Category Archives: Streaming

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 »

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 »

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 »

Billboard: Samsung, Google and Spotify Have Considered Buying Tidal: Report

Samsung, Google and Spotify Have Considered Buying Tidal: Report Billboard “Samsung is re-engaging; they are working on something really big, and they’re keeping it very quiet in case it leaks,” reports the Post. Read the full story Shared from Apple News

Streaming Royalties Estimates for 2015

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Summary According to various stats collected from the top streaming services, there were about 1.03 trillion music streams in the first 6 months of 2015.   With the growth of streaming it is a safe bet that the total streams in 2015 will easily hit the 2.2 trillion mark by year-end…. Read more »

Music Streaming and Social Media Stats Aug 2015

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“IPodBattle” by Maxime Felder – originally posted to Flickr as iPod Battle 2. Licensed under CC BY 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons.   A summary of the SonicBids Blog article: http://blog.sonicbids.com/music-industry-by-the-numbers-stats-first-half-2015 Streaming Plays Streaming total plays through June 2015: 1,032,225,905,640 According to NextBigSound.com via Pandora, Rdio, Soundcloud, Vevo, Vimeo, and YouTube… Read more »

Streaming Services Have 99 Problems. And They Are…

Streaming Services Have 99 Problems. And They Are… source: http://www.digitalmusicnews.com/2014/09/18/streaming-services-99-problems/ (1) Artists make little-to-nothing off of streaming services. (7) Streaming services pay the labels, who typically pay nothing to the artists. (13) Streaming services suck at proper accounting and payouts. (18) Streaming services are actively hostile towards artists and their… Read more »