Gigit launched in public beta over Memorial Day Weekend as a direct to fan booking service for musicians. It's a timely move that addresses pain points in the current private booking situation and benefits from a more general move to D2F, experiences and transparency. Perhaps most importantly, it seems likely to open up music revenue streams that have been previously throttled.
By Kyle Bylin of sidewinder.fm
It's an important question. There are hundreds of websites and applications that promise to expose listeners to new music. But can they make money? Are they worth money? This is where the discussion becomes challenging for many music startups. They don't always provide value beyond what established services already do, and in many cases, their music discovery tool is one others could easily build. Thus, it's rarely a defensible business. Below four music and tech experts weigh in on if they think music discovery is a feature or product.
In our latest Upward Spiral podcast, industry expert Amber Horsburgh offers tips on content strategy, fan engagement, and understanding the stages of growth an artist must undergo on their way to success. Also, stay tuned for our interview with Amber in the Upward Spiral Interview Series!
By Eliot Van Buskirk of Evolver.fm.
Marissa Meyer has pledged not to screw up Tumblr and to leave it more-or-less autonomous, as part of Yahoo’s bold $1.1 billion acquisition of the company. Her pledge should mean that all the #music on Tumblr will be okay (unlike the porn), which is a good thing for music fans among the 4.8 million people who access Tumblr every day, which means Tumblr has roughly the daily population of Alabama.
By Dan Servantes from Berklee College of Music's Music Business Journal.
What do Tom Petty, Bryan Adams, Tom Waits, Kris Kristofferson, and Bob Dylan all have in common? They released iconic albums that generated millions of dollars and are now requesting copyright transfer termination from their labels and publishers. Thanks to the Copyright Act of 1976, artists have a chance to reclaim their song rights. Copyright transfer reversion is and will continue to be an issue in the music industry for years to come. There will be many examples in the coming years of how copyright reversion will ultimately play out as precedents unfold.
This week concert tracking service Bandsintown upgraded its mobile apps and continued its push towards becoming a social music network in its own right. New features primarily focus on information sharing and invitations to go to shows combining the important elements of voyeurism and direct connection.
By Taryn Anderson of Talenthouse.
We came across YouTube's very own Creator Playbook Guide which explains various strategies for successfully using their services to get the most beneficial social media exposure possible. Here we will give you the rundown of the best strategies to help you raise your view counts and put you on the right track to becoming YouTube famous.
Mamet half-sisters, Zosia and Clara, have a musical act called The Cabin Sisters. The Cabin Sisters are raising money via Kickstarter for a music video and it's not going so well. They're getting a lot of criticism on the web for all sorts of reasons but maybe the real problem is that they are just beginning to connect with their fans and are getting ahead of themselves with this campaign.
Twitter #Music is a music discovery tool. You can lean back and listen to each music chart like a radio station, but you often need to pull out your iPhone and skip past undesirable songs. Given the low ranking of Twitter #Music in the App Store charts a month after its launch, some industry pundits are calling the app a flop. It may be that the appeal of music discovery is limited to a niche audience. Below four music and tech experts weigh in on who music discovery appeals to and why.
With various musicians moving to home recording, Dillon Roulet makes a case for why music studios are still relevant. Even though recording in a studio can be more expensive than home recording, there are many benefits from a studio. See what Dillon’s thoughts are on studios in his post on Music Think Tank. Do you prefer recording at home or in a studio?
Pandora revenue from subscriptions has been climbing steadily since it implemented user caps of forty hours a month on their mobile devices, according to research by ammp analytics firm Appie Annie. As of April, Pandora is now the new top grossing non-game publisher based on revenue the Apple's iOS App Store.
Analysis & Apps Charts
Live Nation has tapped veteran technologist Jody Mulkey to serve as their Executive Vice President of Platform Engineering and Global Technical Operations at their Ticketmaster division. Prior to joining Live Nation, Mulkey most recently served as Chief Information Officer at SVP Technology, which operates a portfolio of online web shopping websites, including Shopzilla, Bizrate, Beso among others.
By Eliot Van Buskirk of Evolver.fm.
Spotify leads the world’s on-demand subscriptions with six million paying subscribers, but it’s facing stiff competition from a company that isn’t even available in the biggest music market on the planet: Deezer, which tells us it now has over four million paying subscribers to its “premium plus” subscription.
By Kyle Bylin of sidewinder.fm.
If you want the short answer: a majority of listeners don’t care. They have zero desire to be recommended fledgling artists or emerging songs. The biggest problem is that there isn’t a problem. Music discovery appeals to a niche audience. To gain a broader perspective on music discovery and the biggest problems that services have, sidewinder.fm asked several influential executives in music and technology to share with their thoughts on the matter.
The top 10 music apps on Facebook total 74M monthly active users (MAU), according to a new analysis from MetricsMonk. That's an increase of 18M MAU since the same time last year. The top 5 total 61M monthly active users, and just over half of those are for Spotify with 33M MAU.
The American Association of Independent Music (A2IM) has awarded its second annual Libera Awards Lifetime Achievement Award to Tom Silverman. The industry veteran is the Founder and CEO of Tommy Boy Records and co-founder of he New Music Seminar. Silverman will be presented with the award by Island Records Founder Chris Blackwell on June 20 at NYC's Highline Ballroom.
If you’re crowd funding, you’re doing something both for and about yourself, and there can be a lot of spiritual awakenings along that path to reaching your goal. Obviously goal setting and speaking up for yourself are big parts of the experience, but along the route you get to know both yourself and the people involved with your campaign.
Both music subscriptions and tangible goods are hot spots in the music industry and so it's not surprising to see experiments with monthly physical music-related subscription services. But for most DIY musicians putting together monthly merch boxes or curating a vinyl series is too much to take one. However creating a song of the month club is a much more doable proposition.
In addition to a fairly new Experience e-commerce platform, BandPage has been working to expand it's content syndication partnerships. Yesterday, that effort got a boost with a Ning integration announced as SF MusicTech. After a quick hookup, artists can now take the content already on their BandPage - music, shows videos, mailing list, etc. - and integrate it into Ning.
What Is Ning?
Christopher Raeside was Hypebot's correspondent for the 13th San Francisco Music Tech Summit, held yesterday. The conference brings together the music and tech industries, and is a hotbed for fresh ideas and industry insight.
From social to curation and numerous launches and announcements, here are the highlights of the day:
Conversations on Social and P2P
One man founding army Philip Kaplan debuted DistroKid yesterday at SF MusicTech Summit. DistroKid was originally a feature on Fandalism, Kaplan's social network for musicians, that offered low-cost uploading to digital music stores iTunes, Spotify and Google Play. He's now spun it off and is intent on making it "truly the best system in the world for uploading music to stores."
Ever wonder what business skills are essential for musicians? According to Shaun Letang, musicians should concentrate on a certain skill in order to move their careers along. Check out what the skill is on Shaun’s recent Music Think Tank post. What are you doing to advance your career?