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Follow-up: Amazon Prime

  • Amazon Prime costs $99/year not $99/month (duh).
  • Amazon launched the Fire Phone.

The legal necessities for starting your own label or band

  • LLC or S-Corp.
  • Taxes are scary, but don’t forget about them.
  • Find a lawyer.
  • Find an accountant.
  • Be realistic with your goals and needs.

YouTube will block videos from artists who don’t sign up for its paid streaming service

  • The gist: Those who don’t opt in to YoUTube’s ad-free streaming service and are indie artists will have their videos blocked.
  • YT’s Head Of Content’s reasoning: to ensure that all content on the platform is governed by its new contractual terms.
  • Affects Jack White, Adele, Arctic Monkeys on large scale

Our goal is to continue making YouTube an amazing music experience, both as a global platform for fans and artists to connect, and as a revenue source for the music industry. We’re adding subscription-based features for music on YouTube with this in mind — to bring our music partners new revenue streams in addition to the hundreds of millions of dollars YouTube already generates for them each year. We are excited that hundreds of major and independent labels are already partnering with us.

How YouTube’s Subscription Terms Will Hurt Indies – No Content Removal Required

  • “Their negotiations with indies is heavy-handed at a minimum and might be illegal at worst,” they said the executive. “YouTube and Google always do what they want, because that’s how they operate.

Repeat After Me: I Will Not Pay To Play Shows

  • What is pay to play?
  • Is there any good from it?
  • Should this stop?
  • Maybe more bands should be doing shows on their own.
  • Bill Gazzari’s pay to play controversy.

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Jesse Cannon is the editor of Musformation. He produces records at his studio Cannon Found Soundation. Follow him on Twitter at @JesseCannonMusF. For more info please visit his website.

  • Jeroen

    Hi guys, really enjoy the show, thanks! One request… Please upload an mp3 to SoundCloud instead of wav. And please do name it (it’s called bounce now) so we can download it and listen on the road! Good luck with the site, kind regards, Jeroen.