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DonΓÇÖt blame YouTube for screwing musicians, blame Metallica: Their fight with Na...
Instead of bringing musicians together over the right to get paid for their work, Metallica managed to drive them apart. The fact that Metallica was looking for $100,000 for every violation of copyright didnΓÇÖt make the band look humble. The PR was so bad that nearly every other band fled from the conflict, and even though Napster shut down a year later, Silicon Valley triumphed, and musicians got a reputation for being greedy and litigious. It was the equivalent of the disastrous launch of the Tidal steaming service ΓÇö but since it took place at the very beginning of a conflict, it established the terms. These days, when you talk about issues of artists rights, youΓÇÖll hear how bad the labels are, how musicians are rich and greedy, how music wants to be free, and how bands should stay on tour year round. You canΓÇÖt blame Metallica for that entirely, of course. But you canΓÇÖt pin it all on tech company lobbying, either.
piracy  metallica  napster  internet  recordindustry  Delicious 
april 2016 by StJohnBosco
Universal Music Group - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
WHO OWNS UNIVERSAL? VIVENDI (what's the story there?) or GENERAL ELECTRIC?
recordindustry 
june 2012 by KinoPPete
Former Google CIO: LimeWire Pirates Were iTunes’ Best Customers | TorrentFreak
"Delivering his keynote address at this week’s annual CA Expo in Sydney, former Google CIO Douglas C Merrill added to the growing belief that punishing and demonizing file-sharers is a bad idea. Merrill, who after his Google stint joined EMI records, revealed that his profiling research at the label found that LimeWire pirates were iTunes’ biggest customers."
recordindustry  google  filesharing  businessmodel  piracy  music  from:torrentfreak 
july 2011 by edwardgeorge
Eliot Van Buskirk: With Apple's Content Subscriptions Begins the Era of the Conversion Battle
'If, say, Spotify has to increase its subscription price within iTunes in order to tithe Apple 30 percent and still have enough left over to pay labels and publishers, and fund its own operation, it will also have to increase its price by the same margin when selling subscriptions on its own website, essentially raising its price everywhere. Digital music is already somewhat of a tough sell for consumers. Raising subscription prices by 30 percent across the board may not be what the doctor ordered. But given Apple's total control over what its "curated computing" iOS devices can run, content companies' only other option is to stay off of the iOS platform completely. Steve Jobs is betting with subscriptions -- as he did with one-time downloads of music and apps -- that content companies need iTunes distribution more than iTunes needs them. And he's probably right.'
apple  itunes  appstore  subscriptions  recordindustry  content  news 
february 2011 by edwardgeorge
Rhapsody won't bow to Apple's subscription policy, issues statement -- Engadget
'Rhapsody has issued a statement, which says that it's not going to play ball and even levels a bit of a threat: "We will be collaborating with our market peers in determining an appropriate legal and business response to this latest development." The big trouble stems from the fact that Apple requires anybody offering a subscription service to offer that service for the same price or less through Apple.'
apple  appstore  subscriptions  business  recordindustry  news 
february 2011 by edwardgeorge

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