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Sean Parker on Spotify, Apple Music, Taylor Swift and Tidal

CNN Money has an interview with Sean Parker on the current state of digital music. Having cut his teeth (hem hem) with the original Napster, he’s well placed to talk about technological disruption and music. He refers to...
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Apple Music gets Pharrell exclusive – but what will that mean?

Remember those months of speculation that Apple Music would launch with a barrage of big-name exclusives? For now, the company is keeping its powder dry – and while The Weeknd debuted a new song during the new streaming...
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Apple Music latest: A2IM, Impala and indie publishers

Apple Music received another pair of endorsements from the independent labels sector yesterday, but it has more work to do to bring indie publishers on board. US labels body A2IM mirrored the praise of WIN and Merlin in a...
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Music Ally Report 369: Apple Music’s Five Time Bombs

Our cover feature comes in the light of the indies and Taylor Swift forcing Apple to revise its initial stance of not paying rights holders during the three-month free trial on Apple Music. That particular explosion might...
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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...