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Whitecat 2nd April 2015 08:22 PM
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Spotify, Tidal, Taylor Swift, And The Coming Streaming Music Wars



The battle for listeners is about much more than one star's catalog.
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Whitecat 2nd April 2015 02:01 PM
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Now EU is going after Apple's new music business - The Times of India



Regulators in Europe are investigating Apple over its relationship with record labels and digital music companies, the Financial Times reports.
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Whitecat 2nd April 2015 01:04 PM
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Pandora CFO Calls Apple a 'Frenemy,' Says Music Service is Coming to CarPlay and Apple Watch



When Apple's CarPlay feature launched last year, Apple partnered with several music services to offer a variety of listening choices on the...
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Whitecat 1st April 2015 02:05 PM
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Tidal: Jay Z's Spotify rival criticised for making wealthy artists even richer



Jay Z has promised to change the financial model of music streaming with his new service Tidal.
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Whitecat 31st March 2015 07:31 PM
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Here's a big list of everything that's wrong with Tidal | News | TechRadar



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
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Whitecat 31st March 2015 04:24 PM
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Beats Music Vs Spotify: How Beats can beat Spotify | BGR



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.
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Whitecat 31st March 2015 04:18 PM
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Tidal: not new, not expensive, not a problem for Spotify - Telegraph



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
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GearAndGuitars 31st March 2015 05:14 AM
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Spotify is the Problem, Not Labels. (Well, Mostly…) | The Trichordist



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…
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Whitecat 30th March 2015 12:34 PM
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Spotify arrives on the PlayStation - and it's free | Expert Reviews



Sony's Spotify app brings free streaming to set-top boxes for the first time
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Whitecat 30th March 2015 09:54 AM
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Jay Z launches streaming music service TIDAL | Consequence of Sound



"The first music streaming service that combines the best High Fidelity sound quality, High Definition music videos and expertly Curated Editorial."
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razorboy 29th March 2015 09:53 PM
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Google controls what we buy, the news we read — and Obama’s policies | New Yo



It’s 2020. The New England Patriots, winners of six straight Super Bowls, are having yet another routine meeting with the Commissioner’s Office. Deputy NFL Commissioner Tom Brady and his chief...
Google controls what we buy, the news we read — and Obama’s policies | New York Post

This is not about "music biz" in a direct sense, but where the music biz and Google come up against one another, this shows which way things are going to go.
Whitecat 29th March 2015 12:45 PM
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Six seconds that shaped 1,500 songs - BBC News



Amen, Brother was a little-known B-side released in 1969. Barely noticed at the time, its drum solo has been hugely influential, appearing in more than 1,500 other songs.
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GearAndGuitars 29th March 2015 12:21 AM
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‘Culture Crash,’ by Scott Timberg | The New York Times



Numbers tell some of the story. After the financial crisis of 2008, jobs in graphic design fell by 19.8 percent over four years, in photography by 25.6 percent over seven years, and in architecture by 29.8 percent over three years. In 1999, recordings generated $14.6 billion in revenue to the music business; by 2012, the figure was down to $5.35 billion.
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GearAndGuitars 29th March 2015 12:14 AM
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Apple calls on Trent Reznor to design its new music app | VatorNews



Apple calls on Trent Reznor to design its new music app. The Nine Inch Nails frontman was previously chief creative officer for Beats by Steven Loeb on March 26, 2015
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GearAndGuitars 28th March 2015 11:14 PM
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Are streaming music services about to bite the dust? | UK Progressive



Daily Dot's The Kernel asks... A little over a year ago, I declared streaming music the next major music industry ice age. In the past year, the major
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GearAndGuitars 28th March 2015 10:56 PM
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The Pros and Cons of Spotify | Taste Of Country



“Some people say, ‘The problem is the major labels. They’re keeping your money,’” she says. “I don’t actually see that that’s the problem. I’ve traced some of this back, and it’s true that if you don’t own your own masters or your own publishing, some of that money does disappear to those files, but at the same time there’s this huge black hole that is not accountable, that Spotify says the money is being paid out, but we don’t see it.”
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GearAndGuitars 28th March 2015 10:47 PM
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Selling Songs for a Song? Scrutinizing the Streaming Model - WSJ



The Numbers: Ever since streaming music service Spotify put a number on the price of one play of a song, the music industry has debated whether the figure is fair. By some measures, it doesn’t appear so, but by others it could be a game-changer.
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theblue1 28th March 2015 04:31 PM
An old story retold...
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Our Record Industry Nightmare: Unlocking the Truth’s Journey From Viral Craze to La



Their Times Square metal performance went viral, and a trio of 11- and 12-year-olds were signed to a $1.8 million record deal. Then they realized what the industry was all about.

