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Is MySpace becoming Windows of online music?

Digital-music companies are acknowledging that MySpace is a part of every musician's online kit. Instead of creating an alternative, they are letting users tap into what MySpace offers.

By Apr. 20, 2009

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SXSW panel to convene digital-music entrepreneurs

What should bands pay for? Can art and marketing coexist? I'll be at SXSW, discussing these and other aspects of the changing music business on a panel called "Artist as Entrepreneur."

By Mar. 16, 2009

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Music biz expert Passman: Subscriptions can save us

Author of "All You Need to Know About the Music Business" acknowledges the impending death of the CD, but he remains optimistic about the long-term health of the industry.

By Nov. 17, 2009

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Can bands sell out anymore?

The curious case of Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes and Microsoft's Kin.

By Apr. 14, 2010

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MSN Unsigned seems half-hearted

If MSN were serious about giving unsigned musicians a shot at fame, it wouldn't launch a site like this.

By Dec. 2, 2008

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The end of Digital Noise

In my last post for the CNET Blog Network, I look back over some of my favorite products and services of the last three-plus years.

By Oct. 7, 2010

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Mellencamp mourns the death of the record biz

In Huffington Post essay, musician John Mellencamp writes passionately and intelligently about how the music business went so wrong, but his conclusion doesn't hold up.

By Mar. 26, 2009

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Musicians don't deserve money, they earn it

There's an interesting conversation on CD Baby's bulletin boards about how artists can convince the general public that art is work and deserves to be compensated. They're missing a key point: most demand for art is artificial. Marketing is required.

By Mar. 3, 2009

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Lessons from Social.fm

When I spoke to a Mercora founder a couple years ago, I didn't understand the start-up's vision and business model. Lack of clarity may have been its fatal flaw.

By Aug. 5, 2008