music industry

  • The Amazon Echo is having its mainstream moment

    The Amazon Echo is having its mainstream moment

    The little talking speaker that could, Amazon’s Echo, is moving into the breakout phase of its success, according to data collected by analysts firm Slice Intelligence. The Echo is coming off a tremendously successful holiday shopping season, which saw not only a high volume of sales, but a key evolution in consumer demographics that’s driving sales from a broader cross-section… Read More

  • How blockchain can change the music industry Crunch Network

    How blockchain can change the music industry

    Since the 1999 launch of Napster’s music-sharing platform, the music industry has been in near-constant turmoil, with dipping revenues, lack of transparency, piracy problems and feuds over the fair distribution of dividends. The blockchain has drawn the attention of investors and professionals in different industries, and is now showing promising signs to change the music industry. Read More

  • Revisiting Brian Eno’s ‘The Studio as a Compositional Tool’ Crunch Network

    Revisiting Brian Eno’s ‘The Studio as a Compositional Tool’

    In 1979, Brian Eno gave a lecture at the inaugural New Music America Festival in New York on a very Brian Eno-ish topic. Titled “The Recording Studio as a Compositional Tool,” it is most definitely worth a listen or a read. In the lecture, Eno discusses the ever-evolving relationship music has with technology, beginning with the invention of audio recording. Read More

  • Full Stack Music: 1 Trillion Streams, 200 Million Tickets Crunch Network

    Full Stack Music: 1 Trillion Streams, 200 Million Tickets

    At present, there are three distinct music industries: radio, on-demand music, and concert ticketing. However, we are starting to enter a new phase, where these industries will converge and produce one integrated experience for artists and fans. I’ve taken to calling this full stack music, because at heart it speaks to a holistic experience that integrates these industries through data. Read More

  • Dice Wants To Be The First Gig Ticketing Giant That Music Fans Adore

    Dice Wants To Be The First Gig Ticketing Giant That Music Fans Adore

    UK music ticketing startup Dice, launching today in London on iOS and Android, is looking to tear up the traditional ticket buying process by ripping out booking fees and sending the middleman up in virtual smoke. The KLF would surely be proud. Read More

  • Keen On... Jon Irwin of Rhapsody

    Keen On… Rhapsody: How Streaming Is Radically Reinventing The Music Industry

    Jon Irwin, President of Rhapsody, told me at SFMusicTech that smartphone technology – particularly the IOS and Android platforms – has enabled a radically new experience for music lovers. As Irwin explained, this shifts the industry’s business model from the sale of product to what he calls “streaming as a platform,” noting the increasing dominance of… Read More

  • Apple's 10-inch tablet confirmed by the Financial Times

    Can Apple save the music industry again? The rumor is that Apple is currently in secret talks with EMI, Sony Music, Warner Music and Universal Music Group on project “Cocktail.” The major labels are once again looking to Apple to revive the slumping industry with a full-featured tablet that’s a bit of a throwback to the golden era of record sleeves, artwork, liners, etc. Read More

  • The Recording Industry Decides To Stop Suing Its Customers

    After suing tens of thousands of customers to no avail, the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) has decided to change tactics. Instead of dragging music downloaders and file-sharers into court, it has somehow convinced ISPs to take on the role of digital policeman (and jury and judge). The WSJ reports: The decision represents an abrupt shift of strategy for the industry, which… Read More

  • RIAA wins this one; OSU filesharing offenders named

    Seven months after the RIAA requested the names of 11 OSU students accused of copyright infringement, the university is finally coughing them up in the face of further legal threats. The courts decided that there was no good reason the uni shouldn’t give the RIAA the names, so while OSU stalled as long as they could, they would now face contempt of court if they don’t follow… Read More

  • Sacrebleu! AmazonMP3 to expand internationally this year

    AP image: The magic of Amazon AmazonMP3, the best way to get DRM-free MP3s onto your iPod—iTunes sells AACs, some with DRM—,will be available in other, non-U.S. countries beginning this year… and that’s all the info we have. No specific dates, no pricing information, no region-specific peculiarities. Just the warm feeling that… Read More

  • What washed up rock star blames college kids for killing the music industry?

    The record industry doesn’t have a f—ing clue how to make money. It’s only their fault for letting foxes get into the henhouse and then wondering why there’s no eggs or chickens. Every little college kid, every freshly-scrubbed little kid’s face should have been sued off the face of the earth. They should have taken their houses and cars and nipped it right there… Read More