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.
Record labels are considering pulling all music videos off YouTube because its become the free music service of choice for so many. They're are upset over the lack of revenue and the anemic pace of Google's efforts to add paid tiers and better monetize the service.
Will YouTube see a return on its latest investment? In an effort to assist its creators in making original content with high production value, YouTube has begun opening resource centers to be used by its filmmakers, free of charge.
Is the takedown-first approach to copyright infringement really a good option? A recent video featuring the Mayor of Toronto head-bopping to Kanye has been pulled, with little consideration given to fair use.
Overwhelmed by the many social media channels you should be following and participating on? Your anxiety level just increased thanks to a new kid on the block that's attracting users in the tens of millions and just got $70 million to expand.
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?
One major slip online has forced rapper 50 Cent into bankruptcy. In an effort to retain some assets and reorganize his assets, he filed Chapter 11 after loosing a lawsuit claiming he'd uploaded a video of a 13 minute sex tape.
9 years after Prince and his then publisher Universal Music demanded that a mother take down a short YouTube video of her toddler dancing to "Let's Go Crazy", the parties are still in court arguing over the meaning of fair use thanks to a vigilant Electronic Frontier Foundation.
[UPDATE] The term "game changing" is overused, but Facebook launching a music service would deserve the descriptor. Tens of millions consuming music on the same platform that they share their likes and dislikes gives new meaning to the term viral.
What if Spotify compensated popular playlisters?The disruptive nature of the internet has dramatically affected a variety of industries, with music no exception. But what changes occur as early adopters of platforms like YouTube transition into being sponsored professionals, and what is the potential for the same sort of evolution on Spotify.
Watch time an important but misunderstood concepts that affect the health of your YouTube channel and videos. While many creators focus exclusively on view counts, YouTube prioritizes watch time when it’s deciding how favorably to treat your video in search results and featured placements across the platform.
OK, I'm going to just say it. I used to make fun of Taylor Swift as another lightweight pop star. She still is unlikely to join the pantheon of musical geniuses and pioneers. But when an artist consistently delivers mega-hits while cultivating an image that is more about self-empowerment than sex and money, she deserves respect.
Facebook has always left the music business to others, but that may be about to change. With video viewing on Facebook exploding, the online giant announced that it would start paying creators and began secret talks with the record labels.
Being an indie musician means waging a constant war for survival. At the times of R.E.M., it was a real nightmare to self-produce and self-promote indie music, as artists didn't have such a powerful tool as the World Wide Web.
Digital music distributor and YouTube multi-channel network (MCN) ONErpm has opened a Brooklyn studio so creators in its network can produce HD videos at no charge. ONErpm MCN's recently hit 700 million views per month on YouTube.
It was Carrie Underwood's night. At Wednesday's CMT Music Awards she took home three awards, including Female Video of the Year for "Something In the Water" and Collaborative Video of the Year with Miranda Lambert for "Somethin' Bad."
It will be months before we know if Apple Music is a hit. But one thing you can bet on is that Apple will use its substantial resources to promote it; and thus promote all music streaming. As Sony CEO Doug Morris said at Midem, a rising tide raises all ships.
Until recently, YouTubehad the market cornered on video both by users and brands. If you wanted the greatest interaction with your fans, that's where you'd go. That's all changed recently since Facebookhas put such a huge emphasis on video.
With the seemingly unstoppable growth being experience by the market for apps allowing you to broadcast your life in real time it should come as no surprise that artists have found yet another way to connect with their fans in the digital space.
"He said, 'Just make sure if you fail, you did what you wanted to do.' I took that to heart. I said, 'O.K., then that's what I'm going to do.' - Jerry Seinfeld, recalling advice that David Letterman gave him in 1988 when he had just made a deal to do a sitcom for NBC.
[UPDATED] YouTube, Vine and other social media outlets are providing a pathway devoid of the usual gatekeepers for musicians to build an audience. But despite their self-created success, many of these d.i.y. stars still seem eager to partner with major music companies.
In this episode of Music Business Podcast, Cortney Harding and Kyle Bylin discuss YouTube and music videos. YouTube is widely known as the most popular music service. It's where most young people go to find and stream songs. Harding and Bylin talk about where music videos are today and how technology has changed them.
Last week, Spotify added audio and video content from a wide variety of major media companies including NPR, MTV, Vice and The Nerdist. While seen as a preemptive move prior to next month's Apple/Beats music relaunch, there was also another reason that the music streamer added video.
Censorship of music, almost unthinkable in the U.S. and Europe, still exists in other parts of the world. Taiwanese singer Jolin Tsai's "We're All Different, Yet The Same" song and music video featuring same-sex relationships has been banned on TV and radio in Singapore by the government agency responsible for censorship.
There's an overwhelmingly large community of musicians on YouTube. This has been a really positive thing, as the amount of knowledge and skill amassed on this single website has really helped a lot of players in their own practicing and improvement.