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The major labels have the money and the marketing machine to get their artists to the marketplace. The independent labels rely heavily on word of mouth via social media outlets.

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How Music Sales Have Changed Over 30 Years, In 30 Seconds

The Huffington Post | Ryan Kristobak | Posted 08.18.2014 | Entertainment Read More: Cd, mp3s, Vinyl, Music Downloads, Streaming Music, Music Sales, Music Industry, Music, Changing Music Industry, Cassette Tape, Changing Music Sales, Entertainment News

Pulling data from the Recording Industry Association of America, Digital Music News has put together this informative animation charting how music-sal...

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The Future of Digital Is Tangible

Tinatin Japaridze | Posted 07.08.2014 | Entertainment Read More: Fixing the Music Industry, Digital Media, Digital World, Music Downloads, Russia, Barbra Streisand, Cds, Music Industry, Media, Illegal Downloading, Technology, Itunes, Funny Girl, Entertainment News
Tinatin Japaridze

As a millennial, I lament the fact that I honestly cannot remember the last time I actually purchased a physical, tangible medium that once meant so much more to me than a pair of fashionable pumps or a trendy dress ever could.

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6 Essential Music Apps (and Some We Don't Really Need)

Oscar Raymundo | Posted 03.29.2014 | Technology Read More: Music Apps, Music, Best Music Apps, Downloading Music, Best-Free-Music-Apps, Music Downloads, Spotify, Technology News
Oscar Raymundo

Demand to please both listeners and record labels is at an all-time high, so it's hard getting it just right. At the end of the day, something's got to give and it's usually the listeners' experience. Here are the six music apps we don't totally hate.

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Detailing My Tragic, Technology-Deprived Youth to My Modern Kids

Arlene Nisson Lassin | Posted 02.03.2014 | Parents Read More: Movies-on-Demand, Cell Phones, Television, Music Downloads, Internet, Music, Technology, Communication, Parents-Families-Tech, Screen Sense, Parents-Moms, Parents News
Arlene Nisson Lassin

Boyfriends (and other friends) trying to call you got repeated busy signals on their end of the line if your siblings were tying up the house phone. The more siblings, the less chance you had to get any real phone time in. Smoke signals would have been easier.

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Jason Cherkis

Why Radiohead's Thom Yorke Can't Budge Spotify

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Cherkis | Posted 07.16.2013 | Politics Read More: Katy Otto, Royalty Rates, Streaming Music, Thom Yorke Spotify, Atoms for Peace, Spotify Pandora Royalty, Nigel Godrich, Spotify, Goldman Sachs, Video, Music Downloads, Damon-Krukowski, Thom Yorke, Future of Music Coalition, Pandora, Politics News

WASHINGTON -- Streaming music services such as Pandora and Spotify promise a seemingly limitless song selection for listeners and actual royalties for...

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Lou Reed Loves Kanye, Can We Hope For A Collaboration?

Posted 06.21.2013 | Celebrity Read More: Lou Reed Cannes, Lou Reed Yeezus, Piracy, Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity, Lou Reed Liver Transplant, Kanye West, Cannes, Lou Reed Liver, Music Downloads, Lou Reed Apple, Music Industry, Lou Reed Royalty, Lou Reed Kanye, Lou Reed Kanye West, Yeezus, Lou Reed, Celebrity News

Lou Reed talked music piracy, downloading, accessibility and, of course, Kanye West at the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity on Thursd...

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Mining the Audio Motherlode, Volume 192 -- Great Free Music Online

Doug Schulkind | Posted 03.09.2013 | Entertainment Read More: Free Music Downloads, Free Music, MP3 Downloads, Music Downloads, Entertainment News
Doug Schulkind

Though blogs come and go and file-sharing services get ever restrictive, the opportunity to dig up endless musical epiphanies online for free continues at a gladdening pace.

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The Shrill of Today's Online Music Hunt

Adam_Klein | Posted 03.06.2013 | Technology Read More: Online Music Downloading, Online Music, Music Discovery, Discovering Music, Music Curation, Music Downloads, Ces 2013, Streaming Music, Technology News

How do I discover music online that's relevant to me when most sites have 15 to 30 million tracks? That's the challenge most consumers face today as they search for new music.

