We've urged for collected statistics on what is being listened to on the web. BBC has also seen this need and recently launched their Sound Index. "Every six hours the Sound Index crawls some of the biggest music sites on the internet - Bebo, MySpace, Last.FM, iTunes, Google and YouTube - to find out what people are writing about, listening to, watching, downloading and logging on to. It then counts and analyses this data to make an instant list of the most popular 1000 artists and tracks on the web. The ...Read More

So, finally the results of my work with STIM (Swedish Performing Rights Society) is out in the open. During the latest months I have done a lot of work trying to create a deeper understanding and broader picture of the file sharing universe, the technology, the behaviors among file sharers, the scope of downloaded files in Sweden etc. As I am a file sharer myself I believe I have had a lot of use of my former experiences of the networks, all the way back to DCC commands at IRC... Here ...Read More

If somebody told me ten years ago that someone else would pay for the music I listen to I would probably laugh. Back then I was happy to download three rare Manic Street Preachers songs at my school and squeeze them into a ten pack of floppy discs and was shaking when I found a Japanese version of a single I was looking for. Music cost me loads of time and I spent a fortune on obscure releases. Of course things are different now and I can find every song ...Read More

New Music Economy might be one of the latest phrases / theories / collection of thoughts to describe the contemporary situation of the music business. It bares nothing new. But it put together an array that crystalize the view on how the music business function today. It's still a work in progress and the idea is to develop the theory in a Wikipedia article! So read, think and take part. The broad definition as it looks today (May 13 2008): "New Music Economy is the incorporation of technology into music industry business ...Read More

The following three steps might be the most important ones, but probably less obvious, to take when you are an upcoming artist. When making music finishing a song might feel like the ultimate end. But if you don't have a music label or any other kind of administrative body that's taking care of planning how to shout your existence out, how to get gigs and all other activities surrounding your musical existence, it's important that you make some planing, listening and learning on your own. Finishing a song means you ...Read More