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President Trump Signs Music Modernization Act Into Law

President Donald Trump signed the Music Modernization Act (MMA) into law Thursday, officially passing what is arguably the most sweeping reform to copyright law in decades. From a report: The bill revamps Section 115 of the U.S. Copyright Act and aims to bring copyright law up to speed for the streaming era. These are the act's three main pieces of legislation: 1. The Music Modernization Act, which streamlines the music-licensing process to make it easier for rights holders to get paid when their music is streamed online. 2. The Compensating Legacy Artists for their Songs, Service, & Important Contributions to Society (CLASSICS) Act for pre-1972 recordings. 3. The Allocation for Music Producers (AMP) Act, which improves royalty payouts for producers and engineers from SoundExchange when their recordings are used on satellite and online radio (Notably, this is the first time producers have ever been mentioned in copyright law.). What does all this mean? First, songwriters and artists will receive royalties on songs recorded before 1972. Second, the MMA will improve how songwriters are paid by streaming services with a single mechanical licensing database overseen by music publishers and songwriters. The cost of creating and maintaining this database will be paid for by digital streaming services. Third, the act will take unclaimed royalties due to music professionals and provide a consistent legal process to receive them. Further reading: Billboard.

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More Than One Third of Music Consumers Still Pirate Music

More than one-third of global music listeners are still pirating music, according to a new report by the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI). From a report: While the massive rise in legal streaming platforms such as Spotify, Apple Music and Tidal was thought to have stemmed illegal consumption, 38% of listeners continue to acquire music through illegal means. The most popular form of copyright infringement is stream-ripping (32%): using easily available software to record the audio from sites like YouTube at a low-quality bit rate. Downloads through "cyberlocker" file hosting services or P2P software like BitTorrent came second (23%), with acquisition via search engines in third place (17%).

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London’s Radio Pirates Changed Music. Then Came the Internet.

Earlier this month, The New York Times ran a story which looks at the ways a network of illegal radio stations changed British music, and wonders where young people are going to make culture now, now that the internet is killing off the pirate radio. An excerpt from the story: Ofcom, the British communications regulator, estimated there are now just 50 pirate stations in London, down from about 100 a decade ago, and hundreds in the 1990s, when stations were constantly starting up and shutting down. Ofcom considers this good news, because illegal broadcasters could interfere with radio frequencies used by emergency services and air traffic control, a spokesman said. But pirate radio stations also offered public services, of a different sort: They gave immigrant communities programming in their native languages, ran charity drives and created the first radio specifically for black Britons. Pirate radio was also the site of some of Britain's most important musical innovations, introducing pop to the airwaves in the 1960s and incubating the major underground British music trends of recent decades, up to and including dubstep and grime: Dizzee Rascal, Wiley and Skepta all launched their careers on the pirates.

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Spotify Web Player- Listen Music Online In Browser

Spotify is possibly the most popular music streaming service. Spotify has a massive collection of songs with artists all across the globe. One of the major highlights of Spotify that is missing on other services like Apple Music is the ability to play music online via a web-browser.

Spotify Web Player eliminates the need of downloading and installing additional software to listen to music. So here’s everything you need to know about Spotify Web Player.

Spotify Web Player Login

You can use Spotify Web Player on any major browser like chrome, firefox, edge, opera and many more. It is worth noting that, as of 10th September 2017 Spotify’s Web Player no longer supports Safari. That said, you can still use Spotify on Mac computers using the Spotify application.

To use Spotify Web Player simply open the link play.Spotify.com and sign in with your Spotify account.

This Spotify browser-based web player offers almost every feature found on the Spotify app. Using Spotify web-player you can create playlists, browse featured recommendations, search for your favourite artists and songs, and even enjoy the Radio mode. Well, if you are using the free Spotify plan then occasional advertisements won’t annoy you.

Spotify Web Player Not Working

The Spotify web-payer can be considered as a full-fledged application that requires a decent amount of resources for its proper functioning. Well, if due to some reasons the UI of Spotify web-player is not responding or the songs are not playing, then you can try these three easy tricks.

1. Check Your Internet connection.

The first and foremost reason as to why Spotify is not working properly might be due to some issue in your Internet connection. Firstly, restart your router and if that doesn’t work contact your ISP for help.

2. Check anti-virus and firewall settings.

If you notice that Spotify is the only website that you can’t open, then there could be any anti-virus or firewall that is blocking you from accessing the service. Tweak the settings of your anti-virus and firewall, this may solve the issue.

3. Remove browser cache files.

A majority of modern browser cache images and web pages so that it seems that the website is loading faster. This cached data can sometimes cause errors. Consequently, clearing up all of your browsing data may solve many issues from your browser.

Spotify Web Player Mobile

Spotify has a very impressive smartphone application. That said, if you still want to use Spotify web player on mobile then there’s no way you can do so.

Well, if you open the Spotify web-page then you will be directed to Spotify application. Next up, if you open Spotify web-page switching to the desktop site mode, then you can open the log-in page. Once you log-in Spotify will detect that resolution of your device and redirect you to the application.

As Android is based on Linux, Spotify may even ask you to manually install the Spotify software on your Linux computer. Consequently, its impossible to run Spotify Web Player on mobile.

