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We start by discussing On SoundCloud’s $1m payment to partners thanks to high-profile brand partnerships and what that could mean for the company’s future.
Then we tackle UMG’s 2014 decline in revenues which, alongside the recent management shake-up, could see the label revisiting its attitude towards freemium services.
I also take advantage of the expertise of this week’s guests in everything direct to fan to talk about the evolution of D2F experiences. We debate whether they are being successfully deployed by the majority of artists or whether we’re still looking at a missed opportunity. In that context we also discuss Amanda Palmer’s new Patreon page which at the time of the recording had hit $14k and is now approaching $20k per ‘thing’ released.
Finally, we discuss SXSW 2015 and what my guests have planned so far for the festival which kicks off in just a few day’s time in Austin, Texas.
I really hope you enjoy the show and ’till next time.
This week on Digital Music Trends I chat with Darren Hemmings, Ashley Elsdon and Oisin Lunny about Sonos’ app update with universal search, Pandora’s rates win and price increase, MusikMesse, the IFPI’s latest report on 2013 recorded music sales, Lady Gaga at SXSW and the festival’s brand presence. You can find the show notes here.
The show ends with two of my SXSW interviews one with Eric Bieschke, Chief Scientist and VP of Playlists at Pandora and one with Rich Bengloff, President of A2IM.
I really hope you enjoy this week’s episode, if you did please make sure you share it online or forward it to friends and colleagues, have a great week and ’till next time!
A live show! Digital Music Trends 174 was recorded live at SXSW 2014 with Brian Zisk (SFMusicTech), Jim Carroll (Irish Times) and Kevin Breuner (CD Baby). We chat about Spotify’s acquisition of the Echo Nest, Neil Young launching the Pono as a Kickstarter, Samsung launching MILK and Balcony.tv’s acquisition by The Orchard. At the end of the show I added two interviews recorded here at SXSW, one with Sachin Doshi, Spotify’s head of development and analysis, and one with Kevin Arnold, founder of OpenAura.
DMT’s March coverage is brought to you by Omnifone and MusicGraph, we thank them for their support of the show, it would not be happening without them so go and check them out.
I really hope you enjoy this week’s show and check out all the coverage of SXSW on sxsw.digitalmusictrends.com. Have a great week and ‘till next time!