As everyone’s winding down for the holiday weekend, we here at Altavoz are still trucking, with a couple of things on the horizon which we’ll be posting about shortly, so stay tuned! In the meantime, here’s your Weekend Round-Up….
Black Friday? There’s an app for that
More important than Thanksgiving for some, is the shopping holiday that is Black Friday! In the spirit of the season, Mashable.com recently compiled a list of 5 apps that make navigating Black Friday a little bit easier. Keep in mind, these apps can’t guarantee your safety.
- ShopSavvy – Scan a bar code to see if the product you’re about to buy is actually discounted. ShopSavvy scans available prices for identical products online and in nearby stores so you can see if you’re getting the best deal.
- Aisle411 – Android and iPhone users can get custom views of participating stores with Aisle411 to help you find what you’re looking for fast. Or at least faster than the folks that don’t run to the electronics section. Also included is a list maker so you know what to grab.
- BFAds – Scan the available Black Friday ads, make your shopping lists, and reference items on the go. You can search by item or category and even compare prices between stores.
- Amazon Price Checker – Even though you won’t likely find any Black Friday prices on this app (available for Android and iOS), you will be able to see the regular price of an item, which will tell you if they’ve actually been discounted, or if you’re about to get scammed at the register.
- Snaptell – Comparison shop while you’re on the go with this app that lets you snap a pic of the item in question, then provides reviews and prices from various stores.
Universal taking Grooveshark to court…it was only a matter of time.
This past week, Universal initiated a lawsuit against Grooveshark for allegedly uploading 100,000 songs illegally on their website. Universal says they have records that Grooveshark employees uploaded illegally obtained music to their website. Grooveshark has always said they aren’t responsible for their users committing copyright infringement on their site, which they can do thanks to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act’s provisions. However, if Universal can back up their claims, Grooveshark might be at risk of losing their DMCA protection and swirling down the drain of online music providers past.
Indie music publishers can now license directly with YouTube
YouTube and the Harry Fox Agency are teaming up to allow Indie music publishers to directly license their music with YouTube. This allows YouTube the right to synchronize a publisher’s music with videos posted by YouTube users and giving the publisher the right to royalties from user-generated videos for which YouTube receives advertising revenue. To learn more, click HERE.
STHoldings isn’t on the Spotify band wagon anymore
STHoldings LTD, an electronic music distributor, has pulled 234 labels from music streaming services such as Spotify, Simfy, Rdio, Napter after sales of their music on iTunes dropped 24%. There well-informed decision was backed up with some scary house stats:
- In the third quarter of 2011 – the first full quarter that the distributor supplied content to these services – ST’s digital revenue fell for the first time in its history, down 14%.
- iTunes revenue in the same quarter fell 24%.
- Spotify, Simfy, Rdio and Napster accounted for 82% of all ST tracks “consumed” in Q3 but only 2.6% of that quarters Q3 revenue.
- Spotify paid £2,500 or $3376 USD for 750,000 streams in the quarter.
This is great example of excellent promotional services not translating into sales in more traditional, and bankable, mediums.