GearAndGuitars 27th March 2015 07:48 PM
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Guest Post: Is Pandora's Licensing Deal With Classical Label Naxos Unfair to Pro



Members of the American Federation of Musicians continue to be deeply concerned about greed and profiteering in the music industry at the expense of those who create music. Professional musicians make all the music, but it seems like everyone else makes all the money.
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Whitecat 26th March 2015 04:57 PM
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Taylor Swift’s grammar marked down incorrectly | Books | The Guardian



The Princeton Review has sniffed at the (misheard) lyrics of the pop star’s song Fifteen. But its ‘correction’ is more than five centuries out of date
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Whitecat 26th March 2015 12:48 PM
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Final Ruling for Air Travel With Musical Instruments | News | BMI.com



As of March 6, 2015, it’s official and no longer at the discretion of the various airlines.
This news is a few months old now but some people are just finding out and it's very important if you ever fly commercial with musical instruments!
Whitecat 26th March 2015 09:52 AM
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Former Beats Execs Jimmy Iovine and Trent Reznor Leading Development of Apple's New M



Rumors about a revamped Apple-branded Beats streaming music service have been circulating since September of last year, but as the launch of the...
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GearAndGuitars 25th March 2015 04:56 PM
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Who benefits from ad supported streaming? Three guesses. | MUSIC • TECHNOLOGY •



What do you pay for when you pay for a subscription to an ad supported service like Spotify or Pandora? *It stops being ad supported. *So who benefits from that? *Fans and artists who hate advertising. *Artists who get a higher royalty rate. Who doesn't benefit? Well, who do ya think? *Here's a risk factor…
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GearAndGuitars 25th March 2015 04:42 PM
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Why South by Southwest is a huge, exploitative scam



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GearAndGuitars 25th March 2015 04:39 PM
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US recorded music revenues dipped in 2014



The much-anticipated 2014 recorded music figures for the US were published yesterday by the RIAA, providing an overview of the current digital transition in the market.
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Whitecat 25th March 2015 04:16 PM
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Taylor Swift puts back catalogue on Jay Z's streaming service Tidal after shunning Spotify



After pulling her entire back catalogue from Spotify, Taylor Swift has sanctioned Jay Z’s new streaming service to host her music.
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GearAndGuitars 25th March 2015 04:13 PM
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Spotify Desperately Doubles Down on Dumb Bad Math… Free Doesn’t Pay, It&#



Bring out your shills... It's no surprise that Spotify has once again enlisted it's shills and PR machinery to defend it's exploitation of artists, bad business model, and horrible royalties. The latest offensive comes as the major labels have announced that the unlimited free tier is not working for them (go figure, free doesn't pay?).…
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Whitecat 25th March 2015 01:32 PM
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'Let's not pull the rug from under Spotify's progress'



The battle over freemium music is intensifying. The Financial Times reports that the major labels – led by Lucian Grainge at Universal Music – are demanding that Spotify places more restrictions on its non-paying customers in a bid to drive them to premium.
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GearAndGuitars 25th March 2015 04:31 AM
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Report: Apple Sides With Music Labels, Thinks Free Streaming Service Tiers Are Bad | Consumerist



Last year, Apple acquired Beats, a company that makes two things that go nicely with media players and smartphones: high-end headphones and a subscription-based music streaming service. While they’re happy to offer a free trial and will be reportedly be pushing the Beats Music app to iDevice users in the future, Apple will not follow competitor Spotify’s lead in offering a free, ad-supported tier.
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GearAndGuitars 25th March 2015 04:28 AM
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Op-Ed: Taylor Swift buys ‘taylorswift.porn’ domain, raises big questions



She may not be famous for her intellectual songs, but Swift is showing a lot of genuine business savvy in recent times. Her latest is to shut down the possibility of anyone starting taylorswift.porn and taylorswift.adult sites by buying the name.
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GearAndGuitars 25th March 2015 03:43 AM
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What happened when Ministry of Sound shared a stage with Deezer and Rdio



Hats off to whoever put Ministry of Sound CEO Lohan Presencer on a Mobile World Congress panel with representatives of two streaming music services.
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GearAndGuitars 25th March 2015 03:41 AM
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The Case For A Freemium Reset | Music Industry Blog



Ministry Of Sound’s Lohan Presencer stirred up a hornets’ nest with his impassioned critique*of the freemium model at a recent MWC panel. This is one of those rare panel discussions that is worth watching all the way through but the fireworks really start about 16 minutes in. For a good synopsis of the panel see…
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Whitecat 24th March 2015 10:19 AM
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National Music Centre restoring mobile studio used by Rolling Stones - Calgary - CBC



