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Apple really paying 0% for 3 full months of streaming to artists!

Apple Music to pay 0% royalties to rights holders through free trial accounts, 58% through subcriptionsI’m really starting to dislike this company.

Three days after its grand unveiling, the revenue figures have been revealed for Apple Music.

As revealed by Digital Music News via a leaked contract, it will pay out 58% on subscription revenues earned through the service – this applies to the $9.99/mo and $14.99/mo accounts.

It’s also emerged that Apple Music will pay 0% to rights owners, when music is streamed through the free trial option.

Spotify gives 70% of revenue to rights owners, and this figure is calculated after taxes and other deductions, not like Apple Music’s full gross amount.

But the significance of this lies in Apple’s three-month free trial period, starting from its launch on 30th June. Any releases coming out between that day onwards are likely to be hugely affected in terms of revenue.

This decision mostly affects independents, as major labels and associated publishers have signed separate deals on their own terms.


El Capitan! Seriously, what were you thinking Apple?


While Microsoft has been busy cramming lots of new features into Windows 10, Apple is taking a different, iterative approach with OS X 10.11, called El Capitan. Yes, like the headline says, that is the actual name. The focus is on refinement, with the biggest changes to the latest Mac operating system being a more polished and beefed-up user interface, improvements to the built-in software and better performance.

Visually, OS X 10.11 El Capitan introduces new gestures, like swipe to delete emails in Mail, an improved Safari user interface, which now gives users the option to pin tabs by swiping and the ability to quickly mute audio in individual tabs. The most-obvious and interesting change in this area, however, is related to multitasking.

Apple has followed Microsoft in offering split-view in the OS X 10.11 El Capitan user interface, which works much like Modern UI in Windows 8.x. Users can change the ratio between the windows that are shown at the same time by moving the bar between them.

The Spotlight panel can be resized and moved where the user wants, but it also gains more contextual awareness. Users can type more natural search queries, with the appropriate results showing up for, say, “documents that I created in January”.

OS X 10.11 El Capitan also features more powerful inter-app communication, with users able to pull content from one app to another app, like a link from Safari to Mail. The notes app — Notes — comes with better formatting functionality.

Apple claims that performance has been improved throughout OS X 10.11 El Capitan. The figures: 1.4 times faster app launches, 2 times faster app switches, 2 times faster email pulls, and 4 times faster PDF openings.

That is not all, however, as OS X 10.11 El Capitan also gets Metal, which Apple introduced in iOS 8, and it enables 50 percent faster rendering, 40 percent lower CPU loads and, as a byproduct, improved battery life. Apple says that, using Metal, Adobe has seen performance increase by up to 800 percent in its software.

There is no word yet on availability, but we should expect OS X 10.11 El Capitan to come after iOS 9 this fall. Apple has previewed its latest mobile operating system following OS X 10.11 El Capitan.


GTA 5 PC Music Video Contest Announced

Rockstar Games has announced a new competition that challenges Grand Theft Auto V PC players to use the Rockstar Editor video editing suite to make a music video.

The first ever Rockstar Editor video contest calls on players to create what will be the official music video for the song “Leave” by Wavves, a track featured in GTA V on the new in-game radio station The Lab.

Here’s how the band Wavves sums up the track and what it’s looking for with a music video:

“The song is about leaving a bad situation. Whether that means a criminal enterprise or activity, or a bad romantic relationship, or something else entirely is up to you to interpret as the music video director. Just have fun with it and don’t be afraid to get a little weird along the way.”

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Goodbye Grooveshark

I was happy to see these people go down honestly. They were doing nothing to help musicians in any way. I feel this article by Peter Kirn summed it up best

“I fought the law and the law won.

Grooveshark, announcing the April 30th shutdown of their streaming music service:

We failed to secure licenses from rights holders for the vast amount of music on the service.

That was wrong. We apologize. Without reservation.

They go on to concede that hundreds of other services provide the same ability to listen to music without violating the ownership of music. And they’ve lost everything, from patents to the site itself.

Side note: Grooveshark was to Gainesville, Florida a bit as SoundCloud is to Berlin, Germany – a streaming startup that became a flagship of the scene. Drawing from the nearby University of Florida, the site was somewhat innovative when it launched, but anyone familiar with the legal requirements of streaming would be aware their clock was ticking.


To be honest, I don’t think this is a choice about freedom or free music, but about the rule of law. I suspect there’s not a person among us who hasn’t violated intellectual property in the form of unlicensed media. But to actually build an entire commercial service outside of that law and profit on these violations defies any notion of the ability of creators to choose what happens to their work. And that legal framework means that there is some discussion between rights holders and services about what happens next.

Meanwhile, it seems that with the ability to use the likes of Spotify – or, heck, even Tidal – few will mourn Grooveshark.”


Brooklyn art rockers, Big Figment to play fundraiser show for new album

11171911_2521125429971_905634231_o My pals Big Figment are putting on a show in Williamsburg next Saturday to help raise funds for their new album. It’s going to be an all day event featuring some of Brooklyn’s most creative peeps! Here’s their official press release:

“Big Figment invites one and all to a multimedia salon and barbecue at the Elysium Garden (44 Maujer St., first floor) in Williamsburg on Saturday, May 2nd from 1PM to 10PM. It will feature a broad spectrum of performances (poetry, lecture, sci-fi caricature, and music). The event aims to raise funds for the band’s debut LP, with Mama Coco’s Funky Kitchen.

Katie Longofono and Joe Deutschmann will emcee performances by:

[music] Broad & Ry, Scouts, Love Spread, What Prey Tell, Dead Dubs, and Big Figment

[poetry] Jerome Murphy, Marina Weiss, Seth Graves, Allyson Paty, Alex Morris

[lecture] Aukosh Jagannath, Sarah Brunstad, Olivia Bloiso

Refreshments and grilled foodstuffs will be available, including vegetarian options. Please note the $5 cover charge; re-entry permitted.

For more information, follow Big Figment on Facebook (, Twitter (@BIGFIGMENT), Instagram (big_figment), and their website (; promotion and sharing are encouraged via #BFSalonBQ.