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Whitecat 13th July 2015 09:36 AM
Ritchie Blackmore demands Deep Purple payments | Music | The Guardian

Guitarists says he is owed £750,000 and claims a percentage of income from the group’s albums

theblue1 9th July 2015 05:11 PM
Rdio Partners With "Cool" Record Labels For Specially-Curated Stations - Forbes

In an effort to separate themselves from the pack (of other streaming services), Rdio has partnered with some of the coolest record labels in the world, all of whom will be contributing to the site with individual stations. Unlike major firms (Warner, Universal, etc.) that focus on trying to sign [...]
Rdio sneaks out of the shadows to do a bit of freshening up of their veteran service.

(Rhapsody? Are you guys awake out there? I didn't even know until recently that you'd switched up to 320 kbps streams, and I was a happy customer for more than a couple years. Y'all need to blow your own horn.)
GearAndGuitars 4th July 2015 01:58 AM
Apple Music will make Spotify totally irrelevant within a year - Business Insider

Apple Music will dominate iPhone users because every iOS user will get an easy way to sign up for a three-month trial, and the service will hook them
GearAndGuitars 3rd July 2015 10:40 PM
Why .002 is Greater than .001 and Why 90 Days is Better than Forever… | The Tri

There's been a lot of talk and understandable dissent surrounding Apple's free tier payment of the reported .002 per play during each consumers 90 day free trial period. We now live in a world of lessor evils. Here are three things that we may want to keep in mind... One: Eliminating the Unlimited Free, Ad-Supported,…
Whitecat 3rd July 2015 06:40 AM
Feuding ukulele bands battle it out in court - BBC News

A British ukulele band wins a High Court battle against a rival German-based group it accused of copying its act.

GearAndGuitars 1st July 2015 11:57 PM
Spotify Hater Thom Yorke Is Streaming His Albums On Apple Music - Stereogum

In July 2013, Thom Yorke pulled his solo album The Eraser and the Atoms For Peace album AMOK off the streaming services Spotify, Rdio, and Deezer. Discussing
GearAndGuitars 30th June 2015 10:55 PM
Apple Music Launches | News | Pitchfork

Pitchfork is an official curator
Whitecat 30th June 2015 04:05 AM
AC/DC is on the highway to Spotify as rockers will finally stream their music

AC/DC, one of the few remaining artists who have refused to let fans stream their songs, will put their music catalog on Spotify and Rdio, Mashable confirmed.

GearAndGuitars 29th June 2015 05:21 AM
Illegal music sharing is ending: How the Internet finally grew up and learned to stop

From the moment I arrived at college in 1997, I was a pirate. Like me, the Internet was in its adolescence. Its infancy had been a time of academic cultivation. Its mature form today is mostly a corporate affair. In between though, there was what some have called the “golden...
GearAndGuitars 29th June 2015 04:40 AM
Sweden losing $100m from film-TV piracy | News | Screen

The Swedish film and TV industries lose close to $100m annually from illegal streaming and file sharing, according to report.
GearAndGuitars 28th June 2015 06:34 PM
Canadian court reflects common sense in rejecting Google appeal. - The Illusion of Mo

Last week's rejection of Google appeal in Equustek v Google offers refreshing dose of common sense.
GearAndGuitars 28th June 2015 06:09 PM
B.C. court ruling orders Google to block sites worldwide | Globe and Mail

In an unprecedented ruling, a B.C. court has ordered Google Inc. to block a group of websites from its worldwide search engine – a decision raising questions over how far one country’s courts can exert their power over the borderless Internet.
Whitecat 27th June 2015 09:29 PM
Taylor Swift may have triumphed, but Apple will still call the tune | Music | The Gua

The tech giant’s retreat over paying artists during trials of its music streaming service looked like a defeat. In fact, it may have cleared the way to success

GearAndGuitars 27th June 2015 01:21 AM
One Pissed-Off Artist Made an App to Scam Spotify's Royalty Payments | Gizmodo

For as much love as Spotify gets from customers, it draws equal hatred from musicians, who are consistently unhappy with the tiny amount of revenue generated by streaming music. But as the Silicon Valley proverb goes: if you don’t like it, just code an automated app to optimize the problem away (and get paid in the process).
more of this!
GearAndGuitars 27th June 2015 01:18 AM
Dear Apple, any chance you could help get us out of this mess? - Music Business World

the worldwide record industry’s annual income has dropped by a scary $16bn over the past 15 years, representing a shocking 60% fall.
GearAndGuitars 26th June 2015 01:14 AM
TIME | Cracker Guitarist on the Real Problem With Streaming Music Services

I'm paid about 1/7 less when listeners stream my songs for free
move over taylor swift?
Whitecat 25th June 2015 11:54 PM
Taylor Swift’s 1989 to stream on Apple Music, Twitter smells a rat

After a very public disagreement with tiny startup tech company Apple regarding the payment of royalties to artists, Taylor Swift announced today that her latest album, 1989, will be available on Apple Music.

