RECAP: New Streaming Research Drops, Dubset Opens to NMPA Members, Rhapsody Launches VR

Story of the Week New Research Claims Streaming ‘Black Hole’ Beyond Millennials A new survey of British consumers suggests that people older than 35 may be being “left out in the cold” by music-streaming services. And while there’s a caveat here – the research was commissioned by Electric Jukebox, which is launching a streaming service… Continue reading RECAP: New Streaming Research Drops, Dubset Opens to NMPA Members, Rhapsody Launches VR

Recap: 68% Smartphone Users Stream Daily, French Sales Falling, U.S. Publishing Settlement Looms

Story of the Week 68% Of Smartphone Users Stream Music Daily Illustrating just how pervasive streaming music has become, a new study shows that 68% of smartphone users listen to an average of 45 minutes of streaming music daily. By comparison, 71% watch video daily on their smartphones, but only for an average of 24… Continue reading Recap: 68% Smartphone Users Stream Daily, French Sales Falling, U.S. Publishing Settlement Looms

Music News Recap: 25M Listeners Want To Pay For HD Audio (Maybe), Streaming Revenue Doubles, Deezer & SFX Financials

Story of the Week 25 Million People Are Willing to Pay More for Better Sound Quality (Maybe) Lossless streaming audio, often referred to as “high-definition” music, is enjoying something of a slow burn. HD audio is the defining feature of TIDAL, and Neil Young’s Pono music player promises to “stand up for sound.” We’ve written… Continue reading Music News Recap: 25M Listeners Want To Pay For HD Audio (Maybe), Streaming Revenue Doubles, Deezer & SFX Financials

Music News Recap: US, UK Streaming Way Up, Downloads Way Down, Studies Claim To Know Why

Story of the Week US & UK Streaming Numbers Were Way Up, But At What Cost? In 2015, overall US music consumption tracked by Nielsen Music grew 15.2 percent to 549.4 million track equivalent albums and streaming equivalent albums, a 93% increase. The UK now follows an increasingly familiar European narrative of strong streaming growth… Continue reading Music News Recap: US, UK Streaming Way Up, Downloads Way Down, Studies Claim To Know Why

Digital Song Sales Hit Seven-Year Low, and the Week in Review [Soundcheck]

Story of the Week Digital Song Sales Hit Seven-Year Low, Streaming Continues to Rise 15.66 million. The lowest weekly number in nearly eight years for digital songs sold in the U.S. According to Nielsen, the week ending Aug. 27 had the smallest weekly sum for song downloads since the week ending Dec. 9, 2007, when… Continue reading Digital Song Sales Hit Seven-Year Low, and the Week in Review [Soundcheck]

5 Important Lessons From Next Big Sound’s “Data To Date” Report

Next Big Sound, a digital music analytics firm recently acquired by Pandora, made headlines last week with the release of its report “Data To Date: The Rapid Rise of Social and Streaming.” This in-depth report examines how digital music is streamed and how it is shared. The report, which analyzed over one trillion plays across… Continue reading 5 Important Lessons From Next Big Sound’s “Data To Date” Report

Why Aren’t All Streaming Music Services “High-Definition?”

Historically, the most successful music streaming services have operated using two key formats: MP3 and AAC. Both formats take audio data and compress it by removing parts of the information deemed irrelevant to the listening experience. This type of compression is referred to as “lossy,” and comes in a variety of bit rates. These bit… Continue reading Why Aren’t All Streaming Music Services “High-Definition?”

Soundcheck #008: Your 5-Minute Recap Of Last Week’s Most Important Music News

Story Of The Week Berklee Rethink Music Releases Landmark Fair Music Report, Ignites Massive Debate Read more: http://n.pr/1dYnZdF Last week, Berklee College of Music’s Rethink Music project released a 28-page report on the state of transparency and fairness the digital music industry. The report, backed by industry titans like David Byrne and the Future of Music… Continue reading Soundcheck #008: Your 5-Minute Recap Of Last Week’s Most Important Music News

In Streaming, Licensing Means Far More Than A Huge Music Catalog

Key Takeaways For every song in a digital music catalog, there is a huge rights and licensing stack that is far more complicated to fulfill. Without a digital music platform that understands these relationships, potential for lost and escrow revenue increases dramatically.   At MediaNet we regularly see and hear music services touting the sheer… Continue reading In Streaming, Licensing Means Far More Than A Huge Music Catalog

June 15th Soundcheck: Last Week’s Music News In Review

As you might have guessed, last week’s news cycle was absolutely dominated by the announcement of Apple’s new streaming platform, aptly named Apple Music. After the initial coverage of the Apple Music event itself, the internet ignited with a generous portion of backlash, calling multiple parts of the new service into question. Meanwhile, competing streaming… Continue reading June 15th Soundcheck: Last Week’s Music News In Review