1. Marshall Cranks Out a Phone for Music Lovers

    July 16, 2015 11:34 AM EDT Marshall is famous for making loud guitar amplifiers adored by musicians with a passion for melting faces. In recent years, however, the company has branched out to produce leather-clad bluetooth speakers, headphones and, now surprisingly, phones. ...

  2. Flipagram Scores Major Licensing Deals, Raises $70M

    July 16, 2015 8:57 AM EDT Flipagram, a popular mobile app that sets music to short photo-video segments -- think if Instagram and YouTube had a baby -- announced on Thursday it has secured a comprehensive set of licensing deals with major and indie labels, distributors and ...

  3. Ticketfly Raises $50 Million

    July 15, 2015 3:02 PM EDT Standing still is not an option in the cutthroat ticketing business. Ticket purchasing platform Ticketfly announced Wednesday it closed a $50 million Series D funding led by private equity firm Riverwood Capital. In addition to product developmen ...

  4. Neil Young Says 'Streaming Has Ended For Me'

    July 15, 2015 2:14 PM EDT Neil Young, who has spent the better part of the past two years pushing adoption of high-fidelity audio, is withdrawing his music from streaming services for that very reason. (At the time of writing, his music was still available to stream on Spo ...

  5. Concerts and Festivals Create Passionate Fans (Who Spend), Says Study

    July 15, 2015 1:02 PM EDT Many surveys have shown that people most commonly discover music through radio and YouTube, but a new study aims to highlight not only the role concerts play in music discovery, but the high-value fans they draw in as well. Commissioned by Even ...

  6. Apple Unveils New, Faster iPod Touch With Streaming Service in Mind

    July 15, 2015 11:33 AM EDT Apple is updating its iPod Touch music player for the first time in nearly three years, as the company seeks to make music a central part of its devices once again. The new Touch has a faster processor and better cameras. It also has a software up ...

  7. 'Don't Be Mad': Scott Borchetta Talks Apple Negotiations, How Taylor Swift Told Him About Her Letter

    July 15, 2015 10:35 AM EDT What really went down leading up to Taylor Swift ’s show-stopping Father’s Day letter to Apple regarding streaming payments during Apple Music’s free trial? At Fortune ’s Brainstorm Tech  event on Tuesday, Big Machine label boss Scott Borchetta sa ...

  8. CD-Loving Germany Sees 86 Percent Jump In Streaming, Sales Increase

    July 15, 2015 8:48 AM EDT The German music market increased sales by 4.4 percent in 2015’s first half compared to 2014, according to a report released Wednesday by Germany's Federal Music Industry Association (BVMI).  The revenue from physical and digital music sales ...

  9. Fugitives Tracked Down in Mexico Using Spotify and Netflix Accounts

    July 14, 2015 11:04 AM EDT Important note to aspiring fugitives: cancel your Spotify account before you make like a tree. Brittany Nunn and Peter Barr learned the hard way when authorities tracked the couple down in Mexico earlier this month with the help of information fro ...

  10. YouTube CEO Gives Update on Music Key, Talks How It Will Differ From Spotify, Apple

    July 14, 2015 10:08 AM EDT Inquiring minds want to know when YouTube will finally launch its much-anticipated Music Key streaming service. At Fortune 's Brainstorm Tech event on July 13, CEO Susan Wojcicki did little to expand on previous comments by her fellow Google ...

  11. Nielsen SoundScan and atVenu Partner to Tally Concert Album Sales

    July 14, 2015 9:58 AM EDT Nielsen and atVenu , a mobile merchandising company that provides point-of-sale solutions for touring musicians, have partnered on a reporting mechanism that will allow artists to tally sales and submit them digitally for inclusion in SoundScan, w ...

  12. App Revenue: How Artists Can Profit From Video Gaming's Recent Lessons

    July 14, 2015 9:46 AM EDT Do musicians need to sign to a major label to make it in 2015? Do they need Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to promote themselves, their music and that super exclusive behind-the-scenes selfie with their dog? Increasingly not, and a wave of new ap ...

  13. What a Mess: New Report From Berklee College of Music Looks to Fix an Aging, Fractured Business

    July 14, 2015 12:00 AM EDT The central theme to "Fair Music: Transparency And Money Flows In The Music Industry," a 29-page report being released today (July 14) by the Berklee College of Music and its Rethink Music initiative may just be: What a mess. The 29- ...