A legendary studio on wheels that was owned by The Rolling Stones is being restored by technicians at the National Music Centre in Calgary.
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Whitecat 23rd March 2015 03:24 PM
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The music industry wants to fight the internet again—and it’s probably going to lose



AUSTIN, Texas–Should music ever be free? That was the inescapable topic of discussion among the hordes of recording-industry middlemen and hangers-on gathered for the music section of the South by Southwest (SXSW) conference last week. It's a schism that has emerged just when it looked like subscription streaming services, such as Spotify, were bringing an end to the music...
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GearAndGuitars 23rd March 2015 05:01 AM
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SXSW Loses Integrity: Takes Orders From Biotech Industry | Collective-Evolution



It remains clear that the awakened public has checkmated the GMO industries. However, at South by Southwest (SXSW), it appears that GMO corporation money talks, as real debate is controlled and censored. Katherine Paul, Associate Director of the Organic Consumers Association (OCA), an organization dedicated to protecting organic standards, has officially been censored from SXSW. […]
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GearAndGuitars 23rd March 2015 05:00 AM
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Creativity might be playful – but it's also work



The view that art is essentially unworldly and creativity is play has a long history, dating back to the Romantics in the 18th century. According to this view, art must be kept separate from money, lest…
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GearAndGuitars 22nd March 2015 06:53 PM
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YouTube is the world's largest piracy site.



YouTube is allowing anybody to upload any music and it's allowing anybody to listen to it and download it. So YouTube is the world's largest piracy site.
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Whitecat 22nd March 2015 06:14 PM
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Spotify reportedly under pressure from music labels to limit free streaming - News -



A new row has erupted over Spotify, which is reportedly now under pressure from Universal to encourage more users to pay for its premium music streaming service.
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Whitecat 22nd March 2015 11:37 AM
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Streaming income overtakes CD sales in the US - Music Business Worldwide



Earlier this year, we learnt that album unit sales in the US were down 11% in 2014. Now the RIAA has revealed that, financially, things weren’t as bad as first first: the retail value of the industry was down just 0.5% in the year – mainly thanks to streaming.
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Whitecat 22nd March 2015 01:15 AM
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Concert hall simulator helps musicians prepare to perform | Music | The Guardian



Music students learn stage skills with help of noisy virtual audiences created by computer
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Whitecat 20th March 2015 10:14 PM
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Black music artists are struggling to compete with white major-label soul-pop - Feat



Chances are that the picture of Sam Smith with arms barely big enough to cradle his haul of gold statuettes at this year’s Grammy awards will end up in a platinum frame as the UK music industry audits its success before the year is over.
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Whitecat 20th March 2015 01:44 PM
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Producers, Mixers and Engineers to Get Digital Royalties in New House Bill : Buzz : M



A new bill in the U.S. House of Representatives is being introduced in Congress this week that would give producers, engineers and mixers -- often times the unsung and forgotten heroes in the whole song-making process -- a piece of the digital royalty pie. The Allocation for Music Producer Act, or AMP Act (H.R. 1457), is being formally introduced by congressmen from both sides of the aisle: Reps. Joe Crowley (D-New York) and Tom Rooney (R-Florida).
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Whitecat 20th March 2015 09:53 AM
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Hunting for Prince's vault - BBC News



There is the pop-star Prince and Prince the enigma - and one of the biggest mysteries surrounds a vault rumoured to contain thousands of unreleased recordings.
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Whitecat 20th March 2015 09:03 AM
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Roadies: Unlikely Survivors in the Music Business - WSJ



The shakeout that is rattling the music business is turning up some unlikely survivors: roadies, the black-clad backstage grunts of live shows.
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Whitecat 19th March 2015 05:01 PM
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Marvin Gaye’s family continues its quest to destroy anyone involved with “Blurred Lines"



Just a week after a judge ordered that Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams have to pay $7.3 million to the family of Marvin Gaye due to the similarities between “Blurred Lines” and Gaye’s “Got To Give It Up,” Gaye’s family is going after even more of the people involved in “Blurred Lines.”
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Whitecat 19th March 2015 04:45 PM
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Adele's 21 is the bestselling UK album of the millennium | Music | The Guardian



The singer’s second album has sold 4,740,000 copies in the UK since its release, beating the likes of Amy Winehouse, James Blunt and Coldplay
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Whitecat 19th March 2015 02:32 PM
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Beastie Boys’ Licensed To Ill achieves Diamond status | Consequence of Sound



Iconic hip-hop trio's debut album has officially sold more than 10 million copies.
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Whitecat 19th March 2015 01:20 PM
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The real reason why the Spotify model is broken


Streaming services, most notably Spotify, use what could be called a pari-mutuel royalty system: All the money collected goes into a big pool, Spotify takes its 30 percent off the top, and whatever is left is distributed to artists based on their share of overall plays.
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