Amazon Music Introduces Lossless, High-Definition Streaming — Spotify Says It’s Not What People Want

Amazon Music HD launched today, undercutting several other high-definition streaming services. A new HD streaming plan has been rumored to be in the works for a few months now. The new plan will cost $14.99 a month for the HD tier, or $12.99/monthly fo… Continue Reading

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The Mechanical Licensing Collective (MLC) Requests $66.25 Million In Funding — Just to Get Started

So, how much does it cost to get a mechanical licensing collection agency off the ground? That would be $37.25 million before the agency opens its doors, and another $29 million to get through the first year.  All in, the as-yet-unformed Mechanical Lic… Continue Reading

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Amazon Music Is Releasing a Notorious B.I.G. Documentary on the 25th Anniversary of ‘Ready to Die’

  Amazon Music is hoping to duplicate the success that it had with its Beastie Boys mini-documentary Still Ill by releasing a mini-documentary about famed rapper Notorious B.I.G. The film is called The Birth of Biggie: 25 Years of Ready To Die and it c… Continue Reading

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Spotify’s Chief Accounting Officer Abruptly Resigns — Spotify Says It’s “Not the Result of Any Disagreement Over Accounting Principles or Practices”

Since its IPO, Spotify has lost quite a few top executives. And the hemorrhaging is continuing: late yesterday, Spotify announced within an SEC filing that its chief accounting officer (CAO) Luca Baratta would be leaving his position on September 16th…. Continue Reading

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Esthero Interrupts Her Own Track to Protest Spotify Royalties

Esthero is protesting Spotify’s low royalty rates paid to artists — by interrupting one of her own tracks on Spotify. Around a minute and a half into her song ⁠— “Gimme Some Time” ⁠— the music stops. Esthero begins speaking and explains to fans that th… Continue Reading

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Spotify Increases User Surveillance to Crackdown Against Family Plan Abuse

Spotify’s Family Plan members are now subject to random location verifications. The change was included deep in Spotify’s terms of service update in August.  Now, everyone who signs up for a family plan must show proof they share the same address — and… Continue Reading

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Deezer Introduces a New Payment System to Better Reward Artists — Can It Work?

Deezer launched a new website today touting the benefits of a ‘User-Centric Payment’ system. The music streaming service is hoping to get rights holders on board to create a new payment structure for artists.  The user-centric payment system will start… Continue Reading

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Bon Iver’s Obsession With the Letter ‘i’ Results In a Spotify ‘Viisualiizer’

Bon Iver’s latest album has an unexpected visual component. Not every musician is a big fan of streaming, especially those who were around before it all happened.  But some artists are truly embracing the culture and all its possibilities. This include… Continue Reading

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