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Major U.S. ISPs Launch Anti-Piracy System: '6 Strikes And We'll Throttle You'

image from www.copyrightinformation.orgA long promised U.S. Copyright Alert System (CAS) finally went live earlier today.  Starting with Comcast and followed by AT&T, Cablevision,Time Warner, and Verizon later this week, major ISP's will issue escalating punishments to suspected P2P infringers, reducing their connection speeds after 5 or 6 offenses.

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What Is Indie? Can An Artist Top The Charts Without Help From A Major?

Macklemore-Thrift-ShopBy Kevin Erickson, Communications Associate, and Olivia Brown, Intern, at The Future Of Music Coalition.

Let’s look at some stats: Jack White’s Blunderbuss, number one debut on the Billboard 200, Third Man Records. Taylor Swift, worth $165 million, Big Machine Records. Adele, 21, more than 26 million records sold, XL Recordings. Gotye’s “Somebody That I Used To Know”, Grammy for Record of the Year, Eleven. Macklemore, a number one single on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart, no label.

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3 Trends Shaping The Future Of Product Development

Pocket-iphone-appGuest post by Max Engel (@8bitkid) for sidewinder.fm, a music and tech think tank.

Content providers are at a crossroads in the evolution of narratives online. Users are increasingly accessing content in ways that break the conventions of how stories should be told and articles delivered. Social channels are working to help content reach more people quicker than ever before, but these same viral mechanics mean that information often becomes disembodied and out of context. Publishers must also recognize that content is no longer static, and that instead the story only begins when the “post” button is pressed.

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Tunezy's New Fan Wishlists Connect Musicians And Fans Through Tangible Experiences

Tiffany-alvord-tunezy-experienceLast week Tunezy announced the introduction of Fan Wishlists that provide a structured means for musicians to identify fan experiences, i.e. direct interactions between fan and artist, that can then be monetized based on the actual desires of fans. Tunezy has done an excellent job of entering the direct to fan service space and refining their offering to fit the actual needs of fans and musicians.

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Case Study: Is Free Music Worth It?

And-the-giraffeBy Nick Roberts of And The Giraffe writing for Sunshine Promotion.

While it’s damn near impossible to calculate the life-time value of a fan for an up and coming independent band, the short term gains and costs are easily available. Below, I’ve run through what it looks like to be in an indie band and how free downloads both benefit and hurt our bottom line while trying to make a break in the industry.

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Kevin Arnold Named Co-Chair Of NARM's digitalmusic.org

image from www.narm.comKevin Arnold has been named co-chair of digitalmusic.org, the digital arm of music business trade group NARM.  Arnold, currently the EVP and Senior Advisor to the Global Digital Business Group at Sony Music Entertainment, will serve as co-chair with Christina Calio of Microsoft. Prior to joining Sony Arnold founded digital music distributor IODA which merged with The Orchard in 2012.

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Premiumization 101 for Musicians

PremiumWhat is the value of music in the digital age? Music conveys emotions and is abundant which can make it hard to sell as a product. Musicians are finding other ways to sell music and experiences. On Music Think Tank, Tommy Darker posts his opinion about the value of music and the concept of “premiumization”. What do you think of the value of music currently?  

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Facebook Admits They've Been Underreporting Your Page Reach For Months

Facebook-robotIn an unexpected turn of events, Facebook last week announced that their "engineering audit" of Page Insights "uncovered bugs that impacted impression and reach reporting." Apparently this is the explanation for much of the widespread drop in reported reach that so many have encountered with their Facebook Pages in recent months.

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Who Won The 2013 Academy Awards In Music?

image from assets.nydailynews.comMusic at the movies was the unofficial theme of the 2013 Academy Awards, and many big names preformed: Jennifer Hudson, Adele, Barbra Streisand, host Seth MacFarlane, Kristin Chenoweth, Shirley Bassey, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Norah Jones and the cast of "Les Miserables" all appeared. Despite an Oscar night fascination with music, just two Academy awards honor it directly.

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REWIND: The New Music Industry's Week In Review

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Tumblr Announces Curated #Music Tag In Likely Bid For Music-Related Native Ads

Tumblr-headphonesYesterday Tumblr announced the introduction of an official #Music page featuring content curated by handpicked editors. With a related exclusive interview on Billboard.biz, the news seems designed to attract music-related brands who wish to run native ads on Tumblr. It's a smart move that allows for a curated tag experience without totally hijacking current use of the #music tag.

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On Streaming Music Royalties, Unique Fan Experiences & More - Upward Spiral Podcast #19

image from www.hypebot.comHypebot's Upward Spiral Podcast returns with music writer Rich Pulvino and special guest-host Alicia Yaffe chat. They chat with us about streaming royalty payouts and discuss some notable examples of "special fan experiences". Plus, news on WMG, Billboard charts, and Billy Corgan's adventures in local TV advertising!

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Apps For Turning Tweets Into Music

Twitter-music-generators-313x234By Eliot Van Buskirk of Evolver.fm.

