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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NEW DELHI: The government has asked Amazon to ensure a clear segregation between the food products it wants to sell directly to consumers and the other merchandise it lists online, a likely precursor to granting permission to the US-based ecommerce giant to...
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Neil Young’s high-quality streaming music service will be called Xstream
The VergeAndrew Liptak
Neil Young’s high-fidelity audio project Pono is undergoing a new change. In a post to Pono’s Community site, the singer informed users that after the company shut down its music store last summer, it will become a high-quality streaming audio service. The...
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Prince Sold More Albums Than Any Other Artist in 2016
Billboard BizEd Christman
In the year after Prince's death on April 21, 2016, the Purple One's catalog of albums and songs have sold a combined 7.7 million copies in the U.S...
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Bushwick You Are Beautiful: Part 1
Inc.Shazir Mucklai
This image is hidden. Clickto adjust visibility. AddImage "In 2011, America held between an old generation that believed a person achieved their dreams through hard work and a new generation that was all about the alteration. In 1995, the Internet entered into...
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Qualcomm's Pandora's Box Wide Open
Seeking AlphaGeorge Kesarios
Summary Qualcomm's Pandora's Box has opened wide and the stock has been affected by a host of issues. Both the Apple and BlackBerry incident are manageable, however many questions remain as to the fallout. But if Qualcomm loses the FTC complaint, the...
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Report: Millions Live-Streamed 'Fate Of The Furious' On Opening Weekend
ForbesContributor, Nelson Granados
The movie The Fate of the Furious was released on Friday, April 14 and it broke opening weekend records at $532 million worldwide. This is great news for NBCUniversal and parent company Comcast. Unfortunately, it may have also broken records for illegal...
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Life in a Town for Sale
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Canadian Music Rights Groups Hope to Make 'Quick Progress' on Merger
Billboard BizKaren Bliss
The boards of performing rights organization The Society of Composers, Authors & Music Publishers of Canada (SOCAN) and the Society for Reproduction Rights of Authors, Composers and Publishers in Canada (SODRAC) have been meeting to discuss merging their operations and improve the...
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How Pandora Is Thinking Out of the Box
Fortune MagazineAdam Lashinsky
Tim Westergren, the preternaturally calm former musician who helped found the music streaming company Pandora, has a unique argument for why his company will survive the rough stretch in which it finds itself. Despite fierce competition in the music on-demand (for a...
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Data Sheet—Monday, April 10, 2017
Fortune MagazineAdam Lashinsky, Heather Clancy
Tim Westergren, the preternaturally calm former musician who helped found the music streaming company Pandora, has a unique argument for why his company will survive the rough stretch in which it finds itself. Despite fierce competition in the music on-demand (for a...
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