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DMT 139: the Japanese music market, Foursquare + Deezer, RIAA Certifications, Songza and more

This week on Digital Music Trends I chat with Steve McClure (http://mccluremusic.com) and Taishi Fukuyama (http://enter.prtl.jp/). As they are both experts in the Japanese music market we discuss the subject at length including the recent news that it may overtake the US in revenues in 2013, the bumpy development of a digital ecosystem, the role of management and promotions companies, JASRAC and more. We also cover international news as usual with the partnership between Deezer and Foursquare, the launch of a premium option for Songza users and the RIAA changing its certifications rules for digital albums in light of Jay-Z’s release. Also a couple of service notes with SXSW opening up the Panelpicker process and the release of Napster’s documentary “Downloaded”.
I hope you enjoy the show, have a great week and ’till next time.

00:15 Introduction and guests
02:00 Foursquare announces a partnership with Deezer in 15 territories, is Foursquare pervasive enough to grant Deezer a chunk of new users?
08:00 The Japanese music market, on the brink of surpassing the US in terms of revenues, were you guys surprised? What is the current state of the Japanese music industry today?
13:15 The growth of the Japanese market has been tied to the rise in physical sales related to the J-pop phenomenon and very specific bands. This is not coupled with the growth of a sustainable digital market yet, is this a dangerous position to be in?
18:04 Who is the main provider of music downloads on “feature phones” and how do those work? Taishi talks about Recochoku and the availability of artist-specific subscription as well as on-demand downloads.
20:00 How come that these services didn’t adapt to offer smartphone-based services too when the shift started happening over a year back?
27:00 Promic.tv is the latest website placing a focus on promoting Japanese music internationally, is there a lot of focus on breaking Japanese artists abroad and are Japanese artists working towards that?
36:45 The japanese authors society JASRAC is a huge part of the music industry in Japan, what kind of organisation is it, what’s the perception of the society in JAPAN and how does it behave with digital services for example?
42:30 The RIAA decided to change its certification rules in light of the release of Magna Carta Holy Grail, implying that they will count the copies sold via Samsung as part of the certification process while Billboard stated they won’t count towards the charts. What’s your take on all this?
50:25 Songza launched a premium service with “Club Songza” priced at 99 cents per week.
56:00 What’s the state of internet radio in Japan?
57:30 Napster Documentary “Downloaded” is available to download in the US
58:10 The SXSW machine restarts with the Panelpicker entries open once again
58:57 Thanks and outro

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

DMT 139: the Japanese music market, Foursquare + Deezer, RIAA Certifications, Songza and more

This week on Digital Music Trends I chat with Steve McClure (http://mccluremusic.com) and Taishi Fukuyama (http://enter.prtl.jp/). As they are both experts in the Japanese music market we discuss the subject at length including the recent news that it may overtake the US in revenues in 2013, the bumpy development of a digital ecosystem, the role of management and promotions companies, JASRAC and more. We also cover international news as usual with the partnership between Deezer and Foursquare, the launch of a premium option for Songza users and the RIAA changing its certifications rules for digital albums in light of Jay-Z’s release. Also a couple of service notes with SXSW opening up the Panelpicker process and the release of Napster’s documentary “Downloaded”.
I hope you enjoy the show, have a great week and ’till next time.

