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Digital music trends, benji rogers, jessie scoullar, andrea leonelli

DMT 222: On Soundcloud, UMG’s 2014, the evolution of D2F, Amanda Palmer on Patreon

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This week on Digital Music Trends it was a real pleasure to welcome Benji Rogers (President, Pledge Music) and Jessie Scoullar (Founder, Wicksteed Works).

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.

Andrea Leonelli

Andrea Leonelli, Lee Knife, Emmanuel Legrand

DMT 220: Future of Copyright Pt. 2, Zane Lowe, Songwriters, Pandora, Vessel, Abbey Road

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This week on Digital Music Trends it was a pleasure to welcome Lee Knife, the Executive Director at the Digital Media Association (DiMA – digmedia.org) and Emmanuel Legrand, US Editor at Music Week.

On the show we continue the discussion started last week around the “Copyright and the Music Marketplace” released by the US Copyright Office, this time focusing on some of the criticisms brought forward by DiMA.

Emmanuel and I then go on to chat about the news of the week including Zane Lowe’s move to Apple and what that means for the approach to curation of the upcoming iTunes streaming service, songwriters voicing their concerns around royalties in Sweden and elsewhere, Pandora’s new Artist Audio Messaging feature, Vessel’s deal with Universal Music for video exclusives, UMG’s investment to make sure the recording facilities at Abbey Road Studios remain state of the art for decades to come and much more.

I really hope you enjoy the show,

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

DMT 143: Spotify’s earnings, Softbank’s UMG bid, inaccurate headlines, Rdio and Live Nation

This week on Digital Music Trends it was a pleasure to welcome on the show Glenn Peoples, Editorial Analyst at Billboard and Dave Allen, Director of Insights and Digital Media at North.com as well as bass player in British post-punk band Gang of Four.

We chat about Softbank’s bid for Universal Music, the inaccurate headlines made by the press on streaming and the music market, Spotify’s earnings for 2012, sustainability of streaming, Rdio’s partnership with Live Nation, Pandora facing FCC approval for radio acquisition and the importance of bringing music technology to young people for a creative outlet. You can find the shownotes with links to the stories here.

If you enjoy the show please make sure you subscribe on iTunes, any podcatcher or YouTube , and please send feedback or comments on what we talked about to contact@digitalmusictrends.com. Have a great week and ’till next time.

Andrea Leonelli

Show timeline:
00:13 Welcome and guest introduction
02:00 Japanese mobile carrier Softbank placed an $8.5 billion bid on Universal Music but Vivendi declined the offer. Is UMG really an appealing purchase for a corporate giant like Softbank? Does Universal hold a value as a brand in its own rights? 
10:00 Glenn you wrote a great piece which highlights some of the inaccurate statements and headlines that have been made in the press of late in regards to the digital music market and music streaming. How could generalizations be avoided and is it a case of being more specific with headlines as well?
17:50 And Spotify literally in the past hour filed its earnings for 2012, the company is still losing money but at a slower rate than its income increase so that has to be a positive sign right?
21:24 There was a great Op-Ed by David Macias from Thirty Tigers on Billboard on the hard numbers of streaming and looks at how if the US got anywhere near the penetration of streaming in Norway that would become a really sustainable income. This paints a rosier picture of streaming, but what are your thoughts?
25:28 In the US streaming companies are working hard to increase their customer base. Last week it was announced that Rdio would sponsor the Livenation.com page and become the default service on the site as well as a couple of Live Nation’s country music festivals. What’s your take on the deal will we see more of these in the next few months?
30:20 Glenn do you feel it’s strange to see a company that is relatively small like Rdio sponsor the site of a giant like Live Nation?
31:32 And we can see here Rdio is targeting Country Music fans and the differences in purchasing habits between genres are indeed staggering. Dave and Glenn look at the evolution of Soundscan and how its advent affected charts and niches.
38:45 Pandora is now facing some issues with the FCC for its purchase of KXMZ-FM in South Dakota since ASCAP filed a complaint that could delay approval. Did Pandora shoot itself in the foot by being so open about its intentions with the terrestrial radio?
42:00 And finally a positive story coming out of Washington DC on the Martin Luther King JR Public Library working with Beat Club DC, a one-man digital music workshop working with elementary and high-school students to educate them about making music.