1. Shazam Looking to Increase Users by 500%

    January 23, 2015 7:15 PM EST Shazam wants a five-fold increase in monthly mobile users. Already a must-have app for identifying songs, Shazam is betting different types of identification, and new markets, will help it reach that goal. "We announced [in August] we passe ...

  2. Indie Musician Outlines 'Demanding' Contract with YouTube's Music Service

    January 23, 2015 2:36 PM EST Updated: 3:08PM ET, Jan. 23. YouTube has a "demanding" contract for independent musicians, according to a blog post by musician Zoë Keating , a frequent chronicler of her experiences with the digital music business. The five-year contr ...

  3. Indian Streaming Service Saavn Taps Former Google Exec as COO

    January 23, 2015 9:40 AM EST India's top music streaming service, Saavn, has hired digital veteran Mahesh Narayanan as global COO. Narayanan will oversee Saavn's planned expansion in 2015, just as foreign-based services like Guvera and Rdio have arrived in India, ...

  4. New Report from Next Big Sound Explores Band-Brand Digital Relationships

    January 22, 2015 4:08 PM EST A new report by Next Big Sound presents the state of the music industry from a data point of view. Aimed at brands -- the traditional music industry can still find plenty of useful information -- the web-based report uses attractive charts and p ...

  5. Behind the Scenes of How Bjork's Team Handled the 'Vulnicura' Leak

    January 22, 2015 2:34 PM EST On Jan. 20, Bjork announced on Facebook that her album had arrived several months earlier than its March release date. "Vulnicura will be rolling out worldwide over the next 24 hours !!" she wrote. "I wanted to tell you the tale o ...

  6. Music Sharing Apps Begin to Proliferate – But Are They Useful?

    January 22, 2015 2:00 PM EST Scott Vener , music supervisor for  Entourage , may just have the next big music app -- but that doesn't mean he's without competition. In the past year, a slew of personalized music sharing apps, which allow users to directly send son ...

  7. Net Neutrality: Just Like the Railroad Robber Barons or Disneyland's Indiana Jones Ride

    January 22, 2015 1:24 PM EST The issue of "net neutrality" has been steamy for some time, and now finally looks ready for a full boil. It received an oblique mention in this week's State of the Union Address , is the subject of bills being disussed today in b ...

  8. You Got the Touch: Spotify Adds Simple Ways to Preview, Save Music on Mobile

    January 22, 2015 11:06 AM EST Looking to shave a few seconds off your music-discovery time? Spotify has introduced new, streamlined ways to preview and save music on its popular mobile app. With the Touch Preview feature, simply hold down your finger on a playlist, song, alb ...

  9. Rdio Expands Into 24 New Markets Across Caribbean, Central America and Asia Pacific

    January 22, 2015 10:09 AM EST Fresh off its big move into India , streaming music service Rdio has announced an expansion to 24 new markets across the Caribbean, Central America and Asia Pacific. This rapid growth spurt, being done in close partnership with mobile network Di ...

  10. The NAMM Show: 7 Must-See Events From Moby to Skynyrd to Peavey's 50th Bash

    January 22, 2015 9:12 AM EST The 113th edition of The NAMM SHOW, the annual music products confab staged by the National Assn. of Music Merchants in Anaheim, Calif. Jan. 22-25, will bring together techno star Moby , Lynyrd Skynyrd , George Clinton , Apple co-founder Steve W ...

  11. It's Volume, Silly: Thinking Global on Digital Music Revenues

    January 21, 2015 12:42 PM EST Global digital revenues will explode in the next five years, according to a new market research report from Technavio . But where will new digital consumers come from and how much will they pay? Technavio, a market research company that cover ...

  12. Shazam Valued at Over $1 Billion After Latest Funding Round

    January 21, 2015 10:17 AM EST Shazam, the popular music discovery app, has raised $30 million in a funding round that pushes the British company's value to over $1 billion. The company said the funding will allow Shazam to continue its expansion after a busy 2014. Shaza ...

