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Napster’s Angel Gambino talks tech, Ek and streaming's evolution
“There are a lot of people out there that think it’s game over because you’ve got Amazon, you’ve got Apple, you’ve got Spotify and a handful of other more niche DSPs,” she argues. “I don’t think it’s game over. I think there are a few companies that we’re in very advanced negotiations with right now that could significantly alter the entire streaming ecosystem. These partners working on our platform could potentially increase the overall streaming market substantially.”
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4 weeks ago by motiveunknown
Oversharing: how Napster nearly killed the music industry
Twenty years ago, the idea of free music was so compelling that up to 80m users downloaded Napster and broke the law. The aftershocks are still being felt today
music  free  napster  mp3  download  sharing  history  nostalgia 
june 2019 by mirthe
Oversharing: how Napster nearly killed the music industry
Alison Wenham was heading AIM, a newly formed trade body for independent labels, when Napster appeared. Her account of a meeting between industry heads at Midem, the industry’s annual trade conference, in January 2000, sums up this divide. “A man from one of the majors banged the table and said the answer was to ban the internet.”
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may 2019 by motiveunknown
What can the Blockchain Industry learn from Napster? | Outlier Ventures
I recently watched Downloaded, a great documentary on the story of Napster. It really brought home how much the p2p / decentralisation movement owes to Napster and how much the Blockchain Industry can learn from its story. via Pocket
IFTTT  Pocket  decentralization  history  napster 
january 2019 by ChristopherA
Napster revenues may have fallen, but unlike streaming rivals it's profitable
Music-streaming service Napster is on track to record a net profit in 2018, despite its revenues having dropped by nearly 28% since the company’s peak in 2016. Napster recorded net profits of $4.4m and $2.1m respectively in the first two quarters of this year, although its $76.5m revenues for the first half of 2018 compare to $106m in the comparable period in 2016. This is based on Music Ally’s analysis of figures provided by technology firm RealNetworks in its own quarterly and annual financial results. RealNetworks owns a 42% stake in Rhapsody International Inc, having launched Rhapsody as a joint venture with MTV Networks in 2007, before spinning it off as an independent company in 2010.
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august 2018 by motiveunknown
After revenues dropped last year, can Napster really compete in the streaming music space?
Napster chief executive Bill Patrizio has big plans for the future. Today, there are 175 million or so music subscription subscribers around the globe, he told a Midem audience in a June 7 keynote Q&A at the annual music industry conference in Cannes, France. The number of paying customers is going to balloon in the next decade, he said – something with which any market researcher and industry executive would concur. “Some projections are 800 million subscribers,” Patrizio (pictured) continued with little pause. “A billion subscribers
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june 2018 by motiveunknown
Torching the Modern-Day Library of Alexandria - The Atlantic
"Page had always wanted to digitize books. Way back in 1996, the student project that eventually became Google—a “crawler” that would ingest documents and rank them for relevance against a user’s query—was actually conceived as part of an effort “to develop the enabling technologies for a single, integrated and universal digital library.” The idea was that in the future, once all books were digitized, you’d be able to map the citations among them, see which books got cited the most, and use that data to give better search results to library patrons. But books still lived mostly on paper. Page and his research partner, Sergey Brin, developed their popularity-contest-by-citation idea using pages from the World Wide Web. (..)
There’s actually a long tradition of technology companies disregarding intellectual-property rights as they invent new ways to distribute content. In the early 1900s, makers of the “piano rolls” that control player pianos ignored copyrights in sheet music and were sued by music publishers. The same thing happened with makers of vinyl records and early purveyors of commercial radio. In the 60s, cable operators re-aired broadcast TV signals without first getting permission and found themselves in costly litigation. Movie studios sued VCR makers. Music labels sued KazaA and Napster. (..)
“I say to you that the VCR is to the American film producer and the American public as the Boston strangler is to the woman home alone,” Jack Valenti, then the president of the MPAA, testified before Congress. (..)
