Rdio will launch a free version of its cloud-based music subscription service "soon," chief operation officer Carter Adamson tells Billboard.biz. He added that the free service will not contain advertising.
Rock City Club launched Thursday, making it the newest music service aimed at helping independent artists further their careers outside of the traditional music industry infrastructure. Also, Citadel/Cumulus merger has been approved, and the FCC gave it an immediate thumbs-down; and the Nashville Music Council has been renamed the Music City Music Council.
Bandsintown, a popular service for tracking and discovering concerts, has been acquired by mobile developer and publisher Cellfish Media for an undisclosed sum. Bandsintown is the fifth most-popular music app on Facebook.
Support in Congress for the PROTECT IP (Preventing Real Online Threats to Economic Creativity and Theft of Intellectual Property) Act is gaining despite some major digital players' (Google anyone?) opposition. Also, a venture capitalist's love story involving Turntable.fm and more on miniscule digital music streaming payouts from a band's perspective.
A new Eventbrite concert series will hold five simultaneous concerts in five different U.S. markets on Sept. 17. Called Concert Confidential, the shows will showcase popular artists and the Eventbrite ticketing platform while helping various charities... Headliner.fm is the latest company to announce a partnership with SoundCloud. The result of this partnership is a slew of special offers to SoundCloud users... Although the EU’s decision to extend copyright for sound recordings passed without discussion, delegates from eight countries voted against the extension...
You might not know it from the press coverage, but the EU's copyright extension is a good thing for record labels as well as performers. Also, The Orchard launches Marketplace, NARM launches DigitalMusic.org, and 8Tracks announces SoundCloud partnership.
The European Union has extended the term of copyright protection offered to sound recordings from 50 to 70 years, following a prolonged campaign from the music industry. Supporters of the measure include U2's manager Paul McGuinness, opera singer and IFPI official Placido Domingo and Abba's Bjorn Ulvaeus.