  13. Apple Reportedly Buys Analytics Company Semetric Ahead of Beats Music Relaunch

    January 21, 2015 9:23 AM EST Apple has acquired Semetric, a London startup that runs the music analytics service Musicmetric. The move, reported by the Guardian , citing documents filed this month with the Companies House in the UK, comes as Apple prepares to relaunch its B ...

  14. President Obama Defends Net Neutrality in State of the Union Address

    January 20, 2015 9:53 PM EST During his State of the Union address on Tuesday night (Jan. 20) -- amid talk of the economy, national security and health care -- President Obama took time to highlight the hot-button tech issue of net neutrality. President Obama Weighs In on N ...

  15. President Obama's High-Speed Broadband Proposal Explained

    January 17, 2015 10:41 AM EST Many people in the U.S. music industry have thrown their support behind net neutrality. If the goal is to ensure a healthy digital music business, efforts to provide better, cheaper broadband service may deserve support, too. Broadband Internet ...

  16. Game Streaming Giant Twitch Announces Its Entrance Into the Music Biz

    January 16, 2015 10:35 AM EST Gaming site Twitch has announced  on its blog two new music-related developments: a fully licensed music library  and a music content creation tool . Google Chromecast Adds iHeartRadio, Disney, Twitch Apps " We understand that this is new a ...

  17. Google Streamlines Concert and Ticket Searches

    January 15, 2015 6:39 PM EST Finding concert information and tickets at Google is getting easier. The search giant announced Thursday code-based improvements to the ways official ticket links, event listings, comedian events and venue events are displayed in search results. ...

  18. German Music Market Up in 2014 on Continued Strength of CDs, Rise in Streaming

    January 15, 2015 1:31 PM EST Sales in the German music market rose slightly in 2014 for the second consecutive year, according to initial projections. This was announced today by the Federal Association of the Music Industry (BVMI) in Berlin and the German market research c ...

  19. What Do High-Def Streaming Subscribers Listen To? And What Does It Mean?

    January 15, 2015 10:24 AM EST Are subscribers of high-definition streaming services the same as regular streaming services? A list of top songs and albums released by high-def service Tidal suggests these companies are tapping into a different demographic. The appearance of ...

  20. Rdio Officially Launches in India

    January 15, 2015 9:40 AM EST Music streaming service Rdio has launched in India, bringing its library of 32 million songs to the second most-populous country in the world. The expansion, which takes the service to 61 markets worldwide, has been in the works since it acquire ...

  21. TuneCore Partners With Drag & Drop Mastering Program MixGenius

    January 15, 2015 9:00 AM EST Between the Pono Music store's imminent arrival  and Sony's recently unveiled $1,200 Walkman redux , it seems like the demand for high-definition audio has skyrocketed. But the process that produces the perfect balance of bass to vocal ...

  22. Concert Subscription Service Jukely Unlimited Opens for Business in L.A.

    January 15, 2015 2:20 AM EST Jukely Unlimited , a social concert app that gains members entry into a selection of venues and concerts with a monthly subscription fee, launches today (Jan. 15) in Los Angeles.  The Business Of...Million-Dollar Mega-Concerts The startup launch ...

  23. iTunes' Free 'Single of the Week' May Be Over

    January 14, 2015 11:00 AM EST In a world where digital music sales are hurting, Apple may have just inadvertently created a new reason for people to skip the iTunes store. As some have pointed out, the free "Single of the Week" promotion has been absent from the st ...

  24. Bring on the Drums! How EDM Will Move Beyond the Laptop in 2015

    January 13, 2015 8:16 PM EST Last May on Saturday Night Live , Andy Samberg portrayed "Davvincii," a DJ caricature who fried an egg, played Jenga and swiped credit cards while waiting to drop the bass. Onstage at Coachella, Arcade Fire 's Win Butler shouted o ...

  25. Adweek Integrates Mediabistro Properties to Form Adweek Blog Network

    January 13, 2015 5:06 PM EST On Tuesday (Jan. 13), Adweek announced the formation of the Adweek Blog Network (ABN), a group of leading industry blogs formerly operated by Mediabistro that will now have an Adweek.com domain.  The blogs include TVNewser, TVSpy, AgencySpy, Los ...

