Category Archives: Music Industry

Apple vs Spotify1: Machine listening and Potential Brainwashing.

Early last Spotify spent a reported $100 million to acquire The Echo Nest, the music data company started by Brian Whitman. In an attempt to reposition themselves in the wake of real competition from Apple Music, Spotify are now attempting to find new … Continue reading

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Kingsley Ward Rockfield Fellowship.

I had the honour last week of presenting a talk prior to Rockfield Studio owner Kingsley Ward receiving a Fellowship from my university. I have copied a transcript of the talk below for those that are interested. Pro-Chancellor I present … Continue reading

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Why Apple Music Doesn't Stand a Chance Against Spotify…

This is a bit of a bizarre post by Digital Music News (see below) – stating that Apple Music does not stand a chance against Spotify – then giving no reason!! I started my 3 month free trail yesterday – … Continue reading

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Recording Sales Would be 17 Times Higher Without Piracy, UMG Study Finds

Where are you on the continuum of ‘free’ or ‘subscription’? I have personally being paying to Spotify for around 4 years now – as I think it is the only way the music industry has a future.The ‘free’ model for … Continue reading

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Some Sensible Words from Taylor Swift on Apple Music

I have to say – sensible words from Taylor Swift (See below). Apple’s mentality is very similar to some other parts of the industry: support bands being asked to play for free, young bands being asked to play for experience, … Continue reading

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Sonos keen to support Apple Music alongside Spotify and other rivals |

If ever there was a case of ‘technological determinism’ driving the music industry – this is it. See the recent article in The Guardian below Sonos keen to support Apple Music alongside Spotify and other rivals | Technology | The … Continue reading

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Leaked Contract: Apple Music Pays No Royalties For Free Account Plays

Off the back of the few posts I have made this week – this one is the most disturbing. While I love the idea of giving the new Apple Music service a try out before paying – to hear that … Continue reading

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