brian zisk, kevin breuner, andrea leonelli, mike mccready, peter tondstad, olivier de simone

DMT 200: Apple & U2, TIDAL, Deezer, Rdio, Spotify Video Ads, Twitter

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A special show today as DMT reaches its 200th Episode, and I couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate than spending an hour chatting with Olivier de Simone (Urturn), Brian Zisk (Sf Music Tech Summit) and Kevin Breuner (CD Baby). This week’s week show also contains appearances from Peter Tondstad, Chief Commercial Officer at WiMP, and Mike McCready, CEO at Musicxray.

We kick off by chatting about Apple distributing U2′s new album ‘Songs of Innocence’ for free to anyone with an iTunes account at the end of the company’s keynote announcing the new iPhones and the Apple Watch. Does this contribute to the perception of music being free? Was it “creepy” to see an album appear in your library without requesting it? We discuss this and much more, including whether the Apple Watch will end up on our wrists…

This show is not an Apple fest though as we had a tonne of news from other services including the announcement of a new high-quality audio service called TIDAL (developed by WiMP) debuting in the US and UK later this fall. Deezer also announced its own high-quality Deezer Elite service that will launch internationally on Sonos devices and will also be available in the US.

We cover Rdio’s redesign and its conversion to freemium, Spotify’s introduction of video adverts and ‘sponsored’ listening and finally Twitter testing a BUY button. A game changer or something people don’t really want?

Mike McCready from Musicxray jumps on for a few minutes as well to talk about the latest at the Future Music Forum event which is happening next week in Barcelona (futuremusicforum.com).


As you can see, a packed show so I really hope you enjoy it,
Have a fantastic week and ’till next time!

Andrea Leonelli
http://www.digitalmusictrends.com
http://www.twitter.com/digimusictrends

berlin music week 2014

DMT 199: Live at Berlin Music Week – Revenues, Discoverability, Distribution, Transparency

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This week I recorded Digital Music Trends live at Berlin Music Week 2014 and it was a pleasure to be joined by Michael Krause, Managing Director GSA (Germany Switzerland Austria) at Deezer, Janine Wuelker, Strategic Marketing and Digital Media Services at Finetunes , Phiona Okumu, founder of Afripop and Benjamin Lebrave, founder of Akwaaba Music.

This show combines a few news items with a look at some of the most interesting topics being addressed at the Berlin Music Week Conference.

We chat about the decline in album sales in the US, the situation in Germany, the issue of discoverability on digital services from an artist’s perspective, startup hubs in Germany and in Africa, This Is My Jam’s new Song Graph, the issues of transparency and fairness in digital music today, CD Baby’s Free service, YouTube’s new donation button and more.

Hosting this episode in front of a live audience was a great experience and I’d like to thank the organizers of the Berlin Music Week Conference for making it happen.


I really hope you enjoy the show and ’till next time.

Andrea Leonelli
http://www.digitalmusictrends.com
http://www.twitter.com/digimusictrends

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DMT 198: SoundCloud & ads, Medium, Audiam, Gramofon, Denmark, age ratings and more…

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This week on Digital Music Trends it was a pleasure to welcome Jeff Price (Audiam) and J Herskowitz (Tomahawk, Hatchet).

We kick off by chatting about SoundCloud’s announcement: the company unveiled the first step in its new monetisation strategy (“On Soundcloud”) which involves brand advertising and launched a Premier Partner program for a selected number of artists.

We also discuss Medium’s upcoming music magazine, I show off the Gramofon box, and finally we cover Denmark’s latest recorded music revenues figures and the UK’s music video age rating test.

During the show Jeff brings us up to speed on the latest at Audiam and J on latest at Tomahawk.


I really hope you enjoy this week’s show, next week DMT will be recorded live at Berlin Music Week and may be released on Friday morning rather than Thursday (just FYI)…

‘Till next time.

Andrea Leonelli
http://www.digitalmusictrends.com
http://www.twitter.com/digimusictrends

steve rennie, sammy andrews, andrea leonelli, nico perez

DMT 197: BandPage & Spotify, SFX, Pono, Mixcloud & Vevo

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This week on Digital Music Trends I chat with Sammy Andrews, Head of Digital at independent label Cooking Vinyl, and Steve Rennie, the founder of Renman Music and Business and former manager of Incubus.

We start by discussing the recent deal between BandPage and Spotify to showcase merch items on artists’ Spotify pages. We also discuss the recent SFX earnings and the long-term prospects of the company, Pono’s super-successful new Crowdfunder campaign, we have Mixcloud‘s co-founder Nico Perez join us with some exciting news from the company and chat about the latest at Vevo.

Sammy and Steve also chat about their latest projects.

I’d like to thank Play MPE® for supporting this week’s episode of Digital Music Trends. Play MPE® is used by major and independent labels in over 45 countries and can help you to securely promote your artist with a rich multimedia experience. Find out more on http://www.plaympe.com


I really hope you enjoy the show, have a great week and ’till next time!

Andrea Leonelli
http://www.digitalmusictrends.com
http://www.twitter.com/digimusictrends

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DMT 196: SESAC, NAB, Smule, Global Street Date, Artist Distribution

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This week on Digital Music Trends it was a real pleasure to welcome Emily White, co-founder of Whitesmith Entertainment and Kevin Wortis, head of label services at Girlie Action Media & Marketing.

We chat about SESAC’s latest announcements and the acquisition of Rumblefish, the NAB’s opposition to a review of the consent decrees, Merlin’s deal with Pandora, Smule’s new artist program and the potential adoption of a global street date for music releases.

We also discuss the latest developments in music distribution services for independent artists and the evolution of crowdfunding services.


I really hope you enjoy the show, have a great week and ’till next time.

Andrea Leonelli
http://www.digitalmusictrends.com
http://www.twitter.com/digimusictrends

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