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Leaked shots of MySpace Music hit the web

MySpace Music is due to launch any day now, and leaked screenshots seemingly of its homepage and an artist page for the Jonas Brothers have been published on tech blog TechCrunch.The homepage has a clean look, with a main...
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A closer look at… Favtape

Music site Favtape claims it's “Muxtape on steroids”, referring to the recently shut-down online mixtape service. So what's it all about? Well, it's the same idea, except two steps removed from...
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MoreCowbell.dj lets you cowbellise any song you want

We just invented that verb, by the way. Could you tell? MoreCowbell.dj is a new site that does exactly what its name implies – lets you add more cowbell to any song you like. How? By uploading an MP3, and using sliders...
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OpenTape springs up to replace Muxtape

We’ve been covering the ongoing problems of online mixtape site Muxtape, which is still down following a row with the RIAA. However, a new site offering pretty much the same functionality has sprung up, called OpenTape.The...
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Grooveshark Lite music streaming service goes live

If Pandora had a love child with Last.fm, its name would be Grooveshark Lite, says Mashable, about Grooveshark''s new music streaming service. It''s the latest personalised music service, which lets you...
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WMG financials reveal investment in Imeem and Lala

As a quick extra to our coverage of Warner Music Group's latest quarterly results last week, the company's official filing has put a number to its investments in music websites Imeem and Lala. WMG invested $15 million...
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TuneUp offers to clean up your iTunes library

If your iTunes library is a mess, TuneUp wants to help. It's a plug-in for the iTunes application that analyses your library and cleans up the tags and cover art, via a partnership with Gracenote. Recommendation features...
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Last.fm + YouTube is our favourite mash-up this week

It's a really simple site, too. You simply type in a Last.fm username, and get served up with a customised channel of YouTube videos based on that user's tastes. “This started as just an experiment, and it...
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Chinese video-sharing site snags $57m

Tudou, China's largest video-sharing website has secured $57 million investment from a group of investors including IDG Technology Venture Investment, Granite Global Ventures and General Catalyst Partners. Tudou plans...
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GetBack Media social network targets over-35s

All the young people are spending today in an orgy of Facebook chatting (the site's IM feature has just been turned on globally), but what about 35-55 year-olds? Apparently they're a bit long in the tooth for Facebook,...
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MP3tunes shifts to tiered subscription model

Michael Robertson's MP3tunes has introduced a tiered subscription model for its music locker service. The first 25GB of space for users' songs will continue to be free (and ad-supported), but if they want up to...
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Sonific goes offline, slams label demands

Music widgets provider Sonific is to close down on May 1, due to what CEO Gerd Leonhard describes as “the unworkable music licensing situation and the resulting lack of solid revenue modeling”. The company says...