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So, how will Amanda Palmer spend her Kickstarter loot?

At $837k with a week to go, Amanda Palmer is explaining to fans how she plans to spend the money raised from her Kickstarter project: $250k to pay off debts accrued so far on the project, including recording; $135k making...
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Content biz should open up to ‘survive and thrive’ says Fred Wilson

Union Square Ventures partner Fred Wilson is an investor in SoundCloud and Turntable.fm, and also a longstanding provider of constructive criticism to the entertainment industries. Here’s his latest salvo: “I...
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Pandora’s revenues rising, but costs rising faster

Personal radio service Pandora’s revenues were up 58% year-on-year to $80.8m in Q1 2012 according to its latest financials, but its net loss grew from $6.7m to $20.2m in the same period. A key reason is rising costs:...
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Why Facebook’s ad-based business model may fail

Technology Review's 'The Facebook Fallacy' article by Michael Wolff doesn't pull any punches.
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Swedish IPRED legislation had ‘limited’ effects on filesharing

Sweden is justifiably held up as a poster-market for digital music, thanks partly to the popularity of streaming music services like Spotify there, and also to the country's IPRED anti-piracy legislation in 2009.
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MyMusic music search engine goes live

We're intrigued by the launch of MyMusic, which has been in private beta for some time, but opened its doors to all yesterday.
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Vevo tipped for new funding but IPO rumours recede

Music videos service Vevo is reportedly looking for more funding, with the Financial Times claiming that it may add a new partner to its joint venture.
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Distro.fm says Kickstarter project a ‘success’ despite missing funding goal

Earlier this month we wrote about startup Distro.fm, which was raising money on Kickstarter to help artists run their own subscription services. The company was shooting for $23k in funding, having already signed up bands...
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One Direction, Jack White, Norah Jones and Usher confirmed for Apple iTunes Festival 2012

Apple has confirmed the first artists for its 2012 iTunes Festival in London, which will take place throughout the month of September. Jack White, One Direction, Norah Jones and Usher are the first four confirmations for...
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Music Ally Report: Un-chartered Territory

With the news that the Official Charts Company will this Monday launch Britain’s first streaming chart, our lead considers what this new chart will add to our understanding of how people consume music
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Did Samsung buy mSpot for $10m to power its Galaxy S III Music Hub?

When Samsung unveiled its new Galaxy S III Android smartphone last week, our attention was piqued by the reference to new features for the company’s Music Hub service. It’s a subscription-based streaming service...
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Simian Mobile Disco get Unpatterns iOS app

The latest artist looking to do more than just promote their iTunes tracks and tweets in an app is dance duo Simian Mobile Disco. They’ve collaborated with designer Kate Moross on an app for iPhone and iPad called Simian...