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DistroKid Links With Audible Magic To Verify Music Authenticity, Launches DistroLock

DistoKid logoDistroKid has joined a growing list of music distributors and services using Audible Magic to fight unauthorized content by verifying the authenticity of both tracks and artists before it is distributed.

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5 Trends That Make Gen Z The Streaming Generation

image from cdn.pixabay.comThe Culture Next Trends report commissioned by Spotify and research agency Culture Co-Op looks into the empowered, multinational, cross-cultural, socially aware, and informed group of 15- to 24-year-olds dubbed Generation Z.

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Revenue Per User To Fall 25% Even As Streaming Grows In Popularity says Goldman Sachs Study

image from cdn.pixabay.comThe global recorded music business brought in $19.1 billion in revenue in 2018, according the IFPI. By 2030, that number will grow to $45 billion, with streaming expected to represent $27.5 billion of the total, according to a new Goldman Sachs analysis.

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Stay Calm! Apple Did NOT Just Kill Music Downloads

ITunes-logo-300x113For the many, the announcement that Apple is "killing" iTunes also meant that Apple was also killing its music download store. In fact, iTunes on the Mac is just being divided into three separate apps for music, podcasts and TV. And the iconic music download store lives on, at least for now.

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More Streams? Here Are Music Streaming's Trigger Cities

1While we may think of places like Nashville and New York as being those cities with the most influence on the music business, the reality is quite different. In this piece we look at some surprising dark horse 'trigger cities' that are having an increasing amount of influence when it comes to music streaming.

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Know Your Rights: Musician's Simple Guide To Digital Royalties

5Far too many artists who release brilliant music are ultimately unaware of how the system works when it comes to collecting royalties on said music, and consequently run the risk of getting ripped off. Here we offer a straightforward guide to understanding how digital royalties work.

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Why Apple Just Killed Off iTunes [Mark Mulligan]

image from cdn.pixabay.comYesterday, Apple announced the end of iTunes on the Mac and its replacement with three separate apps for music, podcasts and TV.  The reason given was feature bloat which slows performance. But top analyst Mark Mulligan says that its really part of "the great unbundling" which has been going on across other digital services for years.

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Goodbye iTunes: Apple Adds Music, TV, Podcast Apps For Mac

image from support.apple.comUPDATE: Apple is phasing out its aging iTunes software and launching standalone versions of its Music, Podcasts and TV apps for Mac users in the next macOS update. The new music app will be built on iTunes, but deliver faster service than the bloated current all-purpose iTunes app.

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It's The 20th Anniversary Of Napster

image from www.hypebot.com20 years ago this week, Napster was born in Sean Fanning's Northeastern University dorm room. Whatever side of the debate you're on, one can't deny that Napster changed the music industry forever. Among so many other things, Napster forced record labels to un-bundle the album in iTunes, which fittingly is set to be put out to pasture today by Apple.

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Apple Set To Kill iTunes Today, New iPod Touch Unveiled

ITunes-logo-300x113Apple is set to announce the end of iTunes today. Ironically, the company unveiled a new iPod Touch last week, the newest iteration of the hardware that made it so easy to put a whopping 1000 iTunes tracks in your pocket.

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Want Streaming Success? Try These Int'l Trigger Cities [Chartmetorics]

1As the global music economy continues to transform, it's important to take a look at the various factors which feed into a song's success, particularly when it comes to that song's geographic origin. In this in-depth piece, we explore the concept of 'trigger cities,' and how streaming popularity often begins in the places you might least expect.

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How To Prepare To Release New Music [Ariel Hyatt]

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Many artists spend so much time and energy writing and recording their music, that they almost ignore the essential steps needed to prepare for and launch its release. Veteran music publicist Ariel Hyatt has created a template to help artists avoid this crucial mistake. 

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How Spotify Pre-Saves Can Boost An Album Release

1With the streaming age in full swing, pre-saves have booted out pre-sales and become a great way to get fans access to your music first, and give you a play count boost when your album finally drops. In this piece Christine Elise Occhino walks us through how to utilize the Spotify pre-save feature for maximum efficacy.

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Revelator Launches Artists Wallet To Enable Real-Time Royalty Payments

image from photos.prnewswire.comMulti-territorial music rights administrator Revelator has launched Artist Wallet, a mobile copyright app that uses smart contracts technology to turn future receivables into instant royalty payments. Slow, delayed and inaccurate distribution of royalty payments have long afflicted the entertainment industry.

