How Amazon’s Twitch.tv Cheats Music Creators

Music creators (songwriters and performing artists) and rights’ owners (music publishers and record labels) are not collecting a new and substantial source of income – and most of them are not aware they are not collecting it. Enter Twitch, the website exploiting creators and owners without paying for a single cent of music usage.

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Where to Travel for the World’s Fastest Internet

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If it feels like it’s taking forever to post your travel memories to Instagram or load a page on the restaurant recommendations, it may not be your hotel Wi-Fi’s fault. It could be that the country’s internet infrastructure is slow. But, surprisingly, some seemingly remote locations have some of the world’s fastest internet connections.

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10 Dos and Don’ts for Creating a Music Website

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What does it take to design an effective music website? To find out, Consequence of Sound called up designer Laci Jordan, whose portfolio of work includes content for Disney Imagineering, ABC, and Creative Artists Agency. During our chat, she shared her dos and don’ts, and told me why she recommends Squarespace, the all-in-one website builder that she used to create the eye-catching, easy-to-navigate websites for artists ranging from Sharon Van Etten to Jamila Woods.

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The Music Industry: From Piracy To Profits

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Streaming is bringing money back to the music industry and affecting many related areas.

After being crushed by piracy for almost two decades, streaming is allowing users to have the experience they want at a price they can afford. Though music industry revenues are still below the peak levels of 1999, the past two years have been the first years of material growth since the peak with an increase in industry revenues of 16.5% in 2017.

To provide some background, the music industry has had a long battle against piracy, which dealt the recorded music business a tremendous number of setbacks. To this day, Napster has had the fastest user growth of any company in history, primarily due to the fact that they were illegally assisting in giving away a premium product for free. This caused nearly unstoppable piracy en masse, and within 10 years, revenues from the recorded industry saw a massive decline.

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Instagram plotting new music stickers feature

New code suggests users will soon be able to add music to Stories

It looks like photo sharing app Instagram is plotting a new feature which will allow users to add music to their Stories.

TechCrunch reports that coding spotted inside the platform’s Android app points towards a new “music stickers” capability. Users may be able to search for specific tracks, genres or artists in the future, and their selections will most likely play in the background of Instagram Story posts.

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How I Wait Years to Get My Photos

Landscape photography takes a lot of patience. When we share shots on the Internet, people often don’t realize how much effort can go into creating some of them. I’m often told, “you’re always at the right place at the right time.” And yes, I am sometimes at the right place at the right time, but it took me lots of effort and sometimes a bit of luck!

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