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REWIND: The New Music Industry’s Week In Review

In this flip back through a busy and contentious week in the music biz, we revisit Spotify's kickoff of label licensing talks despite major disputes at the company, Apple's new 'app tax,' a lawsuit against Fall Out Boy over their use of fury llama puppets, and more! Hypebot, MusicThinkTank Join The Bandsintown Family Spotify Begins Label Licensing Talks Amid Major Disputes Spotify Condemns Apple's New "App Tax," But Could It Be A Cover For A Price Hike? Songs By ...
Tags: Music Business, Music Tech, BTS, DIY, DIY musicians, Hypebot, Indie, Music, Music Industry, Music Think Tank, Musician, Musicians, Spotify, Owen Davie


Spotify Begins Label Licensing Talks Amid Major Disputes

Spotify has begun negotiations to renew its licencees with all three major labels and other rights holders. The talks begin with Spotify on the offensive against the music industry on multiple fronts. The streamer must reach new deals this year with Universal Music, Sony Music, and Warner Music, which together control about two-thirds of Spotify's catalog. But in just the last three weeks, Spotify has filed an anti-trust complaint against Apple in the EU, lodged an objection to an inc...
Tags: Indie Labels, Major Labels, Music Business, Streaming, Bruce Houghton


Meredith d'Ambrosio in 1981

One of my regrets about my college years in Boston during the 1970s is not going to see Meredith d'Ambrosio perform around town. Back then, I was either at the Harvard "Coop" buying jazz LPs, at Paul's Mall and the Jazz Workshop at night during the week and at discos on the weekends. Soon after I started JazzWax in 2007, I made up for lost time, and Meredith and I have been pals ever since. Yesterday, I spent much of the afternoon with Meredith's Another Time. Recorded in 1981 at the Beacon Hi...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, Boston, Jazz, Meredith, Johnny Mercer, George, Ken, Wilder, Aren, Copley, Beacon Hill, Bill Evans, Ambrosio, Jimmy Van Heusen, Ira Gershwin


Apple Just Dropped New AirPods — & Here's The Lowdown

Apple just dropped second-generation AirPods — and this time, everything's wireless, including the charging case.Now, instead of plugging your AirPod case into the wall like you would any other Apple device, the new Wireless Charging Case gets juice just from being placed on a Qi-compatible charging mat, leaving one to wonder if an Apple-created Qi-compatible charging mat isn't far behind. And the case is super easy to use — an LED light indicator on the front shows the charge status from a gla...
Tags: Apple, Fashion, Music, Siri, Nike, Qi, Elizabeth Holmes, Apple Stores, Apple Watch Apple, Mac HomePod


Apple’s new AirPods bring only minor updates to the much-loved originals

Apple has announced its new AirPods, the much-anticipated follow-up to Apple's wildly popular AirPods. With optional wireless charging and hands-free Siri, it's a minor update, but a welcome one. The post Apple’s new AirPods bring only minor updates to the much-loved originals appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: Apple, Mobile, Music, News, Trends, Siri, Home Theater, AirPods, Fully Wireless Earbuds


What year is this? Apple might drop a new iPod tomorrow

After two days of surprise hardware releases that have brought us new iPads and iMacs, rumor has it that we may see an update of Apple's iPod as soon as tomorrow, sparking a mixture of nostalgia and curiosity. The post What year is this? Apple might drop a new iPod tomorrow appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: Apple, Music, News, Trends, Home Theater, Apple Music, Ipod Touch


Years of MySpace music deleted; Internet weeps

It’s not so much that anyone expected MySpace to be alive at this point, let alone a safe place for music uploads. The demise of years of MySpace music is more like a sad reminder of the direction of the Internet. First, there’s actually a few events in the timeline of how so much music disappeared from the service in the first place. Remember that about ten years ago it had only just been surpassed by Facebook. Since then, relative traffic, revenue, and headcount have plunged dramatically. T...
Tags: Apple, Google, Facebook, Music, Youtube, Opinion, Germany, Tech, Web, History, Bbc, Rants, Stories, Editorial, Myspace, Archiving


