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RECAP: Pandora Reportedly Open To SiriusXM Deal, IFPI “Investing In Music” Report, Startups Closing Big Funding

Posted by Glen Sears, Editorial Content Manager | December 5, 2016 9:26 am | No Comments

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Pandora Shares Spike on Report It’s Open to SiriusXM Deal Talks

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Shares of music-streaming provider Pandora shot up as much as 17% Friday, after CNBC reported the company was open to discussing a sale to satellite-radio service SiriusXM.

Following the CNBC report, Reuters reported that Pandora is not undertaking any new effort to find a buyer, citing an anonymous source. That’s consistent with what Pandora execs said earlier this year, after a New York Times report in February that the company was seeking to sell itself.

According to the CNBC, Pandora has “expressed a willingness to engage” in deal talks with “longtime suitor” SiriusXM, which is majority-owned by John Malone’s Liberty Media. The potential talks between the companies were in “the first inning of the process,” per the report, citing unidentified sources.

Read the full story on Variety

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SiriusXM Must Pay Up To $99M In Flo & Eddie Class Action Settlement. The settlement guarantees $25 million payment vs. a 5.5% license for 10 years, which is worth between $45.47 million to $59.2 million, assuming the satelitte streamer plays the other class members at the same play rate as they have in the past.

Record Label A&R Spend Grew By $300m Last Year According to IFPI Report. The figure, along with many others, comes from a new IFPI report “Investing In Music,” co-signed by both the majors and worldwide independent label group WIN.

iHeart Launches Napster-Powered Subscription Service. “Ten times more Americans listen to radio every month than use a subscription service – so the debut of iHeartRadio Plus and iHeartRadio All Access powered by Napster is a unique opportunity to capture these non-music subscribers with an on-demand service built around radio.”

Dubsmash Adds $9.6 Million For Viral Music Video Lip-Sync App. The Berlin-based Dubsmash added $9.6 million in series B funding to expand its viral music video lip-sync app, after having previously raised $6 million.

Music Tech Startup Soundstr Closes $1.1M In Seed Financing. Soundstr’s patent-pending technology offers tracking data to the manner in which venues and businesses pay for the use of music, and songwriters receive royalties.

Warner Music Boss Reportedly Involved In Bid For Publisher Time, Inc. According to sources cited by the New York Post, the trio were offering $18 per share to acquire the media firm, which is a 30% premium on the price the company’s shares were trading at last week.

How Technology Is Powering The Music Industry…In Figures. Midem Blog presents various year-end statistics about the intersection of music and technology, including the massive number of users on QQ Music, “China’s Spotify.”

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RECAP: MegaUpload’s RIAA & MPAA Lawsuits Frozen, MROs and PROs Had Big Year, Amazon To “Disrupt” Ticketing

Posted by Glen Sears, Editorial Content Manager | November 28, 2016 9:24 am | No Comments

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Court Freezes MegaUpload’s MPAA and RIAA Lawsuits

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A federal court in Virginia has granted Megaupload’s request to place the cases filed by the music and movie companies on hold until April next year, while the criminal case remains pending. Meanwhile, Megaupload is “working hard to ensure that critical evidence on decaying hard drives is preserved.”

Last December a New Zealand District Court judge ruled that Kim Dotcom and his colleagues can be extradited to the United States to face criminal charges, a decision that was appealed earlier this year. While all parties await the outcome of this appeal, the criminal case in the United States remains pending. The same goes for the civil cases launched by the MPAA and RIAA in 2014.

Fearing that these might influence the criminal proceedings, Megaupload’s legal team previously managed to put these civil actions on hold, and this week another extension was granted. The downside of yet another delay is that the evidence remains at risk of being destroyed. Much of the Megaupload data is stored on hard drives, which according to hosting provider Cogent, are not in the best shape.

Read the full story on TorrentFreak.

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SoundExchange Paid Out $264m In Q3 – Its Biggest Quarter In Two Years. According to the US company’s latest data, it delivered $263.5m to labels and artists in the three months to end of September (Q3), up 29.2% on the previous year.

