Digital Music Industry News

Digital music, including streaming music, is a fast-moving industry. For professionals, consumers, artists and others involved, it can be hard to know what developments to pay attention to. Wiser has created a free daily digital music news digest to keep you informed of the latest in digital music. Ever since the launch of Napster in 1999, the music industry has faced a massive shift from physical imprints to online delivery. Now companies offering streaming music apps are competing to shape how music is delivered and consumed in the future. These companies include Spotify, Rdio, Beats, Apple (with the iTunes store), Google (with YouTube and the Play store), iHeartRadio, Deezer, SoundCloud and others. Meanwhile, the “big four” major record labels — Sony, Warner Music, EMI and Universal — are actively involved, and negotiations around digital rights management restrictions are crucial to the success or failure of new services. As consumers shift increasingly to mobile apps to stream music on the go, digital music companies must now compete for listeners not just across geographies but also with comprehensive cross-platform experiences. Whatever your favorite music app, the digital music space is in the midst of a fascinating evolution that requires savvy professionals and onlookers to pay close attention to the headlines. Keep updated on the most recent developments in the digital music industry. Subscribe to Wiser’s free digital music news digest today.

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YouTube Rethinks Live Video Monetization
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Broadcast Music Inc. (BMI) and the Radio Music License Committee (RMLC) have agreed to set an interim rate of 1.7 percent of radio revenue, while the two sides either negotiate a final rate, or failing that, go to rate court to determine...
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Facebook, MLB working on deal to stream one live game per week
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Live sports is one of the last types of content people will watch live, leading social networks to race to sign deals.
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Getting louder: A view of the programmatic audio landscape
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It could be time for programmatic audio’s time in the sun. The growing popularity of mobile audio streaming and podcasts, along with the pressures on display advertising, is putting programmatic audio front of mind for both buyers and sellers. “Programmatic is becoming...
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Advertisers, Get Ready To Go Over The Top
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"On TV And Video" is a column exploring opportunities and challenges in programmatic TV and video. Today’s column is written by Bettina Hein, founder and CEO at Pixability. This will be the year the cable TV bundle dies a sudden death. I...
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Pandora And More Nonsensical Buyout Talk
Seeking AlphaOrange Peel Investments
Summary FBN Securities offers up their take on a potential Pandora buyout on Friday. The stock moves higher in response. We think FBN's argument is nonsensical and predict the stock will give back all its gains, before continuing to move lower. By...
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Digital Media, Digital Music
YouTube Rethinks Live Video Monetization
MediaPostGavin O'Malley
Fighting back against Facebook’s live video efforts, YouTube is expanding its live-streaming service. Effective immediately, the Google unit is rolling out a new mobile live-streaming feature to every “creator” with more than 10,000 subscribers. “The rest of you will have it soon!”...
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Here’s why your phone is the most powerful musical instrument ever
Mic.comKathleen Wong
If you want to know where the music industry is headed, take a look at Moving Castle. An artist collective and record label created and run by a group of producer-DJs, including Manila Killa, Robokid and Jai Wolf, Moving Castle epitomizes the...
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Arcam's Solo Hi-Fi Range Offers Audiophile Quality Audio In A Handy Single Unit
ForbesContributor, Mark Sparrow
The accepted wisdom in audio circles is that in order to get the best quality sound you really need to invest in separates: a separate amp, CD player, network streamer or vinyl turntable. Building a system from discrete components offers flexibility for...
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Why Amazon Is The World's Most Innovative Company Of 2017
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Picture your ideal neighborhood. What does it look like? Is it manicured, with buildings set in a pattern so that everything flows together, designed for perfection? Or is it gritty and spontaneous, the kind of place where a restaurant might move into...
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Now & Next: Programmatic Audio
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Audio ads are beginning to rival TV ads in terms of reach. The percentage of US adults who listen to podcasts has risen from 11% to 36% in the last decade; the number of monthly digital radio listeners has jumped from 93...
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