Indie licensing body Merlin has had cross words for several streaming music services down the years,
Tag: Streaming Music
US music download sales off to bad start in 2014
There’s been a lot of discussion about falling music download sales in the US last year, and the extent to which that’s caused by rising streaming music usage.
Will AT&T bundle get Beats Music off to a running start in the US?
We reported yesterday on Beats Music’s announcement that its streaming music service will be launching in the US in January.
AGOGO app blends streaming music with other audio content
There’s lots of interest on the blogosphere this morning in AGOGO, a new startup with an iPhone app promising “a new pure audio universe”.
Analysts take their guesses at streaming music’s future growth
It’s safe to say analyst firm ABI Research is feeling bullish about the growth of streaming music in the years ahead. The company has published its latest predictions, claiming that 29m people will be paying for on-demand streaming services by the end of 2013, with Spotify accounting for 32% of them (9.3m-ish) with Deezer, Korean service MelOn, Rhapsody and Sony’s Music Unlimited its nearest competitors.
By the end of 2018, ABI thinks there’ll be 191m paying subscribers for on-demand service, with a significant upswing in streaming music revenues. The company estimates that by the end of 2013, cumulative revenues so far from on-demand streaming will have totalled $5bn, but that this figure will reach $46bn by the end of 2018.
Spotify set for educational hackathon in New York
Spotify has been involved with the Music Hack Day movement for some time now, but the streaming music service is now trying something similar with an educational angle.
Writing or speaking about streaming music screwing artists? Read these articles first
I really like Aimee Mann’s music, but her recent interview in which she gave her views on streaming music bothered me. “My record isn’t on Spotify,” Mann told the Telegraph. “People may be outraged, but artists don’t make money from Spotify.”
Artists don’t make money from Spotify. A phrase that crystallises what may be the most important debate in the history of digital music: whether streaming music services can pay off for artists – and more widely, whether they can turn a profit and build a sustainable business for themselves and the music industry.
It bothered me, because it was just tossed out there with no backup. Why does Mann believe that? What data is she working from? As an artist who set up her own label some time ago and has blazed an independent path since, Mann should have an informed view, but details were frustratingly absent from that particular interview.
Leaving that piece aside, though, far too much of the public debate around streaming music services and artist payouts is dominated by gut feeling, partiality and Chinese whispers. What’s needed is more proper data and informed opinion.
So, I gathered some.
The dangers of seeing streaming music royalties as a ‘trickle’
For the most part, the debate over artists’ income from streaming music services has been conducted in trade publications and websites.
It’s breaking out now though: check the New York Times’ feature headlined ‘As Music Streaming Grows, Royalties Slow to a Trickle’, which kicks off by focusing on an individual New Yorker who now spends $10 a month on Spotify rather than $30 a month buying music, and then jumps back to cellist Zoe Keating’s reveal last year of her Pandora and Spotify payouts.
Deezer inks deal with Harman for Aha integration
Deezer will now be added to the Aha in-car entertainment service, which is available in cars made by Porsche, Chrysler, Subaru, Honda and Acura, as well as device from Alpine, Pioneer and Kenwood.
Deezer goes live in Brazil with local catalogue
The streaming service setting up shop in Brazil this week
Grooveshark hails 10 new indie label signings
Streaming music Grooveshark released a list of new independent labels that have agreed to add their music to its platform.
Swedish music sales up 30.1% in first half of 2012, with streaming taking 89% share of digital sales
Streaming music now accounts for 89% of digital music sales in Sweden.