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GearAndGuitars 1st December 2014 10:19 PM
BMG, Round Hill Music Sue Cox Communications For Facilitating Piracy - hypebot

BMG Rights Management and Round Hill Music are suing Cox Communications which provides Internet services to 4 million households. In the lawsuit, which could have wide ranging implications, the publishers claim that Cox does not do enough to identify and punish offenders. If the charges are proven, Cox could be responsible for thousands of unauthorized downloads by its customers. Further, other ISPs would likely take more aggressive action to avoid similar fines. According to lawyers for BMG, "Today, BitTorrent systems are like the old P2P systems on steroids. Despite its published policy to the contrary, Cox's actual policy is to...

Whitecat 1st December 2014 06:57 PM
Is lots of vinyl being sold?

More than a million vinyl albums have been sold this year - is that a lot?

GearAndGuitars 1st December 2014 06:41 PM
Kathleen Edwards calls it quits, opens Quitters Coffee | Toronto Star

After publically quitting music in February, the celebrated singer-songwriter has started a new life as a café owner, where she finds her strength returning.

Whitecat 1st December 2014 03:07 PM
Kim Dotcom Dodges Jail Before Extradition Bid

The founder of Megaupload accuses the FBI of lying to a New Zealand court as he says the legal battle has left him broke.

GearAndGuitars 29th November 2014 04:20 AM
Spotify Top 10 Territories : Global Revenue Marketshare & Streaming Percentages |

The Top 10 territories account for 87.10% of all streams and 91.48% of all revenue. So all revenue outside of the Top 10 is less than 9% of global revenues. So if you're streaming your music outside of the Top 10 territories, you are more or less giving your music away. Here's the summed, net…

Whitecat 28th November 2014 10:30 PM
Little-known Spanish singer from the 80s discovers his song is worldwide hit | World

Fernando García Sánchez, who retired in 1989, finds dozens of DJs use his track and may have sold millions of copies

GearAndGuitars 28th November 2014 04:22 AM
Australian Musicians Back New Piracy Reform Proposals

Josh Pyke and Tina Arena are among an ensemble of Australian artists urging the Abbott government to take a hard stance against online piracy.

Whitecat 27th November 2014 12:39 PM
Take That spurn Spotify to stream album exclusively with Google - News - Gadgets and

Another high-profile artist has left Spotify, as Take That announced that it had signed an exclusive streaming agreement with rival Google.

Whitecat 27th November 2014 12:12 PM
Vinyl record sales hit 18-year high

More than one million vinyl records have been sold in the UK so far this year - the first time the milestone has been achieved since 1996.

GearAndGuitars 26th November 2014 08:32 PM
All Three Pirate Bay Founders Now in Jail | Billboard

One of the founders of popular file-sharing website The Pirate Bay has been arrested under an Interpol warrant as he was crossing into Thailand from Laos, police said Tuesday.

GearAndGuitars 26th November 2014 07:15 PM
Kim Dotcom declares he is 'broke'

The founder of the seized file-sharing site Megaupload, Kim Dotcom, says he is out of funds after spending $10m on a legal battle.

GearAndGuitars 26th November 2014 05:28 PM
Spotify, Apple, YouTube And The Streaming Pincer Movement | Music Industry Blog

The Financial Times yesterday reported that Apple is planning on integrating Beats Music into an iOS update as early as the first quarter of 2015. Which means the entire base of Apple’s 500 odd million iOS devices suddenly become Apple’s acquisition funnel. As I wrote back in May, this was always the strategy Apple was…

GearAndGuitars 26th November 2014 05:26 PM
Music industry disunited over costs and benefits of online music streaming services S

Music streaming websites like Spotify and Rdio have made the internet a music lover's paradise, but not everyone is happy.

GearAndGuitars 26th November 2014 05:25 PM
Pandora's New Deal: Different Pay, Different Play : NPR

The Internet radio service offers greater exposure to artists in exchange for a lower royalty rate.

theblue1 26th November 2014 04:56 PM
Op-Ed: Independent Musician Ron Pope: How I Made $250K From Streaming | Billboard

[NOT Ron Pope with Swift.]

Musician Rob Pope explains, in easy-to-understand detail, why he loves streaming services -- and why Taylor Swift should, too.
Taylor Swift, as it's been sorted out, isn't opposed to paid subscription streaming -- but only to advertising-supported streams which pull down the average per-stream rate at Spotify. (Her works are still available on non-Spotify all-paid-subscription sites like Google All Access, Beats, etc.)

When Spotify's ad-driven tier was first announced in the US, there were to be limits on the number of ad-supported spins per tune (five total, if memory serves). And a lot of folks were mollified -- until Spotify (owned in large part by big labels) changed the terms allowing unlimited ad-supported plays. That raised the fear and loathing level considerably.

But there ARE indie musicians -- who don't have a label sucking up 80-90% of the revenue from their music sales -- who feel that the ad-supported tier at Spotify and the 'discovery-oriented' features of similarly ad-driven Pandora 'radio' actually work for them, as this indie musician-penned op-ed at Billboard lays out, showing how stream revenues work for indie musicians who don't have a label taking most of the stream pie:

Op-Ed: Independent Musician Ron Pope: How I Made $250K From Streaming | Billboard
Whitecat 25th November 2014 10:47 PM
Have any prices fallen faster than singles?

