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Fifty years of the internet

Leonard Kleinrock Contributor Share on Twitter Leonard Kleinrock is the Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Computer Science at the UCLA Samueli School of Engineering. When my team of graduate students and I sent the first message over the internet on a warm Los Angeles evening in October, 1969, little did we suspect that we were at the start of a worldwide revolution. After we typed the first two letters from our computer room...
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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 ...
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Napster Turns A Profit, Partners With Univision

The latest financial filings from Napster proves that music streaming - at least, the all paid variety - can be profitable. From 2017 to 2018, Napster moved from a net loss of $13.1 million to a net profit of $10.3 million. But parent company RealNetworks still warned that “for Napster to meet its future liquidity needs... (it) will need additional financing to fund its operations and growth”. Read the full SEC filing here. Napster also announced that it had partnered with Univision  f...
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Univision Partners With Napster for Revamped Uforia Music Streaming App (EXCLUSIVE)

Univision is set to announce at SXSW today that it has partnered with Napster to bring more music streaming choices to its revamped Uforia app. In addition to live streams of Univision’s 58 local radio stations, the app is now also offering users hundreds of playlist based on Napster’s catalog of 40 million songs. “Univision […]
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Surprise Ways You Can Earn Money From Your Songs

While songwriting can seem a like a financially tenuous career path, there are a number if different sources of revenue for those who choose to pursue it, particularly if they're willing to think creatively and have a good hustle. Here we look a few interesting examples. __________________________ Guest post by Frances Katz of Soundfly's Flypaper Professional songwriters can generate many different sources of income from their songs in the same way an author creates additional incom...
Tags: Music, Atlanta, Mtv, Guest Post, Ascap, Kotaku, Napster, Soundfly, Ari Herstand, Frances Katz, Atlantic Paste The New York Times Ploughshares


2 Additional Rules For Success For Blockchain Music Entrepreneurs [George Howard]

After a previous article outlining an initial two key points of failure awaiting unsuspecting Blockchain music entrepreneurs, this articles details the risks of the second pair, helping artists to successfully navigate a revolutionary technology that, despite its pitfalls, has huge potential to benefit artists. ________________________ Guest post by George Howard. This article originally appeared on Forbes My last article put forth two of the four points of failure that I see ...
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Streaming Playlist Innovation: What's Next?

How streaming playlists have changed music creation and consumption is the subject of serious debate. Here, MIDiA's Keith Jopling takes his own deep dive into the subject, along with a call for playlist innovation and hat tips to apps like Soundsgood, Stationhead and Lost. ___________________________________ By MIDiA Research’s Keith Jopling from the Music Industry blog In this era of access to all music and everything about it, I do enjoy reading artist interviews, and pay attentio...
Tags: Spotify, Music, Pandora, Streaming, Mark Ronson, Deezer, Music Business, Music Tech, Bruce Houghton, Napster, Amazon Apple, Keith Jopling, Esquenta Sertanejo, Instead Amazon Apple, Mick Clarke


11 Proven Band Merch Ideas To Create Excitement, Sales, Fan Loyalty

Although physical sales of music may have dwindled over the past few years, merchandise remains an exciting and lucrative aspect of the music industry, generating billions of dollars every year. Here we look at eleven true and tested types of merch that get fans excited, while providing artists with a nice bump in revenue. _______________________________ Guest post by Imri Merritt of Rush Order Tees Band merchandise, or “merch” for short, is a huge market. While physical copies of mu...
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Yet another study shows that the most effective "anti-piracy" strategy is good products at a fair price

It's been 20 years since Napster burst on the scene, and after decades of lawsuits, draconian criminal penalties, even no-knock gunpoint search warrants, there remains no evidence that "copyright enforcement" has a measurable impact on copyright infringement -- and at the same time, there's persistent, credible evidence that infringement goes down when product offerings get better and prices get more reasonable. The latest example comes from New Zealand, where a survey of 1,000 people found...
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Netflix may be losing $192M per month from piracy, cord cutting study claims

As many as 1 in 5 people today are y off of someone’s else’s account when streaming video from Netflix, Hulu or Amazon Video, according to a new study from CordCutting.com. Of these, Netflix tends to be pirated for the longest period – 26 months, compared with 16 months for Amazon Prime Video, or 11 months for Hulu. That could be because Netflix freeloaders often mooch off their family instead of a friend – 48 percent use their parents’ login, while another 14 percent use their sister or b...
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Thriving After 15 Years: 6 Keys To Independent Music Success

Success as a DIY artist has never been easy, and for most, their rags to riches story comes down a little heavier on the rags. Still, as artist Yael Meyer illustrates in these six best practices, indie music success is achievable. ___________________________ By Yael Meyer from CD Baby's DIY Musician blog Yael Meyer’s 6 keys to independent music success. The impossible dream. When I first decided to make music for a living it was as much an act of passion as it was an act of...
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The PledgeMusic Debacle [Iain Baker of Jesus Jones]

