Today In Music: Spotify U.S. not imminent, “not even in Q1″

January 14, 2011

daniel_ek_closeupWe hate to hit replay on this one but following New York Post’s story today that European streaming music service Spotify is close to a deal with Sony Music and thereby close to launch we decided to call a few people to confirm.

Today In Music: Labels still looking forward to Google Music, Spotify less so

January 6, 2011

So 2010 was the year that wasn’t as far as a major revolutionary digital music launches were concerned. Label executives have been hoping fervently for some real competition to take on Apple’s iTunes. Not that they don’t want iTunes to do very well but having one company control 70 percent of recorded music sales in your biggest markets like the US and UK is perhaps not best for industry growth.

Today In Music: Sales down in US and UK in 2010, digital barely up

January 6, 2011

The numbers are in for two of the biggest music markets and unsurprisingly, sales  are down yet again, continuing a trend of the last decade.

Spotify isn’t in talks to be bought by Apple or anyone – source

October 26, 2010

Music industry types must have had been reaching for their tranquilizers this afternoon, following a report that Apple is in early stage talks to buy Spotify. The report spread quickly, as these things do, and some thought it made  a lot of sense.  So Apple, maker of the world’s most popular music device, the iPod,  which already owns the No.1 music  download retailer iTunes, would be buying Spotify –the much-loved and critically acclaimed music streaming service, just as it’s finalizing deals to launch in the U.S.? This would be too much to handle for many music executives, who think Apple already holds way too much power.

eMusic gets Universal Music catalog, overhauls song pricing

October 12, 2010

LadyGagaInMeatBe careful what you wish for because you might just get another major label’s catalog.

Newly funded Echo Nest tells music industry: “It’s the data, stupid”

October 5, 2010

Echo Nest Parakeet

Of the many ways the traditional music industry has struggled in the fast evolving digital music world has been understanding who is listening, why they’re listening , when and where they’re listening and find ways to build music-based products and services around that — especially since not as many people are buying music as they used to.

Apple products overshadowed by Jobs’ return

September 9, 2009

Steve Jobs’ return to the public eye on Wednesday stole some of the attention from Apple’s products announcements which, if not earth-shattering, weren’t exactly chopped liver either.

Beatlemania re-surfaces on eve of Apple event

September 9, 2009

Britain’s Sky News caused a bit of a stir on the blogosphere on Tuesday after it cited John Lennon’s widow, Yoko Ono, as saying the Beatles back catalog was finally going for sale on iTunes: seemingly confirming a longstanding rumor that had gained momentum ahead of a widely watched Sept 9 Apple music-entertainment event.

MySpace in talks to buy iLike for $20m – reports

August 18, 2009

MySpace is looking to buy Web music service iLike for around $20 million according to several blogs. iLike co-founder Hadi Partovi declined to comment when we asked him and MySpace’s PR team also declined to share details.

Napster’s 10 today! Labels aren’t popping champagne

June 1, 2009

It’s Napster’s 10th birthday today. How time flies when you’re disintermediating an industry.