Category Archives for "Streaming Music"

Spotify Song Skip Rates Tell Us A Lot About Our Attention Span

song skip rates on the Music 3.0 Blog

One of the byproducts of the digital age is that our collective attention span is a lot shorter than it ever was before. If something doesn’t grab us immediately then it’s highly likely that we’ll skip right to something else that does. This is outlined by a recent study regarding skip rates of songs played […]

Continue reading
October 22, 2018

Will Streaming Music’s Growth Change Streaming Music?

Streaming Music on the Music 3.0 Blog

It seems like yesterday that many pundits were scratching their heads about how the music industry could ever reach 100 million paid streaming music subscribers, yet here we are knocking on the door of twice that and more. In fact, Futuresource Consulting has predicted that those subscription numbers will reach 235 million by the end of the […]

Continue reading

4 Tips For Using Instagram Stories To Promote Your Music

Instagram Stories For Promotion on the Music 3.0 blog

Instagram is becoming the go-to social platform for music these days and the service keeps on getting hotter. One of its main features is Stories, and its sometimes both misunderstood and underutilized when it comes to promoting your brand and music. Stories can be powerful in this regard, however, when used with a little thought. […]

Continue reading

YouTube Launches The Copyright Match Tool

YouTube Copyright Match on the Music 3.0 Blog

There are a lot of practices on YouTube that one might categorize as “unseemly,” and one of the biggest is re-uploading a video. That means that a viewer downloads your video then uploads it on their channel and classifies it as their own. YouTube has heard content creators cries for help though, and has launched […]

Continue reading

Neil Young Gives In And Puts Music Back On Streaming Services

Neil Young

Neil Young pulled his music off of every streaming service in 2015 because of the poor sound quality in favor of his own Pono service, but in a reversal, now he’s back. Although last May his music was made available on Tidal, now it can be found on both Spotify and Apple Music. Pono was […]

Continue reading

There’s A New Sound Recording Metadata Standard

RIN: Metadata Standard

Many artists, bands and musicians don’t think much about metadata when creating a song but record labels take it very seriously. It’s a major way to be able to track a song to make sure that all the stakeholders get paid. That said, metadata isn’t standardized and is sometimes filled out incorrectly, defeating its purpose. […]

Continue reading
September 7, 2016

Which Music Streaming Services Will Survive 2016?

Music Streaming Services

Note: Here’s a guest post from Caroline at Culture Coverage. In a world of free music, not all streaming services are created equal. Between premium subscriber systems and free platforms with limitless libraries, there are a lot of options that can cloud a music lover’s desktop and not provide any real advantages. For these five industry […]

Continue reading

Making Sense of Streaming Income

iPhone Music

In Part 3 on my series on streaming music royalties, we try to make sense of streaming income as we look at why it varies so much and why the sales parameters we set in the days of vinyl and CDs no longer apply in the digital age. Once again, this is an excerpt from […]

Continue reading

The Streaming Performance Royalty Rate Explained

Artists and songwriters, even some publishers, very often misunderstand how streaming income and royalty rates and payments are determined because it’s a immensely complex subject. One of the things that I’ve done in my new Music 4.1 book is provide an overview of how streaming royalties work and are paid, in many cases following the revenue stream down […]

Continue reading

A Streaming Music Royalty Primer

Music 4.1 cover

Streaming music royalty rates are such a morass of different percentages and possibilities that few people on the planet totally understand everything, and the ones who do are attorneys working in that narrow end of the music business. Even label and publishing execs who have been in the business for 20 or more years can […]

Continue reading