Part of the fascination with end of year roundups is that they’re a stocktake of the year – but they also give insights into the way we listen to music that might surprise some people.
Rebecca Giblin and Cory Doctorow’s new book reveals the tricks behind ‘Chokepoint Capitalism’ – how big corporations use low prices to lock in users and creators, while locking out real competition.
While corporate partnerships can be ‘win-win’ arrangements, sometimes they don’t work out – especially when values don’t align.
Whether we’re talking songs that are popular on Spotify, or were Billboard hits through the ‘40s up to recent years, popularity cannot be attributed solely to quantifiable acoustic elements.
By implementing paywalls, making exclusive content deals and incorporating ad tech, big media companies have reshaped what was once an entirely free and open ecosystem.
The mud rarely sticks.
A Spotify boycott wouldn’t fix the working conditions of most musicians. Fostering a more equitable, community-based music culture requires changing how we listen to music and support its production.
Joe Rogan’s show has become a flashpoint for discussions on what should be allowed on podcasts – here’s who he is, and why he is so talked about.
Tech giants such as Spotify like to claim they are platforms, not publishers, and aren’t editorially responsible for the content they host. But with COVID threatening lives, they have to do better.
Spotify will pull Neil Young’s music after the musician demanded the streaming service remove The Joe Rogan Experience from its platform, as an episode of the podcast promoted COVID misinformation.
Clicking ‘random’ on album tracks does the artist a disservice. It can also mean the listener is missing out, too.
Adele released her fourth studio album 30 and wants people to listen to the songs in the order she intended - asking Spotify to remove the “shuffle” function from her album.
The iPod was a marvel: a sleek device that let you pocket your favourite tunes and roam around town. Today it’s more or less obsolete — but its impact has been evident.
Big labels are making big money from streaming.
A new study using music streaming data to measure national mood underlines how much stock markets are governed by emotion rather than rational calculation.
Musicians, record labels and listeners could all be affected by sweeping changes to the music streaming industry.
Podcasting exploded due to the lack of gatekeepers. Now big tech companies are starting to act like traditional media networks, signing popular hosts to exclusive contracts and establishing paywalls.
Most of your Spotify subscription fee goes to pop stars in curated playlists – even if you never listen to them.
Spotify is offering to boost artists’ position on its playlists in return for paying them lower royalties. Can struggling musicians afford to say no?
Musicians and songwriters are struggling to survive while record labels are reporting record profits – here’s why this is happening.