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GearAndGuitars 25th January 2016 04:43 AM
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The digital music industry: New and interesting music is harder to find than ever | T



Despite services like Pandora and Apple Music, the haystacks are multiplying for the needle-seekers

GearAndGuitars 22nd January 2016 08:28 AM
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How do you become music's next big thing? You hope your record label will spend, spen



The BBC Sound of … poll has been won 11 times by acts already signed to the world’s richest record company. Coincidence? Probably not

GearAndGuitars 22nd January 2016 02:49 AM
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Old music is outselling new music for the first time in history | Chart Attack



So much for the Adele effect. This past year, old records (catalogue albums) outsold the current ones by 4.3 million copies.*

Whitecat 22nd January 2016 12:26 AM
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Massive Attack app uses iPhone data to give fans unique remixes



Massive Attack has launched a new app that allows users to remix their music using the iPhone and Apple Watch's sensors.

GearAndGuitars 21st January 2016 08:24 PM
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Global music piracy downloads grew by almost a fifth in 2015 - Music Business Worldwi




The amount of music downloaded on illegal piracy sites grew by 16.5% in the second half of 2015 compared to the year’s opening six months.
If streaming is the solution to piracy, why is piracy still increasing?
GearAndGuitars 21st January 2016 06:08 PM
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Mainstream Brands Account For Nearly Half The Ads On EU Piracy Sites



An EU group identified more than 1,500 brands in ads displayed on sites that offer access to pirated content.

GearAndGuitars 20th January 2016 01:45 AM
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Bitcoin: Just Another Music Industry Fairytale?Digital Music News



It's been declared the great white hope of the music industry. But what if Bitcoin is actually broken and dying? Digital Music News takes a look.

Whitecat 15th January 2016 10:28 PM
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David Bowie's Blackstar storms to top of album chart | Music | The Guardian



A quarter of the albums in this week’s chart belong to the star whose death from cancer was announced on Monday

GearAndGuitars 15th January 2016 08:24 PM
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No, Piracy Is Not the Sincerest Form of Flattery | Robert D. Atkinson, Ph.D



During the holidays, the piracy-tracking firm Excipio released its annual list of the most-pirated films of 2015, showing that the number of illegal downloads from peer-to-peer networks had dramatically increased in the preceding year.

GearAndGuitars 15th January 2016 07:21 PM
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Meet the Disruptor Trying to Get Artists Paid for Streaming Music | Rolling Stone



Jeff Price, founder of a company who helps artists receive royalties from streaming music, breaks down why artists aren't getting paid

GearAndGuitars 15th January 2016 06:30 PM
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On Piracy and Promotion - The Illusion of MoreThe Illusion of More



Observations on the argument/rationalization that piracy is good for promotion of motion pictures.
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GearAndGuitars 15th January 2016 07:51 AM
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Everyone Is Doomed (Except Adele): The Cold, Hard Truth About The Nielsen Music Repor



Last week, Nielsen shared its 2015 U.S. Music Year-End Report, giving a massive statistical overview of how we consume music, how much music we consume, and how
And that great future for artists brought to you by the Internet is where exactly?
GearAndGuitars 14th January 2016 12:29 AM
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The (potential) sounds of silence | TheHill



Without songwriters, there would be no music.

GearAndGuitars 13th January 2016 06:19 PM
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David Bowie Understood the Vital Import of Intellectual Property | RedState




If we want to allow for and foster the next David Bowies (if that’s even possible for which to hope), we’d better do our very best to ensure that the things they create – they can protect from technological banditry.
Also in an interview in 1999 Bowie said that if were 19 at the time, he would not chose to be a musician. What a loss that would be for all of us...
Whitecat 12th January 2016 10:21 PM
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SFX Entertainment Imploding Into Near-Certain BankruptcyDigital Music News



EDM seemed like a great place to invest hundreds of millions of dollars. Now, SFX is learning that DJs and happy pills don't always make good investments.

Whitecat 11th January 2016 04:06 PM
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UK album chart set for David Bowie takeover | Music | The Guardian



Blackstar already on course to become 10th No 1 before news of his death, which could lead to his other albums charting again

Whitecat 11th January 2016 03:06 PM
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BowieNet: how David Bowie's ISP foresaw the future of the internet | Technology | The



Always a step ahead of the curve, he spotted the potential of the internet as a venue in which to make, share and expand upon art

Whitecat 9th January 2016 06:17 PM
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David Gilmour disc wins record cover prize - BBC News



The avian-themed cover of David Gilmour's fourth solo album wins an annual prize for the year's best album artwork.

Whitecat 8th January 2016 09:38 PM
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Justin Bieber sets UK singles chart record - BBC News



Pop star Justin Bieber pulls off another chart coup by occupying the number one, two and three spots in this week's singles countdown.

GearAndGuitars 8th January 2016 08:44 PM
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Recording Industry 2015: More Music Consumption and Less Money, That's Digital Deflation



People are consuming more and more music yet less money finds its way to record labels and artists.
... another shocker...
Whitecat 8th January 2016 04:15 PM
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Jack Garratt tops BBC Sound of 2016 list - BBC News



Multi-instrumentalist Jack Garratt tops the BBC Sound Of 2016 list, which highlights the best new artists for the year ahead.

