Google Docs and deep thoughts on Spotify from Zoë Keating

MMT Featured Artist Zoë Keating updated her Spotify spreadsheet with some deep thoughts today, and not much has changed since we checked in around a year ago.  Despite reports about big increases in Spotify payouts, the average per stream appears stuck at a fraction of a penny. Spotify Accounting: October 2001 - March 2012 Below [...]

By | July 30th, 2012|music industry|

The Humble Music Bundle: 6 Artists, 2 Charities + tip

Name your price and download in mp3 or flac - linux compatible! The Humble Indie Music Bundle pulls together music from 5 artists and an opportunity to donate to 2 charities.  You name your price, and you decide how the money is divvied up.  The default split gives 65% to the artists, 20% to the [...]

By | July 29th, 2012|Gig Bag|

Getting the most out of iTunes Match: Part 1

Get started: Set up iTunes Match and upgrade your audio files Wondering whether iTunes Match is worth $24.99 a year?  Assuming you have iTunes on your computer and a music library of several hundred or thousands of songs, ask yourself two questions: 1. Do you own an Android or iOS device (iPhone, iPad, or iPod [...]

By | April 2nd, 2012|iThing, Tech|

MOG for iPad: best streaming music app for the new iPad?

MOG released their first iPad app today, and it's a good one. Purpose-built for the iPad and the new Retina display, it features smooth scrolling, intuitive navigation and controls, and dazzling full-screen album art.  Combine all this with Wi-Fi and AirPlay streaming at 320 kbps, and it's easy to see why Josh Constine at TechCrunch [...]

By | March 27th, 2012|iThing, Tech|

Free Friday: Honor By August – NoiseTrade Sampler

We first wrote about Honor By August when they were selected to headline the inaugural DC MusicFest.  This Northern Virginia band crafts nicely layered and instantly accessible pop/rock with a perfect blend of melody and rhythm. Your Free Friday tracks are "Only In Photographs" from their debut album Drowning Out the Television (2007); "Found" (2009), [...]

By | October 14th, 2011|free friday|

Why you should buy your music directly from the artist

A closer look at online earnings (and losses) per platform (originally published September 27, 2011) If there's a lesson to be gleaned from the recent kerfuffle over Spotify and artist payments, it is this: fans of indie music should buy directly from the artist whenever possible. The dust-up started when Uniform Motion posted earnings from [...]

By | October 4th, 2011|music industry, Tech|

11 tips for getting the most from MOG and Spotify

If you sign up for MOG or Spotify and leave everything at the default settings, you could be missing 50% or more of your music.  That's because Spotify defaults to ~96 kbps on mobile devices, and 160 kbps on the desktop. The settings outlined below will bring your Spotify mobile streams up to 160 kbps, [...]

By | September 19th, 2011|iThing, Tech|

Hi-Fi 2.0: Let’s do the math!

Part 3 in a series: After decades of continual improvements in audio recording and playback technologies, the average 21st Century listener will hear most music at lower fidelity than before the millennium. How did this happen, and can anything be done about it? In Part 1, we reviewed some of the reasons for the general [...]

By | September 15th, 2011|Tech|

They Might Be Giants: FLAC for the People

Brooklyn’s Ambassadors of Love serve up 18 new songs - No waiting! TMBG's new release Join Us is available from their site in either MP3 or FLAC (lossless) format for one low price of $9.99.  (Vinyl available for one low price of $15.) MMT is pleased to see bands such as TMBG and OK Go [...]

By | July 18th, 2011|Gig Bag, Songs|