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Whitecat 23rd December 2015 03:53 PM
Beatles music joins streaming services - BBC News

The Beatles' music is being added to nine music streaming services including Spotify and Apple Music.

GearAndGuitars 23rd December 2015 12:26 PM
Kim Dotcom loses fight to stay in NZ | Radio New Zealand News

Kim Dotcom should be sent to the United States to stand trial on criminal charges, a New Zealand court has ruled.

Whitecat 23rd December 2015 01:49 AM
Apple High Quality Audio Format

Bono has hinted at it in the past, but it may soon be a reality. According to Japanese blog Mac Otakara, Apple is reportedly developing a high quality audio format. Supposedly set to be available to A...

Whitecat 22nd December 2015 03:57 PM
Guitar maker Paul Reed Smith launches a technology firm based on the science of sound

Guitar maker Paul Reed Smith has launched Digital Harmonic, a company that plans to apply science exploring sound waves to medical imaging and the military.

GearAndGuitars 22nd December 2015 07:23 AM
Streaming War Pigs: Apple, Tidal, Spotify, & The Year In Music Services - Stereo

In June 2015, a week before the official launch of Apple Music, I was given an in-depth pre-release demonstration of the new streaming service. I was
... A lot to take in ...
GearAndGuitars 22nd December 2015 07:04 AM
Meet The New Boss, Worse Than The Old Boss? -Full Post | The Trichordist

By David Lowery (Copyright in the author, used by permission) What follows is based on my notes and slides from my talk at SF Music Tech Summit. *I realize that I'm about to alienate some of my friends that work on the tech side of the music business. *These are good well intentioned people who…
... Detailed breakdown of "old school" record industry economics versus "new school" economics by an artist to work under both systems ...

theblue1 21st December 2015 06:40 PM
The Root Investigates Who Really Gets Paid in the Music Industry - The Root

Still think a music career is an easy path to a blinged-out life? Don't believe the hype. A whole lot of folks have to get paid before the musician does. The Root traces the money trail.
This article is from 2010 -- but its discussion of the economics of the pre-streaming record business should be something of a serious eye-opener for many folks who have fallen for some of the old-line industry mythos about the supposed 'good old days'...
GearAndGuitars 20th December 2015 04:06 AM
Why I started buying music again in 2015 | Music Ally

A sobering statistic: in 2015 so far I have listened to music on Spotify for 877 hours, but my favourite band’s payout from that was around $2.69.
...depressing as it is true...
GearAndGuitars 19th December 2015 11:49 PM
The Neuroscience Of Musical Perception, Bass Guitars And Drake : Shots - Health News

Recent research hints at how the human brain is uniquely able to recognize and enjoy music. Timing in your brain is nearly everything.
... and now for something completely different ...
GearAndGuitars 19th December 2015 08:36 PM
T Bone Burnett and Anthrax's Scott Ian Chime In on Streaming Debate | Billboard

Music should be worth something. It is worth something. We're creating art, and these businesses have completely devalued what we do, and obviously I think that's bull****."
... different artists, same perspective...
GearAndGuitars 18th December 2015 11:49 PM
EPISODE 2.09: Anthrax’s Scott Ian on legal streaming, playing great gigs and to

“I’m*sure a lot of people saw us last night, probably went home and stole the record online somehow. But at least now they’re*a fan and ...
GearAndGuitars 18th December 2015 11:22 PM
Are Streaming Music Services Providing Useless Artist Data? - hypebot

While many streaming services may talk up the fact that they provide artists with data and analytics regarding their listeners, closer inspection reveals that, in addition to not being all that useful, a lot of this information isn't always accurate, says Chris Castle.
... shell game... want to help artists, allow users to opt into artists controlled email lists ...
GearAndGuitars 18th December 2015 07:35 PM
Our culture loves music. Too bad our economy doesn’t value it. - The Washingto

