- Google Tells Zoe Keating: Sign Music Key Deal or We'll Block Your YouTube Channel
In this episode of the Upward Spiral, a music business podcast, we talk with Theda Sandiford, who is the VP of Commerce at Republic Records and Island Records, where she handles VEVO, Spotify, Youtube and more. Sandiford got her start at WBLS and then became the first black programmer of a major market country station. In 1994, she was nominated for “Programmer of the Year Award” by the CMA. She moved to Billboard to run the Hot 100 chart, then went on to work at Def Jam. After spending time working with an online games startup, she came back to the music industry, and currently works at Republic. We talk to Sandiford about big data, music streaming, and gaming startups.
Melboss Co-Founders, Francisco Buendia and Filippo Tartari saw a need for an inclusive music hub and open marketplace and aim to fill that deficit with Melboss. Melboss prides itself on being an open network to musicians centered around the building of community instead of perpetuating competition where artists can collaborate and build their careers together. Melboss offers a wide variety of tools and resources geared toward emerging artists - signing up is simple and free on Melboss.com
Google has cut deals with the major labels and most independents to launch YouTube Music Key, a paid music and video subscription service. But truly indie artists like Zoe Keating are now being forced to sign a new Google deal as-is or be pulled off YouTube entirely.
"They were nice and took time to explain everything clearly to me," Keating wrote on her blog. "but the message was firm.... I need to sign on to the new Youtube music services agreement or I will have my Youtube channel blocked."
When technology is used to record, store, and encode sound digital music has been created. Beyond it's creation, digital music is what then allows customers to listen or download music that artists are distributing for profit. As album sales have declined beyond repair, the distribution via streaming services is dominating the market deeming digital music an immoveable part of the landscape of today's music industry. A recent report conducted by TechNavio projects the Global Digital Market will grow at a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 14.61% between 2015 and 2019.
Music streaming service Rdio today announced expansion into 24 new countries and territories. As part of its expansion across the Caribbean, Central America and Asia Pacific, Rdio is exclusively partnering with Digicel, a mobile carrier with a customer base of 14 million. Today's additions mean that Rdio is available in a total of 85 markets.
Spotify has followed the lead of hot apps like Snapchat adding swiping gestures. An upgraded iOS app adds Touch Preview which allows users to preview a song from a playlist, album or artist with the touch of a finger. Drag your finger across the screen to sample songs, and once done you’ll be taken back to where you left off. Touch Preview also makes building playlists easier: when previewing a track swipe left saves it to Your Music or right to play next.
Details & A Video Preview
Google and YouTube have been plotting ways to encourage people to pay for streaming music. YouTube Music Key, currently in beta, charges $7.99 and up for a premium overlay to YouTube. Now a feature rich Chrome extension, Streamus, does most of that for free. Developed by an independent third party developer, Streamus has been in beta for almost three years; and the care spent building the app shows.
(UPDATED) Apple has acquired UK music analytics firm Musicmetric and it's parent company Semetric. Musicmetric pulls data from social, the web and music services to provide analytics and forecasting for the music industry and other media companies. Apple will reportedly use the technology to add analytics to Beats Music when it relaunches later this year. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
In a recent episode of the Upward Spiral, a music business podcast, we talked with Jon Maples, the former VP of product at Rhapsody, about what the music startup landscape looks like in 2015 and how the streaming wars amongst the largest companies are going. Maples also shared his view on why it's difficult to compare the success of Netflix to Spotify. Here is a transcript of the first part of the podcast discussion.
(UPDATED) BandsInTown announced today that more than 15 million music fans have downloaded its app. The company also shared that 250,000 artists now use the platform to promote their live shows. 66,000 new artists including Usher, indie buzz band Mating Ritual, Childish Gambino, Jhené Aikoand DJ's like Amon Tobin joined in the last year alone.
Sonos appears poised to correct the only real flaw that I've found in it's otherwise superior wireless music system: the ability to contol Sonos from within my favorite music apps. A new jobs ad posted by the company points to the creation of an API that would allow digital music services to do just that.
Directional Music has launched it's website and online searchable music database providing curated content for music supervisors and media makers looking to license music. Directional music aims to keep indie musicians in business by including their work in their powerful search platform, making it available for synch licensing. Users can search, license, and collaborate with others on a project-by-project basis.
In this episode of the Upward Spiral, a music business podcast, we talk with Jon Maples, the former VP of product at Rhapsody, who is now writing on his blog and consulting for companies. We ask Maples about the next crop of music startups and where they might take the music industry in the coming years.