GearAndGuitars 25th June 2015 12:55 AM
exciting, if true.
GearAndGuitars 24th June 2015 11:01 PM
Sony's Equity Stake in Spotify Challenged in Lawsuit Claiming Artists Are Robbed

Having equity in Spotify might be smart, but if the money doesn't trickle down from Sony to its profit participants like 'American Idol' singers, is it legal?
uh oh...
theblue1 24th June 2015 04:39 PM
Google launches [US only] free music streaming ahead of Apple Music debut | The Verge

As Apple Music nears its June 30th launch, Google is getting more aggressive about trying to sell users on its own Google Play Music service. Today the company is launching a free, ad-supported...
Contrary to some potentially confusing reporting (Rolling Stone, for instance), Google's new 'lean back' smart radio feature will not allow ad-supported 'free' users to select specific songs -- but they'll be able to listen to curated playlists (a la Songza, which they bought and folded into GPM) as well as smart radio-style 'stations' seeded off a given artist or track, a la Pandora. But to get full on-demand song and album selections, users will still need a paid subscription; in this way, Google reportedly hopes to keep artist revenues high, while wicking in new users with the ad-driven 'smart radio' tier.
GearAndGuitars 23rd June 2015 05:26 PM
How Music Got Free and Creatocracy • The Register

The technology giants seem only dimly aware that they’ve achieved such power thanks to a loophole, and the richest of them put nothing back.

“Being evil while telling everyone else not to be ... is how big business makes big profits, and it is more apple pie American than selling snake oil and claiming it is an elixir. Whatever Google is selling, all of us paid dearly for free.”
GearAndGuitars 23rd June 2015 04:03 PM
James Horner Dead: 'Titanic' Composer Killed in Plane Crash - Hollywood Rep

James Horner, the consummate film composer known for his*heart-tugging scores for Field of Dreams, Braveheart and Titanic, for which he won two Academy Awards, died Monday in a plane crash near Santa Barbara. He was 61.
GearAndGuitars 23rd June 2015 04:01 PM
Why Apple Music and Tidal are the right business models with the wrong optics. | The

Since Spotify launched in 2010 the music business has been in an existential crisis. Convinced that ad-supported unlimited free access to on-demand music would ultimately grow recorded music revenues the major labels opted into what may be their worst decision ever. This decision aided by an estimated 18% (or more) equity position in Spotify has…
Whitecat 23rd June 2015 12:47 AM
Taylor Swift accused of being a hypocrite by photographers in new open letter followi

Taylor Swift achieved a major victory today as her open letter to Apple persuaded the huge company to start paying artists for their streamed work during customers' trial periods. While...

Whitecat 22nd June 2015 12:10 PM
SoundCloud is making things harder for third-party app developers | The Verge

SoundCloud is changing the way it processes and accommodates play requests in their API, a response to what the company is calling the "abuse [of] creator content" by some developers. Starting July...

GearAndGuitars 22nd June 2015 06:31 AM
Apple Reverses Course, Will Pay Artists During Apple Music Free Trial - Mac Rumors

Eddy Cue, Apple's senior vice president of Internet Software and Services, posted on Twitter tonight in response to concerns that Apple would not...
Whitecat 20th June 2015 07:12 PM
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Dismisses At Least 16 Nominating Members | Billboard

Is the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame getting ready to ignore its roots? Or is the Hall looking for a new approach in appreciating the founders of rock 'n' roll? Industry pundits fear the worst but hope for the best.

Whitecat 20th June 2015 05:10 PM
"Spotify's CEO Would Rather Fold the Company Than Give Up Free..."

Just how expensive is free? According to a pair of sources with close knowledge of Spotify’s ongoing major label renewal, preserving an unlimited free tier is worth everything to Spotify and its CEO, Daniel Ek. Yes, all $8 billion of it.

Whitecat 20th June 2015 03:09 PM
French, German Indies: "Apple Didn't Even Contact Us..." - Digital Music News

Apple just keeps digging themselves into a bigger and bigger hole. Independents like Beggars Group and others have already spoken out against Apple, but now more are joining in.

Whitecat 20th June 2015 10:21 AM
Apple Denies Allegations of Thuggish Treatment of Musicians | Rolling Stone

A rep for Apple has shot down Brian Jonestown Massacre frontman Anton Newcombe's claim that the company was coercing him into an agreement.

GearAndGuitars 19th June 2015 10:18 PM
Beggars Group Shares Apple Music Concerns In Open Letter - Stereogum

There's been a fair amount of speculation about how independent labels and artists will handle negotiations with Apple Music's new on-demand steaming service.
the hits just keep on coming...
Whitecat 19th June 2015 01:09 PM
Bieber And Usher Sued For $10m Over Copyright

A judge rules that the choruses of two versions of Somebody To Love are similar enough for the case to go to trial.

Whitecat 19th June 2015 01:08 PM
Music groups win court battle over private copying of CDs | Business | The Guardian

Judge rules government erred in law by not introducing compensation scheme for rights holders when it changed rules

Whitecat 19th June 2015 09:51 AM
Taylor Swift's '1989' Will Not Be On Apple Music - BuzzFeed News

The technology giant could not secure the rights to Swift's latest blockbuster, which will remain unavailable on any streaming service...

Whitecat 17th June 2015 10:53 PM
Indie labels say Apple is trying to put them out of business - Fortune

The music giant's terms for its new Apple Music offering put too much pressure on smaller labels to subsidize the launch, a UK group says

GearAndGuitars 17th June 2015 08:34 PM
Beastie Boys to Monster Energy: a $668,000 '**** You'

Another day, another hard-earned victory for the remaining members of the Beastie Boys, who today won a lawsuit against Monster Energy for using the band’s songs in a commercial without their permission. Monster is now responsible for paying $668,000 of the Beasties’ legal bills, reports AP Online.

Whitecat 17th June 2015 01:24 PM
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
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
Wisdom of the labels...
Whitecat 16th June 2015 09:50 AM
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.

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