The Music Keeps Flowing – Streaming rates on the rise as the industry dives into digital dependency

Music StreamingHold me, love me, please me, tease me – till I can’t, till I can’t take no more. Take me to the river!

Water ain’t the only thing streaming these days. It’s long been known that the internet totally fucks up the norm for everything in its non-digital path, and further evidence is pouring in about the effects of streaming in the music industry. We currently stand at a critically pivotal time in entertainment history as on-demand content continues to warp the way people interact and how they spend their money. This Titanic-esque disruptor is showing persistent waves of growth, and it’s already having significant impacts on the digital fluidity of music.

Before we try to understand what all that means, let’s look at the facts.

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Spotify Getting Sued for $1.6B – Why this is what’s ruining the music industry

Spotify LawsuitHey music world! Today I’m touching on one of my favorite nerdy music topics ever, so you’re in for both a hell of an argument and a long-winded one. DEAL WITH IT.

News broke last week that Spotify is being sued by Wixen Music Publishing for distributing their clients’ content without a proper license. They are seeking damages in the form of $150,000 per song for over 10,000 songs, totaling to a whopping $1.6 billion. Read the links for more background if you need it. In the meantime, I’m gonna’ jump right into the nitty-gritty details of the case, and more specifically the holes I want to poke in it. Continue reading “Spotify Getting Sued for $1.6B – Why this is what’s ruining the music industry”

Kaytranada Offers More Potential Support for SoundCloud

kaytranadaWhat’s up everybody!?! As the world falls apart a little more (and more) (and more), I’m just sitting here trying to look for the Sunshine.

That’s probably how SoundCloud feels these days too, as they’ve been dealing with their own set of fires lately, like losing a huge chunk of their user base, forcing out their CEO, and some major cash flow problems. I reported on some comments Deadmau5 had for the independent streaming service in the wake of vocalized support from Chance the Rapper (and that Deadmau5 doesn’t expect it’ll make much of a difference), but now rising hip-hop star producer Kaytranada is rumored to be joining the fight as well. Continue reading “Kaytranada Offers More Potential Support for SoundCloud”