Although the idea of owning music may seem antiquated in the streaming age, a new online store known as Voltra is approaching things differently by offering consumers a 'stream to own' option, where users can initially listen to a song for free, and then pay for it incrementally with each consecutive listen until they have fully purchased the song.
Despite deep distrust of President - elect Trump within much of the music community, a diverse group of industry trade groups including A2IM, ASCAP, BMI, The RIAA, The Recording Academy and the NMPA have written an open letter congratulating him on his win and signaling support for his campaign pledge to "protect intellectual property rights and preserve freedom of contract rather than create regulatory barriers to creativity, growth, and innovation."
Each year the RIAA submits a list of "notorious markets" to the U.S. Government, and this year's list includes torrent trackers, download sites and stream rippers. In addition, the RIAA called out CloudFlare for making it harder to track illegal activity. The full RIAA list of Top Music Pirates & Notorious Markets 2016: