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When CONSUMERS and CREATORS are happy
everyone in the middle will have gotten digital distribution right
The Fallacy Of Music Like Water
By Portland songwriter and producer Gavin Castleton -- In 2002 David Bowie said, "Music itself is going to become like running water or electricity"...i.e. the transformation of the music industry into one in which music is ubiquitous and subscription-based, paid for and delivered like any other utility service. To date, the only formal counter-argument I've seen published was by Andrew Dubber in 2007 (who has been fighting the good fight ever since). I would like to present another... [Thanks to Neil Turkewitz for the link.]
Will Technology Save Us All, or Will It Tear Us Apart?
By Mike Isaac -- "When we look at the wonders that we have created, is it the fire that lights up the world or the one that burns it down?" It's an appropriate question to ask at the Technology Entertainment and Design conference, the annual gathering of some of the world's biggest thinkers and exposition of advancements in science and technology.
Michael Jackson Music Back Catalog Stolen by Hackers
By Leah Simpson -- Sony Music's Jackson archive was illegally hijacked and more than 50,000 digital files were downloaded as part of a massive operation.
When Will Music's Celestial Jukebox Go Mainstream?
By Robert Andrews -- Music's new wave of unlimited-access services is now supported by most labels, who dearly hope that new subscription payments will make up for slowing download sales. But when will that happen?
A Lyrics Display Produces More Publishing Revenue Than a Spotify Play...
By Paul Resnikoff -- [Thanks to Ralph Peer for the link.]
AccuStream Research: Internet Music Radio and Track Play Hours Climb 50.5% in '11; Revenues Jump 64.3%
PR Newswire -- Internet music radio and track play listening hours rose 50.5% in 2011 to over 1.3 billion monthly, while monetization initiatives (advertising and subscription) advanced 64.3%, according to a sector analytics report issued by AccuStream Research.
Merlin Settles Limewire Lawsuit, Payouts To Match Major Label Deal
By Bruce Houghton -- Global independent music rights agency Merlin has settled a long running legal battle with defunct p2p service LimeWire. No exact amount for the out of court settlement was named, but according to Merlin "it is commensurate with the major record labels' settlement taking into account the aggregate market shares of the Merlin members relative to the major labels." [Settlement, worth up to $10m, is victory for agency whose clients include indie labels representing Adele and Arctic Monkeys.]
UK: ISP Be Admits Crippling iPlayer Demand Burst its Pipes
By Anna Leach -- ISP Be Broadband has admitted demand for iPlayer jammed its punters' net connections - leaving parts of the web unusable and subscribers fuming.
Truli Launching First Comprehensive Website for Interactive Christian Media
By Ernest Dempsey
The 10 Most Innovative Companies In Music
By Bruce Houghton -- Fast Company Magazine has announced its 50 Most Innovative Companies Of 2012, along with a top 10 most innovative in music. Spotify, of course, made the list. But there are also some new and some old school surprises.
Twitter Music Marketing: TwitMusic, Monstro, The Social Radio
By Clyde Smith -- Twitter continues to be a source for all sorts of interesting services including some focused on music search, discovery and sharing, with new services such as TwitMusic, Monstro, and The Social Radio.
Radio on the TV: KCRW Curates Music on YouTube
By Eliot Van Buskirk -- We heard it again at the Digital Music Forum East conference earlier this week: YouTube, which most people consider to be a general video site, is where "the kids" go to hear music these days. Our theory: Its success is due in no small part to video ads commanding more advertising dollars than audio or display ads.
The Teen, The Billionaire And The Revolutionary Search Tool
By Parmy Olson -- "Oh, and he's 16". ... This was a popular addendum to the buzz around D'Aloisio, the creator of the new app called Summly. Sure, Mozart had already written eight operas by age 16, and Pascal had produced his first theorem. But neither of them ever managed to raise a round of funding from Horizons Ventures as D'Aloisio did late last year.
3 Great Examples Of Creative Music Marketing: Tailored Songs, One-of-a-Kind Albums, Video Games
By Clyde Smith
Video: Autonomous Quadrotors Perform Music
By Jason Paur
Dean Kay has been at the helm of some of the most highly respected and forward thinking music publishing companies in the world, first as COO of the Welk Music Group, then as President/ CEO of the US division of the PolyGram International Publishing Group, and now as President/CEO of his own precedent setting venture, Lichelle Music Company. Prior to his involvement in publishing, he was a successful songwriter, having had hundreds of his compositions recorded - including "That's Life" by Frank Sinatra. Mr. Kay has been a member of the Board of Directors of ASCAP since 1989 and is Chairman of its New Technologies Committee. He is also on the Board of the National Music Publishers Association (NMPA).
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