Bob Geldof says the price of a single has fallen 72% in the past 30 years.

GearAndGuitars 25th November 2014 04:09 AM
Taylor Swift Uses American Music Awards Acceptance Speech To Defend The Album - hypeb

It was not your typical acceptance speech from music's latest carefully scripted darling at last night's American Music Awards. Taylor Swift chose to use part of her precious podium time to defend the album and the value of music: "By going out and investing in music and albums you're saying you beleive in the same things I believe in - that music is valuable, and that music should be consumed as albums, and that albums should be consumed as art and appreciated." Related articles Taylor Swift's #1 Sold More Than Billboard's #2 - 107 COMBINED Rhapsody says, 'We're still streaming...

GearAndGuitars 25th November 2014 02:04 AM
Pomplamoose 2014 Tour Profits — Medium

Pomplamoose just finished a 28-day tour. We played 24 shows in 23 cities around the United States. The Bottom Line. Add it up, and that’s $135,983 in total income for our tour. And we had $147,802 in expenses. We lost $11,819.

GearAndGuitars 24th November 2014 05:36 PM
Dead Kennedys’ East Bay Ray: The Problem With YouTube | New York Observer

Google's corporate slogan is "Don't be evil" The joke is on all of us.

GearAndGuitars 24th November 2014 04:35 AM
Hmm: Blink-182 Member Says Streaming Music Is Like Killing Elephants

Tom DeLonge, guitarist of Blink-182, a band whose full catalog is currently available on Spotify, said in a recent interview with Faster Louder that streaming music is like killing elephants for their tusks and carving ivory statues.

GearAndGuitars 24th November 2014 03:16 AM
WME's Marc Geiger Sides With Taylor Swift, Calls Free Streaming Services 'F

Add one more name to the list of industry figureheads who've sided with Taylor Swift in her battle with Spotify: Marc Geiger, William Morris Endeavor's head of music, who called the ubiquity of free, ad-supported streaming music services "a f---ed-up, torturous thing for 15 years," at Billboard's Touring Conference & Awards on Thursday (Nov. 20).

GearAndGuitars 24th November 2014 03:15 AM
Essay: Why Streaming (Done Right) Will Save the Music Business | Billboard

Rhapsody’s co-chairmen pick a side in the Taylor Swift vs. Spotify debate.

GearAndGuitars 22nd November 2014 11:16 PM
"Grooveshark Offline by Christmas"... - Digital Music News

On September 29th, the United States District Court in Manhattan found Grooveshark guilty of massive copyright infringement, and specifically named CEO Sam Tarantino and CTO Josh Greenberg as bad actors. Now, the curtains are starting to drop: just days after that decision was rendered, federal judge Thomas Griesa issued another decision that removed all doubt that the plaintiffs — a total of 9 recording labels — had triumphed in the case.

GearAndGuitars 21st November 2014 03:39 AM
Billy Bragg Apologizes to Taylor Swift, Says YouTube Featured Her Music in Demos - Di

Billy Bragg has apologized to Taylor Swift for saying she "sold her soul to Google". He says he will support her if she's seeking transparency for artists.

GearAndGuitars 21st November 2014 12:12 AM
USA Spotify Streaming Rates Reveal 58% of Streams Are Free, Pays Only 16% Of Revenue

Since we published the Streaming Price Bible we've been getting data submissions to crunch the numbers. According to one set of data it appears Spotify is reporting seven different streaming rates (in a single month). But the most interesting discovery in the data is the percentage of free streaming volume and revenue versus paid streaming…

GearAndGuitars 20th November 2014 10:43 PM
Billy Bragg Falsely Accuses Taylor Swift of Promoting YouTube Music - Digital Music N

Billy Bragg (who has partnership with Spotify) said Taylor Swift has a secret deal with Google to promote YouTube Music Key. This isn't true...

GearAndGuitars 20th November 2014 10:42 PM
Taylor Swift albums missing from YouTube Music Key streaming service | Technology | T

Contrary to Billy Bragg criticism, star is sticking to her policy of keeping her back catalogue off free on-demand services. By Stuart Dredge

GearAndGuitars 20th November 2014 06:49 AM
Hans Zimmer Defends Musicians, Taylor Swift - Business Insider

[Music] It shouldn’t be free. It’s their livelihood. It’s their job.

GearAndGuitars 20th November 2014 02:22 AM
Billboard to Count Streams, Track Sales Toward Album Chart | News | Pitchfork

1,500 song streams from services like Spotify will count as a full album sale

GearAndGuitars 20th November 2014 02:17 AM
• Chart: Vinyl Comes Back From Near-Extinction | Statista

This chart shows worldwide vinyl music sales since 1997.

GearAndGuitars 19th November 2014 11:11 PM
How To Make Streaming Royalties Fair(er) — Medium

Change How Streaming Royalties Are Calculated And Save The Full-length Album While You Are At It

GearAndGuitars 19th November 2014 08:17 PM
YouTube's Refusal to Remove 20,000 Songs Leads to New Irving Azoff Warning - Hol

YouTube has apparently made the decision not to immediately remove songs composed by popular musicians including The Eagles, Pharrell Williams and John Lennon, and as a result, the popular video website is being warned of the risks of "defiance."

GearAndGuitars 18th November 2014 11:13 PM
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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

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