In this episode of the Music Business Podcast, we talk with Bill Wilson, who is the VP of digital strategy and business development at the Music Business Association. We talk to Wilson about the state of metadata in the music business and why it’s so important for musicians and consumers.
As Spotify rolls out a new playlist discovery feature, finding new music just became that much easier. But is it enough? Many streaming services still fail to provide an effective and interactive means of searching based on the musicians and creators behind the music they are presenting.
The success or failure of Apple Music will signal both the speed at which consumers are shifting to paid music subscriptions, and the fate of its competitors. Tim Cook has said that "millions and millions" are using the service. Now come our first, still very unofficial, stats.
With no official numbers available, speculation over how many Apple Watches have been sold range from somewhat weak to 'strong, but too early to tell.' Whatever the stats, interest in Apple Watch has been high, and as with most of its new product rollouts, the company puts music at the center of its branding.
ReverbNation, today launched EchoMusic, a free music discovery iOS and Android app aimed straight at fans of the 4 million independent musicians that use the ReverbNation platform to market and monetize their music.
Amidst a host of other suspicious activity on the part of Spotify and Google, the Federal Trade Commission is instead investigatingApple regarding their 30% commission on "digital consumables" sold through their app store.
Can Spotify really save the music industry? Many artists and labels are putting their faith in streaming services, both as a source of direct revenue and a way of gaining access to data on their fans, but they might be better off relying on more old school methods.
Berklee College of Music/Rethink-Music/Kobalt Music put out a report criticizing various rights/publishing organizations within the music industry for not providing artists with sufficient transparency or pay, although this article posits that the report should have delved deeper.
An official stat from Spotify buried in a press release announcing a partnership with SFX's Beatport and some basic math net a statistic that should make both independent artists and established record label executives smile.
In this episode of Music Business Podcast, we talk to Jim McDermott, who is a social media and content marketing strategist for artists. He has developed successful grassroots and online marketing campaigns for Guns & Roses, Sheryl Crow, David Bowie, and many others. We talk to McDermott about streamingmusic exclusives and whether they matter.
Rhapsody was one of the first streaming music services. For now, its been eclipsed by Spotify, Apple Music and Deezer. But by sticking to "paid only," a model Apple also adopted, they forged a path that other music streamers may someday be forced to follow.
It didn't matter as much when streaming music was primarily attracting fan who prefer deep catalog over hits. But as more casual music fans convert to streaming, they are in for some disappoints thanks to 7 major artists who have kept their catalog off Spotify, Apple Music and all on demand streaming services.
[UPDATED] Apple Music launched with an undeniable advantage. More than 55 million U.S. households have at least one iPhone, iPad, iPod or Mac, and millions more use iTunes on a PC. So if even a fraction those users signed up, Apple Music would be a strong competitor. But would they like Apple Music enough to continue to pay?
Data created or human curated? Which one music fans will ultimately prefer is being tested at every music service. Most - except Pandora - offer a mix of both approaches, but lean towards one of the other. Spotify launched a new use of data today that could prove to be popular with both fans and creators.
You have to wonder if owning a streaming music is as cool as Jay Z thought it would be when he shelled out millions to buy and relaunch Tidal. Every time you think he's turning the corner, another executive exits or another bombshell lands.
In this episode of Music Business Podcast, Cortney Harding and Kyle Bylin review Apple Music. They both spent a lot of time using the brand-new service before they gathered to share their thoughts. It turns out that Apple Music is actually pretty good. In fact, it's really good. There are rough edges. Hopefully, they smooth out in time.
What does the shift to a streaming music economy mean for the industry as a whole? As the business changes and SasS (Software as a Service) providers become the dominant players, artists will have to work hard to remain relevant.
Neil Young has been complaining about the audio qualityof music downloads and streams since their inception. He even launched a music service and player, Pono, to do something about it. We haven't heard much from Pono lately, but now Young has opened a new front in his battle for better audio.
The Grateful Dead's farewell tour, along with large festivals like Coachella, have been garnering increasingly massive audiences through their live streams. What does this mean for the companies providing the streaming service, and their ability to monetize the phenomenon?
Taylor Swift's now famous open letter demanding that Apple Music pay artists during their 90 day free trial period was both unexpected and perfectly timed, according to details shared by her label boss at a Fortune's Brainstorm Tech conference this week.
Last month, after Amazon exited the Google and Pandora backed anti-artist MIC Coalition, pro-artist advocates set their sights on NPR. Why NPR "who artists have worked so closely with over the years, would be involved in a Coalition apparently so laser-focused on cutting artists’ pay?," asked MusicFirst.
The arrival of Beats 1 could spell the return of 'monoculture' and the reunification of the music listening experience, as the focus of listeners shifts from the artists and back to their music. Is that good or bad?
[UPDATED] While the popularity of streaming has been increasing, revenue from downloads has been declining, and as more companies like Apple and Spotify focus on a playlist model of distribution, traditional albums, and the music industry as a whole, could be in trouble.
Details regarding a recent lawsuit filed by several artists associated with American Idolhave revealed some rather alarming details about the manner in which Sony is able to negotiate its contracts with third parties such as Spotify, effectively stating that Sony has the right to act in the interest of its own profit, regardless of potential financial detriment to artists.