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Pandora Competitor Senzari Launches In U.S. & Brazil, Adds Facebook Friend Recommendations

image from www.google.comSenzari, a new Pandora competitor, launched in the U.S. and Brazil today with a licensed catalog of 10 million songs from all four major labels and many independents. Unlike Pandora, who has not followed the music service rush to Facebook, Senzari combines the musical choices of the user and their friends, as expressed on Facebook, to their individual choices and the sites algorithm.

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YouTube Dumps Insight, Launches Free Analytics

image from www.google.comYouTube has replaced and upgraded its Insight platform with the launch of YouTube Analytics. As an example of the kind of data, that YouTube now provides, they offered the video of the talking twin babies. Shot in Brooklyn, and this video has been viewed more than 10M times in the US and 30M times outside the U.S. 5% of its views came from Brazil, another 5% from Russian, and 1 out of 100 people in the Philippines watched. A list of key YouTube Analytics features:

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Say Hello To Spotify's New Apps [VIDEO]

image from www.google.comDuring a press conference today, Spotify CEO Daniel EK announced that the popular music streaming site had "become a music platform" with the addition of apps from Rolling Stone Magazine, Last.fm, TuneWiki, Songkick, Pitchfork, The Guardian and others (complete list here). The company also opened its API to other developers. But Spotify must approve each new app, and is not offering developers direct monetization (i.e. paid apps or revenue sharing). While new apps are not live yet, Spotify did publish this demo video:

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Oasis' Noel Gallagher Blasts iTunes, Shazam & Fans With Opinions [AUDIO]

image from www.google.comShazam, iTunes, 30 second "samples" and crowdsourcing all get blasted in 2 minutes and 33 seconds by former Oasis frontman Noel Gallagher. The tape was made to "promote" his "High Flying Birds" album  released in September on own Mash Records label. 

WARNING: His language is not fucking suitable for some workplaces.

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Perry Farrell's "Ugly American" Attitude & How To Promote Music In Emerging Markets

image from www.google.comPerry Farrell recently upset Brazilian music fans with a comment about their knowledge of music. Though this is bad pr for Lollapalooza's first run at Brazil, it also points to music opportunities in emerging markets for styles of music that are more popular abroad than in the States. All indie musicians - old school or avant garde - would benefit from exploring the possibilities.

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Blood, Sweat + Vinyl: Documenting 21st Century DIY

Blood-sweat-vinyl-logoDiscussions of DIY and indie music often center around how to conduct business and build a livelihood without signing with a major label. However, as we all know, the DIY and indie ranks are full of people who play music because they have to and take care of business inasmuch as it facilitates their art. That approach is the focus of the documentary "Blood, Sweat + Vinyl: DIY in the 21st Century" and filmmaker Kenneth Thomas has done an excellent job of capturing that perspective.

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VEVO & S-Curve Records Create New Interactive Music Video

Screen shot 2011-11-30 at 1.16.02 AM(UPDATED) With words like “engagement” and “involvement” being at the focal point of nearly every new piece of music technology surfacing as of late, we’re beginning to see more and more artists taking the traditional, passive experience of merely watching music videos and bringing it to the next digital plateau. 

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Sonos Adds Slacker, Upgrades Android App, Spotify Controls & Sonos Labs API

image from www.sonos.comA collection of 24,342 tracks is close to worthless if they can't be enjoyed at will. Cloud services like iTunes Match, Amazon Cloud and Google Music offer a partial solution, and streaming music provides another. But the last few feet between your music and listener bliss in places like the kitchen or back porch can still be elusive. Providing ubiquitous in-home audio has been Sonos' mission since launch; and a stream of innovation cemented their status as modern in-house audio leaders. (Yes, I know I'm gushing. If you've got a better product, prove it to me.) Here's the latest round of Sonos upgrades:

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Spotify Rumor Roundup: The Latest Before Today's Big Announcement [UPDATED]

image from www.google.com(UPDATE 2) Spotify is making a "big announcement" today at 12pm EST/9am PST which they say will mark a "new direction". I'll be live blogging here. Until then, here is a roundup of the latest Wall St Journal plus rumors, my guesses, a bit of humor and at least one wild theory:

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NEWS BRIEF: Spotify's Big Day, Hesse Exits Sony, Grooveshark, Pandora's Slide, OpenEMI & More

HypebotFaviconI'll be live blogging Spotify's "big announcement" starting just before Noon ET today.  The event will likely focused around new apps and here's a roundup of the latest rumors.

