4 Reasons to Use MediaNet for Developing Your Digital Music Product

(Additional contribution by Dan Charlson) Many people ask us, “Why should I use MediaNet? Building a digital music product can’t be that difficult or expensive.” After 15 years in the digital music industry, there’s one thing we know for sure—building a digital music product alone is that difficult and expensive. Music licensing is deeply complex. Multi-format file distribution requires massive… Continue reading 4 Reasons to Use MediaNet for Developing Your Digital Music Product

The Top 146 Songs of 2015 in the U.S. & Canada

Every year billions of digital music streams are played through our partner services and served up by the MediaNet platform. These diverse services encompass on-demand streaming, paid downloads, online radio, and more. MediaNet’s 49M track catalog gives the users of these services unprecedented access to digital music—but which songs are the most popular?

The (Somewhat Screwy) State of Music Copyright Law Right Now, From The Perspective of Congress

It doesn’t take a law professor to understand that musical copyright is a complex beast. Just look at all the artists up in arms about Soundcloud takedowns, or MediaNet’s own exploration of the dizzying spiral of music ownership. Copyright laws are always passed with the intention of protecting rights owners, but as time passes and… Continue reading The (Somewhat Screwy) State of Music Copyright Law Right Now, From The Perspective of Congress

Music Nerd? Here’s What You Need to Know From Apple’s “Hey Siri” Keynote

In typical Apple fashion, we’ve been waiting for months after the cryptic announcement of “Hey Siri, give us a hint” made its way onto the net. Apple’s September keynotes reliably announce a new version of the iPhone, iOS, and other mobile products. This time around, announcements were expected for iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, and Apple… Continue reading Music Nerd? Here’s What You Need to Know From Apple’s “Hey Siri” Keynote

Surprising Takeaways From The Billboard Music Industry Executive Survey

People often think of music, label, and technology executives as disconnected and greedy, but a report out yesterday from Billboard shows they might not think as differently as consumers. The survey, given to 50-something anonymous music industry executives, had a few unexpected bits of information inside. We don’t know which executives were polled and what… Continue reading Surprising Takeaways From The Billboard Music Industry Executive Survey

5 Important Lessons From Next Big Sound’s “Data To Date” Report

Next Big Sound, a digital music analytics firm recently acquired by Pandora, made headlines last week with the release of its report “Data To Date: The Rapid Rise of Social and Streaming.” This in-depth report examines how digital music is streamed and how it is shared. The report, which analyzed over one trillion plays across… Continue reading 5 Important Lessons From Next Big Sound’s “Data To Date” Report

Why Aren’t All Streaming Music Services “High-Definition?”

Historically, the most successful music streaming services have operated using two key formats: MP3 and AAC. Both formats take audio data and compress it by removing parts of the information deemed irrelevant to the listening experience. This type of compression is referred to as “lossy,” and comes in a variety of bit rates. These bit… Continue reading Why Aren’t All Streaming Music Services “High-Definition?”

In Streaming, Licensing Means Far More Than A Huge Music Catalog

Key Takeaways For every song in a digital music catalog, there is a huge rights and licensing stack that is far more complicated to fulfill. Without a digital music platform that understands these relationships, potential for lost and escrow revenue increases dramatically.   At MediaNet we regularly see and hear music services touting the sheer… Continue reading In Streaming, Licensing Means Far More Than A Huge Music Catalog