Dish Hops over the top

Dish Network’s linear streaming deal with Disney won’t be the last of its kind. But don’t expect the floodgates to be thrown open generally just yet, either.

Paying to play: The fight over online music

That shift in listening from recordings to streaming services marks an acceleration and amplification of the broader shift in the music business from a an economy based on the sale of goods to one based on access to performances. And it is fueling the fight now erupting on Capitol Hill over the royalty rates assigned to different types of performances.

Today in Social

More action on the digital music front. Google confirmed it’s doing something. “With a twist,” whatever that means. The write-ups call it a store, but what’s so hard about building a catalog of MP3s these days? I still think Google’s rights clearing difficulties are more around creating a service that looks like Apple’s forthcoming iTunes Match service. The French music streaming service Deezer, that has mobile distribution deals with big European carriers, sketches out its plans for world domination sans the U.S. market. And Pandora’s co-founder talks about replacing terrestrial radio and co-existing with on-demand services. I think Pandora’s a real disruptor, and I’ll be having a fireside chat with its CTO at the November 10 GigaOM RoadMap event. GigaOM Pro subscribers get a 25 percent discount to the conference, so I’ll look for you there.