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Jay Z Music Streaming

Jay-Z’s next battle: Taking on Spotify and Pandora

March 13th, 2015

The music streaming business is currently a three-or-four-dog race. You’ve got Pandora, Spotify, YouTube, and last but not least, Beats Music. Looking to join in on the fun is rapper Jay Z, who is  reportedly gearing up to go head to head with the biggest names in music streaming.

Beats Music Vs. Spotify Pricing

Apple’s Spotify killer won’t be as cheap as we hoped

March 11th, 2015

With Apple reportedly planning to roll out an iTunes-integrated and revamped version of Beats’ music streaming service at WWDC later this year, a new report from Billboard suggests that Apple’s on-demand music service won’t be as cheap as many initially hoped.

Kelly Clarkson Heartbeat Song

There’s something very curious about Kelly Clarkson’s latest single

January 13th, 2015

I can’t stop listening to Kelly Clarkson’s “Heartbeat Song,” but it isn’t because I’m a particularly huge fan of her music. Rather, Andy Cush at Gawker pointed out on Tuesday that “Heartbeat Song,” the first single off of Clarkson’s upcoming album Piece by Piece, sounds eerily similar to early 2000s alt-rock hit “The Middle” by Jimmy Eat World.

Confessions Of A Music Thief

Confessions of a music thief

August 1st, 2014

I have stolen music. A massive amount of music, in fact. Over the past decade or so, I have illegally downloaded hundreds of songs from various file-sharing networks. Even thousands, most likely. In the past couple of years, however, I have completely stopped stealing music as my listening habits shifted from album-based listening to services like …

Music industry’s anti-piracy playbook revealed: Site blocking, app removal and litigation

July 25th, 2012

A leaked confidential report from the archaically-named International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI) has revealed a wide range of strategies being employed by the recording industry to fight piracy, including petitioning for the removal of third-party music apps from app stores and petitioning ISPs to block sites that offer pirated music. The report, obtained by TorrentFreak, shows that …

Music streaming royalties finally begin to add up

June 19th, 2012

Digital music has become increasingly popular over the years, and now it looks like new methods of digital music distribution are finally starting to pay off. SoundExchange, which processes royalty payments for online music streams, confirmed on Monday that it has paid artists and record companies a total of $1 billion since being founded in 2000. …

BitTorrent piracy found by study to boost music sales

May 17th, 2012

A recent study found that contrary to arguments repeatedly posed by major record labels — and perhaps contrary to logic as well — BitTorrent piracy has a direct correlation to increased album sales. Between May 2010 and January 2011, North Carolina State University assistant professor Robert Hammond tracked BitTorrent download statistics for new albums ahead of …

Former Microsoft exec says Apple killed the Zune before it even launched

May 14th, 2012

A former Microsoft executive in charge of the company’s Zune division has admitted its music players were a mistake, GeekWire reported. “The portable music market is gone and it was already leaving when we started,” Robbie Bach said at an entrepreneurs’ event in Seattle last week. “We just weren’t brave enough,” he said, admitting that …

EMI Group forces file-sharing service MP3tunes into bankruptcy

May 11th, 2012

As the company’s court battles with major music label EMI Group, file-sharing service MP3tunes was forced to file for bankruptcy in a United States court earlier this week, Reuters reports. Mp3tunes, which bills itself as “a Music Service Provider (MSP) and the home of MP3tunes Locker: the only secure, online music space to feature unlimited …