November 21st, 2014 by Stuart Dredge

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If you’ve got 20 minutes spare this morning, we thoroughly recommend reading The New Yorker’s long feature on Spotify, including interviews with CEO Daniel Ek, investor Sean Parker and other key figures...

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November 20th, 2014 by Stuart Dredge

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The Financial Times is on a roll when it comes to Apple music scoops, from breaking the news on its Beats acquisition to yesterday's report that Apple "plans to push Beats to every iPhone". That's essentially...

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November 19th, 2014 by Stuart Dredge

Okay, it’s extremely unlikely that Irving Azoff’s Global Music Rights (GMR) is going to sue YouTube for $3bn. But the company is ramping up the pressure on Google’s video service over the 20,000...

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November 17th, 2014 by Stuart Dredge

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Music videos service Vevo is losing its boss, with president and chief executive Rio Caraeff confirming today that he'll leave the company at the end of 2014. It's no surprise, since the news leaked out...

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November 14th, 2014 by Stuart Dredge

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China has long been one of the most fascinating yet problematic markets for recorded music, certainly from the perspective of western labels and artists. Potentially huge audiences, and plenty of innovation...

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November 13th, 2014 by Stuart Dredge

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If you thought Spotify CEO Daniel Ek’s blog post on artists and streaming would settle the waters with Taylor Swift and her label Big Machine, think again. The two companies are now publicly arguing...

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November 12th, 2014 by Stuart Dredge

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YouTube's Music Key subscription service has just been unveiled. It’s launching this week (in beta) and it has a full complement of major and independent labels. There will be free and paid tiers:...

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November 12th, 2014 by Stuart Dredge

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Bandcamp has now paid out more than $87m to independent artists running their own stores using its platform, the company announced yesterday. But now it’s rolling out a new feature that will enable those...

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November 11th, 2014 by Stuart Dredge

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Have you watched Taylor Swift's new music video, for her single 'Blank Space' yet? If so, you may have noticed the ad at the end for what looks like a brand new Taylor Swift tablet app. Here, watch for...

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