Google Inc. has landed licensing deals with Sony Music Entertainment and Universal Music Group to introduce an on-demand music streaming service that would compete with Spotify, Rhapsody and others, according to executives knowledgeable with the contracts.
You don’t have to be a scion of the Medici or Guggenheim family to be a patron of the arts. Jack Conte’s Patreon site will let anyone become a benefactor for as little as $1. Tapping into a basic human instinct to support culture, Conte is leveraging the the Internet to come up with a new digital take on the tradition of patronage for independent artists.
YouTube on Thursday unveiled its subscription model, allowing channels to charge monthly fees to viewers who want to access their videos. The move represents a significant departure from the free, ad-supported model that has thus far propelled YouTube's phenomenal growth from a little known Silicon Valley startup in 2005 to an online video powerhouse with more than 1 billion active monthly viewers.
Who will pay the monthly subscription fee to access a YouTube channel? Peter Griffith, Chief Executive of Alchemy Networks, believes he has one good answer to that question: afficionados of rap battles, an urban art form dating back to the 1970s in the Bronx that has quietly - and profitably - seen a Renaissance in the digital era.
In an uncommon move to tinker with the formula used to certify Gold and Platinum awards, the Recording Industry Association of America today announced it has started to incorporate on-demand streams towards its calculations for certifying its awards. The change is recognition of how mportant digital distribution has become and how technology has altered how music is accessed.