SoundExchange publishes its 2009 financial results
US royalties body SoundExchange has published its financial results for 2009, which have been much anticipated by supporters and critics alike. They reveal incoming royalties of $204.2 million for the year (up 20% on 2008),...
December 22, 2010
US mobile operator Cricket launching unlimited downloads service
Nokia's Comes With Music never made it to the US, but now one of the local mobile operators is launching its own version. The operator is Cricket, and the service is called Muve Music. It will offer unlimited DRM'd...
December 20, 2010
Streaming set to overtake downloading in the US too
Yesterday, we wrote about a study in France claiming that streaming music is now more popular there than downloading it. Figures from NPD Group now support the suggestion that this will soon be true in the US too. NPD claims...
November 12, 2010
Reports claim 90-second song previews imminent on the iTunes Store
Those rumours earlier this year about longer song previews on the iTunes Store? It seems they're finally being proved true.MacRumors has a copy of what it claims is an email from Apple to label representatives, explaining...
November 3, 2010
Slacker has ‘hundreds of thousands’ of paying users
It's clearly the season for streaming music services to be talking stats. Following Spotify's payout revelations last week, now US personalised radio service Slacker has been spilling the beans, albeit deliberately...
November 1, 2010
US digital album sales in ‘sustained decline’
Billboard has been crunching Nielsen SoundScan data to identify ongoing trends in digital album sales. The results aren't good. “Digital album sales aren't falling off a cliff, but they are experiencing a...
October 29, 2010
Is Apple actively frustrating Spotify’s US launch plans?
While Spotify still maintains that it will launch in the US this year, US tech sites continue to dig into the reasons why it's taking so long. CNET has a new and startling angle, claiming that Apple is actively dissuading...
October 8, 2010
US government planning crackdown on overseas piracy sites
You won't find Barack Obama trumpeting the 'war on terror', but how about a war on online piracy? The US government is planning to ramp up its pressure on foreign countries with big piracy sites, including China and Russia....
June 23, 2010
Rdio wins praise for slick music service
We're still wrestling with proxy servers in order to give Rdio a try, but TechCrunch has published a review of the new US streaming music service which is extremely positive. It praises the breadth of the company's catalogue,...
June 18, 2010
Music lags behind on smartphones
New stats from Nielsen suggest that one in four US mobile phone owners now have a smartphone, but music-based activities such as streaming music, downloading ringtones and downloading full tracks fall a long way down a user's...
June 9, 2010
Spotify denies claim that it has 30k US users already
TechCrunch has run an article claiming that Spotify already has 30,000 users in the US, based on "chatter coming out of the Stockholm tech scene"...
June 4, 2010