00:15 Introduction and guests
02:00 Foursquare announces a partnership with Deezer in 15 territories, is Foursquare pervasive enough to grant Deezer a chunk of new users?
08:00 The Japanese music market, on the brink of surpassing the US in terms of revenues, were you guys surprised? What is the current state of the Japanese music industry today?
13:15 The growth of the Japanese market has been tied to the rise in physical sales related to the J-pop phenomenon and very specific bands. This is not coupled with the growth of a sustainable digital market yet, is this a dangerous position to be in?
18:04 Who is the main provider of music downloads on “feature phones” and how do those work? Taishi talks about Recochoku and the availability of artist-specific subscription as well as on-demand downloads.
20:00 How come that these services didn’t adapt to offer smartphone-based services too when the shift started happening over a year back?
27:00 Promic.tv is the latest website placing a focus on promoting Japanese music internationally, is there a lot of focus on breaking Japanese artists abroad and are Japanese artists working towards that?
36:45 The japanese authors society JASRAC is a huge part of the music industry in Japan, what kind of organisation is it, what’s the perception of the society in JAPAN and how does it behave with digital services for example?
42:30 The RIAA decided to change its certification rules in light of the release of Magna Carta Holy Grail, implying that they will count the copies sold via Samsung as part of the certification process while Billboard stated they won’t count towards the charts. What’s your take on all this?
50:25 Songza launched a premium service with “Club Songza” priced at 99 cents per week.
56:00 What’s the state of internet radio in Japan?
57:30 Napster Documentary “Downloaded” is available to download in the US
58:10 The SXSW machine restarts with the Panelpicker entries open once again
58:57 Thanks and outro

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

DMT 137: Jay-Z & Samsung, Pink Floyd Stream, BMI goes to (Rate) Court, Audiam & MySpace

This week on Digital Music Trends J Herskowitz, Jeff Price and Marcus Taylor join me to chat about: Jay Z’s deal with Samsung on the release of Magna Carta Holy Grail, BMI taking Pandora to the Rate Court, Pink Floyd joining the streaming fold, Audiam launching to enable musicians to collect all their YouTube money, the new MySpace going out of beta and getting a native iOS app, the launch of Soundwave as well as the latest from Tomahawk. The shownotes with links to all the articles are here: http://bit.ly/dmt137notes

It was a really fun show to record and I hope you’ll enjoy the smooth video and audio throughout… a first for a 4-way conversation across 2 continents. Below a breakdown of the show with links to the specific clips on YouTube.

00:16 Introduction of show and guests
01:40 Jaz-Z’s deal with Samsung to distribute Magna Carta Holy Grail
02:53 Do you think this will work in Jay-Z’s favor from a marketing perspective?
07:30 There are a few steps to giving the album away including having to make users aware that this is happening and getting them to download the app on their phone, are they going to be able to give away 1 million copies?
08:50 And the album given away as part of the deal are unlikely to be counted for charts purposes, have artists stopped caring about charts?
10:20 BMI sues Pandora and takes the case to the Federal Rate Court after the two companies could not reach an agreement. What do you feel about BMI’s options, it feels like they were being backed into a corner and that was their only shot. What do you think?
13:50 Is Pandora antagonizing essentially all of the rightsholders from the master owners to the publishers?
18:50 Pink Floyd join the streaming fold after quickly reaching the 1 million plays they asked for on Wish You Were Here, was the bar for unlocking set too low and what do you think will happen to the remaining holdouts?
24:45 Jeff you’ve just launched a new project called Audiam this week can you tell us a little bit about what the concept is and what the company does?
Jeff explains how videos on YouTube can be monetized and how things get complicated when you add music into the picture.
28:00 J Herskowitz talks about what’s happening with Tomahawk
30:40 Marcus Taylor talks about Venture Harbour
31:50 Is Google preparing to serve music instantly to people who are looking for songs? Would it make sense?
39:00 the new MySpace exits beta and launches iOS app, any takers?
46:30 Shout-out to Soundwave, new app

Thanks for tuning in, have a great week and ’till next time!

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

DMT 137: Jay-Z & Samsung, Pink Floyd Stream, BMI goes to (Rate) Court, Audiam & MySpace

This week on Digital Music Trends J Herskowitz, Jeff Price and Marcus Taylor join me to chat about: Jay Z’s deal with Samsung on the release of Magna Carta Holy Grail, BMI taking Pandora to the Rate Court, Pink Floyd joining the streaming fold, Audiam launching to enable musicians to collect all their YouTube money, the new MySpace going out of beta and getting a native iOS app, the launch of Soundwave as well as the latest from Tomahawk. The shownotes with links to all the articles are here: http://bit.ly/dmt137notes

It was a really fun show to record and I hope you’ll enjoy the smooth video and audio throughout… a first for a 4-way conversation across 2 continents. Below a breakdown of the show with links to the specific clips on YouTube.

