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Transparency Starts Upstream for Streaming Royalties

Chris Castle | Posted 10.05.2015 | Entertainment
Chris Castle

We've seen stories recently about various successes for artists in negotiations with major labels about "transparency" in the payment of the artist's share of streaming royalties received by record companies.

Infographic: New Money in the Music Streaming Business

MoneyTips | Posted 09.25.2015 | Business

Revenues from subscription streaming services for music in the U.S. accounted for 27% of music sales across all formats in 2014, surpassing CD sales for the first time.

Go Home Pandora, You're Drunk

Nathan Timmel | Posted 09.17.2015 | Arts
Nathan Timmel

Until I hear Pandora has gotten their ducks in a row, I'm going back to Spotify. I'll build playlists that are in tune with one another and not the incoherent ramblings of an algorithm written by a programmer who knows more about ones and zeroes than music.

Confessions of a Serial Songwriter: Dear Bob Lefsetz--Please R.S.V.P.

Shelly Peiken | Posted 08.19.2015 | Arts
Shelly Peiken

Of course our largest area of discourse will be our polar opposite views on the way in which music creators are being compensated (or not compensated) in the current digital economy...(yours being: stream away and embrace the new era; mine -- fair market value for my content, please).

Confessions of a Serial Songwriter: Calling All Angels

Shelly Peiken | Posted 07.22.2015 | Media
Shelly Peiken

The other day my husband and I went out to dinner with our next door neighbor. He's always been a genuinely nice guy to whom we've enjoyed living adjacent for several reasons.

Damon Beres

Spotify May Have Killed A Part Of Music Culture | Damon Beres | Posted 06.19.2015 | Technology

Nobody owns or curates their music collections anymore. We all just want to stream instantly.

Why I'll Happily Pay for Tidal

Paul Cantor | Posted 06.06.2015 | Entertainment
Paul Cantor

If you didn't pay for music in the year 2000, I'd think you were the coolest person around. But you don't pay for music in 2015? You're just being an a**hole.

Let the Music Play... Err, Stream

David Sable | Posted 02.14.2015 | Business
David Sable

Look, I don't mean to give you a history lesson or bore you with my routine. My point is simple: The debates around format or how people listen are foolish and wasted. Follow the music.

Forget Streaming Music, Vinyl Is Back Big Time

The Huffington Post | Ryan Kristobak | Posted 11.19.2014 | Entertainment

While debates surrounding music streaming services, online downloads, physical purchases and torrents have been raging the past couple years, vinyl ha...

Spotify CEO Pushes Back Against Taylor Swift's Claims

The Huffington Post | Alexis Kleinman | Posted 11.12.2014 | Technology

Spotify's CEO on Tuesday defended his streaming service in the wake of some pretty harsh comments from current pop goddess Taylor Swift. Swift pull...

Taylor: Swift Boat or Love Boat

Shelly Peiken | Posted 01.10.2015 | Arts
Shelly Peiken

Last week was a convenient window for Taylor Swift haters to come out. She pulled her songs from Spotify and now has the only debut album of 2014 to go platinum in one week. Is she a music creator advocate or a savvy business woman? Perhaps she is both.

Spotify Makes Amazing Story-Telling Playlists For Customers With Questions

The Huffington Post | Alexis Kleinman | Posted 10.18.2014 | Technology

If you've got a question for Spotify, not only will it answer you, it will answer you with a song. Have a concern? A question? Find a bug? Tweet at...

How Music Sales Have Changed Over 30 Years, In 30 Seconds

The Huffington Post | Ryan Kristobak | Posted 08.18.2014 | Entertainment

Pulling data from the Recording Industry Association of America, Digital Music News has put together this informative animation charting how music-sal...

Timothy Stenovec

Apple Didn't Spend $3 Billion On Beats Just For The Headphones | Timothy Stenovec | Posted 05.29.2014 | Technology

If you want to know why Apple just dropped $3 billion -- its biggest acquisition by far -- on a company that makes overpriced and arguably poor qualit...

Spotify Hits 10 Million Paying Customers: Streaming Rules

Shelly Palmer | Posted 07.27.2014 | Technology
Shelly Palmer

Spotify recently announced a major milestone: the music streaming service hit 10 million paying subscribers and now has more than 40 million active users across 56 markets worldwide.

Indie Band Exploits Spotify's Payment System With Completely Silent Album

The Huffington Post | Drew Guarini | Posted 05.08.2014 | Technology

Sometimes, silence really is golden. At least that was the case for the Ann Arbor, Michigan-based indie funk band Vulfpeck, which used a 10-song al...

WATCH: Beats Music Bets on Personalized Curation

Shawn Amos | Posted 03.19.2014 | Technology
Shawn Amos

Beats Music is coming! If you haven't heard about it, you will. It's the new subscription music streaming service from the folks behind Beats headpho...

Timothy Stenovec

The Only Place You're Able To Stream Led Zeppelin | Timothy Stenovec | Posted 12.11.2013 | Technology

Spotify is changing things up. At a news conference in lower Manhattan on Wednesday, the company announced that members will now be able to listen ...

Apple Makes A Big Purchase

Reuters | Posted 02.01.2014 | Technology

By Poornima Gupta SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Apple Inc has acquired social media search and analytics startup Topsy, an unusual purchase...

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.

Artists Found Another Reason To Dislike Spotify

The Huffington Post | Drew Guarini | Posted 09.04.2013 | Technology

Spotify members might be fooling themselves with their playlist-making abilities. The Ministry of Sound, a British dance music brand, is suing Spot...

Jason Cherkis

Why Radiohead's Thom Yorke Can't Budge Spotify | Jason Cherkis | Posted 07.16.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Streaming music services such as Pandora and Spotify promise a seemingly limitless song selection for listeners and actual royalties for...

How Do You Keep Your Music?

Tom Moon | Posted 09.11.2013 | Entertainment
Tom Moon

The other day, a guitarist friend shared the philosophy that guides his music collection. He still buys CDs, but only those titles he knows he will return to often -- music he's studying, his all-time favorite albums, etc.

Timothy Stenovec

Why Xbox Music Doesn't Need To Make Money | Timothy Stenovec | Posted 07.01.2013 | Technology

In the last two months, Google has done it. Apple followed several weeks later. And on Monday, Microsoft joined the two tech giants -- and many smalle...

Apple to Announce Streaming Music Service at WWDC

Richard Tso | Posted 08.10.2013 | Technology
Richard Tso

Audiophiles, this one's for you. Pandora better take notice -- Apple is getting into the streaming music business and has a monetization strategy to boot.