U2's automatic installation of "Songs of Innocence" may have had Apple customers throwing temper tantrums, but a recent study presents data that suggests 95% of iOS users who listened to U2 in the month of January sampled songs from the new album.
2014 was the year many of us realized that Spotify and other streaming services aren’t doing right by our favorite artists, but breaking it off can be hard. Peter Getty explores new ways to discover music in 2015 on PeterGettyMusic.com
A small group of very vocal musicians has decided that the new target of their anger, after attacking cyberlockers, search engines and torrent sites, should be legal, authorized streaming services. They've decided that the payouts from these services are simply too low, even though almost none of these services are anywhere close to profitable, and most are handing out the vast majority of their revenue to copyright holders. The complaints are often nonsensical.
Guest Post by Mark Mulligan on Music Industry Blog
2014 was a big year for streaming, 2015 will be bigger. Apple entering the fray is the catalyst. Apple enters a market when it is ready for primetime. Apple lets the pioneers establish the market, prove the model and create consumer mindshare before it comes in and most often assumes a leadership role. Apple is certainly leaving it later than normal with subscriptions but it is still the same classic follower model, and the marketplace knows it.
"The argument for the Pono Player sure is appealing - that we don’t know what we’ve been missing in our music," wrote David Pogue for Yahoo! Tech about Neil Young's $400 hi-def music player and $25 album downloads. "Unfortunately, it isn’t true."
The overall value of the German recorded music industry ticked 1.8% from its total size in 2013 and increasing its lead over the UK market that it first gained in 2011. The data, compiled by the Federal Association of the Music Industry (BVMI)market research company GfK Entertainment, showed that the German market had a total size in 2014 of €1.48bn.
Guest Post by Alex Bardanes on Songtrust Blog
I don’t need a publishing administrator because I’m already affiliated with ASCAP right? Don’t these two entities perform essentially the same function? Actually, they perform very different functions, but work together to achieve the same simple goal; getting you paid. But what does a Performing Rights Organization (PRO) actually do?
Guest Post by David Blue on GEOclubbing.com
It’s no stretch to say 2014 wasn't SoundCloud’s finest hour. High profile defections, disappointing app releases, allowing labels to unilaterally kill tracks... oh my! These actions certainly raise an eyebrow, but we at GEOclubbing wanted to look beyond the buzz to see how SoundCloud usage is actually trending in line with recent news.
SoundExchange released it's 2014 year end numbers this morning, revealing a new record for the company of $773 million in royalty payouts to recording artists and record labels. 2014's total payout is up 31% from the $590 paid out to artist and labels the year prior. The fourth quarter of 2014 also brought with it a significant increase in distribution with more than 38,000 payouts totaling approximately $183 million.
How many times have you bought an album only to realize there are only one or two songs that really strike a chord with you? If you bought the album of iTunes and you live in Europe, you have 14 days to get your money back by returning the album no questions asked. In order to bring the tech giant into compliance with new regulations stating there must be an option to return items even when purchased digitally, Apple modified iTunes terms of service to allow for the refund of anything purchased from the store.
Guest Post by Russ Crupnick on MusicWatch Blog
The entertainment press ended 2014 with several big stories. Front pages covered Taylor Swift’s decision to pull her songs from Spotify. The story was accompanied by news suggesting that 2015 might bring a re-evaluation of free streaming or, at least, serious thoughts about windowing music. The Sony cyber-attack was followed by threats regarding the release of The Interview.
There were audible moans when iTunes dropped their popular free weekly download feature. Now Apple has responded with the launch of Free On iTunes a hub for free music, TV and film downloads. The initial music offering is populated with 14 tracks, mostly by new artists like Joshua Radin and Penguin Prison. It's an eclectic offering with a little something for most tastes.
Apple has obtained a patent that could enable music and video sharing and along with other features by adding a new layer of digital rights management (DRM). "The systems and methods provide an encrypted copy of a digital content unit to a first user and transcript the encrypted copy to generate the legitimate copy to a second user," reads the patent that Apple says could reduce both piracy and bandwidth costs.
Guest Post by Bobby Owsinski on Music 3.0 Blog
A recent survey by MusicWatch looked at the demographics of CD and digital music buyers back in 2004 and compared them to 2014. What they found shouldn't be too surprising, because it's almost exactly what you'd expect.
When technology is used to record, store, and encode sound digital music has been created. Beyond it's creation, digital music is what then allows customers to listen or download music that artists are distributing for profit. As album sales have declined beyond repair, the distribution via streaming services is dominating the market deeming digital music an immoveable part of the landscape of today's music industry. A recent report conducted by TechNavio projects the Global Digital Market will grow at a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 14.61% between 2015 and 2019.
Royalty Exchange has launched Accelerating Royalty Insights with Analytics (ARIA), an online tool that allows publishers, songwriters, and artists to calculate how much Spotify, Pandora and other streaming services are paying them per play. A worthy addition to the growing list of services to be aware of in 2015, ARIA is free to individual royalty owners and is available at a premium for publishers.
The debate on the future of the music business and the streaming economy is often framed by discussions of user base and per stream payments. What these parameters leave out is the business practices which bring about these rates. This article utilizes SoundCloud as a contemporary case study to examine these practices and reveal the backdrop of complexity.
U.S. music sales were down in virtually every category in 2014 compared to 2013, according to year end stats shared by Nielson. Only vinyl was up, an impressive 54%. The culprit? Streaming music - both free and paid- jumped 54%, as more and more consumers shifted from buying music to borrowing it.
SFX Entertainment has spent a considerable amount of time and energy focusing on the Electronic Music sector. Staking claim to hundreds of dance festivals in two years time, SFX hopes to gain the attention of electronic music fans when they relaunch Beatport.com, a 10 year-old digital music store SFX acquired last year. In lieu of selling downloads, the site will operate as a free, ad-supported music streaming service where fans will be able to listen on-demand catalog of primarily electronic music.
Rdio revealed its Top Global & US Charts of 2014 and announced the return of Rdio Covers 2014 in which this years hit songs are covered by next year's projected hit artists. This year, 24 songs have been covered by rising artists and are available only on Rdio for listeners to enjoy (see below). Rdio users can also review their Your 2014, where their favorite songs of 2014 can be revisited in one pre-curated playlist. In addition to congratulating the top charting artists on their successes, Rdio recognized singer/songwriter Bea Miller as Rdio's Artist to Watch for January 2015. Listen to Rdio's Best of 2014 playlists below.