In this piece Iain Baker breaks down the dismal PledgeMusic situation, reflecting on how the current crisis is reminiscent of similar incidents in the history of the music industry, as well as speculating on the somewhat bleak future of the platform. ________________________________ Guest post by Iain Baker of Jesus Jones from Music Technology Policy [Used by permission of the artist.  This post is from a series of tweets by Iain Baker of Jesus Jones regarding both thei...
Tags: Music, Crowdfunding, Guest Post, Pledge, Bank, Music Business, Indie Labels, Napster, Jesus Jones, PledgeMusic, D.I.Y, Startups & Funding, Iain Baker, Pledge and Pledge


5 Music Startup Trends To Follow In 2019 [Cherie Hu]

In this piece, Cherie Hu look at five observable trends in the world of music industry tech startups, and what these inclinations suggest about the future of the music biz and the ways in which tech companies and their investors understand and relate to the music business. ___________________________ Guest post by Cherie Hu of GetRevue As many of you may know firsthand, so much of growth and success in the entertainment business is about the right timing.  I am 100% a benefici...
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Keith Rabois joins Founders Fund amid transition at the firm

Longtime investor Keith Rabois is joining Founders Fund as a general partner, the firm let us know today. He brings its total number of partners to nine. According to Founders Fund, Rabois will invest across sectors and stages, like all members of its investment team. The move is wholly unsurprising in ways, though the timing seems to suggest that another big fund from Founders Fund is around the corner, as the firm is also bringing aboard a new principal at the same time —  Delian Asparou...
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Keith Rabois is leaving Khosla Ventures for Founders Fund

Longtime investor Keith Rabois is joining Founders Fund as a general partner, the firm let us know today. He brings its total number of partners to 9. According to Founders Fund, Rabois will invest across sectors and stages, like all members of its investment team. The move is wholly unsurprising in ways, though the timing seems to suggest that another big fund from Founders Fund is around the corner, as the firm is also bringing aboard a new principal at the same time, Delian Asparouhov, and fi...
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Rhapsody and Napster To Pay Songwriters Up To $10M In Class Action Settlement

The law firm representing musician and artist advocate David Lowery and other songwriters has filed a motion for preliminary approval of a settlement that will see self-published songwriters paid as much as $10 million by Rhapsody and it's Napster music streaming service. The settlement, filed in the US District Court Of Northern California will pay self-published songwriters $35 for every composition that Rhapsody played that is registered with the U.S. Copyright Office, and $1 for every u...
Tags: Spotify, Music, David Lowery, Bruce Houghton, Napster, U S Copyright Office, Rhapsody, Music Publishers Association, US District Court of Northern California, Sanford Michelman


Billboard’s Power 100 List: The Right & Wrong

As such 'best ofs' are want to do, Billboard's recent Power 100 list of the music industry's most important people was met with some controversy by the industry as a whole, with many feeling the company's ranking missed the mark a bit. In this piece David Philp explores where Billboard went wrong, as well as some of things they were a little more accurate about. __________________________________ Guest post by Prof. David Kirk Philp of Music Biz 101 At the end of last week, Billb...
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Streaming Music Revenue Up, But Per Song Rates May Have Dropped In 2018

In this piece, Bobby Owsinski breaks down some complex recent streaming data, which highlights the disparity between the royalty rates paid out by major streamers (with YouTube coming up particularly short) as well as the contextual challenge of drawing accurate information from these kinds of data sets. __________________________ Guest post by Bobby Owsinski of Music 3.0 How steaming music royalties are derived is such a complex subject that even few within the industry know how it...
Tags: Google Play, Spotify, Music, Youtube, Pandora, Apple Music, Deezer, David Lowery, Napster, Bobby Owsinski, Amazon Unlimited, Amazon Digital Service, YouTube Content ID


The State Of Internet Privacy In 2019

Internet privacy is something that more and more people are becoming concerned with, and for good reason. While our use of websites and apps skyrockets, so does the chance of someone violating your privacy. This is because the incentives are all messed up. It’s common practice for businesses to try and acquire as much personal information about you as possible. That’s because this data is more powerful than ever. When a business has a ton of data about you they can be more effective with their m...
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Foreign Stream-Ripping Site Beats Labels, For Now

In the long-running industry-led crusade against stream ripping and torrent sites, the labels have typically come out on top in most battles, with the offending sites usually getting shuttered as a result. Not this time, however, with a foreign stream-ripping site chalking up a win against labels on jurisdictional grounds. ___________________________ [The RIAA has promised to appeal .] Guest post by Timothy Geigner of Techdirt It's been quite frustrating to watch the musi...
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NAMM 2019: 5 things we learned about festivals and the music industry from Warped Tour founder Kevin Lyman

Kevin Lyman secured his place in rock history as the founder of Warped Tour, the longest-running traveling festival in North American history until last year when that mostly punk rock circus shut down after 24 years of music. Now 57, the Claremont native is a respectable somewhat elder statesman of the music industry. A chance encounter at NAMM a year ago led to him teaching college and graduate courses on the business, finally putting him, Lyman joked, on equal footing with Bad Religion singer...
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The Truth About Advances In The Music Business