How To Prepare For A Post-Album Music Industry [Keith Jopling Of MIDiA]

The album is not dead, but it is fading away; and stats shared by MIDiA analyst Keith Jopling confirm the trend. Adults that claim to listen to whole albums monthly, stands at just 16% according to Q4 ‘18 data from MIDiA, a drop from 22% in the previous quarter. ______________________________   By Keith Jopling, MIDiA’s Consulting Lead from the Music Industry blog. This is a follow-up piece to What’s Next In Playlist Innovation? Every week I’m still excited to check out the lates...
Tags: Apple, Spotify, Music, Netflix, Pandora, Ariana Grande, Elton John, Kanye, Reed Hastings, Bruce Houghton, Bowie, Migos Drake, Keith Jopling, Netflix Fortnite TikTok, Amazon Bandcamp, Rhapsdoy


Spotify Bites Back, Calls Apple Monopolistic [Full Text Of Statement]

UPDATED: The war of words between Spotify and Apple shows no signs of abating, with the streamer issuing its latest rebuttal calling out Cupertino as "monopolistic."  In a statement, Spotify said that "Apple’s response to our complaint before the European Commission is not new and is entirely in line with our expectations." The battle began when Spoitfy filed a complaint with the European Commission over Apple App Store fees and practices.  Apple fought back and added an attack on Spotif...
Tags: Apple, Spotify, Music, European Commission, Cupertino, Apple App Store, Bruce Houghton, US Copyright Royalty Board, Spoitfy


The Spotify Apple Issue

Many people who follow tech know that Spotify has filed a complaint with the European Commission regarding the challenges that Spotify has doing business in the iOS app store. I am very sympathetic to Spotify’s complaint. In my post last week on The Warren Breakup Plan, I wrote: The mobile app stores, in particular, have always seemed to me to be a constraint on innovation vs a contributor to it. Spotify has a huge user base and brings in billions of dollars of revenues every year but i...
Tags: Apple, Mobile, Spotify, Music, Trends, Policy, European Commission, Warren, Albert, Albert Wenger


Apple Music Added to Amazon Fire TV in USA

Apple Music has launched on Amazon Fire TV in the US. Amazon Fire TV is a natural extensions for Apple Music as it has been rolled out on Amazon’s Echo speakers since December. Apple Music subscribers will now the ability to access the full catalogue of 50 million songs by just asking Alexa. “Alexa, play today’s hits on Apple Music,” or “Alexa, play music by [artist’s name] on Apple Music,” for example. The post Apple Music Added to Amazon Fire TV in USA appeared first on RouteNote Bl...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, Music, Usa, Fire, Fire TV, Amazon Fire TV, Apple Music, Digital Music News, Apple Music Added to Amazon Fire TV, US Amazon Fire TV, Alexa `` Alexa


REWIND: The New Music Industry’s Week In Review

As we journey back through the week's major music industry events, we revisit how Spotify's new Hulu bundling could be a problem for artists, Apple's attack on Spotify for trying to squeeze musicians, why piracy continues to be an issue in the streaming age. Spotify’s New Hulu Bundle Could Hurt Musicians - Here's Why Apple Attacks Spotify For 'Trying To Squeeze Musicians, Songwriters' As App Dispute Escalates Napster Turns A Profit, Partners With Univision New Repo...
Tags: Apple, Spotify, Music, Hulu, Music Business, Music Tech, Univision, Giza, Owen Davie


Apple Attacks Spotify For 'Trying To Squeeze Musicians, Songwriters' As App Dispute Escalates

