5 Easy Ways to Stay on Top of Trends (for Busy People)

There’s a certain advantage to being ahead of the curve. In an age of constant disruption, the benefits of learning about a new tool or technology before your competitors can be immeasurable. So how do you stay aware of new trends and developments in your field or industry? Below are 5 convenient ways. They just take a […]

The 2010 Google Patent You Should Know About in Pokemon Go’s Wake

Six years ago, tech media widely reported a Google patent that would let it replace real-world ads on billboards, with virtual ones in Google Street View. Google, after all, is in the ads business, so if they create a virtual layer that represents the real world, they’re going to place their ads in that virtual […]

The Global Implications of VKontakte’s New Music Licenses

Last week’s most important music business news could well be the deal struck between Russian social network VKontakte (VK), and all 3 major labels. It follows a long history of conflict between VK, sometimes referred to as Russia’s Facebook, and the music industry. It seems like the music will stay freely available to VK users, […]

4 Products That Show the Future of Music

Tomorrow is the product of today, so let’s take a look at the innovative tools artists, brands, promoters and labels are using to bring about music’s near-future. SoundStage: Make Music in VR http://soundstagevr.com/ SoundStage lets users immerse themselves in a virtual environment full of tools and instruments to create music. Not quite ready to seriously […]

Are pay-per-stream royalties costing artists tens of thousands of dollars?

Is it fair that a 50-second song costs the same as a 20-minute composition? Back in the days of album-driven sales, track length didn’t matter much. If an album contains 50 tracks of 1 minute each (punk, grindcore), it would sell for roughly same price as an album with 3 tracks lasting 20 minutes each […]