May 2, 2016
The INDIE Weekly is your source for news and creative ideas for independent artists and songwriters. This week we are providing news and information on music streaming services and related data:
BY GLENN PEOPLES: Deep inside the question-and-answer period of Tuesday’s Apple earnings call, its Chief Financial Officer, Luca Maestri, said something of importance to the music industry: Apple’s music revenue has hit a bottom and reached “an inflection point” after declining for “a number” of quarters. Without singling out Apple Music, Maestri’s comment almost certainly suggests the subscription service’s growth is overcoming declines in download revenue. READ MORE
BY CHRISTOPHE MULLER: Lately, there’s been a chorus of music label representatives and artists accusing YouTube of mistreating musicians. As the music industry shifts from a business that mainly sold albums and singles to one that earns money from subscriptions and ads, there are bound to be disagreements. YouTube and music labels clash again over ‘meagre’ artist royalties Read more But many of the arguments don’t do justice to the partnership YouTube has built with artists and labels, and the fans who support them. So let’s attempt to cut through the noise. READ MORE
BY STUART DREDGE: Big data isn’t a new music-industry trend. Labels, managers and artists have been awash in data since the early days of the digital music era. It’s true that the emergence of streaming has intensified all this: millions of lines of data on streams and social signals, which musicians and their teams have to make sense of. A pair of sessions at AIM’s Music Connected conference today in London explored what it all means. READ MORE
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