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POLL: Will You Pay For Apple Music?

image from blog.hiusa.orgApple Music launched 90 days ago today, and that means that the first group of free trial subscriptions are expiring.  If you want to make sure you don't ever pay for Apple Music, we've got instructions here, or maybe Apple Music meets you music needs. Whatever your decision, we want to here what it is. VOTE NOW:

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Are You Attending SF MusicTech Summit? We've Got Discount Codes!

image from www.sfmusictech.comThe latest edition of SF MusicTech is scheduled for November 10th at San Francisco's Hotel Kabuki. More than any other industry gathering, SF Music Tech brings together movers and shakers in both music and tech talking about the issues that matter.

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Music Metadata: A Case Study Through Genre

1Keeping metadata accurate and consistent is one of the major challenges of publishing and maintaining a substantial music catalog. Here we look at common metatda issues in classical music, hip hop, and EDM, three genre's which may have more in common than one might think.

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YouTube’s Biggest Threat To The Music Industry May Not Be What You Think

Youtube starsWhile YouTube has undeniably had an extensive impact on the music industry, it could be bringing about an even greater cultural shift than previously guessed. As teens and pre-teens increasingly gravitate towards YouTube stars for their entertainment, they are also moving away from music.

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THE PITCH: Localized Concert Discovery App DoStuff

The pitchTHE PITCH today comes from concert discovery app DoStuff. There are a number of startups working on concert discovery. BandsInTown and Songkick, for example, share info provided from artists, agents and the industry.  DoStuff takes a more curated approach, partnering with local concert promoters.

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Apple Music Launches In China For Just $1.57 USD Monthly With 90 Day Free Trial

image from cdn.macrumors.comApple has launched Apple Music, iTunes Movies and Books in the world's most populous country, China.  How many of the country's 1.3 billion consumers will flock to Apple Music remains to be seen, but Apple has certainly made the price attractive

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Setting Up A Recording Studio: What Goes Where?

2The idea of setting up a recording studio can seem daunting, particularly if you're accustomed  to just using a webcam or your computer's built in microphone to record, but the truth is it's not as complex as it seems, as long as you keep a few important concepts in mind.

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How To Turn Off Apple Music Auto-Renewal As First Wave Of Free Trials Expire

auto-renewal AppleIf, like most of us, you rushed to try out Apple Music when it launched on June 30th, your 90 day free trial is almost up.  Unless you want to start paying $9.99 a month to use Apple Music, you'll need to go into your settings and change the auto-renewal option. 

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Ad Supported Is Actually 56% Of US Streaming Music Revenue

1After a conflict with major labels where they attempted to put an end to freemium, ad supported streaming had become something many music executives simply tried to ignore. A new look at the statistics, however, has shown it may be a bigger piece of revenue than was guessed, particularly once Pandora is added to the mix.

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CHANGES @ ADA • Power Station • Vevo • Black Box • AdShare • Talkhouse • MSO • Live Nation • More

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Warner Music Group’s inde arm Alternative Distribution Alliance (ADA) has promoted David Orleans to President of sales and label management and Kenny Weagly to President of A&R and label services. 

New York City's Avatar Studios, better known as The Power Station, is for sale.

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Top 3 Mistakes Musicians Have To Realize They're Making Before They Can Become Better

1If an artist hopes to "make it" in the music industry, there are a few all-too-common mistakes they will need to correct, particularly when it comes to the business side of the music business, before having any hope of moving on to fame and fortune.

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THE PITCH: VuHaus - A View Into America's Most Vibrant Music Scenes

The pitchMusic discovery is a code that many are trying to crack. VuHaus's approach is curation. From NYC's WFUV to LA's KCRW, some of the most influential public radio stations have joined together to share video of their best in studio music performances. In the latest in our ongoing series, here in 100 words or less is THE PITCH from Vuhaus.

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How To Rock Madison Square Garden Without Even Being On Stage

UrlWhile many assume that most hip hop stars simply sing over a backing track when they perform, there is actually an incredible amount of preparation and orchestration which goes into producing the music heard during these performances, providing a unique sort of career opportunity

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Overheard @ The Tunecore Indie Artist Forum

Peter AsherLast week, Tunecore brought together LA's indie music community for its first ever Indie Artist Forum.  By all measures, the day was a success and with Tunecore already stepping up their live event offerings, we wouldn't be surprised if they brought this to other cities. A few takeaways from LA:

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Soundwave Helps Music Apps Solve Cold Start Problem

Copy of Podcast Logo [Netflix Red Cloud] (1)In this episode of Music Biz Podcast, we talk with Craig Watson, the co-founder of Soundwave, a popular music discovery app. They also make an SDK, called Shine, that helps developers learn about the mobile music habits of their user base and provide better recommendations when they install a new music app. We talk about how Soundwave’s product and focus changed as they learned more about the mobile music sector.

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YouTube Paid Subscription Music And Video Service To Launch In October [REPORT]

YouTube-icon-full_colorThe music industry has been pushing Google to monetize YouTube beyond just advertising since shortly after its launch 10 years ago.  After more than a year of beta trails and rumored launch dates, a subscription version of YouTube along with a new companion music service are finally nearing launch.

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Why You Still Should Register A "Copyrighted" Work

Copyright-1df0r4sWhile many creatives in the entertainment industry believe (and are partly correct) that a work is copyrighted as soon as it is fixed in a tangible medium it still pays, often literally, to formally register the work with the U.S. Copyright Office, particularly where legal issues are concerned.

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