Spotify Web Player: Cons

There’s definitely some difference between Spotify web player and Spotify application. So these are three major issues or features that you will kiss-out on Spotify web player.

  • The quality or bit rate of music is comparatively low on Spotify web player. Well, Spotify web player offers 128kbps instead of 160kbps on Spotify desktop for free subscribers. While users premium subscribers get 256kbps instead of 320kbps. This won’t be an issue for casual users, but audio enthusiasts may not like this.
  • Spotify web player doesn’t support media playback controls on your computer, headphones, or Bluetooth devices.
  • Lastly, premium subscribers can’t download songs from Spotify web player.

Overall, in many instances, the Spotify web player is a good service. You can enjoy your personal favourite music if you are using someone’s else computer. Also, it’s good if your work revolves around a particular browser.

Do share your thoughts and opinions on Spotify web player in the comments section below.

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Exploring the Way Technology Has Changed Entertainment

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There is little doubt that technology has influenced people’s lives in many ways. Not only are you more likely to have a mobile phone in your pocket, but you are also likely to use the internet many times per day. While technology has brought a lot of great ideas to business and the way people […]

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SiriusXM Is Acquiring Pandora in $3.5 Billion Deal To Create the ‘World’s Largest Audio-Entertainment Company’

Sirius XM has agreed to buy online-music service Pandora for $3.5 billion, as the satellite-radio company looks to add streaming services in the increasingly competitive fight for listeners. From a report: According to the announcement, the deal will create "the world's largest audio-entertainment company," with more than $7 billion in projected revenue in 2018 and more than 100 million monthly listeners, combining SiriusXM's 36 million subscribers and Pandora's 70 million-plus monthly active users. It also moves SiriusXM and its parent company, Liberty Media, aggressively into the streaming market. The transaction is expected to close in the first quarter of 2019 and is subject to approval by Pandora stockholders; expiration or termination of any applicable waiting period under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act and certain competition laws of foreign jurisdictions; and other customary closing conditions. On a call with analysts, Jim Meyer, Sirius XM's chief executive, said that the acquisition would enable Sirius to try to keep listeners who did not want to pay for music by diverting them toward Pandora's free ads-based model.

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Senate Passes Music Modernization Act With Unanimous Support

After the House's unilateral support back in April, the Senate has unanimously voted to pass the Orrin G. Hatch Music Modernization Act, which is named in honor of the Republican senior senator from Utah -- a songwriter himself -- who will retire at the end of the year. Billboard explains the bill: The bill creates a blanket mechanical license and establishes a collective to administer it; reshapes how courts can determine rates, while making sure future performance rates hearings between performance rights organizations BMI and ASCAP and licensees rotate among all U.S. Southern District Court of New York Judges, instead of being assigned to the same two judges, Judge Denise Cote for ASCAP and Judge Louis Stanton for BMI, as its done now; creates a royalty for labels, artists and musicians to be paid by digital services for master recordings created prior to Feb. 15, 1972, while also eliminating a Digital Millennium Copyright Act of 1998 carve out for "pre-existing digital services" like Sirius XM and Music Choice that allows for certain additional considerations not given to any other digital service when rates are set; and codifies a process for Sound Exchange to pay producers and engineers royalties for records on which they have worked. Over on the music publishing side of the business, there was much happiness too. For example, ASCAP noted that the legislation reforms an "outdated music licensing system and give music creators an opportunity to obtain compensation that more accurately reflects the value of music in a free market." Billboard notes that the revised Senate version "will go back to the House where it needs approval due to all the changes made to the bill in order to get it passed in the Senate." Once the House approves, it will then head to President Trump's desk.

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Fans Are Spoofing Spotify With ‘Fake Plays’, And That’s A Problem For Music Charts

An anonymous reader shares a report: The Billboard charts have long been the gold standard by which musicians measure their success, but as recent tantrums by the likes of Nicki Minaj have highlighted, the rising influence of streaming services is upending that model -- and giving die-hard fans a way to manipulate the data. A recent release by the Korean pop group BTS prompted its superfandom, millions strong across the globe, to do just that by launching a sophisticated campaign to make sure the boy band reached No. 1. The strategy employed by the so-called BTS Army went largely like this: Fans in the US created accounts on music streaming services to play BTS's music and distributed the account logins to fans in other countries via Twitter, email, or the instant messaging platform Slack. The recipients then streamed BTS's music continuously, often on multiple devices and sometimes with a virtual private network (VPN), which can fake, or "spoof," locations by rerouting a user's traffic through several different servers across the world. Some fans will even organize donation drives so other fans can pay for premium streaming accounts. "Superfans of pop acts have long been doing this sort of thing," said Mark Mulligan, managing director of the digital media analysis company MIDIA Research. "But if a superfan has decided to listen nonstop to a track, is that fake? If so, how many times do they have to listen to a track continuously before it is deemed 'fake'?" One BTS fan group claimed it distributed more than 1,000 Spotify logins, all to make it appear as though more people in the US were streaming BTS's music and nudge their album Love Yourself: Tear up the Spotify chart, which in turn factors into Billboard's metrics.

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