Is streaming technology saving the music industry
Online streaming services, from the likes of Spotify, Deezer and MixRadio, have flourished along with the rise of the connected smartphone and tablet computers.
In the UK, about 7.4 billion tracks were streamed on audio services in 2013, twice the total recorded in 2012, says BPI, the music industry trade body.
As a sign of streaming's maturity, listening data will now be incorporated in the UK's official singles charts for the first time from July, the Official Charts Company announced this week.
Streaming has its critics, not least those artists and labels who believe the service providers do not pay enough in royalties. Despite this, support is growing from within the industry.
"There are still a lot of things that need to be worked out around revenue sharing," says Jon Webster, chief executive of Music Managers Forum (MMF), which has about 400 womens bracelets pandora members in the UK representing more than 1,000 artists worldwide.
"But any artist has to be on a streaming service now it's what consumers want," he says. "It's part of the future. And if you're successful, you can still make a considerable amount of money from it."
The Featured Artists Coalition (FAC) is an organisation campaigning for fairness and equality for artists in the music industry.
It includes well known figures on its board such as pandora charms family Billy Bragg, Dave Rowntree from Blur, Nick Mason from Pink Floyd, and Annie Lennox.
It is also broadly supportive.
We think of people as listeners we want to help them find stuff they've not heard beforeAndy Gaitskell Kendrick, Microsoft
"Technology has had a disruptive effect on the music industry without doubt, but artists pandora bracelet best price can now have a dialogue with fans that they never had before," says FAC board member Paul Pacifico.
"Streaming is a model that promotes the discovery of new music. Just how the money is divided is still up for further discussion."
One of the largest streaming services, Swedish company Spotify, says about 70% of its revenues from advertising and subscriptions goes back to rights holders the record labels, collecting societies and publishing companies.
It says it has paid out more than $1bn (587m; 735m euros) in royalties since its launch in 2008 to the end of 2013.
Music on demandSpotify's launch came not long after Apple unleashed its first smartphone on the world. The two technologies have gone hand in hand ever since.
Spotify now has 40 million active users worldwide, 10 million of which pay about 9.99 a month for ad free premium content and services.
"Streaming is about access versus ownership," says Fredric Vinna, Spotify's vice president of product. "Now you can have up to 30 million songs in your pocket."
"We want to connect fans and artists, fans and brands, fans with fellow fans," he says.
Complex machine learning algorithms and big data analytics can guess and learn users' musical tastes based on their previous listening preferences; age, gender and location; the playlists they create; even what time of day it is.
This kind of personalisation is key to streaming services, argues Andy Gaitskell Kendrick, head of global product marketing for entertainment at Microsoft, which owns streaming service Nokia Mix Radio.
"Every time you log in we understand a little bit more about your tastes and how they change throughout the week," he says.
"We will even have movement sensors in Windows phones that will help us match a song list to the cadence of your exercise routine."
But Mr Vinna is also keen to stress the human element of Spotify's service.
"It's not all about algorithms," he says. "We have a big staff of music experts creating hand picked playlists and making sure all the data behind the recommendations is correct a lot of the work is manual and human.
"We pandora beads 2014 don't want every aspect of the app to be personalised we want users to step out of the bubble sometimes."
Mr Gaitskell Kendrick agrees, saying: "We think of people as listeners we want to help them find stuff they've not heard before."
Musical disruptionWhen digital downloads took off in the late Nineties, file sharing services like Napster blossomed, too.
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