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In June 2015, a week before the official launch of Apple Music, I was given an in-depth pre-release demonstration of the new streaming service. I was accompanied on this tour by a writer from another music publication, and our walk-through was guided by two high-level Apple Music representatives; all four of us were arranged on… More »

“Who the hell is this guy and why is he trying to sell me a warm sack of shit?”

This question lit up my mind last week, as I sat in the audience for the Future of Music Coalition Policy Summit in Washington, DC. The guy in question was, in fact, a US… More »

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It was only a matter of time. Pandora announced via press release that the personalized online radio company will acquire key assets from competitor Rdio,…
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The United States didn't protect copyrights for sound recordings until 2/15/72. Thanks to that legal loophole, Pandora has never paid royalties on music recorded before…
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Pandora recently signed a deal with global rights agency Merlin to pay a smaller royalty rate on songs that are performed by artists represented by…
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