Music Rights Societies Collected €7.5 Billion Last Year, Says CISAC Report. “2015 saw an overall increase of 21.4% in our members’ collections from digital platforms and this is strongly encouraging. Yet, the share of digital income out of total royalties collected by our members is fairly low, at 7.2% only”.

CD Baby Acquires Show.co, Soundrop To Expand Artist Services. The deal continues a trend of established new music industry players including ReverbNation, PledgeMusic, TuneCore acquiring startups to expand their distribution offerings.

Amazon Planning To “Disrupt” Global Ticketing Industry. In one of the recent job postings, Amazon said it is looking to hire new employees “to develop our international expansion strategy for Europe and Asia.” The company has also been hiring Amazon Tickets employees at its headquarters in Seattle, potentially signaling plans for a U.S. ticketing business.

Black Friday Sparks Streaming Discount Deals. Spotify, Amazon, and Google have all launched new discount deals [paywall] which, while not all explicitly Black Friday branded, launched alongside the general shopping mania of the event.

Downtown Music CEO Sends Post-Election Letter To Staff. “As first steps, we are taking this opportunity to add volunteer hours, to be used at your discretion, alongside vacation, sick, and personal days. In addition, we are planning to ramp up the number of philanthropic and community building activities company-wide.”

Fidel Castro Dies: The Politics of Music Under the Cuban Leader’s Reign. Billboard writer Leila Cobo takes a deep look at the “often damaging, but also uplifting” impact Castro had on the Cuban music industry and its artists.

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RECAP: NMPA and Internet Assoc. Send Trump Wish-Lists, SACEM Helps Take Down What.CD, Streaming Trial-Hoppers

Posted by Glen Sears, Editorial Content Manager | November 21, 2016 9:10 am | No Comments

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Music Publishers Send President-Elect Trump Their Wish List

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Many in the music community have argued that the Obama administration has a too cozy relationship with tech, particularly Google. David Israelite, who helms the National Music Publisher’s Association, hopes a Trump Oval Office could be more friendly to music rights holders than the Obama Administration, and laid out a wish list in a letter to the president-elect.

“Intellectual property has been the victim of increasing pressure by Internet and digital companies who want to make other people’s private property free. The ultimate victim will be the music itself, after all incentives to create have been removed. We can resist this trend by advocating for strong and fair copyright policies which are the bedrock of our great nation’s artistic tradition.”

“Songwriters are under attack by overregulation and degradation by Washington bureaucracy. We are hopeful that your administration is a sign of change for them – and that under your leadership they will be able to profit from the work they produce in a fair and free-market way, as other property owners do.”

Read the full letter on Hypebot.

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Tech Giants Send Trump a Roadmap on Copyright, Encryption, Net Neutrality. A trade group that represents Facebook, Google and Amazon also sent a letter to President-elect Donald Trump on Monday that included a roadmap of key policy priorities covering topics like immigration and net neutrality, as well as copyright and patent reform.

U.S. Copyright Office Wants More Feedback On Safe Harbors. Announcing its second call for submissions, the U.S. Copyright Office wrote last week that this was “an opportunity for interested parties to reply or expand upon issues raised in written comments [previously] submitted and during the public roundtables held in May.”

Commercial Radio Group Files Antitrust Lawsuit Against Irving Azoff’s Global Music Rights. A group representing 10,000 commercial radio stations has filed a lawsuit against Irving Azoff’s Global Music Rights, hoping to force the performance rights organization to submit to Department of Justice-controlled pricing, similar to other PROs like ASCAP and BMI.

SACEM Confirms Role In What.Cd Shutdown. According to the rights group, What.CD’s closure “puts an ends to activities estimated to cost music creators €41 million,” or roughly $43 million.

BMG Deepens Ties With Chinese E-Commerce Giant Alibaba. Included in the expanded agreement is a three-year extension of the two companies’ existing digital music distribution agreement that gives Alibaba’s digital music platforms Ali Music, Xiami, and Ali Planet access to BMG’s catalog.

Prince’s Estate Sues Roc Nation Over Tidal’s Claim on Streaming Rights. Roc Nation and Tidal believe that an arrangement with NPG dated Aug. 1, 2015 gave it the right to “exclusively stream [Prince’s] entire catalog of music, with limited exceptions,” which NPG alleges is not true.

