How Music’s Digital Shift Rapidly Impacted The Industry

shockwebpic_howmusicsdigitalshift“Widespread copyright infringement is like a generational shift and ignorance of existing law, similar to massive experimentation with illegal drugs in the 1960s,” says Stephen Witt, author of How Music Got Free: The End of an Industry, The Turn of the Century and the Patient Zero of Piracy. The book was named on the “Best of the Year” lists of The Washington Post, Forbes, Slate, The Atlantic, Financial Times and others.

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The Culture of Free: A Look Back At Napster & Its Impact On Music

shockwebpic_napsternytimesdocuThis NY Times Retro Report documentary short takes a look back at the beginnings of the file-sharing program Napster which began in 1999 and its strong impact on the music industry, artists and music buying fans.

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State Of The Industry: Over 223 Billion New Streams In 2013, 6 Billion New Fans

shockleewebpic_nextbigsound2013reportThe online music industry continues to grow at a rapid clip. Next Big Sound tracked more than 6 billion new fans, and more than 223 billion streams in 2013. This is an increase that speaks to not only a significant shift in consumption methods, but also the importance of understanding the data behind all this activity. In our annual State of The Industry report we go beyond the traditional metrics to map the landscape of the online music industry.

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BOMB SQUAD + MRK1 Team Up With Audiam: Free Music For YouTube Videos – Download & Get Paid

shockleewebpic_audiamBSQpromo1We have teamed up with the folks over at Audiam who are rolling out a new service that provides free, pre-cleared music for use by anyone in YouTube videos. So if you have some video that you’ve shot and are looking for some cool music to use as the soundtrack [and avoid having your video pulled down because you don't own the music] we’ve got you covered.

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Free Tunes From MRK1: Dirty Mutt & No Play Ting

shockleewebpic_freetunesmrk1Two must-have downloads courtesy of MRK1 – ‘Dirty Mutt’ off the ‘Stand & Deliver EP’ on Profound Audio & ‘No Play Ting’ featuring Doctor, get them now!

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Music Fuels Innovation: Download The New 2013 Digital Music Report

The IFPI [International Federation of the Phonographic Industry] has released a new report the finds that in 2012, the global music industry experienced it’s first rise in revenues since 1999. Although it’s not much of an increase, just 0.3 percent, the news of increased profits has been long overdue – 13 years in the making.

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This Week’s #freesamplefriday Roundup

We’re back for 2012! The best in FREE audio tools for music makers – whether you’re a music producer, sound designer, beatmaker or just like to make noise is back again! Here’s our very first round of #freesamplefriday for the year. Street tested, pro approved!

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PressPausePlay: The Documentary Featuring Hank Shocklee Now Available As Free Download!

PressPausePlay is a documentary about creators and how the digital shift in our world has changed our creative culture. It features a cool cast of creative thinkers including our very own Hank Shocklee and you can now download it for free!

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The Sound And Music Of Angry Birds: The Smash Hit Game With Over 300 Million Downloads

Go inside the sound and music behind Angry Birds, the hit game which started out as an Apple iOS only download in December 2009 and has since then been downloaded over 300 million times. The game has developed into a huge franchise which includes toys and also has a movie adaptation in the works.

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Apolinar: South American Flavor From Matanza

Teleport to the Andes Mountains with this tribal, house, dub and South American flavored EP from the Chilean group Matanza from Amsterdam based Antartek Records. The 6 song set is filled with a blend of pan flutes, bombo and gaita rhythms inspired by the ancients mixed with house and bass sounds.

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