UPDATED: Apple has attacked Spotify for "making ever-smaller contributions to the artists, musicians and songwriters - even going so far as to take these creators to court." in an escalating battle that began over app store fees and practices. In a lengthy and strongly worded statement, Apple pushed back after Spotify filed an anti-trust complaint against Apple with the European Commission. "In recent years, Apple has introduced rules to the App Store that purposely limit choice and stif...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, Spotify, Music, Eu, EK, European Commission, Streaming, App Store, Daniel Ek, Apple Music, Music Business, Music Tech, Songwriters, Bruce Houghton, Copyright Royalty Board


Full Text Of Apple's Statement Blasting Spotify With All The Nasty Bits Highlighted

Apple Music has gone on the offensive with an uncharacteristically strong statement "Addressing Spotify’s claims," after the streamer filed a complaint with the European Commission over Apple App Store fees and practices.To make sure you that you don' t miss the many nasty parts, we've added some highlights.   _______________________________________   From Apple:   Addressing Spotify’s claims   We believe that technology achieves its true potential when we in...
Tags: Apple, Spotify, Music, Siri, European Commission, Apple Watch, App Store, Apple App Store, Apple Apps, Bruce Houghton, US Copyright Royalty Board


Apple Attacks Spotify For 'Tying To Squeeze... Artists Musicians, Songwriters' As App Dispute Escalates

Apple attacked Spotify for "making ever-smaller contributions to the artists, musicians and songwriters - even going so far as to take these creators to court." on Thursday in an escalating battle that began over app store fees and practices. In a lengthy and strongly worded statement, Apple pushed back after Spotify filed an anti-trust complaint against Apple with the European Commission. "In recent years, Apple has introduced rules to the App Store that purposely limit choice and stifl...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, Spotify, Music, Eu, EK, European Commission, Streaming, App Store, Daniel Ek, Apple Music, Music Business, Music Tech, Songwriters, Bruce Houghton, Copyright Royalty Board


Music Industry's Revenue Growth Continues, But There Are Warning Signs

New numbers released by the RIAA show that recorded music revenues have continued to grow over the past year, reaching an uptick of 13% overall. This is good news for an industry which was struggling to stay afloat not long ago, but also carries with it some warning signs, and questions about the future. __________________________ Guest post by Bill Rosenblatt. This article originally appeared on Forbes The RIAA released its  this week. The numbers for 2018 show that the indu...
Tags: Apple, Spotify, Music, Diy, Music Industry, Guest Post, Indie, Musicians, Riaa, Music Business, Music Tech, Major Labels, Musician, IFPI, Bill Rosenblatt, GiantSteps Media Technology Strategies


Napster’s new app to expand them into Hispanic music

Napster want to start making an impact in the Hispanic music industry and they’ve partnered with Univision to make it happen. Napster, the re-branded streaming service that was once one of the most prolific illegal music sites, have announced a new partnership. They’re teaming up with Univision, an American Spanish-language media company, to enhance the Hispanic music industry. Napster will be working with Univision’s newly re-designed Uforia app to power the music streaming service as ...
Tags: Apple, Spotify, Music, Radio, Latin Music, Streaming, Latin America, Playlists, Apple Music, Hispanic, Spanish, Music Stores, Univision, Napster, Patrizio, Univision Radio


Spotify Accuses Apple Of Unfair Business Monopoly Practices

Spotify CEO Daniel Ek says that if Spotify pays this cut it has to “artificially inflate” its prices “well above the price of Apple Music.” But if it doesn’t pay, Apple applies “a series of technical and experience-limiting restrictions” that make Spotify an inferior experience. Ek also notes that Apple “routinely blocks our experience-enhancing upgrades,” including locking Spotify and other competitors out of Apple services like Siri, HomePod, and Apple Watch. – The Verge
Tags: Apple, Art, Spotify, Music, EK, Daniel Ek, Siri HomePod, 03.13.19


Spotify's antitrust complaint against Apple is a neat parable about Big Tech's monopoly