More Than 25% Of Music Subscribers May Be ‘Trial Hoppers.’ In a new study MiDiA Research claims that more than a quarter of music subscribers hop from one trial to another with different email addresses.

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RECAP: DOJ Appeals Stanton BMI Decision, Cox Appeals BMG Verdict, Facebook Moves Toward Media

Posted by Glen Sears, Editorial Content Manager | November 14, 2016 9:23 am | No Comments

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Dept. of Justice Appeals BMI Consent Decree Decision

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The Department of Justice has filed a notice that it is appealing a September ruling by federal Judge Louis Stanton that concluded fractional licensing is allowed under the BMI consent decree. This appeal, which was expected, comes after the Judge KO’d the DOJ’s interpretation that the consent decree requires 100 percent licensing, AKA full-works licensing.

“While we hoped the DOJ would accept Judge Stanton’s decision, we are not surprised it chose to file an appeal,” BMI president/CEO Mike O’Neill said in a statement. “It is unfortunate that the DOJ continues to fight for an interpretation of BMI’s consent decree that is at odds with hundreds of thousands of songwriters and composers, the country’s two largest performing rights organizations, numerous publishers and members of the music community, members of Congress, a U.S. Governor, the U.S. Copyright Office and, in Judge Stanton, a federal judge.”

“We believe Judge Stanton’s decision is correct and look forward to defending our position in the Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.”

Read the full story on Billboard.

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Cox Communications Appeals Against $25m BMG Verdict. Cox has said it is entitled to a new trial against music publisher BMG Rights Management because of several errors by a federal judge in Virginia.

Amazon Music Unlimited lands in the UK, Germany, and Austria. One month after the new on-demand streaming service launched in the U.S. Amazon has brought the service to the U.K.; Germany and Austria are close behind.

Apple Aquires Tech, Talent Of Bankrupt Music Streamer Omnifone. According to sources from TechCrunch, Apple hired at least 16 employees and purchased select technology from Omnifone, an early player in streaming music services.

SoundCloud On Acquisition Talk: ‘There Is A Lot Of Interest In Us.’ “We are very determined that we are building a sustainable platform,” he said. “We are focused on the long game here and it has been a long time coming.”

Napster Posted A $1.6m Profit For Its Latest Quarter. Napster recorded a net profit of just over $1.6m in the third quarter of 2016, according to the financial results of RealNetworks, which has a 42% ownership stake in the music streamer.

“Facebook Is Finally Ready To Become A Media Company.” According to analyst Mark Mulligan, Facebook “is now about to start looking and behaving much more like a media company, but in doing so it will rewrite the rule book on what a media company is.”

Orlando Buys Pulse Nightclub, Plans to Turn It Into Memorial. “This location is now a permanent part of Orlando’s history, it’s the site of the most tragic event that has ever occurred in the City of Orlando. We want our entire community to be a part of this site.”

Finally last week, the music industry lost a major talent in Leonard Cohen. As a songwriter, poet, singer, and popular icon, Cohen contributed so much to our industry and will be remembered fondly in our hearts.

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RECAP: GEMA & YouTube Reach Deal, YouTube Red Struggles, Napster & Spotify Expand

Posted by Glen Sears, Editorial Content Manager | November 7, 2016 9:39 am | No Comments

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GEMA Finally Loosens Its Grip on YouTube in Germany

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It’s been one of the biggest stand-offs in digital music history – but YouTube and German collection society GEMA have finally reached a licensing agreement. The deal means that scores of previously unlicensed – and therefore previously unavailable – music videos will now be playable in the region.

YouTube’s Head of International Music Partnerships, Christophe Muller said: “We’re committed to ensuring that writers, composers and publishers continue to be paid fairly, and that our users are able to enjoy their favorite songs and discover new music on the platform.
Read the details of the deal on Music Business Worldwide.

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Report Claims 1.5m Paying Subscribers For YouTube Red. The Verge claims, “According to multiple sources with knowledge of the situation, YouTube Red had 1.5 million paying subscribers as of late summer, with another 1 million users signed up on a trial basis.”

