Four years ago, I became a Day One subscriber to Spotify for $9.99 a month. I kicked Zune to the curb. I subscribed to Spotify for two main reasons. 1) Spotify promised better audio quality than the MP3 Freemium music distribution model. 2) Spotify promised to pay artists better royalty payments with a "portion" of…
San Francisco - The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) invalided key claims in the so-called “podcasting patent” today after a petition for review from the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF)—a decision that significantly curtails the ability of a patent troll to threaten podcasters big and small.
One of the biggest trends in the music industry over the last 49 years is not a sound or style, but a man – Clive Davis. Fondly referred to by his industry peers as “the Man with the Golden Ears,” Davis’ ability to identify top-level talent has cemented him as a titan in his industry.
The buzzwords were many, issued from the stage throughout last week’s curiously memorable and well-covered media event announcing the new Tidal music-streaming service: notions of revolution, of changing the status
Vivendi, which also owns the Universal Music Group, on Tuesday entered exclusive talks to buy an 80 percent stake in Dailymotion for about 217 million euros, or about $235 million, from the French telecommunications giant Orange.
Part of Tidal’s business model relies on artists being able to grant exclusives. The concept of an exclusive requires property rights that are respected by other platforms in the channel.
Imagine if Showtime began showing rips of Game of Thrones day and date with its HBO release. Forget that HBO would sue them and win. The actors, screenwriters, producers and the vast below the line personnel would think twice about working for Showtime in the future.
It's not clear where all this plays out, but meeting many across the music industry this past year, I saw a clear picture of an industry trying to reinvent itself. And while labels still have an important role, the new equilibrium brings a healthy c...
If you do nothing else for yourself this week, take a half hour someplace quiet and watch Professor Jonathan Taplin’s remarkably insightful presentation at the USC Annenberg Innovation Lab, “Sleeping Through A Revolution.” Taplin gives a clear eyed history of the Silicon Valley unifying ideology that rationalizes events like 350 million take down notices as a product feature of Google search and selling advertising against ISIS videos in YouTubeistan.
40 Funny Quotes By Musicians: As many of you know, I frequently post inspiring or funny musician quotes on our Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr and Google+ pages. Since there aren't many good sources to find all of these gems in one convenient place, I've decided to compile 40 of my favorites in this post. Feel free to add some more in the comment section below too...I'm always hunting for new ones. So, here we go…
Jay-Z just made his much hyped entrance into streaming official with his star studded but awkward signing ceremony for TIDAL. Once having navigated a few objections from minor shareholders, Jay-Z’s first major act after successfully buying the not-very-appropriately-named-for-a-hip-hop-superstar WiMP was to rebrand it to TIDAL, the name that WiMP’s high quality service had been operating…
The Prime Minister’s outgoing IP advisor has said the shift in the balance of power to now-dominant tech multinationals means “Safe Harbour” provisions devised in the 1990s should be modernised and made fit for purpose.
The entrepreneurial spirit is like an unrestrainable beast that’s quivers beneath the skin of some folks. As Mr. Hyde was just a tantrum away from taking over the mannerly Dr. Jekyll, the inner entrepreneur has only to smell an opportunity for profit or market share before convulsing to the surface. [...]
ECR Music Group CEO Blake Morgan discusses the escalating battle over streaming music and how Tidal will standout from competitors. He speaks with Bloomberg’s Pimm Fox and Cory Johnson on “Taking Stock.” (Source: Bloomberg)
Here's a big list of everything that's wrong with Tidal | It's expensive, it's not a revolution, and there's no guarantee that smaller artists are going to benefit. Shall I go on? Buying advice from the leading technology site
When*Apple acquired Beats Music for $3 billion last May, it instantly became the company's most expensive purchase ever. While the dollar amount involved in the deal might have raised some eyebrows, the acquisition target certainly did not.
Stars including Jay-Z, Kanye West and Madonna have created a "platform owned by artists" to rival Spotify and put more profits in the hands of artists rather than middlemen. But Spotify and Apple are unlikely to be worried, writes Matthew Sparkes
There is a narrative that keeps getting repeated by Spotify apologists and propagandists. It goes something like this, "The problem is not that Spotify pays too little to artists it's that record labels are not paying the artists their fair share of royalties from Spotify." Ha! When the gross payable is half a cent or…