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TastemakerX, The App For Hipsters Who Totally Heard That Band First, Raises $1.2M

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TastemakerX, an about-to-launch startup that will help music fans get credit for discovering the next big thing, has raised $1.2 million in Series A funding. The company plans to launch its mobile app in early March, at South by Southwest — which seems perfect, given the event’s strong representation from...
TastemakerX, The App For Hipsters Who Totally Heard That Band First, Raises $1.2M
Music Labels’ Joint Venture, VEVO, Shows Pirated ESPN Game At Sundance
Megaupload shutdown did nothing to slow piracy, study finds

Pandora woos advertisers with monthly stats, as it hits 49 million active listeners

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Music recommendation service Pandora is to begin issuing key audience metrics on a month-to-month basis, as it looks to attract more advertising revenue in the wake of its latest earnings call. Yesterday we reported that Pandora’s longtime Executive Vice President of Business and Corporate Development, Jessica Steel, was leaving the...
Pandora woos advertisers with monthly stats, as it hits 49 million active listeners

Spotify drops five track playback limit for free users in five European countries

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Initially put in place to tempt users to upgrade their accounts to its full-featured Premium tiers, Spotify has today removed the five track playback limit on its free service in five European countries, having negotiated deals with music labels to remove blocks on a user’s popular tracks. Spotify confirmed to...
Spotify drops five track playback limit for free users in five European countries
Apple Tries To Halt Release Of Steve Jobs Deposition In Lawsuit … What’s It Hiding?

Amazon's "AutoRip" Service Goes Live, Giving Customers Free MP3s For CDs Purchased On Amazon As Far Back As 1998 (Hands On)

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Amazon is today introducing a new service called Amazon AutoRip, which automatically gives customers free MP3 versions of any CDs they’ve purchased from Amazon since the launch of its Music Store back in 1998. Customers will also have access to a growing number of new releases. The digital music is being placed...
Amazon's "AutoRip" Service Goes Live, Giving Customers Free MP3s For CDs Purchased On Amazon As Far Back As 1998 (Hands On)

The world’s hottest digital markets: a music map

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Record labels’ new-found enthusiasm for ending their iTunes dependence has created an opportunity for new digital music services. I picture the market like a game of Risk. Every week, the likes of Spotify, Rdio and Deezer are racing in to new countries with a new model — unlimited subscription access to...
The world’s hottest digital markets: a music map

Tomahawk: Fixing Our Fractured Digital Music Collections

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Technology has done amazing things for music in the last decade. Sure, the large, traditional industry players are making less money, but there are now vastly more players, and the ecosystem that's emerging looks pretty amazing. Despite all the music streaming services and startups out there, there still exists a...
Tomahawk: Fixing Our Fractured Digital Music Collections

Shameful: Sony raised prices on Whitney Houston’s digital music 30 minutes after her death

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As much criticism as record labels receive for how they treat artists, Sony Music might take the cake. The company pulled the ultimate in shameful activities this weekend by raising the price on Whitney Houston’s Ultimate Collection album on iTunes and Amazon within 30 minutes of her death on...
Shameful: Sony raised prices on Whitney Houston’s digital music 30 minutes after her death

Google Adjusts Search Results To Appease Copyright Owners

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Googling for illegal access to movies or music? Starting today, those links will begin to slip down the results list. The search giant has revamped its algorithm to take into account complaints about copyright infringement.  In a blog post on Friday, Google explained that, among the 200 signals it uses...
Google Adjusts Search Results To Appease Copyright Owners

Will Royalties Kill The Streaming Rdio Star?

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The ongoing tug-of-war between musicians, record labels and digital content providers inched a little more towards artists this week with the introduction of an innovative paid-referral plan from streaming provider Rdio. The new program pays artists a flat $10 fee for every user they refer, a rare form of direct-to-artist...
Will Royalties Kill The Streaming Rdio Star?

Google's Autocomplete Dilemma: Every Concession Makes It Easier For The Next Person To Complain

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Back when Google decided to be the arbiter of what words were strictly for infringement in its previously useful autocomplete function, some of us saw the looming danger of such a move, in that it opens up Google to requests for all kinds of autocomplete modifications. The theory was that...
Google's Autocomplete Dilemma: Every Concession Makes It Easier For The Next Person To Complain
Spotify app Soundrop relaunches, becomes social music player

Apple Is Planning To Make Some Huge Changes To iTunes This Year (AAPL)

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Apple is planning to announce some major changes to iTunes later this year in what could be one of the most significant updates to the service since it launched in 2003, according to Bloomberg. Bloomberg reports hearing from sources familiar with the situation that Apple is working on integrating its...
Apple Is Planning To Make Some Huge Changes To iTunes This Year (AAPL)

