Tag: music

by Mark Glaser

Technology is ever entwined with the way we listen to music. There have been vinyl records (78 rpm to 45 rpm to 33 1/3 rpm), 8-track, radio, cassette, CD, digital downloads and streaming. Despite the boom in streaming music with Pandora, Rdio, Spotify and now iTunes Radio, there’s also been a resurgence for vinyl records, [...] more »

by Amanda Hirsch

“Over the coming months, I am inviting you — the citizens of Toronto — to collaborate with me to compose a new symphony which will be premiered by the Toronto Symphony Orchestra … Some of the music will be by you, some by me, and some shaped by us together. My hope is that we [...] more »

by Jason Feinberg

Click to read all SXSW coverage As I noted in the my SXSW Music 2012 post last week, subscription services and engagement apps are quickly becoming core factors driving the music industry and the conversations surrounding them. Services such as Spotify and Rdio are responsible for an increasing percentage of music consumption. And apps, such [...] more »

by Amanda Hirsch

In 1980s Brooklyn, Spike Lee knocked on Branford Marsalis’ door to introduce himself; Marsalis was soon playing saxophone for several Spike Lee joints. Elsewhere in the same neighborhood, Erykah Badu ran an idea for a rhyme by Carl Hancock Rux, which would later turn into her famous song, “Bag Lady.” As the new documentary “Brooklyn [...] more »

by Jason Feinberg

SXSW is easily the most chaotic experience in the music industry. For the 14,000 people that attend the music conference it provides opportunities to immerse themselves in the ecosystem that powers much of the global business. It is one of the best times to tee up deals and relationships that could power significant developments for [...] more »

by Jason Feinberg

The music industry had a wild ride in 2010. Companies came and went, layoffs hit every sector, rapid growth delivered opportunity, and Spotify still didn’t launch in the U.S. This year, 2011, should be no different. Here are some predictions and thoughts about what 2011 may hold for the music industry. 1. A Major Label [...] more »

by Mark Glaser

It’s holiday time, and that means travel mania, less work and yes, year-end roundups. Yes, they are the lazy way to finish out the year for journalists and bloggers around the world, the ultimate in traffic catnip. But we thought we could take a different approach, doing year-end roundups for each niche we cover at [...] more »

by Jason Feinberg

The exponential growth of Internet bandwidth combined with the ability to significantly compress digital audio has impacted the music industry in numerous ways, for better and worse. Just as file trading created a massive network of pirated music, the ability to stream audio in real-time has allowed for a number of innovative content distribution and [...] more »

by Jason Feinberg

As the music industry continues to evolve and search for a sustainable and profitable business model, the direct-to-fan (D2F) approach is making great advances, from artists just starting their career up to superstars with massive fan bases. Artists marketing and selling directly to their audience is not necessarily a new or revolutionary concept — one [...] more »

by Jason Feinberg

Survival in the music industry, particularly moving forward into the digital space, comes down to two core elements — relationships and knowledge. And if you have the first one, you might not even need much of the second. One of the quickest, most effective, and fun ways to increase both your relationships and knowledge at [...] more »