The Music Ally team has made it to Cannes in one piece, and we’re preparing for the MidemNet conference this weekend. As a reminder, we have a stand on the showfloor, so come along and say hello (or catch us at the Topspin/Hypebot or MCPS-PRS drinks).We’ll also be liveblogging a bunch of sessions at the conference on this blog, as well as writing up news stories as they emerge throughout the weekend. And here’s some initial thoughts / gossip:- Is Michael Robertson still taking part in tomorrow morning’s head-to-head keynote with Eric Nicoli? Several people have suggested to us today that he’s not, but we’re hoping that’s just an empty rumour. UPDATE: Hypebot says he’s not making it either.- Napster still has BIG branding all over MidemNet, judging by the main conference building and delegate bags. Which is par for the course at this show, except nobody we’ve talked to expected them to be splashing the cash as abundantly this year.- YouTube also has prominent branding inside the building. Admittedly not as much of a surprise.- Universal Music Group got in early with the first deal announcement of the show – a partnership with video firm Kyte. More info here– Free swag report: the delegate bags include a Hello Kitty CD. Let’s just say it’ll meet your expectations of what a Hello Kitty CD should sound like. There’s another CD by a band called The Parlotones, which is alright, a bit indie squared.

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