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    Apple Denies 200 Jobs Cut At Beats, But Admits Some Are Coming

    UPDATE 2: Sources close to both Beats and Apple are denying earlier reports of 200 person layoffs at Beats, but admit that some may be coming soon: "We're excited to have the Beats team join Apple, and we have extended job offers to every Beats employee., and Apple spokesperson told Billboard. "Because of some overlap in our operations, some offers are for a limited period and we’ll work hard during this time to find as many of these Beats employees as we can another permanent job within Apple." The original story: Apple is eliminating close to 200 postions at Beats,... [...]
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    Ryan Farish Shares What He’s Learned Streaming Music On MP3.com, YouTube and Spotify

    Brad Hill at RAIN interviews electronic music artist Ryan Farish who got his start sharing music via MP3.com and went on to huge success on such platforms as the Weather Channel, YouTube and streaming services like Spotify and Pandora. Given that history he has an interesting take on things, especially on YouTube, as well as on still relevant lessons from MP3.com. While Ryan Farish eventually got lots of attention on MP3.com, he says that it was initially important in providing the realization that electronic music was much bigger than he knew and that he could be part of a global... [...]
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    Australia Invades The US Charts: 5 Seconds Of Summer Debuts At #1

    Australia invaded the Nielsen SoundScan Billboard charts this week with 5 Seconds of Summer scoring the 3rd largest overall debut of 2014 by selling 259,000 copies. It’s also the biggest debut for an artist’s first full-length album this year and the largest for any debut record since 2006. "The record also marks several milestones for Australian artists, with the band becoming the first act from the country to start at #1 with their first album and the record logging the biggest opening for any Australian artist’s debut in the SoundScan era.," says James Donio, President of the Music Business Association... [...]
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    Music Magazines Move To Apps With Mixed Results​

    By Knar Bedian, Editor in Chief and co-founder of Sound of Boston and journalist previously published in Billboard, Wired, AUX Magazine and Gizmodo. Imagine if every recipe in a cooking magazine was paired with a completed culinary dish for readers to taste. That’s what the Internet did for music publications. With the web, music magazines could finally present a serving of audio side-by-side with the text discussing it. Though hearing Jack Johnson’s “Banana Pancakes” while reading a review of In Between Dreams isn’t quite the same as sampling a steaming stack of syrupy hotcakes while reading a recipe in Bon... [...]

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Vinyl Crunch Worsens For Indie Labels: Time For A Record Press Kickstarter?

by Clyde Smith in D.I.Y.

Jack White's #1 album debut with vinyl accounting for 30% sales, as well as his creative approach, feels like another breakthrough in the land of vinyl. But, according to one Pitchfork writer, the vinyl scene is showing signs of stress as limited production facilities devote more time to higher profile projects. The bottom line is that somebody's got to build some new presses. Joel Oliphint takes a look at the current state of vinyl (@wesdavenport) and limits on production that are only going to get worse. I think a press-building project would make a great crowdfunding campaign and/or a great... [...]

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