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SoundCloud Gives Creators An "Album" Option

SoundCloud Gives Creators An "Album" Option

Ever since SoundCloud cut its label deals and added a paid service, it's sped up the pace at which its adding new features. Today they added the option to display groups of tracks as an album rather than just as a playlist. When SoundCloud started creators shared their work track-by-track. Over the years, the platform evolved to ...

How The Share Button Is Ruining Social Media

How The Share Button Is Ruining Social Media

If you’re anything like me, your social feeds are a mess right now. A quick sample of mine: festival flyers, ads for a CRM system, open letters to Donald Trump, a defense of Kim Kardashian, and ads to join Yahoo Mail. Even without the necessary evil of promoted posts clogging up the feed, it feels like ...

Most Music Tech Startups Don't Know Shit About How Labels Work - A Response To David Pakman

Most Music Tech Startups Don't Know Shit About How Labels Work - A Response To David Pakman

In response to David Pakman's piece on the difficulty of building a successful music industry startup, Jim McDermott looks at why it is that so many of these startups have failed, and don't seem to grasp how labels work in the music business. Guest post by music and entertainment industry consultant Jim McDermott Editor’s note: This ...

Twitter Announces Move Away From 140 Character Limit

Twitter Announces Move Away From 140 Character Limit

Expressing yourself in 140 characters or less has almost become an art form, but it can also be incredibly restrictive in certain situations. Today, Twitter announced that they are playing with the 140 charterer rule. Over the coming months Twitter is making changes to move beyond its 140 character limit without abandoning it entirely.  For example, @names ...

A Post-Download Era: What Happens When Apple Kills The iTunes Store

A Post-Download Era: What Happens When Apple Kills The iTunes Store

Streaming is edging out downloading as the primary means through which listeners consume music, but many artists still depend on this legacy format for critical revenue, raising the question: What happens when Apple shutters the iTunes store? By  Mark Mulligan of the Music Industry Blog When new formats race to the fore it is easy to make ...

YouTube Set To Release Live Streaming App

YouTube Set To Release Live Streaming App

Facebook is getting headlines this week for upgrades to its live video app; now YouTube is throwing its hat into the ring with the new YouTube Connect, and while its still an industry leader in many ways, this new app may be too little too late. Guest Post by Bobby Owsinski on Music 3.0 Where once we ...

Rhapsody, Napster Launch The Listener Network Designed To Make Music More Social

Rhapsody, Napster Launch The Listener Network Designed To Make Music More Social

Improving music discovery on a virtual jukebox with millions of songs, is a major focus for all streaming services. Those that get it right, like Spotify has with Discover Weekly, stand the best chance of attracting and retaining users. Rhapsody/Napster has unveiled its effort which cleverly combines machine learning with social curation. Rhapsody today launched The Listener ...

Jumpstart Your Music And Tech Startup At Music Startup Academy

Jumpstart Your Music And Tech Startup At Music Startup Academy

I've published Hypebot for a decade and run Skyline Music for longer, and in that time I've lost count of the promising music and music tech startups that have come and gone, often with surprising speed.  The best way to avoid that fate is to actually understand the music business before launch and a great way ...

Spotify Introduces "Fresh Finds" Tastemaker Generated Artist Discovery Playlists

Spotify Introduces "Fresh Finds" Tastemaker Generated Artist Discovery Playlists

Discover Weekly, which has quickly become my favorite Spotify feature, uses my listening habits to uncover tracks I'll like with unnerving accuracy.  Now Spotify is applying similar algorithms to the behavior of music tastemakers to uncover new artists. Starting today, and update every Wednesday, Spotify will deliver “Fresh Finds," a collection of 6 playlists designed to ...


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