SHOCKLEE @ SXSW 2016

shockwebpic_shockleesxsw2016SHOCKLEE will be all around Austin, Texas for this year’s SXSW music, film and interactive festival so if you’re around town give us a shout and stay tuned to this space and our social media channels for more updates on special events and appearances from our friends and partners.

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Ways To Fix The Music Crisis: How Tech Can Help Save The Industry

shockwebpic_musicscrisisandhowtofixitWe all know that the recent digital era has transformed the way we listen to, buy and release music but did you know that the next few years may be crucial in defining the future of the industry and how the music makers and companies that profit from music get paid?

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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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Let’s UnPop This: Repetitive Pop Music & The Shazam Effect

shockwebpic_repetitivemusicA must-read feature from The Atlantic looks into why the state of [pop] music is the way it is…repetitive, monotonous, homogeneous, super loud and compressed and in many cases, super cheesy.

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YouTube Unveils Its Streaming Service: Music Key

shockwebpic_youtubemusickeyA much awaited development in the music space for fans and artists alike has just been unveiled. YouTube has just announced it’s streaming service Music Key.

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Share Of Ear Study Measures How We Consume Audio

shockleewebpic_shareofearstudyDespite a constantly changing audio landscape, broadcast radio controls more than half of the more than four hours a day that Americans spend with all sources of audio. But the audio space is vibrant and changing – and newer sources of audio, from Internet-only services like Pandora and Spotify, to Satellite Radio, and even TV music channels like Music Choice now account for nearly a quarter of all listening.

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YouTube May Remove Music Videos From Indie Labels Who Don’t Join New Paid Service

shockleewebpic_youtubethreatomusicThere are some disturbing reports floating around this week that neither musicians or music fans want to hear. In anticipation of YouTube’s forthcoming music subscription service, the video giant and independent labels are at odds and not agreeing on the terms of a new agreement and monetization splits.

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CNET Talks To Shocklee As Gangnam Style Hits 2B YouTube Views

shockleewebpic_ganghamstyle2bPsy’s global colossal hit Gangnam Style just hit a major milestone, 2 billions views on YouTube and is now officially the most viewed video on the site with Justin Beiber’s ‘Baby’ at a distant 1 billion. What does this all mean for music, streaming, how it reaches us and future global successes? CNET’s Seth Rosenblatt talked with a few people about this in the music and video ecosystem including our own Hank Shocklee.

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Music Streaming Services Ranked By Popularity: iTunes Radio Overtakes Spotify

shockleewebpic_streamingservicesrankedThe Infinite Dial 2014, a brand new report from Edison Research has examined consumer adoption of digital media, including music streaming usage. A U.S. survey shows Pandora, iHeartRadio and iTunes Radio ranked first, second and third respectively, with Spotify coming in a close fourth.

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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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