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REWIND: The New Music Industry's Week In Review

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MusicThinkTank Weekly Recap: What's The Story? & More

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Where

The Music Industry

Thinks Out Loud

 

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Getting It Done: The Week In D.I.Y. & Indie Music

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8tracks Launches Revamped Streaming Player For iOS

8tracks_2.0Listener-curated Internet radio service 8tracks has released an all-new version of its mobile app for iOS. The free app sports a completely revamped user interface and introduces several new features, including radio-style playlists based on mood or occasion, full-screen album artwork, and the ability to find and invite friends. The San Francisco-based company hosts more than 600,000 online user-generated mixtapes that range from a multitude of genres and countries.

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The Week In Music Publishing: More Sony/ATV Auctions, Prince Royce, The Who

image from www.google.comSony/ATV's Rosetta Publishing catalog is going under the hammer as part of its divestment to appease regulators for the $2.2 billion purchase of EMI Music Publishing. The catalog includes hits by Culture Club, Devo, and many more '80s stars. 

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Groovebug's Blue Note Is First Curated iOS Music Subscription App

Blue-note-thumbBy Eliot Van Buskirk of Evolver.fm.

Yesterday, we reported on the first iOS app in iTunes that lets fans of the classic rock band Crosby, Stills, and Nash subscribe to the band for $4/month through an iPad app. The band calls this “the first” artist subscription app in iTunes, and we believe that to be the case. It’s a fascinating idea, this notion of subscribing directly to a band, with the opportunity to get not just songs, but merchandise deals, exclusive photos and videos, and all sorts of other odds and ends.

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Pitchfork's Bat For Lashes Interview Reveals Impressive New Approach To Site Design

Haunted-bat-manBy Knar Bedian of Evolver.fm.

Designers everywhere tweeted praise for Bat For Lashes’ Pitchfork ”cover story” last week, raving about its elegant style. How impressive could a text interview really be? Well, if you haven’t checked out the site yet, take a look. It’s design and photography at its best.

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A Closer Look At The Plight Of Uninsured Musicians

Healthcare_bannerNew York Magazine's recent story with Grizzly Bear exposed several economic realities of being an independent artist in today’s music business. The NYM went on to reveal that, “some band members don’t even have health insurance.” The Brooklyn-based rockers are far from being alone, as one third of full-time working musicians do not have health insurance, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation. For a look at the plight of uninsured musicians  – and what's being done to address it – we spoke with Adam Huttler, a leading health care reform advocate whose organization, Fractured Atlas, has been providing affordable health insurance to musicians and artists for more than a decade.

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What Happens When An Artist Makes Their Music Free For One Day [CASE STUDY]

Andy OthlingGuest post by Andy Othling who makes music as Lowercase Noises, is the guitarist for Future of Forestry. His blog is dedicated to helping independent musicians build a fan base.

There’s a lot of debate about whether giving away your music for free is a good practice or not. Some say that it devalues your music and keeps people from taking you seriously. Some say it’s necessary to get people intrigued and listening.

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Worldwide iTunes Affiliate Links Via GeoRiot & Related Tools For Musicians

Geo-riot-logoAfter my recent post about bypassing Twitter's iTunes link jacking and other affiliate revenue tricks for musicians I heard from a number of companies relevant to musicians. In addition to sharing news from GeoRiot, VigLink and Referly, I include a bonus list of Hypebot posts about services that allow musicians to set up their own affiliate programs or have related features.

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UPDATED: Apple To Launch Free Music Streaming In Early 2013, Pandora Stock Continues Fall

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UPDATE:  Pandora stock continued to fall on Friday morning, down another 3% to $7.96 as of 11:15 ET. Sources suggest that at least one major label is not eager to concede to Apple's requests and is seeking a substantial advance payment.

Apple is planning to launch a free ad supported Pandora-like online music service in the first three months of 2013. Current negotiations with labels are focusing on differentiating features and how to share ad revenue. The talks could be completed next month according to Bloomberg.

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Free Web-Sourced Playlist Creator Musicplayr Launches Public Beta

Screen Shot 2012-10-25 at 10.58.41 AMComing off a recent $625,000 seed investment from Lars Langusch of Holzbrink Venures, Berlin-based music tech startup Musicplayr has just ended its closed beta period. The free, cross-platform service allows users to create an online music profile by collecting music links from YouTube, SoundCloud, Vimeo, Dailymotion and music blogs, allowing them to organize and play songs from multiple Internet sources as a sharable playlist.

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Metallica Prepping First Independent Release

Metallica2012photoThe famed rockers from Metallica are gearing up for their first non-major label release – a live concert DVD / Blu-ray entitled “Quebec Magnetic”, which will be released on the band's very own label in North America (no name for the label just yet). The material for the video was filmed over two nights in 2009 during the band’s Death Magnetic tour, and is due out on December 10th. This marks yet another recent departure by a legacy artist from the major labels, as several others are beginning to fancy the independent route.

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How Spotify Changed Music

4987475670_fc1d37b193_oGuest post by Kyle Bylin of sidewinder.fm, a music and tech think tank.

As Spotify moves from the fringes of the tech crowd to the mainstream market, it’s worth reflecting on how the online music service has changed the way many of us listen to music.

