Michael Robertson adds FreeBeats1 to his 6 Seconds app
Michael Robertson adds FreeBeats1 to his 6 Seconds app

3 July 2015

Ah, Mickey Robertson, I kind of enjoy his ongoing entrepreneurial efforts that seem to be primarily engineered to piss off as many people...

Apple v Google: we do the math part 2
Apple v Google: we do the math part 2

3 July 2015

As you all know, we here at CMU have a team of seven analysts exclusively dedicated to assessing the relative cuntishness of the...

Facebook talking to the majors about possible music play
Facebook talking to the majors about possible music play

2 July 2015

Now that Apple Music has fully killed off Spotify, after it fully killed off iTunes, I think it's time we had an "Apple...

CMU's One Liners: IFF keynoter, Capitol promotions, Prince off streams and more
CMU's One Liners: IFF keynoter, Capitol promotions, Prince off streams and more

2 July 2015

Other notable announcements and developments today... • Organisers of the International Festival Forum - the new event from the people behind ILMC - have...

Apple Music launches
Apple Music launches

1 July 2015

So, Apple Music launched yesterday. Did you notice? Have you been digging all the Beats1 goodness? Have you been busy reconstructing all your...

Pop stars share their Shazamed tracks
Pop stars share their Shazamed tracks

1 July 2015

"The biggest stars in the world are also the biggest fans" says Shazam. Yeah. Of themselves. The egotistical self-important self-centred self-obsessed self-serving twats....

Dre debut will be on Apple Music, as AC/DC head to the streaming platforms
Dre debut will be on Apple Music, as AC/DC head to the streaming platforms

30 June 2015

So, we all know something big is happening later today involving apples and music. I wish it was a pie. A big fat musical...

Topspin co-founder joins Pandora
Topspin co-founder joins Pandora

30 June 2015

While Wall Street will be closely watching the Pandora share price later today, wondering what impact the arrival of Apple Music will have...

Speculation continues as Apple Music launch looms
Speculation continues as Apple Music launch looms

29 June 2015

So, are you ready? Yes, Apple Music launches tomorrow afternoon (UK time), so if you're enjoying all this Apple Music speculating everyone's been...

Taylor Swift's '1989' will be on Apple Music
Taylor Swift's '1989' will be on Apple Music

26 June 2015

So, Taylor Swift's album '1989' will be on the Apple Music streaming service when it launches next week, and I should think so...

CMU Podcast: Apple Music, Ed Sheeran, UK Music, Deadmau5
CMU Podcast: Apple Music, Ed Sheeran, UK Music, Deadmau5

26 June 2015

CMU's Andy Malt and Chris Cooke review the week in music and the music business, including Taylor Swift causing a u-turn on Apple...

Spotify buys analytics firm
Spotify buys analytics firm

25 June 2015

"You can never have too much data", that's what Jesus said. I think. So praise be to the Lord that Spotify has bought...

CMU's One Liners: Apple Music gubbins, Mogwai rarities, Tom Morello workings and more
CMU's One Liners: Apple Music gubbins, Mogwai rarities, Tom Morello workings and more

25 June 2015

Other notable announcements and developments today... • Pharrell Williams will seemingly be the first pop man to have an exclusive track streaming out of...

Indie groups endorse revised Apple Music deal
Indie groups endorse revised Apple Music deal

24 June 2015

With less than a week to go until the launch of Apple Music, the indies are now lining up to opt in to...

Second Tidal CEO steps down
Second Tidal CEO steps down

24 June 2015

So Tidal's CEO is out the door. And yep, we know we reported that very story just 65 days ago, but his replacement...

Google launches free, ad-funded Google Play Music app
Google launches free, ad-funded Google Play Music app

24 June 2015

Google has announced a new ad-funded freemium version of its Google Play streaming service, presumably called Google Play Access All Music But You...

Rdio CEO says Spotify has the wrong mindset
Rdio CEO says Spotify has the wrong mindset

24 June 2015

Moving again to establish his position as digital music's most outspoken CEO, Rdio's Anthony Bay has criticised Spotify and YouTube once more. Taking aim...

Australia passes web-blocking laws
Australia passes web-blocking laws

23 June 2015

Hey Australia, worry not, we've had web-blocking for ages now, and it's not resulted in the entire internet being censored offline by the...

Ed Sheeran's 'Thinking Out Loud' spends a full year in the Top 40
Ed Sheeran's 'Thinking Out Loud' spends a full year in the Top 40

23 June 2015

Ed Sheeran has become the first ever artist to have a single in the UK Top 40 for a full year with 'Thinking...

People stream David Guetta tracks quite a lot, shocker
People stream David Guetta tracks quite a lot, shocker

23 June 2015

David Guetta has just passed the all important two billion plays landmark on Spotify, only the third artist to ever do so. And...

Apple u-turns on royalty free trial after Taylor Swift speaks
Apple u-turns on royalty free trial after Taylor Swift speaks

22 June 2015

So after a week of stern statements, critical commentaries and veiled threats from across the music industry, in the end it took just...

MU chief welcomes High Court's private copy right ruling
MU chief welcomes High Court's private copy right ruling

22 June 2015

The General Secretary of the Musicians' Union, John Smith, has welcomed the High Court ruling last week which declared that the British government's...

Former Pirate Bay man says new Aussie anti-piracy rules won't work
Former Pirate Bay man says new Aussie anti-piracy rules won't work

22 June 2015

Having now served his time, former spokesman for The Pirate Bay Peter Sunde has been busy explaining why new anti-piracy measures in Australia...

Scarlet Mist returns
Scarlet Mist returns

22 June 2015

Ethical ticket exchange Scarlet Mist is back after a new team was formed to run the site, which has an anti-touting philosophy and...

Bids for Blinkbox Music being taken until Thursday
Bids for Blinkbox Music being taken until Thursday

22 June 2015

If you want yourself some Blinkbox Music then you better get your offer in pronto. IP firm Metis Partners has confirmed that it...

Music industry wins judicial review on private copy levy
Music industry wins judicial review on private copy levy

19 June 2015

The High Court in London has sided with the music industry in its battle for compensation for the introduction of a private copy...

French indies add voice to Apple Music criticism
French indies add voice to Apple Music criticism

19 June 2015

Do you remember the days before the Apple Music controversy? They were simpler times. I think we all laughed more. You could leave...

SoundCloud to limit app API requests to combat
SoundCloud to limit app API requests to combat "applications that abuse creator content"

19 June 2015

SoundCloud yesterday announced that it is introducing rate limits on API requests by third-party apps to 15,000 plays per 24 hour period. The...

CMU's One Liners: Sony Music UK appoints VP Digital Business, Spotify PlayStation stats, Amy Schumer to support Madonna, and more
CMU's One Liners: Sony Music UK appoints VP Digital Business, Spotify PlayStation stats, Amy Schumer to support Madonna, and more

19 June 2015

Other notable announcements and developments today... • Dorothy Hui has been appointed VP Digital Business at Sony Music UK, joining from Roc Nation. "Welcome",...

CMU Podcast: Apple Music, Blinkbox, Beastie Boys, Foo Fighters
CMU Podcast: Apple Music, Blinkbox, Beastie Boys, Foo Fighters

19 June 2015

CMU's Andy Malt and Chris Cooke review the week in music and the music business, including the indie label backlash against Apple Music,...

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