Streaming music service Rdio has launched in Europe, but not in the market that might have been expected. It’s live in Germany now, charging 4.99 Euros a month for the web-only version, and 9.99 for web+mobile.
There’s a big court case in the offing in Germany that could see a levy on mobile handsets sold in the country.
The German state of Schleswig-Holstein doesn’t like Facebook’s Like buttons very much, it seems. In fact, it’s ordering websites to remove them by the end of September or be fined 50,000 Euros.
Amid all the debate around cloud services from Amazon, Google, Sony and Apple, it’s easy to forget that RealNetworks announced its own cloud plans some time ago with its Unifi service. It was due to launch earlier this year, but then things went rather quiet. Well, Unifi has launched now, albeit only in one country – Germany – with mobile operator Vodafone.
Just how many pirates are there in Germany? ISP body Eco says that 300,000 people’s details are being handed over to rightsholders every MONTH due to court orders related to online piracy…
Cologne music startup Simfy says it now has more than one million registered users, having added half of them since January this year. The service now has a catalogue of more than eight million streaming songs…
The top German criminal court has ruled that internet users whose internet connections have been used for piracy can’t use a Wi-Fi insecurity defence. “Private users are obligated to check whether their wireless connection is adequately secured to the danger of unauthorized third parties abusing it to commit copyright violation,” ruled the court….
There’s more trouble for YouTube in Germany, where collecting society GEMA has broken off talks about a renewal of its licensing deal with Google’s video site. What’s more, GEMA has ordered YouTube to remove 600 videos by its members, and says it has the backing of eight overseas collecting societies…
Online storage service RapidShare is trying to forge links with the entertainment industries to kick its reputation as a hotbed for online piracy. However, a German appeals court has ruled that the service ISN’T responsible for the illegal uploads of its users after all.
UMG’s strategy to investigate new partnerships with consumer-facing brands continues. We’ve already seen laptops come with music courtesy of the label, but now credit cards are getting the treatment. UMG has partnered with the German Savings Bank Association on something called Soundaccount.
German ISP/operator Deutsche Telekom is reportedly planning to launch an equivalent to iTunes with several other European telcos. That’s according to the Financial Times, which suggests the store will cover music, video, e-newspapers and mobile applications.
Figures released by RealNetworks claim that last year, German operators Vodafone and T-Mobile made £34 million from selling ringback tones, but only 26 million from selling ringtones.