When you put words on Twitter, those words become data. Twitter has an API. You know what would be cool? To turn that data into music. Why not? To be clear, these apps are not for discovering music through Twitter (been there, done that). They actually incorporate Twitter — as in actual tweets — into music.

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Interview With Chris Milk: Directing Beck's 'Sound And Vision' In 360 Degrees

Hello_again_chris_milk_beck-591x357By Eliot Van Buskirk of Evolver.fm.

Do you like neat things that are from the future? Stop whatever else you’re doing and check out the immersive music collaboration between Beck and director Chris Milk. The flat version of this went viral earlier this month, but this version, released on Tuesday, lets you look around the venue as Beck and his cohorts play, simply by moving your face around (it uses your webcam, obviously).

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Ustream Opens Pay-Per-View To General Public Including "Your Brother's Band"

Ustream-logoThis week live streaming platform Ustream launched their Open Pay-Per-View (OPPV) program after extensive beta testing. The service is available to all Ustream users and requires no upfront costs with a 50/50 rev share. It sounds like a great opportunity for indie producers, DIY musicians and venues wishing to put on their own PPV events.

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The Dead Kennedy's East Bay Ray Holds Court At #SFMusicTech 2013

Dead-kennedys-cassetteBy Mike Masnick of Techdirt.

At the always wonderful SF Music Tech conference yesterday, I went to what should have been a fascinating panel discussion about "artist revenue streams." It had Kristin Thomson from the Future of Music Coalition, talking about their wonderful artist revenue streams project, as well as Steve Rennie, who manages the band Incubus, among others. And then there was the third panelist, East Bay Ray, of the band The Dead Kennedys.

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InTune Ear Training App Available From Wittenberg University

Intune-158x238By Eliot Van Buskirk of Evolver.fm.

App developers are no dummies, and many have figured out a way to get noticed in the vast morass of apps today. It’s become common practice to drop the price of a paid app to zero, in the hope of sending it up the charts and increasing its install base — and then ratcheting the price back up again, once it gathers momentum.

There’s nothing wrong with this strategy, and if you’re on the ball, it means you can snap up some great bargains. Today’s is InTune, a simple iOS app from the Wittenberg University Music Department in Ohio, available free for “the next few days." now .99.

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#SFMusicTech 2013 Effectively Mixed Techies, Business People & Artists

SFMusicTech2013_logo_1802-150x150By Musician and Marketing Consultant Solveig Whittle (@shadesofsolveig).

I had a very full day at my first SF MusicTech. I was impressed with the level of serious dialog, with the fact that women were much better represented here than at many of the tech conferences I’ve been to (35 – 40%), and, perhaps most importantly, with the mix of technology, business, and artist/creative-types represented. Many music conferences attract one type of attendee or another, but this one seems to do a really fine job of bringing them all together under one roof.

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ZankMe: Quick Instant Download Cards That Capture Fan Data

image from www.zankme.comZankMe makes it easy for musicians to upload music, videos and other digital media and print their own custom download cards, stickers and t-shirt hangers that can be sold or used as promotional giveaways. When fans redeem the cards, artists and labels can capture the fan's email address and location.

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The Formula To Success Is...

image from goldasmith.comLife as a musician just gets tougher and tougher doesn’t it? With a plethora of services all vying to bring your music to the masses, with only a promise of pittance in return, it seems like everyone is looking to scam the poor musician out of their dues. Pocketing the profits of the thousands upon thousands of Singles, EPs and Albums bestowed upon the streaming world by the music making elite every month, generating millions of plays, but leaving nothing for those who make it.

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Improve Your Smartphone Audio For Cheap With SonicMax Pro

Sonic-max-proBy Eliot Van Buskirk of Evolver.fm.

For almost as long as scientists have devised ways to store digital music in ever more efficient ways, other scientists have agonized over how to “repair” that work. This typically involves trying to replace what the process of acoustic compression has removed — compression that is necessary for the files to fly around the internet the way they do, stream without lagging, and get stored on your phone.

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Harlem Shake: From Real To Unreal To #1 On The Billboard Hot 100

Baauer-logoAs is typical of early adopters, many have already claimed the Harlem Shake meme to be dead. But yesterday's news that Billboard's new YouTube plays policy will put the track by Baauer at #1 on the Hot 100 is likely to incite another round of manic videos. Whether the new Harlem Shake is a slur against the original dance, the next Gangnam Style world craze or a St. Vitus zombie party, this polarizing dance music video meme is raising Baauer's profile and making money via YouTube ads, iTunes sales, and media pageviews.

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Billboard Adds YouTube Plays To Chart

image from upload.wikimedia.org(UPDATED) Billboard has added YouTube plays to the calculation that it uses to determined it's Hot 100 Singles Chart.  The updated chart debuts this week with Baaur's "Harlem Shake" at #1 powered by a plethora of fan created videos. Without YouTube plays added to the formula, "Harlem Shake" would land somewhere closer 15 on the Hot 100.

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