I’m borrowing one of my favourite Twitter memes called Follow Friday, though I hardly ever participate. On Fridays, many Twitter users recommend their followers to follow interesting people that they themselves are following. It’s kind of like networking. Actually, it’s more than just ‘kind of’ like networking!
I always find it really tough who to recommend, but I love the principle. That’s why I have decided to recommend some of the blogs I subscribe to so I stay in the know about developments in the (new) music business. Maybe you can recommend some to me too?
A rather traditional source of information – not too forward thinking, but has some interesting case studies every now and then.
Looks at trends in music & the digital world.
Digital Audio Insider
Describes itself as a blog about the economics of digital music and I think that’s quite an accurate description.
Digital Music News
Definitely one of the best blogs out there on this topic! So I gave it some sweet italic loving!
A CNET blog about music and technology. Hightlights lots of interesting innovative initiatives in the digital music business.
A blog about filesharing, piracy, torrent sites, lawsuits and other fun stuff.
Future of Music Coalition
A non-profit organisation looking at the future of the music business and how artists can cope with the rapid changes.
A blog about the new music business. Hardly misses a thing. Very impressive!
Make It In Music
Artists have to take more and more control of the tasks record labels previously used to take care of. This blog educates them on how to do that. Also interesting for people who are simply interested in the music business, but not as an artist.
Kind of a monitor of the music business blogs. Everything in one place here, but I prefer visiting the individual blogs / reading their RSS feeds.
Media Futurist – Gerd Leonhard
The blog of Gerd Leonhard, who’s a media futurist. He appears to be touring constantly, speaking at conferences about technologies and how our society could adopt them. He shares many of his presentations, slideshows and ideas on his blog. Great material! Also check out the interview I had with him about the future of music distribution.
MIDEM is one of the world’s biggest music business conferences. MidemNet is its simultaneous digital music business conference. The blog is filled with interesting analyses by industry experts.
The corporate blog of this digital music business information and strategy company.
Music Business and Trend Mongering
A blog about the great ideas and trends in the new music business.
Music Think Tank
Awesome blog about what works and doesn’t work (and why!) in the music industry. Highly recommended.
A music business veteran’s view on the new music business. Very impressive track record and highly insightful articles.
Net, Blogs and Rock’n'Roll
A blog about the digital discovery of music and entertainment.
New Music Strategies
The name more or less speaks for itself. Sporadic posts, but high quality guaranteed.
Lots of news about innovation in peer to peer technology.
About filesharing, peer-to-peer technology, RIAA madness, and innovation in the sharing of digital information.
A blog about remix culture.
Rocketsurgeon’s Music 2.0 Directory
A listing of all the tools and services participating in the ‘new media revolution’. Very cool.
RouteNote’s a company specializing in the distribution of artists’ music to (digital) music stores. Their blog offers a great look into the world of digital music distribution.
About innovations in technology and how this affects government policy and the economy around us. Probably my favourite blog of this whole list.
The Daily Swarm
A bit like me*dia*or, in the sense that it aggregates content from other places and links back to the full articles. Sometimes they catch something I had missed, so I try to keep up with them as much as I can.
The Forrester Blog for Consumer Strategy Professionals
Not necessarily about the music business, but definitely gives great insight into marketplaces that are changing because of technology. These guys are really on top of the trends and give valuable insights into them.
Another favourite blog. They ask some very tough questions to the music business about how they deal with filesharing. Also has a lot of news about torrent trackers, politics, what’s hot in the filesharing networks, and much much more.
TuneCore also specializes in distributing signed artists’ music to digital music stores. On their blog, great tips about music and technology, insights into the new music business, and how to use the web to your advantage.
Wired | Music
Wired is a technology news website and has a music section too. Great read! They have a very talented staff.
Another (good) blog about filesharing.
Whenever I spot a great article worth reading in one of these (and other) sources, I share them via Google Reader, so have a look at my shared items and subscribe to them!
What are blogs you would recommend? Did I miss any good ones?