  14. Apple Reportedly Facing Scrutiny Over Fees, Restrictions for Music Services in App Store

    July 13, 2015 10:42 AM EDT Apple's sizable cut of all in-app purchases in its iTunes store, along with restrictions to keep companies from avoiding that fee, are reportedly getting a close look by the Federal Trade Commission. According to Reuters , U.S. antitrust reg ...

  15. Shazam, Yahoo Executives Join Advisory Panel to Review BBC's Future

    July 13, 2015 8:56 AM EDT The U.K. government has appointed eight media and entertainment industry experts, including top executives from Yahoo and Shazam, to advise it on a new charter for public broadcaster BBC. Culture secretary John Whittingdale said the group would pl ...

  16. Watch Jennifer Lawrence Call Taylor Swift a 'Badass Bitch' for Standing Up to Apple Music

    July 11, 2015 12:49 PM EDT Jennifer Lawrence is proud of her friend Taylor Swift for standing up to Apple Music. 'Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2' First Tease: Watch the Powerful Clip During an interview at Comic-Con 2015, the Hunger Games actress told Extra that ...

  17. Analyzing Beats 1's First Week: Most-Played Songs and Every Show's Tracklist

    July 10, 2015 5:22 PM EDT Apple Music's Beats 1 radio station launched to great fanfare on June 30, led by a two-hour program with the very excitable BBC Radio expat Zane Lowe. In the week that followed, the station premiered curated programs from artists including ...

  18. The Turtles Look to Stop the RIAA's $210 Million Settlement With SiriusXM

    July 10, 2015 2:54 PM EDT The $210 million settlement that record giants made with SiriusXM over the use of sound recordings created before 1972 is being challenged as improper. On Wednesday, attorneys for Flo & Eddie of The Turtles came forward in California federal ...

  19. Former Tencent Employees Arrested in Chinese Bribery Investigation

    July 10, 2015 8:54 AM EDT Six former Tencent employees have been detained by police in an investigation into bribery at the social media group, part of a wider crackdown against graft that has sent shockwaves through the entertainment industry. The arrests come as Alibaba ...

  20. How Taylor Swift Changed GoFundMe's Fundraising Policy

    July 09, 2015 7:55 PM EDT Taylor Swift is steadily building a reputation for influencing company policies. First there was Apple Music, which she got to pay artists over its free 3-month trial period, and now she's pushed the crowd sourcing website GoFundMe reshape it ...

  21. David Byrne Talks With D.C. Congressmembers About Getting Paid for Radio Plays

    July 09, 2015 5:29 PM EDT Donning a pastel red suit, music legend David Byrne visited Capitol Hill Thursday to speak with Rep. Jerrold Nadler. Byrne is not just a world-famous musician, visual artist, cycling enthusiast and record label founder -- since May he's been ...

  22. SoundScan's 2015 Half-Year Report: Taylor Wins, Strong Streaming Growth Fails to Stop Album Decline

    July 09, 2015 5:10 PM EDT No doubt remains that it is the year of streaming -- the format has come to dominate music consumption in the U.S. In the first half of 2015 streaming nearly doubled in popularity over last year, generating 135.2 billion streams, up from 70.3 bill ...

  23. Facebook Says It Has 'No Plans' to Launch a Music Streaming Service

    July 09, 2015 11:56 AM EDT A year-and-a-half ago, Facebook's director of strategic partnerships Ime Archbong told Billboard that the company was looking to fragment its Swiss Army Knife-like social platform, creating separate apps for each of the many powerful features ...

  24. Apple's New iOS Beta Includes Toggle for Apple Music Sound Quality

    July 09, 2015 10:19 AM EDT If you want your software to run smoothly, you must test, and edit, and test, and iterate, and trim. And test. And when you have an operating system as ubiquitous as iOS, you better do this a lot. In fact, perhaps this is why Apple Music remains t ...

  25. Sony Music Defends Spotify Payouts Process

    July 08, 2015 7:53 PM EDT Sony Music has a noteworthy response to claims it is enriching itself at the expense of artists by taking a stake and advertising income from Spotify in lieu of negotiating fair-market royalty rates. In court papers unsealed today, Sony says it ...