00:16 Introduction of show and guests
01:40 Jaz-Z’s deal with Samsung to distribute Magna Carta Holy Grail
02:53 Do you think this will work in Jay-Z’s favor from a marketing perspective?
07:30 There are a few steps to giving the album away including having to make users aware that this is happening and getting them to download the app on their phone, are they going to be able to give away 1 million copies?
08:50 And the album given away as part of the deal are unlikely to be counted for charts purposes, have artists stopped caring about charts?
10:20 BMI sues Pandora and takes the case to the Federal Rate Court after the two companies could not reach an agreement. What do you feel about BMI’s options, it feels like they were being backed into a corner and that was their only shot. What do you think?
13:50 Is Pandora antagonizing essentially all of the rightsholders from the master owners to the publishers?
18:50 Pink Floyd join the streaming fold after quickly reaching the 1 million plays they asked for on Wish You Were Here, was the bar for unlocking set too low and what do you think will happen to the remaining holdouts?
24:45 Jeff you’ve just launched a new project called Audiam this week can you tell us a little bit about what the concept is and what the company does?
Jeff explains how videos on YouTube can be monetized and how things get complicated when you add music into the picture.
28:00 J Herskowitz talks about what’s happening with Tomahawk
30:40 Marcus Taylor talks about Venture Harbour
31:50 Is Google preparing to serve music instantly to people who are looking for songs? Would it make sense?
39:00 the new MySpace exits beta and launches iOS app, any takers?
46:30 Shout-out to Soundwave, new app

Thanks for tuning in, have a great week and ’till next time!

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

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DMT 137: Jay-Z & Samsung, Pink Floyd Stream, BMI goes to (Rate) Court, Audiam & MySpace

This week on Digital Music Trends J Herskowitz, Jeff Price and Marcus Taylor join me to chat about: Jay Z’s deal with Samsung on the release of Magna Carta Holy Grail, BMI taking Pandora to the Rate Court, Pink Floyd joining the streaming fold, Audiam launching to enable musicians to collect all their YouTube money, the new MySpace going out of beta and getting a native iOS app, the launch of Soundwave as well as the latest from Tomahawk. The shownotes with links to all the articles are here: http://bit.ly/dmt137notes


It was a really fun show to record and I hope you’ll enjoy the smooth video and audio throughout… a first for a 4-way conversation across 2 continents. Below a breakdown of the show with links to the specific clips on YouTube.

00:16 Introduction of show and guests
01:40 Jaz-Z’s deal with Samsung to distribute Magna Carta Holy Grail
02:53 Do you think this will work in Jay-Z’s favor from a marketing perspective?
07:30 There are a few steps to giving the album away including having to make users aware that this is happening and getting them to download the app on their phone, are they going to be able to give away 1 million copies?
08:50 And the album given away as part of the deal are unlikely to be counted for charts purposes, have artists stopped caring about charts?
10:20 BMI sues Pandora and takes the case to the Federal Rate Court after the two companies could not reach an agreement. What do you feel about BMI’s options, it feels like they were being backed into a corner and that was their only shot. What do you think?
13:50 Is Pandora antagonizing essentially all of the rightsholders from the master owners to the publishers?
18:50 Pink Floyd join the streaming fold after quickly reaching the 1 million plays they asked for on Wish You Were Here, was the bar for unlocking set too low and what do you think will happen to the remaining holdouts?
24:45 Jeff you’ve just launched a new project called Audiam this week can you tell us a little bit about what the concept is and what the company does?
Jeff explains how videos on YouTube can be monetized and how things get complicated when you add music into the picture.
28:00 J Herskowitz talks about what’s happening with Tomahawk
30:40 Marcus Taylor talks about Venture Harbour
31:50 Is Google preparing to serve music instantly to people who are looking for songs? Would it make sense?
39:00 the new MySpace exits beta and launches iOS app, any takers?
46:30 Shout-out to Soundwave, new app

Thanks for tuning in, have a great week and ’till next time!

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