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Whitecat 17th June 2015 01:24 PM
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Bon Iver criticises Apple's new streaming service –*and praises Spotify | Music |



Justin Vernon took to Twitter in support of Spotify – but says physical media is still better

theblue1 16th June 2015 05:58 PM
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NME News Record label letter from 1977 unearthed: 'It seems clear The Clash's album would fail miserably'



The Clash News. The letter sees Epic Records A&R executive Bruce Harris explain to a fan why he can't sign the punk band
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Whitecat 16th June 2015 09:50 AM
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Music tourists give £3bn boost to UK economy - BBC News



Foreign music fans visiting the UK for gigs and festivals boosted the economy by £3.1bn in 2014, a report says.

GearAndGuitars 16th June 2015 05:12 AM
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Apple Music Revenue Share to Music Labels, Publishers Explained | Re/code



Apple's rates will be competitive for artists.
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Whitecat 16th June 2015 01:13 AM
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Apple Confirms 71.5% Revenue Sharing for Apple Music, No Royalties During Trial Perio



Apple vice president of iTunes content Robert Kondrk has confirmed to Re/code that the Cupertino-based company will share 71.5% of Apple Music...

Whitecat 15th June 2015 08:21 AM
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Taiyo Yuden to end optical disc business



Japan-based Taiyo Yuden will end production of optical discs, mainly CD-R, DVD-R and BD-R, at the end of 2015 and quit the optical disc market in March 2016 due to decreasing profitability arising from depreciation of the Japanese Yen and shrinking global demand, according to the company.

GearAndGuitars 15th June 2015 04:56 AM
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Muse Drones album has a premium-only track on Spotify | Music Ally



British rock band Muse’s new album Drones is available to stream on Spotify, but with a twist: its 11th track (‘The Globalist’) is marked as “premium only”.
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GearAndGuitars 15th June 2015 04:54 AM
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Spotify plays down premium only Muse track | Music Week



Restricted content is 'not an indication of new model experiment'
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GearAndGuitars 14th June 2015 11:03 PM
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How Sir Walter Raleigh calculated the value of Spotify - Business Insider



So, when someone tells you music has no value, drop some math.

A (streaming service) minus B (the music it streams) equals C (whatever’s left)
It's Just Math.
GearAndGuitars 14th June 2015 11:01 PM
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In Piracy Fight, Google Dealt Huge Defeat in Canadian Appeals Court - The Hollywood R



Web giant ordered to remove search links to certain pirate sites around the globe.
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Whitecat 14th June 2015 10:51 PM
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Why does lowbrow music hit the right note? - BBC News



Correspondent Nick Higham looks at why cliches reign when it comes to popular music.

GearAndGuitars 13th June 2015 12:06 AM
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Pandora Is Out Of Tune With Songwriters | TechCrunch



I remain puzzled as to why Pandora has chosen to wage an expensive and exhaustive fight against the songwriters that form the very foundation of its business..
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GearAndGuitars 13th June 2015 12:04 AM
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The FTC Goes After Its First Failed Crowdfunding Campaign | TechCrunch



The Federal Trade Commission just posted some fascinating details regarding a settlement related to a failed crowdfunded project. The project, a board game..
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GearAndGuitars 12th June 2015 10:10 PM
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Apple is trying to recreate a vast, legal conspiracy to make you pay for music -- a



Vinyl explains everything you need to know about the music business.
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GearAndGuitars 12th June 2015 09:54 PM
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Is the Odd Antitrust Investigation Into Apple Music a Failure to Innovate? | HuffPo



Understand that the way most of these investigations get started is that someone complained to the antitrust authorities. Who would complain loudly enough to get the attention of so many law enforcement agencies? Most likely Spotify and its board member Google in this case.
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Whitecat 12th June 2015 06:40 PM
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Jimmy Iovine just revealed Apple Music's real agenda - Business Insider



It has nothing to do with getting people to pay $10 a month for music.

Whitecat 12th June 2015 02:51 PM
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Apple Music review: Lefsetz: “It’s toast” | BGR



Highly respected music industry analyst and critic Bob Lefsetz has issued his verdict on Apple Music... and it's not good.

GearAndGuitars 12th June 2015 02:14 AM
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Artists Rights Postcards from COPYLIKE.ORG | The Trichordist



For those who may have missed these, always worth repeating. Music is Free! We Do This For The Love Pay Creators Like You Pay Everyone Else It’s Not Stealing, Are You Sure? Evil Corporations, We Don’t Like Them! If You Like Open Source and Creative Commons Defend Copyright. It’s All We Have Left. COPYLIKE.ORG
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GearAndGuitars 11th June 2015 11:39 PM
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Midem 2015: ASCAP President Paul Williams Laments 'Fundamental Lack of Respect f



Singer, songwriter and ASCAP president Paul Williams made his first-ever trip to Midem over the weekend to share his thoughts on digital music, fair treatment for creators and "out-of-step" music licensing laws.
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GearAndGuitars 11th June 2015 09:35 PM
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Apple Music: Trent Reznor explains why you should use it



Trent Reznor explains why you should use Apple Music in a new ad published by Apple.
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Whitecat 10th June 2015 10:49 PM
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Kesha is now suing Sony Music for putting female artists “in physical danger”



Back in October, we reported that Kesha was suing her longtime producer, Lukasz “Dr. Luke” Gottwald, for physically and verbally assaulting her while the two worked together over the last 10 years.

Whitecat 10th June 2015 03:47 PM
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iPod pulled from Apple homepage and hidden on website, could be getting ready to retire



The iPod has been retired from Apple’s homepage, in a move that could mean the much-loved music device is set to be retired.