Too much of the emotional, cultural and economic value that music creates is simply lost now, slipping through the digital cracks in some cases, outright hijacked by bad actors and online parasites in others.
... T-Bone Burnett Breaks It Down... T Bone Burnett is an award-winning singer, songwriter and producer, whose numerous recognitions include 13 Grammy awards, an Oscar and a Golden Globe.
GearAndGuitars 18th December 2015 05:02 AM
h3h3productions Exposes Facebook's Awful Approach to Stolen Videos - CraveOnline

You've likely seen various popular Facebook pages uploading videos to the site ripped straight from YouTube/Vine, failing to attribute a source to these videos and instead passing them off as if they have produced them.

Now Ethan's only real plan of action would be to file a DMCA claim, effectively taking his problem to the government, though this isn't an ideal solution given that it should be Facebook's responsibility to remove it.
... Sounds strangely familiar, like youtuber's uploading musican's songs - hey guys, it's not piracy, it's promotion... LOL....
Whitecat 18th December 2015 04:11 AM
FBI: we don't have the Wu-Tang album, leave us alone | The Verge

According to a tweet by FBI New York, the Federal Bureau of Investigation did not seize the new Wu-Tang Clan album. How this tweet came to be is one of the stranger stories of recent months. E...

GearAndGuitars 17th December 2015 06:24 PM
Facebook freebooting problem continues - Business Insider

Facebook's tools to prevent freebooting still let theft slip through the cracks.
... the snake eats it's own tail...
GearAndGuitars 17th December 2015 05:32 PM
Goodbye “Incentive.” We Hardly Knew Ye. — Medium

This article is one of a growing series of pieces I am writing in response to some of the silly yet pernicious illogic in free-culture arguments against copyright. My aim is to raise copyright discussion out of the abstract muck of free-culture theory, and bring it back onto the dry land of pragmatic reality. Please share widely if you agree with the aims of this project.

GearAndGuitars 17th December 2015 02:12 AM
Copyright Royalty Board Raises Pandora, Non-Interactive Music Streaming Rates By 20%

In a landmark decision, the U.S. Copyright Royalty Board today raised the rates that commercial non-interactive webcasters like Pandora effective January 1st, 2016. But the news could have been much worse for Pandora. Non-interactive webcasters will now pay 17 cents per 100 plays for those listening to free and ad...

GearAndGuitars 16th December 2015 06:01 PM
The sad economics of being famous on the internet | Fusion

You can have millions of subscribers on YouTube and still be flat broke., about that "internet empowerment" for artists...
Whitecat 16th December 2015 08:12 AM
Sir Elton John: Secondary ticket prices 'disgraceful' - BBC News

Sir Elton John describes secondary ticket sites as

Whitecat 16th December 2015 08:06 AM
The British Electronic Music Scene Is Alive and Kicking | Carl Loben

In geographical terms, Britain may be small compared to the land mass of many other countries, but what's packed into these islands is a wealth of creative talent. In electronic music, there are a disproportionate number of acts from the UK lighting up the world's stages when you take into account that we're just a fairly insignificant territory off the west coast of Europe.

GearAndGuitars 16th December 2015 12:47 AM
An Open Response to Peter Sunde - The Illusion of More

TPB founder Peter Sunde says he has given up the fight for the Internet, but he hasn't learned anything.
... absolutely essential reading ...
GearAndGuitars 15th December 2015 07:37 PM
Infringing Cybersquat Brutally Buried In Court... - Digital Music News

First, they killed Grooveshark. *Now, they're killing every last Grooveshark copycat imaginable. Digital Music News takes you to the latest decision.
GearAndGuitars 14th December 2015 03:19 PM
Copyright protection or amateur art – it's our choice | WA Today

A daily Google search shows the extent of the piracy suffered by our authors and artists, but the demand for free art continues unabated.
Whitecat 14th December 2015 11:52 AM
Are real musicians set to become obsolete? | Musical instrument industry news | MI

New Jukedeck software composes unique songs using artificial intelligence.

