When you buy a film, eBook or song, you might assume that you own it outright, but that's not always the case, meaning companies may have a right to take it back from you.
Greenhouse gas emissions from plastic production in the vinyl era is not a patch on the equivalent from running giant servers today.
Michael Jackson performing with guitarist Slash in 1999.
Sexual abuse in the music industry is a systemic, ongoing problem that won’t be resolved by just hacking away at the canon.
Our favourite way of listening to music might have a bigger environmental impact than we think.
Some of our favourite music formats might not be as environmentally friendly as we think.
Big Daddy Kane performing at NPR Music’s Tiny Desk Concert.
In a time of an overwhelming amount of music available, discerning consumers have to be even more strategic.
Sofa so good.
In ten years, Netflix has built up a streaming business with a staggering 125m subscribers. Here's what it needs to do next.
R. Kelly at the American Music Awards in 2013.
Music streaming services have stopped promoting R. Kelly as part of a crackdown on musician's alleged conduct. But we should separate the art from the artist.
The emotions associated with trends in popular music and lyrics can predict economic sentiment.
Spotify’s listing in April this year valued the company at US$29 billion making it the second largest VC-backed debut this decade.
Now with more unicorns than fintech, could it be showtime for mediatech?
Spotify goes premium.
Spotify chose an unconventional route for its listing on the New York Stock Exchange. But its gutsy move will be a worry for the banks and doesn't guarantee a net benefit for the company.
The artists who first sang the legendary Canadian hip hop song “Northern Touch” 20 years ago reunited to perform at the 2018 Juno Awards. From left to right: Checkmate, Red1, Misfit, Kardinal Offishall, Choclair and Thrust.
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The current global dominance of Canadian music on today's Billboard charts obscures the difficulties many early rap artists faced in garnering local support for this country’s hip hop music.
Seven rules for break up in the digital age.
Tim Rogers at the 2016 ARIA Awards.
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Tim Rogers has threatened to take legal action after one of his songs was included in Cory Bernardi's conservative Australia Day playlist. Rogers's case rests on obscure legal provisions known as moral rights.
Consolidation is happening at a rapid pace. But who will bear the brunt of the costs?
In the coming year, media companies will be adjusting to a new reality – one that ultimately leaves consumers with fewer choices.
Should you be worried that tech giants are making huge investments in cultural content?
Spotify, Apple Music and the like aren't working for indy artists.
SoundCloud has been saved by its biggest injection of cash yet.
From European beginnings, Spotify looks set to take the crown of the #1 music streaming service in the US later this year.
While Pandora continues to lead in the US in streaming music all the signs from investors, user momentum and tech talent indicate Spotify is on the verge of seizing the crown.
Data from what we download and listen to can now be mined to create and promote future songs.
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Does musical taste even matter anymore? Or does a data-driven feedback loop – where what you enjoy in the past shapes what you hear today – influence what you'll like in the future?
Punters cheer at the 2016 Glastonbury Festival. Revenue from live performances is growing.
In Australia, musicians' total income actually went up last year. While the music industry still faces many challenges, there is now a world-wide push to boost artists' royalties paid by streaming services such as Spotify.