Regardless its millions of users, Spotify is a still gamble that offers labels an alternative at a price—sacrificing immediate revenue on the off-chance that the service will get sufficiently large to pay off in stream fees and global exposure. Major labels, like indies, have always been skeptical of this pitch and only really signed off because the business of selling physical music is irrevocably broken.
Archive for 2011/11/19
Music costs time and money to make, and its creators—artists, labels, and their employees—need to make money or the present system will collapse. It’s not just a problem for label executives but also also for the aspiring singer/song writer touring in a station wagon, and your favorite local bandPosted: 2011/11/19 in Education / Awareness, Enforcement, New Business Models
Concerned over a recent study from the NPD Group and music industry group NARM, music distributor ST Holdings has decided to pull its approximately 200 labels from Spotify, Simfy, Rdio and Napster.
The company said in a Wednesday statement that it made its decision because the study found that streaming services such as Spotify were discouraging sales. According to a report from Digital Music News, the study found that having access to tracks has, in some cases, decreased consumers’ desire to own the music.
Police brutality against peaceful protesters. ‘Any other country doing that would be internationally reprimanded’ (video)Posted: 2011/11/19 in Education / Awareness, Enforcement
Dutch People’s Party for Freedom and Democracy (VVD) member Malik Azmani wants government to consider putting an end to social welfare benefits for Occupy protestersPosted: 2011/11/19 in Education / Awareness
Dutch language news article:
Anonymous hackers broke into two of Bacalagan’s gmail accounts, his text message logs and his Google Voice voicemails, then dumped the whole thing on to a website and The Pirate BayPosted: 2011/11/19 in Cybercrime, Education / Awareness
In a typically nasty personal-political combo, Anonymous has leaked thousands of private emails belonging to a retired California cybercrime investigator named Fred Bacalagan, in what they say is payback for the recent Occupy Wall Street crackdown.