Spotify's September users are mostly young, male and fairly well off financially, according to numbers released by comScore Tuesday. Also: Sean Parker clarifies his Napster comments; Clear Channel has teamed up with LivingSocial; HMV is looking to sell its stake in 7digital; and Pandora keeps it real with town-hall meetings.
Amazon will reportedly publish 122 books in both physical and digital formats this fall. But it won’t just act as an exclusive distributor. The company is acting as publisher and retailer... For social music to work right, Facebook should help its users play a song on the music service of choice, writes Brian Whitman, co-founder of music intelligence company the Echo Nest... Marcus & Colvin has expanded its operations and service with a unique of counsel “bridge” with Carroll, Guido & Groffman, LLP... and more...
Pandora Media announced Monday that it has hired its first chief marketing officer, the first C-level since the company’s June IPO: Simon Fleming-Wood, formerly a marketing executive at Cisco Consumer Products and Pure Digital Technologies.
Getty Images Music and Atom Factory Music Licensing today announced a partnership Monday that will give Getty over 1,000 original tracks and artists from the AFML catalog as well as composition and supervision services. It is Getty’s first significant deal with a music production company that adds mainstream sounds and tracks to its music offering, and it is AFML’s first commercial licensing distribution deal.
YouTube has unveiled a merch store that will allow artists to sell their merch directly from their YouTube artist pages. Fans will be able to buy “artists’ merchandise, digital downloads, concert tickets and even unique experiences like meetups,” according to Sunday blog post at the YouTube blog.
Barrington Research says Pandora is well positioned to be a leader and set a price target of $18 -- but is being a market leader is justification for market capitalization in the area of $3 billion? Also, how technology has changed the live-music experience; and Official.fm staffs up.
Warner Music Nashville has paired with Blippar to offer fans a new technology that enhances the CD experience. A sticker on the front of Hunter Hayes' new, self-titled CD notes the “3D exclusive” and encourages consumers to download the Blippar app and “Blipp the cover.” Watch the video and prepare to have your reality augmented....