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Andrea Leonelli, Jessie Scoullar, Syd Lawrence, Digital Music Trends

DMT 195: Beats & iTunes, Milk Premium, Shazam, Rhapsody, Swell & more…

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This week on Digital Music Trends it was a real pleasure to welcome direct-to-fan expert Jessie Scoullar (Wicksteedworks.com) and supreme tinkerer Syd Lawrence (Wemakeawesomesh.it) to the show.

We start by chatting about Beats, as the acquisition gets regulatory approval in Europe and Vivendi declares the sale of its 13% share in the company to Apple, Ian Rogers is reportedly going to head both Beats Music and iTunes Radio, what could that mean for the company?

We also chat about Samsung finally introducing a premium tier for Milk (with a twist), Shazam’s Mac app – creepy or cool? – and its new Resonate product, Rhapsody’s mini acquisition spree with Exfm and Soundtracking and what Apple’s acquisition of Swell could mean – do we need more integration between spoken word and music content?

On top of that my guests chat about their latest projects which are very very cool. Syd talks about Basement Jaxx’s Power To The People project that just launched today, allowing users to contribute to the track and remix the contributions that will go towards the release of a charity single – check it out on http://www.powertothepeople.fm.

Jessie chats about her “Which Platform?” report that compares the most prominent direct to fan platforms analysing pretty much every aspect of what they offer so you can make an informed decision. Check out http://www.wicksteedworks.com/report/ for more info and to get a free sample.


And that’s all for this week. I really hope you’ll enjoy the show, have a fantastic week and ’till next time!

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

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DMT 178: YouTube Music, Gracenote, Rhapsody, Music Matters, Australia, Beggars Group, Big Sound

This week on Digital Music Trends a massive show spanning several continents and featuring Jasper Donat (Music Matters) from Hong Kong and Nick O’Byrne (AIR, Big Sound) from Melbourne as well as appearances from Ty Roberts (co-founder & CTO at Gracenote) from San Francisco and Paul Springer (SVP of Americas and Chief Product Officer at Rhapsody) from Seattle.

We chat about YouTube Music’s reported delays, Vivendi’s sale of SFR, Gracenote Rhythm’s integration of Deezer track data, the latest from Music Matters which takes place next month, the decline of the Australian music market, the Beggars Group announcing a re-evaluation of the 50/50 split for streaming royalties, the Big Sound conference and Rhapsody’s latest numbers.

In the “best from the rest” at the end of the show AIM’s new startup loan initiative, Prince opens a music publishing company and Bacardi makes music with Austin’s bats.


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

Andrea Leonelli

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

DMT 178: YouTube Music, Gracenote, Rhapsody, Music Matters, Australia, Beggars Group, Big Sound

This week on Digital Music Trends a massive show spanning several continents and featuring Jasper Donat (Music Matters) from Hong Kong and Nick O’Byrne (AIRBig Sound) from Melbourne as well as appearances from Ty Roberts (co-founder & CTO at Gracenote) from San Francisco and Paul Springer (SVP of Americas and Chief Product Officer at Rhapsody) from Seattle.

We chat about YouTube Music’s reported delays, Vivendi’s sale of SFR, Gracenote Rhythm’s integration of Deezer track data, the latest from Music Matters which takes place next month, the decline of the Australian music market, the Beggars Group announcing a re-evaluation of the 50/50 split for streaming royalties, the Big Sound conference and Rhapsody’s latest numbers.

In the “best from the rest” at the end of the show AIM’s new startup loan initiative, Prince opens a music publishing company and Bacardi makes music with Austin’s bats.

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

Andrea Leonelli

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

DMT 178: YouTube Music, Gracenote, Rhapsody, Music Matters, Australia, Beggars Group, Big Sound

This week on Digital Music Trends a massive show spanning several continents and featuring Jasper Donat (Music Matters) from Hong Kong and Nick O’Byrne (AIRBig Sound) from Melbourne as well as appearances from Ty Roberts (co-founder & CTO at Gracenote) from San Francisco and Paul Springer (SVP of Americas and Chief Product Officer at Rhapsody) from Seattle.

We chat about YouTube Music’s reported delays, Vivendi’s sale of SFR, Gracenote Rhythm’s integration of Deezer track data, the latest from Music Matters which takes place next month, the decline of the Australian music market, the Beggars Group announcing a re-evaluation of the 50/50 split for streaming royalties, the Big Sound conference and Rhapsody’s latest numbers.

In the “best from the rest” at the end of the show AIM’s new startup loan initiative, Prince opens a music publishing company and Bacardi makes music with Austin’s bats.

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

Andrea Leonelli

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

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.

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

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.