Top Stories this Week – Streaming Backlash, Sling TV, and the Hyperloop

I found some time to do some site maintenance this weekend, so you may notice that I added a new section highlighting the latest innovations in Transportation. This is now the third major category of society covered by this blog (the other two being Entertainment and Health). Expect even more subjects to be added in the … Read more

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Top Stories this Week – Genomic Sequencing, Moths, and Concerts


Top Stories for the week ending July 18th, 2015: New Genomic Sequencing Initiative Announced A state-owned company called Genomics England has announced an initiative to sequence 100,000 genomes. The effort is notable in that it could potentially provide the spark needed to ignite more rapid innovations in areas related to genetics. Link: The UK’s Plan to Sequence … Read more

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Artist-Owned Tidal Music Streaming Service Launches


This week, a new streaming music service was launched, aiming to shake-up how streaming royalties are distributed in the industry. The service, called TIDAL, was purchased by Jay Z in early March from Swedish firm Aspiro. In a rather quick turn-around, Jay Z announced the re-launch of the service this week with the help of some of the biggest names … 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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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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