How to Monetize Your Free Music

Here at RouteNote we have been really trying to think of ways we can help artists who give away their music for free. The best way to do this is to signup for a RouteNote account (which is free) and upload your free content and select the streaming stores as partners (Spotify, Rdio, Deezer, etc). This will allow artists to monetize their free content and build their fan base at the same time. This doesnt cost the artist anything upfront and they keep 85% of the royalties.

Deezer Launching in Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia and more.

Deezer has announced that they will be soon available throughout Asia later this week. Deezer will first become available in Thailand, rapidly followed by Singapore and Malaysia, ahead of its upcoming launch in Indonesia and the Philippines within the coming weeks.

It is worth noting that Deezer is partnering with mobile carrier dtac on its Thailand launch, on the same model it used with Orange, T-Mobile and Belgacom in other markets.

Deezer will now be available in over 91 countries, which is a long way ahead of Spotify and Rdio.

p.s. You will notice in the coming months some big changes here at RouteNote with Deezer.

Music Streaming (Spotify, Pandora) Accounts for 25% of the Digital Revenues for Warner Music

It seems as though music streaming services like Spotify and Pandora now account for over 25% of the digital revenues on Warner Music Group!

25% of Warner’s digital music revenue works out to be about $54 million, or about 8% of Warner’s total revenue for the period. It seems as though cannibalizing traditional digital sales from retailers like iTunes or from direct-to-fan sales isn’t happening.

WiMP Music Service Doesnt Seem to be Growing!

wimp music service

Aspiro recently published their financial report, which happened to stat basic stats on their WiMP digital music service. The Aspiro music division increate 88% year on year in Q2 2012 to SEK 49.7m ($7.4m).

Aspiro says WiMP had 350k paying users at the end of Q2 across Norway, Sweden, Denmark and Germany, including losing 40k users by cutting its partnership with Portugal Telecom.

Vevo Content and Economic Future Might Be In Trouble

It seems like there is a huge amount of Vevo news at the moment.

  1. Vevo UK CEO and Commercial Direct resign
  2. Vevo demands YouTube cuts their fees
  3. Vevo seeking new funding
  4. Universal reconsidering their Vevo investment

Basically it seems as though Universal isn’t a huge fan of Vevo at the moment and they are reconsidering their investment, which might also mean they pull their content from the service. Thus, Vevo’s numbers would drop by more than half! This would then mean Vevo would struggle to get more financing and the Vevo future might be in a little bit of trouble!