Being a friend of Facebook has its advantages. The company’s f8 conference last week appears to have had a positive impact on some of the music companies most involved with its latest redesign, including Mog, Rdio, Turntable.fm and especially Spotify.
Another indie label -- Projekt Records -- has announced it is leaving streaming services due to their low payouts from the music service, but how solid is the math they're basing their decision on? Also: Are Swedes souring on Spotify?; exiting WMG digital head Michael Nash says music biz has ‘finally figured out free’; and holiday hiring is way down at Best Buy.
One million additional people have purchased content at iTunes this year, according to a new report from The NPD Group. Unfortunately for music companies, the percent of iTunes content buyers who purchased music has declined to 75 percent from 82 percent as more people use the iPad. It doesn't have to be this way, NPD says ...
Apple has announced it will host a special event October 4 to “talk iPhone.” Also, Amazon is expected to debut its tablet PC next week, British ISPs are agreeing in principle to restricting access to websites in response to “hastily obtained court orders,” and EMI Music Publishing and Shine will form a worldwide music-rights partnership.
Girl Talk's (a.k.a. Gregg Gillis), who is the subject of Morgan Spurlock's "A Day in the Life" Hulu documentary, sat down with Billboard.biz to discuss the new show, how it helps his online presence, why he's content to be self-managed and how he doesn't want to be the "Usher of laptop music."
Thursday’s f8 conference highlighted the role personal relationships have in the discovery of everything from food to movies to music. It’s almost as if the algorithm is dead ... except that it’s not. Also, Absolutely Kosher Records will stop putting out new releases; Google+ Has 43 million-plus users, according to Ancestry.com’s Paul Allen; and Pandora gains weight.