The mid-to-end August pick of my Twitter lists and general browsing is this. I read everything I retweet or post in these round-ups so if your music biz interests vaguely coincide with mine you should find them interesting and sometimes infuriating.
Interesting looking trailer from Musformation.com about a forthcoming video.
Wired UK French culture minister thinks Hadopi is a waste of money—France’s three-strikes ISP infringement policing under threat.
CMU Most stakeholders satisfied with Universal’s EMI concessions, but some push for more the UMG/EMI negotiations drag on.
Search Engine Land How YouTube Will Escape Google’s New Pirate Penalty Google said they would degrade search rankings for infringers… apart from YouTube of course.
CMU YouTube top music source for young Americans, though CDs still selling a big noise a week or two ago was a report revealing that young people use YouTube for music a lot.
Billboard.biz Updated: Jeff Price, Peter Wells Out of Tunecore astonishing news the public face of Tunecore has left the building. Users will be feeling unsettled, Jeff is a great champion of DIY and indie artists.
Buzzsonic A useful collection of music infographics, cartoons, etc. Adrian Fusiarski’s Pinterest page.
CMU Streaming revenues growing fastest, though overall music spending still declining—there was a report by Strategy Analytics about streaming and physical sales. Interesting but limited to the usual not-comprehensive sources.
Digital Music News A Breakdown of Every Single Dollar a Major Label Makes… in this case WMG, including publishing by the look of things (I thought Warner publishing was separate).
All Things D TuneIn Creeps Up on Pandora, With 40M Active Listeners a web radio aggregation app grows large.
Prescription PR Is social media really that helpful to bands? refers to a Guardian article asking the same about authors of books.
Paste Infographic: The Best Record Labels (2004-2011) good infographic showing record sales by year by label, not for the colour blind though.
NPD Group Teens Credit Word-Of-Mouth Most Reliable Shopping Source the No Shit Sherlock award this month goes to NPD for discovering word-of-mouth is how most teens pick up on the music they buy.
Daily Herald Spotify, Pandora spur U.S. digital music sales past CD purchases—another press release, about digital overtaking CDs, again. Nobody knows when or if this has happened. So many tracks and albums are not monitored.
Music Technology Policy Interview with Andrew Shaw of PRS for Music on Negotiating with Google a guest post by Jonathan David Neal revealing what happened behind the scenes with Google and PRS.
TorrentFreak The Copyright Industry – A Century Of Deceit Rick Flakvinge’s summary is useful and accurate but I don’t agree with his conclusion.
New York Times The New Rise of a Summer Hit: Tweet It Maybe how social media is pre-empting the old record label and radio hit-making process.
DGM News A Letter To Lucien Grainge by Sid Smith at DGM (Robert Fripp’s music company). UMG/EMI still confused about their non-ownership of the King Crimson catalogue after 19 years.
Soundboy Where free streaming music lives 2012 Ian Hogarth of Songkick analyses his online listening. I’m interested in this because a lot of music biz people claim to be Spotify-only (“I don’t have any CDs, just Spotify” what?). At least 25% of my record collection is not on any streaming catalogue, Spotty included.
Hollywood reporter Newt Gingrich Settling Lawsuit Over Use of ‘Eye of the Tiger’ good discussion of the legal grounds and case histories of liberal musicians suing Republican candidates.
Barry Sookman Fair use for Australia? informative look at Fair Use in Australia and elsewhere.