Spotify May Be Preparing to Raise Subscription Rates

Record labels have long wanted it, and Spotify is said to be planning a new test of higher monthly subscription rates in Scandinavia.

Who’s Afraid of Baboom?

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...

Artists stand to lose out when Google Play goes down

Google Play Music paid artists more than its corporate sibling at YouTube. Maybe that's why it had to die.

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?

Apple is Promising a Seamless Post-iTunes Future

Apple's Music app on desktop computers will integrate mp3s, wavs and playlists, and the iTunes store is unaffected. Here's what Apple says is in the new iTunes replacement.

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.
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Rekordbox now lets you edit tracks

Pioneer's rekordbox adds a new kink for DJs to edit tracks in the new update showcasing "edit mode."

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?

High rez streamer Qobuz drops price 40%. Is anyone buying?

French-based streamer Qobuz entered the US market earlier this year and has cut their highest end, high resolution audio tier.

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.
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Broadcasters can now charge admission directly on Zoom

Video giant Zoom introduces paid ticketing and other online tools for users in the US. And they aren't charging a fee for it.

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...

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