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This daily email, compiled by ASCAP Board member, music publisher and songwriter Dean Kay, cuts through the media clutter to bring you links to the most relevant news and commentary on the rapidly evolving music industry and how it affects your future livelihood. Now the ASCAP Daily Brief can be accessed on the Headlines page of ASCAP.com and in the ASCAP RSS Feed.
Try making a record - or expanding the Internet - without a song!
[Well worth reading ... Won't take long.]
Meet the New Boss. Worse than the Old Boss? (.pdf)
By David Lowery -- We are no longer searching for a "new" digital model; it's here. It's been stable for at least 6 years. It sucks. Too little revenue goes to the content creators. And that share appears to be shrinking. The old record label system also sucked but... It appears it shared more revenue with artists. How the did we manage to create a system worse than the old one? [Thanks to Neil Turkewitz for the link.]
Interview: SOPA Poked an Angry Bear and Set it Loose on the Net
By Andrew Orlowski -- Free Ride author Rob Levine on copyright and Wikipedia. "I'm not defending greedy bastard corporations," says author Rob Levine, and you don't have to either. But we need something better than a broken digital economy."
Sony Music Data Grabbers Are Innocent Michael Jackson Fans, Says Lawyer
The Music Industry Is Set for a Marketing Revolution as APIs Go Mainstream
By Vanessa Zainzinger
Music App Usage up 530% Over Last Year, Says Mobile Analytics Company
By Michael Schmitt
Why Apple's Impact on Media Companies Has Only Just Got Started
By Media Industry Blog -- There was a sense of disappointment in some quarters as Apple announced the third generation iPod, largely because it looks pretty much like a better version of the iPad2 rather than a dramatic step change. But it was the right move for Apple. The history of Apple's device business in the last decade and bit has been a highly effective blend of step change, and evolution.
[Time for Pandora to seek a new business model....Don't blame your suppliers!]
Pandora Posts Huge Q4 Listening and Revenue Gains, Yet an $8 Million Loss
By Michael Schmitt -- Ad revenue simply can't outpace the royalty cost of Pandora's listeners.
Innovate Your Way To Music Career Success
By Steve Grossman -- "A business enterprise has two basic functions: marketing and innovation." This is my favorite quote from the late, "greatest management thinker of the last century," Peter Drucker. Yes, I know that all you want to do is play or sing but I also know you want to make money playing and singing so you are officially a business enterprise. Congratulations.
Banks Toss $8bn Into Facebook's Lap Ahead of IPO
By Brid-Aine Parnell -- Facebook has admitted that some of its 845 million accounts might be fake or duplicated user identities, but that doesn't seem to be worrying the banks since they have doubled the social network's loans to $8bn to take care of its market debut.
How Social Networks Are Killing the Internet
By Alicia Eler -- You can cross your fingers and hope that the entire social Web sees something you like if you share it to all of your social networks. But this momentary connectedness is killing us. And we are, in turn, killing the Internet with our passive, networked actions.
"I Wanna Live Forever," or How We Die on Social Networks
By Alicia Eler -- When someone dies on social networks, does the world celebrate them? Do they become a zombie? Or do they just live on in the collective social media conscience, which is of course a byproduct of pop culture? And more importantly, do they "live forever."
Exactly How NOT to Use an Email List
By Jeremy Belcher
Listening to the Past: NPS Releases Historic Audio Recordings
By LibraryLab -- The National Park Service has released a dozen historic sound recordings originally made on wax cylinders in 1889-1890. The recording engineer, Theo Wangemann, was an assistant of Thomas Edison who experimented on ways to improve musical recordings.
Watch Britney Spears' Face Morphing Through Time...
By Paul Resnikoff
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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