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Email Still Top Marketing Tool, Says New Study

image from www.compliancebuilding.comWith the many discussions, studies and success stories touting the importance of social media, email is still the most useful tool in the kit, according to a new survey of marketing professionals by the Direct Marketing Association. Though it's starting to shift, email is the #1 channel for 55% of marketers.

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What Can A Musician Learn From Chipotle?

Chipotle-logoChipotle may seem like a bit of a stretch as a source of music industry knowledge but Joy Ike, a musician and creator of the excellent Grassrootsy music marketing blog, makes the connections in "4 Things Every Artist Can Learn from Chipotle." Ike combined her own love of Chipotle with insights from the founder to get down to some basics for musicians as well as entrepreneurs.

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Indie Artist Patrick Sweany On His Music Career vs. Pandora

PATRICKSWEANY_closetothefloor_cover-150x150By Patrick Sweany a musician and songwriter based in Nashville, TN. On July 16th, he released a new solo album, Close To The Floor, on Nine Mile Records.

I am a lifelong performer and recording artist. I have spent most of my adult life uninsured except for the vehicle I travel in to make my income. I have never had a road manager, or handlers, and I've never ridden in a tour bus unless I was loading someone else's gear into it for extra cash. For the entirety of my career I have released albums on a small independent record label, and made the majority of my very lower middle class income from performing, and a much smaller percentage from selling records at those shows.

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A Deluge Of Leap Motion Music App Videos

Leap-motion1By Eliot Van Buskirk of Evolver.fm.

Leap Motion launched its groundbreaking motion detection module on Monday, allowing anyone to connect a little box to their Mac or Windows computer that can detect gestures more precisely than Microsoft Kinect can, for a mere $80. Eventually, Leap Motion technology will be integrated into computers, so you won’t even need to buy a separate box in order to wave your hands in the air to select, control, create, and interact with music.

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Vinyl News: New Promo Site, Vinyl Crowdfunding, Turn Your Ashes Into Vinyl?

vinylVinyl continues to be a growing music industry niche that refuses to bow to the propaganda of technological determinism. New Vinyl Release is a new site for promoting such activity. Crowdfunding is funding new releases as well as repressings. And Vinyly is supposedly turning cremated human remains into limited edition pressings. Bet you won't see that on cassette!

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Murfie Provides The Cloud For Your CD Collection

Murfie1By Paula Dilullo of Evolver.fm.

As part of our series on how hard it is to collect music these days (scroll down on that page), we now set our sights on Murfie, an iOS and Android app that takes a new approach to uniting the music collection. This unique snowflake of a service targets people who still own CDs, but want to play all that stuff on their smartphones and tablets without ripping it all. On top of that, it lets you sell your CDs, which you might have already ripped.

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Townsquare Media Adds Tiny Mix Tapes, CoS and More To Growing Music Site Portfolio

image from cheyennesquare.comTownsquare Media, who already own Paste, PopCrush, Taste Of Country, Loudwire and more than 25 other top music sites, has acquired Consequence of Sound (CoS), Tiny Mix Tapes, Pretty Much Amazing, Potholes In My Mind and Dangerous Minds.

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Jay-Z's Dropped Hyphen Takes To Craigslist In Search Of New Job

Jay Z HyphenThe rapper/entrepeneur formerly known as Jay-Z officially dropped the hyphen in his name last week. There's no word on what motivated the move, but we have now learned that the hyphen is really upset. In an attempt to put the pieces of his broken career together, former Jay Z puncutation mark Hyphen, has taken to Craigslist:

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MavenSay Launches Rithm Music Messaging App

Rithm-logoRithm, a new music messaging app, is now officially available for iOS. It joins the growing world of messaging apps with a focus on sending music with related text messages, videos, photos and dancing "emojis" or animated characters. Rithm's getting positive initial reviews and sounds like a fun take on messaging.

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MP3.com Domain For Sale For $1M+, Is It Worth It? [Michael Robertson]

mp3.comBy Michael Robertson, a seriel music tech entrepennuer and founder of the original MP3.com. His current projects include Dar.fm.

