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In this episode of the Upward Spiral, a music business podcast, Cortney Harding and Kyle Bylin discuss whether Jay-Z's Tidal will have a hard knock life in the crowded subscription music market. The Upward Spiral Podcast Subcribe on iTunes Send Us Email ___ Kyle Bylin is a user researcher at... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at hypebot
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According to professor Aram Sinnreich, author of the 2013 book The Piracy Crusade: How the Music Industry’s War on Sharing Destroys Markets and Erodes Civil Liberties, college students have changed significantly in their music listening habits and overall musical tastes over the last decade, in part due to market forces... Continue reading
Posted Mar 13, 2015 at hypebot
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By Kyle Bylin, author of Promised Land: Youth Culture, Disruptive Startups, and the Social Music Revolution. Studying people’s music buying habits used to be simple. You handed a person a stack of postcards and told them to send you one the next time they bought an album. They wrote down... Continue reading
Posted Feb 13, 2015 at hypebot
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[UPDATED] Hypebot presents our first San Francisco meetup for readers to network with their peers. You are are invited to gather for drinks on Feb. 17, 2015 from 7:00–10:00PM at Bitters, Bock & Rye in San Francisco. There is a limit of 75 people for this event, so if you... Continue reading
Posted Feb 10, 2015 at hypebot
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By Kyle Bylin, author of Promised Land: Youth Culture, Disruptive Startups, and the Social Music Revolution. Edison Research, a New Jersey-based market research firm, introduced its “Share of Ear” study in June 2014, where it showed the share of everything in the audio space. For the first time, the amount... Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2015 at hypebot
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In this episode of the Upward Spiral, a music business podcast, we talk with Theda Sandiford, who is the VP of Commerce at Republic Records and Island Records, where she handles VEVO, Spotify, Youtube and more. Sandiford got her start at WBLS and then became the first black programmer of... Continue reading
Posted Jan 23, 2015 at hypebot
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In a recent episode of the Upward Spiral, a music business podcast, we talked with Jon Maples, the former VP of product at Rhapsody, about what the music startup landscape looks like in 2015 and how the streaming wars amongst the largest companies are going. Maples also shared his view... Continue reading
Posted Jan 20, 2015 at hypebot
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In this episode of the Upward Spiral, a music business podcast, we talk with Jon Maples, the former VP of product at Rhapsody, who is now writing on his blog and consulting for companies. We ask Maples about the next crop of music startups and where they might take the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 16, 2015 at hypebot
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Subcribe to the Upward Spiral podcast in iTunes, play recent shows on SoundCloud, or follow us on Twitter. In this episode of the Upward Spiral, a music business podcast, we talk with Darren Hemmings, who runs the digital consultancy Motive Unknown and curates the daily music industry newsletter the Daily... Continue reading
Posted Dec 12, 2014 at hypebot
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Subcribe to the Upward Spiral podcast in iTunes, play recent shows on SoundCloud, or follow us on Twitter. In this episode of the Upward Spiral, a music business podcast, we talk with Archie Hamilton, who runs Splatter, China's first integrated music promotion and brand activation agency. His team manages campaigns... Continue reading
Posted Nov 14, 2014 at hypebot
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Subcribe to the Upward Spiral podcast in iTunes, play recent shows on SoundCloud, or follow us on Twitter. In this episode of the Upward Spiral, a music business podcast, we talk with Dan Cantor, who is former CEO and co-founder of exfm, a social music discovery platform that enables people... Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2014 at hypebot
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Excerpted from Kyle Bylin's new collection of essays Promised Land: Youth Culture, Disruptive Startups, and the Social Music Revolution. I was ten when I recorded “The Rockafeller Skank” by Fatboy Slim off the radio onto cassette tape. Twelve when the music video “The Real Slim Shady” by Eminem premiered on... Continue reading
Posted Sep 22, 2014 at hypebot
