Apple launched its streaming music service Apple Music and global online station Beats 1 yesterday. What do you think of it so far? Is it a winner or a dud? Inviting or confusing? Revolutionary or nothing new? Vote in our 2 question poll and share your comments below.
There’s been a lot of talk and understandable dissent surrounding Apple’s free tier payment of the reported .002 per play during each consumers 90 day free trial period. We now live in a world of lessor evils, says David Lowery.
While adding extra items to merchandise orders can be expensive for an artist or record label, 'Thank You' notes can be a friendly and cost effective way to connect with fans while helping to increase social media exposure.
Nothing happens in a vacuum, and that's particularly true when Apple is the one throwing a big rock into already choppy waters. Apple Music launched yesterday and with Apple's user base and marketing prowess, the consequences - intended and otherwise - could be considerable.
Now that ASCAP and BMI have released their revenues for 2014, and we have some data on SESAC (thanks to Moody’s), we can estimate the value of a spin, per listener, to songwriters;from performances on US;Radio, in 2014; and it's not much...
Live has been music's slowest sector to jump on the digital bandwagon. That's finally changing with more promoters and festivals increasing their online presence before, during and after the event, often in partnership with innovative music tech startups.
Yesterday's launch of Apple Music will surely accelerate mainstream adoption of streaming music. But how quickly will it happen and what does it mean in terms of revenue for artists and the music industry?
It seems like there are two kinds of "musical cities": those that are known as being enormous hubs filled with music lovers, headquarters for industry companies, and go-tos for ambitious artists trying to make it – such as New York City, Los Angeles, and especially Nashville – and those that have thriving, growing arts scenes that remain somewhat unknown to the general public.
While checking out Apple Music after it launched this morning, I noticed a link targeting undistributed independent artists that points straight to CD Baby. While another link below it leads to a full list of approved providers, Apple, which seems to be making a real effort to support indie music, chose to highlight CD Baby as an onramp.
Apple's Beats 1 live online radio station is on the air with Zane Lowe behind the mic. Listen via the Apple Music app and tell us what you think. Still need to download iOS9 and Apple Music? You'll find instructions here.
The starving artist is quickly becoming a thing of the past. And with new digital tools arriving daily and empower artists, we are seeing a birth of a new creative class: The artist entrepreneur.These producers are ditching their previous gigs for a more lucrative day job; one that balances equal parts business-know-how with artistic talent.
Apple's iOS8.4 and Apple Music are finally live and available for download now! Sign up for your free 90 day Apple Music trial, play with it and come back and tell us what you think. Having trouble with the install? We want to know that too. Here, courtesy of Apple is how to download the iOS update which includes the Apple Music app.
SiriusXM has settled one of several pending lawsuits over payments for pre-1972 recordings with Sony Music for $210 million. It's unclear how much of this will trickle down to artists, but Mike Masnick of Techdirt offers some important background and context.
When it comes to advice, the music industry is fraught with misinformed, bad and just plain wrong advice. Just being a musician, suddenly everyone is an expert on what you should do. The one thing for certain is that all advice isn’t good advice. And just because someone says something doesn’t mean it is true. Or true for YOU.
Several tech writers were given a 1 day trial of Apple Music yesterday and overnight their reviews started to trickle. While generally positive, there were some real concerns that could slow mainstream adoption.
Today is a big day for the music industry. While there's little radically different about the core of Apple Music's streaming service, will it do what Apple usually does with product launches - borrow the best from others, but do it better? We'll be blogging and tweeting throughout the day and we want to hear what you think, as well.
Responding to criticism over royalty rates and aggressive efforts to lower them further, Pandora has worked to forge better relations with artists and labels. After launching free analytics, they recently began experimenting with in-stream messaging and purchased music analytics provider Next Big Sound. Now, a veteran of D2F sales and marketing has joined Pandora as VP.
Almost 24 hours to the minute before Apple Music is scheduled to launch, Spotify sent out a press release with the latest stats for their paid premium tier, "in case you are reviewing any new music services this week."
With the pending launch of Apple Music, there is no shortage of "Spotify Killer" headlines. But there is room for more than one streaming music service, argues Napster co-founder and Spotify board member Sean Parker.
Social media strategy is a difficult thing to create when you do not know how to begin. In today's article, check out a comprehensive guide on how to build your band's social media strategy using the 70-20-10 rule.
[UPDATED] Apple execs were particularly active on social media over the weekend , ahead of Tuesday's launch of Apple Music, Beats 1 radio and iOS8.4. Ian Rogers shared more exact launch times and Eddy Cue announced a 4X increase in library song storage and streams.