Streaming Habits Mirror Purchasing Habits: The Big Lie Of Spotify [David Lowery]

1A theory often perpetuated by Spotify maintains that streaming will yield more revenue than downloads or traditional retail sales, as it generates money for the artist with every play, as opposed to a one-time purchase. Unfortunately, streaming is a lot more like traditional sales than Spotify is letting on.

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This Years' Record Store Day Was The Best Day Ever

1With the music industry continues to change, Record Store Day offers an opportunity and experience which can be embraced by industry enthusiasts across the board, here we check in with a variety of music business players on their experience with Record Store Day, 2018 edition.

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Today Is Record Store Day - Stop Reading This Right Now And Go Buy Something

RecordStoreDayLogoToday, Saturday April 21, 2018 is the 10th annual Record Store Day, both in the US and UK.  It's a day to celebrate and support indie music and the eclectic stores that help bring it to the world, as well as, serve as cornerstones for local music scenes across the globe. 

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The Album Is DEAD, But Not Everyone Believes It

1While creating an album has for many bands and artists been a cornerstone of artistic accomplishment over the years, our shift to a predominantly playlist based culture means that we're shifting away from the album format and living in a world of singles - just not everyone's accepted it yet.

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Apple Deleting iTunes LP Format: Beginning Of The End?

image from images.apple.comApple is deleting the iTunes LP format. The news was shared with labels and distributors two weeks ago; and now an email to iTunes' music partners has surfaced that states clearly, "Apple will no longer accept new submissions of iTunes LPS after March 2018."

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Led Zeppelin Embraces Record Store Day With New Release

photo by Happybeatle2 via WikemediaYou may want to get in line early this Record Store Day.  In advance of Led Zeppelin’s 50th Anniversary celebration, slated to commence this September, the band will wet fan’s appetites with their first ever Record Store Day release on April 21st, 2018.

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Discs To Digital: The Strange History Of Music Formats

1While streaming has become the dominant form of music consumption, the road to get here was a complex and varied one. Here we look at the history of the physical music formats, dating back as far as the 1870s, and how it led us to where we are now.

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Bandcamp Reports 'Stellar' 2017, Indie Revenue Up 73%

BandcamplogoBandcamp marked its 6th straight year as a profitable company in 2017 with revenue and usage on the indie music platform rising by double digits across multiple categories, including the sale of physical goods. Industry wide, physical goods sales fell 20% last  year. 

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Music Streaming Growth vs. Music Sales Decline [CHART]

Arrows up and downMusic streaming has changed how people discover and consume music forever, as well as rejuvenated the recorded music industry after years of decline. But its growth came at the expense of a vital income stream for artists and labels - music sales in the form of both physical goods and paid downloads. 

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Atlantic Records Finds New Excuse To Underpay Producers

1[UPDATED] With the rise of streaming, the job of producer has declined to a much less lucrative position, as many producer deals are built around physical sales. Atlantic Records has found a way to cut into this limited revenue further, however, by retitling some albums as 'mixtapes' or 'compilation albums,' writes Bobby Owsinski.

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40% Say They Would Gladly Pay More For Music

giving moneyHow much will consumers pay for music? A new survey conducted by MusiComms of 5,000 consumers across all demographics and regions in the United States offered some surprising, contradictory and yet hopeful trends amoun music fans. A new MusiComms surveyed asked 5000 U.S. consumers  questions like:

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What Music Has In Common With Bookstores And Swiss Watches [Jack Kelly]

2Despite their turbulent sales histories and brushes with obsolescence, print on paper books and Swiss watches have both managed to make impressive rebounds and have of late shown steady profitability. Here we look look at some important takeaways that could potentially apply to the music industry.

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20 Most Popular Vinyl Colors Of 2017 [ DISCOGS ]

OK Computer VinylMusic database and vinyl hub Discogs shares a data-driven list of the 20 Most Collected vinyl color variants released in 2017. Beginning with Radiohead's 3xLP blue opaque variation of the 'OKNOTOK' reissue of 'OK Computer' and counting down to the Father John Misty Sub Pop release 'Pure Comedy' in aluminum and copper variant.

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Indie Record Store Black Friday Sales Up 13.8%, reports CIMS

Plan 9 RecordsBlack Friday sales reports from the Coalition Of  Independent Music Stores are in  and they were universally positive, according to Michael Bunnell, CIMS Executive Director. Less comprehensive data showed an up day on Small Business Saturday, as well.

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