Today's generation of young adults has rarely, if ever, had to pay for music, having grown up during the reign of the illegal MP3, and now living in the golden age of freemium streaming. This raises some tough questions about whether or not these consumers will ever be willing to part with solid cash for music.
With the rise of apps such as WhatsApp, many people are moving away from larger public social networks in favor of smaller group and one-on-one messaging services. This raises some interesting questions about how people's listening habits will be affected if they also begin sharing music in this more isolated manner.
While the days of Woodstock and Lilith Fair may be behind us, the U.S. has no shortage of other festivals to offer the modern music fan who may be seeking to indulge their senses with tens of thousands of other like-minded individuals, all for the price of a ticket.
Apple CEO Tim Cook recently announced that Apple Music has 6.5 millions paid subscribers. While a promising figure on its face, it seems unlikely that all these listeners will continue paying past the first month. This article breaks down Apple Music's most recent statistics, offering us some idea of where the streaming service is headed financially.
Although putting music on Soundcloud is easier than ever, there are still several all-too-common mistakes that can prevent artists from getting the most out of the site, whether it's not keeping your account consistently organized, failing to interact with other users in a constructive and meaningful way, or simply not posting regularly.
As fewer and fewer people discover new music through conventional terrestrial radio, it has switched to a system of playing the same top 40 hits ad nauseam, meaning that its value as a promotional service for up-and-coming artists is becoming less and less. The Fair Play Fair Pay Act hopes to fix this broken system.
Launched in 2011, Turntable.fm represented a new way of listening to music socially online. Although it initially gained a great deal of traction among users, Turntable could not sustain its growth and was forced to shutdown. This discussion with founder Billy Chasen sheds some light on exactly what went wrong.
It 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.