How Fast Are U.S. Download Single Sales Declining? [CHART]

Down arrow redThis chart from Statista shows the decline in digital music single downloaded sales in the United States from 2004 to 2017. Last year, 553.5 million digital music singles were downloaded in the U.S., down from 743 million a year earlier.

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AMP Act Bill Finally Gets Producers Paid For Streaming

1While producers used to get paid as a result of physical sales, music's decline in the retail sector has mad it difficult for producers to see a return on their work. This could all change, however, with recently the reintroduced AMP act stipulating that producers get paid for streaming.

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Meredith Gardner Exits Capital, Named Maverick SVP Digital

Maverick ManagementMaverick Management has appointed veteran label exec Meredith Gardner to the role of Senior Vice President of Digital. In her new posting, Gardner will lead the company’s digital team as well as consult on digital marketing strategies for Maverick’s client roster. 

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Taking The Music Industry Monopoly Seriously

2As weakening antitrust laws and consolidation of businesses continue, virtually every corner of the music industry is now controlled by a choice few companies, whether its streaming or live music, writes Will Meyer. Here he explores why these monopolies must be taken seriously.

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Do Spotify's Investors Lack Confidence In The Platform? [Bobby Owsinski]

2Spring is in the air, and Spotify is headed for a direct listing on the NY Stock Exchange on April 3rd. Unfortunately for the streaming platform and its IPO, investors don't seem too confident about its future.

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Spotify Tests In-App Voice Assistance: See It In Action

spotify voiceSpotify is testing Siri-like voice control within its music streaming app. Those testing the feature see a microphone icon and tapping it enables voice commands like “play my Discover Weekly,” “show Roger McGuinn,” “play Darlingside” or "play some new folk.”

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How The Copyright Stranglehold Dooms Spotify [Op-Ed]

2Legacy entertainment companies have a long and sordid history of burying innovation and applying a stranglehold to companies which create new services in accordance with consumers' contemporary desires, a pattern which may soon repeat with Spotify, writes Mike Masnick of Techdirt.

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Spotify Losing Millions On Underpriced Subscriptions, Analysis Of 7000 Users Reveals

Spotify New $[UPDATED] Subscription metrics platform ProfitWell collected date from 7000 users and found that the music streamer is leaving some serious money on the table. For example, consumers are willing to pay $19 per month for a family plan that includes five users, according to the analysts, which is $4 or 26.6% more than their current price.

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Apple Music Has 38M Paid Subs, 8M Trials, Up 2M Monthly

image from www.hypebot.com[UPDATED] Apple Music has added 2 million subscribers since the Wall Street Journal reported 36 million in early February. Apple exec Eddy Cue told the crowd at SXSW Monday that Apple Music now has 38 million paid subscribers along with 8 million trial users.

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Streaming Music Presages The End Of Ownership... Of Everything [George Howard]

1Music is often the proverbial canary in a cold mine, says George Howard. Here, he explores how the rise of streaming led to a full fledged shift to a cloud-based media, making the idea of actual ownership is becoming increasingly antiquated.

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Spotify, Google, Amazon 'Can't Find' Neville Brothers, Other NOLA Songwriters

1 "Address Unknown" Notices Of Intent has been a problem in the music industry for some time, with music streamers and big tech companies dodging royalty payments in over sixty million instances. Chris Castle looks at how NOIs have impacted New Orleans songwriters, and what SoundExchange is doing about it.

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Apple Deleting iTunes LP Format: Beginning Of The End?

image from images.apple.comApple is deleting the iTunes LP format. The news was shared with labels and distributors two weeks ago; and now an email to iTunes' music partners has surfaced that states clearly, "Apple will no longer accept new submissions of iTunes LPS after March 2018."

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Why Congress Should Pass The Classics Act: Artists Speak

1Here notable artists Mary Wilson and Darlene Love make a powerful case in favor of shutting the massive loophole which currently allows digital music services to artists and rights owners attached to music recorded before 1972. 

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How Are Listeners Finding New Independent Music?

1While methods of music discovery vary drastically from person to person, we here look at few avenues which avid music consumers commonly turn to in their search for fresh tunes, depending on the demographic in question.

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Symphonic Adds Former Beatport Exec Peter Wohelski

Symphonis Distribution logoSymphonic Distribution has hired industry veteran Peter Wohelski as its Content Development Specialist. Wohelski had been the Senior Label Manager at Beatport after stints as Director of A&R at Astralwerks and General Manager at Planet E Communications.

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Discs To Digital: The Strange History Of Music Formats

1While streaming has become the dominant form of music consumption, the road to get here was a complex and varied one. Here we look at the history of the physical music formats, dating back as far as the 1870s, and how it led us to where we are now.

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Trump's FCC Pats Itself On Back For Historically Stupid Year

1As anyone vaguely aware of industry news over the past year has no doubt noticed, Trump's FCC, led by Ajit Pai, hasn't been particularly beneficial to either the internet or the average consumers. I has, however, helped to sooth frightened media monopolies.

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How To Improve Your Spotify For Artists Profile

2Spotify has become necessary tool for artists looking to expand their reach online. In order to optimize the platform's effectiveness, artists are advised to create a customized Spotify for Artists profile, which will allow them to more easily get verified, learn about their fanbase, and more.

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Which Countries Contribute Most To Spotify's Bottom Line? [CHART]

Spotify New $[UPDATED] Which countries contribute the most to Spotify's bottom line and where is there room for growth?  These are important questions as the globe's top music streamer heads towards its highly anticipated initial public stock offering.   

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