30% Still Purchase Downloads

According to Music Watch, one third of US consumers continue to purchase downloadable music, even as streaming sales rise.  Recording Industry Association of America recently released data showing that paid downloads made up for 37 percent of U.S. music revenues, while streaming only created 27 percent.

And while this trend continues, shifts have been seen in the market shares as well. As calculated by music watch “While 7 out of 10 music download buyers shopped at music download leader iTunes last year, the company also ceded market share to Amazon MP3 and Google Play” with Amazon and Google accounting for 19% and 11% respectively.

For details see the entire report at Music Watch

5 Things All Musicians Should Know

Dave Cool has some advice for music artists. He recently posted 5 things every musician should know on Bandzoogle.

  1. All songs have 2 different copyrights – one for the musical work and one for the sound recording.
  2. Every piece of music is automatically copyrighted as soon as it is written down or recorded.
  3. Register your songs with the copyright office anyway.
  4. There are special copyright laws for songs that are have two or more writers.
  5. Make sure you license all cover recordings. It’s easy to do.


For the detailed list see Bandzoogle.com