Spotify has asked the EU Commission to intervene in its business relationship with Apple, citing the fact that Apple takes a 30% vig on all customer revenues from people who join the service or buy songs through an Iphone app, while Apple's own competing Itunes store does not have to pay this commission. That means that while Apple and Spotify pay the same wholesale rates for the music they sell, Spotify has to give 30% of its revenues to Apple, while either earning 30% less on each of its ...
Tags: Apple, Ios, Spotify, Post, Music, News, Elizabeth Warren, US, Eu, Reagan, Competition, EK, Antitrust, Warren, Streaming, Department Of Justice


Apple Music completes its Amazon migration, is now available on Fire TV

Amazon's popular Fire TV devices are now compatible with the most popular on-demand music streaming service in the United States, thanks to a new integration with Apple Music that has finally hit Fire TV devices. The post Apple Music completes its Amazon migration, is now available on Fire TV appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: Apple, Amazon, Music, News, Trends, United States, Home Theater, Fire TV, Apple Music


Apple Music comes to Fire TV

Apple Music is launching on Amazon Fire TV in the U.S. today, after rolling out in December to Amazon’s Echo line of smart speakers. The news is notable as it’s yet another example of the eased tensions between the two rivals following Apple CEO Tim Cook’s 2017 announcement of Apple’s agreement with Amazon. Their deal allowed Amazon’s Prime Video app to launch on Apple TV and saw the return of Apple products on Amazon.com. Since then, the companies have made several moves to honor their deal. La...
Tags: Travel, Apple, Amazon, Music, Media, Samsung, Tim Cook, Lg, Fire TV, Vizio, Amazon Fire TV, Streaming Service, Apple Music, Alexa, Amazon Their, U S Fire TV


YouTube Music and YouTube Premium come to India

YouTube Music is coming to the next critical battlefield for streaming music services: India. The company announced this week it’s launching its ad-supported version of YouTube Music for free in the country, as well as YouTube Music Premium, its subscription that offers background listening, offline downloads and an ad-free experience for ₹99 a month. In addition, YouTube Premium, which extends offline play, background listening and the removal of ads across YouTube, is also launching in Indi...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Mobile, Apps, Spotify, Music, Media, Youtube, India, Samsung, Tech, Ed Sheeran, European Commission, Streaming Music, Warner


The Art Of Marketing Music

For many listeners, music is far more than just sound, and acts as a strong emotional force. This makes music, and the inextricably linked if sometimes adversarial format of radio a uniquely powerful platform for marketing. Here Fred Jacobs looks at examples of music marketing from the beginning of the year which demonstrate the impact artists, and the radio stations that play them, have on consumers ___________________________________ Guest post by Fred Jacobs of Jacobs Media Strategie...
Tags: Apple, Music, UK, Wings, Dallas Cowboys, Chevy, Detroit Red Wings, NHL, North America, Detroit, George Michael, Great Britain, Woodstock, Jimmy Page, Burton, Zeppelin


Spotify CEO Daniel Ek's Statement On EU Anti-Competition Complaint Against Apple [FULL TEXT]

Spotify it has filed an anti-trust complaint against Apple with the European Commission. The complaint centers on the 30% Apple charges for app store subscriptions and purchases and polices that Spotify CEO Daniel Ek says,"deliberately disadvantage other app developers." The full text of Spotify CEO Daniel Ek's statement: My goal for Spotify is and has always been to reimagine the audio experience by giving consumers the best creativity and innovation we have to offer. For that to be...
Tags: Apple, Spotify, Music, EC, Daniel Ek, Apple Music, Bruce Houghton, Apple Apple, European Commission EC, Siri HomePod, EU Anti Trust Complaint Against Apple, EU Anti Competition Complaint Against Apple


