The Second Annual Mostly Random What It All Boils Down To Awards, 2018 Edition

Building on the unprecedented success of last year’s awards (well, they were the first) I wanted to come up with the 2018 version. It shouldn’t be difficult as, according to the new “digital wellbeing” app, I use my phone over 5 hours a day, so I must be doing something on it. So here goes, … Continue reading The Second Annual Mostly Random What It All Boils Down To Awards, 2018 Edition

It’s not product or price, it’s exclusivity: the current trend in music streaming

The US music world experienced to great upheavals during the past few days: the death of Prince and the release of Beyoncé’s new album, Lemonade. Both served to highlight a trend in the digital music business that has been gaining ground during the past year: big artists, with control of their music and their release … Continue reading It’s not product or price, it’s exclusivity: the current trend in music streaming

Streaming revenue is up, music industry is still unhappy

I have always been intrigued by the music industry, though I’ve never worked a day in it, and I’m most fascinated by how the ways we listen to music have changed over the past two or so decades: from vinyl to CDs to digital downloads to streaming, with piracy thrown in the mix to make … Continue reading Streaming revenue is up, music industry is still unhappy

Spotify: permissions, privacy and consequences

Two weeks ago a debate popped up around Spotify’s new EULA, foisted upon its users in the sadly common "either say yes or stop using the service" option. Most of the discussion was around new data that Spotify was asking to access and share with third-parties. Aside from musical taste, it “wants to be able to access … Continue reading Spotify: permissions, privacy and consequences

Apple Music: trying to make sense of today’s launch

Apple announced plenty of new products, features and upgrades during today’s keynote but what interested me the most was Apple Music, their new streaming music service. Well, it’s not entirely new as Apple did have a radio service even before buying Beats Music last year. When it bought Beats Apple said that it liked “Beats’ … Continue reading Apple Music: trying to make sense of today’s launch

The role of record labels in the music streaming business is big. How big?

Last week I wrote about the new RIAA numbers that showed how streaming is now almost a third of “music industry revenues.” I also said how the industry hasn’t seemed to figure streaming pricing out and I was glad that Rdio was trying a new tier called Rdio Select for $4 a month for a … Continue reading The role of record labels in the music streaming business is big. How big?

Music & streaming: new numbers, new trends, new products

Newsflash: music consumption is still in flux. In 2014, though, RIAA claims that “industry revenue composition was more balanced between physical, digital download, and streaming sources… than ever before.” The trends paint a slightly different picture: revenue from streaming is up while revenue from digital downloads reached a peak in 2012 and is now in … Continue reading Music & streaming: new numbers, new trends, new products

Tidal: do we need another music streaming service?

Jay-Z announced a new venture yesterday: Tidal, a music streaming service. Aside from the impressive list of prominent musicians that are behind this venture, it’s not clear how Tidal can stand out in the already crowded field of music streaming. Let’s start with the price. Comparing prices with some of the other music streaming services shows … Continue reading Tidal: do we need another music streaming service?