Why hasn’t piracy killed artists’ incomes?

By Chris Meadows
August 22, 2015 // 1 Comment

15 years ago, during the height of the Napster hearings, Lars Ulrich testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee of his concerns that Napster was going to set off a “creative apocalypse.” How [...]

Spotify updates privacy policy to collect more information

By Chris Meadows
August 20, 2015 // 0 Comments

Forbes has an article looking at some changes to streaming music service Spotify’s privacy policy that seem rather alarming. Spotify wants to collect information that shows things like your [...]

As BlueIndy rental e-cars go in down the block, my lifestyle becomes more rent-centric

By Chris Meadows
August 18, 2015 // 0 Comments

While this isn’t directly about e-books, it’s about a trend I remarked on in April that e-books are related to. We’re getting to the point where we need to own things less and less. Physical [...]

The September indie music stream-a-thon, and why you shouldn’t bother

By Chris Meadows
August 18, 2015 // 6 Comments is one of those sites where anyone who wants to can contribute an article—and sometimes it shows. Today in my inbox arrived this piece submitted by one “Sharky Laguna,” with the [...]

Does Apple Music for Android portend an Android iBooks?

By Chris Meadows
August 10, 2015 // 1 Comment

Might iBooks come to Android? The obvious answer is something involving porcine aviation, but maybe it just got a little less unlikely. Prompted by a 9to5Mac article about a job posting by Apple [...]

‘Happy Birthday’ may turn unhappy for Warner Brothers

By Chris Meadows
August 7, 2015 // 0 Comments

We’ve looked at the legal effort to clarify the copyright status of the “Happy Birthday” song a couple of times—in 2013 when it launched, and again last week. But Boing Boing has posted an [...]

TeleRead Links: Apple music and the FTC, Harcourt agency pricing, free book vending machines, and more

By Chris Meadows
July 23, 2015 // 0 Comments

FTC investigation into Apple heats up, music streaming services hit with subpoenas (The Verge) Before Apple decided to get into the streaming game, its 30 percent tax was still a pain for music [...]

Neil Young pulls all his music from streaming services

By Chris Meadows
July 15, 2015 // 4 Comments

Neil Young might be searching for a heart of gold, but as far as he’s concerned, streaming music services are for ears of tin. Today he announced via Facebook that “Streaming has ended for me”. [...]

FTC reportedly investigates Apple restrictions on iOS music service apps

By Chris Meadows
July 12, 2015 // 0 Comments

The Federal Trade Commission is quietly investigating whether the terms Apple places on competitors’ music services on its devices pose an anti-trust issue, Reuters reports based on anonymous [...]

Why own media when you can rent the library?

By Chris Meadows
April 30, 2015 // 3 Comments

Is ownership of media passé? Over the last few years, I’ve noticed an interesting trend develop. It started with music, as “all-you-can-eat” services like Pandora and Spotify popped up to [...]

Why the Hugos are broken, and who’s breaking them now

By Chris Meadows
April 23, 2015 // 15 Comments

The Hugo Puppies affair proceeds apace. As it will for at least the rest of this year, and probably the next as well. Everyone is having their say, and some excellent things have been written about [...]

Apple music DRM case wraps up with final witness

By Chris Meadows
December 14, 2014 // 2 Comments

The Apple iTunes DRM case proceeds apace. After finding a replacement plaintiff to supplant those who were found not to have bought iPods during the required time period, the case moved forward, [...]

YouTube pressures independent music labels in Amazon/Hachette-like way

By Chris Meadows
June 18, 2014 // 0 Comments

A major electronic media company and its suppliers face contentious contract renegotiations, with the company making it harder for its customers to find the supplier’s products. It’s a story [...]

Amazon Prime Streaming Music is terrific for Prime subscribers

By Chris Meadows
June 17, 2014 // 6 Comments

Juli gave her review of Amazon Prime Music yesterday. Now I’ll have my say. First of all, as Slate and the Verge point out in their reviews, Amazon Prime Streaming Music is not a Pandora or Spotify [...]

Violinist Lindsey Stirling’s success story is like those of self-publishers

By Chris Meadows
June 11, 2014 // 2 Comments

A creative talent is told by the establishment that she’s “unmarketable,” but goes on to leverage social Internet media to become a new rising star. This is the success story of many [...]

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