  26. Jay Z's Tidal Now Offers Lower Prices for Family Plans

    July 08, 2015 9:54 AM EDT Reacting to the lower prices of Apple Music and other competitors, Tidal now offers a family plan with discounted prices for its on-demand music subscription service. The company announced Wednesday it is offering a 50-percent discount when subscr ...

  27. Beats 1, Apple's Radio Station, Looks Like It's A Hit -- and Maybe a New Digital Direction

    July 07, 2015 4:34 PM EDT Apple will have a tough time selling people on the music subscription side of Apple Music, which has received mixed reviews and many user complaints about the iCloud storage service deleting and renaming song libraries. But it's having a far ...

  28. Nas, Richie Hawtin and More Help Cloud-Based Mastering Startup LANDR Raise $6.2 Million

    July 07, 2015 12:29 PM EDT Warner Music Group, rapper Nas and a private equity fund operated by four famous DJs are among the new backers in cloud-based mastering service LANDR. Additional participants in the $6.2-million funding round were prior investor YUL Ventures, Rea ...

  29. Indian Streaming Service Saavn Raises $100 Million

    July 07, 2015 11:56 AM EDT Indian streaming company Saavn announced Tuesday (July 7) the closing of $100-million in Series C funding, a strong signal of the market for legal music services in the world's second-most populous country. The round was led by Tiger Global M ...

  30. Rdio Adds Label Partners and Publishers to Its Radio Push -- But What Do We Really Want?

    July 07, 2015 11:38 AM EDT Rdio has expanded the "Label Stations" program it first launched in March of this year to include eight new label partners, as well as a new arm of the program overseen by influential media properties like Hype Machine, The Onion -owned ...

  31. James Taylor Says He 'Should Be Getting Half' of Streaming Money, Talks Neil Young's Pono

    July 07, 2015 7:54 AM EDT James Taylor is OK with the booming streaming music business, but he believes artists deserve 50 percent of the profits. “If someone’s going to be making money off of my recorded music, I think that I should be getting half of that money that they ...

  32. Microsoft Renames Xbox Music and Video Services

    July 06, 2015 4:16 PM EDT Three years after debuting its Xbox Music streaming service, and almost exactly a year after CEO Satya Nadella announced a “streamlining” of its media offerings, Microsoft today announced that the service would now be known as Groove -- a word th ...

  33. Bassist Calls for Equal Credits on Apple Music (and Beyond)

    July 06, 2015 10:41 AM EDT "We want to know who's playing the music we're hearing, who produced it, who arranged it, where it was recorded and by whom,” reads the MoveOn petition page for ‘Show the Album Credits on Apple Music!’ Bassist Jon Burr launched the ...

  34. Dr. Dre's New Beats 1 Show, 'The Pharmacy,' Officially Announced

    July 03, 2015 7:17 PM EDT Through all the big name celebrities getting their own shows on Beats 1, Dr. Dre 's program has probably been the most highly anticipated of the bunch.  Dr. Dre's 'The Chronic' to Be Streamed for the First Time on Apple Music O ...

  35. Chicago Slaps Streaming Tax on Spotify, Netflix

    July 03, 2015 11:42 AM EDT People in the Windy City soon will be paying a little more to stream their favorite movies, TV shows and music. Chicago has enacted a "cloud tax," which will tack on 9 percent to streaming services like Netflix and Spotify, the Chicago S ...

  36. German Court Orders YouTube and Google to Provide Info Copyright Offenders

    July 02, 2015 3:13 PM EDT YouTube and Google must immediately take action to block videos if they are notified by authors, artists and publishers about concrete copyright infringements, according to a new ruling by a Hamburg regional court on July 1. "What obligations ...

  37. Facebook's New Focus on Video Ad Revenue Probably Spells Disruption

    July 02, 2015 2:57 PM EDT Content owners, get ready to make money from videos at Facebook.  News that Facebook wants video content from major labels  and other content providers (NBA, Fox Sports, Funny or Die) shouldn't come as a surprise. Ooyala data at eMarketer  he ...

