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Six of the Most Underrated Music Cities in America

ImagesIt seems like there are two kinds of "musical cities": those that are known as being enormous hubs filled with music lovers, headquarters for industry companies, and go-tos for ambitious artists trying to make it – such as New York City, Los Angeles, and especially Nashville – and those that have thriving, growing arts scenes that remain somewhat unknown to the general public.

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Apple Music Directs Independent Artists To CD Baby

image from www.hypebot.comWhile checking out Apple Music after it launched this morning, I noticed a link targeting undistributed independent artists that points straight to CD Baby. While another link below it leads to a full list of approved providers, Apple, which seems to be making a real effort to support indie music, chose to highlight CD Baby as an onramp. 

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The New Creative Class: Will They Disrupt Music Production?

Rich--e1435086799893The starving artist is quickly becoming a thing of the past. And with new digital tools arriving daily and empower artists, we are seeing a birth of a new creative classThe artist entrepreneur. These producers are ditching their previous gigs for a more lucrative day job; one that balances equal parts business-know-how with artistic talent.

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Apple Music, iOS 8.4 Is Live! How To Download It [+ Share Your Experiences, First Impressions]

image from macnificentpodcast.comApple's iOS8.4 and Apple Music are finally live and available for download now!  Sign up for your free 90 day Apple Music trial, play with it and come back and tell us what you think.  Having trouble with the install?  We want to know that too.  Here, courtesy of Apple is how to download the iOS update which includes the Apple Music app.

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SiriusXM Finally Wins A Case Over Pre-1972 Music... And Promptly Settles With Sony For $201 Million

Gavel-568417_640SiriusXM has settled one of several pending lawsuits over payments for pre-1972 recordings with Sony Music for $210 million.  It's unclear how much of this will trickle down to artists, but Mike Masnick of Techdirt offers some important background and context.

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The Worst Music Advice I Ever Received

Advice-225x225When it comes to advice, the music industry is fraught with misinformed, bad and just plain wrong advice. Just being a musician, suddenly everyone is an expert on what you should do. The one thing for certain is that all advice isn’t good advice. And just because someone says something doesn’t mean it is true. Or true for YOU.

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Top Tech Writers Review Apple Music: "Handsome... Robust... Complicated" [+ A Video Tour]

Apple-music2Several tech writers were given a 1 day trial of Apple Music yesterday and overnight their reviews started to trickle. While generally positive, there were some real concerns that could slow mainstream adoption

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Apple Music, iOS8.4 Live @ 11AM ET Today, Beats 1 @ Noon ET

Apple-logoToday is a big day for the music industry.  While there's little radically different about the core of Apple Music's streaming service, will it do what Apple usually does with product launches - borrow the best from others, but do it better?  We'll be blogging and tweeting throughout the day and we want to hear what you think, as well.

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Topspin Co-Founder Shamal Ranasinghe Joins Pandora As VP of Product Management, Artists and Music Makers

Pandora-logoResponding to criticism over royalty rates and aggressive efforts to lower them further, Pandora has worked to forge better relations with artists and labels. After launching free analytics, they recently began experimenting with in-stream messaging and purchased music analytics provider Next Big Sound. Now, a veteran of D2F sales and marketing has joined Pandora as VP.

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Spotify Shares Latest Premium Subscriber Stats "In Case You Are Reviewing Any New Music Services This Week"

SpotifyAlmost 24 hours to the minute before Apple Music is scheduled to launch, Spotify sent out a press release with the latest stats for their paid premium tier, "in case you are reviewing any new music services this week."

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Napster Founder, Spotify Board Member Sean Parker On Apple Music, Taylor Swift And The Music Industry

photoWith the pending launch of Apple Music, there is no shortage of "Spotify Killer" headlines.  But there is room for more than one streaming music service, argues Napster co-founder and Spotify board member Sean Parker.

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Apple To Raise Cloud Music Library Limit From 25,000 to 100,000 Songs

Apple-logo[UPDATED] Apple execs were particularly active on social media over the weekend , ahead of Tuesday's launch of Apple Music, Beats 1 radio and iOS8.4Ian Rogers shared more exact launch times and Eddy Cue announced a 4X increase in library song storage and streams.

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Apple Music, iOS 8.4 To Launch 8AM PT Tuesday, Beats 1 Live Radio Follows At 9AM [Ian Rogers]

Apple Music Launch[UPDATED] Tuesday is launch day for Apple Music and Apple executives including Ian Rogers (remember him?) were busy on social media over the weekend sharing details of the unveiling.

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MusicThinkTank Weekly Recap: Self Promotion, Personal Branding and Tour Memories

MTT Graphic LogoThis week we explore different challenges in being a D.I Y Musician. We talk about personal branding, promotion and making memories on tour this week on MusicThinkTank.com

 

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Apple Music's Beats 1 Radio Unveils Expanded Celebrity DJ Lineup

image from images2.mtv.comApple Music's live global net radio station Beats 1 will launch at 8AM PT on Tuesday June 30th, according to a tweet by Apple Music Senior Director and former Beats Music CEO Ian Rogers. A clearer picture of who will be manning the mic has also emerged.

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Five Perfectly Acceptable Reasons to Turn Down a Gig

TurndowngigIt's tempting, especially as a new band, to say yes to every show you're offered. You want to take advantage of every opportunity you get to make a mark in your local scene. But even groups just starting out can't or shouldn't accept every gig they're extended.

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