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Drinking Caffeine Contributes to Hearing Loss, Study Finds

  Morning Joe can compound hearing loss. Drinking caffeine can dramatically affect the body’s ability to recover from hearing damage, according to a strange study just released.  Specifically, the study concluded that caffeine can seriously impair the body’s ability to recover from short-term hearing loss after extremely loud events (like loud concerts, firing guns, etc.)  Even worse, caffeine consumption can contribute to longer-term, permanent damage that would otherwise be repaired. The finding, conducted by

StubHub Hacker Gets Up To 12 Years In Prison Over $1 Million Ticket Scam

StubHub hacker gets up to 12 years in prison… The ringleader of an international ticket scam who led a group of five men which targeted the online ticket exchange company, StubHub was sentenced to 12 years in prison by Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. The ring of men hacked StubHub users, stole online personal information and credit card details, and then used this data to buy tickets for events, shows and concerts.

Music Downloads Post Their Worst Decline EVER

It’s official: 2016 is the year that killed music downloads. Last month, sources pointed Digital Music News to double-digit declines in music download sales, with drops potentially exceeding 20 percent year-on-year.  But actual figures released early this morning show a sharper drop than imagined.  According to Nielsen Soundscan first-half figures, music downloads dropped an astounding 23.9%, with total sales landed at 404.9 million. The severe drop is the worst on record,

SoundCloud Amps Up Music Discovery To Compete With Spotify and Apple Music

But, is this enough to convert its 175 million users to its paid subscription service ‘SoundCloud Go’? Earlier in the year SoundCloud announced the addition of a stations feature. Now, the streaming service has announced an update to this feature which allow users to discover music in what SoundCloud calls ”a lean back, seamless listening experience”. The new update to the feature allows users to create stations from artists pages, as

Spotify Boosts Paying Subscribers by 23%…

Spotify stays ahead of competition… According to a report by MBW, Spotify has hit 37 million paying subscribers, adding approximately 2 million paying users a month in the last quarter alone.  If these figures are correct, it means that June was the fastest growth period for the streaming service since launching in 2008. It would also represent the biggest premium conversion rate in Spotify’s history. These reported figures are a massive jump from

The Record Store Experience Must Not Die With The Shops

“We were part of people’s lives because music was part of people’s lives” –Russ Solomon, Tower Records founder I’m 30,000 feet in the air balling my eyes out because everyone on screen is as well. The people in this Delta provided documentary are discussing the demise of a company that had been a part of their lives for over 30 years. The company, was Tower Records. All Things Must Pass

Breaking: Apple Music Loses 3 Times More Subscribers a Month Than Spotify

Apple Music has a huge problem.  It’s called ‘churn’… Last week, Cowen’s John Blackledge and Tim Arcuri shared some information in a recent report related to streaming churn.  Specifically, on the rate at which Spotify and Apple Music lose subscribers on a monthly basis.  According to Cowen, Apple Music have a subscriber churn rate of 6.4%, which is nearly three times higher than Spotify, whose churn rate is 2.2%. The news is shocking, especially for

Concrete Evidence Shows Digital Downloads Are Falling Faster Than Physical Sales

The figures prove that digital music sales are falling quicker than physical sales… Last month, DMN was provided with information from PwC. According to their projected figures, revenue from physical formats are falling at a (compound annual) rate of —12.3%, and revenue from paid music downloads are falling at a (compound annual) rate of —14.3%. This information suggested that digital downloads are falling at a faster rate than that of physical. However, this was

Breaking: Shooting Death of ‘CD Man’ Alton Sterling Sparks Massive Protests

The shooting death of Anton Sterling by Baton Rouge police is drawing heavy return fire from the music community, including Public Enemy rapper Chuck D. Please note: this is a developing story; please check back for ongoing developments. Just hours after an extended July 4th weekend, America is being confronted with another ugly situation involving police violence.  This time, the incident involves Anton Sterling, a black man killed by police in Baton Rouge

Album Sales Fall In Every Format Except Vinyl, Thanks To Free Streaming

The music industry is still experiencing the vinyl resurgence… We know that the music industry has been experiencing a resurgence in Vinyl LP sales. In fact, sales in vinyl recently reached their highest level since 1988. And thanks to a recent ICM poll, we also know that free streaming is helping to drive those sales. The poll found that music fans are using platforms like YouTube, Soundcloud and ad-supported tiers on