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The Resonate roadmap

Explore the three main areas currently under development in 2017, including a list of planned features. Find out what’s happening with the #stream2own app, blockchain, website development and more.

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Can a streaming service be profitable?

If you haven’t read many of the numerous stories through the years about losses in the streaming music market, then the headline may seem like an odd question at first. After all, how can a company like Spotify be worth $8 Billion but still hasn’t made a profit after 10 years in business? Jeff Price […]

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The road ahead…

When I did a quick search for “road” on pexels.com this one really stuck out, because it pretty much sums up everything at Resonate right now. The view from the hill speaks to taking a moment to reflect and get a bird’s eye view on where you’ve been and where you’re going. Of course, the […]

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Exploring the next steps for Resonate

We face a number of unique challenges… building a service based on very new technology, not being of interest to the VC community that funds the majority of startups, seeking fairness and justice as a cooperative… and the fact that we’re up against competitors with essentially unlimited resources.

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Building the blockchain database

A broad overview of our plans for building a blockchain for the music industry. After participating in Imogen Heap’s Mycelia project, becoming a member of Berklee’s Open Music Initiative and co-organizing a week-long blockchain lab for Music Tech Fest, one thing has become crystal clear…

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Appearances + events featuring Resonate

Resonate founder Peter Harris is speaking at numerous events in 2017… Elevate in Graz, Austria and Sonar+D in Barcelona, Spain.

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The quest for accurate streaming royalties data

Recently I got into an extended email discussion with a very well known indie label that I was seriously hoping to recruit into the Resonate coop. The short version is that it was quite eye-opening to find out how much they loved…

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Evolution of Resonate

This post explores how Resonate has evolved from the seed of an idea to it’s current status and roadmap. Business development Began in Spring of 2015 with the seed of an idea… to solve problems of engagement and accountability in music startups by using the cooperative business structure. Followed shortly thereafter with advent of the […]

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Micro-payments for video

While our main focus is on building a wicked streaming music player, we’ve always had video in mind for our long-term strategy. Thanks to a new partner, it’s looking like video may kill beat out the streaming star. Introducing PopChest.

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Blockchain for DJs + Producers

Let me drop a dazzling question, much as you might drop a track on a crowd about to hit a massive peak of orgiastic dance frenzy: What technology could usher in a new era of unparalleled creative freedom, artistic control and collaborative expression? OK, given the title of the article you probably already know the […]

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Why indie labels are so important

Through all the chaotic changes in the digital age of music, one institution has been consistently the target of criticism – the record label. While it’s now technologically possible for artists to self produce and distribute, we the role of the (independent) record label has never been so important.

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Reaching totally new markets for streaming

The streaming giants are pricing their services for the high end of the curve – those listeners that spend far more than the average of $153 a year. That’s not a sustainable business model. Ours is.

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Blockchains for metadata and licensing

Imagine for a moment that embedded within music files was a smart contract that could run 24/7, sending out automated licensing, usage and payment agreements to hundreds of parties around the world without phone calls, emails or face to face contract-signing.

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Building a more robust music community

Contrary to the design and user experience of most streaming apps and services, music can’t be reduced to simple functions such as play, skip, shuffle and like. Music inspires movements, dictates trends in all other art forms and even shifts entire cultures in new directions.

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The platform cooperative movement

A movement is building and a new global community is forming. Last week I had the great privilege of presenting Resonate to an eager crowd at the Platform Cooperativism conference in New York City.

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About platform cooperatives and the investor problem

A new form of internet startup is emerging – the “platform cooperative” – an attempt to merge the most equitable form of capitalism yet devised with the distributed, international, software-driven ambitions of Silicon Valley.

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Why most musicians continue to lose online

The digital revolution forever changed the means of production for the vast majority of musicians. Producing a high-quality album in your bedroom became de rigueur just after the turn of the millennium, but that was only half the battle.

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Stream to own

Explore this unique model from Resonate, the world’s first streaming music cooperative. A method that turns casual listeners into dedicated fans without expensive monthly subscriptions.

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Crowd campaign update

The Resonate crowd campaign launched last week. Apart from a few device-specific bugs, the biggest feedback we got was around the language for investor shares. The answer is NO. Investors do NOT get extra votes.

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Launching the crowd campaign

It’s what you’ve all been waiting for, you knew it was coming in October, so… the Resonate crowd-owning campaign is starting on the 25th! For just $5 music fans can secure their ownership share in a new streaming music service that everyone owns.

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The 9/9 mystery is revealed

We have a bit of news to reveal, but first, some back story is in order because it relates to all the 9/9 hype. People often ask “why is it nine plays in the stream to own model?” My usual instinct (but never spoken answer) is “how could it not be?” It’s not just that […]

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May Updates

Significant milestones for May… introducing Shane Morris, our new head of Artist Curator and Development, organizing a Blockchain Lab at Music Tech Fest in Berlin and lots of other juicy developments.

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April Updates

So much has been happening in the last few weeks that it’s hard to keep track of who knows what about which particular development. So, in no particular order, a list of milestones for Resonate in the last few weeks: Peter will be co-organizing the #MTFLab: Blockchain event at Music Tech Fest in Berlin at […]

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Second partner label – Stil Vor Talent

Very excited to announce our second indie label partner – Berlin’s Stil Vor Talent. Since it was founded in 2006, the label has had over 100 releases, comprised of numerous dance singles as well as full length albums and compilations.

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Our first partner label – Ropeadope Records

Very excited to announce our first indie label partnership with Philadelphia-based Ropeadope Records. Ropeadope’s artists span many genres – jazz, afrobeat, hip-hop and r&b – releasing “historically significant records with celebrity names to completely unknown artists”.

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Presenting at MWM Conference in Berlin

We will be presenting Resonate in Berlin on November 19th at the Most Wanted Music Conference. The session is titled “New Music Business Models” and will feature other music-related startups from Berlin who will pitch their idea to industry experts, eliciting feedback and support for their projects. Session starts at 4pm in the Kino hall.

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Peter to present Resonate in NYC November 13th

Resonate founder Peter Harris will be appearing at the Platform Cooperativism conference in New York City at 6pm on November 13th. Peter will be presenting Resonate along with a number of other startups in this emerging niche. The event is free and is also being streamed live.

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Information doesn’t want to be free

This speech is a rallying cry for Resonate. Cory Doctorow outlines how the internet has been locked down and the nature of the epic David vs Goliath struggle that we face in order to deliver ideas and content outside the pathways owned by massive corporations.  

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