Vimeo to Begin Offering Subscription Video Services. The company, which has long made money off of its premium subscription for video creators, now wants to create a consumer-facing subscription business.

Pan-European Licensing Hub ICE Signs Deal With SoundCloud. The deal follows a licensing agreement between SoundCloud and U.K. collecting society PRS for Music in December last year that brought an end to PRS’ suit against the Berlin-based startup over unpaid royalties.

Sony Sees Music Revenues Jump Thanks to Streaming. The company also writes that its acquisition of the other half of Sony/ATV from Michael Jackson’s estate was finalized last month, (September), for which it paid $750 million.

Napster Announces a Slate of Partnerships to Inflate Its User Base. The streaming service laid out its plans for partnering with Sprint, Virgin Mobile, airline Lufthansa, retailer Aldi, and Boost Mobile and increasing their number of monthly active users.

Spotify Acquires Subscriber Analytics Firm Preact. Preact is a four-year-old startup that utilizes machine learning and audience behavior metrics via social media to draw and retain subscribers.

Is Facebook The Musicians Friend Or A Massive Infringer? In this piece from Artist Rights Watch, Chris Castle dives into what he sees as the evils of Facebook’s copyright infringement; “After making itself what seems to be a necessary evil for artists, Facebook hides in plain sight while still avoiding proper licensing and evoking the DMCA.”

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RECAP: SoundExchange Wants Major Rate Increases, NMPA Wants Facebook Publishing Deals, Pandora Premium Launch Date,

Posted by Glen Sears, Editorial Content Manager | October 31, 2016 10:02 am | No Comments

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SoundExchange Asks U.S. Copyright Royalty Board For Major Rate Increases

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SoundExchange has submitted a new rate proposal and testimony in the SDARS III royalty rate proceeding from which the Copyright Royalty Board (CRB) will set rates for the years 2018-2022 for Sirius XM’s satellite radio service, as well as, cable/satellite TV music services provided by Music Choice and Muzak.

SoundExchange has proposed a rate that is the greater of either 23% of revenue or $2.48 per subscriber per month in 2018 with annual increases. The current rates for Sirius XM are 10.5% of Sirius XM’s “Gross Revenues” in 2016 and 11% in 2017. For Music Choice and Muzak, SoundExchange has proposed a per subscriber per month rate starting at $ 0.019 per subscriber per month with annual increases. The current rate is 8.5% of Gross Revenues in both 2016 and 2017.

The CRB will hold a hearing beginning April 19, 2017, which will last several weeks. After final briefing by the parties, the CRB will issue its rate determination by December 15, 2017.

Read the full story on Hypebot.

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Are Higher Royalty Payments Really Coming Soon From Sirius XM? Bobby Owsinski claims “SoundExchange likes to reach for the stars when it comes to proposed rates; though these seem reasonable for everyone involved in the music business, effectively doubling a rate does put any distributor in an immediate financial hole.”

NMPA Calls For Facebook To Sign Music Publishing Deals. “Facebook’s inactivity and unresponsiveness has left publishers no other choice but to attempt to remove the music that amounts to stealing from their songwriters — To aid in this effort, NMPA and our member publishers have sent thousands of takedown requests, but this is merely a drop in the bucket.”

Does The Music Industry Need To Dump Non-Discretionary Pricing? MiDiA Research’s Mark Mulligan claims in a new blog piece that one of streaming music’s top priorities “should be to ensure that European music fans get a fair deal compared to their US peers.”

Pandora Premium Set For January After December Unveiling. “It will have all the features of Plus, so the rewinding, skipping, offline etc — but it will now include the ability to search and play, the ability to build and share playlists, taking everything offline and many, many more Pandora features that we can’t reveal now for competitive purposes,” said CEO Westergren.

Apple Music Revenues Up 22% Despite Device Decline. Despite falling device sales, “App Store revenue continued to skyrocket, while Music revenue grew by 22% thanks to the growing popularity of Apple Music,” CEO Tim Cook told analysts.

Universal Music, Avenged Sevenfold To Launch VRLIVE Virtual Reality Concert Platform. “We are excited about our partnership with Universal Music Group as it gives us the opportunity to provide the viewing audience with unprecedented levels of access,” stated VRLIVE Founder and CEO Heiner Lippman.

