“If you’ve built a business around free and attracted a user base predominantly for that reason, the vast majority won’t pay if you start trying to persuade them to. And how much can you afford to take away from ‘free’ in order to make the paid seem better, before you start losing your free audience?” he says. … [Read more...] about Streaming music: what next for Apple, YouTube, Spotify… and musicians?
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Google has also questioned the methodology used for the rightsholders’ research, noting that people searched for “carly rae jepsen call me maybe” 16 times more often than “carly rae jepsen call me maybe mp3” on Google. Its view: many more people are using more general queries for music – and finding lots of legal links at the top of the results – than the more specific ones with “mp3” appended. … [Read more...] about Why is the music industry so cross with Google?
Independent labels trade body WIN has accused YouTube of trying to force its members to sign the contract with threats that their videos will be blocked on its free service if they do not. The contract's publication sheds more light on the terms at the heart of this dispute. … [Read more...] about YouTube’s proposed music contract with indie labels published online
YOUTUBE'S first-ever video was uploaded 15 years ago – on April 23, 2005. It was a clip posted by YouTube co-founder Jawed Karim, marking the beginning of the website's rapid and unstoppable rise to internet dominance. The video is titled "Me at the zoo", and is geo-tagged to San Diego. In the clip, Karim gives a short speech to camera in very low video quality by today's standards. He's standing in a zoo talking about elephants, who can be seen in the background. YouTube's inaugural video has now been viewed more than 90.2million times. It's received nearly 3million likes and has racked up more around 5.3million comments. Karim met fellow YouTube co-founders Steven Chen and Chad Hurley while working at PayPal. The trio went on to create YouTube, although Karim was officially an adviser to the site – rather than being an employee. He remained relatively unknown until Google purchased YouTube in 2006. Karim received 137,443 shares of stock, which was worth roughly $64million … [Read more...] about YouTube adds new ‘Chapters’ feature that let you skip through to best bits of a video
It's ranked as the second most popular website in the world by web traffic and, thankfully, it looks much better these days. … [Read more...] about Original Facebook, YouTube and Google – here’s what all your favourite apps USED to look like