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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.

Spotify is Treating Musicians Worse than Facebook Treats Its Users

Why is a music company so eager to make musicians poor? Spotify is taking songwriters to court and claws back millions in "overpaid" royalties.

Everything Has Changed and the Industry Hasn’t Noticed (Yet)

Will Sumsuch went to the Brighton Music Conference, and what he saw was "an industry suffering from an identity crisis."

Spotify is Now Adding 40,000 NEW Tracks Per Day

It's even bigger than you think: beneath the surface of curated playlists, Spotify is a mess, adding an estimated 40,000 NEW tracks every single day.

File for IPO, Then Dump Staff: It’s the iHeartRadio Way

Barely a week ago the bankrupt iHeartMedia empire announced their plans to get their company listed on a major stock exchange. Then they began laying off reporters and DJs.

Streaming Is Now Nearly Half of Record Revenue

The 2019 IFPI record industry report claims revenue is growing again.

There Are Now 11 MILLION Records on Discogs

The database is now adding 1 million records every 9 months, but is unlikely to catch up to the torrent of digital music being released every day.

SoundCloud is Copying Apple & Spotify’s Curated Playlists

The new playlists are curated by industry insiders and aim to capture what Spotify perfected half a decade ago.

Songwriters Troll Spotify Over Lawsuit to Reduce Mechanical Rates

Spotify, Google, Amazon and Pandora are suing to avoid paying songwriters higher rates.

Every Music Platform Wants To Be Your Distributor

Following the lead of Spotify, SoundCloud gets into the (almost) free distribution game.

Qobuz Launches Hi-Rez Music Streaming in US

Founded in France, Qobuz launches hi-rez CD-quality streaming in the US for up to $300 per year.

Mixcloud Launches Paid Streaming Service to Pay DJs

Mixcloud Select launches among 47 selected channels today and everyone can register for future roll outs.

Songwriters to Get a 44% Raise from Streaming Giants

"The largest rate increase in history": Songwriters and publishers are due to get an increase in their rate from Apple, Spotify, Pandora and others.

Meet the New Outlaws of the Airwaves. Like Everything Else, You...

Pirate radio is thriving on YouTube where people seek the community and intimacy long gone from personalized streaming and crappy terrestrial radio.

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.

In The Groove: Welcome to the New Issue of 5 Mag

Bigger, thicker, stronger: a completely redesigned 5 Mag and our longest issue ever with features on underground legend Danny J. Lewis, DJ Aakmael, Pirate Radio, Streaming in Africa, the history of the 808 and its clones, new podcasts, reviews and more.
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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.

“It’s Like Napster, Only You Pay For It Like Spotify”

Did you hear Napster is back? It's just another of the dozens of big dumb companies that want to sell you cheap streaming.

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...

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...
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