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.
By offering single platforms exclusive rights for their new albums, some musicians are streaming against the tide.
Most of Prince’s work still remains private.
What happened after artists such as Michael Jackson, J.D. Salinger and Franz Kafka died suggests it'll be hard to keep Prince's unpublished work out of the public eye, regardless of his wishes.
Fire up the turntables, because you’re not going to hear much Prince online.
Gifted musician, peerless showman – and fierce protector of his copyrighted work. Prince fought battles that changed the direction of the music industry and are helping the next generation of artists.
Much mightier than any sword.
The generation of designers broke out of their studios and took the business world by storm. Their skills could also be turned to bigger world problems.
Adele has joined Taylor Swift’s ranks in the war against the streaming culture of Spotify and Apple Music.
What will Apple conquer next?
Apple's ability to develop the potential of good ideas should have existing streaming businesses worried.
Shake it off.
New studies show that unethical reputations actually don't concern consumers of streaming services.
Apple’s iPod revolutionized the music business. Will its streaming service do it again?
Online streaming offers benefits for consumers and the companies providing the service, but thus far it hasn't been paid off for artists.
Facing the music.
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Apple's move into the streaming market has a headstart of up to 100 million subscribers but will still need sustained support to get more of us to pay for online music.
They came in like a wrecking ball… online firms like YouTube, Spotify and Apple have fundamentally changed the way we consume. But whose rights are protected?
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The sheer market power concentrated in the hands of such few online companies represents a formidable hurdle to fair competition.
Jay Z’s artist-led revolution won’t be your average artists’ commune.
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The latest streaming service is artist owned, which sounds great unless a group of 16 "top-tier" artists receive most of the royalties.
Together too big?
Apple’s market value has reached a record-breaking US$700 billion, far outstripping its nearest rival. In a year of superlatives, the company’s shares have risen by 60% and it made its largest ever acquisition…
Kiss your lunchtime web surfing plans goodbye, because I guarantee that whatever page you were planning to visit next, you will instead want to go to YouGov. We know that your musical taste tells everyone…