Sub Pop’s Founder Launched A Fun Music Remixing App. 8Stem is an extremely slick mobile app for iOS that turns remixing into a simple drag and drop process — Find a song you like (Seattle-based Merge signee Telekinesis jumped out at me), click Remix This, and the app will lay it out, broken down into wave forms and sections.

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RECAP: SOCAN Launches Blockchain Licensing Platform, A2IM Warns of Counterfitting, How Spotify Could Become A “Label”

Posted by Glen Sears, Editorial Content Manager | October 24, 2016 9:47 am | No Comments

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SOCAN To Build New Canadian Digital Licensing Marketplace/Platform

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Nashville-based Core Rights has partnered with SOCAN and Re:Sound to form Canada’s first country-wide digital marketplace for licensing music rights. It is both a blockchain-enabled licensing solution that is simple to use, and a highly efficient one-stop shop for businesses using music, such as restaurants, hairdressers, dentists’ offices, retail stores, and more.

“SOCAN continually innovates to make music licensing easier and more accurate, so that music creators can be compensated fairly and faster for the use of their work,” said SOCAN CEO Eric Baptiste. “With Core Rights we look forward to building the future of licensing, connecting more people with music, as we strive to transform music rights in Canada and worldwide.”

“We are so excited to be creating the first truly electronic marketplace for music licensing along with music industry powerhouses, SOCAN and Re:Sound,” Jim King, CEO and Founder of Core Rights, LLC. “Working together we will deliver to the Canadian music industry both a more efficient one-stop digital marketplace for music licensing and using our patent-pending analytics and lead generation services provide much greater penetration into the Canadian business environment.”

Read the full story on Music Row

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A2IM Warns of Counterfeit CDs Across Amazon.com. A2IM said it believes illicit copies of relatively new albums are being manufactured in China and are so close to the original that “even the legitimate manufacturer cannot tell without very close examination.”

Music Streaming Services Too Expensive for Many, U.K. Study Finds. According to a poll conducted by YouGov and Zuora, around 10 percent of British consumers currently subscribe to a premium service, with half of the remaining 90 percent suggesting they are too expensive.

ASCAP Sues 10 Music Venues For Not Being Licensed To Play Music. “Hundreds of thousands of well-run businesses across the nation recognize the importance of paying music creators to use their music, and understand that it is both the lawful and right thing to do—however, each of the establishments sued today has decided to use music without compensating songwriters.”

APRA AMCOS Reports Record Revenues. APRA AMCOS CEO Brett Cottle said the organizations enjoyed “an exceptional year” as overall revenue grew 11% year-on-year to A$333 million ($254 million), and net distributable revenue rose 8.73% to A$285.5 million ($218 million).

How Spotify Can Become A Next Generation “Label.” Mark Mulligan of MiDiA Research discusses his theory that Spotify could create “the full stack music concept that Access Industries, Liberty Global and Pandora have been pursuing” to become more than music retail.

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RECAP: Amazon & Pandora Launch New Music Services, Songwriters Struggle With Production Costs, Jimmy Iovine Interview

Posted by Glen Sears, Editorial Content Manager | October 17, 2016 9:40 am | No Comments

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Amazon Launches Three-Tiered Music Unlimited Streaming Service

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Amazon already had a music streaming service, Prime Music, which launched two years ago with a relatively small catalog — around two million songs compared to the 35-million-plus available on Spotify, for example. Music Unlimited, however, will expand that catalog to the level of Spotify and its other competitors — and presents a significant uphill battle for “Big Green” and the others when trying to woo Echo owners.

Music Unlimited arrives at an auspicious time for the streaming market. Just two weeks ago, it was validated stateside by a report from the RIAA, which attributed an 8.1 percent growth for the overall recording industry to the sector. As well, competition between its major players has gone from a simmer to a boil over both exclusives — now outlawed by Universal Music — and helping casual listeners with new music discovery, a perennial problem when your catalog would take at least 171 years to listen to (if you listened non-stop).

“From our perspective, with Prime we helped push the music industry away from the one-size-fits all approach to music streaming, and to go after different customer segments,” Boom says when asked about negotiations around that $3.99 price point. “But more important than that, [the industry] sees the importance and the promise of the voice interface in the home.

