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Digital music spending greater than sales of CDs and records for first time

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BPI reveals that digital music accounted for 55.5% of total £155.8m music sales in the first quarter of 2012The amount of money made from digital music services has outstripped the sale of traditional CDs and records for the first time, according to first quarter revenue figures from music industry trade...
Digital music spending greater than sales of CDs and records for first time

The Top Tech News (and Parties) From SXSW Music

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As tech enthusiasts and entrepreneurs nursed their hangovers and headed home after SXSW Interactive, there were still newsworthy launches, panels, and campaigns going on at SXSW Music. MOG hinted at its future revenue streams, Sean Parker predicted iTunes’ downfall, and products launched from Rap Genius, Monstro, and others. The second half of SXSW...
The Top Tech News (and Parties) From SXSW Music

RIAA Wants Search Engines to Censor “Pirate Sites”

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Later today RIAA CEO Cary Sherman will take part in the “The Future of Audio” hearing at the U.S. House of Representatives. While the music industry group’s main aim at the hearing is to convince legislators to close a loophole that allows radio stations to play music without paying performance...
RIAA Wants Search Engines to Censor “Pirate Sites”
Report: More Movies Will Be Streamed Than Watched On Disc In 2012

The Beatles Launch Exclusive Ringtones Through iTunes Store

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Continuing their close relationship with the iTunes Store following a landmark deal to launch their music in the store in late 2010, The Beatles today announced the release of their first official ringtones, available exclusively through the iTunes Store.Beginning today, fans around the world can, for the first time, purchase...
The Beatles Launch Exclusive Ringtones Through iTunes Store

Spotify Is Now The Number Two Revenue Source For Labels – Source

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Spotify is now the number two revenue source for the major music labels, a source close to the company tells us. Spotify is an on-demand music service. There are free and subscription options. 23 million people used the service last month, according to App Data. The number one revenue source...
Spotify Is Now The Number Two Revenue Source For Labels – Source

Myth Dispensing: The Whole 'Spotify Barely Pays Artists' Story Is Bunk

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One of the key talking points that we've heard from the "haters" of the new music business models is the claim that Spotify pays next-to-nothing to artists. This is really based on a few stories, taken totally out of context, concerning a few artists who received relatively small checks from...
Myth Dispensing: The Whole 'Spotify Barely Pays Artists' Story Is Bunk

RIAA Behind US Government’s Failed Domain Name Seizure

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By late 2010, the U.S. Government’s Operation in Our Sites was in full swing. Domain names, considered property under the same forfeiture laws used to seize material items connected to criminal activity, were being swept up left and right in the name of protecting American jobs. Among them was DaJaz1.com,...
RIAA Behind US Government’s Failed Domain Name Seizure

TCTV Interview: Mike Doughty, Author, Singer, Songwriter On The Future Of The Music Business

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I had the distinct pleasure of bringing Mike Doughty, songwriter and author, into the TCTV studio to talk about his new book, The Book Of Drugs, his new album, Yes & Also Yes, and how the music business has changed during his long and tumultuous career. You may remember...
TCTV Interview: Mike Doughty, Author, Singer, Songwriter On The Future Of The Music Business

Music Industry Can See The Light After 'Least Negative' Sales Since 2004

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The music industry enjoyed its best sales performance for eight years in 2011, as CDs’ collapse decelerated, digital sales continued growing and new services were launched to capitalise on in-roads made in combating piracy. Global recorded music trade revenue fell by just three percent through the year. “2011 marked...
Music Industry Can See The Light After 'Least Negative' Sales Since 2004

What It Means Now That Zynga Has Bought Its Way Back to the Top of the Charts

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Rest easy, Zynga once again owns the top game on Facebook. Yesterday, it acquired OMGPOP, the developer that suddenly unseated the social-game giant after its overnight success with Draw Something. Draw Something, which challenges players to guess what another person is drawing, much like Pictionary, has been downloaded more than...
What It Means Now That Zynga Has Bought Its Way Back to the Top of the Charts

Kim Dotcom: Artists Rejoice, Megabox is Not Dead

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December last year, a month before the criminal proceeding against Megaupload became public, Kim Dotcom first revealed his plans to launch a new service to transform the music business. In a guest post for TorrentFreak, the Megaupload founder described the Megabox project as “..a site that will soon allow artists...
Kim Dotcom: Artists Rejoice, Megabox is Not Dead

Former Record Label Exec Ethan Kaplan: Duh, Of Course More File Sharing Leads To More Sales

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We recently posted an interesting study talking about how greater file sharing of leaked albums had a specific (if small) causal impact that resulted in higher sales. I thought it was an interesting area of research, though one where a lot more work needs to be done. Following that, however,...
Former Record Label Exec Ethan Kaplan: Duh, Of Course More File Sharing Leads To More Sales
Facebook Interest Lists: The social newspaper done right
With Mowgli’s Songster social game, you can create your own music (exclusive)

