A new Billboard expose uses court filings to offer a look inside the messy 2012 split between TuneCore and two of its founders Jeff Price and Peter Wells. During the weeks following, Price and Wells maintained that they had been treated unfairly; while Tunecore and its investors remained steadfastly silent.
Snapchat has been very public about its music ambitions, including rumored talks to start a label or to buy Taylor' Swift's Big Machine records in tandem with Apple. Today those tune-driven dreams took a concrete step forward with the addition of music to the ultra-popular messaging app. Beware the coming lip sync apocalypse.
By Kyle Bylin, author of Promised Land: Youth Culture, Disruptive Startups, and the Social Music Revolution.
Studying people’s music buying habits used to be simple. You handed a person a stack of postcards and told them to send you one the next time they bought an album. They wrote down what they purchased, why they purchased it, where they purchased it, how much they paid for it, and sent that postcard back to you.
Russ Crupnick, managing partner of research group MusicWatch Inc., says the rise of file-sharing clients and streaming music services has made it harder to track where people getting their music and whether they are paying anything at all. The number of things that people are doing has increased each passing year.
Guest Post by Cortney Harding on This Week In Music Tech
I travel internationally a handful of times a year, and each trip usually has a few “the world is flat” moments. I talked baseball with a cab driver in Japan! I flew to Africa and wound up in a hipster motorcycle shop/coffee bar just like the one three blocks from my house! I watched a movie, starring French people, about young artists in Brooklyn, in Paris. Basically, every trip I have a handful of those moments where I think “we’re all connected. Deep down, we’re just humans! Borders are just social constructs (drawn by British men after wars, sometimes).”
FUGA, a provider of technical solutions and services for the international music industry, has acquired additional shareholder funding for the development of new products and the expansion of their existing network. FUGA will begin closer cooperation with key shareholders Fintage House and Leon Ramakers on international sales.
TuneGo, a music discovery platform for emerging artists, has raised $1.2 million from serial entrepreneur Chris Murray and Pasadena Angel investor Kenny Kam. Alongside the funding, TuneGo announced deals with Spotify, Slacker and APM Music as distribution partners and some heavy-hitting producers including Peter Asher, Desmond Child and Ron Dante.
How TuneGo Works
Rhapsody and its Napster brand now have more than 2.5 million paid subscribers globally. That's up from 2 million in July, and paces annual subscriber growth a 60%. The increase was driven primarily by new global partnerships with automakers and wireless providers including T-Mobile and Telefonica.
New Listening Patterns
Each year Fast Company names the year's most innovative companies including a special category for music. In addition to putting the spotlight on some great companies, it's an interesting glimpse into how the mainstream business press views innovation in the music industry. In 2015, only Spotify returns from 2014's Top 10 Music Company list.
[UPDATED] Hypebot presents our first San Francisco meetup for readers to network with their peers. You are are invited to gather for drinks on Feb. 17, 2015 from 7:00–10:00PM at Bitters, Bock & Rye in San Francisco. There is a limit of 75 people for this event, so if you wish to attend, please fill out the RSVP form below. You will receive an email confirmation and a reminder before the event.
France based global streaming music service Deezer entered the U.S. market late last year with Elite, a hi-definition audio streaming service offering 35 million tracks in lossless FLAC (1,411 kbps), four times the maximum of most music streamers. 200,000 U.S. subscribers have signed up in the last four months paying $20 per month, according the company.
You pull out your smartphone and fire up Shazam to identify a great song you're hearing. But then what? Too often you forget the name of the band or song after 5 minutes; and seldom does it make into any form that encourages listening later. Now Spotify has created a solution by automatically putting them into a playlist. To set it up, Spotify Premium subscribers can follow these simple steps:
Pandora stock fell on news that the music streamer's earnings missed Wall Street expectations and the company's own guidance. Pandora's revenue and listener growth both slowed somewhat, but for the first time surpassed 1 billion song streams per day on select days, grabbing an impressive 79.2% of the overall internet radio market. Another big number shared in the earnings report: Pandora reported that it has paid a total of $1.2 billion to rightsholders including $439 million in 2014.
[UPDATED] Jay Z's deal to acquire Aspiro, the Scandinavian company that owns streaming music and video service WiMP and its hi-def audio cousin Tidal for $56 million, still needs final approval from stockholders. But that's not slowing its expansion plans, which as of this morning include launching Tidal in 22 new countries in the first quarter of this year.
Austin based startup ehcoTM has launched itself as "the giving channel" for artists. With hopes of establishing themselves as the "TOMS" of the music industry, ehco empowers artists to establish a single channel where fans can learn about, engage in, and give to their philanthropic & charitable efforts by way of offering exclusive content through their marketplace. Through transparent giving to 501(c)(3) non-profits of the artist's choice, t-shirts, vinyl records, and other merchandise can become a water well or a warm plate of food for someone who needs it.
JamKazam, a virtual live music platform and social media network for musicians, is bringing the stage to performing artists with their newest product, JamBlaster. JamBlaster offers a simple solution to recording music amongst musicians from all over the country by combining a quad core arm processor, like what you'd find in a tablet computer, with a two input premium audio interface into a new kind of music device powered by any standard router. Its plug and play ease of use remove the headache of drivers and software compatibility issues plaguing collaborative musicians today.
[UPDATED] Concert discovery and marketing app Bandsintown today introduced a free analytics tool that taps into its user base of 15 million concert goers. Bandsintown Manager allows musicians and their team to know where their largest concentrations of fans that go to shows are located, so that they can better plan tours and chose the right size venues. Having spent most of my career as a booking agent, Bandsintown Manager offers the first glimpse at the holy grail of touring: playing only where the fans are and avoiding wasted nights of half-empty venues.
Can musicians "save" a broken music industry? More than on successful artist turned entrepreneur certainly intend to try. Following in the footsteps of Dr. Dre (co-founder of Beats) and Neil Young (founder of hi-def music service Pono), Jay Z is set to become the latest musician-mogul to own a digital music service thanks to his $56 million bid to acquire Aspiro, the Scandinavian company that owns streaming music service WiMP and its hi-def audio cousin Tidal.
Why would I love a little Israel Music Conference more than SXSW? When it comes to music conferences, I feel like I can compare them to weddings. SXSW is sort of like a mass produced mandatory family wedding where you see and interact with everyone you have ever met in your family since the age of 6. They have grown up , they look at you forever in a certain way, and you all have the same interactions since the beginning of your existence You spend your time in a hall and then the DJ comes on and then there are certain parts which are awesome yet there is still this lethargic part to it we all dread. SXSW is just that, and it is the family wedding.
You kind of have to be there.
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.
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.