Our lead feature in this week’s Music Ally Report focuses on controversy-magnet Kim Dotcom: his new Baboom service, and his plans to square up to Google on behalf of musicians – something that’s unlikely to go down well with rightsholders who see his previous company, Megaupload, as having fostered massive piracy. Our market profile looks at Belgium, a country whose music industry has taken a battering in recent years. Can streaming finally start doing some heavy lifting to return it to growth? Finally, our Beyond Music feature looks at the books industry’s concerns over digital cannibalisation, including the hopes and fears around books as apps – a striking parallel to the music industry’s thinking about albums as apps.

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