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  • high-res_audio A Q&A Discussion with Owen Kwon and Marc Finer About High Resolution Audio

    We all know that the world of recorded music is always changing. High resolution audio has already penetrated the audiophile marketplace. Now it’s the mass market’s turn. In order to bring everyone who loves music up-to-date on the status of high resolution audio, we turned to the ultimate sources — Owen Kwon, President of Astell&Kern, […]

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  • iTunes Music Is a Big, Fat, Bloated Disaster of an App

    Entire iTunes collections are going AWOL, downloads are getting mangled, IDs are fighting with one another, and Apple Music is acting weird again.  What needs to change? Has iTunes become an unmanageable monstrosity?  In the latest battle against its own ‘bloatware,’ Apple sent two engineers to a user’s home after 122 GB of his personal music collection vanished […]

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  • One Billion People Will Be Paying For Music By 2021

    According to John MacFarlane, CEO of Sonos, the music industry will hit a billion paying music streaming users and it will only ”take around 5 years” (so by 2021). Interesting… But how? ”Apple and China will take the lead” and everyone else will follow, says MacFarlane. (1) Apple effect The early entrants in the music streaming market […]

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  • Musicians, Check Out Instagram’s New Analytics…

    Instagram is launching analytics for businesses and brands that use the platform, according to a post on the Later.com blog. The new feature will be called ‘Insights’, and will provide information on the demographic of a users’ followers, including location, age, and gender.  Besides follower analytics there is also a section that will focus on post analytics. Providing follower […]

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  • Does Life Really Have to Suck for Songwriters?

    Read enough articles, and you’ll think songwriting is in the throes of decline and decay.  In Nashville, the number of songwriters has been decimated since 2000, according to one tally, and even hit songs are producing paltry payouts (according to another).  Composition licenses are also at the root of a major legal actions involving Spotify, Rhapsody, Xbox […]

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  • Tidal Is Growing Faster Than Apple and Spotify COMBINED

    Tidal subscribers are surging at unprecedented rate… In fact, since Kanye’s album dropped exclusively on Tidal in February, the platform has doubled its subscriber number.  Now, it’s added at least another one million thanks to a Beyonce exclusive.  All of which means Tidal has nearly tripled in size in about three months. That’s a 200% […]

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  • Hi-Res Music Streaming: It’s Becoming Impossible to Ignore

    Back in November last year, DMN reported the unveiling of the new ‘Hi-Res MUSIC’ logo for digital download services. Now the RIAA have announced that the Hi-Res music logo is going to be available to music streaming services as well.  “The expansion of the Hi-Res MUSIC definition to encompass streaming technologies reflects the continued evolution of the marketplace to […]

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  • Amazon Attacks Artist-Unfriendly YouTube Where It Hurts…

    What’s one way to change YouTube’s f-you attitude? Competition. As the music industry prepares for war against YouTube, another giant is sensing opportunity.  Amazon has now launched a YouTube-like video platform that allows content creators to earn revenue through advertising and royalties on uploaded videos, with far greater control and collaboration.  Which might be exactly the kind […]

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  • Turns Out Smartphones are Giant Music Piracy Machines

    Smartphones are slowly supplanting desktops when it comes to almost every form of music piracy.  But this is a lot more complicated than just shifting screens. Last week, Digital Music News delved into the quickly shifting terrain of music piracy, one that now involves less torrenting and a lot more stream-ripping from YouTube.  It also involves greater amounts of […]

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  • Welcome to the Next Phase of Streaming Music: Original Video – Digital Music News

    Spotify is rolling out an entire slate of original videos.  Is that a big part of the future of streaming music? Today, Spotify announced the addition of 12 new original video series on music and popular culture.  The series — which will reportedly last up to 15 minutes each — will be available in the U.S., U.K., Germany […]

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  • YouTube Is the New Pirate Bay, Study Shows…

    Earlier this year, research group MusicWatch shared data with Digital Music News that showed 53 million Americans actively pirating music content.  But even more shocking was how they were doing it: instead of torrenting on the Pirate Bay, more and more piracy is now happening on YouTube via stream-ripping, with direct streaming piracy and storage […]

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  • YouTube Is Underpaying Artists and Getting Away With It

    We need to ”wake up and smell the coffee”… Canadian singer-songwriter Nelly Furtado joins Nikki Sixx, Debby Harry and other musicians who are standing up against YouTube and campaigning for fair payouts. In a recent blog post for The Guardian, Furtado discusses the ongoing issues that artists are having with YouTube and tells the streaming platform […]

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  • How Google Killed the Music Industry (In 3 Easy Diagrams)

    Diagram #1. If your business is based on recorded music sales, then you know this slide well.  But it’s also created a ripple effect throughout the music industry, with artists and labels moving towards touring, merchandise, and other areas to sustain revenues (with mixed results). Diagram #2. Under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), signed […]

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  • The Top 10 Music Instagram Accounts (Are 90% Women) – Digital Music News

    Top 10 Music Instagram accounts… 1. Selena Gomez – 76.8 million followers (Image by AleeDear, Creative Commons, Attribution 2.0 Generic, cc by 2.0) 2. Taylor Swift – 75.3 million followers (Image by Eva Rinaldi, Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic, cc by-sa 2.0) 3. Ariana Grande – 70 million followers (Image by JustEntertainment, Creative Commons, Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic, cc by-sa […]

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  • Youtube Makes Changes To Its Heavily-Criticized Content ID System

    Youtube: We know our content ID system is a ‘frustrating experience’…but we are making changes… Yesterday, YouTube announced via its blog that it would be making necessary changes to its Content ID system. The news comes after right holders dubbed the system as ‘flawed’, as it fails to pay them when someone files an incorrect dispute. Prior to […]

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  • This Is the Contract Songwriters Are Signing With Spotify

    Sign this, and you sign away some of your rights. Early last month, Digital Music News broke the story of a broad-reaching agreement between Spotify and music publishers to resolve tens of millions in unpaid royalties.  That agreement, forged by major publishing organization NMPA, would involve a one-time, $5 million penalty payment by Spotify as well […]

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  • Introducing the Unskippable YouTube ‘Bumper Ad’

    YouTube has just announced the addition of another ad.  And you will watch it. Yes, it’s another YouTube ad, like there weren’t enough already.  But this one is entirely different: YouTube is calling its latest addition a ‘bumper ad,’ which will last six-seconds and can’t be skipped. Google designed these new ads for smartphone users (roughly […]

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  • What a Label With 2.5 Million YouTube Streams Actually Earns

    The most difficult part about the debate over streaming royalties is that nobody seems to know what streaming services actually pay.  Which is why Digital Music News started an initiative to collect streaming data from anyone who would share their royalty statements. (If you’d like to share, please email us at news@digitalmusicnews.com.  As you can […]

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