 

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Building Your Dream Team: The Music Publisher

Screen Shot 2019-05-05 at 3.39.38 PMIn this edition of Building Your Dream Team, AWAL breaks down the who, what, when, where, and why of the music industry's matchmaking money hunter, the publisher. Here we look at the important role they play in gathering artist revenue, and how why they've taken center stage in the legally complex streaming era.

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Copyright Directive: Can We Avoid Rotten Apples Through An Early Harvest? [Neil Turkewitz]

1Now that the EU Copyright Directive has (for better of for worse) passed into law, in this Op-Ed Neil Turkewitz takes a long and hard look at what the fallout from this new legislation, and looking ahead to how we can build a more creator-friendly world of fair compensation and voluntary licensing.

 

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The Dark, Light Sides Of Digital

1While many musicians in the industry (particularly legacy artists) may like to rage against the digital machine, the reality is that this new era of music, while it reduces or closes off many traditional sources of revenue through music sales, creates a number of important new opportunities for those willing to embrace them.

 

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Concerts From The Closet: Amy Speace’s “Yes” to Motherhood + Music Making

001_lschneider_AmyCloset_03212019 copyWhen critically acclaimed singer/songwriter, Amy Speace, live streamed a Concert Window album preview from her walk-in closet to the fans who had just helped fund its release, it wasn’t because she couldn’t book another venue. It was because she is both a new mom, and a musician, and with a one year old asleep down the hallway, it was a way to say yes to both.

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Performance Rights Disputes: What They Are, What Causes Them

2For as long as recorded music has existed, so too have wrongful claims of ownership. Either as the result of ignorance or confusion, disputed claims continue to crop up in the recording industry again and again. Here we look at what causes the disputes, and what systems exist to resolve or avoid them.

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Pandora Set To Launch Interactive Voice Ads

1A fundamental part of the music business, advertising's latest evolution is arriving at Pandora in the form of interactive voice ads, built in partnership with Instreamatic around AI tech and with an alleged ability to understand listeners' speech beyond simple "yes" and "no" commands.

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Why Music And Tech Can Never Be Separated

1In 2019, music and technology have become more linked together than ever, with new tech advancement now part and parcel of every aspect of the music industry. In this piece, Patrick McGuire explores the historical context for this, and what happens technological change is put at odds with artists' values.

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CD Baby Partners With Audible Magic To Identify Copyright Infringement

image from www.billboard.comCD Baby has partnered with Audible Magic to identify content rights conflicts prior to delivery to Spotify, Apple Music and other digital service providers, ensuring that CD Baby remains a trusted distribution partner.

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Many Spotify, Apple Music Subscribers Share Passwords Costing Artists, Labels Millions

PasswordA survey of 1000 streaming service subscribers showed that many share their passwords with others, breaking terms of service. Apple Music subscribers were the biggest offenders among music services, with 31.4% admitting to sharing their passwords with others.

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Musician’s Guide To Growing A Massive Email List

Musicians guide to growing a massive email list

 As old school as it may sound, email is still the most effective and consistent way to communicate with and monetize your fans.  Here, Ariel Hyatt and the CyberPR offer a step by step guide to building a massive email list.

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Despite Streaming’s Growth, Music Industry Remains Half The Size It Was In 1999

2While paid streaming subscriptions have, in many circles, been billed as the savior of the music industry, the reality is that the business is still operating at a severely reduced capacity since the devastation visited on it in the early days of digital.

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Pre-Adds, Pre-Saves Are The New Pre-Orders - Is That A Good Thing?

1Much as streaming has replaced traditional album sales, Spotify and Apple music 'pre-saves' have replaced pre-orders. While these pre-saves are certainly good news for artists as a metric of gauging listener interest, there is concern that artists are missing out some valuable listener data as a result.

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Techstars Music's Bob Moz On The Music Business and How Tech Is Reshaping It

Bob Moz (Techstars Music  Startups  and the Future of the Music Industry) 3-48 screenshotBob Moz (short for Moczydlowsky) is a fixture in music tech. Now the Managing Director of the Techstars Music startup program, Moz worked at Yahoo Music, as Topspin VP Product & Marketing and Twitter's Head of Music.

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Stream-Ripping Finally On The Decline

1As with so many consumer practices, piracy has its own trends which, in the age of streaming, most recently took the form of stream-ripping, an illegal process whereby, content is 'ripped' from existing streaming sites. Fortunately, this practice appears to be on the decline, according to a recent report.

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