Two new lawsuits claim that Spotify has engaged in staggering copyright infringement.

Hollywood Reporter has the details.

 

When it comes to marijuana, Attorney General Jeff Sessions is the real dope.  He wants to send us back to the days of prohibition when billions of dollars flowed into the hands of Mexican drug lords and thousands of young Americans have the lives ruined by an ignorant "war on drugs."

CNBC provides the details.

When you listen to Brandon Rogers, MD from Portsmouth, VA sing on America's Got Talent, it's hard to believe that he was killed in a car accident before he could move on to the next round.  What a loss to both music and medicine.

FREE digital downloads of my album Billion Dollar Pill are currently available on Bandcamp.  Starting on the 8th of each month, until I turn it off, there should be 200 free song downloads.  Once those are used up, the songs will require purchase until I get 200 more free downloads on the 8th of the following month.  So please take advantage of this and let me know what you think.

 

I've written before about how vinyl records are seeing a big comeback.  Well, now you can call that a YUUGE comeback because Sony is going to press vinyl records again after 30 years.

Read the details here.  

This article from CNET tackles the question of whether digital or analog music sounds better.

I just uploaded another music video.  This one is for "Inside a Hole" from my Billion Dollar Pill album.  I'm very happy with the result.  It uses lots of still shots of roads with a zooming technique that makes it look like you are moving forward on the road.  

All my videos are available on YouTube and also on the video page on my site.  You can get there by using the Video button on the navigation menu or just click here.

The reason is that without meaningful changes to the way musicians get compensated, creativity will suffer immeasurably – and with it, the entire music industry. Consider that the revenue streams created by record sales and concerts once formed an informal infrastructure that continually bred new artists. Without such revenue streams in place – or something similar to replace them – the time will come when musicians will have no practical way to stay afloat, forcing them to give up and many would-be ones never to try at all.

I've added a couple of music videos to YouTube which you can also access on this site by using the VIDEOS navigation button or this link.

They are both very beautiful to watch.

CNBC has an interesting article on streaming which is focused on Spotify's efforts to survive the costs of growth which include the cost of acquiring new subscribers and artist and record label demands to be paid more for streaming their music.

The article also talks about court cases that will ultimately set the cost per stream.  The article says Apple has suggested 9.1 cents ($.09) for 100 streams which amounts to .00091 per stream.

The decision expected at some point in 2017 will determine pay rates until 2022 and Apple has suggested a flat rate of 9.1 cents per 100 streams.

I believe this is an error because Spotify currently pays from $.006-.008 per stream.  I suspect that Apple is suggesting $.0091 per stream or $.91 per 100 because that is close to the rate I currently see on my streams, which is much better than Spotify. So if Spotify has to pay the rated suggested by Apple, they might have to surrender their butts to the giant.

At point I saw Spotify promoting a Family Plan which allowed six users to stream unlimited amounts for $15/mo.  I don't see how they could pay for the music and the infrastructure when charging so little.

I can tell you from my own experience that Apple Music has paid the most per stream of any of the streaming services, averaging around .01 per stream. 

There are many other interesting angles to this story and I encourage you to read the entire article here.

 

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