EU Court of Justice says ISPs cannot be forced to monitor and filter illegal downloads
The EU Court of Justice has ruled that Belgian ISP Scarlet cannot be forced to monitor its customers’ internet traffic and block them from downloading infringing music and video files. The ruling could have huge implications...
November 24, 2011
Could Spotify be more valuable ‘per listen’ than iTunes?
The debate over streaming music royalties continues to rumble, but the latest contribution is academic rather than argumentative. Washington & Lee University’s David Touve has published a blog post trying to get...
November 23, 2011
Music startups pitch their wares at Music TechPitch 4.5 event
We've already covered the keynote speech at tonight's Music TechPitch 4.5 event at EMI's headquarters in London, where EVP of strategy and insight Jim Brady explained why a major label is so keen to be working with external...
November 22, 2011
EMI’s Jim Brady: ‘True digital music fans do not have a very strong ownership habit’
EMI’s executive vice president of strategy and insight Jim Brady thinks that the music industry needs to be more creative about appealing to ‘Homo Spotifyicus’ – the new generation of digital music...
November 22, 2011
A Genuine Freakshow manager Erik Nielsen weighs into Spotify payouts debate
This week’s arguments about Spotify payouts to artists and independent labels were fuelled yesterday by a tweet from musician Jon Hopkins, who’s one half of King Creosote & Jon Hopkins. “Got paid £8...
November 18, 2011
AC/DC and Jimi Hendrix get new iPhone and iPad apps
Two big artists have new iOS apps this morning on Apple’s App Store: Jimi Hendrix and AC/DC. Jimi Hendrix: The Complete Experience is available for iPhone and iPad, and acts as a guide to his career with text, photos...
November 18, 2011
Two new reports shed more light on Spotify / streaming versus piracy
The debate around whether streaming services like Spotify cannibalise piracy will be fuelled by two new reports, one from the US and one from Sweden. The first is called The Copy Culture Survey: Enfringement and Enforcement...
November 17, 2011
Blu Mar Ten, Spotify payouts and iTunes Europe
This week’s big digital music story is Spotify and streaming music payouts. Again. A series of independent labels and distributors have been pulling their catalogues from streaming services, citing low payouts and cannibalisation...
November 16, 2011
The Echo Nest confirms it’s powering Nokia’s Mix Radio app
We’ve written about Nokia’s Mix Radio before: it’s a feature in the company’s new Lumia 800 Windows Phone offering Pandora-style personal radio. A big deal, potentially, although Nokia has been notably...
November 15, 2011
Conduit Mobile enters the music app creation platform wars
Mobile Roadie is currently the most prominent company helping artists and labels release music apps. Conduit is its latest rival.
November 14, 2011
mFlow winding its digital music store down ahead of new service’s debut
UK-based digital music service mFlow is winding down, as the company behind it prepares to launch a new version in 2012. The service launched in the spring of 2010 as a digital music store with Twitter-like elements allowing...
November 10, 2011
UMG’s Rob Wells hits back at ‘irritating’ artist holdouts from Spotify
Universal Music Group’s digital boss Rob Wells has weighed into the debate around artists keeping their new albums off streaming services like Spotify. In an interview for Topspin CEO Ian Rogers’ This Week in...
November 8, 2011