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Top 9 Countries Where Illegal Music Downloads Are Insanely Popular

The Huffington Post | Britney Fitzgerald | Posted 09.17.2012 | Technology Read More: Bittorrent, Video, Illegal Music Downloads, Torrent, Music Downloads, Illegal Downloads, Billy Van, Most Popular Bittorrent Countries, Bittorrent Downloads by Country, Technology News

Even with the fall of Napster and rise of Spotify, it appears illegally downloading music is still the fashionable thing to do. The Digital Music ...

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Benign Illegality

Christopher Haugh | Posted 08.04.2012 | Technology Read More: Spotify, Limewire, Megaupload, Internet, Digital Downloads, Music Downloads, Pipa, Illegal Downloading, Facebook, Sopa, Technology News
Christopher Haugh

Despite this generation's predilection for Internet contraband, we can easily be ushered back into the fold of legality. We have benefited from a reign of anarchy on the Internet because we are opportunistic, not delinquent.

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Support Your Favorite Indie Bands!

Jessica Norton | Posted 03.10.2012 | Home Read More: The Maine, Indie Music, Jonas Brothers, Honor-Society, Honor Society a Tale of Risky Business, Music Downloads, Video, Home News
Jessica Norton

The Maine and Honor Society are just two of many bands that have worked their way to prosper in the music industry. Support your favorite artists by purchasing their full-lengths albums.

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Why Spotify Is Worth Paying for

Ryan Bassil | Posted 07.10.2011 | Entertainment Read More: Arcade Fire, Entertainment, Music, Spotify, Digital Downloads, Music Downloads, Entertainment News
Ryan Bassil

How on earth did we get to a stage where paying £10 for unlimited amounts of music was seen as a rip-off? Artists saw little revenue from Spotify, and potentially had money taken away from their sales.

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iTunes and the Death of Liner Notes

Don Was | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment Read More: Itunes, Apple iTunes, Music Business, Music Downloads, Music Producers, Itunes Music Store, Itunes Music Download, Record Producers, Entertainment News
Don Was

Years ago, the iTunes store was the only hope for the future of recorded music. Ten billion downloads later -- this laissez-faire attitude towards iTunes is the problem contributing to the devaluation of the album experience.

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Beatles Music Pulled From iTunes: "Everyone Is Finally Rich Enough"

James Napoli | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy Read More: Steve Jobs, The Beatles, Apple Computer, John Lennon, The Beatles on iTunes, Music Downloads, Internet, Cirque Du Soleil, Yoko Ono, Ringo Starr, George Harrison, Paul McCartney, Emi, Yellow Submarine, Let It Be Norwegian Viral Video, Comedy News
James Napoli

Apple CEO Steve Jobs, Apple Corps, EMI Group, Ltd., the surviving Beatles and the estates of John Lennon and George Harrison have agreed to no longer offer the band's music on the Internet.

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When Copying Is Theft

Bevin Carnes | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology Read More: Illegal Downloading, Peer to Peer Downloading, Digital Downloads, Music Downloads, Dirpy, Music Industry, File Sharing, Music, Riaa, Limewire, Technology News
Bevin Carnes

2010-09-29-bike.jpgIf you have a bicycle, and I copy it, we both have a bicycle. Cool, right? There's a catch.

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Copyright Is Complicated

Bevin Carnes | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment Read More: Illegal Downloading, Peer to Peer Downloading, Digital Downloads, Music Downloads, Entertainment News
Bevin Carnes

There's a lot of complexity involved in why the current copyright laws were formed and why it's so important that they be enforced.

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The High Cost of Free Culture

Bevin Carnes | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment Read More: Illegal Downloading, Peer to Peer Downloading, Digital Downloads, Music Downloads, Entertainment News
Bevin Carnes

I hate to be Debbie Downer, but the Internet hasn't really changed anything for how we acquire and consume culture, at least not when it comes to how the business of art needs to work in order to sustain itself.