Realty Bites: Agents Grapple With How Homes Are Being Sold on the Internet

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The Internet has forever changed the newspaper industry, the music business and travel agencies. Now it’s real estate’s turn. Or at least that seems to be the case, in what could be a developing feud between real estate agents and online listing services such as Zillow, Trulia and Realtor.com. As these sites...
Realty Bites: Agents Grapple With How Homes Are Being Sold on the Internet

Online movie streaming in U.S. to top DVDs for the first time in 2012

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Online movie streaming in the United States is expected to top both DVD and Blu-ray use for the first time ever in 2012, according to a study from IHS Screen Digest. The study suggests that in 2012, Americans will legally stream 3.4 billion movies online — twice the 1.4 billion...
Online movie streaming in U.S. to top DVDs for the first time in 2012

David Lowery Wants A Pony

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I'm kind of amazed at how many people have been sending over, tweeting or submitting David Lowery's "Letter to Emily White at NPR All Songs Considered." Everyone seems to think there's something worth commenting on there, but I can't find it, frankly. Lowery, as we've discussed before, has some nonsensical...
David Lowery Wants A Pony
Spotify's Daniel Ek and Sean Parker: 'We're not competing with Apple, we're competing with piracy'
Keen On… Gracenote: How To Make Data Pay In The Music Business (TCTV)

Some Facts & Insights Into The Whole Discussion Of 'Ethics' And Music Business Models

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I know we've written a few times now about David Lowery's now infamous shaming of an intern because she apparently doesn't give him enough of her money, but that story keeps getting attention. Thankfully, a lot of that attention comes in the form of people from all over the music...
Some Facts & Insights Into The Whole Discussion Of 'Ethics' And Music Business Models

Tyler Cowen: 'Everywhere Will Be Like the Music Industry'

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The music industry, as we all know, has been turned upside down by the new behaviors enabled by the Internet. If you look at recorded music sales alone, the industry has nosedived since the late 90s. But if you take a broader view, we see that people continue to listen...
Tyler Cowen: 'Everywhere Will Be Like the Music Industry'

Microsoft's Xbox Music Service to Include Streaming, Downloads, and Cloud Storage?

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Earlier this month, we noted that Microsoft was making a major push into the living room, seeking to use its Xbox hardware as the hub for new streaming video content and a "SmartGlass" app for various platforms that will allow two-way Airplay-like wireless streaming between devices and an Xbox connected...
Microsoft's Xbox Music Service to Include Streaming, Downloads, and Cloud Storage?

Rethink Music 'hackathon' developers build creative music apps with the help of Kinect and Spotify

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Berklee College's Rethink Music conference isn't just for those in the music business — over the weekend, Boston-based music intelligence company the Echo Nest sponsored a "hackathon" at Microsoft's New England Research and Development Center. This gathering provided an opportunity for music developers to get together and spend a...
Rethink Music 'hackathon' developers build creative music apps with the help of Kinect and Spotify
Keen On… Ethan Kaplan: Why The Movie Industry Needs to Smash All Its Windows (TCTV)

The Big Rumor At SXSW Music: Apple Is Launching A Spotify-Like Service (AAPL)

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At the SXSW Music show this year, people are buzzing that Apple is getting close to launching a subscription music service to take on Spotify. An exec in the digital music business told us an announcement could be coming in days. Digital Music News also reported hearing this buzz...
The Big Rumor At SXSW Music: Apple Is Launching A Spotify-Like Service (AAPL)

Florida student pleads guilty to posting Facebook threat against Barack Obama

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Joaquin Amador Serrapio said he would assassinate president during a fundraising trip through south Florida in FebruaryA college student has pleaded guilty to posting threatening messages against the Barack Obama on Facebook.Joaquin Amador Serrapio Jr, 20, could get up to five years in federal prison for pleading guilty to a...
Florida student pleads guilty to posting Facebook threat against Barack Obama

How Digital Music Innovation Will Suffer if Universal Acquires EMI

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The music business, to say the least, ain't what it used to be. To be precise, the industry has shrunk by about 50% since Napster's heyday, and virtually nobody expects it to fully bounce back. The major labels know this and have tried just about everything to remain dominant, including...
How Digital Music Innovation Will Suffer if Universal Acquires EMI

Counting Crows Distribute Songs And More Via BitTorrent

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Five years ago, we wrote about a fascinating writeup by the keyboard player for the band The Counting Crows, in which he discussed his views on piracy and the music industry. While we didn't fully agree with what he was saying, his viewpoint was definitely worth reading. He was worried...
Counting Crows Distribute Songs And More Via BitTorrent
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