What Musicians Should Know About YouTube’s New Music App

[This article was written by Gray Gannaway and it originally appeared on his website. It is re-published here with his permission.]

YouTube announced the arrival of its new YouTube Music app on both iOS and Android devices. This news quickly follows last month’s announcement of YouTube Red, and may prove to be a useful product for people that primarily listen to music on YouTube. Read on for a quick overview on the new app, including its pros and cons for both fans and musicians.

New Layout

The YouTube Music app features 3 main tabs at launch: Home, Recommendations, and Liked Songs. The Home tab prominently features “My Station” which is an endless mix of videos based on your music listening history on YouTube. Below that, YouTube provides Genre Stations for the genres they think you’ll be interested in, as well as videos you’ve previously watched or may be interested in.


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[Press Release] Landr Launches Desktop App To Bring Intelligent Mastering, Better Workflows Into Digital Audio Workstations


Mastering app to expand workflow features for bulk uploading, integration with D.A.Ws, and cloud storage to make getting great sound even faster

NEW YORK, NY — NOVEMBER 24, 2015 – LANDR, the cloud-based audio post-production software platform, is excited to announce the launch of their free desktop app – designed to make the music creation and engineering workflow seamless. The app expands the reach of the LANDR.com services to include new workflow features like integration with digital audio workstations (D.A.Ws), metadata editing, improved file management, and cloud storage backup for all mastered tracks. It’s now available for download at www.landr.com.

“Our goal at LANDR is to make it easy for musicians to get the sound they are looking for without needing to learn complex audio tools. With this app, we’re very excited to introduce that vision directly into musician’s DAW’s where our mastering is integrated into the process of creating music. With our bulk uploading features we hope to offer busy audio professionals a much easier workflow that gives them the great sound they are used to from LANDR, much faster.” said LANDR CEO, Pascal Pilon.

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Dubset Releases Inaugural Mix Transparency Report: Atlantic Records, David Guetta Most Sampled


The fastest growing genre – Electronic Dance Music – may very well become the music industry’s latest key to unlocking millions in untapped revenue, and we finally have the data to prove it.

Today, Dubset, a technology-based licensing specialist that enables DJs to legally release, distribute, and monetize mixed music (i.e. remixes, mashups, mixes, etc.), has published the first edition of its monthly report: Dubset Mix Transparency Report (Special Edition Year-to-Date 2015).

Read the full article on Hypebot.

Major Labels Sue Music Tech Startup Aurous In First Week Of Launch


Here we go again. Music Business Worldwide reports that “The RIAA — on behalf of UMG, Sony Music Entertainment, Warner Bros. Records, Atlantic and Capitol Records — has today filed a lawsuit against Aurous and its founder Andrew Sampson for what it calls ‘willful and egregious copyright infringement’.”

The music app, being called the “the new Grooveshark” (Grooveshark shut down earlier this year after similar lawsuits was filed against the company), just launched in public Alpha this week.

Aurous’ founder, Andrew Sampson, maintains that the website is a search engine that enables Internet users to search BitTorrent networks to find and stream content. However, the RIAA argues that the website directly targets recorded music from overseas pirate sites, effectively enabling consumers to infringe on the copyrights of record labels.

Whether Sampson intended on his platform to illegally access and stream recorded music or if he truly believed he built a legitimate consumer app detached from piracy, like many other uninformed tech developers out there, he has been caught in what could be a very expensive and crushing legal battle informed by copyright law.

I spend a great deal of time consulting with entrepreneurs who have cool ideas to develop new music apps, services, and platforms. However, the challenge that many of them face is having a limited understanding of the music publishing and recording landscape, from the perspective of a music tech startup. With the help of a music industry professional, founders gain insight on where products and services may infringe on the intellectual property rights of others. I’ve helped numerous startup entrepreneurs create products, formulate business models, and deliver value, all while respecting and complying with the intellectual property rights of third-party rights owners.

Read more about this story at Music Business Worldwide.

Project Music Accelerator Now Accepting Applications For Next Cohort


Project Music is the Nashville Entrepreneur Center’s leading action to support innovation within the music industry, a core business vertical in Nashville’s economy. To meet the unique needs of music-minded entrepreneurs we are providing a year round music-entrepreneurship focus that brings music, tech and business leaders together to nurture startups desiring to grow music industry revenue.

Project Music is THE accelerator for music tech providing specific industry curriculum to meet the unique needs of music-minded entrepreneurs.

Applications are open to music tech startups in social media, big data, content monetization, hardware, distribution, engagement and more!


  • Applications Open: 9/1/15
  • Program Begins: 1/31/16
  • Program Ends: mid-May
  • Cohort Size: 6 to 8 Startups
  • Funding: minimum of $30,000 per startup in exchange for 7% equity plus 3% equity reserved for key program mentors
  • Program is held Monday thru Friday at the Nashville Entrepreneur Center in Tennessee.

Click here for additional information or to apply.

SoundCloud Shuts Next Big Sound Out Of Its API Service Because Of Pandora


Last month, SoundCloud​ kicked Next Big Sound​ out of its API community as a result of Pandora​’s acquisition of NBS, which means NBS loses nearly 30 billion streams from which its data analytic tools relies. This is one of the many reasons why music app developers must understand the complexities behind API terms & conditions, the competitive nature of big data and asset ownership, and the caveat to “gaining traction” when they depend on third-party solutions to power (and monetize) their own platform. Part of my work as a consultant is to help music app founders legitimize their platform with appropriately licensed APIs, digital media suppliers, and metadata services. Read the full story on Billboard.

Upcoming Event: “Music + Tech” Panel At General Assembly – Downtown Los Angeles

090115 - General Assembly

This panel aims to shed some light and bring some clarity to how the digital space and the music industry are currently co-mingling & how to navigate those turbulent waters. We’ll explore panelists’ journey in the music + tech space, what they’ve learned, what warnings they have, what works & what doesn’t work, and where they ultimately see things moving in the future. Learn more here.


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