7 Top ‘Music Downloading’ Facts

Music downloading has become one of the most common and controversial online activities to date, and is continuing to grow. Its popularity is largely due to the development of audio compression technology, broadband connections and increasing ownership of personal digital music players.

7 top ‘music downloading’ facts

1. Profits up

Even though the record companies are still complaining about the supposedly disastrous effects of music file sharing, the Warner music group confirmed back in 2005 that profits for the three months prior to December 31 increased to $ 69 million, from $ 36 million for the same period the previous year.

Profits continue to rise, and are believed to be due to the sale of high-margin digital tracks from music download sites like Rhapsody and Napster, coupled with a dramatic reduction in distribution costs.

2. File sharers took band to number 1

The British band ‘Arctic Monkeys’ debut album sold a staggering 360,000 copies in its first week of release. This amazing success has been attributed to the music file sharing community, spreading free CDs handed out at early gigs in 2004 on the P2P networks.

The band were reportedly amazed when crowds started to sing back the words as they performed at larger gigs, and highlights the role that viral Internet marketing and loyal fans played in promoting the band.

This supports the popular theory that the Internet is changing the way that bands break into the mainstream and market themselves, putting them in a very strong position, and setting an exciting precedent for the future.

3. File sharing is killing the music industry?

Despite the fact that the UK legal download market is thriving and that album sales are at an all time high, BPI (British Phonographic Industry) officials still insist that file sharing is killing the music industry, and that they must take action.

4. Dead grandmother sued

A month after she had died of a long illness, 83 year old Gertrude Walton became the target of a recording industry lawsuit accusing her of online music file sharing. Several record companies claimed that she had made available over 700 pop, rock and rap tracks online, using the net handle ‘smittenedkitten’.

5. Legal in Canada

Using P2P networks to download copyrighted music is legal in Canada. Instead, the Copyright Board of Canada have imposed a tax on recording media such as audio tapes, recordable CDs, and MP3 players which goes into a fund to compensate musicians and songwriters for any revenue lost due to copying.

Judge von Finckenstein is quoted as saying “I cannot see a real difference between a library that places a photocopy machine in a room full of copyrighted material and a computer user that places a personal copy of a song on a shared directory linked to a Peer-to-Peer (file sharing) service”.

Uploading remains illegal however, and this could become a model for countries looking for a balance between protecting artists’ copyright, and giving consumers more liberal access to copyrighted material.

6. Legal in France

France has determined that the sharing of copyrighted files on the Internet qualifies as “private copying”, and is legal for personal and non-commercial use.

7. “Piracy has no negative effect on legitimate music sales”

This was the conclusion of a study conducted by two university researchers, Felix Oberholzer-Gee of Harvard Business School, and Koleman Strumpf of the University of North Carolina.

The researchers found that the most heavily downloaded tracks ‘showed no measurable drop in sales’ and that music file sharing actually increases CD sales for popular albums that sell more than 600,000 copies. They found, after tracking sales of 680 albums over 17 weeks, that “for every 150 downloads of a song from those albums, sales increase by a copy”.

This is in direct conflict with the music industry’s allegation that Internet file sharing is having a detrimental effect on sales.

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Music in the Digital Era

The music industry has gone through some interesting changes in the last 20 years. Back in the hay days of vinyl records there were a couple of basic strategies that the record companies employed for making money…Singles and LPs. Then along came 8-tracks, cassettes, and CDs, and the Singles went by the wayside. Now with the advent of the Internet, Singles have made a resurgence and are the primary sellers for downloads. But now they have to compete like never before with the Napsters and other file sharing sites that are potentially pulling revenue away. There are a lot of reproductions floating around out there that are the result of people converting their vinyl record to CDs, especially on these file sharing sites.

The record companies are not the only ones that are having to deal with issues never before encountered in the music industry. Consumers have to be more technology savvy to insure that the music they are purchasing in the digital world meets with the same quality standards that they took for granted with vinyl records. Even with the introduction of music CDs into the marketplace, there has been a subtle sacrifice in music quality. Most people will tell you that CDs are superior to vinyl records because they are digital and do not scratch and pop like vinyl records. This is true, but if you have a pristine vinyl record and a good system to play it on, the sound is superior to CDs. This is because a vinyl records is a continuous sound wave, where as a digital recording is a sampling of that original sound wave. The sample rate on a standard audio CD is 44.1 KHZ which is translated into 44,100 data points per second.