Read the full story on Billboard.

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What Do Amazon’s New Deals With Labels & Publishers Look Like?While Amazon is not eating the cost of the $3.99-per-month Echo-only subscription, it is paying for the difference on the $7.99-per-month option available to Prime subscribers, meaning its “losing” $2 on each subscription.

Lefsetz And Mulligan Assess Amazon Music Unlimited. “More and more of music consumption will be voice and gesture driven and Amazon is setting the pace for the voice side of the ‘Zero UI’ equation,” they wrote. “There is less friction between the listener and the music. The music becomes the experience.”

Pandora Rebrands As Its Plus Radio Subscription Rolls Out. Importantly for Pandora’s future is the launch of Pandora Plus, its new subscription tier, which itself is effectively a rebranding of the existing Pandora One with some new features — the $4.99-a-month subscription will be a step towards Pandora’s full $9.99 on-demand service, which will debut later in the year.

How Production Costs Are Affecting Songwriters. In this fresh piece off of MusicThinkTank, Mylène Besançon takes a look at how high production costs are negatively affecting songwriters.

Infographic: A Basic Explanation of Streaming Money. Jordan Bromley and Nicole Sollberger, a partner and associate respectively in the Music Group of Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP did a pretty great job of explaining how this plate of spaghetti gets made.

Spotify Paid Out Over A Billion To Labels This Year. Bobby Owsinski claims the streaming platform has already shelled out $1.2 billion in royalties this year, suggesting it may be benefiting the industry more than previously thought.

Bob Dylan Wins Nobel Prize For Literature. Dylan, 75, is the first musician to win the award, and his selection on Thursday is perhaps the most radical choice in a history stretching back to 1901.

Apple Music Tops J.D. Power Streaming Satisfaction Study. The results were good news for Apple Music, which topped the rankings with an index ranking of 834 based on a 1,000-point scale. Rhapsody (826), Pandora (825) and Spotify (824) were all above the industry average of 822 points, with TuneIn (820), Amazon Prime Music (818) and Google Play Music (818) only slightly behind.

Jimmy Iovine on the Future of Apple Music. “We are an adjunct to labels and artists. We are building something that can help labels and artists and undiscovered artists. Yeah, it’s a popular culture company, but it’s also a tool. And that’s what we’re building. We’re not in the record business.”

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RECAP: Dubset Launches Remixes on Streaming, Techstars Announces Music Startup Incubator, Azoff Goes After “Pirates”

Posted by Glen Sears, Editorial Content Manager | October 10, 2016 10:16 am | No Comments

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Spotify And Apple Music Dubset Deals Start To Pay Off

Startup Dubset Media is trying to license the kind of remixes and mash-ups previously only available on SoundCloud for other streaming services, with Apple Music and Spotify already on its slate of distribution deals.

TechCrunch reported that one of the first Dubset-licensed remixes has gone live on Spotify and Apple Music: a DJ Jazzy Jeff remix of Anderson Paak’s ‘Room In Here’. Interestingly, on Spotify the track’s rightsholder is listed as Dubset Media.

“Mixes are coming next,” Dubset boss Stephen White told TechCrunch. “Content owners have been very supportive. The publishing and label deals we have under license provides a large catalogue to work with.”

Read the full story on Music Ally.

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Techstars to Launch Accelerator for Music-Industry Tech Startups. It is the second music-focused accelerator to start in recent months, [paywall] after artist-management firm Th3rd Brain started one to help launch careers for individual musicians.

Irving Azoff Claims YouTube “Pirates” Are “Really Evil.” The CEO and Chairman of Azoff MSG Entertainment, Irving Azoff, is leveling some heavy criticism at YouTube in very public war as he attempts to get the popular video sharing site to properly compensate artists for their music.

What Is Google Daydream And What Does It Mean For Music VR? There are a growing number of VR/music startups who are expected to explore the Daydream platform alongside Gear VR, Oculus Rift, HTC Vive and other VR platforms.