Spotify Files EU Anti-Trust Complaint Against Apple

Spotify announced Wednesday that it has filed an anti-trust complaint against Apple with the European Commission. The complaint is centered on the 30% that Apple charges for in app purchase and polices that Spotify CEO Daniel Ek says,"deliberately disadvantage other app developers."   "In recent years, Apple has introduced rules to the App Store that purposely limit choice and stifle innovation at the expense of the user experience - essentially acting as both a player and referee to...
Tags: Apple, Spotify, Music, US, Eu, EK, Streaming, EC, App Store, Daniel Ek, Music Business, Music Tech, Bruce Houghton, Apple Apple, Siri HomePod, EU Anti Trust Complaint Against Apple


Spotify CEO Daniel Ek's Statement EU Anti-Competition Complaint Against Apple [FULL TEXT]

Spotify it has filed an anti-trust complaint against Apple with the European Commission. The complaint centers on the 30% Apple charges for app store subscriptions and purchases and polices that Spotify CEO Daniel Ek says,"deliberately disadvantage other app developers." The full text of Spotify CEO Daniel Ek's statement: My goal for Spotify is and has always been to reimagine the audio experience by giving consumers the best creativity and innovation we have to offer. For that to be...
Tags: Apple, Spotify, Music, Streaming, EC, Daniel Ek, Apple Music, Music Business, Music Tech, Apps & Mobile, Bruce Houghton, Apple Apple, European Commission EC, Siri HomePod, EU Anti Trust Complaint Against Apple


What Is Poosh? & Other Important Questions About Kourtney Kardashian's New Brand

One week ago, Kourtney Kardashian teased something on her Instagram. We say something because at first, it was totally unclear what exactly she was teasing. The photo she posted features her sitting on a bathroom countertop naked drinking tea and holding a laptop next to a shelf filled with various luxurious-looking products and bath linens. The caption accompanying the photo reads, "C O M I N G. S O O N" and @poosh, another Instagram account is tagged. This cryptic post left the internet askin...
Tags: Apple, Fashion, Music, Instagram, Kardashian, Kim, Kris Jenner, New York Times Magazine, Gwyneth Paltrow, Kourtney Kardashian, Penelope, Khloe, Paltrow, Radar Online, Kourtney, United States Patent and Trademark Office


All Spotify Premium Subscribers Now Get Free Hulu

Spotify subscribers now get Hulu as part of their $9.99 Premium memberships, expanding their existing partnership.  The promotion, which extends to all U.S. Spotify Premium individual subscribers adds Hulu's ad-supported plan at no additional cost. The ad-supported tier of Hulu usually costs $5.99 a month. Existing Hulu-billed subscribers who have Hulu (ad-supported plan) without add-ons are eligible if billing is switched to Spotify.  “Today is the first time that we’re offering a Hu...
Tags: Apple, Spotify, Music, Streaming, Hulu, Music Business, Music Tech, Bruce Houghton, YouTube & Video, Marc Hazan Spotify


iPhone owners can finally hear the highest-quality streaming music on Tidal

If you're an iPhone owner who is after the highest possible audio quality from your streaming library, you now have the best option out there: Tidal's Masters Quality Audio (MQA) is now available on iOS. The post iPhone owners can finally hear the highest-quality streaming music on Tidal appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: Iphone, Apple, Mobile, Music, Trends, Home Theater, Streaming Music, Tidal


From Azoff To Slipknot, Music Biz Condemns Spotify, Google Attack On Songwriter Rates Increase

Late last week Spotify, Pandora, Google and Amazon announced they were teaming appeal the U.S. Copyright Royalty Board ruling increasing streaming payouts to songwriters by 44%. The four will file a action with the D.C. Court of Appeals. Now, artists and the industry are reacting, condemning the tech giants and praising Apple Music for not supporting the court action. Apple understands they’re in the artist business. Clearly, Google, Pandora, Spotify and Amazon don’t. https://t.co/8x8uOCQa9...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, Music, Time, Jeff Bezos, Bruce Houghton, Irving Azoff, Dina, Pandora Spotify, U S Copyright Royalty Board, Shelly Peiken, Azoff, Frank Dukes, Destruct, Daniel Eck, Spotify Pandora Google



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