I recently got a call from the owner of this iconic domain name asking if I was interested in buying the MP3.com domain name. MP3.com was the digital music pioneer I founded which offered free MP3 downloads of initially unsigned bands, but eventually the biggest names in music.

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The Reasons Paid Music Downloads Are Going Downhill

Paidownloadsonthedeclinenielsen-313x215By Tom Dillon of Evolver.fm.

Paid downloads, the songs people pay for individually the way they do with CDs, have officially stopped their ascent. According to Nielsen SoundScan data, digital song sales dropped 2.3 percent over the first half of 2013 over the same period last year. In terms of the straight numbers, music fans purchased 698 million song downloads in the first six months of last year, and only 682.2 million this year.

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Audiam Brings YouTube Revenue Service To U.S., Increases Royalties To Musicians

Audiam-logoAudiam, a recently launched service by TuneCore co-founders Jeff Price and Peter Wells, helps artists generate revenue from their YouTube videos as well as use of their music in others' videos. The service is now available in the U.S. and, though they do charge a 25% administrative fee, they are now giving artists 100% of revenue earned on their own videos.

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Leap Motion's New Motion Sensor Expands Music Control

Hands-313x223By Eliot Van Buskirk of Evolver.fm.

Leap Motion released an $80 motion sensor on Monday, which works with Mac and Windows. On launch day, Leap’s Airspace app store had 14 music apps for doing silly things like punching notes as they fly out of a song, or more serious things like playing the piano, harp, or drums in thin air.

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Facebook Stock Up 25%, These Charts Show Why

image from www.preciseagency.com(UPDATED) Facebook stock soared in after hours trading Wednesday, after the company posted better than expected earnings.  That upward trend continued on Thursday morning for an overall gain of 25%.  While stats for Facebook's most regular users grew less than 5% last quarter, mobile use and mobile revenue exploded. Here's a look at Facebook's impressive growth in charts:

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Live Nation CEO On Ticketing, Irving Azoff and The Future Of Live Touring [VIDEO]

image from insomniac-studios.comLive Nation CEO Michael Rapino sat down with Fortune Magazine's 's Adam Lashinsky at this year's Brainstorm Tech for a wide-ranging discussion about the current and future state of the live touring industry. During the interview, Rapino talks from everything about the strength of this summer's live touring sector to how technology and data are changing the face of ticketing.

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The “New” Pandora: Blue Ocean To Bloody Water

Hero_devicesBy Kyle Bylin (@sidewinderfm) of Sidewinder.fm and Live Nation Labs.

In late 2010, Pandora set out to create a new Internet radio experience.

Pandora wanted to rebuild the popular service to be “faster, easier, and more social” while remaining familiar to longtime users. By July 2011, Pandora started to roll out its new site to subscribers, collect their initial feedback, fix programming bugs, and make further improvements.

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Spotify's 50 Most Played & Shared Tracks [U.S. & UK]

image from www.hypebot.comRobin Thicke's "Blurred Lines" tops the Spotify US and UK play charts, but the ivral charts hold some surprises. The Spotify Top 50 is the most-streamed songs of the previous week, market-by-market. The Social 50 is the most-shared songs - those that have been most shared with other Spotify users, including via Facebook and Twitter.

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Mobile Music Consumption Explodes [INFOGRAPHIC]

iphoneMore and more fans are using smartphones and tablets to consume music on the go. But what have these services meant for consumers’ smartphone activities and data plans? This infographic from Citrix ByteMobile offers a glimpse into how the growing preference of music streaming services is contributing music sales and a growing to the “mobile data crunch.”  

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MusikFly Makes It Easy To Submit Music To Bloggers

Musikfly-logoMusikFly is a new service that facilitates music submissions to music blogs. The basic concept is simple, musicians submit music to specific blogs based on genre and bloggers unclutter their inbox while having an easier way to consider music for posting. MusikFly solves a real problem for both musicians and bloggers with little direct competition.

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Live Nation Goes Local, Humane... With Food

vegieStarting this month, concert giant Live Nation is switching to locally grown produce and meat certified by Humane Society animal welfare programs, as well as, adding vegetarian options in its 38 owned and operated amphitheaters across North America.

Now, if only Live Nation would launch Humane Ticketing...

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