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By far the biggest tech news of the week was the unveiling of Google’s first tablet, the Nexus 7. Less-discussed was ‘social streamer’ the Nexus Q, which could be just as far-reaching for entertainment, and music inparticular, as evolver.fm pointed out here… The possibility of social music selection, where several people in the same room (office) can choose playlists with their Android phones is definitely promising (albeit done before). In short, Sonos should be worried…

But the most buzzed-about blog post of late rather elegantly emphasised the ongoing gap between the music and technology sectors. Techdirt was one of many blogs to pick up on entrepreneur Tyler Crowley’s notion that the current ecosystem consists of a “Facebook Island”, an “Apple Island” and so on… until “Music Biz Island“:

“…where the natives start firing cannons as you approach, and if not sunk at sea, one must negotiate with the chiefs for 9 months before given permission to dock. ¬†Those who do go ashore are slowly eaten alive by the native cannibals.”


Techdirt’s Mike Masnick goes on to conclude in “Hollywood & The RIAA Won’t Let Tech Save Them” that “the good entrepreneurs, who actually can help the entertainment industry (some of whom tried in the past) are actively pushed away from helping”…

Once again, those who succeed seem to be those who do it all themselves. D2F pioneer and standup comedian Louis CK struck back this week, by selling tickets for his next tour directly on his website, for $45 a pop, regardless of where or when. This after having made D2F history by making a million selling his standup video directly to fans last year, at $5 each. That on top of Amanda Palmer’s triumphant Kickstarter campaign (commented on by entertainment lawyer Martin Frascogna here on midemblog) would suggest D2F is the only way up right now…

Spotify was once again in the news, principally for its new deal as Yahoo’s built-in music streamer. Although Yahoo may be struggling right now, the portal still has a massive audience; and Spotify has managed to eject Yahoo’s incumbent music provider, Rhapsody. Quite a win then… The streaming payment debate continued to rage, with the rumour mill claiming Spotify was now majors’ second biggest revenue stream after iTunes. No mention of indies or artists… but the ever-alert evolver.fm picked up on the case of Hybris, a Swedish pop label who claims to make 80% of its money from Spotify. So could there be hope yet?

Finally, British music legends continued to set the agenda, in more-or-less convincing ways: whilst we welcome the news that New Order’s ex-bassist Peter Hook is to launch a music industry degree aimed at making creatives more business-savvy, we expect the content to be somewhat similar to Hook’s (rather excellent) book, “The Hacienda: How not to run a club“.

Fortunately, a bit more originality is to be found with fellow UK legends Blur, who will become the first ever band to release new music via Twitter next Monday. An initiative rather neatly summed up by this visual:

Find the above news & more besides on our New Music Industry scoop.it page, where we curate industry news on a regular basis. Enjoy!

 


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James Martin

James Martin is Head of Social Media for Midem organisers Reed MIDEM. This includes defining and rolling out Midem's social media strategy, editing midemblog, influencer outreach, developing Midem's fanbase of 75,000+ music professionals and more.

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