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A Journal of Musical ThingsDigitizing the Music Industry's Data - A Journal of Musical Things

  • the current bookkeeping methods used by the industry are paper-based. Not that paper is problematic on its own, but all that data (sales, downloads, clicks, streams, sales, to say nothing of royalties, copyrights, credits, samples, etc.) has to be manually entered from one massive database to another. As Owsinski notes, this is often the work of an intern or some low-ranking employee, who might not have the appropriate skills to make the calculations required to ensure everyone is properly, and quickly, paid for their work. As a result, data can go missing, get messed up or be improperly filed.

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