This 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.
While 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.
Maverick 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.
Domain and website hosting service GoDaddy has been ordered to suspend four domains used by music pirates. Mp3Juices-Download-Free.com, Melodiavip.net, Foxmusica.site and Fulltono.me. Each had offered unlicensed mp3 downloads.
With the rise of streaming, access to music (and media in general) has become easier than ever. While one might assume that this would negate any need for illegally downloading music, it appears that piracy is actually on the rise.
As 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.
Spring 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.
After a suspicious incident where what appeared to be bootlegs of R&B artist Aaliyah appeared on Spotify, evidence is building that bootleggers are now taking advantage of streaming service's lack of policing.
Spotify 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.”
Legacy 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.
[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.
[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.
Music 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.
"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.
Apple 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."
There has been a good deal of speculation lately that Spotify is considering launching a series of Spotify branded streaming hardware. As with any such new business venture, there are several pros and cons to this new direction which we explore here.
Gaana has raised $115 million, as the music streamer's home market of India continues to attract new competitors. Leading the round is Chinese internet giant Tencent, who has become a steady supporter of streaming music globally.
Here 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.
While 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.
While musicians have been cozy with the video game industry for some time as another supplementary source of revenue, but some indicators suggest that game music could be growing into an entire business all its own.
In this interview Swedish twenty-two year old manager and digital strategist Timothy Collins discusses his company UNLTD, the importance of innovation, and the challenge of breaking through the social media landscape.
Symphonic 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.
While 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.
In a bit of good news for artists, Spotify recently announced that it will be altering the way in which it tallies streams of remixes, meaning both artists and remixers will both receive more recognition and exposure for their efforts.
As 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.
Spotify 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.
[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.
Amazon Music users can now tell Alexa to create a new playlist or add a song to an existing playlist with just their voice. While listening to Amazon Music on an Alexa-enabled device users can now say: