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Agile Music (the Midem Speech) For those of you who weren’t able to make it to Midem last week here are the text and main graphics from my Midem Visionary Monday speech. Agile Music: Artist Creativity and Music Formats In the Age of Mass Customization Today I want to talk to you about a concept called Agile Music, a framework for understanding how artist creativity, industry business models and music products must all undergo a programme of radical, transformational change. L’industrie musicale se remet à flow. How Spotify Changed Music. We used to listen to music on our mobile devices in private.

How Spotify Changed Music

Now, we share our listening activities to Facebook and show our friends the song we are currently playing. If they want to, they can even tune in and listen with us. Rather than listen to music alone, we now listen together. And of course, we now listen to playlists over albums. Indeed, what once seemed like a utopia to many listeners — having free, ad-supported access to millions of songs on your desktop and paying to take them anywhere you go — has become a new reality. Radio.SC Turns SoundCloud Users into Radio Stations. SoundCloud was originally designed to help musicians send songs (or bits of songs) to each other and their “people” within the industry. Maybe that’s why it still has so many users who seem to be either professionally, semi-professionally, or just obsessively involved with music. We hear SoundCloud even has a really cool Fletch ringtone among its many treasures, which include early mixes, remixes, exclusives, mashups, and other super fresh material from various excellent people.

Combien gagne un artiste avec la distribution digitale (Spotify, iTunes, Deezer) ?... C'est l'Hebdo Musique et Web. Musique - Article - Les ventes de musique poursuivent leur baisse en 2011. BPI figures reveal UK music industry's digital growth in 2011. The BPI released its latest trade figures for the British music industry yesterday, revealing that total recorded music trade revenues fell 3.4% to £795.4m in 2011, although digital revenues grew by 24.7% to £281.6m – 35.4% of overall sales.

The body says that digital growth is now offsetting two thirds of the decline in income from sales of physical recorded music. The BPI also hailed the performance of digital albums in 2011, with £117.8m in trade income, up 43.2% year-on-year, and set to overtake income from digital single tracks in 2012 if current trends continue. “It is highly encouraging for the long-term prospects of the industry that the pace of digital growth continues to accelerate,” says chief executive Geoff Taylor.

The figures reveal that subscription-based digital music services generated £24m of trade income in 2011 – up 47.5% year-on-year, although only accounting for 3% of total sales. Ad-supported services’ revenues fell 1.4% to £10.7m for the year.

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Streaming. Etats-Unis: Il est légal de revendre sa musique numérique. Musique et possession : ce que veulent les fans. Why You Should Give Your Music Away for Free. Digital music caught the record labels off guard and smashed their business to pieces, and from the rubble new economic realities are emerging. In this new reality, most independent artists, especially those who are just starting out, should give their music away for free. Sound crazy? Maybe, but hear me out. It boils down to 3 main concepts. Study: FM Radio Is Still the Biggest Source for Music Discovery. Sunday, November 13, 2011 by paul One of the oldest platforms is still the biggest vehicle for new music discovery, even among more dedicated music fans.

Study: FM Radio Is Still the Biggest Source for Music Discovery

In a just-released joint study from NPD Group and NARM, FM (and AM) radio consistently emerged as the most important place for discovery, with word-of-mouth falling second. Launches Music App Directory. We’ll keep this one short, because this news item is about, well, us.

Launches Music App Directory

Evolver.fm staffers, engineers, and interns have been working on a music app directory behind the scenes for a while now. We quietly launched the first iteration of it just before Thanksgiving. We have plenty of powerful music-app-discovery features to be thankful for, which we can’t wait to unveil in the days, weeks, and months to come. That said, we hope this new Download Apps feature is already a useful resource for music fans. It currently lists nearly 1,700 music apps for a variety of platforms, although at this point, most of them are for iPhone, iPad, Android, or the web. An update on mobile apps and the music industry « Music & Copyright's Blog. Most mobile music services use pay-per-track and subscription-based pricing models, but some operators have started offering music services bundled with their mobile subscriptions.

An update on mobile apps and the music industry « Music & Copyright's Blog

Full tracks are sometimes thrown in as a “free” extra to motivate people to take out a mobile subscription or data plan or to top up their prepaid credit. An example of the latter is Orange’s Monkey prepaid plan in the UK, in which users get free music for topping up as little as £5 (US$7.75). Statistics published in some European countries have shown sharp declines in mobile full-track music sales over the past year or two. These figures can be misleading, however, because they don’t take into account the proportion of full tracks downloaded or streamed via mobile devices from online services such as iTunes and Spotify, even though these services are the fastest-growing segment of the mobile-full-track market in developed countries. L’ENJEU DES MÉTADONNÉES MUSICALES La musique n’est pas qu’un fichier son. Facebook et Spotify s'associent pour rendre la musique plus "sociale" Mark Mulligan: Squaring the Consumption Circle – Why and How the Model Needs Fixing.

June 29, 2011 Cloud music services are not helping enough.

Mark Mulligan: Squaring the Consumption Circle – Why and How the Model Needs Fixing

Here's how they could, says independent music industry analyst and MIDEMBlog regular Mulligan By Mark Mulligan I started off 2011 by declaring that the digital music market was facing an impasse. It is tempting to think that we’re beginning to get out of that impasse with the launch of cloud services from the big three of Apple, Google and Amazon, and with Pandora’s successful IPO. Listening Room Battles The New Antisocial Music Experience. Update: Listening Room shut down on December 2, 2011.

