All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘Music’
According to a post at MacUser, the chairman and co-owner of Warner Music Group — Montreal’s own Edgar Bronfman Jr. — made some comments at a recent mobile conference about how music companies spent too long pretending that the industry’s business model wasn’t being threatened, and “went to war with consumers.” Here’s the money quote:
Something called Co-Ed Magazine — which I have never heard of until this moment — is reporting that Facebook will soon launch a music platform that allows artists to connect easily with their fans and even sell music or other merchandise through widgets, etc. This, of course, is very similar to what MySpace already does through Snocap and its recently announced deal with Zazzle, the custom T-shirt company.
MySpace has been the hub of Music 2.0 promotion for more than a year, but recently Facebook has been stealing the social networking spotlight and the new music industry is following.
The MCPS-PRS Alliance is a UK organization with over 50,000 members; the organization exists to deliver royalties to its members, who are mainly music writers, composers and publishers. And according to a new deal, some of those royalties will come from YouTube.
We all know that Google can help us find MP3 files, but the leading search engine just works off of words and phrases. Another engine would actually listen to and analyze music, and it just received a small amount of funding from the U.S. National Science Foundation.
Thanks to Universal Music Group and a new service called gBox, DRM-free music will become available through Google’s search engine. Sounds interesting, right? You should also know that these songs will be 30 cents cheaper than the ones sold by iTunes.
Talk about getting it from both ends. If you haven’t been following the Recording Industry Association of America’s (RIAA) downright persecution of the webcasting industry, you might be surprised to know that not even stations that play independent music can get beyond the RIAA’s reach.
Two months ago, Warner Music Group (WMG) filed suit against Imeem for copyright infringement. Now the suit has been dropped, and – get this – the two companies have announced a strategic partnership through which “WMG’s world-class catalog of popular audio and video content will be made available . . . for interactive, on-demand streaming on imeem’s free, ad-supported service.”
There are a number of reasons that Baidu has beaten Google (in terms of Chinese market share), but one of them involves entertainment-related queries; the Chinese company’s MP3 search function is wildly popular. And that function will soon get better, as Baidu has announced a partnership with Rock Music Group.
Although I hate to jump on the whole “Day The Music Died” thing — which I think is a little over the top — I find it interesting that while a whole bunch of Web radio companies, including Yahoo Music and Pandora, are turning off their streams in order to protest the increase in licensing fees for Web broadcasting, Last.fm has decided not to, which has caused some consternation in the blogosphere, including this post at TechCrunch by Duncan Riley.
Warner Music International is teaming with Premium TV to create online television sites that will feature free music videos.
The sites will be supported by advertising, pay-per-download and syndication to third parties. There are also plans to develop subscription based and mobile versions of the platform.
One word that causes a great deal of problems is Webmaster. Perhaps many will disagree with me, but hear me out. I acknowledge that it will be difficult to bury the word. After all even the mighty Google helps to support the word through its immensely useful Google Webmaster Central. However I believe this word and the function that it implies can create a great deal of organizational dysfunction, particularly in big companies.
Did you hear that Flea (of Red Hot Chili Peppers fame) is going to teach schoolchildren music? Well, Warner Music Group (which represents the Chili Peppers) is going to teach Imeem a lesson – it’s suing the social networking site for copyright infringement.
Microsoft plans to follow up the lackluster release of its first generation Zune portable media player with a new model by the end of the year.
The Zune 2.0 will come with standard and flash based drives, but will it manage to garner more market share than its predecessor?
Some labeled the Zune as a potential “iPod Killer” in the hype preceding the device’s launch last year.
The iTunes Music Store may be the first to offer DRM-free songs from EMI artists, but the Zune Marketplace won’t be far behind. Microsoft has plans to make the premium tracks available for download from its online store in the near future, and believes this move can only help promote healthier competition between the Zune and the iPod.
- RIAA lawsuits are increasingly targeting college students and turning a generation of music consumers into enemies and outlaws.
- ASCAP thinks a download constitutes a performance and wants payment for both mechanical and performance royalties.
- Internet radio which already pays higher royalties than AM/FM broadcasters has been hit with new royalty rates that could put most of them – and all of the music discovery engines like Pandora – out of business.
A survey from online wireless retailer LetsTalk found that over 83 percent of music phone purchasers are over the age of 25, and that 55 percent of those 35 and older listen to music on their cell phones.
The music option on cell phones has gained in popularity with users of all ages with 63 percent of multimedia cell phone users having listened to music on their phones. More than 50 percent have downloaded 20 or more songs, and 89 percent have downloaded four songs or more to their phones.
IODA, a digital distribution company for the independent music community, has announced a new service, which will allow independent record, labels to sell digital music directly to consumers on label and artist Web sites.
The company has partnered with DownloadCentric to offer the service to its label, distributor and artist clients. They will use the platform to create customized storefronts, which will facilitate direct-to- fan sales.
Ipsos Tempo Digital Music Brandscape study released today indicates that Apple’s iTunes continues to cement its position as the primary fee-based digital music destination, while a number of other services are trying to grow their consumer base and establish points of differentiation.
For many brands awareness was consistent in 2006. For American downloaders aged 12 and older, iTunes saw an increase in both unaided and aided awareness over 2005, rising from 57 percent to 66 percent for total awareness.
