Google’s music-download store could launch within weeks, as several media reports have said, but if it does, it would not be a fully formed product with the involvement of all four major labels. But regardless of the launch date, Google wants to build sales and potential customers by leveraging its budding social network, Google+.
Myspace had 30.5 million unique U.S. visitors in September, down 7.6 percent from 33 million in July, according to new numbers released by comScore. Also, the paywall continues to pay off for the New York Times; consumers will purchased $4.7 billion worth of digital goods using PayPal this year; Nimbit partners with PledgeMusic; and Bandcamp adds options.
Boinc, the innovative music service by Beyond Oblivion, could revolutionize the way people consume music. But the industry is going to have to wait a bit longer to see it in action... Ticketmaster has reached a settlement over the 2009 class lawsuit related to customers redirected from Ticketmaster to the company’s secondary ticketing service, TicketsNow, according to a report. The settlement still requires a judge’s approval... and more...
Music execs representing Spotify and Elektra Records make a strong showing on Fortune’s new “40 Under 40” list. That’s a change from last year’s list, which was short on music executives and long on technology stars. Just ask Elektra's Mike Caren and John Janick, Spotify's Daniel Ek and the man who topped them all: American Idol host Ryan Seacrest.
A Facebook app created for Rihanna’s new album is gaining the singer a horde of new social media followers. Also, a look at the music elements in Apple's recent quarterly report; streaming and mobile-device-listening are gaining traction; Beatport has launched a digital distribution service; the Orchard has updated its analytics; and French music-subscription service Deezer is spreading, but not to the U.S. or Japan.
Saturday night at the Thirty Tigers/Summertyne party on the closing night of the Americana Music Conference in Nashville, music industry vets like Jed Hilly (Executive Director, Americana Music Association), Waterloo Records' John Kunz and Cary Baker (President Conqueroo Publicity) buzzed about the growth of the conference and the Americana genre with bands like the Civil Wars and Mumford & Sons.
The new AOL Radio, powered by Slacker Radio, was re-launched Wednesday with a new exterior and Slacker’s catalog and programming inside. With AOL’s reach and the high quality of Slacker’s radio service, AOL Radio has become a formidable competitor for Pandora and iHeartRadio.