Music industry

Gracenote co-founder on ‘iPod day’ and better music through data

More than a decade ago, Gracenote received some cryptic advice from Apple to buy more servers. What followed — the launch of iTunes and iPod — blew up Gracenote's database to epic proportions and laid the groundwork for a metadata empire.


Guess Who's Behind the "Local Radio Freedom Act"?

To anyone who loves truly local radio as much as we do, the "Local Radio Freedom Act" — the latest in a series of Congressional rumblings related to copyright and royalty issues — may sound like a noble cause.

The Future of Music Coalition

IFPI's Recording Industry in Numbers 2013

The rise of music subscription services and the promising growth of emerging markets are among key highlights of IFPI's Recording Industry in Numbers 2013, the essential statistical analysis of the recorded music market worldwide.


Can Music Collectives Fill the Gap Between Labels and DIY ?

Over the past 15 years, Michael Starita has gotten to know many sides of the music industry. He's been a performer, an engineer, a producer, a studio owner. So he has a good understanding of how the business works—and how much things have changed.


UK music downloads hit one billion

One billion songs have now been downloaded in the UK, according to the Official Charts Company. The milestone was reached on Monday, almost 10 years after legal downloads were launched.


Music industry hits the right note

AS BARONESS Thatcher was settling into life as Britain's first female Prime Minister in 1979, electronics giant Philips was heralding its own ground-breaking leap into the future. In March that same year, the Dutch firm had demonstrated to the press something they called a Compact Disc Audio Player.

City A.M.

Why YouTube's Global Deal With Universal Publishing Isn't Simplifying Licensing...

The EU Commission has been complaining for a while about the difficulties of cross-border online licensing in Europe. Their aim is for users to be able to travel from country to country and still be able to access their subscription service, and for services to be available across the continent.

Digital Music News

London 2012 Olympic Games hits live music income

The body which collects and distributes song royalties for artists, PRS for Music, has found live music revenue were down by 15% from 2011 to 2012.


BBM Music to close 2 June, music doesn't sound better with you

BBM Music will close on the 2 June says the company less than two years after launching the socially geared music service, although says that date is "subject to change".


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