Top Stories this Week – New Music, ESPN, and Apple Watch Woes


Note: this is the first post following the new post format. For more information about the switch, please read the write-up here. Music industry announces global initiative to release new albums on Fridays Industry insiders hail the switch as something that will stimulate sales, as shoppers will be more likely to buy new music as … Read more

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Streaming Music Sales Surpass CD’s


This week, the RIAA released a report indicating that in 2014,  for the first time ever, streaming music sales created more revenue than CD’s. The statistic is notable in that it marks an official turning point in the shape of the music industry. Although, make no mistake about it, the demand for streaming music has been steadily growing over the … Read more

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Radical.FM Aims To Shake-up Internet Radio


A relative newcomer to the online streaming music industry is making waves by offering an ad-free premium Internet Radio service, while letting users decide what they want to pay — and yes, users can choose to pay absolutely nothing, if they wish. The service, known as Radical.FM, is not the first time we’ve seen the pay-what-you-want model … Read more

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Billboard Music Charts Start Tracking “Streams”


This week, Billboard announced that they will start including streaming music from services like Spotify, Beats Music, and Rhapsody –among others– in their calculations when creating most music charts. The change is noteworthy in that it solidifies streaming music as a permanent fixture in the industry, rather than just another passing trend. Overall, the music industry … Read more

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iTunes Music Sales Drop 14% in 2014


A recent report by the Wall Street Journal indicates that music downloads on iTunes have plummeted by nearly 14% in 2014. Frequent readers of this blog — or of the book series — may not be very surprised by this report, as there have already been numerous signs lately that streaming music is quickly becoming the preferred way for consumers to … Read more

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‘JamStik Guitar’ Turns Mobile Devices into Instruments


The “JamStik Guitar”, which aims to turn mobile devices into portable music-making machines, is now being offered to the masses via the Apple and Amazon online stores. The name of the device may sound a bit familiar, as it was mentioned in the tech-news outlets quite a bit back in early 2013, when the device was first announced. Since … Read more

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Streaming Music Services Are Dominating The Industry


2014 is shaping up to be a good year for streaming music as its popularity continues to increase, while sales of CD’s and MP3 downloads have fallen dramatically. According to a recent Nielsen Soundscan report, streaming music services are more popular than ever, with a 42 percent increase in streams compared to this same time in 2013. This increase … Read more

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