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Spotify Royalty Payments

Songwriters earn just $90 for every 1 million streams on Spotify

September 24th, 2015

The music industry isn’t in turmoil, but it’s undeniably in the midst of a transformation. These days, services like YouTube, Pandora and Spotify make it easier than ever for fans to discover new music and listen to old favorites. At the same time, many musicians have expressed concern that the economic model of a streaming-based …

Apple Music Marketing Failure

Apple Music’s abject marketing failure

August 31st, 2015

Apple two weeks ago was forced to defend its nascent Apple Music service following a report which claimed that 48% of users who signed up for the streaming service were no longer using it. Offering a rebuttal, Apple subsequently said that only 21% of the millions of subscribers who signed up for a three-month trial had …

Spotify Ad Supported Tier

Spotify’s free streaming tier may be getting a shakeup

August 11th, 2015

A new report claims that Spotify may be adjusting its business model in the near future. While the popular streaming music site currently offers both premium and ad-supported tiers, DigitalMusicNews relays that Spotify may soon be shifting its focus towards its premium business.

Apple Music Indie Artists

Apple Music Just Landed a Ton of Big-Name Artists

June 24th, 2015

In the wake of Taylor Swift convincing Apple to dole out royalty payments during Apple Music’s three-month trial period, Apple has been quick to leverage the accompanying good will and sign crucial deals with two massive music rights organizations, Beggars Group and Merlin Network. According to Billboard, Merlin alone represents over 20,000 labels and distributors across …

Apple Music Offline Listening

Apple Music will allow users to download songs for offline listening

June 9th, 2015

Following yesterday’s WWDC event, Apple confirmed to Re/Code that it’s upcoming Apple Music service will let users download songs and videos for offline listening and viewing. Though not an entirely new or revolutionary feature, it does help Apple Music reach feature parity with Spotify as the company hopes to make an immediate and impactful dent …

Apple Music Vs Spotify

Sony Music CEO explains how Apple Music can compete with Spotify

June 8th, 2015

Over the weekend, Sony Music CEO Doug Morris effectively confirmed that Apple later today will finally take the wraps off of Apple Music, the company’s own on-demand streaming music service. While the impending launch of Apple Music is hardly breaking news in and of itself, Morris did articulate why he thinks Apple Music is poised to …

Apple Music iTunes

For Apple Music to succeed, iTunes must be sacrificed

June 2nd, 2015

One of the business tenets that has led to Apple’s incredible success is that the company isn’t afraid to cannibalize its own products. If anything, Apple tends to embrace such scenarios, with Tim Cook once explaining that Apple views “cannibalization as a huge opportunity.” “Our core philosophy is to never fear cannibalization,” Cook said during …