Tips from the pros: how indie labels make the most of streaming playlists
Spotify playlists, YouTubers, music blogs and sundry other digital services are creating a new wave of music curators, even if quite a few of them are just the old curators trying on new platforms. A panel at AIM's Music...
April 9, 2015
How has the streaming music age changed indie label strategies?
"For a lot of people who have switched to streaming as their mode of listening, those people are probably not likely to buy records. That's Nicolas Rizzi of The Orchard speaking this morning during a panel session at indie...
April 9, 2015
Thom Yorke may be the ‘King Cnut’ of digital music warns Midia Research boss
Thom Yorke is the King Cnut of the music industry, according to Midia Research analyst Mark Mulligan. And yes, that’s not a typo: he was comparing the musician to the monarch who (as myth would have it) couldn’t...
April 9, 2015
Indies ride to freemium streaming’s defence
The battle lines are being drawn up in 2015’s debate about the effectiveness of free, on-demand streaming as a funnel towards paid subscriptions. Lucian Grainge, Jimmy Iovine, Lohan Presencer and Doug Morris on one side,...
March 14, 2015
Labels reportedly pushing Apple back over subscription price
As we reported yesterday, at least one major label is firmly aligned with Apple on the desire to push back on freemium. But what about all the labels’ views on Apple’s desire to undercut the current $9.99 standard for...
March 11, 2015
Apple moves to reassure indies over iTunes changes
Last month, several independent labels voiced concerns at changes to Apple’s iTunes store, particularly a new ‘sales velocity’ algorithm being used to govern what appeared in the scrolling album carousels on iTunes....
March 5, 2015
IFPI’s New Music Friday gets more criticism from indies
Beggars Group boss Martin Mills got his criticism of the IFPI’s “global release day” ofFriday in early, but some of his peers in the independent sector have been piling in since its official announcement.
March 3, 2015
Indies complain at ‘sales velocity’ tweaks to iTunes
You famously can’t buy placement on the homepage of Apple’s iTunes Store, which has been firmly under the control of the company’s editorial team. However, some independent labels are complaining that recent changes...
February 20, 2015
Bandcamp adds features for independent labels
Hot on the heels of its subscriptions option for artists, d2c site Bandcamp is now setting its sights on indie labels, with new features designed to help them make better use of the platform too. Costing $20 a month for...
December 18, 2014
YouTube signs indie labels after summer of anger
The drums are banging for the launch of YouTube’s long-anticipated subscription music service, and it seems that some of those will be indie drums after all. The Financial Times reported yesterday that YouTube has finally...
November 13, 2014
Drip.fm has raised its first round of funding
More than 40 labels are now using Drip.fm to run monthly subscription services for their keenest fans, and now the platform – launched by indie label Ghostly International – has raised its first funding. We don’t know...
November 7, 2014
eMusic ditches major labels to focus on independent music again
Five years after adding its first tracks from major labels, eMusic has removed it all to focus once again on independent music. “Beginning Oct. 1, 2014, the leading download-to-own music retailer will be exiting the...
September 30, 2014