Posts Tagged ‘Streaming’

Stream-ripping threatens music industry, as companies struggle to make streaming profitable – annotated infographics

April 18, 2017

As if a beleaguered music industry didn’t already have enough to contend with, the rise of streaming services like Spotify, Apple Music, Google Play Music, Pandora, Deezer and Tidal –  yes! even Tidal! – have changed the way many people listen to music. It has also brought about a new form of piracy, known as “stream ripping”.

This new type of copyright infringement has overtaken conventional music download piracy.

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It’s not all days of wine and roses at the streaming companies, either. Spotify is the most successful streaming music service in the world and streaming is the music industry’s fastest-growing revenue source, yet none of the popular services has yet turned a profit.

Spotify has reportedly been in talks to acquire SoundCloud for some months now, but still no decisive action.


World goes bonkers for music streaming services – an annotated infographic

February 19, 2015

We never thought we’d say this, but: poor old CDs.

On the one hand, vinyl sales are up, up, up 50 per cent year on year to a near 25-year high – higher sales, in fact, than at any time since 1991, when Nirvana’s Nevermind album first blew up radios worldwide. On the other hand, the majority of folks who never cared much for physical media have turned to streaming music services with a vengeance. No shelf space, no heartache.

Even cassette tapes are enjoying a hipster renaissance, as a subset of the digital-generation music fans dig in to the analogue format archives in search of the ultimate retro-vintage throwback. We’ve got £50 to bet you that 8-track systems and flexi discs will resurface next, if they haven’t already. All of which leaves the humble digital compact disc somewhat forlorn, largely unloved and abandoned.

But you know what? The CD is actually capable of being a pretty decent vessel through which to deliver one’s audio art. It’s not half as bad as some people would have you believe. Naturally, we all hate the ugly plastic jewel cases in which a compact disc is too often obliged to reside – their ineffectual and emminently snappable disc-gripping teeth the cause of much consumer chagrin – but on a top-notch stereo system, a well-produced compact disc is still capable of delivering real quality and an emotional, cerebral and physical experience in sound.

The crucial, killer caveat here, though, is that most people don’t have top-notch stereo systems. A CD on a bad system might as well be an MP3 and if it might as well be an MP3, a listener might as well stream it. And lo, it came to pass.

So, here we are in 2015: vinyl for the purists and collectors, streaming for the rest. And DVD-Audio, Blu-Ray, Pono and HD digital for people who have lost all sense of perspective on this subject, like Betamax enthusiasts grimly hanging on long after VHS had won that particular war. We’re not saying it’s right or wrong, just that the sands have shifted in certain directions.

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It's all right Ma, I'm only streaming

It’s all right Ma, I’m only streaming

#NetflixNights go global as video streaming services pushes in to Australasia – an annotated infographic

November 26, 2014

Good news for all red-eyed, telly-addicted, insomniac, pop culture vultures down under. Just months after pushing its service further across Europe, Netflix has announced that it will launch its video streaming service in Australia and New Zealand in 2015.

Despite reservations periodically expressed about the quality of the Netflix service from some people – such as the limited breadth of titles on offer and the speed of streaming – this has apparently done little to stop the precipitously upward trajectory of its user base and share price.

Since the company’s IPO in 2002, when shares traded at a modest $15, the price has since peaked at a September 2014 high of $481.56.

We’re no mathematicians, but this is an increase of approximately 5,000 per cent. We’re also no investment specialists, but we feel fairly confident in stating that former Blockbuster execs must be really kicking themselves now for not snapping up Netflix when they had the chance in the year 2000.

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Anything on telly tonight?

Anything on telly tonight?