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The National get a VR documentary from the New York Times

The latest band testing the virtual-reality waters is The National, with a VR documentary filmed and distributed by the New York Times. ’The National: Something Out of Nothing’ was released on Friday to tie in with...
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Amazon and New York Times clash over workplace exposé

Earlier this summer, the New York Times’ exposé of working practices at Amazon – this time its office staff rather than its warehouse employees – was widely shared. Claims of immense pressure being put on staff...
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Inside Beats 1

Beats 1’s “flagship” DJ Zane Lowe has confirmed that his first interview on his new show on 30th June will be Eminem. He’s posted photos so we can presume it’s a pre-record rather than live. Ahead of next Tuesday,...
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Pandora set for court battle with BMI over payouts

With songwriter royalties such a talking point at the Grammys, what better time for a high-profile court battle over Pandora’s payments to licensing agency BMI? Pandora might not agree, of course. The trial starts tomorrow (Tuesday...
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Azoff aims for more performing rights income for songwriters

Okay, that headline is hardly a shock: famous manager wants more dosh for their clients. But apparently Irving Azoff’s Global Music Rights venture is promising artists it will “wring royalties that are as much as 30 percent...
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Facebook reportedly offering to host news publisher’s content

There’s a fascinating piece in the New York Times this week about Facebook’s possible plans to host stories for news publishers and split the ad revenues with them, based on a “listening tour” the social network has...
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Is Japan really ready for the transition from CDs to streaming?

The New York Times has an interesting feature today on the Japanese music market, exploring why CDs still account for 85% of sales in the country, and questioning whether that attachment to physical is storing up problems...
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Leaked New York Times report shows digital struggles

Nothing to do with music here, but a leaked internal report by the New York Times is a stark guide to some of the struggles happening in other media industries as companies move from analog to digital businesses. The report...
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US Justice Department to review music licensing regulations

Get set for 60 days of intense and angry lobbying in the US over personal radio royalties, after the Justice Department announced plans to review the licensing system for ASCAP and BMI. Interested parties are being invited...
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Twitter giving love to ‘Very Important Tweeters’

'Is Twitter a Media or Technology Company?' wonders the New York Times on its Bits blog. The answer, of course, is a bit of both. "I think of the company as a technology company that is in the media business," says CEO Dick...
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Rumours of Google music store hotting up again

The New York Times' headline 'Google Said to be Planning an MP3 Store' raised our eyebrows, given that Google itself did the saying at its I/O conference back in 2010, and even showed a demonstration. However, the point of...
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Digital disruption latest – Amazon publishing and Facebook football

Two unrelated stories today show the ongoing disruption of traditional media by digital services. First, Amazon has announced the first author to sign to its general trade books imprint. Timothy Ferriss was poached from Random...