10 new ideas that could save the music industry

Rethinking music
By JOSH BERTHUME  |  April 22, 2011

rethinking music 

If you're a music fan, over the past few years you've had to wrestle with the moral question of our time: to pay or not to pay.

Not paying is easy. But for fans who believe artists should be compensated, the question gets complicated: pay whom? And how? How much?

That's why Berklee College of Music and the Berkman Center at Harvard Law School are bringing artists, innovators, entrepreneurs, lawyers, policy wonks, and music-biz insiders to their "Rethink Music" conference this week, to look for new ways forward.

Here, we've collected 10 of the conference's best ideas. Some, like the Echo Nest's "Musical Brain," will change how you think about music. Others, like fanatic.fm, are simply new ways to think about old relationships. All aim to invent a future for a business sorely needing one.

The music industry is dead. Long live music.

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