Tag: music business

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Music Ally Report 403: Hardware Special

Welcome to our hardware special. Here we look at the music-related technologies that are most exciting, interesting or liable to propel the music business into its next stage of evolution. We have consciously stepped back...
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Sandbox 173: The GIF that keeps on giving

Lead: GIFs might seem like a way of flooding the web with the most trivial of content, but they are a hugely important part of building fan communities around artists. While pop acts like Drake, Beyoncé, Little Mix and...
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Sandbox 172: Locally Sourced Playlists

Lead: As streaming playlists have created their own centre of gravity around breaking new acts and tracks, there are mounting criticisms that this same centre of gravity benefits only acts from a handful of already-dominant...
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Report 390 – Limited Edition

In our cover feature we pick apart just what is so “exclusive” about exclusives. They represent the new arms race gripping services, driven in the main by Tidal and Apple Music and their keenness to grab market share;...
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Report 389 – Onstage, Online

In our cover feature we look beyond the noisy chatter about VR concerts to consider where else digital is really impacting on the live business. From the rise of non-live companies using ticketing to turn themselves into...
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The live music industry and the big data lag

Cortney Harding has written a post for Medium in which she calls out the live industry for moving far too slowly to become a proper digital business. While she says the record business is going death or glory into big data,...
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Imogen Heap talks about Mycelia and how blockchain can help the music business

There is clearly “something in the air” (well, on the web). Yesterday we covered Zoë Keating talking about how blockchain and Bitcoin could bring greater transparency to the digital music industry. Now Forbes has run...
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Spotify’s US lobbying efforts may be focusing on Apple Music

Earlier this year, it emerged that Spotify had appointed four Washington lobbying firms to cover different aspects of its business (Bulletin, 16-Apr-15). Now it seems at least one of them is earning its fee, according to...
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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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Will the .music domain name save the business?

Diffuser has a lengthy feature looking into the history of the .music domain name – as well as that of TLDs (top-level domains) in general – and lots of ruminations on what this could mean for the music business. A number...
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Apple wants 100m (!) subscribers

This Billboard piece was published ahead of last night’s official announcement and ran through the rumours about how licensed (or not) the service was. Buried at the end is a source claiming that Apple has set itself a...
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Noel Gallagher on Tidal: ‘Do these people think they’re the f***ing Avengers?’

If you, like us, have been waiting for someone to point a dictaphone at Noel Gallagher and ask him what he thinks of streaming service Tidal, today’s your (and our) lucky day. Rolling Stone did the honours, and the former...