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Merlin and WIN support indie licensing deals with Apple Music

Apple’s promise to pay royalties during the three-month free trial of its Apple Music streaming service has won over indie licensing agency Merlin. In a letter to members that leaked last night, CEO Charles Caldas explained:...
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Apple u-turns on streaming royalties: ’We hear you Taylor Swift’

Well, it’s unfair to put Apple’s change of heart over payouts from the Apple Music free trial purely down to Swift: independent labels played an important role over the last week too. But Swift’s intervention with...
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More indie bodies publish concerns about Apple Music

This is starting to feel like dominoes now: the independent music associations in Australia, France and Germany have all added their voices to the growing dispute between indie labels and Apple over the terms for its new...
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Apple Music won’t have ‘1989’ by Taylor swift either

Remember all that speculation about Apple striking exclusive deals with artists like Taylor Swift? In that artist’s case, it turned out to be misplaced. Apple’s new streaming service WILL have Swift’s back catalogue,...
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#GreenIconGate: Why Spotify ditched its ‘dreary brand palette’

Forget Apple Music and indie labels: for some people, Spotify’s iOS app icon going a different shade of green is this week’s big scandal – as you’ll see from the strangely-outraged tweets about the issue. Now Spotify’s...
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NMPA boss hopes Apple Music can grow streaming subscriptions

It sounds like a slightly doleful AGM for the National Music Publishers Association (NMPA), with the body talking about last year’s 2.5% drop in revenues for the US music publishing industry to $2.14bn. President David...
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How Apple Music indies row differs from YouTube Music Key’s

Yesterday, Beggars Group joined the swelling criticism of Apple Music from the independent sector. With AIM, A2IM and independent musicians all speaking out, the current situation may remind you of last year’s shenanigans...
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Indie revolt against Apple Music grows as Beggars Group speaks out

We've seen indie label bodies A2IM and AIM speak out against Apple Music's licensing policies, but now Beggars Group has added its voice to the rising groundswell of complaints about the new streaming service. The label...
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PledgeMusic president hails Apple Music D2C implications

There were a fair few critics of Apple Music last week, but direct-to-fan firm PledgeMusic’s president Benji Rogers is a fan. In a blog post on the company’s site, he has explained why, calling Apple’s new service “one...
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Sonos CEO talks Apple Music and home listening (interview)

“What we’re really excited about is the acceleration into streaming, with streaming radio and paid on-demand. Finally it’s happening! It took a while…” It’s no wonder that John MacFarlane is excited about the...
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AIM refuses to endorse Apple Music deal for indie labels

Is Apple Music really going to launch on 30 June with many prominent indie labels missing? The prospect is looking ever closer, with British indie body AIM yesterday warning its members off the deal currently being offered...
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Apple clarifies Apple Music revenue split as indies rumble

Last week, Apple was under fire for a leaked contract that seemed to suggest it would be paying just 58% of its Apple Music revenues out as royalties. Did the media forget about publishing royalties? It seems they did. “In...