Allowing any website to become a social network with two lines of code, the company puts website owners back in the drivers seat by giving them more control over the management and monetization of their site traffic.
The UK IP Crime Group has released it's annual IP Crime Report. While it showed significant progress was made in the war against online piracy, it also revealed the United States as the host of the most pirate sites across the internet. This news comes as a bit of a surprise since earlier this year, the US-based IIPA pointed fingers at Canada without reservation suggesting they were a 'magnet' for pirate sites.
Global music streaming service Deezer is acquiring Stitcher, a talk radio and podcast platform. The combined assets will help Deezer differentiate itself in the increasingly crowded streaming sector by offering consumers one-stop access to 35 million music tracks alongside 35,000 radio shows and podcasts. Deezer says it will continue to support Stitcher's mobile app, where it is the top rated podcast app on Android and the second most popular app on iOS behind iTunes.
This retro Spotify media server is based on a Raspberry Pi, the super cheap cerdit card sized single board computer, and as creator Matt Brailsford explains, the cassette tapes contain near-field communication (NFC) tags so that changing the cassette or turning it over switches the playlist.
With album sales on steady decline, being able to convert marketing into monetization is more important than ever. Of course you're pushing promos to social media, ads to targeted websites, and special offers to already engaged fans, but do you know which of those avenues are generating more revenue? GeoRiot's Conversion Score allows you to track the success of each individual campaign through iTunes.
Eight music and entertainment companies have committed to providing seed investment funds to select startups through a 14 week music tech accelerator at the Nashville Entrepreneur Center. The six to eight companies chosen to participate in the accelerator will receive a seed investment of $20,000 or more to jumpstart their launch and push through the accelerator in exhange for equity.
Apple introduced the first iPod 13 years ago today on October 23, 2001. It was 8 1/2 months after the Mac only version of iTunes had been released. While there were other digital music services and players already on the market, the seamless coupling of iTunes and the iPod marked the official beginning or the digital music revolution. As Steve Jobs said that day:
Bandcamp is a website on a mission to provide musicians with the tools necessary to sell their recorded music--both digitally and physically. It's an easy way for artists to give their fans a solid commerce experience and make more money than selling through iTunes or Amazon. Despite all the positive work the company is doing in the music space, it still appears to be focused on selling downloads. This seems like a problem as the social consciousness is wrapped around the idea of unlimited and on-demand music streaming being the solution to the music industry's woes.
[UPDATED] Audio hardware maker Jawbone has debuted Drop. The app plays instant mix based on your favorite songs from Spotify or Rdio, and take song requests from your friends through Twitter. Users reply back with a song they want to play. It appears to be based on Playground.fm which Jawbone acquired last year. Playground's original site is now offline.
[UPDATED] Music Biz is hosting the Music Startup Academy: Startups, Rights & Artists in New York at General Assembly on Tuesday November 4th. They've added an Elevator Pitch SharkTank which offers startups 3-5 minuted to give thier pitch to music and tech leaders including Bill Campbell, Barefoot Media; Richard Cruz, PepsiCo; Rob Dippold, Primary Wave Music; Myles Grosovsky, Q Prime; YiPing Ho, Warner Music Group; Jon Vanhala, Thesis Ventures and David Wander, Roc Nation.
Man, I loved iTunes (and, of course, the iPod) when it first came out. After toying with it for about two minutes, I knew I was done with my PC. I've treated my iTunes like an extremely exclusive club ever since, and I give its members the red carpet treatment. I go to some lengths to track down the best copies of the original artwork, the correct lyrics, the proper year of release and the composers - information that was left out or, in the case of release date and artwork, very often incorrect in digital purchases (including CD's). I am told, incidentally, by people who knows these things better than I do, that lyrics websites are notorious for malware and viruses and whatnot, but that’s another topic.
The Marketing team behind the new Jimi Hendrix biopic JIMI: All Is By My Side - written and directed by John Ridley and featuring Outkast’s André Benjamin - offers an interesting case study into the future of film soundtracks; a future that taps the depth of streaming services to offer much more than the traditional, static 12-track playlist on plastic.
