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GearAndGuitars 2 Weeks Ago 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 2 Weeks Ago 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 2 Weeks Ago 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 2 Weeks Ago 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 2 Weeks Ago 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 2 Weeks Ago 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 2 Weeks Ago 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 2 Weeks Ago 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 2 Weeks Ago 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 2 Weeks Ago 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 2 Weeks Ago 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 2 Weeks Ago 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 2 Weeks Ago 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 3 Weeks Ago 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 3 Weeks Ago 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 3 Weeks Ago 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 3 Weeks Ago 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 3 Weeks Ago 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 3 Weeks Ago 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 3 Weeks Ago 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 3 Weeks Ago 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 3 Weeks Ago 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 3 Weeks Ago 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 3 Weeks Ago 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 3 Weeks Ago 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 3 Weeks Ago 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 3 Weeks Ago 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 3 Weeks Ago 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 3 Weeks Ago 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 3 Weeks Ago 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 3 Weeks Ago 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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GearAndGuitars 4 Weeks Ago 07:05 PM
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In praise of Elizabeth Wurtzel and Creatocracy | The Illusion of More



An endorsement of Creatocracy: How the constitution invented Hollywood by Elizabeth Wurtzel.
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GearAndGuitars 4 Weeks Ago 07:02 PM
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Amanda Palmer: Playing the Hitler Card | New Statesman



We live in an age of endless, foaming outrage. The only answer is to try to feel empathy for other people, no matter*who they are.
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Whitecat 4 Weeks Ago 12:06 PM
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The 1975: their 'disappearance' was a stunt, yes – but it was brilliant | Music | T



Removing themselves from social media for 24 hours set their fans ablaze, but was the kind of play that would have had critics swooning had it been played by, say, the Clash

GearAndGuitars 4 Weeks Ago 11:57 PM
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@zoecello’s Royalties Give the Lie to Daniel Ek’s “Greedy Middlemen” Rant | MTP



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#NotNews: What an indie artist w/out a label makes from Spotify > http://ow.ly/Nginv
2:42 PM - 21 May 2015
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GearAndGuitars 4 Weeks Ago 11:55 PM
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Another Million Milestone for DMCA Insanity - PrivacyNet



The DMCA piracy link takedown process has long been criticized as ineffective,even futile. A new milestone underlines the fact, leaving creators frustrated.
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GearAndGuitars 4 Weeks Ago 11:55 PM
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Tech populism’s failed criticisms of the TPP



Several tech policy debates have fallen victim to the panic and outrage inherent in the so-called "tech populist" movement. Its most recent victim: The TPP.
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Whitecat 4 Weeks Ago 04:28 PM
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Steve Albini: Copyright Has Expired | Billboard



Steve Albini celebrated the Internet, announced the death of copyright, and voiced his ongoing disdain for the music business during a talk at the Primavera Pro conference in Barcelona.

Whitecat 4 Weeks Ago 04:25 PM
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Metal fans are the most dedicated, Spotify data shows - News - Music - The Independe



Metalheads are known for their ardent fandom, travelling hundreds of miles for shows, getting band logos inked and hijacking the iPod at parties at any given opportunity.

Whitecat 4 Weeks Ago 04:24 PM
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AC/DC in stand against ticket resellers - Classic Rock



Breaking news, in-depth reviews, exclusive interviews, radio, videos and more from the world of high-voltage rock 'n' roll.

Whitecat 4 Weeks Ago 08:03 AM
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The 1975 disappear from social media | Music | The Guardian



Band teased fans on Sunday with a cartoon strip suggesting they would disappear – at midnight they did just that

GearAndGuitars 4 Weeks Ago 06:34 AM
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‘True Origin’ act good for artists, consumers | Tallahassee Democrat



In 2000, sales of Latin music were worth $627 million dollars.
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