  38. MP3.com Founder Launches Beats1 'Clone' Without All the DJs, Promos

    July 02, 2015 9:45 AM EDT So you're digging the music selection on Beats1 but could do without Zane Lowe and company's banter and all those ads? MP3.com founder and tech entrepreneur Michael Robertson has introduced a clone of Apple Music 's new radio statio ...

  39. Facebook In Talks with Major Labels for Music Video Trial

    July 02, 2015 8:57 AM EDT Facebook is looking to pull music video views away from YouTube, an industry source has confirmed to Billboard. One day after a Variety report highlighted Facebook's new ad revenue sharing program, a source with knowledge of the talks tells B ...

  40. Megaupload Takes U.S. Government's Asset Seizures to Appeals Court

    July 01, 2015 10:40 PM EDT On Wednesday, Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom and his cohorts requested a federal appeals court review a Virginia federal judge's decisions pertaining to criminal charges. The case has been pending since early 2012 when the U.S. Department of J ...

  41. Prince Removes Music From Most Streaming Services -- Except TIDAL

    July 01, 2015 8:59 PM EDT Prince has done a good job of making it known that he's not exactly a fan of modern technology, at least not when it comes to selling his music. Now The Purple One's publisher has pulled all his music from streaming searches except for ...

  42. Apple Music Day-After Impressions: Experts Waiting for Next Version

    July 01, 2015 7:54 PM EDT The day after Apple Music's launch is much like the day before it. Apple has potential to change the record business but hasn't released the product to do it. The general feeling is: Apple has launched a product that will eventually lead ...

  43. How Apple Got Off Cheap After Its Indie Dustup: Analysis

    July 01, 2015 5:13 PM EDT Since Taylor Swift called Apple out over its plan to forego royalty payments during its three month trial, and Eddie Cue's quick response to Swift agreeing that payments are in order, there has been a flood of stories in the mainstream press ...

  44. The Value of a Single Music Stream: Infographic

    July 01, 2015 3:05 PM EDT What happens when you press play on a music streaming service? It depends on the service, but in any scenario many different parties end up splitting fractions of a penny. Here we look at Spotify and Pandora, two of the most popular music streamin ...

  45. Rio Caraeff Joins 'Real Space' Virtual Reality Company Magic Leap

    July 01, 2015 2:43 PM EDT Rio Caraeff, the founding CEO of music video service Vevo, has joined Magic Leap as chief content officer. Caraeff, who made the announcement  Wednesday on his Twitter page, left Vevo at the end of 2014. Florida-based Magic Leap is a technology co ...

  46. Romeo Santos Towers Over Taylor Swift, Beyoncé & Other Mainstream Stars in YouTube Total Views

    July 01, 2015 2:10 PM EDT It’s hard to ignore the power of bachata, especially when it’s presented in sheer numbers. The latest YouTube music artist insights data shows the genre’s undisputed king, Romeo Santos , far outpaces many mainstream artists in terms of total views ...

  47. 'You're Playing for the World': Q-Tip Talks About His Beats 1 Radio Show 'Abstract Thought,' Working With Sonos

    July 01, 2015 1:08 PM EDT Anyone disappointed by the first day of broadcasting from Beats 1, the radio station centerpiece of Apple's newly launched Music platform, should look forward to this Friday (July 3). That's when Q-Tip , hip-hop legend and accomplished ...

  48. Apple Music's Goal: Some Subscribers Now, Lots of Hardware Sales Later

    June 30, 2015 8:07 PM EDT Will Apple Music turn around the record business? Will Apple Music help Apple sell more iPhones and laptops? There are some guesses but little certainty to both questions. While the music industry and tech blogs gave Apple Music their attention T ...

  49. A Look Back at Spotify's U.S. Launch for Clues to Apple Music's Future

    June 30, 2015 5:30 PM EDT There were keynotes . Analyses . Interviews . Features . Think pieces . Deconstructions . It was a big deal. We are, of course, talking about the stateside launch of Spotify, which arrived here nearly four years ago, on Jul. 14, 2011. Like Apple a ...

  50. Apple Music Reviews: What Tech Critics Are Saying

    June 30, 2015 5:26 PM EDT Apple released the iOS 8.4 update on Tuesday (June 30), and with it came the highly anticipated Apple Music streaming service. Users may be confused: What makes Apple Music better, or even different, from Spotify, Tidal, Rdio and Google Music? The ...

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