DMT 101 – Apple Radio, Spotify’s browser, Willis & Gaga

This week on Digital Music Trends Andrea Leonelli, Darren Hemmings (@mr_trick), Eliot Van Buskirk (@listeningpost) and Eamonn Forde (@eamonn_forde) discuss the digital music news of the past week.

In the show – which also includes a segment on mobile music making apps by Ashley Eldson – we talk about Apple’s radio rumours and implications, Bruce Willis and digital music inheritance, Spotify’s latest rumours, the importance of Playlists and Lady Gaga’s forthcoming album app – this and much more on this week’s Digital Music Trends.

Here a few links to the stories that we mention/talk about:

Apple & Music Streaming / iRadio?

Bruce Willis and the lifespan of digital rights
Bruce Willis and the ‘When Owning Doesn’t Actually Mean Owning’ Conundrum

NY Times Blog on Spotify losing money to lure in paying subscribers

Gaga incites fans to ask for iPads for Christmas so they can experience her new album in full. Is the Bjork-like experience a fad or can artists use apps as a viable distribution method?

Will more artists follow in her and Bjork’s footsteps or are dev costs still too high for most artists to see a return on something like this?

Have a great week and ’till next time!

Andrea Leonelli

DMT 100 – Tomahawk

Hello Everyone and welcome to Digital Music Trends – Episode 100!

Thanks for sticking with the show for so long through ups and downs (and fairly long breaks) if you’re a long-time listeners and welcome if you’re new to it!

This week an interview with Jason Herskowitz (@jherskowitz), one of the programmers leading the Tomahawk (@Tomahawk) project.

Tomahawk is an open source music player that finally enables cross-platform music consumption and has a very strong social and discovery backbone. Ever wanted to search for music and see results spanning from Soundcloud tolast.fmto your Spotify subscription and finally your own music? This is what Tomahawk enables you to do.

There are many cool features and rather than listing them all here I encourage you to listen to the episode and find out!

How to get Tomahawk:

Also check outhttp://www.toma.hkfor a web-based first dip into the world of cross-platform streaming!

Hope you enjoy the show,
Andrea Leonelli

DMT 85 – Looking at the Featured Artist Coalition

This week on the show an interview with Mark Kelly, the CEO of the Featured Artists Coalition (FAC) – also well known as the keyboard player in the band Marillion.

In the interview we talk about the FAC and its main objectives, the challenges that are facing featured artists in navigating the digital domain both in terms of managing new revenue streams and managing their own presence online as a brand, pan-european licensing and the shift in mindset from rights-holders as the perceived value of music slips.

This week’s show is not all about digital music technology but I hope that it will be appreciated by the many artists who listen to the podcast!

Have a great week and ’till next time

Andrea Leonelli

DMT 64 – We7

This week on the show an extensive feature on We7 – the UK-based music streaming service –  in the form of an interview with Clive Gardiner, the company’s SVP of Digital Music. In the interview we talked about the progress of We7 since its launch, the evolution of its business model, advertising revenues, the fear of  cannibalization, the importance of music streaming services and the evolution of digital music consumption.

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Andrea Leonelli 09/11/2010