Amazon's New Streaming Stick Is £7 (For Two Days)

The Huffington Post UK | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 24.03.2015 | UK Tech

Well we saw this coming: Amazon has launched the Fire TV Stick in the UK. What you probably didn't see coming however was the cost: For two days --...

How Track and Field Could Strike Gold When Album Charts Include Streaming

James Brinsford | Posted 17.02.2015 | UK Entertainment
James Brinsford

There is a revolution heading towards the Official Album Charts this Spring and it could be just the opening a lot of up and coming bands are looking towards to break through in to the national conscience.

Who is Still Buying CDs and Why? The Demand for Higher Quality Sound

Chris Havell | Posted 16.02.2015 | UK Tech
Chris Havell

Streaming, while impressive, still only accounts for 12.6 per cent of all the music consumed in the UK. An even bigger surprise might be the fact that together, CD and vinyl still accounted for a huge 49 per cent of all Album Equivalent Sales (AES) in 2014.

Charting the Streaming of Albums

Martin Talbot | Posted 13.02.2015 | UK Entertainment
Martin Talbot

Streaming is upon us, it is one of the buzz words of our era - and understandably so. It may remain a minority sport among music fans (around 12% of spending on music in the UK during 2014), but it is growing at a rapid pace.

Music to Your Ears - Why Audio Is Getting an Upgrade

Matthew Hussey | Posted 09.02.2015 | UK Tech
Matthew Hussey

Even vinyl has seen an upturn in sales. In the UK alone, vinyl sales reached levels not seen since 1996, before napster, limewire or even the MP3 came to dominate our listening experience.

11 questions to ask when you buy a new soundsystem

The Huffington Post UK | Sarah O'Meara | Posted 25.11.2014 | UK Tech

Before you start reading the tech specifications for high-fidelity speakers on Amazon, remember that your sound system should defer to your needs. Not...

Reimagining Digital

David Julian Price | Posted 08.01.2015 | UK Tech
David Julian Price

Many music lovers thought it a little sterile sounding. Although the world was wowed by its inky-black inter-track silences, some felt it was still processed and artificial. There were all sorts of explanations, from conventional hi-fi systems not being 'digital-ready' to the fact that most discs were analogue mastered, and thus couldn't get the full benefit of the new technology.

Spotify's Family Plan Is Music to My Ears

Andrew Denham | Posted 27.12.2014 | UK Tech
Andrew Denham

Over recent years we've seen a move away from purchasing music to having access to an always-on supply of all our favourite tracks. Ten years ago we would have bought a CD and shared it between us. Up until now, digital and streamed music has been aimed at the individual and it has been difficult to share it, even with those under the same roof.

Ones and Sixes and the Economics of Success in the Streaming Age

Paul Piggott | Posted 30.09.2014 | UK Entertainment
Paul Piggott

A wise man recently introduced me to the idea that fans of bands can be measured on a score of 1 - 6. Kind of like a musical dice or an adapted Net Promoter Score.

Goal?! Can We Handle the World Cup Streaming Frenzy?

Marcus Jewell | Posted 09.08.2014 | UK Tech
Marcus Jewell

The upcoming Football World Cup in Brazil is a fantastic example of how our consumption of both data and content is changing. Major sporting events such as the World Cup and the Olympics are quickly becoming, first and foremost, digital events.

Race Is on to Move Britain Into the Broadband Fast Lane

Marie-Louise Abretti | Posted 29.03.2014 | UK Tech
Marie-Louise Abretti

Let's face it, broadband speeds have always been a postcode lottery, condemning users to whatever speeds are available within their area. But our home broadband needs have greatly evolved since the days of dial-up, and broadband is now seen as the fourth utility.

It Takes Two

Geoff Taylor | Posted 11.03.2014 | UK Entertainment
Geoff Taylor

British labels have helped to lead this transformation, licensing more new digital music services than in any other country. But one fundamental has stayed rock solid. It's the partnership between artist and label that drives the phenomenal success achieved by British music.

How Can Recording Artists Make a Living in the Spotify Era?

Mark Hillary | Posted 31.01.2014 | UK Tech
Mark Hillary

When an artist friend of mine shared a news story on his Facebook wall echoing the familiar 'my-song-has-been-played-a-million-times-and-I-earned-nothing' lament of the post-Napster music industry I thought I would ask Spotify directly - just how do artists get paid when their songs are played on Spotify?

Music - Getting More Than You Give

Jyrki Rosenberg | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Tech
Jyrki Rosenberg

In the last few decades, the way people listen to and discover music has changed in seismic ways. Streaming services are changing the rules for both music lovers and the music industry. It might not yet be a universally accepted, but streaming is certainly where the future lies.

Free Streaming Music: Is It Possible?

Victoria Kushner | Posted 11.12.2013 | UK Tech
Victoria Kushner

How much money do you pay for music? A year ago posted an infographic claiming that we'd pay £0 for music in 2013. The year is almost over, but most UK music streaming services continue taking fees for the subscription.

Streaming Sustainability?

Lohan Presencer | Posted 01.12.2013 | UK Tech
Lohan Presencer

Ministry of Sound recently became part of one debate after beginning legal proceedings against Spotify over the protection of our intellectual property. However, notwithstanding our own battle, I'd argue that there are bigger, fundamental questions to ask about Spotify - questions which affect our industry as a whole.

Should Musicians Prefer Piracy to Streaming?

Rob Dix | Posted 01.04.2012 | UK Entertainment
Rob Dix

While Spotify is theoretically a great discovery platform (through apps, friends' playlists and an instant way of checking out recommendations), listeners are far more likely to be grazing than appraising, and may not go on to form a real connection with the musician.

Why SOPA Is a Reaction, Not a Solution

Jade Lane | Posted 21.03.2012 | UK Tech
Jade Lane

The internet is in crisis. Wikipedia closed their doors to visitors last Wednesday, in protest at SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act) and in an almost perfectly-timed, plot-twist-shocker, the US Authorities pulled the plug on file-sharing hub MegaUpload.

How to Get Your Music onto the World's Leading Music Streaming Services

Steven Finch | Posted 12.08.2011 | UK
Steven Finch

Are you an artist who is looking to get their music onto music streaming services like Spotify, Rdio, MOG, etc? Well you should check out RouteNote! ...

Digital Radio's Demise

David Julian Price | Posted 03.10.2011 | UK
David Julian Price

British broadcasting needs to restructure, going into the future online with analogue radio allowed to age gracefully.