In the fifth installment, David and Darren sit down to discuss whether Google is ushering in streaming's second phase with its introduction of YouTube Red, in which music and non-music content will all be on tap, ad-free, for offline viewing. We also discuss whether the majors are making martyrs of new artists by boycotting SoundCloud and - wait, what? - we also discuss David's recent article around the work culture in the music industry being toxic. Or put another way: could we work smarter? Take a listen!
In a slightly overdue Episode 4, Darren & David sit down with the "builder's tea" of G&T (that's be Gordon's and own-brand tonic) to discuss YouTube's forthcoming combined subscription service and whether the future involves one single media service that could be a combined Netflix and Spotify. In addition, streaming payouts are revisited and the prospect of a streaming service owned by the indies debated. And, if all that sounds a little dry, you can also hear how Darren's Mum nearly joined the Scientologists by mistake recently, why The Incredible String Band are so bad, and the relative tourism merits of Suffolk. Get stuck in!
For episode #3, Darren and David sit down to discuss 'playola' - aka paying to secure a track's inclusion on an influential playlist. In addition, they talk about the much-discussed topic of streaming media payout models, and whether we would indeed be better off taking a subscriber's $10/£10/€10 and dividing it up among only the bands he/she has listened to. And that's just the opening 20 minutes - listen in for the rest!
For show #2 Darren & David sit down to discuss Apple's new music service... Beats1 radio... Xbox Music's transformation into Groove... the future of the industry as the streaming model grows and downloads die off... music genres and decades flattening out as playlists take hold and finally Facebook's new music service. We also answer the solitary question emailed in by presumably our one remaining listener. All power to you sir!
In the maiden episode, Darren and David Emery sit down to discuss the majors and the Spotify/Freemium debate, Vessel and premium services, YouTube, Facebook's video proposition, surprise (or short run-up) album releases and whether marketing is simply out of step with The Kids. They also answer queries mailed in by listeners. Got a question? Drop us a line!