Episode #61: The Death of the Download

by The Future of What

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With the launch of Apple Music in 2015, the music industry saw a steep decline in digital downloads, and rumors flew about whether iTunes downloads would be phased out completely — one publication even wrote an obituary for the service. Streaming services are here to stay, but what will that mean for music downloads? We ask MusicWatch Inc.’s Russ Crupnick about trends in music downloads, and hear from Bandcamp’s Chief Curator, Andrew Jervis, about viability of Bandcamp downloads. Ken Shipley of Numero Group also joins us to explain why the label has chosen to stop including download codes in their vinyl releases.


Russ Crupnick (MusicWatch Inc.)
Andrew Jervis (Bandcamp)
Ken Shipley (Numero Group)


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released December 15, 2016



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