FROM Joan Solsman
Taylor Swift vs. Apple It was Taylor Swift versus Apple this weekend, and it looks like Taylor Swift won. Apple was planning to roll out its new music streaming service on June 30th with a three-month free trial. And It wasn’t planning to pay artists or labels during that time. That is, until Taylor Swift let her displeasure be known on her Tumblr page, saying it’s not right to give music away without paying artists. Twenty-four hours later, Apple relented. What does the episode tell us about the music business and the power of Taylor Swift?
The Troubles With Streaming It appears that Taylor Swift and Spotify are never, ever getting back together. But maybe she’ll have a better relationship with Spotify’s newest competitor, a music streaming service announced by YouTube last week called YouTube Music Key. It’s entering the field with a big advantage: its parent company. Every month, people watch billions of hours of YouTube, with 40 percent of that time spent on music videos.
Farewell LA freeways, Peter Shire is back Angelenos don't want more freeways but we seem not to want mass transit either. Metro has killed the 710 freeway extension, and bus and train ridership is down across the region. What's the future of getting around in LA? And, Peter Shire is having a comeback. What attracts a new generation to his playful ceramics and furniture?
Industry insights and lessons learned from memorable guests We have interesting guests on The Business, and sometimes our conversations are too long to fit into one show. This week we give you stories that were too good to leave on the cutting room floor, including some sharp insights on making it in the industry from David Mandel, David Simon, Shawn Levy and Matt Reeves.
Accusations of lying fly between James Comey and White House During his testimony Thursday, former FBI Director James Comey accused President Trump and other White House officials of lying when they said the FBI was in disarray and its staff had lost confidence in him. President Trump’s lawyer said Comey was wrong -- that the president never asked for his loyalty, and never asked him to back off the investigation into former NSA director Michael Flynn.