014 04:55 PM
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Two wealthy fans paid $300,000 to eat lasagne with Bruce Springsteen - People - News



While we don’t doubt the value of having dinner with Bruce Springsteen, two fans were so keen to eat lasagne at his house they paid a mighty $300,000 each for the privilege.

chrisso 7th November 2014 10:14 PM
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Taylor Swift vs Spotify [HD] Download This Show, ABC RN - YouTube



Download This Show - ABC Radio National (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) Why did Taylor Swift pull her music off Spotify & will the gamble come off for the huge selling artist? Guests: Seamus ...
One of the more balanced takes on the 'Tay Tay 'affair.
GearAndGuitars 7th November 2014 06:52 PM
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Artist reacts to Taylor Swift vs.Spotify - CNN.com Video



CNN's Poppy Harlow speaks with artist Blake Morgan in the aftermath of Taylor Swift pulling her music from Spotify.

GearAndGuitars 7th November 2014 05:29 PM
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Taylor Swift left Spotify because we stopped valuing art - Telegraph



The internet has created a culture in which we think that all should be available all the time for absolutely nothing

Whitecat 7th November 2014 02:11 PM
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There's No Single Music Business Anymore - NYTimes.com



We should consider which business models give the broadest swath of creators an opportunity to reach fans and earn a living. By Casey Rae.

Whitecat 7th November 2014 10:59 AM
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Taylor Swift reveals why she quit Spotify: 'I will not dedicate my life's



Taylor Swift has defended her decision to withdraw her music from Spotify because she does not think artists are treated fairly.

Whitecat 6th November 2014 09:23 PM
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Christmas! John Lewis's annual gift to the music industry! | Music | theguardian.com



This year sees Tom Odell performing the John Lewis ad’s ritual Christmas cover, the biggest deal in what’s become a crucial financial and marketing opportunity for the music industry

GearAndGuitars 6th November 2014 05:35 PM
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Why Spotify Sucks for Independent Artists | SKINDIE MAGAZINE



Why Spotify Sucks for Independent Artists If the future of music rests in the hands of streaming, why do independent artists have such a hard time embracing it? It breaks down to one simple factor. If...

Whitecat 6th November 2014 02:36 PM
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Taylor Swift responsible for 22% of albums sold in the US | Music | theguardian.com



In just seven days, this year’s first platinum artist shifted more copies of 1989 than the combined sales of albums at No 2 to No 107 in Billboard chart

GearAndGuitars 6th November 2014 01:33 AM
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My Song Was Played 168 Million Times on Pandora. I Received $4,000... - Digital Music



In return for co-writing a major hit song, I’ve earned less than $4,000 domestically from the largest digital music service.

Whitecat 5th November 2014 10:37 PM
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Space Oddity cover back on YouTube



A video of astronaut Chris Hadfield singing David Bowie's song on board the International Space Station is back online

Whitecat 5th November 2014 07:06 PM
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Beyoncé named top-earning woman in music by Forbes, worth an estimated $115m | Musi



Thanks to new album, endorsement deals and international tour dates, the 33-year-old has doubled her fortune from the previous year

GearAndGuitars 5th November 2014 05:47 PM
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Spotify’s bullying economy: Why the streaming service should stop guilt-tripp



After Swift decided to pull her back catalog, Spotify reacted--poetically enough--like an obsessive ex

GearAndGuitars 5th November 2014 05:39 PM
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Spotify Needs Hits But Hits Don't Need Spotify | Music Tech Policy



If you’ve been observing the media campaign opposing Taylor Swift’s decision to withdraw from Cult Spotify while having the biggest first week sales of any record in a very long time, hopefully you haven’t been distracted by the bright and shiny object. Taylor Swift has proven the rule that we all knew, but was very unpopular to actually act on:

Spotify needs hits, but hits don’t need Spotify.

GearAndGuitars 5th November 2014 05:38 PM
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Aloe Blacc: Streaming Services Need to Pay Songwriters Fairly | WIRED



Taylor Swift was right to leave Spotify. We must update America's antiquated music licensing system.

Whitecat 5th November 2014 03:17 PM
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Here's why Taylor Swift was wrong to pull her music from Spotify - Telegraph



Just days after the US singer-songwriter became the latest artist to remove her music from Spotify, the music publishing company Kobalt will announce its Spotify revenue in Europe has overtaken income from iTunes downloads for the first time

Whitecat 5th November 2014 12:03 PM
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To Nobody's Surprise, Australian “Terrorism” Law May Be Used for Copyright Enforc



As we foreshadowed, a new law requiring mandatory data retention by ISPs was introduced into the Australian federal parliament last week.

GearAndGuitars 5th November 2014 12:25 AM
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Who will be the First Fired Label Execs over Spotify Fiasco & Cannibalization? | Thrichordist



We don't know if the rumors are true, but we're hearing rumblings from the upper echelons of the music business that top management is very unhappy with the cannibalization of the transactional business that is being accelerated in a death spiral towards a $3b record industry.

Did you guys get this headline on the midyear sales figures, U.S. Music Revenues Down Nearly 5%

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