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Are Subscription Music Services a Sustainable Business Model?

Or, how will musicians pay the rent in the 21st century? There was some spirited discussion around new business models and artist payments from online services at the Future of Music Policy Summit last week.  We will take a closer look at these issues in an upcoming article.  First, this analysis from Frank Woodworth of [...]

By | October 10th, 2011|music industry, Tech|

Best of Future of Music Policy Summit 2011: The Fammys

 Here they are: the 2nd annual Fammy Awards.  Sadly, My IT Thing only allowed for one day of attendance at this year's event, so most day 2 winners will have to receive their awards at a separate ceremony.  (Make your nominations in the comments below.)  Let the pageantry begin! Best Reporting:  Greg Kot, Chicago Tribune [...]

By | October 5th, 2011|Gig Bag, music industry|

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|

Survey says: Musicians have little love for Spotify

After three weeks, the results of our mildly unscientific poll show a distinct split between musicians and music fans. When asked how they feel about Spotify as a listener, fans were twice as likely to profess their love. When asked what they thought about Spotify from the musician's perspective, musicians were more than three times [...]

By | October 1st, 2011|music industry, Tech|

Zoe Keating on Spotify, Apple and Independents (and lettuce)

Zoe Keating is an avant cellist whose work has been previously featured on MMT.  At yesterday's F8 Conference, Spotify Founder & CEO Daniel Ek said that he wanted to "develop a system that fairly compensates artists".  Given the recent controversy over artist payments from Spotify, I thought "artists" was an interesting choice of words.  I [...]

By | September 23rd, 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|

Mega Music Meta-Battle: MOG vs. Spotify Reviews

Spotify's July launch in the US quickly heated up the market for music on demand.  Existing players Rdio and MOG both announced free service tiers last week, where previously they only offered free trials.  And this week, they're all going to the ball with Facebook. MOG, in particular, is on fire.  They introduced a slick [...]

By | September 18th, 2011|music industry, 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|

Spotify: future of music or final nail in the coffin?

One day in the not-too-distant future, we hope to give everybody instant access to all the music in the world. ~ Spotify   What do YOU think?  Take the quick 3-question survey here. If you live in Europe or read MMT, you have probably been using or hearing about Spotify for a few years.  Spotify [...]

By | September 8th, 2011|music industry, Tech|

Hi-Fi 2.0: Analog vs. Digital – Everybody Wins! (Loses)

Part 2 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 1st, 2011|Tech|