Music Business Roundup: Apple Music Subscribers, China’s Fight With Piracy, & More

Each week on Songwriter U, Songspace recaps the top stories in the world of music business. Here’s everything you need to know from the week ending on August 7th. Apple Music Reaches 11 Million According to new numbers released, Apple Music has a total of 11 million subscribers: 9 registered for their regular tier of $9.99 a month, and 2 million for the $14.99 family plan. Of course all users are still within the three month free trial, so they have not started paying for the service. The real test will be when the trial expires - how many users will convert to paying subscribers for Apple Music? Read More... China's Fight With Piracy China has started a "Sword Net 2015" campaign to combat the music piracy problems in the country. They started with a warning to all music services to have illegal music down by July 31st, then actively took down 2.2 million songs from major services. This effort will hopefully make it clear that Chinese music services need to license music legally. Read More... UMG Invests In Streaming Universal Music Group announced the hiring of Jay Frank for a new role titled Senior Vice President of Global Streaming Marketing. This…

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