June 15, 2015Apple Jumps In The Stream
Unless you were too busy checking out Caitlyn/Bruce Jenner's Vanity Fair cover article, or finding out what sex Kim and Kanye's next baby will be, then you might have seen or heard that Apple finally announced their launch of their streaming music service this week.
And indeed, the launch was covered far and wide online and elsewhere.
So, to help you sort it out, here's a bunch of articles to help you.
Whether the music industry likes it or not, it seems streaming will be the model that survives when all else is done.
So read on in any of the below referenced articles … there's plenty to chew on.
A year after acquiring Beats (and its Beats Music streaming service) Apple has finally consolidated it into its iTunes service and called it ... Apple Music. The service will be available to all comers -- even Android users -- and will cost $9.95 a month. While Tidal has failed to make a dent in Spotify's growing subscriber base Apple Music is probably the Swedish company's strongest competitor yet. READ MORE
From The Center For Media Research comes the above titled article in their newsletter. Yet more confirmation on the slow death of traditional TV. Here's the content: "According to the recently released Deloitte "Digital Democracy Survey," streaming video ...
May 1, 2015The Man Who Broke The Music Business
My thanks to reader Tom Cartwright who sent me the above article from The New Yorker magazine by Stephen Witt. It's certainly an eye-opening article, and with all my years in the industry, I had never heard or read anything about this. The article is sub-titled 'The ...
April 24, 2015Maybe 'Tidal' Wasn't The Right Name?
"The for-pay services are deluding themselves by trying to establish a permanent monetization of something that's in flux," -- Steve Albini said during an interview with Vulture. "The Internet provides access to materials and things. Creating these ...
April 10, 2015Music Subscribers Drop
"The RIAA in its midyear report had paid subscribers at 7.8 million, but by the time we got to the end of the year, it was only 7.7, a loss of 100k subs. So what gives?" -- Last year was a banner year for music subscription in the U.S. The RIAA ...
March 27, 2015When It Was Fun
"And the most amazing thing is I get paid for doing this." -- Steve Martin Several years ago, old friend and ex-EVP/Promotion (and more) at Columbia Records Bob Sherwood sent me an e-mail telling me that upon a visit back to the "Black Rock" ...
March 20, 2015A Chat With Joan Jett
One of the best parts of all my years in promotion for Capitol Records and MCA Records, was getting to meet some truly great artists and some equally great managers. I'm still friends with many of them today, and I try to see them when they pass through town. I had the ...
March 13, 2015SXSW: Music Via Mobile & Video
"Music, tech, film, and barbecue are among the reasons that fans descend on Austin, Texas for the annual South by Southwest festival, pouring more than $300 million into the city's economy -- and there is an opportunity for brands to let them take the music and ...
March 6, 2015Bob Dylan's 'Shadows Of The Night'
"Look, when I started out, mainstream culture was Sinatra, Perry Como, Andy Williams, Sound of Music. There was no fitting into it then and of course, there's no fitting into it now." -- Bob Dylan Hey, have you heard? Bob Dylan's new album ...
February 27, 2015The Stream Is Flowing, Downloads Are Down
"If streaming continues to grow at this rate in 2015, it would double to 50%, making streaming the dominant digital format over iTunes and other download services in one of the world's biggest markets," -- says independent music conglomerate PIAS OM ...