Apologies for the lag on these stories. I’ve been doing a lot of other things (getting a wood stove, decorating, watching DVD series and playing music) and before we launch into Christmas I’m catching up with the music biz tail-end of 2012.
I’ve also been thinking about some articles and planning some interesting changes for the web site in 2013.
So here, later than I wanted, is the October music biz news I think mattered and other stuff worth reading.
(First, an interesting comment about social networking whether you like it or not—How social networks can destroy your social life—I never thought I’d be asking people to turn their phones off, but it gets more likely.)
The Register On-demand streamed music services compared a useful table.
Opposing Views Music Licensing Company SESAC Accused of Monopolizing Radio Music another tale of American licensing going askew.
The Register Pandora boss urges 85% pay cut for musicians highlights a feature of all the new music start-ups: staff, investors and labels are paid well while musicians—who provide the content—are not.
Billboard.biz The Truth About Pandora’s Payments to Artists was a follow-up to Pandora’s PR in support of its proposed legislation to reduce royalties paid to the music industry for its content. Here’s another Music streaming: what do songwriters really get from YouTube or Pandora? by Helienne Lindvall at the Guardian.
Billboard.biz Music Business Stays in Apple’s Shadow some good background on iTunes.
Torrent Freak Artist Can’t Get Pirated Music Off iTunes, Google and Microsoft Stores an increasing problem for independent artists in music and ebooks.
Koltais Whatif The Music Industry Twelve Year Technology Cycle (A Retrospective Analysis) has some interesting charts, although the original shellac format (50 years) and future of digital (more than 12 years already) rather test his 12 year rule. Also, Big Champagne and RIAA shipments data are not great, although good music biz data is hard to find.
Telegraph Robots are already prowling the world looking for copyright infringement was another big trend in October—automated takedown systems seem to be getting out of control.
Ars Technica Have we lost 41 percent of our musicians? Depends on how you (the RIAA) count is an interesting analysis of music biz soundbite numbers and the pitfalls of using single sources.
BBC US judge orders piracy trial to test IP evidence I’m not sure this will be sorted out but it’s a good question and the big flaw in all the current 3-strikes systems around the world.
Public Domain Review Caruso The Pop Idol or at least the first recording industry megastar.
Next, November, in which not nearly as much happened for some reason.