These are the links I liked in November, roughly. It’s a bit longer than I thought but they’re all worth a look.
IPO Some more Hargreaves I wouldn’t call it action, but if you’re following the story this is what they’re up to.
Billboard.biz Legal MP3 Sites Are Still Buried by Google Search Results hardly surprising. Most stuff is buried in Google apart from Google products, Wikipedia and Big Content or retail.
FMC Digital Distribution infographic very useful breakdown of the main aggregators.
The Guardian YouTube videos make people money, but songwriters rarely see any of it good article by @Helienne
Rolling Stone Survival of the Fittest in the New Music Industry
Chicago Tribune Future of Music 2012: A fight over Internet radio scraps
NPR A&M Records: Independent, With Major Appeal a good article about A&M with interesting comments from other readers.
Guardian Universal Music boss calls on commercial radio to do more for artists some interesting data in this article.
Ian Rogers Future Sound Presentation, November 2012 Ian is one of my top five commentators on the modern music business. He has data, experience and understanding and he’s a good communicator. Read this.
Wired Inside the Mansion—and Mind— of Kim Dotcom, the Most Wanted Man on the Net an excellent article telling the story of the Megaupload takedown.
Billboard.biz If Big Radio Had Pandora’s Royalty Rate, It Would Owe Billions there is certainly something askew among the various broadcast royalties but the lesson of the past is they don’t go down. Writers and artists do get ripped off from time to time but overall the content slice of the pie holds up.
Pitchfork Making Cents artist Damon Krukowski talks about streaming income.
OUP blog Copyright law and creative social norms some interesting points here about UK copyright. I was surprised to learn (elsewhere) the start-up USA record industry needed access to the British Empire market for scale. How things changed in just 50 years.
Hypebot Jacke Conte of Pomplamoose ignore the headline, long and interesting chat.
Ars Technica iTunes Through The Ages excellent summary from 2001 to 2012.
Guardian Powered by pure passion: the music venue that runs on love alone great article about The Forum, Tunbridge Wells.
Lucas Gonze’s blog Interesting DMCA flowchart infographic
Immutable/Inscrutable blog Forget piracy. The music industry’s biggest money-loser is an inability to connect with older people that used to spend money on music, and don’t anymore. Although this is from America and mostly about live venues a similar argument could be made here about record labels.
Future of Music Rising Tides a good summary of the ins and outs of the Pandora debate in America. Pandora is not available in the UK because they think we charge too much for music.
Soundcheck blog The Internet Radio Fairness Act, Explained… Sort Of
ReadWrite Play The YouTube Industry Has A Transparency Problem inside YouTube. A good account of the pitfalls and how it works.
EC memo Commission agrees way forward for modernising copyright in the digital economy a press release, probably worth looking at in a couple of years when it has happened.
Mac Rumours iTunes launches in 56 more countries not a very sexy sounding development but more significant for the record industry than anything else this year.
Nielsen Music 360 report from August has resurfaced in discussions about “music discovery”. I think record industry pundits make a mistake seeking “music discovery” solutions. Music discovery isn’t a business technique, it’s what people do when they find music, and that can be live gigs, TV, radio or word-of-mouth. Or web browsing. You can’t turn that into a tool or a process.
Guardian Media Network Can data geeks save the record labels? a good article but there are more questions under the surface. The record industry only markets to young people and ignores buyers over 30. Only half of all people buy any music and only a small percentage of buyers buy regularly or often. The industry peddles me-too content rather than creative work that reflects what musicians are doing. I doubt they can turn this round with data.
AOL Music blog YouTube and iTunes to Earn ‘Gangnam Style’ Creator Millions, Demonstrates Shift in Music Business Earnings and Spotify to earn him bugger all.
Digital Music News Pandora Just Reported a Solidly Profitable Quarter after a PR campaign to reduce what they pay for music it all looks a bit wanky.
CMU Top 10 tips for new bands far more promising than it sounds, a good article.