Contemporary Music professors quoted about the challenges of new streaming music services

Two USC Thornton Contemporary Music faculty members were quoted by the Los Angeles Times recently about the introduction of new music streaming services by Apple and Jay-Z.

Mark Goldstein of the Music Industry program discussed the financial risks inherent in Apple’s new digital music platform. “This is great theater,” Goldstein said. “I don’t know what’s going to come out, but because Apple has so many resources, they will probably be successful at it.”

Chris Sampson, vice dean of the Division of Contemporary Music and founding director of the Popular Music program, was quoted in an article about the shortcomings of Jay-Z’s new service, Tidal. “It hasn’t really made the revolutionary impression it promised,” Sampson noted, concluding that “It’s really fallen off the radar.”