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If you’ve been anywhere near YouTube recently you cannot have failed to have seen one or two of the many thousands of complaints made by content creators about YouTube’s entirely ludicrous Content ID and Copyright Claims Systems. The former flags any and all similar sounding musical content - regardless of fair use terms, licence agreements or permitted alternative version use. While the latter allows anyone and everyone to claim ownership of any music - regardless of whether they ...

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Now TV Lagging Far Behind for User Experience

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I use 8 different streaming services fairly regularly - Amazon Prime Video / Fire TV, Apple TV, BBC iPlayer, Channel 4 All 4, ITV Hub, Netflix, Now TV, and YouTube of course!

 

I use the various mobile and TV apps, widgets and boxes, but since I spend most of the time working or organising on my Desktop, this is the primary access point / device for most of those services.

 

My browser of choice is Chrome, followed by Firefox; I will then use Safari at a push, but am loathe to go ...

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How Essena O'Neill exposed the ugly underbelly of Social Media and Influencer Marketing

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Everyone is now familiar with Essena’s route to fame - via posting ’posed’ pictures on Instagram and the occasional YouTube featurette. Social Media celebrities are a dime-a-dozen these days and many are far too young and lack the strength of character to handle the nastier side such exposure brings.

 

Individuals put themselves under huge amounts of pressure (particularly psychological) to create and catch perfect moments to properly represent their supposedly fabulous...

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Taylor Swift vs Spotify vs the value of Streaming Music

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Taylor Swift is not the first to remove her entire catalogue from Spotify and nor will she be the last. Following on from her disingenuous pretense at offering better service to UK fans by forcing them to buy her whole pre-release album instead of being able to download individual promo tracks like the rest of the world could do. It’s not a surprise that she’s taken these latest extreme measures, but the reasons she gives are nothing more than record label bulls**t spin - in an ...

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Germany vs Google

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Two years ago I wrote an article about how GEMA, the German performance rights organisation had targeted Google’s YouTube video platform in terms of how it dealt with the public posting of music videos not personally sanctioned by GEMA. GEMA’s contention was that the 24 hour take-down rule was insufficient, and that Google / YouTube should be made to pay penalties for illegally displaying those videos at all, as it was gaining advertising royalties while those videos were played ...

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Axwell Λ Ingrosso pioneer social participation via sheet music

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I’m a long term fan of Axel Hedfors aka Axwell from his earliest releases, avidly following the evolution of his label Axtone and his group projects and collaborations including Swedish House Mafia. Those who watched ’One Last Tour’ will understand why the trio is no more, and the core of that group - Axwell and Sebastian Ingrosso have now struck out as a duo (Axwell Λ Ingrosso).

 

Their first move was to release their intro track as a free download:

And now they...
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Coachella 2013 is best streaming coverage yet

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The Coachella festival always signals the start of Spring proper for me, I of course look forward to hearing some of my favourite bands play live, as well as seeing what advances YouTube / Google make in their coverage.

 

As far as the YouTube interface goes, I preferred last year’s version - with the Social Media shout-outs appearing to the right of the main video. I also felt the who’s playing and who’s on next was better done last year too. As per last year - shout-...

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The Future of Music Online 2013

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My Top 10 Albums of 2012

  1. Visions - Grimes
  2. Born to Die (Paradise Edition) - Lana Del Rey
  3. Kin - Iamamiwhoami
  4. Ice Level - Ava Luna
  5. Good kid, m.A.A.d city - Kendrick Lamar
  6. III - Crystal Castles
  7. Shrines - Purity Ring
  8. Instinct - Niki & The Dove
  9. Master of My Make-Believe - Santigold
  10. Give You The Ghost - Poliça

 

 

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10 Musical Trends for 2013

 

  • MySpace will try to re-
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Affino 7 Key Integrations

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Doing business online is much bigger than any one website. You have to be where the people are, integrate your business hub with all the key sites out there, and make sure that everything integrates effectively with your back-end systems that you use day in and day out to get things done within your company.

 

Affino 7 integrates with over 100 systems, and of those 60 are out-of-the box integrations that you can simply enter your settings and connect to Affino. Affino also has a great ...

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BBC's Hackney Weekend Coverage is Peerless, could do a lot more with Social Media though

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I’m an avid follower of the world’s leading music festivals - specifically how they are broadcast and ’packaged’ for the digital audience. I’ve kept tabs on the BBC’s and YouTube’s coverage of music festivals over the last few years, and reported back on how each has evolved their offering - benchmark events have been Glastonbury in the UK and Coachella in the US. In this Olympic year, there is no Glastonbury, so we will use BBC 1’s Big Weekend ...

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