The Cost of Free

By Athena Butler When it comes to recorded music, today’s consumers enjoy a free ride and seem to have all the answers.  Song sharing is there for the taking and, in any case, the old music sales model is archaic. But if out with the old and in with the new is stylish...
Musicians, Should You EVER Pay-To-Play?

Musicians, Should You EVER Pay-To-Play?

Payola, in one form or another, is as old as the music business: Labels pay radio stations to broadcast their music, producers pay DJs to spin their records in the club, and promoters ask live bands to pay-to-play at their event. And it’s always been a hot topic...

The New Napster: Mobile File-Sharing

As the rise of mobile messaging apps take over the current mobile user population, the ways fans interact with music are changing. Historically, file-sharing takes place over the desktop computer through a P2P software such as BitTorrent. The user opens the music...
Indie Vinyl Subscription Clubs Are A Booming Niche

Indie Vinyl Subscription Clubs Are A Booming Niche

Indie subscription services of all kinds are doing quite well these days. In music we’re seeing everything from Drip.FM’s digital subscriptions to Turntable Kitchen’s combination of meal fixings and vinyl in a box. Marc Hogan recently took a look at...