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Alibaba Announces Music Division, Streaming Service Alizila

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This news might not mean too much on the international front, especially in the United States, where users can choose between new options Apple Music and Tidal, as well as other streaming mainstays such as Spotify and Pandora. China is a market that calls for streaming options perhaps more than any other however. Reports in recent years have indicated that as much as 99 percent of music acquired in the country is done so by piracy. Although Western markets debate whether streaming pays the musicians behind the work enough, the possibility that performers will be paid anything in China has to be considered a huge step forward. – Ryan Book, Music Times

SoundExchange Brings Second Lawsuit Ever, Alleging Streaming Services Abusing Grandfathered…

Muzak has been on the streaming train far before most similar services, first offering its catalog to Dish Network satellite television subscribers before the passing of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act of 1998, which set the current statutory rates for royalties on digital streams. The “new” law set the minimum royalty rate at 15 percent, however Muzak and several other preexisting services were allowed to continue using their previous 8 percent rate under a grandfather clause. The lawsuit from SoundExchange contends that Muzak didn’t have the right to continue using that rate as it expanded to other platforms. – Ryan Book, Music TimesĀ 

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Modern consumers spend less and less on physical format albums (vinyl sales have risen, but not nearly enough to cover the drop in CD’s), and the concept of a record collection will likely disappear. Consumers, who have relied entirely upon streaming services for music listening will need to continue subscribing in order to access music at all. If small subscription fees are enforced (unlike the modern system, where users can easily access streams for free with limited commercial interference) a constant source of income will flow into providers and, ideally, they’ll be more willing to shell out to record labels accordingly. More subscriptions means more money for performers represented, by [Tom Silverman,Tommy Boy Records]’s – Ryan Book, Music Times http://ift.tt/1lmRUyp