Some Recent Music Trends
Seems that the ever-changing music industry is continuing to do just that. 2015 saw some interesting music trends. First off, streaming is up and digital downloads are down. Even The Beatles are now available on streams. In many ways, it makes sense that streaming is up. You pay for a service, or get it free, and you don’t need to buy each release. However, vinyl is making a comeback at the same time.
The Beatles on HD and Streaming Services
I am a Beatles fan. I have been since I was a small child. I actually remember the day Abbey Road was released. I was six years old. What was big news then is now history.
In case you missed it, they made what I believe will be, perhaps not historic, but at the least a milestone release on Christmas Eve. In the video below, a short 35-second mix of various Fab Four hits, announces that The Beatles are now available on nine streaming music services. (Source)
The Beatles are now streamable at:
- Apple Music
- Google Play
- Amazon Prime Music
- Microsoft Groove
- Slacker Radio
In case you noticed that Pandora and iHeart are not on the list, it is because The Beatles have always been available on those services. Tech Times has more details about why.
I think this is pretty awesome news. I also discovered that they have released many HD videos as well. I am going to share one of my favorites below and there will be a link to the Open Culture article which has many more videos at the bottom of this post.
The article at Open Culture also goes into how John, Paul, George and Ringo were ahead of their time. Obviously, these videos were not made any time recent. While a few other bands in that era did movies and videos, The Beatles and The Monkees were likely the most progressive regarding what we now call “music videos”. Most other videos of the time were more like documentaries or simply concert videos. Hopefully, more and more “main-stream” artist will get with the new media order and embrace what the listeners want and not treat new technology like a mobster.
The Beatles – Revolution
Rather disturbing news in from a post over at ARS Technica, well more of an update as we knew this one was coming, it seems that going after P2P and file sharing is not enough for the federal government these days. Under current law, “distribution” and “reproducing” copyrighted works are felonies. It seems that what we all commonly call “streaming” falls under the category of “public performance” and is not currently a felony.
As the article indicates, this is a fulfillment of our “IP Czar’s” agenda. It seems Victoria Espinel arrived on the job with a “wish list” regarding intellectual property. Recently Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and John Cornyn (R-TX) introduced S. 978 with, according to Thomas, a title of “A bill to amend the criminal penalty provision for criminal infringement of a copyright, and for other purposes”. This bill intends to make “streaming” violations a felony and, if passed, violators may actually face up to 5 years in prison!
Regrettably, we can not be too specific about this legislation at this time for it seems that the actual text of the bill is not yet available. I would suggest that you contact your Senators and Representatives to see if they can get any of us a copy. Remember this is the administration that may go down as being known for being bought from you by the RIAA and MPAA. Currently the status of S. 978 is that it has been read twice and forwarded to committee. Wouldn’t it be nice if the public could read it?
Seems like a good closer for this one would be “The Creative Commons Anthem” by Rob Balder of The FuMP. You can find him and many other funny musicians at thefump.com. Rob can be found at his web site, The Fump, at Music Alley along with the rest of The FuMP, Amazon, CD Babyand i You can find Robert Balder on FaceBook, and Twitter. Links will be in the show notes and this one will be tagged S. 978. Be sure and listen to the list of podsafe musicians at the end of the song… enjoy.
- President Obama’s IP Czar Wants To Make Streamed Copyright Violations a Felony (indienation.fm)
- New bill would make it a felony to upload copyrighted content to YouTube (shortformblog.tumblr.com)
- “You’re Under Arrest for Felony Streaming” (webpronews.com)
- Obama “IP czar” wants felony charges for illegal Web streaming (arstechnica.com)