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
US Government Accountability Office questions piracy research
The US Government Accountability Office (GAO) has published a report criticising the methodology used in many of the studies suggesting that piracy is having a destructive effect on movie and music revenues.
April 14, 2010
FCC told it can’t stop ISPs from slowing BitTorrent traffic
The US Federal Communications Commission has been told that it doesn't have the authority to 'regulate an internet service provider's network management practices' by a federal appeals court...
April 7, 2010
IsoHunt launches Lite version for US
Torrent search engine IsoHunt was ordered to remove copyright-infringing content from its site last week by a US judge. In response, the site has launched a new 'Lite' version just for the US, which claims to be merely a...
April 7, 2010
Report claims Q3 US launch for Spotify (but Spotify disagrees)
Here's a puzzling thing. Financial news site Bloomberg has published a story - since picked up by other sites - claiming that Spotify "aims to start U.S. operations in the third quarter". It's based on an interview with the...
March 29, 2010
Spotify’s US launch ‘looking pretty good’ says CEO
Spotify boss Daniel Ek says the company is on course for its long-anticipated US launch, telling the New Music Seminar in LA that "We're in the final stages of setting up... I can't say if it's in one month's time or two...
February 3, 2010