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Download Illegally, It's the Right Thing to Do

Jason Schmitt | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology Read More: Peer to Peer Downloading, Digital Downloads, Music Downloads, Recording Industry, Music Industry, Illegal Downloading, P2p, Music, Technology News
Jason Schmitt

The plea from the music industry, which seems to have only gross sales in mind, is that if you illegally download you are hurting the artists themselves. This logic is far from true.

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Women in Hip-Hop: The B-girl Be Festival

Lauri Lyons | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment Read More: Afrika Bambaataa, Tommy Boy Records, Rapper's Delight, Spray Paint, Urban Culture, South Bronx, Salt -N- Pepa, Female Rappers, Music, Mc's, 1970's, Spinderella, Angie Stone, Planet Rock, Aerosol Paint, Africa, Graffiti, Soul Music, Martial Arts, African-American, Women, Sugar Hill Gang, Rap, Brazil, Sugar Hill Records, Hip-Hop, Mc Lyte, Jazzy Joyce, Dancing, 1981, Microphone, Breakdancing, Soul Sonic Force, Capoiera, Dj, The Sequence, 1979, Monica Lynch, Sylvia Robinson, Turntables, Costumes, Black Women, Clothing, Harris Publications, Whitney Museum of Art, Business, Vh1, Stylist, Hip Hop Records, The Oscars, Photographers, Spotlight, Image Makers, Editors, DJ Beverly Bond, Publicist, Behind the Scenes, Magazines, Music Careers, Queen Latifah, Bet, Hip-Hop Films, Fox Network, Denise Dee Barnes, Wendy Williams, Female Graffiti Artists, Fetish, Art, Mtv, Choreographers, Subways, Living Single, Pump It Up!, Hot 97, Multi-Tasking, The Source Magazine, The Wendy Williams Show, Photography, Guidence, Murals, Mentoring, 1990's, Cover Girl, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Flip Mode Squad, Images, Apparel, Wild Style, Lady Pink, Sarah A. Friedman, Eve, New York City, Music Videos, Dancers, Black Girls Rock Inc!, XXL Magazine, Costume Design, Entrepreneurers, Vibe Magazine, Art Museums, Viacom, June Ambrose, Leadership, Alumni, Jennifer Lopez, Elements, Michelle Spaise, Minneapolis, TV Shows, Curator, J-Lo, Exhibitions, Rosie Perez, Making the Band, Future, Past, B-Girl Be, Living Color, Festivals, B-Girl, Painting, Tv, Fly Girls, Unleash, Theresa Sweetland, Politics, Video, Political Activism, Female Artists, Art Festival, Laurie Ann Gibson, Education, Tv Sitcoms, Spike Lee, Midwest, Deanna Cummings, Minnesota, Expression, Mama, Television, Activism, Mama Said Knock U Out, Brewing, Do the Right Thing, Concerts, Lauri Lyons, Social Activism, Visual Art, Women in Hip-Hop, Mother, Communication, Intermedia Arts, Sculpture, Commissions, faith47, Sound, Cinema, Music Downloads, Arts Education, Installations, Mixed Media, Art Commistions, Roxanne Shante, Martha Cooper, Marketplace, Fashion, Museums, Art World, Block Parties, Albums, Textiles, October, Youth, Film, Streets, Records, September, Girls, Youth Programs, Cd's, Recording Technology, History, Technology, College, Balls, Music History, Belle, Music School, Universities, Money, Comeback, Scholarship, Undergraduate, School, Diploma, Language, Hip-Hop Studies, Fellowship, Mcnally Smith School of Music, Recording, Music Business, Author, Fab Five Freddie, Flag International, Video Music Box, Yo! Mtv Raps, Flag an American Story, The Bridge, Ralph Mcdaniels, Vinyl Records, Prince, Juxtaposition Arts, Stefskills, Sarah White, Jennifer Rasinski, Corinne Santiago, C-Rocka, Keegan Xavi, Jessica Kitzman, Janelle Olson, Toofly, Tiffany Smith, Niz, Lichiban, Katrina Knutson, Jamel Shabbaz, Tamiko Mitchel, Erotica 67, Motel 7, Ladykfever, Monica Kelly, Amanda Lopez, Abeni Garrett, Desdamona, Catiesha Pierson, B-Fresh, Wendy Williams Show, Alice Mizrachi, Niz Graphics, Kanye West, Chanel Kennebrew, Shannon Joyce, Manifesto Festival, VH-1 Hip-Hop Honors, MTV VMA, Michaela Angela Davis, Essence Magazine, Dream Hampton, Amsterdam, London, South Africa, Charlie Ahearn, Henry Chalfant, Japan, Jamaica, Walker Art Center, Toronto, France, Cuba, In the Frame, Harvard, Rhode Island School of Design, Zimbabwe, Barcelona, Argentina, San Francisco, Represent Inc., International Center of Photography, Berlin, Germany, Belgium, Spraycan Art, James Prigoff, Puerto Rico, Powerhouse, Minneapolis College of Art and Design, Mexico, Sao Paulo, Norway, Paris, Star Tribune, Kulture Klub, Tokyo, Mexico City, Bronx, Zulu Nation, Hip-Hop Degree, Kimora Lee Simmon, Baby Phat, U.K., Russell Simmons, Phat Farm, Getty Images, Icp, Somalia, Somalis, Bling a Planet Rock, Raquel Cepeda, Black History Month, African American Photographers, Black Female Photographers, Female Photographers, Black Photographers, Carribean Photographers, Carribean Artists, Black Journalists, African American Journalists, Entertainment News
Lauri Lyons

