DMT 230: Pandora & CRB, Jay-Z, EU’s Copyright Directive, Jukely

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This week it was a pleasure to welcome Sophie Goossens (lawyer at August & Debouzy) and Darren Hemmings (founder of Motive Unknown) to the show.

On this penultimate instalment of our weekly appointments we start by chatting about a DMT all-time-favourite topic: Pandora’s quest for profitability and we also mention the latest CRB rate-setting procedures.

In other news, another round of Tidal-ness as we talk about Jay-Z’s tweets and wonder: should the company just stop with the hollow PR talk and come back in a couple of months with a more substantial plan?

We also discuss the EU Copyright Directive and the Digital Single Market initiative as PoliticoEU leaked some of the talking points of the upcoming announcement on the matter.

Finally we chat about live music subscriptions startup Jukely, as the company closes an $8m round and is set to expand to more cities.

I really hope you enjoy this week’s show, have a fantastic week and ’till next time!


Andrea Leonelli

Kristelia Garcia, Andrea Leonelli, Dan Koplowitz

DMT 219: Future of Copyright in the US, Grammys, Deezer Elite, Rhapsody, Apple as a label?

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This week on Digital Music Trends it was a pleasure to welcome Kristelia Garcia (Associate Professor of Law at Colorado Law) and Dan Koplowitz (founder of Friendly Fire Recordings).

We start the show by tackling some of the salient points of the copyright recommendations document released by the US Copyright Office last week. Admittedly, our discussion only covers a tiny portion of what is contained in the 245-page document – any more and the subject would have taken over the show – but hopefully it will serve as a good introduction.

On a related point, we also discuss the Grammy’s newly launched Creators Alliance, which seems to pave the way for a more co-ordinated approach from artists towards getting their voices heard, especially if the recommendations mentioned above were to lead to the drafting of a new bill.

In regards to digital music services, we cover Deezer Elite’s expansion to 150 territories, Rhapsody reaching 2.5 million users and the (denied) rumors of Apple’s Big Machine acquisition, could the Netflix/Amazon model work in the music industry?

Finally, we discuss the Billboard Power List and the issue of diversity in the music industry and Kristelia tells us about a fantastic conference she has been organising entitled “Innovation in the Creation and Distribution of Content” featuring high-profile artists, digital music executives and a fireside chat with the US Register of Copyrights Maria Pallante (more info on

I really hope you enjoy the show,

Andrea Leonelli

ben sisario, andrea leonelli, jay frank

DMT 217: Zoe Keating & YouTube, PlayStation & Spotify, iHeartRadio, Australia, Transparency

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This week on Digital Music Trends it was a real pleasure to welcome Jay Frank (Digsin) and Ben Sisario (New York Times) to the show.

The first part of the show is devoted to a discussion around Zoe Keating’s blog from last week, which highlighted some important issues on the terms imposed by YouTube on independent artists if they want to continue to monetise their content on the platform.

We also talk about Spotify’s coup in securing a partnership with Sony PlayStation that will see the company scrap its Music Unlimited Service (that never really took off…), the positive and negative aspects of the new Touch Preview feature on iOS, the decline of the Australian music market which registered another 10% drop in 2014, iHeartRadio’s latest numbers and Pandora’s next move, Sly Stone’s royalties lawsuit, transparency in the music industry and much more.

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

Andrea Leonelli

Robert Singerman, Andrea Leonelli, J Herskowitz, Digital Music Trends

DMT 214: Music Sales, Pono Music Store, UMG & Havas, PJ Harvey, MIDI Vinyl, iTunes 14-day returns

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This week on DMT it was a real pleasure to welcome Robert Singerman (Dotmusic, Caribbean Music Summit) and J Herskowitz (Tomahawk) to the show to chat about the first music tech news of the year.

On this Episode we tackle US music sales for 2014, the launch of the Pono music store as the device is nearing commercial availability, the Caribbean Music Summit, UMG and Havas partnering, PJ Harvey recording her next album in a box in front of an audience, DJ Qubert’s vinyl/MIDI controller and iTunes’ 14-days return policy in Europe.

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

Andrea Leonelli

music design special

DMT 203: Music Product Design Special

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This week on Digital Music Trends a special pre-recorded show on music product design featuring Hannah Donovan, co-founder and design director of This Is My Jam and Rob Hampson, digital designer at We Make Awesome Shit.

Through the course of the show we talk about what drew them to designing for music products, some of the key challenges of the field, we discuss the advent of iOS7 and how that influenced the evolution of design for mobile.

We also look at some of the guest’s most recent projects, Hannah talks us through the latest iterations of This Is My Jam and Rob talks us through the design of projects like the Jaguar Skills game, the NOW Music iOS app and the Tinie Tempah app.

All-in-all an unmissable episode if you’re a fan of design or if you – like me – know very little about it!

The next Digital Music Trends show will be on the 16th of October – I’m taking a week’s break – but hopefully there is enough back catalogue on the site to keep you going until then!

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