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Free Streaming Isn't Forever: Why the Labels Will Pull Back the Reins

Seth Schachner | Posted 10.19.2015 | Media
Seth Schachner

It's not clear how the music labels will shake off the current subscription doldrums, but with Apple and streaming subscription growth front and center, you can bet they will do whatever it takes to build subscription sales, their big bet.

Artists, Apps, and Money: That Great App Isn't Enough

Seth Schachner | Posted 08.19.2015 | Arts
Seth Schachner

While they come from widely different backgrounds, all of these apps seek the same goals: grab an artist's audience, engage them, and monetize that engagement, digitally of course--with advertising, brand sponsors, "in app" purchases, or on rarer occasions, by selling recorded music.

Learning How to Use an iEgg

David Sable | Posted 08.03.2015 | Business
David Sable

A short summer ramble... More of a share of a great article really...but I'd be remiss not to comment - at least a little... Question... Have you...

Eminem Puts Punch Into Message with "Phenomenal"

Marcia Dawkins | Posted 07.06.2015 | Entertainment
Marcia Dawkins

While others wish to send the monster back under his bed, I won't. I want him to stay right out in front of our eyes. And I want critics to really turn an ear to their own sidestepping rhetoric.

Apple Music and the Race to Coexist

Seth Schachner | Posted 06.12.2015 | Media
Seth Schachner

Apple Music could have a future that more closely resembles music services from large tech titans like Amazon, Google, or Microsoft's Xbox Music. All of these have respectable if not game-changing digital music services.

Music's Marginal Reinvention: There's More Than Just Streaming

Seth Schachner | Posted 06.06.2015 | Business
Seth Schachner

It's not clear where all this plays out, but meeting many across the music industry this past year, I saw a clear picture of an industry trying to reinvent itself. And while labels still have an important role, the new equilibrium brings a healthy competitive balance to the market.

Vinyl Sales Increase 52 Percent From 2013

The Huffington Post | Ryan Kristobak | Posted 01.05.2015 | Entertainment

After surviving near-extinction last decade, vinyl made an exceptional global resurgence with purchases increasing more than sixfold. The U.S. continu...

WATCH: Moby, Prince and the Future of Music

Shawn Amos | Posted 04.05.2014 | Technology
Shawn Amos

Remember that time Prince got all litigious about copyright infringement online? No, the recent time. No, the most recent time.

13 Ways to Make Money From Your Songs

Jamie Purpora | Posted 02.13.2014 | Arts
Jamie Purpora

With all of the different ways your compositions can be used in both industry models, there's a good chance your songs are generating money you're not even aware of, which means you're missing out on collecting your money.

What 'Portable Music' Means in 2013

Eliot Van Buskirk | Posted 11.27.2013 | Technology
Eliot Van Buskirk

It's easier than ever to find new music to like or love, but our mechanisms for collecting that music in a meaningful way haven't kept pace with all of those discovery methods.

A Quick Look at iTunes Radio and Spotify Radio

John Pavley | Posted 11.21.2013 | Technology
John Pavley

Over the last few days I've listened to the "same" radio stations on both iTunes and Spotify. I've streamed music with wired, wireless and 3G connections. I've used headphones and speakers. I've created custom stations. I'm looking at variety, fit, quality, convenience and user experience.

Remote Controls and Music Apps Are Making Friends at Last

Eliot Van Buskirk | Posted 07.09.2013 | Technology
Eliot Van Buskirk

Purists hated the idea of slicing precious analog sound waves into bits, on philosophical if not auditory grounds. Owners of cassettes and vinyl were justifiably bummed to have to buy everything all over again.

JT's Smart Gamble

Katy Hall | Posted 05.01.2013 | Entertainment

Apple's iTunes music store turned 10 last month, marking a rocky decade in the music industry as digital downloads shouldered out physical album sales...

Push, Don't Shove -- Music Marketing That Actually Works

Julien Mitelberg | Posted 03.27.2013 | Entertainment
Julien Mitelberg

While there has been a hazy cloud hanging over artists, managers and labels relating to how digital music and the Internet affect their sales and bottom lines, the opportunity provided by push marketing remains an untapped well for a wide swath of artists.

Amazon Takes Aim At iTunes

Reuters | Alistair Barr | Posted 03.12.2013 | Technology

By Alistair Barr SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Inc unveiled a service that increases competition with Apple Inc's dominant iTune...

How People Bought Music In 2012 (Surprise: More Vinyl!?)

The Huffington Post | Drew Guarini | Posted 05.15.2013 | Technology

Music consumers helped digital sales continue their climb, physical sales continue their slow death, and kept vinyl spinning in 2012, according to a y...

Jason Gilbert

Have Spotify And Pandora Changed The Way You Listen To Music? | Jason Gilbert | Posted 11.09.2012 | Technology

Ch-ch-ch-changes: Market research firm NPD Group is out with new research this week indicating that a milestone of music will soon be upon us: The per...

What Would John Lennon Think?

Melissa Webster | Posted 12.15.2012 | Entertainment
Melissa Webster

Would he secretly embrace digital technology while publicly spurning anything short of vinyl records as a bastardization of music? Or, would he publicly welcome the changes and call it evolution for music and artists?

Will Neil Young's 'Pono' Player Really Make Music Sound Better?

Eliot Van Buskirk | Posted 10.09.2012 | Technology
Eliot Van Buskirk

Sampling rate dictates the highest pitch a format can represent, while bit depth concerns number of gradations of loudness. But can humans actually tell the difference? In other words, is there any point to Pono?

9 Things We Miss MOST About CDs

The Huffington Post | HuffPost Tech Staff | Posted 10.02.2012 | Technology

Do you remember the thrill of your first CD purchase? Or the hours you spent making a mix and picking the perfect songs for your crush? The compact-di...

The Most-Downloaded Legal Music on BitTorrent

Eliot Van Buskirk | Posted 11.28.2012 | Technology
Eliot Van Buskirk

Our question: who are these artists giving people permission to download singles and entire albums (comprising 78 percent of downloads according to MusicMetric) for free? We were curious, so we asked. Here's the word from BitTorrent.

Next In Samsung's Crosshairs: iTunes

Reuters | Miyoung Kim | Posted 11.26.2012 | Technology

By Miyoung Kim SEOUL (Reuters) - Samsung Electronics, which has vaulted the value chain on the strength of its hardware, will go out an...

Zach Carter

FTC Gives Major Music Merger The All-Clear | Zach Carter | Posted 09.21.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Federal Trade Commission on Friday voted to approve Universal Music Group's controversial acquisition of EMI with no strings attach...

Zach Carter

Universal-EMI Merger Expected To Clear FTC Vote On Friday | Zach Carter | Posted 09.20.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Federal Trade Commission plans to vote on the controversial merger between Universal Music and EMI on Friday, and is currently expec...

Zach Carter

The Day The Music Died? The Dangers Of A Universal-EMI Merger | Zach Carter | Posted 12.12.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Today, music lovers have more ways than ever before to access their favorite songs and discover artists they've never heard of. Can't li...