  26. Spotify's Subscriber Growth Accelerates, Appears Fueled By Mobile Listeners

    January 13, 2015 12:58 PM EST How did Spotify get its most recent 2.5 million subscribers? Free mobile listening, for the most part.  The leading subscription music streaming service announced Monday it has 15 million subscribers to go along with 60 million monthly listeners ...

  27. 'Entourage' Music Supervisor Scott Vener May Just Have the Next Big Music App

    January 13, 2015 11:59 AM EST Scott Vener sits on a burgundy sofa at the Palihouse Hotel in Hollywood, sipping coffee while scrolling through emails on his MacBook. Robert Pattinson and FKA Twigs sit nearby, but Vener's unfazed. He was the music supervisor for the TV sh ...

  28. New Music Seminar Set for June in NYC

    January 12, 2015 9:23 PM EST The annual New Music Seminar will return to New York City on June 21-23 at the Wyndham New Yorker Hotel. NMS organizers say over 180 speakers will be on hand at the meeting, along with live performances from emerging artists looking to impress i ...

  29. Canadians Hit With Misleading Copyright Notices From Loophole-Exploiting U.S. Firm

    January 12, 2015 1:25 PM EST Canada's copyright notice-and-notice system is less than two weeks old and, despite its good intentions, has already been misused. Rightscorp, a U.S.-based anti-piracy firm, has been using the system to send notifications to subscribers tha ...

  30. Pono Rumored to Secure Hi-Def Beatles Catalog, While Pono's Engineers Question Whether It Matters

    January 12, 2015 11:18 AM EST It took about nine years for   the Beatles   to travel the long and winding road to Apple's iTunes store.  It looks like Neil Young may not have to wait as long to get the Fab Four's coveted catalog added to his high-end Pono music sto ...

  31. Spotify Now Has 15 Million Paid Subscribers

    January 12, 2015 9:55 AM EST Spotify announced on Monday it now has 15 million paid subscribers and 60 million active users worldwide. That figure was at 10 million in May of last year and shows the streaming service is finding success in converting many free users to payin ...

  32. Music in 2014: Taylor Takes the Year, Republic Records on Top, Streaming to the Rescue

    January 09, 2015 2:30 PM EST While the U.S. music industry suffered through its worst sales year since the advent of SoundScan (now Nielsen Music) in 1991, streaming was so strong last year that the industry nevertheless saw growth -- yes, growth -- in 2014, when new metric ...

  33. Apple Is Not Killing the iPod Shuffle

    January 09, 2015 1:57 PM EST Reports of the iPod Shuffle's demise appear to be premature. Following legitimate shortages of the pint-sized MP3 player at retail stores, the Apple press corps began speculating that it was poised to join the iPod Classic at the gadget ret ...

  34. Spain's Promusicae Debuts Chart Combining Streaming, Downloads & Physical Sales

    January 09, 2015 11:39 AM EST Spain's PROMUSICAE has published a new weekly chart that combines track streams, downloads and physical sales to reflect "a more meaningful picture of the Spanish phonographic scene." David Guetta 's "Dangerous" top ...

  35. Deezer Acquires Muve, Becoming No. 2 Streaming Service in U.S.

    January 08, 2015 1:34 PM EST Deezer, the Paris-based streaming service which entered the U.S. market in September with its audiophile-targeted Deezer Elite product, has acquired Muve, the music streaming service owned by Cricket, an AT&T subsidiary that provides prepaid ...

  36. Broadband Internet Looks Set for Reclassification as a Utility

    January 08, 2015 10:19 AM EST The chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, Tom Wheeler , appears poised to propose new rules that would classify Internet service providers as public utilities in a move designed to ensure everyone has the same access to free content ...

  37. Dolby vs. DTS: Potential Format War Brewing Over Immersive Home Sound

    January 08, 2015 9:39 AM EST There's been an ongoing format war surrounding immersive sound in the cinema space, and now that might extend to the home market.  Dolby and DTS are rolling out competing object-based formats and both are demonstrating their systems this we ...