As with all entrepreneurs, songwriters are likely to run into issues with cash flow, to which getting an advance is one solution. Unsurprisingly such advance payments, while they do provide much needed cash on hand, come with a number of strings attached, and aren't always the best option. ___________________________ Guest post by Frances Katz of Soundfly's Flypaper Like any new entrepreneur, songwriters may themselves experience cash flow problems and look for additional financing t...
Tags: Music, Atlanta, Mtv, Guest Post, Kickstarter, Amanda Palmer, Music Business, Napster, Songtrust, D.I.Y, Royalty Exchange, Publishing & Songwriting, Frances Katz, Atlantic Paste The New York Times Ploughshares


RealNetworks Takes Control Of Napster Music Streaming Service For Just $1M Up Front

RealNetworks has doubled its stake in Rhapsody International, which operates the Napster music streaming service. RealNetworks now owns 84% of Napster and will operate it as an independent subsidiary. The transaction values Napster at less than $140 million. Bill Patrizio will continue to be Napster's CEO, and Rob Glaser will continue as Chairman. Rhapsody had been spun off from RealNetworks in 2010.  RealNetworks has committed to pay just $1 million cash up front and an additional ...
Tags: Music, Rob Glaser, Bruce Houghton, Applebee, RealNetworks, Napster, Rhapsody, Bill Patrizio, Cary Baker, CNTP


Napster are now 84% majority owned by RealNetworks

Napster have re-positioned themselves since the name relaunched 3 years ago and now RealNetworks are investing big in their music services. RealNetworks have doubled their stake in Rhapsody International, making them a majority owner of music streaming service Napster with an 84% stake. RealNetworks, a “recognised leader in digital media software and services”, received approval from the Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control to purchase the large stake in Napster. Befor...
Tags: Music, US, Investment, Stock, Rob Glaser, Industry News, Music Business, Applebee, RealNetworks, Napster, Rhapsody, Real Networks, Bill Patrizio, Cary Baker, Napster Napster


The EU's plan to impose mandatory copyright filters is on life-support and may die

This Monday, the final "trilogue" (a meeting between the European Parliament, the European Presidency, and the EU member-states) was supposed to convene to wrap up the negotiations on the first update to the Copyright Directive since 2001, including the controversial Article 13 (mandatory copyright filters for online services) and Article 11 (letting news sites decide who can link to them and charging for the privilege). But that meeting has been cancelled and now the whole thing is on lif...
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How Jay-Z, Dr. Dre Focus Group Their Releases

Both hugely accomplished music and entertainment moguls, Jay-Z and Dr. Dre's success has been propelled by their ability to understand music as a business, and effectively market it to their fans thanks, in part, to focus groups. ________________________ Guest post by Martin Connor of Soundfly's Flypaper So much of why these two rappers have found so much success can be boiled down to their undeniable understanding that the music business is… wait for it: a business. For years, Ja...
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Why I Ditched Music Streaming Services (For Now) And Bought A 1-800 Number

Here one innovative music biz self-starter explains how successfully he eschewed traditional streaming service in favor of an incredibly old-school marketing tactic using, drum roll, the telephone. __________________________ Guest post from The One 800s A lot of you must be wondering, Why the hell is Josh trying to get me to call a 1-800 number? Or you’re not wondering about this at all. In which case, you’re not going to read this.  Nevertheless, for the curious, I thought I’d ex...
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Sean Parker's wedding violations result in new app for California coastline

What started out as a high-profile beachside wedding turned into a useful and long-term solution to beach access issues along the California coastline. When Napster founder and original president of Facebook Sean Parker started planning his 2013 beachfront wedding to then-fiance Alexandra Lenas, he had no idea that he was breaking land usage rules. With a redwood grove in mind, he simply leased the space from the hotel that fringed the area. He then spent months having the perfect set built. It...
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How much music streaming services pay in 2019

It’s incredibly hard to gauge exactly how much each music streaming service pays out and there’s no definitive rate as it can vary widely from stream to stream depending on context, where the music was streamed, and more. But here are the most accurate rates for all of the top streaming services compiled by Digital Music News. This information doesn’t necessarily reflect what you will be paid by streaming services. As we say the rate fluctuates all the time depending on a whole range of variab...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Spotify, Music, Youtube, Pandora, United States, Artists, Indie, Services, Streaming, Stream, Tidal, Royalty, Apple Music, Deezer


YouTube let a contentID scammer steal a popular video

At considerable expense, Christian Friedrich Johannes Büttner, the man behind successful YouTube channel TheFatRat, recorded and posted an original music video. It ran up 47m views, helping to place him among the higher echeleons of YouTube's hitmakers. But then a scammer—someone with no posted videos, no working contact info and no significant internet presence—claimed ownership of it through YouTube's ContentID system. Büttner appealed and was denied. Worse, it was clear that YouTube had ...
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