GearAndGuitars 13th December 2015 10:25 PM
YouTube wants to compete with Netflix, seeks movie and TV show deals | Ars Technica

YouTube wants to bolster its new premium service with professional content.
... because "user generated content" is the future? ...
GearAndGuitars 13th December 2015 07:48 PM
Spotify is abruptly backtracking: Some music will now only be available for paying us

The Wall Street Journal reports (paywall) today from private talks that Spotify is planning to allow some artists to release new albums only to the service’s paying users, and to withhold them at least temporarily from free users.
... so now daniel ek get's to decide who is a "real artist" and who is not?... another elitist gatekeeper, great...
GearAndGuitars 13th December 2015 07:43 AM
Pirate Bay Founder: ‘I Have Given Up’ | Vice - Mohterboard

I think it’s really important people understand this. We lost this fight. Just admit defeat and make sure next time you understand why you lost this fight
Arthur Stone 13th December 2015 03:12 AM
UK citizens may soon need licenses to photograph some stuff they already own | Ars Te

Copyright strikes again, with photographers and publishers hit particularly hard.
"Changes to UK copyright law will soon mean that you may need to take out a licence to photograph classic designer objects even if you own them. That's the result of the Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Act 2013, which extends the copyright of artistic objects like designer chairs from 25 years after they were first marketed to 70 years after the creator's death. In most cases, that will be well over a hundred years after the object was designed. During that period, taking a photo of the item will often require a licence from the copyright owner regardless of who owns the particular object in question.

The UK government is holding a consultation into when this change should enter into force: after a six-month, three-year, or five-year transitional period. An article in The Bookseller puts the starting date as October 2016 without citing a source. In any case, the change is definitely coming, and it'll likely be quite soon.

Similar to the recent announcement that it is once again illegal to make private copies of music you own..."

My concern is regarding those lovely gear pics...will copyright clearance really be needed?
GearAndGuitars 12th December 2015 05:49 PM
Three Simple Steps To Fix The Record Business in 2016… Windows, Windows, Window

This time last year we correctly predicted the restructuring of at least one major label group when we asked the question, “Who will be the First Fired Label Execs over Spotify Fiasco & Cannibalization?“. It didn’t take long for us to find out, “It’s Just Math : Digital Music Execs Exit, But will the Pivot to Paid Subs Be Enough To Save The Record Biz?” We’re still not sure that even paid subscription streaming actually works in the long term, but we know for sure that unlimited free streaming does not!

GearAndGuitars 12th December 2015 05:48 PM
Warner Music Reports Financials, $23 Million Loss In Last 3 Months - hypebot

Warner Music Group continues to lose money at a substantial rate. Despite a 10.6% rise in digital revenue, the label and music group loss $23 million in the last quarter. Warner Music Group Corp. today announced its fourth-quarter and full-year financial results for the period ended September 30, 2015. Total...

GearAndGuitars 12th December 2015 05:45 PM
TIDAL Will Soon Offer the Highest-Quality Streams In the WorldDigital Music News

First, Tidal wanted to pay better royalties to artists. *Now, a million subscribers later, it wants to dramatically improve streaming quality.

Whitecat 12th December 2015 08:30 AM
AIR studio shut as diggers move in next door - Environment - Hampstead Highgate Expre

AIR Studios had to shut down its world-famous main recording studio on Monday as neighbours began excavations on a luxury basement complex underneath their home.

GearAndGuitars 12th December 2015 04:13 AM
Facebook's 'Freebooting' Piracy Problem Continues to Anger Video Creators | Adweek

But then they ran into a problem known as "freebooting," which entails republishing videos on social sites without the consent of the folks who made the clips. In essence, it's a practice of intellectual-property theft that's plagued Facebook more than other digital platforms—PR-wise, at least—in recent months thanks to a few whistle-blowers.
... So when YouTuber uploads a musicians song to YouTube, that's cool... but when a YouTuber has their work ripped off and uploaded to Facebook where they don't get paid, that's "not cool"... got it.
Whitecat 11th December 2015 08:42 PM
Taylor Swift wants to trademark the terms '1989' and 'Blank Space'

Taylor Swift has filed a new set of trademark applications, including '1989.'

