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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.

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

Apple's rates will be competitive for artists.
Whitecat 16th June 2015 01:13 AM
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
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
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”.
GearAndGuitars 15th June 2015 04:54 AM
Spotify plays down premium only Muse track | Music Week

Restricted content is 'not an indication of new model experiment'
GearAndGuitars 14th June 2015 11:03 PM
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
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.
Whitecat 14th June 2015 10:51 PM
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
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..
GearAndGuitars 13th June 2015 12:04 AM
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..
GearAndGuitars 12th June 2015 10:10 PM
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.
GearAndGuitars 12th June 2015 09:54 PM
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.
Whitecat 12th June 2015 06:40 PM
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
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
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
GearAndGuitars 11th June 2015 11:39 PM
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.
GearAndGuitars 11th June 2015 09:35 PM
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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