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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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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Spotify Helps You Find the Most Dramatic Moment in Any Song

By Eliot Van Buskirk from Spotify Insights. Music’s emotional power stems from a mix of factors, only some of which we understand. Much about music resists full explanation. One thing we do know: Some of the magic has to do with dynamics: changes from soft to loud, or from loud to soft. The most dramatic part ...

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Bandzoogle Celebrates 10th Anniversary, Launches New Web Site

Bandzoogle, a website and marketing platform for musicians, is celebrating its 10th anniversary.  That's a particularly impressive milestone in the music tech and d.i.y sectors, both of which have seen more than their share of forced consolidations and outright failures. To celebrate the anniversary, the company has just launched a new corporate website, Bandzoogle.com.   The ...

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Digital Money for Music: Tip Jar That Takes Plastic, Websites That Take Bitcoin

To paraphrase Amanda Palmer, people want to give you their money so make sure you can take it. DipJar is a tipjar that takes tips via credit cards. It's designed as a self-serve solution for coffee shops and similar settings and suggests one possible solution for street musicians in a cashless society. Accepting payment in digital ...

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Twitter Opens Analytics Dashboard to Your Band

It's important to know what's happening with all that social media activity that so often seems to be an act of faith. Twitter's making it easier to keep up with the reach of your tweets on Twitter by opening their Tweet activity dashboard to all users. Previously available for advertisers and whoever Twitter deemed special enough ...


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