Whitecat 8th January 2016 03:42 PM
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Sonic boom: why clubs are cranking up the quality instead of the volume | Music | The



Venues run by music obsessives are cranking up the quality instead of the volume, and bringing acoustic perfection to the public

Whitecat 8th January 2016 02:20 PM
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The Offspring just sold their entire catalog for $35 million | Consequence of Sound



Round Hill Music has purchased the rights to two decades’ worth of pop-punk hits.

Whitecat 8th January 2016 12:46 PM
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Mötorhead's Lemmy stars in milk ad released weeks after his death | Music | The Guar



Kilmister filmed campaign for Finnish dairy giant Valio less than a month before he died and ad agency turned it into a tribute

Whitecat 6th January 2016 03:46 PM
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CES 2016: Revived Technics turntables revealed by Panasonic - BBC News



Panasonic has shown off its revived Technics turntables at the CES tech show in Las Vegas.

GearAndGuitars 6th January 2016 12:07 AM
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Why Music Makers Are the Real American Innovators Huffington Post - Blake Morgan



Music is one of the things America still makes that the world still wants. The people who make that music should be paid fairly for their work.

Rock & Roll is an American innovation. Hip-Hop is an American innovation. Jazz is an American innovation. Blues, Country, Gospel, Bluegrass, each of these -- and so many others -- are distinct American innovations.

GearAndGuitars 5th January 2016 03:56 AM
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Consumer Spending On Digital Music Actually Fell In 2014 (Yes You Read That Right) |



Though the drop was small – 1% – it was still nonetheless a drop at a period when digital spending should be booming. In some key markets the consumer spending decline was significantly larger, such as a 3% fall in the UK.
Shocker... Not.
GearAndGuitars 4th January 2016 07:58 PM
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Spotify Slapped With a Second Class-Action Lawsuit...Digital Music News



Just moments after getting hit with class action lawsuit with estimated damages of $150 million, Spotify is now battling a second suit from a second firm.
One, two punch... uh oh.
Whitecat 1st January 2016 11:05 PM
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How Aspiro became Jay Z's music-streaming startup, Tidal - Business Insider



Tidal started life as a small Swedish startup selling ringtones and fax messaging technology.

Whitecat 1st January 2016 03:11 PM
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Turntables dominated Amazon's Christmas audio sales



A budget Jensen turntable was Amazon's best-selling home audio product this Christmas.

GearAndGuitars 1st January 2016 06:09 AM
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Why Exactly Is Spotify Being Sued and What Does This Mean? - Digital Music NewsDigita



Apple Music is most likely just as at fault as Spotify is. Apple Music will probably get sued for the exact same infringement once they start making payments and publishers begin auditing their numbers.
... And in more detail of the details ...
GearAndGuitars 31st December 2015 08:43 PM
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Meet the digital dissenters: They’re fighting for a better Internet | The Washingto



Meet the digital dissenters: They’re fighting for a better Internet
... More and more of this to come, the truth will out...
Whitecat 30th December 2015 06:34 PM
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Apple Rumored to Be Launching 24/96 Streaming in 2016



Is Apple planning to launch a 24/96 streaming service in 2016? The rumor mill says yes, and Jerry Del Colliano discusses why he thinks it would be a huge boon to the audio industry.

GearAndGuitars 30th December 2015 08:06 AM
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Amazon's top home audio product this holiday was a turntable, besting an Apple A



While streaming services like Apple Music and digital downloads from storefronts like iTunes rule the music industry, listener appreciation for analog vinyl audio remains high, as evidenced by new holiday sales data released by retailer Amazon.
...interesting development...
GearAndGuitars 30th December 2015 06:10 AM
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Spotify Hit With $150 Million Class Action Over Unpaid Royalties | Billboard



Cracker frontman David Lowery is leading a class action lawsuit against Spotify, alleging it knowingly, willingly, and unlawfully reproduces and distributes copyrighted composition without obtaining mechanical licenses.
... things are getting real..
GearAndGuitars 28th December 2015 01:02 AM
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Techno-skeptics’ objection growing louder - The Washington Post



In the new Machine Age, they fight the tech establishment, saying human needs are getting lost in the digital revolution.

GearAndGuitars 26th December 2015 03:34 AM
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Artists Rights Advocates Make Gains in 2015… Web/Tech Admissions Laid Bare. | T



So many of the issues we've been talking about for years are finally becoming part of the larger and more mainstream conversations about artists rights and an ethical internet. Seems like there is a little bit more than a slight draft blowing on house of cards that Silicon Valley has built. Here's a quick recap.

Whitecat 25th December 2015 03:41 PM
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Justin Bieber beaten by NHS choir to UK Christmas No 1 | Music | The Guardian



Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Choir’s A Bridge Over You pulled ahead in final hours after Canadian singer tweeted fans to support charity single

GearAndGuitars 25th December 2015 04:35 AM
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Robert Johnson revelation tells us to put the brakes on the blues | Music | The Guard



Jon Wilde: We've been listening to the immortal 'King of the Delta Blues' at the wrong speed, but now we can hear him as he intended

Whitecat 24th December 2015 03:39 PM
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The Beatles let it stream –*showing that the format is the future | Music | The Gu



It was never a question of whether the Beatles would stream their songs, only when – and at what price. Their presence is a boost for streaming services

Whitecat 23rd December 2015 04:53 PM
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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 01:26 PM
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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.

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