By Alan Cross, Canadian Broadcaster, Radio Consultant, and Curator for Songza.
Guys like Thom Yorke and David Byrne can rage against the dying of the light as much as they want, but that won’t prevent streaming from eventually becoming the dominant way music is distributed and consumed. Is what we have right now perfect? No. The whole thing is still a money pit for everyone involved except the consumer.
SXSW Music 2015 has announced the first round of artists invited to perform at the 29th edition of the conference and festival, as well as, the first round of conference programming. Highlighted sessions this year will include: SXSW Interview with The Church; Viva Album Art!; Ladies First: How to be a Woman in Rap Journalism; That Sync-ing Feeling!; The Future of Event Tech; and Getting Royalties from Streaming Music Services. Check out the full first-round list here.
SXSW Music Festival's first round of artists scheduled to perform are:
Microsoft just announced it's rollout of Music Deals - a new app for Windows and Windows Phone users with big music taste on a tight budget. The company has promised the realease of 101 "top albums" on Tuesday of every week. These albums will be all be available for a limited time at the discounted cost of $1 - $2. Though the Music Deals is in its early stages, it has the potential to give Microsoft its first foothold in the pricing war with the already sparring Spotify, Apple, and virtually everyone in between.
(UPDATE 2) Pandora has opened its long anticipated analytics platform, Pandora AMP, to all artists and managers. The free service provides a detailed view of the audiences of 125,000+ artists on the hugely popular online radio service. Derived from tens of billions of hours of personalized listening, Pandora hopes that AMP will help artists, most of whom never receive traditonal broadcast radio play, to make decisions about touring, single selection, set lists, audience targeting and more.
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Google Play has announced a new version of Google Play Music that integrates Songza technology for the first time since Google acquired the company this summer. While this rollout features slick graphic upgrades across Android, iOS, and web platforms, and more user friendly functionality, it is much more than a simple aesthetic upgrade. Songza's customizable "Music Concierge" technology allows the listener to drive their listening experience, or to take a back seat and enjoy the full service music player.
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I've been a Bandcamp user for a few years now and I love it. I love the fact that they pay out a significant share of the revenue directly to the artists, unlike other services. In addition, despite the fact that fans may stream all the music for free and even easily rip it, over $80M were paid out to artists through Bandcamp to date (including almost $3M in the last month). This serves as strong evidence that Bandcamp's focus on doing what's good for the artists is working out well. In the words of Bandcamp CEO, Ethan Diamond, "People want to support the artists that they love."
TuneCore has announced the launch of YouTube Money, a monetization and collection service for music videos. Music videos are estimated to drive nearly 40% of all views on YouTube and a survey of TuneCore artists showed they now consider YouTube to be the third most important point of distribution for their music, behind only iTunes and Spotify.
Ironically, or perhaps strategically, TuneCore's YouTube Money competes with Audiam, a YouTube monetization service launched last year by Jeff Price and Peter Wells, TuneCore co-founders who exited the flat fee music distributor in 2012.
Rightsholders have accused Google of promoting piracy since the dawn of search. The online giant's efforts to end the practice have been frustratingly incremental. But they took several steps forward with some significant announcements over the last few days that include downgraded search results for pirate sites and upgraded ad units that promote music and other media better.
After 34 years of telling the world who is next to make it big and being ahead of the curve, the CMJ Music Marathon is taking a few cues from some of the more famous festivals of the world by focusing efforts on social. The legendary industry event recently unveiled their first ever app, with the aim being to make navigating the enormous festival just a bit easier.
Just as the battles with rightholders are heating up, Pandora has named Electronis Arts executive Steve Bené as its new General Counsel. He will also serve on the company’s Executive Leadership Team, and oversee all of Pandora’s legal operations and matters, including those related to corporate governance, securities, commercial transactions, litigation and intellectual property.
Spotify this morning announced Spotify Family, a new set of plans that allow up to five family members to use Spotify Premium at 50% off. 1 to 4 additional users can be added at $5 per with each getting their own Spotify Premium account including playlists, recommendations and individual listening history.That means a family of five pays $29.99 per month. Spotify Family will roll out over the coming weeks.