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Music Think Tank Weekly Recap: Best Apps For Music Lovers • Are You Getting The Most From Your Fans? • More

16a00d83451b36c69e201b8d13d401f970c-800wiThis week on MusicThinkTank, we look at some of the best apps and accessories for mobile music fans, whether or not you're getting the most from your current fans, five excellent careers to pursue when armed with a music degree, and much more.

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Freemium Model Works For Pandora But Is Devastating To Songwriters [Op-Ed]

Street_musician2Although Pandora's CEO Brian McAndrews recently boasted of the success of their free music streaming service, claiming that Americans are unwilling to pay for streaming, a breakdown of their revenue model shows that Pandora's system is detrimental to songwriters, says the head of the NMPA.

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The Changing Role Of Social Media For Bands And Brands

Social-media-worldSocial media has, undeniably, been a game changer for musicians, but as the social media landscape continues to shift, so too does its role for artists and marketers and it is important for them to look beyond likes and follows at what kind of an impact their social media presence may really be having.

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Music Publishing News Roundup 9.25.15: Streaming Milestone • BMI Bonuses • Pandora Rate Win

PhoneNew reporting from the RIAA indicates a new milestone as music streaming revenue surpasses physical sales for the first time in the United States. Reporting from the first half of the year indicates that streaming makes up roughly one third of overall spending on music -this equates to over $1 billion and rising.

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Why You Need To Be On Instagram, Even If It Means Spending Less Time On Twitter

image from www.hypebot.comIf you are marketing music and not consistently interacting on Instagram, you are missing a huge opportunity.  The picture based social network passed 400 million users this week with growth so meteoric that it's leaving Twitter in the dust

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Why Content Curation Is Key To Sustainable Growth In Digital Music

Ari-shohatHere online radio trail blazer Ari Shohat looks at why unlimited catalogs can be bad for digital music, and why a limited amount of content curated by people rather than algorithms is important to creating a positive listening experience for the user.

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The Importance Of Getting Music Metadata Right

1If you're not seeing the kind of income you want from your music, holes in your metadata could be part of the issue. While filling in information such as the year a song was released or how many beats per minute is has can seem pointless and tedious, it's important information for distributors to have.

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Earbits Completes Acquisition: The Journey From Shutdown Back To Promising Music Discovery Platform

Earbits_LogoTagline_Color_RGB_72Very few startups run out of funding, shut down and then live to see another day. Music discovery platform Earbits beat the odds and shares its story today thanks to a new owner along with some lessons he's learned along the way.

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On The Music Industry Jobs Board: PR Coordinator • Account Manager • Ecommerce • More

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The Syndicate is seeking a Publicity Coordinator and booking agency software provider Jamplify is hiring an Account Manager. There are also great jobs open at Status Audio, Sneak Attack and more on Hypebot's Music Industry Jobs Board. 

HIRING? Here's how to post your job:

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Record Labels Say NZ's $25 Anti-Piracy Claims Too Costly

piracyWhile piracy remains a significant issue in New Zealand, the recording industry is saying that the country's laws make copyrights too expensive to enforce. According to a report by Fairfax Digital's Stuff.nz, only one complaint has been successfully pursued with the country's Copyright Tribunal this year, compared with four last year and 18 in 2013.

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Is It Time To Bid Farewell To All Pre-1972 Music?

1Taking advantage of a copyright void which was created for all pre-1972 music after the law was updated in 1976, the RIAA has been trying to claim that the state laws which existed before before this update intended to include a public performance rights, meaning that services like Pandora, Sirius XM, and possibly even terrestrial radio are in violation of this theoretical law.

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Underoath Ticktmaster Fan Club Fight Harbinger Of Bigger VIP Ticketing Battle Ahead

Fan clubIncome from presale, fan and VIP ticketing has become essential for many touring artists and a number of startups like BandPage have built tools to help make it easy.  Now this vital income stream may be threatened as Ticketmaster expands its OnTour offering.

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5 Rewarding Careers to Explore With a Music Degree

MusicianLooking for a job in the music industry but are worried that all the good ones are taken? Fear not. Although it can often seem as though the industry doesn't have many careers to offer to those who aren't destined for stardom, there are more options for someone with a music degree than you may realize.

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