ENTRIES TAGGED "music"

Last.fm Cuts Artists in on Ad Revenue

Last.fm is sharing ad revenue with with bands through its new Artist Royalty Program. From Wired's Listening Post: Bands and labels that register (or already registered) will start accruing money into Last.fm accounts whenever their music is streamed from the site as of today [7/9/08]. The company already pays artists through rights organizations, including SoundExchange, but this new plan allows…

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Analyst: Digital Disruption Has TV and Film in Crosshairs

In the wake of Lehman analyst Anthony DiClemente downgrading a wide swath of the entertainment industry, paidContent.org provides some blunt analysis: Boiled down, the core argument is basically: You saw what happened to the music industry and the dramatic fall-off in CD prices. You've seen what's happened to the broadcast TV and newspaper industries. Now it's time for it…

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Rhapsody Courts Apple Crowd with DRM-Free MP3s

Rhapsody, a digital music subscription service, is now offering MP3 downloads with no digital rights management (DRM) restrictions. Rhapsody's subscription service remains under digital rights protection, but Reuters says the company is looking to expand its reach into the Apple-dominated music sector by making its downloads compatible with iPods. Amazon, Wal-Mart and Napster also offer DRM-free MP3 downloads, but…

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Path to Web Retail Getting Easier for Independent Music Labels

This is an interesting story from the music world. The implication is that the barrier to retail is dropping in music, which has different hurdles than publishing. The Independent Online Distribution Alliance, better known as IODA, launched itself in 2003 to help independent labels, artists and others in the music industry make the leap from physical to digital. One…

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The Digital-Only Sequel

A sequel to a successful film soundtrack isn't a new idea, but the team behind "Juno" is tweaking the concept: the film's second soundtrack — "Juno B-Sides" — will only be released in digital format.It's an interesting move: ride a wave of popularity in a low-risk digital format. If the album doesn't sell, the backers don't have to deal…

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