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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Chinese authorities are cracking down on live streaming platforms and video producers this week in a hunt for content deemed too sexy, violent harmful to youth or even superstutious. The Culture Ministry there has said that it shut down 10 hosting platforms...
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There’s a technology that could stop Facebook Live being used to stream murders – but it has a cost
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It took 24 hours before the video of a man murdering his baby daughter was removed from Facebook. On April 24, 2017, the father from Thailand had streamed the killing of his 11-month-old baby girl using the social network’s Live video service...
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PayPal burns Pandora to the ground in lawsuit over logo similarities
The VergeNick Statt
PayPal is not pleased with music streaming service Pandora, which last October debuted a new simplified logo with a design aesthetic similar to the digital payments company. In a lawsuit filed last week, PayPal lawyers went out of their way to paint...
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PayPal Sues Pandora Over 'Patently Unlawful' Logo
Billboard BizMarc Schneider
Arguing that Pandora's minimalist logo "dilutes the distinctiveness" of its own branding, PayPal has filed a trademark infringement lawsuit against the music streaming service in Manhattan federal court. "Element by element and in overall impression, the similarities between the logos are striking,...
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National Streaming Day: join us for a look at the best media boxes, accessories, and software
Windows CentralRichard Devine
Get your best binge face on for this year's National Streaming Day! Every single day, more and more people are turning to online methods of getting their entertainment fix. Whether it's music, TV or movies, today's landscape is a far cry from...
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Department of Justice Fires Another Shot at Songwriters as Licensing Battle Escalates
VarietyShirley Halperin
Harnik/AP/REX/Shutterstock The Department of Justice on Thursday fired another salvo in the battle over song licensing, filing a brief in support of 100% licensing, which BMI and other performing rights organizations (PROs) adamantly oppose. The DOJ previously announced it would appeal the...
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Department of Justice Appeals Consent Decree Ruling, BMI Hits Back
Billboard BizEd Christman
Much to the disappointment of the music publishing industry, the U.S. Department of Justice is pursuing its own interpretation of the BMI consent decree, which the department believes compels the performance rights organization practice full-works licensing. Full-works licensing, also known as 100...
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Hitwise Music Streaming Data Identifies Significant Behavioral Differences
MediaPostLaurie Sullivan
"Ok, Google, Play my music list." At the Google I/O developers conference the company announced that the music playback feature on its speaker device, Home, will soon support free, non-premium Spotify accounts, Soundcloud, and Deezer. The device might even help Spotify keep...
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Troy Carter Talks Spotify’s Artist Development — But Not Prince — at Music Biz 2017
VarietyJem Aswad
NASHVILLE – Spotify spent the first 10 years of its existence focusing on the consumer; the next 10 years will be focused on the creator, says Troy Carter, the streaming giant’s new Global Head of Creator Services, during a very on-message Q&A...
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