Music Industry News Roundup

Posted by Drew Stoga on November 23, 2011

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As a young Robert Zimmerman once sang, 'the times they are a-changin.' Clearly Dylan wasn't talking about the digital music revolution but that's what seems to be on the minds of everybody else in the music industry these days.

We know this stuff can be hard to follow. That's why every once in a while we like to get you caught up with one of our link roundups. Here's all the music industry news you need to know this week:

Spotify has promised to drop a "big announcement" at their upcoming November 30th press conference. What's the big surprise? Compare and contrast Hypebot's prediction with's.

Fast Company spoke to Spotify, as well as competitors Rdio and MOG, about the complaint that they underpay artists. The unequivocal response from the online music-services: Don't Blame Us.

At least Spotify, Rdio and MOG pay artists something. Grooveshark doesn't pay anything, which is part of the reason they are getting sued into oblivion by Universal Music Group (as TheNextWeb puts it).

The Future of Music Coalition took a long look back on some of the best new online services for musicians.

Did you catch our brief introduction to Google Music? If you want to learn more, check out Evolver's Google Music in a Nutshell.

The finalists have been released for the 2011 Mashable Awards. No sign of GigMasters but Hypebot has the scoop on the finalists in the two music-related categories.


Sick of all this digital stuff? Then do your part and go out an buy some records - real records! This Friday is Record Store Day's Black Friday. All sorts of great limited releases will be made available but you can only get them if you get off your butt and visit your local record store. Learn more here:












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