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Not Another Streaming Debate

Guest post by LIVIA TORTELLA of Black Box In 2009, Jordan Kurland invited me to my first Bandwidth Conference when it was hosted in San Francisco; great name, no press, invitation only. The space was perfect for productive and intimate conversations. Five years later, Ashli Lewis (founder and organizer of Bandwidth) continues to keep the conference true to it’s roots as a music meets technology heart-to-heart. When ...

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2014: The Year Nothing in Music Broke, and Nothing Got Fixed

By Cortney Harding on This Week In Music Tech. This was the year of the treadmill. I mean that both for me personally (ever train for an ultra-marathon during a polar vortex?) and for the music business as a whole. 2014 felt like a whole lot of running, but there was no real forward movement — ...

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Why Streaming (Done Right) Will Save the Music Business

By Jason Epstein and Rob Glaser, members of the board of directors of Rhapsody.  “There’s somethin’ happening here, what it is ain’t exactly clear...” —Stephen Stills When the legendary American rock band Buffalo Springfield sang those words in 1966, they were singing about a youth uprising in LA, at a place called “Pandora’s Box.” Little did ...

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Let's Be Pigs Not Hogs: How to Thrive in the Age of Digital Music

By music industry veteran Fred Goldring of Music Aficionado. In 2003 and 2005 after a wave of R.I.A.A. lawsuits, I wrote editorials in Billboard advocating an “eight-step recovery program” for a healthier music industry.  Among other things, I proposed the “support [of] initiatives that will allow unlimited access to every piece of music in the MP3 format whenever ...

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Could Half of Music Royalties Pay for Music We Would Rather Skip over Than Listen To?

By David Touve of Rockonomic In this post I am going to highlight what may be one of the great ironies of how we pay for music in the “music as a service” era: Upwards of half the money paid out in royalties by music services may be used to pay for music we would rather skip over than ...

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More Than Royalties - It's Time We Bring the Open Web to Music

By Jesse von Doom on Medium.com We talk endlessly about royalties, which is really a way of talking about centralization — giving power to a service or organization and asking them to sort out the model that pays people. Centralization will always lead to a system that can be gamed. Anything less than every participant acting altruistically means ...

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It's Amazing That the Old Record Industry Existed in the First Place

By  Philip Kaplan on Medium.com The world was abuzz this week with reports that Taylor Swift removed her music from Spotify. She called the service “a grand experiment” and said she wanted no part of it. Music writer Bob Lefsetz said it’s just a PR stunt. 80's rocker Sebastian Bach (who looks kinda like Taylor Swift) said that fans appreciate music more ...

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The Psychology of Music: Why Mood and Memory Matter

By Abhilasha Shah, PR/Communications Intern, University of Michigan. This post originally appeared on Shutterstock Blog. Imagine you're listening to a new song and deciding whether you like it. That snap decision involves more than you might think. Because the likeability of music is so subjective, we all have our own personal preferences that go into our ...


 

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