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Money Talking

All About Streaming, Not Buying

Friday, February 13, 2015

It’s getting even tougher to make money in the music industry as streaming becomes more popular. Why buy when you can rent, sometimes even for free?

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Taylor Swift Broke Up With Spotify. Should Everyone?

Friday, November 07, 2014

Taylor Swift broke up with Spotify - she's not releasing her new album on the streaming service and removed all her old songs. A look at whether the move has larger implications for us.

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On The Media

Vulfpeck Made Serious Bank From "Sleepify"

Wednesday, July 09, 2014

On TLDR #20, I spoke to Jack Stratton of the band Vulfpeck, who released an album of complete silence on Spotify called Sleepify and asked listeners to stream it while they slept so the band could tour without charging for shows.

The gambit was a surprising success, garnering quite a bit of press attention, and eventually arousing the ire of Spotify, who asked the band to remove the album from its service. In the aftermath, I was curious what kind of payout the band ended up getting for its efforts, so I got in touch with Stratton to see how it went. Turns out it went pretty well.

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Soundcheck

Analyzing 50 Years Of Summer Jams

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Spotify data storyteller Eliot Van Buskirk has crunched 50 years of summer hits to come up with the defining qualities of a summer song and the ultimate playlist for the summer of 2014.

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On The Media

The Numbers Behind "The Skip"

Wednesday, May 07, 2014

Paul Lamere is a blogger who writes about music and technology. So it makes sense he'd write about Spotify. His latest article is about "the skip," the practice of skipping songs when listening to spotify, and it's so granular that gets more and more fascinating as it goes along.

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On The Media

Spotify Asks Vulfpeck To Remove "Sleepify"

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

A few weeks ago, we did a TLDR episode about the band Vulfpeck, which had come up with a novel way to fund their tour. They uploaded an album of silence to Spotify called "Sleepify," and asked their fans to stream it while they slept. The royalties from the plays of those songs would allow the band to tour for free.

An hour ago, the band announced on its Facebook page that Spotify has requested that they remove "Sleepify" from Spotify.

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On The Media

A New Website Lets You Hear Some of Spotify's 4 Million Unheard Songs

Thursday, January 30, 2014

In our podcast about Matt Farley, the musician who has written fourteen thousand songs in the past six years, we mentioned that twenty percent of the songs on Spotify have never been played. 

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Soundcheck

Dance Music And The Grammys; London Grammar Plays Live; Radio V. Spotify

Thursday, January 23, 2014

In this episode: Daft Punk is no stranger to the Grammys. Since 1998, the French electronic duo has been nominated 13 times, and, five years ago, they won the awards for Best Dance Recording and Best Electronic/Dance Album. But this year, Daft Punk has managed to break into what’s known as the “Big Four” categories -- and has become the first group ever to be nominated for both Best Dance/Electronica Album and Album of the Year. Chris Weingarten, music editor at Rolling Stone explains why this is matters for dance music. 

Then, the moody and lovely British pop group London Grammar performs songs from its new album, If You Wait, in the Soundcheck studio.

And: Radio programmers at Top 40 stations are desperate to keep you tuned in and listening to ads -- that’s how they pay the rent. So they’ve done some homework, and they think they might have a way of competing with music streamers like Spotify: Play fewer hit songs, more often.

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On The Media

100 Songs in a Day

Friday, January 17, 2014

One way to make money making music online is the boring way. Write one song that does incredibly well and live off the royalties for the rest of your life. Matt Farley is a musician who's gone a different route. He's written over 14,000 songs and he makes a tiny bit of money each time someone plays one on Spotify or iTunes. OTM producer and TLDR co-creator PJ Vogt visited Matt at his home recording studio to see how it all works. Programming note: This story originally aired on TLDR -- OTM's new blog and podcast.

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Studio 360

The Trouble With Streaming Music

Friday, June 28, 2013

The title of David Lowery’s blog post said it all: “My Song Got Played On Pandora 1 Million Times and All I Got Was $16.89, Less Than What I Make From a Single T-Shirt Sale!” Lowery, the singer and songwriter from Camper Van Beethoven and Cracker, posted that article on ...

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Soundcheck

Internet Radio Fairness Act

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

A new, and divisive bill in Congress -- called the Internet Radio Fairness Act -- would change the way that services like Spotify and Pandora pay musicians for streaming their music. Billboard editor and Soundcheck regular Joe Levy joins us to break down the dollars and cents of it all.

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Soundcheck

The Internet Radio Fairness Act, Explained... Sort Of

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

A bill before Congress is both controversial and really, really boring. John Schaefer explains.

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WNYC News

City Start-Ups Reveal Office Spaces’ Open Future

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

“Open offices” — workplaces where even CEOs sit not behind closed doors but in large, sunlit rooms with their colleagues — aren’t just for start-ups anymore.

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Soundcheck

Who SPIN Missed: Listeners Weigh In

Friday, May 25, 2012

Our segment on SPIN's new "100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time" list got a lot of feedback - some vitriolic, some snarky, and some supportive. What nearly every comment had, though, was a name of someone who was overlooked in SPIN's list. Here's a Spotify playlist featuring just a few of the "unsung guitar heroes" suggested in the comments.

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WQXR Blog

How Classical Music Tuned in with Technology in 2011

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

In 2011, a growing number of arts organizations embraced digital technology a means of riding out the stresses facing the field.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Making Money (or not) from Digital Music

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Elliot Van Buskirk, editor of Evolver.fm, discusses the popularity of digital music services like Spotify, how they can make money while allowing users to listen for free, and how these services affect the musicians themselves.

Are you a music buyer? A musician? What's your take on the economics of digital music?

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Slate Culture Gabfest

Slate: The Culture Gabfest, Featuring Marc Maron Edition

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

In this week's Culture Gabfest, our critics Stephen Metcalf, Dana Stevens, and Julia Turner discuss Errol Morris’s new Rashomon-meets-Octomom documentary Tabloid and the long-awaited arrival of music streaming service Spotify. For their final segment, t

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Features

Spotify Hops the Pond from Europe, Hoping to Change Online Music Biz in the U.S.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

For those of us who spend a lot of time listening to music on our computers or phones but don't have the money to pay for all the music we want to hear, online music streaming services are the way to go. Now Spotify joins Pandora Radio, Last.FM, Slacker, Rhapsody and Zune Pass.

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WQXR Features

A Millionth Subscriber for Spotify, a Million Miles from Napster

Tuesday, March 08, 2011

The online music service Spotify, which boasts a considerable classical music catalog, has surpassed its one-million subscriber mark. Considered a European answer to iTunes, it has been trying to enter the American market.

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