Collecting Your Favorites: Vintage Music In The Digital Age

1 (1)Before the ubiquity of streaming, many music fans spent a lot of time (and money) on amassing huge quantities of physical music. Here we look at how longtime fans can reconcile their preexisting stock with current technology.

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When It Comes To New Music Releases, Is The Element of Surprise Wearing Thin?

1Surprise releases have been all the rage of late, with artists like Beyonce, Drake, and Radiohead dropping full length albums completely out of the blue, and while these spontaneous marketing techniques can be great for major artists, they can hurt indie musicians, and are something of a mixed bag for fans, suggesting this new trend may be short lived .

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Why Album Art Is Critical For Success In 2016

3Although the commercial decline of the physical album means that fewer listeners are getting the full visual experience when they consume an artist's music, the following article suggests that album art has in fact become more important than ever, and makes huge difference when it comes to selling music.

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For All The Country, EDM And Hip Hop Hype, Rock Still Reigns Surpreme, Says Nielsen Study

Rock's Not DeadA new year end report from Nielsen offers some interesting data regarding music consumer's listening habits, some of which run contrary to common perceptions about the popularity of various genres.

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How Live Music Can Save Itself From Disruption [Cortney Harding]

1While the live music market is strong and getting stronger, it may soon struggle, as increasing numbers of potential concert goers opt for a night in. It's time that the music industry take steps to make live shows more enticing.

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Lessons From Prince And His Struggles With Digital Music

Prince-891228150In addition to his legacy as an artist and performer, Prince also had, throughout his career, a complex relationship with the world of digital music distribution, and while he certainly tried many different tactics when it came to making his music available to the public, it's unclear just how successful he was.

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Spotify Is Becoming MySpace, While Apple Music Becomes Facebook

Apple-Music-vs-Spotify_thumb800Although Apple's quarterly revenue streak was recently broken, a bump in Apple Music subscribers offered one bright spot in an otherwise grim report, suggesting Apple may finally be creating some perceived value in its music, even as Spotify loses ground.

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What People Are Listening To On Their Smartphones

2Edison Research recently dropped some revealing numbers regarding what consumers are listening to on their smartphones, numbers which go against much of what we may have, up to now, been assuming about people's listening habits.

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Virtual Reality In The Music Industry Must Be A Tool, And Not Just An Experience

1Cherie Hu discusses how, in order for virtual reality tech to gain legitimacy as an industry tool, it must rise above simply being thought of as a gimmicky toy and realize its true potential for use in our day-to-day lives.

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If You Use Bandcamp Or Soundcloud, You MUST Tag Your Music

1 (1)While many artists may forget or simply not bother adding tags to their music, tags are incredibly useful as far as making your music discoverable not only to fans, but also anyone else in the industry searching for music like yours. Here we look at some pointers for maximizing the effectiveness of your search terms.

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CDs As Expanded Instruments: Pioneers Of Hacked Sound Art

1 (1)While compact discs are certainly on the decline as far as the average music consumer is concerned, several innovative pioneers within the music industry have and continue to explore the limits of the CD as not just a means of listening to music, but as a creative tool from which to create new sounds.

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Streaming Is More Than A Wave – It’s Now the Sea In Which the Music Business Swims

Musical-note-water-splash-floating-jet-isolated-white-background-37548430Like it or not, streaming is quickly becoming the dominant means through which consumers listen to music, and while many frequently dismiss streaming for its failure to pay artists the proper royalties which they are owed, it has become the largest money-maker for the American music industry.

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Why We Need Pirate Radio For The Twenty-First Century

While 1streaming services do offer infinite variety and customization, the product remains essentially the same across platforms, and lacks the personal touch of a radio DJ. So then don't these services integrate a live hosting feature?

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Five Reasons That Fans Love Vinyl

F6VE51FHY4898M8.LARGEWhile overall physical sales of music have seen a massive decline in recent years as more listeners transition to streaming, vinyl has been making a remarkable comeback, with its sales almost doubling in the past several years. Here we look at some of the reasons behind this unprecedented resurgence in popularity.

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The Inevitable Unbundling Of Streaming Music Platforms

1One of the obstacles to successfully monetizing streaming stems from the challenge of getting a more casual music listener to shell out $10 a month for extra music they don't especially want, but by offering a greater variety of payment tiers, more fans might be willing to pay for streaming.

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5 Innovative Things That Can Only Be Done With Vinyl

2Digital technology certainly has its place but the audio medium of vinyl, in addition to its coveted special sound, provides the user with a number of unique creative opportunities, from clever aesthetic gimmicks to any number of live DJing techniques.

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Virtual Reality: What It Really Means For The Music Industry

1 (1)[UPDATED] Curious what all the fuss is about? Here we take a concise look at what virtual reality means for the music industry, and what sort of experience you as fan can expect as this new technology becomes an increasingly commonplace part of the music experience.

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Something New? 5 Ways To Expand Your Musical Interests

250px-PathIf you're feeling stuck in a musical rut, either as a consumer or a creator, we have several different ideas for how you can step out of your musical comfort zone by expanding your interests, gaining greater appreciation for the art form, and enhancing the role music plays in your life.

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