[UPDATE 2] The centerpiece of today's Spotify web upgrade is a Lyrics button that delivers lyrics from MusixMatch scrolling across the screen karaoke style. (see video below) But the new feature may place Spotify in violation of U.S. copyright law, according to Joseph C Vangieri, CEO of karaoke provider DigiTrax.
Last week we learned that Apple had hired top rated BBC One Radio DJ Zane Lowe for some kind of music curation post at a retooled iTunes. Now comes word that Apple is hiring more music journalists.
In an industry where musicians are constantly vying for any source of substantial income, CD Baby's rights management service known as CD Baby Pro forges ahead into 2015 with promise worthy of indie artist's attention.
When BBC Radio One DJ Zane Lowe announced an unexpected move to Apple, Mark Mulligan interpreted that as writing on the wall. Take a closer look at the shifts happening within the streaming service sector and what they could mean for the industry as a whole in this guest post from Music Industry Blog.
Musicians unhappy with the size of their payments from streaming music services have meant an ongoing public relations nightmare for Spotify, Pandora and their competitors. Attempts to plead for patience, explain the complex math and blame the record labels have all fallen on deaf ears. So the music streamers have each hatched a plan to win over artists without increasing payouts. They're promising to help them...
2014 was the year many of us realized that Spotify and other streaming services aren’t doing right by our favorite artists, but breaking it off can be hard. Peter Getty explores new ways to discover music in 2015 on PeterGettyMusic.com
Some in the industry have been critical of Pandora's payments to artists and labels. As part of a campaign to show that the platform can help artists, the music streamer began offering a free analytics dashboard. Now Pandora is experimenting with allowing artists to include audio messages in their streams.
Remember when recording was revolutionized by the cassette player? Hip Hop artist Trace Marx (Mark Larmon) is on a mission to initiate another revolution by taking the cassette recorder concept and merging it with modern technology - thus, the RecorderPlugin.
What happens when an industry’s well-being lies in the hands of a monopolistic group of state-owned enterprises that don’t care about sustainability, much less the growth, of the industry, and don't invest the money they make on others’ content back into nurturing that industry? Archie Hamilton takes a closer look in this post on Billboard.com