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Spotify IPO Watch: Blame ≠ Profit

Spotify IPO Watch: Blame ≠ Profit

Although Spotify, like so many streaming companies, blames its lack of substantial profit on its requisite payment of such high royalty rates, the company's woes may in fact stem from a flawed growth strategy and mismanaged finances, as potential investors wait for an IPO which may be a long time coming. Guest Post by Chris Castle on Music ...

Former Staffer Offers A Rare Look Inside Apple Music

Former Staffer Offers A Rare Look Inside Apple Music

Former Apple Music employee Sean Glass offers a rare look inside the secretive world of Apple, and weighs in on the industry realities behind streaming exclusives and why they can be good for artists, but are generally not especially beneficial to major labels. Guest post by former Apple Music employee Sean Glass from Medium Frank Ocean’s album is out, what do you ...

How Piracy Altered Music Discovery & Licensed Services Pushed It Forward

How Piracy Altered Music Discovery & Licensed Services Pushed It Forward

Bas Grasmayer takes a look back at the multitude of different tech platforms (many of them a haven for piracy) which have allowed us to access music over the years, and how they have helped shaped the current emphasis on music discovery. Guest Post by Bas Grasmayer on Synchblog As we continue our 'Projecting Trends' series, digital ...

In Japan, Music Business Changes Very Slowly

In Japan, Music Business Changes Very Slowly

A recent look at some overseas music industry numbers in Japan has revealed streaming's continued growth, and that physical sales, while still dropping, are slower to decline there. Additionally, and unlike the US, ringtones continue to take up an appreciable share of the market there as well. Guest post by Glenn Peoples of Pandora The CD lives on in Japan. Take ...

YouTube Stats: Is The Service Not As Big For Music As Previously Thought?

YouTube Stats: Is The Service Not As Big For Music As Previously Thought?

Although the music industry has for some time operated under the assumption that music related content made up 40% of YouTube videos, news and drastically different data from Pexeso, offers some very different numbers, suggesting some of the low payout related anger targeted at YoutTube may be misplaced. Guest post by Bobby Owsinski of Music 3.0 The music industry ...

Spotify, Netflix Tip-Toeing Into One Another's Territory

Spotify, Netflix Tip-Toeing Into One Another's Territory

Here we look at Spotify's toe dip into the world of original video content, just as Netflix simultaneously releases music-centric material, while both companies face obstacles to steady growth and profitability.  Guest post by Cherie Hu If you didn’t notice Spotify trying to be Netflix NFLX-0.28% last week, you probably were not alone. After years of growing ...

Clicks Matter In Music: Here's Why

Clicks Matter In Music: Here's Why

In this piece, Davin Riley takes a closer look at the “click-access" nature of the internet as it relates to fan involvement, as well as how artists can optimize their content to turn fan awareness and clicks into profitable engagement. Guest Post by Davin Riley, CEO of MSCLVR, on the TuneCore Blog [Editors Note: This is a guest ...

How Economics Of Curation Benefit Emerging Artists And Fans [Scott Keeney aka DJ Skee]

How Economics Of Curation Benefit Emerging Artists And Fans [Scott Keeney aka DJ Skee]

It seems more and more music consumers are eschewing algorithm driven playlists in favor of good old fashioned human curation, a trend which is having promising outcomes for both up-and-coming artists and music fans. Guest post by Scott Keeney aka DK Skee, founder of Dash Radio Digital music services are seeing that listeners want other music ...

Infringement Or Fair Use: Knowing The Difference

Infringement Or Fair Use: Knowing The Difference

Copyright is complicated, particularly in the music industry. With the recent rash of lawsuits which has been cropping up of late, we're taking a minute to breakdown the difference between fair use and infringement, with the hope of avoiding the later. Guest post by Jessica Kane Copyright law in the United States can be complicated, especially in the ...

Tunecore Quarterly Payments To Artists Up 24% To $44 Million Driven By Dramatic Streaming Growth

Tunecore Quarterly Payments To Artists Up 24% To $44 Million Driven By Dramatic Streaming Growth

TuneCore payments to artists rose 24% to $44 million last quarter over the same quarter last year. Since TuneCore launched in 2006, their artists have earned $733 million from 36.5 billion downloads and streams. TuneCore independent artists earned $44 million in the second quarter of this year. That's a 24% increase from the second quarter of ...


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