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SoundCloud strapped for cash? It's got enough money to hire a new VP

There have been rumours circulating online this month that SoundCloud may be running low on funds.

Whether or not that's true, it's certainly not broke: the loss-making Berlin-based music streaming service has just hired a new VP of Global Marketing and Brand, DeJuan Wilson (pictured).

Wilson will be responsible for building and developing the global marketing function of the company, working on 'communicating a compelling value proposition for current and prospective listeners and creators'.

Pandora - Investor Relations

OAKLAND, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jul. 30, 2015-- Pandora (NYSE: P), the leading Internet radio service, today announced that the company's Chief Financial Officer, Mike Herring, will present at the Needham Interconnect Conference in New York, NY.

Mr. Herring will engage in a fireside chat on Tuesday, August 4, 2015 at 6:20 a.m. PT / 9:20 a.m. ET.

Early-bird pricing for the DIY Musician Conference ends Friday

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We're getting really excited for the first ever DIY Musician Conference this October 23-25 in Chicago, and we've started to announce the names of some of the speakers and artists who will be leading seminars, performing showcases, and helping to make this event a really valuable experience for independent musicians that want practical and actionable advice on how to take their music to the next level.

This list includes live performance coach Tom Jackson, hip hop artist Black Milk, and indie music-marketing master Martin Atkins (who has also played drums for PiL, NIN, and several other famous bands that don't have fancy acronyms).

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Music Label Says Apple Music Stream Volume Much Less Than Spotify

No one knows how Apple Music is really doing, because Apple Music doesn't have any paying subscribers yet.

Everyone who is using the service right now is part of a three-month free trial, which won't expire until October at the earliest.

But the music labels that have licensed their stuff to Apple can see how those free users are interacting with the service, via daily reports Apple provides to them.

So here's one data point, via DashGo, a distributor that specializes in getting indie music to digital outlets: DashGo CEO Ben Patterson says that Apple Music streams represent about 4 percent of the volume of streams he's seeing from Spotify.

So, what does that mean? We know that Spotify has at least 75 million users worldwide, and we believe that Apple Music has at least 10 million users. So using that ratio, we might expect that Apple Music users listeners were generating around 13 percent of the total streams that Spotify users were generating. Which would mean Apple Music is underperforming, at least for DashGo, right now.

Facebook users and revenues boom but it still won’t monetise video – for now

Facebook now reaches 1.49bn regular users globally – which is estimated to be half of the entire online population. In the last quarter, the number of regular users on the social network grew by 13%.

By "regular", the company means those using it at least once a month. (This is a common metric, with others likes Spotify defining "regular" users as those using it at least once a month.) It did caveat this, however, to say that over 65% (i.e. just shy of 1bn people) use it daily. This all helped it push its Q2 revenues up 39% to $4.04bn, with mobile advertising accounting for three quarters of that.

The centre of gravity that Facebook has created around itself is, in cultural terms, huge. It is also impacting enormously on the music industry and how it markets its acts. At the start of the month, Music Ally broke the story that Facebook was in early-stage talks to launch a music subscription service. More pressing, however, is its plans to properly monetise native video plays on its platform.

Beyond YouTube: 5 Alternative Video-Sharing Sites You May Want to Consider

If you have a music video, it's on YouTube, isn't it? It should be, as the site is by far the most popular website for such content, and everybody in the world knows it and uses it by now. Like it or not, the Google-owned company is here to stay, and there's nothing we can do about it.

Now, I would encourage you to put your clips on YouTube, but if you're going to go another route, I'd at least like you to know what else is out there. Several other options exist for uploading and sharing video content, and each one comes with its pros and cons (as does everything). If you're looking elsewhere, here are a few websites you might want to consider.


The good: Blip is a huge site, even if you've never heard of it. According to a media tracking company that surveyed a few years ago, the site was bringing in tens of millions of unique views per month, so even if the current numbers aren't quite as strong, it's likely that Blip is highly trafficked, and the more eyeballs where your content is, the better.

The bad: Not too long ago, Blip stopped accepting new material, but that might only be for now. Since being acquired by Maker Studios (which itself is owned by Disney, so you know there's real money being put into this one), the site has insisted on only allowing high-quality series onto the platform. So, while this might not be a good fit for a random, fun video you made, perhaps your band has an idea for some sort of series you could start producing in the near future?

2. Dailymotion

The Dept. of Justice Said to Be Considering a Baffling New Rule Change for Song Licensing

The U.S. Department of Justice's earlier inclination to amend the consent decrees to allow music publishers to partially withdraw digital rights from ASCAP and BMI blanket licenses may be undermined by another change it is contemplating.

According to numerous sources, the DoJ has sent a letter to the two performance rights societies governed by the consent decree, telling them that on "split works" songs -- songs written by multiple writers -- any writer or rights holder can issue a license for 100 percent of the song. In other words, the long-established industry practice of each rights owner greenlighting their particular portion of a song in order to establish a license -- also known as fractional licensing -- may no longer be allowed.

The DoJ has, somehow, become convinced that it is common practice in the music industry for any rights holder to license an entire song, not just the share they own. Moreover, the DoJ further appears to be considering taking the stance that any underlying agreements between parties that is meant to ensure fractional licensing -- like when a superstar artist makes a producer sign a contract preventing the producer from licensing that song -- would be viewed as potentially violating antitrust laws and could be prosecuted by the DoJ.

Beats 1 and the future of radio: Why one station ditched broadcast and went online

With its new 24-hour global Beats 1 radio stationstreaming music and chat to Apple devices worldwide, Apple has launched the most high-profile Internet radio station ever. Is this the beginning of the end for broadcast radio? We spoke to UK-based radio station and publisherTeamRock to find out why -- just before the Apple Music launch -- the British-based station ditched broadcast and went global by moving entirely online.

TeamRock's rock and metal-focused programmes have already been available over the Internet, via the station's website or through an app on your smartphone. But as of this month, "We're no longer going to be available on DAB," explains TeamRock's Head of Audio Hugh "Moose" Evans. Although the station's schedule and content is still the same, the company, which also publishes rock-focused magazines, won't be broadcasting over the air because of the limitations of broadcast radio in general and the UK's digital audio broadcast (DAB) system in particular.

Apple Music uses Snapchat to give behind-the-scenes look at Beats 1 studio

Apple has published a behind-the-scenes look at Zane Lowe's Beats 1 studio where Apple Music's streaming radio station is broadcasted … on Snapchat of all places. Apple snatched up the 'applemusic' username on Snapchat earlier this summer, and now the company is using the account to promote its subscription music service and Zane Lowe's radio show with short videos of the DJ broadcasting.

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I hereby dub this the Week Everything Sells Out!

Seriously. No sooner do I fall all over myself trying to explain what happened with the previous day's deal than the current deal expires as well. Like yesterday's uber-cool Lightning cables, which lasted all of a couple hours. (FYI, the vendor has promised to let me know when the shelves have been restocked, so to speak. And of course I'll let you know as well.)

Anyway, I don't expect today's deal will sell out, because not everyone is into things flat, black and circular -- by which I mean vinyl records. They've made a comeback in recent years, offering audiophiles the "warmer" analog sound they tend to covet. And don't forget nostalgia: If you're old enough to remember dropping a needle on an album and listening from start to finish -- no shuffle-play here -- there's something very comforting to it.

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