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Configuring VirtualBox As A nginx RTMP Server

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Intro This is how I went about building a version of nginx that supports RTMP media streaming on an Ubuntu 16.04 VirtualBox.   It is not a simple plug-and-play exercise but anyone with basic Linux system admin skills can get this going.

Amazon Music Recapturing Music Fans – Repeat Play

It’s the same old story, same old song and dance, my friend – Same Old Song And Dance by Aerosmith   There has been a lot of media hype about the new Amazon Music service.    I get it.   I’m a HUGE Amazon fan.   I even ditched my premium Slacker account… Read more »

Why #Songwriters Are Getting Left In the Cold by #ASCAP and #BMI…

This article is wrong in so many levels. Where do I start? First it pits the PROs against The Labels. They are not adversaries. They are two parties that represent the same side of the coin – the rights and royalties due Creatives (Creatives is my way of describing ALL… Read more »

Pandora Looks for a Way Out of the Doldrums. Cue Questlove. – NYTimes.com

It is nice to see streaming companies getting artists involved, but how about paying them fair compensation? You cannot have a $10/month “all you can eat” song buffet. For most listeners you are not paying fair royalties. Forget Sound Exchange and their $35 per 10,000 songs played; these rates push… Read more »

Is ASCAP Lacking Web Technology Expertise?

Music streaming and licensing.  In case you’ve missed it , licensing music is a HUGE deal these days.  It is a billion-dollar industry and is growing every day.   It will be one of the largest entertainment industry segments in the next few years outside of video games and movies.    Yet… Read more »

Unpaid Music Artists – Maybe It’s Time To Blame The Streaming Companies

Songwriters, publishers, performers, and a myriad of others that create the music that defines moments in our lives, serves as the background for dinner dates, house parties, and corporate conventions are earning less money than ever before.   While there are many factors to consider one of the most notable issues… Read more »

Building A Streaming Music Service : Technology Components

Media File A media file is the digital file format of the recording of a song.  The most common format today is MP3 which comes is various “flavors” that determine the quality of the audio.   MP3 is considered a “lossy” format which means it uses compression algorithms that can trim… Read more »

Excerpts About US Copyright Law & The Compensation For Creatives Mess

Prince – Negotiating Rates For His Music For some time Prince’s legally team has worked to pull his music off YouTube and the song “Breakfast Can Wait” remains the only track on his channel. Sources say Prince is using Web Sheriff to send notices to digital services. According to sources,… Read more »

Billboard: ESPN Asked to Pay More Than $15 Million Annually to License Ambient Stadium Music

I wonder how, exactly, BMI determines what was played so they can fairly compensate the right creatives behind that music. The answer is: they have no clue. They will apply their archaic generalized formula and make a wild guess then pay the most popular songwriters and composers. They’ll keep 12%… Read more »

Billboard: Kanye West Reveals He’s Team Streaming: ‘No More CDs For Me’

Kanye West Reveals He’s Team Streaming: ‘No More CDs For Me’ Billboard Kanye West CDs are about to become a thing of the past. The Chicago rapper/designer/entertaining tweeter took to his timeline on Monday (March 7) to discuss his stance on physical music releases. “I was thinking about not making… Read more »