  • Sony Music's global digital President Thomas Hesse is leaving to return to Bertelsmann AG. He will be managing the corporation's global and digital business development.
  • Grooveshark Prepares To Unmask Anonymous ‘Whistleblower’ (TorrentFreak)

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Free Webinar For Hypebot Readers: Holiday Music Marketing & The New Digital Consumer

image from www.google.comYou define your target consumer, and then you plan your marketing campaign to reach them. This holiday season, however, the market has become more fragmented. NARM and eMusic are offering a webinar this Thursday December 1st sharing insights into the new music marketing landscape. Hypebot and MusicThinkTank readers get in free.

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Not Posting Videos On Facebook? New Data Shows You're Missing 60 Million Viewers

image from www.google.comNew comScore data shows 84 million U.S. Internet users watched online videos in October for an impressive average of 21.1 hours per viewer. The total U.S. Internet audience viewed 42.6 billion videos, an all time high. Google sites, driven by YouTube, ranked #1 with 161 million unique viewers and 20.9 billion videos viewed. But Facebook, which was barely a blip on the video viewing charts just a couple of years ago, came in at #2 with 59.8 million viewers. 

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Artspire: Making Crowdfunding Campaigns Tax Deductible, Eligible For Grants

ArtspireArtspire is a newly launched crowdfunding platform that takes a  different slant than sites like Kickstarter. A project of the New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA), this a web-based extension of NYFA's fiscal sponsorship program offers fundraising support as well as the ability to accept tax deductible contributions and grants usually restricted to 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organizations. It's a useful development for a well-established service that should be considered by musicians with an interest in developing donors and seeking grants.

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Grooveshark Email Reveals Execs Proud Of Growth "Without Paying A Dime To Any Of The Labels"

image from www.google.comCourt documents released in the lawsuit filed by Universal Music Group against Grooveshark include emails that appear to show that company executives set out to build as big an audience as possible while not paying for music. Their strategy appears intended to establish a stronger negotiating position with record labels while avoiding millions in payments to artists, labels and publishers. From an email dated 12/1/2009, Chairmen Sina Simantob wrote to another Grooveshark executive:

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Dizzyjam vs. Bitvibe: Music Merch Store Battle

Skull-hoodieDizzyjam.com and Bitvibe offer contrasting models for web-powered music merch stores. Dizzyjam.com is similar to CafePress with more limited options while Bitvibe is an even newer breed of merch store similar to Soulblendr which was previously profiled at Hypebot. Both provide platforms that feature band merch without requiring as much in-house work as creating and fulfilling merch requests on one's own.

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What To Expect At Tomorrow's Big Spotify Announcement

image from www.hypebot.com(UPDATED) We'll be live blogging Spotify's promised a "big announcement" tommorrow (11/30) at 12pm EST / 9am PST. The company says it is taking a "new direction". But aside from CEO Daniel Ek hosting along with some "special guests", no other details are being provided. That hasn't kept the pundits from making educated guesses. Here's what the experts think, my best guesses and a wild theory that could change digital music consumption for decades:

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What Music App Would Rock Your World? Midem Hack Days Wants To Know

image from www.google.comMusic industry meg-gathering midem will play host to the second edition of its hack day from January 28 - 30. Like Music Hack Days elsewhere, about 30 global developers and hackers globe will be given 48 hours to create new music applications. With the number of music related APIs exploding, the hacks created at these marathons have grown from just fun to useful, with some driving business expansion and new startups.

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NEWS BRIEF: Facebook EU Sanctions & $100B IPO, Music's Eurozone Crisis, Spotify, Pandora & More

HypebotFaviconEU appears ready to slap Facebook with privacy sanctions that cut to the core its business model. (Mashable) With a cloud hanging over it, can Facebook pull off a $100 billion IPO (Wired) which some say could happen as early as April

  • Is Digital Music The Next Eurozone Crisis Waiting To Happen? (paidContent UK) Another brilliant analysis form Mark Mulligan.
  • We'll be live blogging tomorrow's "big" Spotify press conference. In the meantime, we're gathering our and other pundit's best guesses as to what they'll be announcing. Stay tuned...