The tipping point toward a settlement of Authors Guild v. Google was the realization that it offered a way to skirt this problem entirely. Authors Guild was a class action lawsuit, and the class included everyone who held an American copyright in one or more books. In a class action, the named plaintiffs litigate on behalf of the whole class (though anyone who wants to can opt out).
So a settlement of the Authors Guild case could theoretically bind just about every author and publisher with a book in an American library. In particular, you could craft a deal in which copyright owners, as a class, agreed to release any claims against Google for scanning and displaying their books, in exchange for a cut of the revenue on sales of those books.
“If you have a kind of an institutional problem,” said Jeff Cunard, a partner at Debevoise & Plimpton who represented the publishers in the case, “you can address the issue through a class-action settlement mechanism, which releases all past claims and develops a solution on a going-forward basis. And I think the genius here was of those who saw this as a way of addressing the problem of out-of-print books and liberating them from the dusty corners to which they’d been consigned.”"
google  googlebooks  books  scanning  copyright  technology  classaction  vcr  mprr  pianoroll  vinyl  radio  tv  napster  settlement  larrypage 
may 2018 by gohai
SoundMachine Partners With Napster for Expanded Music Subscription Service for Businesses
SoundMachine announced a new premium music subscription, in partnership with Napster, designed to provide on-brand music experiences for businesses. The service, Business Premium powered by Napster, allows large and small businesses in the U.S., Canada and Spain to access hundreds of AI-generated and human-curated stations, as well as the ability to create a custom station from an artist or song using the Napster catalog.
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march 2018 by motiveunknown
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august 2017 by wotek
2017 Digital Music Scoreboard |
But as 2017 starts, I do think it’s worth pausing to reflect on where the industry is and how it’s trending. After all, without a scorecard, how are we supposed to know who’s leading? So I offer you my 2017 Digital Music Scoreboard.
music  streamingmedia  review  management  strategy  Spotify  Amazon  AppleMusic  SiriusXM  Google  GooglePlay  GoogleMusicAllAccess  PandoraTidal  Napster  Deezer  Soundcloud  JonMaples  2017 
january 2017 by inspiral
Rhapsody rebrands itself as Napster because ¯_(ツ)_/¯ | The Verge
[…] now, in a bizarre move, Rhapsody is relaunching as Napster, the service it acquired in 2011 which is also synonymous with rampant file sharing and music piracy. "No changes to your playlists, favorites, albums, and artists," says a blog post on Rhapsody's website. "Same music. Same service. Same price. 100% the music you love. Stay tuned!"
Apparently the Napster name has better global pull than Rhapsody, and the company was already using that name, and the logo of a cool cat with headphones, in markets like Canada. […] The tagline Rhapsody is going with now is "Napster is coming," which seems a little too similar to a Game of Thrones reference. We get it, you're bringing a zombie brand back to life! In the meantime, amid rumors that its San Francisco office would be shutting down, Rhapsody / Napster CEO Mike Davis confirmed there would be some layoffs. But he emphasized that the service saw 35 percent growth in paid subscribers last year, finishing out 2015 with 3.5 million customers.
napster  rhapsody  marketing  musica  mb  wtf 
june 2016 by nicoladagostino
DonΓÇÖt blame YouTube for screwing musicians, blame Metallica: Their fight with Na...
Instead of bringing musicians together over the right to get paid for their work, Metallica managed to drive them apart. The fact that Metallica was looking for $100,000 for every violation of copyright didnΓÇÖt make the band look humble. The PR was so bad that nearly every other band fled from the conflict, and even though Napster shut down a year later, Silicon Valley triumphed, and musicians got a reputation for being greedy and litigious. It was the equivalent of the disastrous launch of the Tidal steaming service ΓÇö but since it took place at the very beginning of a conflict, it established the terms. These days, when you talk about issues of artists rights, youΓÇÖll hear how bad the labels are, how musicians are rich and greedy, how music wants to be free, and how bands should stay on tour year round. You canΓÇÖt blame Metallica for that entirely, of course. But you canΓÇÖt pin it all on tech company lobbying, either.
piracy  metallica  napster  internet  recordindustry  Delicious 
april 2016 by StJohnBosco

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