  38. Neil Young Explains Pono Once More Ahead of Its Retail Launch

    January 07, 2015 4:20 PM EST Listen to Neil Young talk about the transformative power of high-resolution music and you just may never press play on your MP3 device gain. The rocker, activist and of late businessman took to CES to tout his Pono music player, which debuts at ...

  39. 'High-Definition' Music Explained: Can You Really Tell the Difference?

    January 07, 2015 11:47 AM EST In the past 48 hours, a story has trickled out of the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas that has many internet pundits asking: "what is Sony thinking?" Fortunately for the Japanese giant, this has absolutely nothing to do with sha ...

  40. Shakeup at Live Nation Labs: Eric Garland and Ethan Kaplan Reportedly Exit

    January 06, 2015 3:24 PM EST Live Nation Labs is experiencing a big shakeup. Top executives Eric Garland and Ethan Kaplan have exited the company's three-year-old digital innovation division, and signs are pointing towards a larger restructuring within the unit. The ne ...

  41. Registration Opens for Billboard Latin Music Conference 2015

    January 06, 2015 3:07 PM EST Under the slogan "The top artists, the top trends, the top name in music," the Billboard Latin Music Conference returns to South Beach for its 2015 edition. Celebrating 26 years as the leading Latin music conference in the world, the m ...

  42. Sony's New Walkman: A Pricey Way to Improve Your Digital Music Listening

    January 06, 2015 2:53 PM EST Is the world ready for another Walkman? Sony thinks so, but you can forget about the bulky yellow device that ushered in a generation of mobile music consumption, or any of its more recent iterations . For one, the sleek, matte black device is d ...

  43. Universal Music and Havas Media's Data Alliance: Welcome to the (New) Music Business

    January 06, 2015 1:59 PM EST There's a saying about radio: it's not the music business, it's the advertising business. The new partnership between Universal Music Group and Havas Media is proof the same can be said of the larger music industry. The trend shou ...

  44. 'You Can't Stop Technology': iHeartMedia Chairman and CEO Bob Pittman Talks Radio and Tech at CES

    January 06, 2015 12:44 PM EST "You can't stop technology, nor can you control it. The only winning strategy is to embrace it -- and embrace it as early as you can." Fitting words here at CES from iHeartMedia chairman and CEO Bob Pittman , reflecting on lessons ...

  45. U.S. Government Turns Attention to Kim Dotcom's Wife

    January 05, 2015 7:08 PM EST In the two years since United States authorities caused the shutdown of Megaupload and lodged a criminal indictment against Kim Dotcom for allegedly aiding and abetting massive copyright infringement, the case has taken many twists and turns. Bu ...

  46. Google Unveils Cast, Its New Wireless Music Streaming Technology

    January 05, 2015 4:35 PM EST In a direct, albeit slightly delayed, response to Apple's AirPlay technology, Google has launched an audio counterpart to its Chromecast technology. Google Cast will power speaker integration that enables users to stream music from a select ...

  47. Thom Yorke Probably Didn't Make $20M on 'Tomorrow's Modern Boxes'

    January 05, 2015 4:29 PM EST There's a story going around the Internet that Thom Yorke could have made "as much as $20 million" from his BitTorrent release, Tomorrow's Modern Boxes . Feel free to ignore it. Related Diplo Celebrates 'Flor1da' wi ...

  48. David Beside Goliath: New Christian Music Streaming Service The Overflow Points to a New Strategy

    January 05, 2015 3:44 PM EST The latest development in streaming services comes from an unlikely corner of the music business: Christian music. Launched last week, Toronto-based subscription service The Overflow  is targeting Christian consumers by offering a catalog and e ...

  49. Music Projects Are Most-Backed in Kickstarter's Year-End Roundup

    January 05, 2015 2:42 PM EST Yet again, music seems to have dominated Kickstarter's year. The crowdfunding pioneer has released it's (very well-designed) results from the past year, including number of projects funded, which categories drew the most money, which c ...

  50. Snapchat Raises Over $485 Million in Latest Round of Funding

    January 05, 2015 1:30 PM EST Snapchat, the popular mobile messenger app that may be eyeing the music business , has raised a whopping $485.6 million in a latest round of funding, according to an SEC filing made on New Year's Eve. The filing notes that 23 investors were ...

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