Although it may take a true audiophile to distinguish the difference between an analog vinyl record versus a CD, the fact remains that there has been a degree of sacrifice in order for music to enter into the digital world. But that is not the end of story. As demand increases across the board for faster Internet speeds and reduced download times, digital music is being compressed in order to make the file smaller to download faster. What started out as a 44.1 KHZ sample rate may now be compressed down to 256k, 128k, or even 64k. The question is would you be willing to pay $ 1 to download a digital single at the original CD quality and wait a while for the file to download and take up the space on your hard drive to store it, of would you pay the same $ 1 to download an inferior quality product that downloads faster and takes up less space?

The answer is that the vast majority of consumers wouldn’t even know to ask themselves the question.

John Brigaitis is the adminstrator and primary author for the website Convert Vinyl Records to CDs where general discussions take place and technical details are disclosed regarding the process of creating a digital archive of vinyl records.

Play MPE and RockSTAR Music Corp. To Host ‘The Quintessential VIP Juno Awards Party’

Vancouver, B.C. (PRWEB) February 20, 2009

Destiny Media Technologies (OTC Bulletin Board: DSNY), the global leader in the secure distribution of pre-release music to radio (http://www.plaympe.com) and provider of instant play streaming media, and RockSTAR Music Corp., an international record label and artist management company, will be hosting ‘The Quintessential VIP Juno Awards Party’.

On March 28th, the night prior to the CTV televised broadcast of ‘The 2009 Juno Awards’ live at General Motors Place stadium, the Canadian music industry celebrates at the exclusive ‘Juno Gala Awards Dinner’. A private, ticketed event, this dazzling evening of celebration, dinner and awards takes place at the Westin Bayshore Hotel. 32 Juno Awards (http://www.junoawards.ca/ ) will be handed out in different categories.

After the dinner, select VIP’s, dignitaries, celebrities and other special guests will attend ‘The Quintessential VIP Juno Awards Party’, sponsored by Play MPE® and RockSTAR Music Corp. Just steps from the Westin Bayshore Hotel in the exclusive downtown neighbourhood of Coal Harbour sits Vancouver’s premier restaurant, the Lift Bar and Grill, which rises out of the Pacific ocean on timber pilings.

The restaurant, which will be closed to the public for this exclusive event, will be a star studded red carpet gala featuring Hollywood search lights, a vanity wall where stars can pose for Press and Paparazzi, complementary food and drink, with the ‘who’s who’ of the entertainment world. Select guests will have access to the stunning rooftop deck, featuring casual seating around 5 star fire pits, overlooking the Stanley Park peninsula.

The world renowned Lift Bar and Grill restaurant (http://www.liftbarandgrill.com/) is located literally ‘in’ Burrard Inlet, providing one of the most spectacular visual locations in Vancouver. Views include a snow capped mountain range on the other side of the inlet, the Stanley Park rainforests, and yachts and seaplanes entering the marina.

Staff from Play MPE® and RockSTAR Music will be available to take requests for VIP invitations at the Royal York Hotel during ‘The 2009 Canadian Music Week’ (http://www.cmw.net ), March 11-14.

RockSTAR was one of the earliest Canadian users of the Play MPE® system, switching from a competing company in early 2007 to get the higher audio quality and better network and features Play MPE® offers.

Michael Hektoen, RockSTAR President explained “The Play MPE® system is the global standard for music distribution. It’s the perfect platform to break new Canadian artists before exposing them to the global music market.”

Adam H, RockSTAR Executive VP adds “We know Canadian radio and we know what Canadian radio wants and needs. That’s world class music and technology, and a world class party. See you there!”

About Destiny Media Technologies:

Destiny (http://www.dsny.com) is a media solutions company which provides secure distribution and instant play streaming media tools that the world’s largest media companies, ad agencies, market research companies and leading labels including: Universal Music Group, EMI, Warner Music Group, Sony BMG and others use to distribute their audio and video content on the Internet. Products include Play MPE® (http://www.plaympe.com) and Clipstream® (http://www.clipstream.com ).

About Rockstar Music Corp.