Amazon Reportedly to Launch Amazon Music Unlimited and Echo-Only Streaming Service. A new post from German blogger Carsten Knobloch points to a clue hidden deep in the code for the Amazon Music app for the Fire TV media streamer that shows the company is due to launch their new music service soon.

Deezer Partners With Feature.fm to Let Artists Pay for Sponsored Plays. Feature.fm promises “unprecedented exposure” to artists who find themselves outside the radio system, offering a self-service way to upload music, choose a target audience and then monitor its performance — for a fee.

Download Revenue To Shrink 50% As Streaming Music Grows To 950 Million Users. According to the latest forecast by Strategy Analytics, streaming will account for 95% of all mobile music use, and that will grow the market to $12 billion by 2022.

TuneCore Acquires JustGo, Relaunches It As A Free Social Media Tool. TuneCore Social offers streamlined posts to Facebook, Twitter, Mixcloud, Soundcloud, YouTube, and Instagram, plus scheduled posts and analytics.

Spotify Reportedly Dealing With Malware Issue On Its Free Service. Spotify has acknowledged the issue, blaming “an isolated issue with an ad on our free tier” and promising that “We have now identified the source of the problem and have shut it down.

BitTorrent Reportedly Fires Co-CEOs, Shutters Streaming Service. During Delamar and Johnson’s brief tenure, the company launched BitTorrent Live, an app featuring 16 channels of live streaming content from independent video producers.

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RECAP: Labels Sue YouTube MP3 Ripper, Congress Urges ‘100% Licensing’ Decision U-Turn, Shazam Finally Profits

Posted by Glen Sears, Editorial Content Manager | October 3, 2016 8:53 am | No Comments

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Major Record Labels Sue Over Ripping Audio Tracks from YouTube Videos

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Universal, Warner Bros, Sony and other big record labels are suing the operators of YouTube-mp3.org, a service that allows its users to rip the audio from videos streamed on YouTube. The plaintiffs filed a copyright lawsuit in California federal court, stating, “Stream ripping has become a major threat to the music industry, functioning as an unlawful substitute for the purchase of recorded music and the purchase of subscriptions to authorized streaming services.”

With a few simple mouse clicks, the lawsuit reports, infringing copies of sound recordings are made available in MP3 format. The plaintiffs suggest that “tens, or even hundreds, of millions of tracks are illegally copied and distributed by stream ripping services each month.”

Google, which owns YouTube, is not a party in this lawsuit, but the record labels also claim the defendants are illicitly circumventing technology measures that YouTube has implemented to control access to and prevent copying of works.

Read the full story on Billboard

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Legal Threats Have Almost No Impact on Music Piracy, Study Finds. The study, published in the journal Risk Analysis, found that most people perceive the risks of music piracy as being simply too low to affect their behavior.

Congress Members Send A.G. Letter Urging Dept. of Justice to Reverse Songwriting Decision. “We believe a well-functioning music marketplace benefits America’s music-loving public, businesses that use music to connect with their customers, and, especially, more than one million songwriters and composers whose creative work is the lifeblood of the entire American music economy.”

Sony Completes Deal For Michael Jackson’s Share Of Sony/ATV. Announced earlier this year, the acquisition took its time to happen due to regulatory interest among other factors.[paywall]

Spotify, Rumored to Be Mulling a SoundCloud Acquisition, Probably Can’t Afford It Right Now. if it was working with the $700 million valuation that Twitter put on it, Spotify would have to spend 43 percent of its available funds to buy a company that, at least at first blush, seems a strange purchase.

Shazam Hits 1 Billion Downloads and Turns a Profit. The London-based firm on Thursday announced that revenue from advertisers has surpassed other sources, including from music partners for its ubiquitous app, to propel it into profitability before interest, tax, depreciation, and amortization.

Irving Azoff to New YouTube Music Chief Lyor Cohen: ‘We Are Counting On You.’ “We are counting on you, Lyor, to lead YouTube to provide fair payments to artists and give them more creative control. Congratulations, Lyor, I know you can get it done.

Rdio’s Bankruptcy: A Labyrinth of Financial Winners, Losers and Lawsuits. Ed Christman takes a close look at the financial winners of losers of Rdio’s bankruptcy, which was imposed on the company as a condition of Pandora’s purchase.

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