Not long ago, we went to great lengths to seek out and purchase albums for our collections. Now, we simply search for an artist on Spotify and add their entire discography to our library. With a single click, we can listen to their songs and not have to wait for a video to buffer or a download to complete. Rather than collect our favorite songs with diligent care, we capture them using the “Like” button with pure ease.

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Future Of Music Summit 2012 Free Live Stream 11/13

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WATCH LIVE NOW: The Future Of Music Summit

This year's Future of Music Summit, taking place in Washington, DC, November 13th, a week after the election, will be free to attend or to view live online, including here on Hypebot. That's a good thing because they've reached capacity registration on attendance and the online summit is now your only chance to participate in this gathering focused on the "intersection of music, technology and policy." So join a diverse group of attendees from musicians to entrepreneurs to policymakers at the FMC "E-Summit" for discussions on the future of music.

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How Much Do Digital Music Services Pay Copyright Owners? [INFOGRAPHIC]

StremaingDollarsAs music fans continue to have more options in their digital music consumption, the ways that artists and copyright holders get paid continues to become more complicated and fuzzy – often because of outdated copyright laws and private negotiations occurring between artists, labels and streaming services. Given that digital music services like Spotify and Pandora are continuing to see their user bases grow  at the same time that global music sales continue to decline overall, music services need to become transparent enough so that artists can get a clearer grasp of the viability and sustainability of their music careers through the usage of their recordings.

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Animation, Art & Music Videos

6258036979_c64f0eb6d7You may have seen the music video for ‘Just the Way You Are’ from Bruno Mars which combined live action and some animation. In the video, Mars drew shapes with unspooled tape to show his girlfriend how he felt about her. It seems that more artists are using animation in music videos because animation helps convey concepts like imagination or dreams. On Music Think Tank, Alfie Davenport writes about animation, its use in music videos, and its potential. Have you used animation in a music video or seen examples of creative music videos?

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SoundTracking Music App Integrates With Spotify And Instagram

image from soundtracking.comBy Eliot Van Buskirk of Evolver.fm.

The 54th music app to run within the Spotify desktop client launched today, and it’s a big one: Soundtracking, Apple’s pick for “the best iPhone app of 2011.”The Soundtracking Spotify app is free to use, with either the free or paid version of Spotify on the desktop. As with the Android and iOS versions, the basic idea here is to share whatever song you’re listening to, along with a picture or photo from Instagram or Google image search.

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Upward Spiral #12: The Roles Of Major Labels Today, Importance Of Music Charts, And More

6a00d83451b36c69e2017c326e71de970b-800wiIn this episode, the guys are joined by music industry veteran and digital expert Rynda Laurel (Smashing Pumpkins, Chuck D / Public Enemy, Afghan Whigs), diving into a series of deep discussions on the value of major labels and the importance of music charts (or the lack thereof). Also, the group discusses recent news about Facebook, Rhapsody and Taylor Swift. All this plus beef ribs, pizza, cold-brewed coffee, and more!

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Fan Sharing On Facebook Is Worth $4.20 + More Findings [STUDY]

Worldwide-Values-GraphicLooks like all those shares and retweets that artists and their teams constantly seek could be worth more than we may even realize. In a recent study conducted by independent and self-service ticketing platform Eventbrite, the total amount of dollars and visits per social media share has increased substantially over the last two years. The findings were from an October 2012 study that examined revenue and traffic benefits gained through the social sharing of events on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

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Beyond The Music: How Artists Create Communities

image from www.flickr.comGuest post by Richard Pulvino (@rpulvino) of sidewinder.fm, a music and tech think tank.

The word “community” is thrown around too loosely these days. Social media marketers work to convince fans that following an artist or band on Facebook or Twitter constitutes a commitment to becoming a member of their community. This is a fallacy, and a deceptive one by the marketers of the world.

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Full Text Of Mel Karmazin Letter To Staff On His Exit As Sirius XM CEO

image from www.google.comOutspoken Sirius XM Radio CEO Mel Karmazin will step down on Feb. 1, 2013, after his contract expires, according to an official release by the company. The satellite broadcaster's board has formed a search committee to consider both internal and external candidates to replace him. Here is the full text of Karmazin's email to staff:

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Why No Mention Of iTunes 11 From Apple Yesterday?

image from images.apple.comIs Apple having problems that are delaying the launch of iTunes 11? For music lovers, it was a glaring omission during yesterday's otherwise impressive Apple event which included the unveiling of the iPad Mini, a sleek new iMac, a 13 inch Macbook and much more. 

11/29/2012 UPDATE: iTunes 11 Will Finally Launch Today [REPORT]

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Monkeybars Music Ecommerce Platform Splits Sales Between Artists And Fans

MB_LOGO3Monkeybars today announced their official launch out of beta as a music ecommerce platform that rewards both artists and fans for their efforts. Musicians sell music and videos from the site and fans who buy content are then rewarded when social shares lead to sells. 100% of content proceeds go to musicians and fans. It's an appealing offer yet one that faces numerous challenges as they address a two-sided market. I spoke with CEO Steve Koskie this week about the Monkeybars vision.

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