U2 and Apple developing 'unpirate-able' format the fans will LOVE to pay for
U2 and Apple developing 'unpirate-able' format the fans will LOVE to pay for

19 September 2014

Hey, so while you were moaning about U2 devaluing music in your seventeenth opinion piece about their new album and the way they...

TuneCore users get access to Facebook audio recognition
TuneCore users get access to Facebook audio recognition

19 September 2014

TuneCore has added Facebook audio recognition to the list of services available to its artists that will enable acts using the independent distribution...

CMU's One Liners: PRS Foundation, Kendrick Lamar, Aretha Franklin and more
CMU's One Liners: PRS Foundation, Kendrick Lamar, Aretha Franklin and more

19 September 2014

Other notable announcements and developments today... • The PRS For Music Foundation earlier this week confirmed a pair of new 'hires'. Former Generator man...

News Corp chief lays into Google on competition and copyright grounds
News Corp chief lays into Google on competition and copyright grounds

18 September 2014

Rupert Murdoch's publishing business News Corp has joined the public assault on the ever-powerful and slightly evil (allegedly) Google by releasing a letter...

The Entertainment Retailers Association is even more angry than you about that U2 album
The Entertainment Retailers Association is even more angry than you about that U2 album

16 September 2014

So, you've probably already deleted U2's 'Songs Of Innocence' album from your iTunes account, thanks to Apple's latest innovative tech solution. And you...

You can now delete that free U2 album from iTunes, in the unlikely event that you weren't overjoyed to receive it
You can now delete that free U2 album from iTunes, in the unlikely event that you weren't overjoyed to receive it

16 September 2014

Hey, it turns out it wasn't only the retailers who were annoyed by U2's freebie album. No, some iPhone owners also weren't best...

Facebook courting MCNs to increase video content in its news feed
Facebook courting MCNs to increase video content in its news feed

15 September 2014

With video becoming an ever more important part of the Facebook news feed, and with pretty much everyone who would ever want to...

Pandora creates head of artist marketing role
Pandora creates head of artist marketing role

15 September 2014

Pandora has created a new role called Head Of Artist Marketing which will be filled by Jason Feinberg, formerly VP Of Digital Strategy...

BMG does direct deal with Pandora
BMG does direct deal with Pandora

12 September 2014

BMG yesterday announced that it had entered into a direct deal with American streaming service Pandora covering its catalogue of songs that are...

Deezer to enter US market with high audio quality service
Deezer to enter US market with high audio quality service

11 September 2014

Deezer, the streaming service that once pledged to operate in more countries than currently exist on Planet Earth (perhaps they were pre-empting next...

More Pirate Bay proxies blocked
More Pirate Bay proxies blocked

11 September 2014

New web-blocks are being put in place against a number of Pirate Bay proxies, according to Torrentfreak. As much previously reported, web-block injunctions...

Universal announces tel co alliance in Cambodia
Universal announces tel co alliance in Cambodia

11 September 2014

Universal Music's South East Asia division has announced a partnership with Cambodia's second largest mobile firm to launch a music service, which will...

Grooveshark removed from Chromecast
Grooveshark removed from Chromecast

10 September 2014

Plenty of eyebrows were raised in the music industry when it was announced last month that often controversial streaming music platform Grooveshark was...

Apple's launches: A watch, a bigger phone, and some free U2
Apple's launches: A watch, a bigger phone, and some free U2

10 September 2014

"I was so hoping for something more" said one Apple follower. "Great, just what the world needs" remarked another, as the tech giant...

Aussie ISPs launch 'follow the money' campaign to tackle piracy
Aussie ISPs launch 'follow the money' campaign to tackle piracy

9 September 2014

While the web industry at large is busy hitting out at proposals for new anti-piracy laws in Australia, internet service providers in the...

Twitter trialling buy button
Twitter trialling buy button

9 September 2014

Trials are beginning for the much mooted 'buy' button on Twitter, it was confirmed yesterday, with a limited number of users of the...

