February 27, 2015FCC Votes for Net Neutrality
In a landmark decision, the FCC today voted for net neutrality, effectively banning Internet providers from selling "fast lanes" to web services and blocking/throttling traffic. Today's decision also reclassified fixed and mobile broadband as a telecommunications service, which means that the Internet will now fall under the same regulations as wireline telephone service and mobile voice. In response to those against net neutrality, FCC chairman Tom Wheeler stated that "This is no more a plan to regulate the Internet than the First Amendment is a plan to regulate free speech." Read more about today's ruling for net neutrality and what it means here.
February 26, 2015Streaming Radio Audience Predictions
eMarketer released a study this week on growth predictions for streaming radio, which includes numbers for terrestrial webcasts, pureplay Internet radio, and podcasts. The study predicts the online radio will gain over 30 million listeners by 2019, growing from last ...
February 25, 2015New Sony Pictures Chairman Announced
In the wake of chairman Amy Pascal's firing last week, Sony Pictures announced her replacement today as Tom Rothman, head of TriStar and former co-leader of 20th Century Fox's filmed entertainment division. Following the highly publicized Sony scandal, many are ...
February 24, 2015Monthly Podcast Listening
New stats released this week by Edison research revealed that podcast listening is thriving. About 17% of 12+ Americans are listening to podcasts monthly, or around 46 million people. This is the "highest highest number in the decade during which Edison has been ...
February 23, 2015Samsung Buys Apple Pay Rival
Samsung confirmed its purchase of mobile pay startup LoopPay this week, aligning the company to compete with Apple's mobile payment solution, Apple Pay. Sources say that Samsung will unveil their new mobile payment feature on March 1st, which is the date that the ...
February 20, 2015Snapchat Adds Music
Snapchat finally added music to their popular messaging app this week, allowing users to add music to their Snaps and Stories via Spotify, iTunes, Soundcloud, and several other services. This is the next step into music for the 19 billion dollar company, who first dove ...
February 19, 2015The Future of Data + Music
Brad Haugen from SB Projects published an excellent article this week highlighting the increasingly important role of data in the music industry. Haugen stresses that data and science won't, as many suggest, take away from artistry and talent - and will actually ...
February 18, 2015Apple's Music Business Plans
It was recently reported the Apple will be re-launching the Beats Music service this spring/summer, and since then many have speculated about the tech giant's growing role in the future of the music business. Many believe that Apple is not so much concerned with ...
February 17, 2015YouTube's Future Challenges
YouTube turned 10 years old this week -- and still has an impressive 56% percent share of the online video market (back in 2006 they had 60%). But as YouTube continues to maintain this share of video, its competitors like Facebook and AOL have seen continued growth in ...
February 3, 2015Missy Elliot Super Bowl Sales Boost
After joining Katy Perry onstage for the much talked about Super Bowl halftime show on Sunday, Missy Elliot is on track for a 1000% sales gain. Each of the 3 songs Elliot performed during the show are on track to sell 15,000-20,000 downloads this week, which is a huge ...