Whitecat 9th December 2015 09:38 PM
Man behind Aids drug price hike pays $2m for sole copy of Wu-Tang album | Business |

After Turing CEO Martin Shkreli bought the super exclusive Wu-Tang Clan album, producer RZA said the group did not know of his business practices

GearAndGuitars 9th December 2015 06:43 PM
Aurous, the 'Popcorn Time for Music,' Settles for $3 MillionDigital Music N

Aurous, the 'Popcorn Time for Music,' will never see the light of day. Digital Music News looks at the brutal, $3 million settlement.
... What a week! Pandora finally admits free streaming is unsustainable, Spotify backpedals on Windowing, and Aurous is shut down. Merry Christmas Musicians!...
GearAndGuitars 9th December 2015 06:34 PM
Taylor Swift’s victory over Spotify is near: The streaming service gets close

Some artists—presumably, the top tier like hold-outs Adele and Swift—might get more control soon
... next up youtube...
Whitecat 9th December 2015 06:17 PM
Netflix and other services to be available on holiday - BBC News

The European Commission announces plans that will allow people to take their online subscriptions with them when they travel, as well as proposals to unify copyright laws.

Whitecat 9th December 2015 07:49 AM
Kurdish singer's fans say Adele 'stole' music for recent ballad | Music | The Guardia

Fans of the late singer Ahmet Kaya say Adele’s song Million Years Ago, from new album 25, bears striking similarities to a track by the Kurdish performer

GearAndGuitars 9th December 2015 02:50 AM
Spotify Needs Hits. Hits Don't Need Spotify. No Music = No Business
GearAndGuitars 8th December 2015 07:40 PM
Thom Yorke on the Disappointment of His Bit Torrent Experiment | MUSIC • TECHNOLOGY

Remember when Thom Yorke allowed himself to be used as a poster boy for Bit Torrent Bundle on his solo record “Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes”? Ever wonder how that worked out? Thom Yorke is interviewed by the Italian site Repubblica and fills us in.

Whitecat 8th December 2015 02:21 PM
UK venues welcome 'agent of change' amendments to Planning Bill | Musical instrumen

Amendments to Government’s Planning Bill could ‘offer respite to UK venues’.

Whitecat 8th December 2015 01:15 AM
Taylor Swift reappears on Spotify, but her music is credited to Lostprophets | Techno

The pop star is back on the streaming service after pulling her music, but something odd has happened

GearAndGuitars 7th December 2015 09:52 PM
Pandora CEO Explains Why 'Freemium' Is Killing the IndustryDigital Music Ne

Is free music killing the music industry? Yes, according to Pandora's CEO, who used a recent op-ed to dig at Spotify's 'freemium' model.

Whitecat 7th December 2015 06:08 PM
Vinyl sales may be rising, but have you seen who’s buying it? | Bill Brewster | Com

Tesco’s opportunistic decision to stock LPs may not bring the hoped-for results, but it could inflict yet more damage on the labels behind vinyl’s resurgence

GearAndGuitars 7th December 2015 06:42 AM
FREE Streaming is the Digital Cut-Out Bin. Artists You Deserve Better. | The Trichord

Today's younger consumers who missed the glory days of the record store as a cultural hub will probably have little awareness of the cut-out bin. The cut-out bin was dreaded by artists and labels alike, but it served an important function in the ecosystem and economy of record sales.

GearAndGuitars 6th December 2015 10:07 PM
YouTube wants to compete with Netflix, seeks movie and TV show deals | Ars Technica

YouTube wants to bolster its new premium service with professional content.
... user generated content, just not that attractive to consumers...
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