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EMI adds Robbie Williams to its developer sandboxes and reveals first winning app

EMI has added some high-profile content to its developer sandboxes initiative – the partnership with The Echo Nest which opens up parts of its catalogue for developers to build apps with. Robbie Williams’ entire...
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Interview: Sony’s Tim Schaaff warns against album windowing

This time last year, Tim Schaaff was announcing plans for Sony’s Music Unlimited service to roll out to some new countries. Come Midem 2012, it’s available in 13 markets, with more than 1m active users and a catalogue...
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U2 manager Paul McGuinness lambasts Google’s anti-SOPA lobbying

Google’s role in the recent campaign against the proposed SOPA anti-piracy legislation in the US came in for a sustained attack by U2’s manager Paul McGuinness this morning, at the Midem conference in Cannes....
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Liveblog: Commerce of Chaos copyright panel at Midem with Paul McGuinness

Well, not just Paul McGuinness. U2’s manager was joined in a Midem panel session this morning by Robert Levine, author of Free Ride, as well as entertainment lawyer Pierre-Marie Bouvery and Qobuz president Yves Riesel....
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Liveblog: YouTube talks music with partners at Midem

YouTube held its traditional press event at Midem this afternoon to talk about how artists and labels are using Google’s video site to further their careers. Senior director of YouTube Music, EMEA, Patrick Walker played...
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Webdoc inks deals with Songkick, SoundCloud and Topspin

Hotly-tipped Swiss startup Webdoc is making a splash at Midem, announcing deals with SoundCloud, Songkick and Topspin to integrate them into its rich-media web-posts platform. For SoundCloud, this involves a drag’n’drop...
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Sony Music: ‘We don’t see any evidence’ of streaming significantly cannibalising download sales

Sony Music’s new president of its global digital business Dennis Kooker defended streaming music services against accusations that they are cannibalising download sales, during a Midem press conference today. “We...
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Liveblog: Sony Entertainment Network talks Music Unlimited at Midem

A digital music service launched by Sony could never be said to have flown under the radar exactly, but with Spotify and Apple’s iCloud hogging the headlines in 2011, perhaps more attention should have been paid to...
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Live from Universal Music’s Investors’ Open Day

Hello, good evening and welcome. We’re at Universal Music UK’s headquarters for the label’s Investors’ Open Day, where the company and selected partners are talking about… well, all things digital...
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With Teeth: In Praise of the Independent Web

Yesterday John Batelle posted a new article that didn’t so much have me nodding in agreement as leaping up and yelling “Yes! That! Exactly that!!”.
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Apple’s last quarter: $46.3bn revenues and $13.1bn net profit

Apple has just published its financial results for the final quarter of 2011 (its fiscal Q1). Sit down for this. The company generated revenues of $46.33bn and posted a net profit of $13.06bn. That’s up from $26.74bn...
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GEMA hits back at Grooveshark’s reasons for pulling out of Germany

Last week, streaming music firm Grooveshark shut down its site in Germany, redirecting users to local service Simfy, and blaming the “unreasonably high” licensing demands of German collecting society GEMA. However,...