Jay-Z bids for WiMP as Spotify raises more finance
Jay-Z bids for WiMP as Spotify raises more finance

30 January 2015

Ha, and you thought Guvera buying Blinkbox Music was exciting. Now Jay-Z is trying to buy the company behind Nordic streaming platform WiMP...

Sony to shut Music Unlimited and push Spotify on the PlayStation Network, but what about Japan?
Sony to shut Music Unlimited and push Spotify on the PlayStation Network, but what about Japan?

29 January 2015

So, a handful of plums to anyone who had Sony Music Unlimited down as the first streaming music service to shut down in...

Vodafone blocked The Pirate Bay in Spain by mistake
Vodafone blocked The Pirate Bay in Spain by mistake

29 January 2015

There is some confusion over whether or not The Pirate Bay is subject to a web-block order in Spain after it emerged that...

Father John Misty creates fake streaming service, for some reason
Father John Misty creates fake streaming service, for some reason

29 January 2015

Father John Misty, aka former Fleet Fox John Tillman, has created a parody streaming service called SAP to promote his new album, 'I...

Rdio removed as defendant from latest pre-1972 lawsuit
Rdio removed as defendant from latest pre-1972 lawsuit

28 January 2015

Rdio says that is has been removed as a defendant from a new lawsuit focused on the 1972 issue in US copyright law. As...

Snapchat adds content channel
Snapchat adds content channel

28 January 2015

The Snapchatters added a new element to their app yesterday called Discover that pulls content from various partners into the service. It's seemingly...

IMPALA launches Digital Action Plan as digital single market plan discussed by European culture committee
IMPALA launches Digital Action Plan as digital single market plan discussed by European culture committee

27 January 2015

As European Commissioner Günther Oettinger heads into the European Parliament later today to discuss plans for a 'Digital Single Market' with the legislature's...

IMPALA's Digital Action Plan
IMPALA's Digital Action Plan

27 January 2015

Pan-European indie label trade group IMPALA this morning unveiled a Digital Action Plan to inform the debate on the Digital Single Market in...

Guvera buys Blinkbox Music
Guvera buys Blinkbox Music

26 January 2015

So, as expected, Guvera has bought Blinkbox Music from Tesco, giving the Australian streaming music company a slice of the UK market for...

New lawsuit extends reach of pre-1972 debate
New lawsuit extends reach of pre-1972 debate

26 January 2015

So the whole pre-1972 thing Stateside was ramped up last Thursday with a new lawsuit on the issue that expands the list of...

Zoe Keating reignites debate around YouTube's Music Key negotiating tactics
Zoe Keating reignites debate around YouTube's Music Key negotiating tactics

26 January 2015

So "big bad Google" was the talking point once more in the music community on Friday after independent musician Zoe Keating posted a...

Rdio and Tidal expand into new markets
Rdio and Tidal expand into new markets

23 January 2015

So, how many new markets did you launch in yesterday? Well? Because I can tell you this for a fact, Tidal launched in...

Indian streaming service appoints former Google exec as COO
Indian streaming service appoints former Google exec as COO

23 January 2015

Indian streaming service Saavn, originally a Bollywood focused set-up, but which signed the final of its licensing deals with the three majors last...

New homepage strengthens belief that Pirate Bay will return next month
New homepage strengthens belief that Pirate Bay will return next month

22 January 2015

For a while now it has been thought that the big bad Pirate Bay was planning to return to an internet near you...

New funding pushes Shazam valuation over a billion dollars
New funding pushes Shazam valuation over a billion dollars

22 January 2015

The makers of "what's that?" app Shazam have raised another $30 million in funding, according to Bloomberg, which pushes the value of the...

Former Warner exec to head new YouTube-focused label
Former Warner exec to head new YouTube-focused label

21 January 2015

Former Warner Music executive Conrad Withey has been confirmed as CEO of a new artist development label called PopShack, built on the back...