Spotify launches two new video-based ad products
Spotify launches two new video-based ad products

9 September 2014

Spotify yesterday unveiled two new ad products available to brands which will appear on the streaming music platform to freemium users. They are...

Calvin Harris passes one billion streams on Spotify
Calvin Harris passes one billion streams on Spotify

9 September 2014

Ladies and gentlemen, Calvin Harris DJ is officially the biggest dude on Spotify. Bigger even that Bruno Mars, who maybe a dude, but...

Web firm trade group opposes anti-piracy proposals in Australia
Web firm trade group opposes anti-piracy proposals in Australia

8 September 2014

A global trade group for the web sector, which counts Google, Facebook and Microsoft amongst its membership, has hit out at previously reported...

Vevo UK launches first presenter-led bespoke programme
Vevo UK launches first presenter-led bespoke programme

8 September 2014

Vevo UK launched its first ever presenter-led bespoke programme on Friday, called 'VVV', though you're all to call it 'Triple V'. We'll have...

CD Baby opens store and D2F tool to all artists for free, even if distributed by a rival
CD Baby opens store and D2F tool to all artists for free, even if distributed by a rival

5 September 2014

CD Baby has moved more directly into the direct-to-fan space by offering artists access to its proprietary download store and embeddable-player-come-sales-tool for free,...

IFPI takes down Kim Dotcom's album from Kim Dotcom's online storage service
IFPI takes down Kim Dotcom's album from Kim Dotcom's online storage service

5 September 2014

It's hard to catch a break when you're in the copyright protection game. There's always someone on hand to give you a little...

Gig booking service Sidestage launches in London
Gig booking service Sidestage launches in London

5 September 2014

Sidestage, a platform for booking bands or DJs for private gigs, announced earlier this week that it is now open to users in...

CMU's One Liners: Glastonbury, Vevo, One Direction and more
CMU's One Liners: Glastonbury, Vevo, One Direction and more

5 September 2014

Other notable announcements and developments today... • Glastonbury Festival 2015 ticket registration - ie ensuring you are eligible to try to buy a ticket...

CMU Beef Of The Week #222: Deadmau5 v Disney
CMU Beef Of The Week #222: Deadmau5 v Disney

5 September 2014

So, you've likely already seen the news that Disney is going after Deadmau5 and his logo, opposing a trademark application he submitted in...

Rdio pushes free playlists in latest redesign
Rdio pushes free playlists in latest redesign

4 September 2014

Rdio has announced a tweak of its business model (and a bigger tweak of its platform) this morning, which largely highlights that it's...

ReDigi founders will remain as defendants on Capitol's infringement litigation
ReDigi founders will remain as defendants on Capitol's infringement litigation

4 September 2014

The record industry's legal squabbles with MP3 resale platform ReDigi rumble on, with the labels scoring another win this week in getting the...

Mike Weatherley publishes industry feedback to 'search engines and piracy' report
Mike Weatherley publishes industry feedback to 'search engines and piracy' report

4 September 2014

David Cameron's IP Advisor Mike Weatherley has submitted an additional document to the PM following on from his previously reported paper on the...

Universal puts initial song list database live
Universal puts initial song list database live

4 September 2014

Universal Music's publishing company has published a chunk of song data on its website, available to all, following a pledge back in June...

WiMP to bring high quality streaming service to the UK
WiMP to bring high quality streaming service to the UK

4 September 2014

Norway-based WiMP has announced that it is bringing its high quality streaming service to the UK and US later this year. Though under...

  • U2 and Apple developing ‘unpirate-able’ format the fans will LOVE to pay for
  • More wrangling in the Michael Jackson hologram case
  • BMI announces record-breaking revenues for 2013/4
  • La Roux’s not happy with her label
  • Nitin Sawhney chats about new material ahead of Royal Albert Hall show
  •