It was another big week for the new music industry: Tidal fired its CEO as user signups sunk faster than the Titanic, Grooveshark got some very bad news in court, Pandora's stock fell after they reported new earnings and listener stats, Record Store Day delivered good news to indie retailers and so much more...
Hypebot presents our fourth Los Angeles meetup for readers to have a conversation with like-minded peers. You are invited to gather for drinks next Wednesday, April 29th from 7:00 to 10:00pm at Rosewood Tavern. Space is limited - RSVP below!
From the relentless focus on the music industry's latest streaming model, one might think Taylor Swift and streaming services represent the entire future of the music business. When Jay Z recently announced plans and major artist support for his new Tidal streaming service, many seemed to view it through the same lens.
With album sales nowhere near what they used to be (unless your name is Taylor Swift, who probably doesn't frequent indie artist advice columns), and streaming not yet a truly viable source of income for musicians, a lot of artists are looking for new ways to distribute their work that will both reach their fans and result in some remuneration.
Ten years ago today, YouTube uploaded its first video. Co-founder Jawed Karim posted a boring 18 second clip of himself at the San Diego Zoo. And while Facebook and upstarts like Vessel are coming on strong, YouTube remains the dominant force in online video. The official stats:
Another week, another attempt by the legacy copyright players to find a way to enact SOPA via the backdoor. It appears that the strategy of using lawsuits is now well underway with the major labels all teaming up to sue the site MP3Skull.
Last night, Hypebot hosted San Francisco's music tech community at Upcider for a little face to face time. In any branch of the tech industry, pulling away from our devices can be a challenge, but Hypebot's second meetup was proof that a little conversation can go a long way when you foster the opportunity.
These days, everybody's looking for ways to be more productive than the day before, and being a musician doesn't get you out of getting work done. Squeezing the most out of every minute has become essential – and exhausting. With so much to do in the realms of recording, gigging, and promoting, and so many distractions (not to mention not nearly enough time for any of it), how is anybody supposed to get anything done?