Whitecat 10th June 2015 03:27 PM
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Four Columbia House insiders explain the shady math behind “8 CDs for a penny”



Any music fan eager to bulk up their collection in the ’90s knew where to go to grab a ton of music on the cheap: Columbia House. Started in 1955 as a way for the record label Columbia to sell vinyl records via mail order, the club had continually adapted to and changed with the times, as new formats such as 8-tracks, cassettes, and CDs emerged and influenced how consumers listened to music.

Whitecat 10th June 2015 02:15 PM
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Spotify responds to Apple Music by revealing it now has 75m active users | Technology



And 20m of them are paying for the streaming service as its conversion rate creeps upwards at a time of intense debate about ‘freemium’ music

Whitecat 10th June 2015 01:14 AM
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New York and Connecticut Officials Investigate Apple Music for Possible Antitrust Vio



Government officials in New York and Connecticut are investigating the deals Apple and major record companies established for Apple Music to...

GearAndGuitars 9th June 2015 04:37 PM
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Silicon Valley moguls aren’t going to save the arts: The ugly truths of patronage go back centuries | Salon



Tech industry types think they're the best thing ever to happen to music and the arts. Don't believe them
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Whitecat 9th June 2015 07:36 AM
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Punk rock brand: the Sex Pistols to feature on a range of credit cards | Music | The



Shoppers may soon be flourishing credit cards featuring the word ‘bollocks’, as Virgin Money harnesses legendary punk band’s aesthetic

GearAndGuitars 9th June 2015 05:17 AM
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Apple Inc. Is About To Turn Musicians' Lives Upside Down. Again.



As Apple launches a streaming-music service, artists are concerned their chief source of downloadiing revenue might fade away.
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GearAndGuitars 9th June 2015 05:16 AM
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Spotify’s secret big-label deals: When even Lady Gaga can’t get a fair



A class-action suit by musicians could blow apart the unsteady alliance between the labels and streamers
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GearAndGuitars 9th June 2015 05:14 AM
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Google Has Millions for Shillery but “Not One Red Cent” for Transparency



I'll be a big noise with all the big boys, so much stuff I will own And I will pray to a big god, as I kneel in the big church Big time, I'm on my way I'm making it... Big Time, by Peter Gabriel MTP readers will remember the "Google Shill List"--a court ordered…
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GearAndGuitars 9th June 2015 05:12 AM
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How the Cash Flows in Spotify Streams - WSJ



On Spotify, not all songs are created equal; sometimes not even the same song is created equal—at least when it comes to how its creators are compensated.
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GearAndGuitars 9th June 2015 05:08 AM
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Will Apple Music Be Good for Artists? -- Vulture



Musician and streaming-music gadfly David Lowery explains.
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GearAndGuitars 9th June 2015 05:06 AM
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Amazon Exits Google, Pandora Backed Anti-Fair Play, Fair Pay Coalition. Will NPR Be N



With royalties and digital music the subject of current lawsuits, regulation review, Justice Department investigations and new federal legislation, industry trade groups are staking out strong positions that do not always mirror the values and interest of all of their members. ______________________ Amazon has exited the MIC Coalition trade group...
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Whitecat 8th June 2015 08:54 PM
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Apple Music will stream curated playlists and connect users with artists



Apple announced a new music streaming service called Apple Music at its Worldwide Developers Conference on Monday.

Whitecat 7th June 2015 11:14 PM
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Sony Music CEO confirms Apple's streaming service 1 day before WWDC



"It's happening tomorrow," Sony Music CEO Doug Morris said Sunday, when asked about Apple's streaming service, during a talk at Midem in Cannes, France.

Whitecat 7th June 2015 01:37 PM
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Daniel Ek: Spotify and free music will save the industry, not kill it | Technology |



The music streaming pioneer has come under fire from critics such as Taylor Swift for giving away songs. Now he faces a new challenge from Apple

Whitecat 7th June 2015 10:16 AM
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Stephen Witt: ‘Music piracy is illegal – but morally, is it wrong?’ | Books | T



Kitty Empire talks to Stephen Witt about his book, the first true history of how music ‘got free’

Whitecat 7th June 2015 10:15 AM
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Going for a song: the hidden history of music piracy | Books | The Guardian



From the late 90s, illegal filesharing gradually brought the music industry to its knees. Exclusive extracts from Stephen Witt’s book pinpoint how music ‘got free’

Whitecat 6th June 2015 11:03 PM
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Taylor Swift rules Thailand, One Direction owns the US



YouTube's Music Insights tool shows artists where in the world their music videos are getting the play.

Whitecat 6th June 2015 10:42 PM
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How to put on a mega-gig – the booking agent | Music | The Guardian



As the season for giant outdoor gigs begins, we talk to the people who take the show from initial idea to 100,000 people holding their phones aloft – starting with booking agent Neil Warnock

Whitecat 6th June 2015 09:20 AM
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Where are the women of rock? Ask Stevie Nicks and Christine McVie | John Harris | Com



It is amazing that every UK festival headline act this summer is all-male – except for the incredible Fleetwood Mac

Whitecat 5th June 2015 10:57 AM
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Is SoundCloud Making Peace With the Music Industry? - Bloomberg Business



The debate about whether streaming music services are good or bad for musicians has always belied a more complicated reality. Each streaming service is different, with its own patterns of use and its own economics. No service is quite as different as SoundCloud, which draws far more monthly users than Spotify or Pandora but has confounded the music industry by lagging in developing a viable way to help labels make money from its 180 million users. Bloomberg's Emily Chang has more on

GearAndGuitars 3rd June 2015 12:56 PM
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Ennio Morricone: good film scores have been replaced by the bad and the ugly | Music



Ahead of a world tour, revered composer says today’s film-makers sell their movies short by using electronic instruments or amateur musicians
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