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Where Does Tidal Stand After 12 Months Compared to Other Streaming Services? [Chart]

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It's hard to believe it's been a whole year since Jay-Z launched music-streaming service Tidal. Poised to potentially take over the digital sector of the music industry (like he's pretty much taken over every other realm, let's be honest), many people were immediately skeptical of Jay's grand ambitions, and for good reason. How would Tidal compete with the likes of Spotify and Apple Music?

So, the question remains: in its first year, how did Tidal do exactly? Despite big-time releases from artists like Rihanna and Kanye West, how does it rank against the big guys? Check out the infographic below from Statista and find out!

Internet Radio Now Has to Pay You More for at Least the Next 5 Years. Here's What Went Down

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If your music is already on internet radio services like Pandora and iHeartRadio, you're probably aware of what the payout rates look like. If you don't know, let's just say that they aren't the kind of royalties that you can retire on, unless you're planning on having your songs streamed several billion times (you wish). Thankfully, the amount that you'll be paid per stream is going up. Not a whole lot, but when it comes to streaming (and making a living from the music industry), every little bit counts, right?

How to Use Playlisting to Get More Fans

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So you have a new track and you’re ready to release it. Great work! What’s your game plan?

There are many marketing avenues for you to map out before you’re ready to release, and each one is just as important as the next. In fact, it’s the decisions you make right now that will either launch your career to new heights, or simply simmer away into obscurity.

Out of the many avenues you're strategizing when it comes to launching your song, one you must consider spending some time on is the phenomenon of playlisting, which is simply a list of songs compiled to represent a certain mood, genre, or event. Playlists are how music fans are discovering most of their new music these days, thanks to the current boom of streaming services like Spotify, Rdio, Deezer, Songza, and Pandora. In fact, Spotify users find, on average, 26 new artists a month through the platform. That’s pretty cool.

Here's the Key to Exponentially Increasing Where Your Music Is Discovered Online

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This article originally appeared on Soundfly.


Got your band's new album on Spotify? Great! That's the easy part. You're a musician, and perhaps you're in a band that already has music available through all the major stores and streaming services. Getting to this point is actually pretty simple, and most distributors/aggregators can hook you up in short order (for a reasonable fee, of course). So what's the hard part, then?

Here's Why the 'High-Res Audio' Streaming Services Are a Straight-Up Lie

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This article originally appeared on Performer Magazine.


Have you seen the new gold and brown "hi-res audio" logo on a website or a new piece of high-end audio hardware? Maybe you learned about "high-resolution audio" from Neil Young and his Pono initiative, the one that resulted in the third largest Kickstarter campaign in history. Jay-Z's purchase of TIDAL attracted mainstream press because his site offers "high-resolution" streaming of over 20 million albums. It would seem that "high-resolution audio" has arrived.

Unfortunately, it's all a myth… a mix of opportunism, greed, spin, ignorance, and arrogance. Basically, the push for high-resolution audio is a clever marketing campaign cooked up by a few self-appointed experts supported by the major labels and music organizations to get you to repurchase "high-resolution" versions of the older standard resolution catalog at premium prices.