Posted on April 30, 2016Categories Copyright, Licensing, Music, StreamingTags , , , , , , ,   Leave a comment on Unpaid Music Artists – Maybe It’s Time To Blame The Streaming Companies

Unpaid Music Artists – Maybe It’s Time To Blame The Streaming Companies

Songwriters, publishers, performers, and a myriad of others that create the music that defines moments in our lives, serves as the background for dinner dates, house parties, and corporate conventions are earning less money than ever before.   While there are many factors to consider one of the most notable issues is the lack of compensation from streaming services.   Sure, radio has been notorious for their lobbying group that has kept them exempt from paying their fair share of royalties to … Continue reading “Unpaid Music Artists – Maybe It’s Time To Blame The Streaming Companies”

Posted on April 29, 2016Categories Music, Streaming, TechnologyTags , , , , , , , , , , , ,   Leave a comment on Building A Streaming Music Service : Technology Components

Building A Streaming Music Service : Technology Components

Media File A media file is the digital file format of the recording of a song.  The most common format today is MP3 which comes is various “flavors” that determine the quality of the audio.   MP3 is considered a “lossy” format which means it uses compression algorithms that can trim off pieces of the music data that it thinks the users will not hear.  FLAC is another common format that is considered lossless.  It uses compression algorithms that restore ALL … Continue reading “Building A Streaming Music Service : Technology Components”

Posted on April 22, 2016Categories Copyright, Licensing, MusicTags , , , ,   Leave a comment on Excerpts About US Copyright Law & The Compensation For Creatives Mess

Excerpts About US Copyright Law & The Compensation For Creatives Mess

Prince – Negotiating Rates For His Music For some time Prince’s legally team has worked to pull his music off YouTube and the song “Breakfast Can Wait” remains the only track on his channel. Sources say Prince is using Web Sheriff to send notices to digital services. According to sources, the notice from Web Sheriff says that Prince has pulled his music from all U.S. PROs, so there are no reciprocal rights abroad. He wants all digital service to pull … Continue reading “Excerpts About US Copyright Law & The Compensation For Creatives Mess”

Posted on November 24, 2015Categories Music, StreamingTags , ,   Leave a comment on Streaming Royalties Estimates for 2015

Streaming Royalties Estimates for 2015

Summary According to various stats collected from the top streaming services, there were about 1.03 trillion music streams in the first 6 months of 2015.   With the growth of streaming it is a safe bet that the total streams in 2015 will easily hit the 2.2 trillion mark by year-end. Here is what those numbers mean in terms of royalties collected. Sound Exchange Sound Exchange collects money on behalf of the “recording artist” (musicians, producers, etc.) and pays the copyright … Continue reading “Streaming Royalties Estimates for 2015”

Posted on November 24, 2015Categories Music, StreamingTags , ,   Leave a comment on Music Streaming and Social Media Stats Aug 2015

Music Streaming and Social Media Stats Aug 2015

“IPodBattle” by Maxime Felder – originally posted to Flickr as iPod Battle 2. Licensed under CC BY 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons.   A summary of the SonicBids Blog article: http://blog.sonicbids.com/music-industry-by-the-numbers-stats-first-half-2015 Streaming Plays Streaming total plays through June 2015: 1,032,225,905,640 According to NextBigSound.com via Pandora, Rdio, Soundcloud, Vevo, Vimeo, and YouTube stats. Instagram Presence on Instagram increased from 51M in June 2014 to 283M in May 2015.   Artists’ Instagram followers were up 6-fold in that period.   Social Media By Genre … Continue reading “Music Streaming and Social Media Stats Aug 2015”