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If you read Hypebot, you know music technology writer and user experience researcher Kyle Bylin. Whether in his writings or on the Upward Spiral podcast, Kyle has always sought to understand not just how music consumption and the music industry are changing, but why. Now he's published a much anticipated... Continue reading
Posted Sep 15, 2014 at hypebot
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Subcribe to the Upward Spiral podcast in iTunes, play recent shows on SoundCloud, or follow us on Twitter. In this episode of the Upward Spiral, a music business podcast, we talk to Eric Ronning, who is the EVP and Chief Revenue Officer for Digital at adLarge Media, an audio advertising... Continue reading
Posted Jun 3, 2014 at hypebot
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Subcribe to the Upward Spiral podcast in iTunes, play recent shows on SoundCloud, or follow us on Twitter. In this episode of the Upward Spiral, a music business podcast, we talk to Scott LeGere, who is a serial entrepreneur and college educator. Over the past 15 years, Scott has played... Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2014 at hypebot
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Subcribe to the Upward Spiral podcast in iTunes, play recent shows on SoundCloud, or follow us on Twitter. In this episode of the Upward Spiral, a music business podcast, we talk to artist manager and music producer JJ Italiano about whether the concept of a “favorite artist” has changed. Today’s... Continue reading
Posted Feb 28, 2014 at hypebot
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Subcribe to the Upward Spiral podcast in iTunes, play recent shows on SoundCloud, or follow us on Twitter. In this episode of the Upward Spiral, a music business podcast, we talk to Maggie Vail, who is the co-executive director of CASH Music, a nonprofit group that is building both open... Continue reading
Posted Feb 10, 2014 at hypebot
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Subcribe to the Upward Spiral podcast in iTunes, play recent shows on SoundCloud, or follow us on Twitter. In this episode of the Upward Spiral, a music business podcast, we talk to Andy Weissman, who is a partner at Union Square Ventures. Prior to USV, Andy co-founded betaworks, which both... Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2014 at hypebot
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Subcribe to the Upward Spiral podcast in iTunes, play recent shows on SoundCloud, or follow us on Twitter. When news broke that Beats Music would be developing a music service, I got so excited. Finally, a company would make a product that regular people might care about. The reality is... Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2014 at hypebot
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Author's Note: This essay was published almost a year ago. The goal was to predict what the team at project Daisy, now called Beats Music, would need achieve in order to crack the subscription music model and reach the mainstream music listener. Now that Beats Music has launched, it looks... Continue reading
Posted Jan 22, 2014 at hypebot
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Subcribe to the Upward Spiral podcast in iTunes, play recent shows on SoundCloud, or follow us on Twitter. In this episode of the Upward Spiral, a music business podcast, we talk to Daniel Savage, who leads North American operations for Musicmetric, a startup which offers behavioral data for the music... Continue reading
Posted Jan 21, 2014 at hypebot
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When Beyoncé dropped her fifth album on iTunes on December 13, it was a complete surprise. This has led many people to declare that she has changed the game by releasing an album that didn’t have any marketing or PR efforts behind it. So what should we make of all... Continue reading
Posted Jan 13, 2014 at hypebot
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Hypebot produced 32 podcasts in 2013, which featured dozens of influential music industry executives and thinkers. We would like to thank everyone who we interviewed on the show, as well as everyone who tuned in and shared these conversations via social media. We have big plans for the show in... Continue reading
Posted Jan 2, 2014 at hypebot
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In this episode of the Deep Dive podcast, we are joined by Darren Hemmings, who runs the digital consultancy Motive Unknown and curates the music industry newsletter the Daily Digest. We talk with him about the top music and technology stories of 2013 — such as the increasingly heated music... Continue reading
Posted Dec 31, 2013 at hypebot
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In episode 35 of the Upward Spiral, we talk with Ben Sisario, who reports on the changing landscape of the music industry for the New York Times. Sisario shares his thoughts on the beat he covers and how the stories he writes develop, YouTube’s plans for an music award show... Continue reading
Posted Dec 12, 2013 at hypebot