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Could Spotify be more valuable ‘per listen’ than iTunes?

The debate over streaming music royalties continues to rumble, but the latest contribution is academic rather than argumentative. Washington & Lee University’s David Touve has published a blog post trying to get...
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Music startups pitch their wares at Music TechPitch 4.5 event

We've already covered the keynote speech at tonight's Music TechPitch 4.5 event at EMI's headquarters in London, where EVP of strategy and insight Jim Brady explained why a major label is so keen to be working with external...
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EMI’s Jim Brady: ‘True digital music fans do not have a very strong ownership habit’

EMI’s executive vice president of strategy and insight Jim Brady thinks that the music industry needs to be more creative about appealing to ‘Homo Spotifyicus’ – the new generation of digital music...
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A Genuine Freakshow manager Erik Nielsen weighs into Spotify payouts debate

This week’s arguments about Spotify payouts to artists and independent labels were fuelled yesterday by a tweet from musician Jon Hopkins, who’s one half of King Creosote & Jon Hopkins. “Got paid £8...
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AC/DC and Jimi Hendrix get new iPhone and iPad apps

Two big artists have new iOS apps this morning on Apple’s App Store: Jimi Hendrix and AC/DC. Jimi Hendrix: The Complete Experience is available for iPhone and iPad, and acts as a guide to his career with text, photos...
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Two new reports shed more light on Spotify / streaming versus piracy

The debate around whether streaming services like Spotify cannibalise piracy will be fuelled by two new reports, one from the US and one from Sweden. The first is called The Copy Culture Survey: Enfringement and Enforcement...
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Blu Mar Ten, Spotify payouts and iTunes Europe

This week’s big digital music story is Spotify and streaming music payouts. Again. A series of independent labels and distributors have been pulling their catalogues from streaming services, citing low payouts and cannibalisation...
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The Echo Nest confirms it’s powering Nokia’s Mix Radio app

We’ve written about Nokia’s Mix Radio before: it’s a feature in the company’s new Lumia 800 Windows Phone offering Pandora-style personal radio. A big deal, potentially, although Nokia has been notably...
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Conduit Mobile enters the music app creation platform wars

Mobile Roadie is currently the most prominent company helping artists and labels release music apps. Conduit is its latest rival.
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mFlow winding its digital music store down ahead of new service’s debut

UK-based digital music service mFlow is winding down, as the company behind it prepares to launch a new version in 2012. The service launched in the spring of 2010 as a digital music store with Twitter-like elements allowing...
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UMG’s Rob Wells hits back at ‘irritating’ artist holdouts from Spotify

Universal Music Group’s digital boss Rob Wells has weighed into the debate around artists keeping their new albums off streaming services like Spotify. In an interview for Topspin CEO Ian Rogers’ This Week in...
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EMI opens up its music to app developers with The Echo Nest

EMI’s future may be up in the air as its owner Citigroup decides whether to break up and sell the business, but the company is still innovating. It has just announced a partnership with The Echo Nest to create a sandbox...