The Revolution Will be Blockchained: Blockchains and the Future of Digital Music

Some technological revolutions come suddenly, others come slowly, but this one is coming in regimented ten minute updates to a distributed public ledger. Heralded as the next great step forward for the Internet, blockchain technology is already turning heads in the finance world, and is attracting major investment interest around the globe.

While much of the focus on the application of blockchain technology is centred on improving the efficiency of the financial sector, this technology has the potential to disrupt the music industry as well.

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Me, Otis Gibbs, and the Joy of Discovering New Music

I read a post about John Moreland on Bob Lefsetz’s blog. Later, as I surfed Spotify, Moreland’s name popped into my mind, and I pulled up his latest album.

After sampling a few tunes I checked Related Artists; this is one of my favorite features and a helpful road map to a variety of artists I have a) overlooked in the past, b) just hit the scene that I’m not aware of yet, or c) I have just never ever heard of for whatever reason.

A few clicks later, and I am knee-deep into the musical output of Otis Gibbs. I had never heard of Otis Gibbs. I liked the name, so I figured I would check him out.

But now I really like Otis Gibbs!

Sure, I might have eventually caught up with the singer-songwriter via a blog, Twitter post, or whatever, but more likely I would have continued on having never heard of Otis Gibbs.

And that would be too bad for me because I am enjoying his music.

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Music Streaming | The Week in Review

In case you missed all the great music streaming news we featured this week, here’s our Platform & Stream Week In Review for May 8 – May 12.

Monday: Warner, YouTube Renew Licensing Deal; Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy Not OK with Streaming; Spotify Expands in London

Tuesday: Spotify, Deezer Back Call to Regulate App Store Owners; Kobalt’s Big Funding; Pandora Nabs $150 Million Investment

WednesdayWhy the Entertainment Industry Needs Blockchain; Inside The Ongoing Quest To Get Music Curators Paid

Thursday: The New eMusic; Pandora is Running Out of Options; Spotify Partners with Capital One; Drag City Announces First-Ever Streaming Releases

Friday: Music’s Quantitative Methods; iTunes Headed to Windows Store; Study Defends YouTube’s Value To Music Biz; 20 Music Startups at Midem


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Scout Boats Becomes First Marine Manufacturer to Offer 3-Months of SiriusXM’s Top-Tier Marine Weather, Info & Audio Services

SiriusXM and Scout Boats announced today that Scout is the first boat builder to provide its customers a three-month subscription to SiriusXM’s satellite-delivered marine weather, information, and audio services.

Scout is a leading independent boat manufacturer in the recreational marine industry, specializing in luxury sport fishing center console, dual console and bay boat models.

Scout customers who purchase a boat equipped with a SiriusXM receiver will get three months of SiriusXM Marine Offshore Weather, SiriusXM’s top-level weather package, as well as three months of the SiriusXM All Access programming package, which offers the full spectrum of SiriusXM audio entertainment. This mirrors the successful SiriusXM program offered to millions of consumers each year as they purchase new cars and trucks.

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Napster on Metallica, Making Music Personal and the Future of Streaming

It’s 2000 and peer-to-peer poster boy Napster is in the courts. Metallica, lead by drummer Lars Ulrich, has waged war on the site because the band’s songs were being downloaded by users for free.

Napster eventually settled but it was the beginning of the end for that iteration of the service. By 2001, Napster, which boasted 26 million users, was gone – torn apart by record company lawsuits.

This should have been music to Metallica’s ears but the backlash was severe. Napster fans felt Metallica singled Napster out, when it was just one of many P2P services that were sharing music illegally. They also felt Metallica was trying to stymie the future of music – a future where millions of tracks are available to all at the press of a button.

Source: TechRadar

What’s Next in Digital Music: More Streaming (But Not Live Gigs), Fewer Downloads

Music executives discuss fan likes and dislikes (such as single-platform releases, Beyoncé), the power of radio, Spotify and social media influencers, and why most musicians can’t make a living now no one pays for music.

Source: South China Morning Post

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