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.

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

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.

Confessions of a Radio Pirate

Electronic music, as we've lamented time and time again in these pages, is nowhere on the radio spectrum in Chicago. Outside of a record here and there, it hasn't been for years. And while...

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...

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.
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The $10,000 Synth, Now a $30 App

A few years ago, a friend of mine pulled out one of the multiple "303 In An App" apps and gave me a quick demonstration of how it worked. Freed from tactile knobs and...

SoundCloud Introduces Mobile Track Editing

SoundCloud has enabled several tools for editing and pinning tracks to Spotlight - long established on their desktop website - for their mobile app.
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How to monetize livestreams through SoundCloud's "fast track" partnership with Twitch.
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If you're a DJ or Producer, it's likely that you'll have seen or heard at least something of Native Instruments (NI) new audio format, called "Stems." But what exactly are Stems, and are they...

Win a Free Roland TR-8 for #808Day

The 808 drum machine has inspired a documentary and now a holiday. Roland and the team behind the AIRA product line are marking the adorable advent of #808 day by teaming up to offer...

Free Moog Mother 32 Samples for Ableton Live Racks

Feed your synth addiction with Plaster's high quality Moog Mother 32 samples for Ableton Live Racks.

Remix This: SoundCloud to Place Ads On Your Uploads

If you've been frustrated while navigating SoundCloud's draconian takedown process, this news may surprise you. SoundCloud may begin making your upload a streaming advertisement rather than taking it down. SoundCloud just announced a partnership with...

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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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?

Soundcloud NO!

The first conclusion I have about Soundcloud Go is that you're not supposed to use it. You're not supposed to find it. And there is an overwhelming sense that you're not supposed to pay...
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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.

Beatport Will Start Deleting Unsold Tracks

Even Beatport has its limits, and tracks that have never sold a single copy are it. Starting later this year Beatport will begin deleting them.

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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