Listening Room Battles The New Antisocial Music Experience

Read more here. Blame it on headphones, computers, or the solo commute, but it’s undeniable that music listening has become a more solitary experience. Technology may have caused this problem — to be fair, as a side effect of other advances — but perhaps it offers the antidote, too. Rexly Splices Facebook to iTunes for Word-of-Mouth Music Discovery. Music fans have plenty of options for discovering music these days: blogs, magazines, newspapers, podcasts, internet radio, YouTube, the Hype Machine, Hitlantis, Discovr, and other too many other apps to mention here.

Rexly Splices Facebook to iTunes for Word-of-Mouth Music Discovery

We appreciate these tools, but the tried-and-true method of just asking your friends what they’re listening to still works as well as it ever did, which is the angle taken by a new Facebook music app called Rexly. Bringing music discovery back to its social roots in the real world, Rexly founder and CEO Joel Resnicow and his San Francisco-based team launched Rexly at last week’s TechCrunch Disrupt conference.

Jean-Samuel Beuscart : Généalogies de l’écoute musicale. You Have Options: 6 Interactive Radio Services Reviewed. As music listening shifted from beautiful if clunky stereo systems to the internet, developers found ways to take the work of choosing what to play next out of the listeners’ hands, and into warm embrace of algorithmic intelligence.

You Have Options: 6 Interactive Radio Services Reviewed

The concept is simple, though the practice is not: Create a recommendation service that gathers and organizes musical traits and characteristics with which to provide listeners with a streamlined playlist of similar songs by like-minded artists, which each listener can edit and refine, homing in on their ideal personalized radio stations. Online interactive radio stations aren’t new, of course — trailblazers Pandora and Last.fm will both celebrate their tenth years of existence in the year to come — but their status as major players in the radio game is (relatively) new.

Slacker Launches On-Demand Music Service. Say what you want about its name, but Slacker’s no slouch.

Slacker Launches On-Demand Music Service

The company, spawned by three veterans from the first digital music revolution (iRiver, Rio and MusicMatch), has gained plenty of fans over the years for its interactive streaming service, somewhat along the lines of Pandora. Today, it announced the availability of an on-demand music subscription, somewhat along the lines of Rhapsody. According to Slacker, it is now the only company to offer a full-fledged interactive radio service as well as an on-demand subscription service — currently with over eight million songs. Rhapsody and MOG also offer radio services, but they focus more on the on-demand side of things, lending merit to this claim of uniqueness. Here We Go Again: The bright new future ahead where we can all share music in the cloud, NOT..

By David Greenberg.

Here We Go Again: The bright new future ahead where we can all share music in the cloud, NOT..

Learn more about this outspoken industry veteran at the end of the post. To the cloud. Google’s created MUSIC, a here-to-fore hush-hush (though everyone seemed to know about it) service to shunt all your music up to a locker in the cloud. Music streaming subscriptions are the way forward, says Featured Artists Coalition. Spotify recently announced that its free music streaming service wouldn't be quite so free anymore, with subscription-free listening now reduced from 20 hours to 10. While there might be a groan from those who signed up for the service all that time ago, what exactly does it mean for the musicians behind the tracks?

The music industry is a complicated beast, so we had a chat with Featured Artists Coalition CEO, Mark Kelly (pictured right with Marillion band mate Steve Hogarth) to shed some light on the subject. He told us: "It's a difficult one to judge. Big 5 Music Subscriptions Reviewed: Should You Make the Leap? L’expérience musicale” : un levier de dynamisation pour la musique en ligne ! Finally A 21st Century Music Product, And It's From EMI! Deezer enfin rentable ? » OWNImusic, Réflexion, initiative, pratiques. Musique et possession : ce que veulent les fans » OWNImusic, Réflexion, initiative, pratiques. La playlist, le storytelling de la musique, par Ludovic Jokiel. TuneCore CEO Says Apple Just Monetized Pirated Music, Reset Music Industry. Not Free: Revenue Innovation For The Music Industry. 8tracks Brings ‘Mixtape’ Sharing to iPhone. 8 Best Ways to Share ‘Mix Tapes’ Chaos We Can Stand: Attitudes Toward Technology and Their Impact on the New Digital Ecology.

New Online Listening Rooms Reintroduce The Shared Music Experience. Why is Spotify playing hard-ball with its free users? « Music & Copyright's Blog. Spotiwhy? : Are Subscription Music Services a Sustainable Business Model? Spotify’s app platform: That’s it? Spotify Takes A Step Towards Making Music The API. Spotify, la planète des apps. Musique en ligne : Spotify, pari (à moitié) réussi. Why Spotify can never be profitable: The secret demands of record labels. Comment Spotify peut conquérir le monde en 5 étapes  Spotify, Android, Apple TV, And The New Appathy. Last.fm Discover : A découvrir absolument. Facebook Music’s Biggest Loser: Last.fm. Last.fm Discover Streams Music from Green, Rolling Hills. Facebook Music’s Biggest Loser: Last.fm. Study: FM Radio Is Still the Biggest Source for Music Discovery.

Spotify, Android, Apple TV, And The New Appathy. Google Music in a Nutshell. Le marché de la musique en ligne est à peine à l'équilibre. Interview: Distro.fm Could Revolutionize Music with Artist Subscriptions.