When it comes to women in hip-hop, don't call it a comeback. Women have been here for years.

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Illegal Downloaders In Britain May Lose Web Access

AP | KAROLINA TAGARIS | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media Read More: England, Music, Internet, Downloading, Music Downloads, Great Britain, Media News

LONDON — People who repeatedly download copyright-protected films and music could have their Internet connection cut off under proposed laws the...

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Number Of Teens Illegally Sharing Music Falls Dramatically

Guardian | Alexandra Topping | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media Read More: Downloads, Free Music, File Sharing, Music, Music Downloads, Illegal Downloads, Media News

They are the record companies' bogeyman: the 15-year-old in their bedroom ripping off a star's latest album and sharing it with their friends has been...

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Minnesota Woman Ordered to Pay $1.9 Million for Downloading Songs

Bloomberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media Read More: Recording Industry, Illegal Downloading, Riaa, Riaa Lawsuits, Music Downloads, Media News

June 19 (Bloomberg) -- A Minnesota woman accused of swapping music over the Kazaa Internet service was ordered by a jury to pay Vivendi SA's Universal...

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11 Years After His Death, "New" Music From Frank Sinatra

Tony Sachs | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment Read More: Music Business, Warner Bros., Bono, Paul Anka, Reprise Records, Glen Campbell, Las Vegas, Record Stores, Don Costa, Music Retail, Concord Records, Frank Sinatra Enterprises, New Jersey, Music Downloads, Irving Berlin, Duke Ellington, Capitol/EMI, John Denver, New York Times, Capitol Records, Frank Sinatra, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Jimmy Webb, Warner Reprise, Atlantic City, Entertainment News
Tony Sachs

Three new releases, Live At The Meadowlands, My Way, and Classic Sinatra II should please hardcore fans and newbies alike.

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The Day of Sharing

Wayne Kramer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media Read More: Music Streaming, Record Executives, MP3 Downloads, Isp, Internet Music Streaming, Music Downloading, Internet Service Providers, DISH Network, Music-Downloading, Att, File-Sharing, Comcast, AT&T, Music File Downlaods, MP4 Downloads, Music Downloads, Verizon, Computers, File Sharing, Cox, Internet Music Downloading, Internet Music, Atandt, Isps, John Mellencamp, Bono, CNET Digital Media, Media News
Wayne Kramer

That the recording industry is in the toilet is no surprise. How is it that artists don't see the solution?

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