Is Big Music trying to re-fight battles it’s already lost?

As Universal and Sony gear up to try a dual front attack on Spotify and other ‘freemium’ music streams services, some industry observers think Big Music is just heading back into another bruising fight over money and control over public access to music and the music industries access to the public.

Some indie musicians find themselves increasingly sympathetic to the enhanced discovery options that flow from such ‘freemium’ business models that let interested consumers discover music outside the heavy promotion the old line industry must use to continue selling its cookie-cutter product to pliant consumers.

Quartz: The music industry wants to fight the internet again—and it’s probably going to lose

An end to the ‘loudness wars’ — at least at YouTube?

These two articles at productionadvice.co.uk outline what their author feels is the beginning of the end of the outbreak of loudness warring that begain in earnest with the move file-based music distribution (since having a big bunch of individual tracks often means folks will shuffle tracks from different albums and artists together and that often means that the dynamically delicate may get shoved right up against the brutally loud — and when listening on headphones that can produce a sudden urge to fling one’s mobile device into the nearest vocano, river, or trash compactor.

YouTube just put the final nail in the Loudness War’s coffin

YouTube loudness normalisation – The Good, The Questions and The Problem

 

Spotify will not go to Russia…

Spotify began making formal arrangements to launch its subscription and ad-driven streaming music services in Russia back in January of 2014, expecting to be open for business in October. But Russia’s invasion of eastern Ukraine, which has sparked a conflict resulting in thousands of deaths and has been met with steep economic sanctions from western democracies (in lieu of direct military action), has plunged Russia into economic near-chaos and prompted strongman leader Vladimir Putin to clamp down ever farther on Russian civil liberties and Internet freedoms. Putin, himself, calls the Internet a CIA plot and has enacted laws attempting to assure the Russian security apparatus’ continuing access to social media use by Russians.

UK’s Independent:  Spotify cancels launch in Russia for the ‘foreseeable future’