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Unless you've been living under a rock for the last few years, you'll almost certainly have heard someone tell you that the music industry is broken. Technology companies, major labels and investment hungry start-ups...

Beatport Streaming Crashes & Burns

Leading dance music digital download and streaming site Beatport announced today a critical shutdown of services as the once independent unit tries to navigate the difficult bankruptcy of parent company, EDM conglomerate SFX. In an...

Why Dance Music Streaming Failed

About 18 months ago, as hastily-assembled EDM conglomerate SFX became more and more obvious about transforming its Beatport digital download store into a streaming service that would promote its artists and festivals, someone I...

PledgeMusic’s Bizarre Death Spiral Is Taking Out Everyone

Campaigns suspended, staff abused and a returning co-founder must be wondering what he got himself into: welcome to PledgeMusic 2019, one of the most bizarre corporate death spirals in the industry.

The Record Cutter: Todd Mariana

Every month 5 Magazine's Man+Machine features talks about musical machines and the men & women who love them. This month, we're going in a little different direction. Meet (if you don't already know him) Todd Mariana....
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Audiomack is Free and Nobody is Paying

Audiomack offers unlimited uploads and unlimited data and it's completely free. So why aren't more dance music DJs using it?

Spotify Lets Every Artist Upload Music (and it’s free)

How to get your music on Spotify? Soon: press an upload button, because Spotify is opening up free distribution to everyone.

One Year With the Rane MP2015 Rotary Mixer

Rotary mixers! They always have and always will elicit something... and it's usually a very visceral response. So, a little over a year ago when Rane (the noted and established mixer company) hit...
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Behringer Clones Roland While Roland Puts a 303 in the Cloud

Instead of the long-desired hardware revision, Roland has put the TB-303 into the cloud as part of the 303 day festivities.

Beatport Sold to EDM Mogul Robert FX Sillerman

With faceless artists making disposable tracks based on anonymous samples for a dishonest percentage of a pathetic gross, it's somehow appropriate that Beatport has a new owner who has declined comment and will probably...
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The Rise of Vinyl Crowdsourcing

Kickstarters for vinyl are old hat, but a slew of new services promise to take the bite out of vinyl production costs. Silly fad or a start-up dream?

Apple Updates Logic Pro X with a Surprise

Following the release of OS X version 10.10.5 this morning, Apple, Inc. has released an update to its leading-edge audio program, Logic Pro X, with the surprise addition of the Alchemy soft synth packed...
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SoundCloud Opens Monetization to All

SoundCloud opens up their monetization platform for all creators, claiming higher rates and faster payouts than other streaming platforms.

Bandcamp: “We’re Profitable, and We’re Not Going Anywhere”

A week ago, a rumor spread through the industry press that Apple planned to "stop selling music by 2018." It was bullshit (not least of all because the incredibly secretive company would sooner set...

404: The Internet Has A Memory Problem

Where's my f'ing mixtape? MySpace just "lost" 12 years of music, but whole sectors of electronic music history are vanishing from the internet.
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Download Traktor DJ For Free (Legally, Even)

If it's a promotion, it's sailed under the radar so far. Native Instruments' popular Traktor DJ app for iPhone, iPod and iPad has recently been cut down to a price of $0. That's right:...
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Tears of a Cloud

Don't cry for the demise of SoundCloud. But it's sad what SoundCloud should have been.
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Say Hello to Pioneer’s Compact XDJ-700

Pioneer is dropping what the company calls the "most compact, portable and flexible digital player" for DJs yet. The XDJ-700 is a slimmed down sibling to the Pioneer XDJ-1000, featuring a touchscreen, Pro DJ...

Black Coffee Wants to Make the Music Industry Work for Africa

Four years in the making, the South African dance music star is putting his activism on the line with a new platform made by and for Africa called GongBox.
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Native Instruments Slashes Prices of Komplete 10

If you've got a birthday coming up you might want to check your list. Promising "pro sound at an unbeatable price," Native Instruments has cut the cost of products in their Komplete series up...

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