RockSTAR Music Corp. http://www.rockstarmusiccorp.com is a Vancouver Canada based international music company operating a record label, artist management, radio promotion – multi media marketing, recording studio and digital distribution aggregator with its own direct iTunes distribution. RockSTAR Music Corp. is one of Canada’s hottest production teams behind the big hits from Juno Nominated & Canadian Radio Music Award Winner, Elise Estrada; Jahfus & Ray J.; Li Hyori; BoA; Live On Arrival; Dija; Sy’Rai; Rosette; and ‘The 2009 Canadian Music Hall Of Fame’ inductees, Loverboy

Party Contact:

Joe Schmo

Executive RockSTAR Party Czar

416 939 0545

Media Contact:

John Gammack

VP Operations Destiny Media Technologies

604 609 7736 x252


Gathering of the Vibes Music Festival Adds: Blues Traveler, Steve Kimock with Bernie Worrell, Jason Crosby Band, Twiddle and von Grey

Bridgeport, Conn. (PRWEB) April 30, 2013

With an already stellar line up announced, the 18th Annual Gathering of The Vibes Festival -July 25-28, 2013- is thrilled to welcome Blues Traveler, guitar impresario Steve Kimock & funky keyboard godfather Bernie Worrell, Jason Crosby Band, von Grey, Twiddle, and local festival favorites The Kind Buds, to its already impressive four-day lineup. They join the current roster of Jam Festival Favorites: Phil Lesh & Friends, The Black Crowes, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Grace Potter & The Nocturnals, The Roots, Funky Meters, John Butler Trio, Galactic, Fishbone, Deep Banana Blackout, John Scofield Uberjam, Ryan Montbleau Band, Max Creek, Lord Huron, Tribal Seeds, Lukas Nelson & The P.O.T.R, Kung Fu & Dojo Allstars; and Late Night DJ Sets by Rob Garza of Thievery Corporation, and James Murphy of LCD Soundsystem.

Festival organizers pointed to June 10th as the date for the next line-up reveal, and confirmed another HUGE artist addition and special guests announcements that will not disappoint.

The daily schedule is now available! This means fans can purchase Friday, Saturday, or Sunday Single Day Passes (VIP for Single Day is also available), or the Weekend Camping Passes (that allow concert goers to enter the venue on Thursday morning enjoy music throughout the weekend – including Late Night Sets). Over 40 bands will perform on multiple stages located throughout the 370-acre beachfront venue.

“While the roots of Gathering of The Vibes remain deep in the ground with acts like Phil Lesh & Friends and The Black Crowes, the mainstream exposure of Electronic Dance Music (EDM) in popular culture is revealing a convergence of jam and rock bands with electronic music,” notes festival founder Ken Hays. “The addition of the Late Night DJ Sets by Rob Garza of Thievery Corporation, and James Murphy of LCD Soundsystem this year, keeps Gathering of the Vibes a festival with something for every generation. Over the last several years, we’ve witnessed the rise of EDM largely due to promotion by underground fans; this same phenomenon drove the music of the Grateful Dead, the Allman Brothers Band, and others in the emerging jam band scene of the 1960s.”

Gathering of the Vibes continues its 18-year tradition of embracing new, undiscovered artists, by letting its 175,000+ Facebook fans select one up-and-coming band to perform in front of 20,000+ music enthusiasts. Fans are encouraged to vote by June 1st via the Road to the Vibes Contest App on the Vibes Facebook. The winner will be announced in early June.

Go VIP! Single day and Weekend VIP ticket holders enjoy added perks: expedited entry and rock-star parking with easy in/out access, shaded camping areas along with catered meals, snacks and beverages, air conditioned bathroom trailers, and hot showers. Located stage left on the concert field, the massive VIP hospitality tent and viewing platforms offer exceptional stage sightlines and the opportunity to mix and mingle with artists. Single Day, Weekend, and VIP tickets are on sale now at: http://www.GOVIBES.com.

Discounted hotel accommodations at Vibes preferred hotels are available here.

Seaside Park is easily accessible by public transportation and just 50 miles from Manhattan. Fans traveling from NYC can take Metro North or the Port Jefferson Ferry. Shuttle bus service will transport festival attendees to and from the venue, local area hotels, the ferry, train and bus stations.

Gathering of the Vibes is an all ages, family friendly event, offering an exclusive Family Camping area, Kids Corner, Teen Scene including interactive programing and a “School of Rock Teen Vibes Stage,” featuring musical instruction and jam sessions with Main Stage artists.

Follow Gathering of the Vibes on Facebook, Twitter, or check the message boards for the most updated festival information.