Apple buys music analytics firm Semetric
Apple buys music analytics firm Semetric

21 January 2015

Apple has acquired Semetric, the London-based business behind music analytics service Musicmetric, according to Music Ally. Music Ally notes that the firm's registered address...

CMU's One Liners: Brighton Music Conference, Meghan Trainor x Harry Styles, The Vaccines on tour, and some other true stories
CMU's One Liners: Brighton Music Conference, Meghan Trainor x Harry Styles, The Vaccines on tour, and some other true stories

21 January 2015

Other notable announcements and developments today... • If you're thinking that Nick Roden, formerly of ADA and Defected Records, has just been named Director...

Shutterstock acquires music library service
Shutterstock acquires music library service

19 January 2015

Stock photo firm Shutterstock upped its credentials in the library music space last week by buying PremiumBeat, a Montreal-based provider of royalty free...

CMU's One Liners: Orchard signs Dangerbird, Baumschlager moves to YouTube, Lady Gaga pictured with RedOne, and almost certainly more
CMU's One Liners: Orchard signs Dangerbird, Baumschlager moves to YouTube, Lady Gaga pictured with RedOne, and almost certainly more

19 January 2015

Other notable announcements and developments today... • The Orchard last week announced a new deal with LA-based indie Dangerbird Records which will see it...

Rdio launches in India
Rdio launches in India

16 January 2015

Rdio has launched in India, meaning it is now available in a total of 61 countries. It also claims to offer the largest...

CMU's One Liners: Placebo's digital deal, Eels' live album, Arca's fashion score and much, much more
CMU's One Liners: Placebo's digital deal, Eels' live album, Arca's fashion score and much, much more

16 January 2015

Other notable announcements and developments today... • Placebo have signed a new global digital services deal with Kobalt Label Services for their first six...

Three-strikes back in the Irish commercial courts
Three-strikes back in the Irish commercial courts

15 January 2015

So, is this Irish labels v UPC thing still ongoing? Yes, yes it is. Let's recap. In Ireland the major record companies reached a...

CMU's One Liners: Blinkbox Books buyer talks, Tupac biopic filming, Macklemore looking deplorable, and much more from the coalface of music
CMU's One Liners: Blinkbox Books buyer talks, Tupac biopic filming, Macklemore looking deplorable, and much more from the coalface of music

15 January 2015

Other notable announcements and developments today... • So, we know that Tesco has sold Blinkbox Movies to TalkTalk. And that Blinkbox Music is likely...

Tesco poised to sell Blinkbox Music to Guvera
Tesco poised to sell Blinkbox Music to Guvera

13 January 2015

Tesco is close to signing a deal to sell its Blinkbox Music business to Australian streaming service Guvera, reports the Financial Times. As previously...

Rightscorp criticised over its use of new Canadian copyright alert law
Rightscorp criticised over its use of new Canadian copyright alert law

13 January 2015

Canadian copyright law recently changed so that internet service providers are now obliged to pass on copyright infringement notices to allegedly infringing customers...

Spotify reports fifteen million paying subscribers
Spotify reports fifteen million paying subscribers

13 January 2015

Spotify yesterday announced that it now has 60 million active users, apparently up by ten million since November. Fifteen million of those are...

Hollywood reckons US Copyright Alert System has had limited impact but is yet to reach scale
Hollywood reckons US Copyright Alert System has had limited impact but is yet to reach scale

12 January 2015

The US movie industry reckons that America's graduated response programme for combating online piracy is having limited results, though they continue to endorse...

Deezer buys Muve Music
Deezer buys Muve Music

9 January 2015

Deezer yesterday confirmed it had purchased Muve Music from AT&T, and for "under $100 million" according to TechCrunch. What a bargain! US-based Muve Music...

TalkTalk buys Blinkbox movie service, separate talks underway about music element
TalkTalk buys Blinkbox movie service, separate talks underway about music element

8 January 2015

Internet service provider TalkTalk has bought the Blinkbox movie streaming business from Tesco in a deal that also sees the net firm acquire...

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