Social Media Week Berlin: Generating real revenue from new online technologies

Oct 5, 2012
In 2011, Spotify paid royalties of over $180 million to artists, and with that figure is set to double this year, there's clearly potential to harness this emerging market. But how? That's exactly the tricky topic tackled last Friday on the final day of Berlin's Social Media Week. "To work with...

Analogue tradition vs. digital progression: the DJ culture clash

Jul 17, 2012
Cord Henning Labuhn is a sociologist and musicologist, but you'll probably know him better as one half of Berlin-based duo Robosonic, whose track, Worst Love, topped the RA charts last month. Cord has long been interested in the conflict between analogue tradition and digital progression in the music...

New Site Update with lots of UI improvements

Jun 6, 2012
We‘ve just launched a new site update packed with new features, all hand-picked from our Ideas Room (an ever-growing list of feature requests from users of the FATdrop service). The update has a lot of improvements to usability of the site and we wanted to explain some details of how they work and...

New FATdrop pricing structure & reduction in costs for existing users

Jan 26, 2012
FATdrop are pleased to announce the launch of a new price structure for our digital promo service, offering *a cost reduction for all current & future users of the system* and *introducing two new packages that will offer high-volume users substantial savings* - in some cases as much as 70% on current...

A rant about second-hand digital music

Oct 11, 2011
A few services have tried to open online market places for reselling MP3 files. The most recent is a company called Redigi, but the first time I heard of anyone attempting to do this was in 2008 from a service called Bopaboo. They had come up with an interesting model that allowed users to sell an MP3...

The Making of Video Virals

Aug 17, 2011
With over 2 billion videos streamed every day and the biggest category of video being music, YouTube is the heavyweight champion of music streaming services. When Joe Bloggs wants to listen to a track heʼs never heard before, itʼs likely heʼll type it into YouTubeʼs search box. Even if he uses Google...

How does A&R work in the internet era?

May 17, 2011
Demo money, demo problems? “It's very, very different to 10 years ago. I can't imagine A&Ring without iTunes, Sendspace and Soundcloud.” - Alex, Greco Roman Records The deal-breaking, talent-scouting Artists & Repertoire executive is one of the archetypes of the music industry, but is...

Who reigns in the Cloud – and is it a storm in a teacup for labels?

Mar 30, 2011
Talking cloud, ain't saying nothing? Amazon stole some thunder from their rivalsʼ clouds this week with their announcement of a new ‘Cloud Driveʼ service: rumours of similar plans from Google and Apple had been circulating for a while, but few expected Amazon to jump ahead of them so suddenly....

Pledging For Music: The rise of the ‘Kickstarter’ business model – adding value to the traditional album product.

Mar 17, 2011
In the last five years a handful of sites have emerged which aim to create an investment platform for musicians to raise their profile, build a following and, most importantly, receive some much-needed financing. Sites such as Kickstarter, Pledge Music, Sellaband and Slicethepie all offer this...

Give ‘Em What They Want! – What do journalists want from digital promo?

Jan 27, 2011
Following some recent research CMU carried out into what journalists want from digital promo, FATdrop did their own research talking directly to journalists and looking into why they still prefer to receive physical promos over their digital counterparts. According to our research the most common...