Category Archives: Streaming music

564px-Old_radio February 15

The plot thickens – Apple launching a label?

More news on the Apple music front – Radio 1 DJ, Zane Lowe is leaving the corporation to work for Apple. Jimmy Iovine, and now Zane. Apple’s lining up some heavyweight A&R talent.

564px-Old_radio February 09

Apple Records?

Rumours floating around that Apple is going to move into the label business, as I predicted a few months ago:  http://techcrunch.com/2015/02/08/exclusive-streaming/ Although the TechCrunch article shows a remarkable lack of understanding of how the music industry works and what exactly a record label does, the information at its heart leads to some interesting possibilities. More […]

564px-Old_radio May 29

And the beat goes on . . .

It seems clear now that the headphones and the streaming music service are secondary acquisitions for Apple – with the Beats deal, they’ve just acquired the head of Interscope records. I would expect an announcement of an Apple record label fairly soon.

564px-Old_radio January 17

Why Audio Never Goes Viral

An article from Digg on audio vs. video on the internet.  Worth a read. Why Audio Never Goes Viral.

564px-Old_radio August 06

Who killed the music industry? An interactive explainer | PandoDaily

An easy to follow essay on how we got into this mess: Who killed the music industry? An interactive explainer | PandoDaily.

564px-Old_radio July 29

What’s the new A&R?

In my previous post, I discussed the recent announcement by Thom Yorke of Radiohead that he was pulling his music from Spotify. This announcement has caused quite a stir, with lots of people taking pro and anti Spotify positions.  It’s important to have this sort of debate, but the focus on Spotify is causing people […]

6a00d83451b36c69e2017744a109d0970d-800wi July 24

Spotify is not a record store, it’s a radio station!

Reflecting on the link I posted about Thom Yorke quitting Spotify, I kept thinking about the statement in the article that, “The industry average offers slightly less than 0.4p a stream – meaning that 1m streams of a song would generate about £3,800. Most songs receive far fewer streams.” The problem with this statement is […]