Issue #239: Apple Reaches Music Deal With Warner; Facebook Offers Hundreds of Millions of Dollars for Music Rights

Apple Reaches Music Deal With Warner, Eyes Sony Pact
Apple Reaches Music Deal With Warner, Eyes Sony Pactwww.bloomberg.com
Apple Inc. has secured a deal for songs from Warner Music Group, the technology giant’s first agreement with a major label since introducing its on-demand music service two years ago, according to people familiar with the matter.

Facebook Offers Hundreds of Millions of Dollars for Music Rights
Facebook Offers Hundreds of Millions of Dollars for Music Rightswww.bloomberg.com
Facebook Inc. is offering major record labels and music publishers hundreds of millions of dollars so the users of its social network can legally include songs in videos they upload, according to people familiar with the matter.

How Tencent's empire is making music pay
How Tencent's empire is making music paytechnode.com

While licensing fees can easily eat up the bulk of revenues, Tencent knows that in the long run, a firm control over copyright will give it an edge over competitors.

Stream Ripping Carries On Despite YouTube-MP3's Demise
Stream Ripping Carries On Despite YouTube-MP3's Demisewww.billboard.com
The pesky world of stream ripping took a big hit this week with the demise of one of its leading purveyors, YouTube-mp3.org, but that doesn’t mean the practice of pirating MP3s from YouTube (and other services) is going anywhere.

Will.i.am Joins 'Mobile Record Label' Startup Amuse, Talks 'Defining a New Type of Record Industry'
Will.i.am Joins 'Mobile Record Label' Startup Amuse, Talks 'Defining a New Type of Record Industry'www.billboard.com
will.i.am is betting big on data to drive the future of the music industry, as the Black Eyed Peas frontman announced on Wednesday his joining Swedish tech company Amuse as a co-founder.

Spotify Snags Courtney Holt From Disney for Top Content Job
Spotify Snags Courtney Holt From Disney for Top Content Jobvariety.com
Spotify has lured digital-media veteran Courtney Holt over from Disney to lead its efforts around original video and podcast programming, Variety has learned exclusively.

Have High Performance and Lifestyle Audio Merged?
Have High Performance and Lifestyle Audio Merged?audiophilereview.com

Paul Wilson wonders what the future of Lifestyle Audio might be…

Music creators stuck in safe harbour trap, says musicFIRST
Music creators stuck in safe harbour trap, says musicFIRSTwww.ipprotheinternet.com

A new campaign from music industry coalition musicFIRST has accused Google of hiding behind its legal ‘safe harbour’ to make millions at the expense of music artist.

Hi-Res Audio: As the Major Labels Get On Board, Momentum Continues to Build
Hi-Res Audio: As the Major Labels Get On Board, Momentum Continues to Buildajournalofmusicalthings.com

The problem with compressed digital files (like but not limited to MP3s) is that they all sound like crap. A lot of dynamic range is gone, the high end can sound harsh and the bass can sound undefined.

Apple, Spotify are Generating $7 Billion a Year in Streaming Music Revenue

spotify-dataIt took the music industry more than a decade to embrace streaming music. Now it’s a thing.More precisely: It’s at least a $7 billion-a-year business.

That’s what you get when you combine the 40 million paying subscribers Spotify reported earlier this fall, and the 20 million Apple announced Tuesday, and do some (very) basic math, assuming each subscriber is paying around $10 a month.

Source: Recode

Have Spotify and Apple Music Just Won The Streaming Wars?

Spotify has just delivered 2 landmark data points: 40 million subscribers and $5 billion paid to rights holders to date. Although the 3 million added in Q3 was down on the 7 million added in Q2 (boosted by a summer pricing promo) there is no escaping the fact that Spotify’s momentum has accelerated rather than declined since the emergence of Apple Music. 2016 is proving to be Spotify’s year.

The question is how well the rest of the market is performing beyond the 2 market leaders?

Source: MIB

Apple’s Proposal Could Transform How Streaming Services Pay Songwriters and Music Publishers … But Beware the Fine Print

There is plenty of evidence that on-demand streaming music services like Spotify and Apple Music are disrupting the way people listen to music. Between them, the two companies have almost 50 million paying subscribers, and are generating annual revenue in the billions.

As streaming grows, much attention is being paid to the problems between Spotify and recording artists.

Whether it’s the arguments about “windowing” made by Adele and Taylor Swift, or complaints by artists like Radiohead about record labels not compensating artists for streaming, they get a lot of press.While these are important issues, there is one troubling fact that gets lost in the shuffle: Songwriters have yet to benefit in any significant way from streaming. If we don’t change the current system for paying them, there’s a chance they never will.

Source: Recode

Spotify says Apple Won’t Approve a New Version of its App

Spotify-headphonesSpotify says Apple is making it harder for the streaming music company to compete by blocking a new version of its iPhone app.

In a letter sent this week to Apple’s top lawyer, Spotify says Apple is “causing grave harm to Spotify and its customers” by rejecting an update to Spotify’s iOS app.

 The letter says Apple turned down a new version of the app while citing “business model rules” and demanded that Spotify use Apple’s billing system if “Spotify wants to use the app to acquire new customers and sell subscriptions.”

Source: Recode

Apple Music’s First Year: What Works, What Needs To Be Retuned

Even before Apple carted Drake out on stage to help announce its new music streaming service last June, the company’s move was already seen as a big deal. And of course it was: Not only does Apple have a tendency to help reshape the markets it barges into, but this is music: The very industry Apple famously helped salvage from the smoldering ruins of Napster’s heyday by launching iTunes and the iPod.

With Apple Music—an all-you-can-stream service rebuilt from the guts of its $3.2 billion Beats Music acquisition—Apple would help mark another symbolic milestone for the music industry: With iTunes-style music download sales on the decline (never having fully filled in the crater left by a once-booming market for CDs), streaming was clearly going to be the future of how people listen to music and—as the colorful charts in music industry reports increasingly illustrate—how recorded music will make money (how much and for whom, of course, remain open, contentious questions).

Source: Fast Company

Is Exclusivity In Streaming Music Going To Start Seriously Hurting Spotify?

One of the most contentious topics within the streaming music world these days is that of exclusivity.

Some feel that companies signing deals with artists and withholding new songs and albums from rival streaming platforms is just business, while others believe that in the end, fans are losing out.

Tidal, Apple, and even Pandora (very recently) have all entered the race to partner with pop stars and hip-hop moguls before their new music drops, but Spotify has not. In fact, the company has made it very clear that securing the streaming rights for certain releases is something that it is wholeheartedly against, and that it is firmly disagrees with the idea entirely.

Source: Forbes

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