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New Study Says Average Facebook Fan Worth $9.56

image from www.hubspot.comA new study by social-media marketing firm SocialCode puts the value of the average Facebook fan $9.56 per fan, assuming a constant cost-per-click of $1. The study looked at 5 million Facebook ads placed by  50 SocialCode clients between May and September 2011 measuring the cost of acquiring new fans and what it took to get them to perform a desired action. The study looked at 7 possible actions that might happen on or via a Facebook page :

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Google Music To Help Independent Musicians. But, What's In It For Google?

image from www.google.comThis post is by David Harrell who.blogs from the perspective of a musican who self-releases music with his band The Layaways at DigitalAudioInsider.

As a self-released musician, I was happy to see that Google Music includes the option for musicians to add their material to its music store, without having to go through a distributor. I wish the same option were available for Apple's iTunes. But what's the real upside for Google?

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Webdoc: A New Level Of Social Content Creation

Web-doc-logoWebdoc is an interesting new service that takes the Storify concept of mixing and matching web content to another level. It was the winner of the recent MUSIC techpitch 4.5 event in London. Though not limited to music, it's clearly useful for musicians, marketers and fans who want to quickly create content that has a more social element than Storify.

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NARM's Donio: 20 Years Of Music Retail Upheaval & Next Shift From Sales To Streaming [VIDEO]

image from www.google.com(UPDATED) Jim Donio, President of NARM, joins Ian Rogers for a new episode of This Week In Music to talk about how music retail has changed over the past 20 years. Since 1958, The National Association of Recording Merchandisers has represented retailers, wholesalers, and now technology companies selling recorded music. Jim and Ian speak about the evolution of that process over the past decades, as well as NARM's new technology initiatives. About 18:30 in the pair tackle the coming mega-shift from the sale of music to subscriptions and streaming

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Final Day To Crowdfund Onyx Ashanti's Amazing Beatjazz Cyborg

Beatjazz-afro-helmetOnyx Ashanti, an artist and inventor based in Berlin, is in the final days of a crowdfunding campaign for the second phase of development for Beatjazz, his "quest to build the most amazing live music performance system ever." It's quite an interesting project that is hitting the end of its IndieGoGo funding window soon, possibly today. If you feel the time has come for improvisational music cyborgs that dance, this is a project you should probably be supporting.

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Spotify Suffers Outage Ahead Of Wednesday's Big Announcement

image from www.google.comSpotify suffered scattered outages on Sunday evening that effected users in the US and Europe. Some users trying to login were greeted with the message: “Service Temporarily Unavailable. The server is temporarily unable to service your request due to maintenance downtime or capacity problems. Please try again later.” A couple of hours later service began to stabilize, and Spotify tweeted:

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NEWS BRIEF: Spotify's 'Big' Day, Sweden v. Legal Music, TuneCore v. DMN, Fugazi, Dizzee Rascal, More

HypebotFaviconSpotify had a brief outage Sunday, just days ahead of their "Big Announcement" on Wednesday. Music marketing options like this Gorillaz 10th Anniversary page may be part of the update. That same night Spotify is celebrating with a second 'user only' gig in their London series w/Gruff Rhys (Super Furry Animals) and Josh T Pearson.

  • Is Sweden selling its music-makers for a song? Swedish songwriters are up in arms after politician Annie Lööf suggested illegal downloads be legitimised for private use. (Guardian)
  • JOIN THE DEBATE: Digital Music News used Tunecore stats to claim that "99.875% of its artists make less than minimum wage" and the only solutions are "a day job or subsidizing parents".  Needless to say, Tunecore CEO Jeff Price didn't agree. More here.

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Blogger Criticizes Artists for Making Money; TuneCore CEO Jeff Price Responds

image from www.google.com(UPDATED) Earlier this week, blogger Paul Resnikoff of Digital Music News used isolated statistics obtained from TuneCore to prove an oversimplified claim that "99.875% of Tunecore artists are making less than minimum wage". According to DMN, the image from t3.gstatic.comsolution for developing artists is "a day job or subsidizing parents to keep the ship afloat."

TuneCore CEO Jeff Price responds: Before I say another word, yes, I know I'm rising to the bait. I know this response means more eyeballs for Digital Music News – a semi-legitimate music industry blog that tends to be sensational to drive eyeballs. I know that Paul Resnikoff’s constant personal attacks on TuneCore and me are a goad and good for his web traffic. Okay, sometimes the only way to refute a gambit is to accept it. If this means more people paying attention to Paul's site and generating revenue for his ad-supported business model, I guess he wins that round.

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