[UPDATED] Yesterday, Google announced changes that could help artist and promoters at every level to sell more concert tickets. From now on, a Google Search for an artist or venue will highlight show and ticketing info drawn directly from Ticketfly, Ticketmaster, AXS and other major ticketers. To find out how this might effect the concert business and ticket sales, we turned to Kristina Wallander, VP of Marketing at Ticketfly.
By Alex Cohen from Berklee College of Music's Music Business Journal.
Although technology may have destroyed the recorded music market, it has played a significant role in enhancing live performances. Recent developments need to be heeded by both artists and concert producers.
Google has been enhancing music related search in recent months highlighting links to tracks and videos; and a new search feature makes it much easier for fans to discover and buy tickets for live shows. Available on desktop, mobile and within the maps app, Google Search now highlights show info drawn directly from Ticketfly, Ticketmaster, AXS and other major ticketers. Studies have shown that more than 40% of tickets are unsold due to lack of awareness.
How Google Search Will Help Sell More Tickets
U.S. based Rdio has become the first global music streaming service to launch in India. Much like Rdio's offerings elsewhere, India's massive user base can access free radio-like streams or upgrade to a full on-demand premium subscription service, which in India will cost just $1.99 US a month. The expansion into India has been expected since Rdio acquired troubled Indian streaming music service Dhingana in March of 2014.
Please join us in extending a warm welcome to Nia Jones, the new community manager of Hypebot.com's sister site, MusicThinkTank.com. Nia joined us as an intern in 2014 and has proved herself an invaluable addition to the team. Immersing herself in the music industry as much as possible, Nia has helped develop strategies for musicians ranging from unknown indie artists to Snoop Dogg, Far East Movement and YG.
[UPDATED] Stock photo and video site Shutterstock (NYSE: SSTK) continues to expand its music offering with toady's announcement that it has acquired PremiumBeat, a royalty-free music service with 5,000 curated tracks. Shutterstock paid $32 million in cash for PremiumBeat, with additional considerations due if financial goals are met through 2018.
New Leader For Shutterstock Music
Midemlab showcases innovative startups proposing solutions for creative industries to enhance consumer experiences. Now accepting applications for the 8th edition of the Midemlab Startup Competiton, the company aims to bridge the gap between investors and deserving innovators. Selection partners are open innovation consulting company Bluenove, investment firm Index Ventures, music consulting company Music Ally and pre-seed & seed stage fund Seedcamp. Applicants have until March 5th, 2015 to apply.
By Jon Maples on JonMaples.com
The past year was a doozy for digital music. We saw Beats Music come and go with a rush, Spotify grow significantly and digital track sales hit the skids as streaming continued to grow in popularity. And for everything that happened, 2014 probably will be remembered as a transitional year. Big players like Apple and YouTube have yet to really show their cards. The impact of Spotify as a worldwide music platform has yet to really take hold. Many existing services still continue to solider on, despite significant changes that have impacted the marketplace.
Some are predicting that 2015 will be year the year that hi-definition audio takes hold. Neil Young's Pono, Tidal, Deezer and others are all pushing new, more expensive services that promise superior sound. But superior to what? Few would argue that so called hi-def audio sounds superior than the traditional mp3, but Neil Young's own engineers at Pono admit that you might be better off sticking with your CDs than paying the extra money, according to a new report.
Confused by all the talk about hi-def and hi-rez audio? The Music Business Association (Music Biz) and the Consumer Electronics Association’s (CEA) High Resolution Audio initiative have released a new infographic that breaks down the definition of High Resolution Audio, providing a visual representation of a highly complex term.
"The heart of music will always remain the same, the way we consume it will constantly evolve." The Annual Music Tech & Futures Summit being held on February 19th & 20th in Nashville, TN. explores the sharing of music moments through technology. Boasting over 25 industry expert keynote presentations, 150+ industry leaders and innovaters in attendance, the Music Tech & Futures Summit offers ample networking opportunites - furthermore, Hypebot readers can enjoy those opportunites for 20% off of registration.
Spotify announced this morning that it now has 15 million paid subscribers and 60 million active users worldwide. The milestone comes as Spotify and its competitors jockey for position in an increasingly crowded streaming music sector; and ahead of the full integration of Beats Music into the Apple and iTunes ecosystem. (We hear that's likely to happen early this summer.)