Berners-Lee: Don't let record labels upset web openness

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We mustn't allow record companies' fear that their business model isn't working to upset the openness of the internet, Tim Berners-Lee told Wired.co.uk in a press conference at W3C. The inventor of the web was referring to recent controversial pieces of legislation, including SOPA and PIPA in the US,...
Berners-Lee: Don't let record labels upset web openness

ThingLink targets advertisers with new Facebook embeds

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Finnish startup ThingLink has been trying every way it can to get people using its rich image service — and not always with success. Now it’s hoping that it has hit the mother lode by building a system that lets advertisers embed its images inside Facebook. ThingLink’s proposition is fairly...
ThingLink targets advertisers with new Facebook embeds
World Clamors for Linux Coders, Says Linux Foundation

Music streaming service Rdio makes its way to France and the UK, along with its apps

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For those of you in the UK and France who have been waiting to use popular music streaming service Rdio, you don’t have to wait any longer. We reported in March that Rdio was hammering out deals with record labels to make the service available in Europe and it seems...
Music streaming service Rdio makes its way to France and the UK, along with its apps

Irish Record Labels Win, Court Reinstates “3 Strikes” For File-Sharing

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Following a 2009 agreement between the labels of the Irish Recorded Music Association (IRMA) and Eircom, customers of the Irish ISP would find themselves warned should their file-sharing activities be tracked by rightsholders. The so-called “graduated response” process would complete after a customer had received three warnings – at this...
Irish Record Labels Win, Court Reinstates “3 Strikes” For File-Sharing

With 340M Tracks Played, Soundrop, The 'Turntable For Spotify,' Gets More Interactive On Its Mobile And Spotify Apps

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We are still waiting for official word on when Spotify will make the move to a browser-based version, or port its App Center to its mobile app. But in the meantime, third parties continue to build out their presence on Spotify’s platform — perhaps a sign of more activity coming...
With 340M Tracks Played, Soundrop, The 'Turntable For Spotify,' Gets More Interactive On Its Mobile And Spotify Apps
How To Choose The Right Streaming Music Service -- A Guide

Global video site Viki moves into music, inks deals with Warner Music and other labels

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International-focused TV and video site Viki has made a significant move into the music space, after it announced deals with a number of record labels and agencies, most notably Warner Music, SEED Music Group of Taiwan and Korea’s LOEN. The expansion has brought thousands of music videos from hundreds of artists...
Global video site Viki moves into music, inks deals with Warner Music and other labels
Warner Music, Def Jam Record Labels Among Spotify’s 12 New Apps

Introducing: New Rdio

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Welcome to new Rdio. We built it for you — it’s faster, simpler, and more social. New Rdio is a visually beautiful and dynamic way to play Rdio’s massive catalogue of 15 million songs. New features include the oft requested drag and drop playlist creation, a more personalized Heavy...
Introducing: New Rdio
Spotify seeking to be big in Japan

Spotify: by the way, you still get unlimited songs with a free account

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Remember that six month deadline we warned you about back in January? Well, it looks like Spotify wasn't so gung-ho about limiting the free version of its service, after all. The site is celebrating its ninth anniversary in the States by reminding users that it still has yet to...
Spotify: by the way, you still get unlimited songs with a free account

Minnesota woman to pay $220,000 fine for 24 illegally downloaded songs

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Recording Industry Association of America has largely adjusted its anti-piracy strategy to stop suing individual downloadersA Minnesota women, one of the last people to be individually prosecuted in the US for illegal downloading and file-sharing, faces a $220,000 bill after a federal court ruling on Tuesday.The federal appeals court reversed...
Minnesota woman to pay $220,000 fine for 24 illegally downloaded songs

Starting now, the new Rdio is available to all users of the web and desktop apps

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Streaming music service Rdio has launched its new version on Mac and Windows browsers and via its Mac and Windows apps. The new version has been completely redesigned to put music and albums  ’front and center’, as well as to make sharing easier. You can check out the new version...
Starting now, the new Rdio is available to all users of the web and desktop apps

Canada Approves New Music Tariffs; Weddings Cost Double If You Dance

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The Copyright Board of Canada, which reviews copyright tariffs for various collection societies (like ASCAP and BMI in America, which collect performance licensing fees from venues) has just approved a new set of fees to cover recorded music at a bunch of different live events. Karaoke bars, conventions, parades, weddings...
Canada Approves New Music Tariffs; Weddings Cost Double If You Dance
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