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Polarizing coverage of streaming music doesn’t do anyone good: supports, detractors or the public.

Do billions of YouTube views of Gangnam Style translate to millions for Psy?

This was originally included in Billboard’s print edition dated March 4, 2014. The entire article is not available online without a subscription, but I’m reposting it to my network. And no, I didn’t write the headline or the deck. Opinion Column: Screwed By YouTube? 40 percent of its plays are music – even as its […]

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De La Soul faced a problem. None of the band’s revolutionary records were available in digital form. Sure you could still buy the CDs, if you cared to, but you couldn’t buy them on iTunes store or stream them anywhere. In this day and age if you’re not on Spotify or Beats, you might as […]

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@jmaples | Friday, February 14 Near the end of Marc Geiger’s amazing sermon at the European music conference MIDEM he made a comment about the differences between technologists and music industry execs face. “Companies that are leading the music revolution don’t even know about the music industry. I can tell you Sergey Brin didn’t grow up in the […]

Streaming services could get fans as close to their favorite artists as they get at SXSW.

Perhaps it’s the news cycle, the launch of the next-big-thing or just simply boredom with the topic, but it sure seems like we’ve forgotten the meme of artists getting ripped off by music startups. Nearly all last year this was a huge topic with artist like Thom Yorke and David Lowery menacing pitchforks at Spotify and Pandora. One of the […]

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Broken Bells, the project of super producer Danger Mouse and Shins frontman James Mercer, released its second record today. You can go buy After The Disco on Amazon or iTunes. But if you’re one of the many people subscribing to a streaming music service like Spotify, Rdio, Rhapsody or the new entrant into the space, Beats […]