With the launch of Apple Music, it’s easy to get heady about the state of streaming media. Holdouts like AC/DC are making their music available on streaming services and Taylor Swift made 1989 available on the fruit company’s service. So, war is over (which is also available on streaming)? Not exactly. Prince (remember when he was symbol dude?), is making waves about taking his music … Continue reading Prince Won’t Stream — and this is What it Sounds Like When Doves Cry
Music streaming’s come a long way, baby. It’s supplanted downloads as the primary form of distribution for the industry and like the introduction of Napster and file sharing in the late ’90s, the incumbent players are still trying to figure out what it means to them. Apple, the king of music downloads, is trying to pivot to streaming with Apple Music. The current darling, Spotify, … Continue reading Tidal Interim CEO Leaves After 3 Months on the Job
Here’s something you probably didn’t see coming — Taylor Swift made the tech blogs. Unlike other musicians who fancy themselves venture capitalists (yes, I’m talking about you, Will.I.Am) this isn’t about some lousy money pit of an idea. Instead, she’s raising questions about the music industry’s shift to streaming in an open letter about Apple Music. “I’m not sure you know that Apple Music will not … Continue reading Taylor Swift = Important Tech News. Not Kidding.
According to Warner Music Group, last quarter marked a milestone in the music industry. It was the first time any music company reported that its revenues in streaming audio overtook downloads. This follows a trend that streaming audio’s become more important to music companies than downloads. (Streaming revenues grew 33 percent according to the company.) The company is also pushing YouTube and Spotify to cut … Continue reading Streaming Overtakes Downloads, Warner Music Reports