Why Can't Digital Music Services Get Jazz & Classical Right?

by Ian Dahlman, FMC Communications Intern

20.7 million Americans (8.8% of all US adults) attended a classical music performance in 2012, according to the National Endowment for the Arts’ recent survey highlights. 19 million (8.1%) attended a jazz gig. But if these millions of classical & jazz fans tried to use any of the most popular digital music services to access classical or jazz music at home, they’d likely end up confused and unable to find what they’re looking for. read more

Submitted by kevin on October 18, 2013 - 12:27pm

Will Sony Open a Classical Download Store?

Recently, All Things Digital’s MediaMemo reported on some anonymous-insider murmurings (are there any other kind?) about Sony and other major labels prepping to launch a classical music-oriented digital store. (According to the rumors, jazz is a possibility as well.)

But why a genre-specific download store? Isn’t classical music available at other sites and services?

Submitted by Anonymous on July 21, 2010 - 3:11pm

Invisible Genres & Metadata

How Digital Services Fail Classical & Jazz Musicians, Composers, and Fans
Jean Cook
Wednesday, October 16, 2013

This is an excerpt of material first presented by Jean Cook at CASH Music Summit in Portland,OR in August 2013. 

There is a special kind of data that enables the discovery and consumption of music. It’s called metadata. This article describes two specific ways that services like Spotify, iTunes, Rhapsody, Google Music, and Pandora dramatically underserve the market for classical and jazz music because of the way they treat the metadata for these genres. But first, a little about what metadata is. read more

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