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Technics to Launch FLAC Music Download Store Powered by 7digital

Move over Neil Young, the options for those who care about sound quality are expanding. Today, newly relaunched audio brand Technics announced the opening of a hi-resolution music download service offering 24-bit FLAC tracks powered by 7digital. Available first in the UK and Germany starting January 2015, the new download store will carry a selection 24-bit FLAC audio ...


Move over Spotify and Rdio. YouTube Music Key is Finally Here.

By Chris Robley on The DIY Musician Blog After much anticipation, YouTube has just announced the launch of its subscription streaming service: YouTube Music Key. YouTube Music Key, available in the US and 6 European countries, will let subscribers listen to ad-free music (including full albums in high quality audio) AND watch music videos — even when offline — for ...


Former MOG, Beats CEO Raises $5m, Launches Chosen - "The Voice" Meets the Web

David Hyman, former CEO of Beats Music, has taken the lid off of his most recent startup venture, Chosen. The first of it's kind, Chosen is recreating the concept of hit TV shows like American Idol, X Factor, and The Voice by bringing the main stage to the consumer's pocket. By making competition accessible to any and ...


The Musician's Guide to Snapchat

By Keidra Chaney on For a working musician, the thought of yet another social media platform may seem exhausting, especially considering that Facebook and Twitter are already pretty time-consuming. While video- and photo-sharing networks like Vine or Snapchat may seem nonessential for musicians, don’t overlook them. Photo messaging platform Snapchat, founded in 2011, is a particularly hot platform for younger-skewing music audiences and genres like EDM. Unlike photo ...


Google Promotes Music with News Ad Units, Demotes Piracy in Search

Rightsholders have accused Google of promoting piracy since the dawn of search. The online giant's efforts to end the practice have been frustratingly incremental. But they took several steps forward with some significant announcements over the last few days that include downgraded search results for pirate sites and upgraded ad units that promote music and other ...


7 Powerful Facebook Features That Bands Overlook

By Kaylee Bugg from the SonicBids Blog.  Every band knows having a Facebook page is essential to reach new fans and have a healthy online social presence. For many, their Facebook page even replaces an official website. Beyond the lure of accumulating likes, the platform can be a powerful tool if you make it work for you. Here are ...


Soundcloud Rightsholder Discussions Hit Impasse, Labels Question Site's Future

Social music platform SoundCloud's efforts to find a sustainable business model have hit a major roadblock. Talks with the three major label groups have stalled, according to new reports, because rightsholders are not satisfied with the royalties that SoundCloud is offering. Communications with Universal were reportedly cut off more than two weeks ago.  The Pressure Mounts ...


Into the Future: Controlling Music Devices with Hand Gestures vs. Wearable Tech

So much of the future of music, especially in the aesthetic wake of the 20th Century, is about how new technologies will affect our experience of music. One example, that of Brainwave, involves enabling simple control of your mobile music with hand gestures as an early step in wireless human/machine interaction. Another example, that of iHeartRadio's ...



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