Microsoft unveils plans for the Xbox Music service, the music industry teams up with U.S. Internet Service Providers to fight digital piracy, and a legal dispute with the Ray Charles Foundation could change music copyright laws.
Music News 2012
TuneSat announced a free trial of its services, MySpace stated that its new music offering will focus on the power of music discovery and curation, and Musicmetric released its first official report revealing the reality of global piracy.
New York Magazine presented a breakdown of the industry’s new music metrics, David Byrne released his latest book How Music Works, and Rdio announced its new Artist Program.
The head of EMI/Universal discussed the company’s strongest area of focus, industry analyst Mark Mulligan talked about why Spotify must change its business model, and the chairman of the Production Music Association talked about the changing production music libraries landscape.
Universal Music Group wins its bid battle for EMI, an industry analyst questioned whether streaming music has hit its ceiling, Musicmetric showed Australia is a hotbed for digital piracy, and Jimmy Osmond gave bands tips for staying around for 50 years.
Analysts discussed the importance of international touring, Jeff Tweedy talked about relationships, the live show and recording, and Gwilym Gold introduced the new digital music format BRONZE.
An article highlighted how organizations and partnerships are helping DIY musicians, a blogger talked about major issues caused by digital music, and a fugitive Pirate Bay founder was arrested in Cambodia.
Analysts talked about the thriving E.D.M. market, Muve Music has been grabbing a big share of the digital marketplace, and British artists continue to look to the Australian music market for opportunities to break them internationally.
DMX won a case against BMI and ASCAP, SoundExchange hit $1billion in royalties and music merchandise entrepreneurs emerged to help DIY artists develop sources of income to support their careers.
Apple, Google and Amazon will continue to develop music in the cloud, Garbage singer Shirley Manson discussed shifts in the music industry and BMI and the Radio Music License Committee finally reached a licensing agreement after a two-plus-year court battle.