In a decision that could drive the nail in the coffin to Internet radio providers, the U.S. Copyright Royalty Board has endorsed a proposal by SoundExchange to enact royalty rates for webcasts and streaming music sites that will stay in effect from 2006 until 2010.
In its ongoing battle of futility against file sharing, the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) has published a list of the academic institutions that the organization has deemed as the top offenders when it comes to sharing music over a peer-to-peer connection.
In total, the RIAA sent out over 14,500 copyright infringement notices during the last academic year, with Ohio University topping the list at 1,287 letters – accounting for nearly ten percent of the alleged illegal music sharing.
Microsoft has been running in beta in some foreign markets a website called MSN Reporter that copies many features from the popular Digg website. On MSN Reporter, users share and rate news, rating them up or down with giant “Kicken!” and “Dumpen!” buttons (translated as “Kick it” and “Dump it”).
Steve Jobs created a stir earlier this month when he published his anti-DRM open letter to the music industry. A majority of the music industry viewed the letter as a threat to their income. Independent US labels felt they were left out of the conversations entirely, since they currently sell music without DRM.
Last November, Universal Music Group sued Bolt.com alleging various instances of copyright infringement. It appears that the two sides are nearing a settlement agreement that will see Bolt hand over several million dollars in damages as well as agree to pay future royalties on uploaded content that contains music from Universal Artists.
Earlier this week, Steve Jobs wrote an open letter in which he criticized the major record labels for demanding stringent copy-protection technology that limits the flexibility of the music to be played across different device platforms.
Representatives from Warner have rebuffed Jobs’ assertion that the elimination of DRM would bolster the online music market, citing potential privacy concerns.
EMI, however, is rumored to be looking at ways to unlock the DRM on its musical catalogue.
In a time where the pricing and distribution of online music and video is the object of a fair amount of scrutiny, there are companies looking for alternatives that will make the arguments null and void. The European divisions of AOL have and EMI announced an deal offering streaming music videos through an ad-supported model.
Earlier this week, Baidu announced a partnership with EMI to bring streaming music to Chinese users by implementing an advertising supported free digital music network. There are other companies eager to take this sort of approach, but the major record labels are reluctant to embrace such practices.
Google has announced a second limited test run of its music video/AdSense program, distributing videos from Sony BMG and Warner Music that contain ads.
Digital music sales in 2006 doubled over the previous year. As did the number of songs made available online. Record labels have become somewhat more comfortable as they continue to try and find the right combination of distribution models along with digital music products.
A search engine will soon provide its users with free music, but before you get too excited, know that the tunes are mostly Chinese in origin. And even fans of Asian music shouldn’t get too worked up, because the initial offering will be a streaming service (as opposed to a download service). Nonetheless, any and all thanks should be directed to Baidu and EMI.
As online video has evolved, the question of how to advertise and when to advertise has been burning. There are no experts in this realm, only testers, debating about post-roll or pre-roll ads, layered content, and how long an online video viewer would view a commercial. Google is latest to try it out, and they may have a winner.
This year promises to mark even more innovations in the realms of marketing, search, and digital music technology. The greatest feat of 2007 may not come in terms of an addition, but rather the removal of Digital Rights Management (DRM) practices from online music stores such as iTunes and the Zune marketplace.
The rumor mill is running hot and heavy with underground rumblings that Amazon may be entering the digital music marketplace as early as the 2007 first quarter. It is speculated that the company will offer DRM-free mp3 tracks and offer a variable pricing structure for participating record labels.
What is your favorite Christmas song? Are you a fan of the traditional hymns like Silent Night or do you prefer the more contemporary songs like Jingle Bell Rock? Do you know all of the 12 Days of Christmas? Are you waiting patiently for your Winter Wonderland to arrive?
China is cracking down on all imported online music and games. The Chinese Ministry of Culture is requiring all distributors submit the imported products for review to official censors. The reason behind the censoring is to protect Chinese business interests and to censor political, violent or sexual content.
A study conducted by Forrester Research shows that iPod owners are spending increasingly less at the iTunes store, indicating that Apple’s digital music download service perhaps has reached the peak of its growth. Do these figures signal an eminent decline for the iTunes music store?
Earlier this week, Yahoo released singles by Norah Jones and Relient K in unprotected mp3 formats as part of an ongoing experiment looking at the viability of offering music tracks that are free of DRM (Digital Rights Management) constraints, which have had audiophiles the world over crying “foul” for quite some time.
The Zune came out today, as well as news that Microsoft is paying Universal Music $1 per Zune sold, in order to get Universal’s music in its Zune music store. Looks like the music industry and the mafia aren’t so different after all
Two things strike me about the deal between Microsoft and Universal Music, which will see the record company get a cut of every Zune player the software giant (theoretically) sells. The first is that such an arrangement is an obvious sign that Microsoft is desperate, and the second is that it’s an obvious sign that the major record labels are not just desperate but creatively bankrupt.
Dick Parsons, Time Warner CEO & Chairman, revealed in a British newspaper that the company will continue to pursue copyright infringement complaints against YouTube. This is the first potential pitfall for Google, who acquired YouTube for $1.65 billion on Monday.