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 phone’s GPS location and the speed of your movements, so it can tell if you’re “running, walking, or [...]

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 provocative headline “Streaming Music Is Ripping You Off” and exhorting users to “Fight back with [...]

Hear BBC miniseries of Isaac Asimov’s ‘Foundation’ trilogy for free

By David Rothman
August 9, 2015 // 1 Comment

Isaac Asimov’s Foundation trilogy might be one of the ultimate geekish works, complete with its talk of mathematical sociology. Beware. More buttoned-down technocrats and lawyers might fall for this one, too, and even use the theories to argue for obnoxious copyright changes. An HBO adaptation is [...]

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 offer users a chance to listen to as much music as they wanted either free with advertising, or for a [...]

Aloe Blacc story shows songwriters may be worse off than writers for online royalties

By Paul St John Mackintosh
November 9, 2014 // 1 Comment

Authors grumbling over their royalty deals: Spare a thought for Aloe Blacc, part creator of “the biggest song in streaming history,” vocalist and tunesmith for the song behind Avicii’s “Wake Me Up!”, whichis credited with 168 million streams across various platforms. [...]

Are there lessons from Spotify on eBook subscription services?

By Juli Monroe, TeleRead
September 30, 2014 // 8 Comments

For years people have been telling the publishing industry to look at the music industry for lessons learned on piracy, DRM and other issues. eBook subscription services have obviously been one area in which publishing has paid attention, with services like Scribd, Oyster, Kindle Unlimited and [...]

Oyster Launches 'Spotify for e-books'

By libertyc
September 5, 2013 // 1 Comment

We’ve known it was coming. Someone was going to finally launch an “all-you-can-eat” plan for e-books, and no, the Kindle Lending Library wasn’t it. Today, Oyster launches with its subscription service and app for the iPhone. iPad and other platforms are “coming [...]

Morning Roundup: What Amazon Owes the World

By libertyc
August 12, 2013 // 1 Comment

Shrewd Tips for Book Publicity (Digital Book World) Ebooks are available up to four months earlier than their print counterparts. Those digital editions can be delivered to the media for review or story research very swiftly and without the delays of printing and shipping. — New Spotify for [...]

Why We Pirate, and Why We Don't

By libertyc
March 15, 2013 // 3 Comments

One of the anti-DRM arguments people often make is that if you make it easy enough for people to buy content legitimately, they won’t need to pirate anymore. Here is a case study in favor of that argument: Thorin Kiosowski over at Lifehacker has a great essay up about why he stopped pirating [...]

Spotify now available on Kindle Fire

By libertyc
August 7, 2012 // 0 Comments

I’ve never been much of an app freak, but Spotify is one of the few services that seems to nearly always be running on my home laptop. And while I haven’t yet tried out the Spotify app on my new Android phone (it’s also available on Androids tabs, natch), the Verge points out [...]

24 Symbols co-founder explains why publishers should consider an e-book subscription service

By libertyc
July 19, 2011 // 2 Comments

And speaking of cloud-based subscription models for e-reading, Publishing Perspectives has another company-founder-written column. Justo Hidalgo, co-founder of 24Symbols (which we covered here and here), writes about the cloud-based subscription model of his company and how he believes it can turn [...]

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