Morning Fix: Did iTunes Radio Dent Track Sales?; RIP Winamp; Carlos Vives, Julio Reyes Win Big at Latin Grammys; ASCAP Reps Go to Washington

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BUSINESS MATTERS: TRACK SALES ON DOWNWARD TREND IN 2013. DID ITUNES RADIO PLAY A PART?

It's not clear if iTunes Radio has hurt U.S. track sales since its Sept. 18th launch. One thing is clear, however: aggregate track sales haven't been helped by the arrival of Apple's Internet radio service.
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RIP WINAMP, 1997-2013: MARKING THE END OF THE BEGINNING OF DIGITAL MUSIC

"Winamp.com and associated web services will no longer be available past December 20, 2013. Additionally, Winamp Media players will no longer be available for download. Please download the latest version before that date. See release notes for latest improvements to this last release." So goes the terse message posted to Winamp's website, signaling one of the final nails in the coffin of Web 1.0.
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CARLOS VIVES, SERGIO GEORGE, JULIO REYES WIN BIG AT LATIN GRAMMYS

The green carpet never happened as rain fell over Las Vegas, but there were no dampened spirits during the 14th edition of Latin Grammys which celebrated the well-known faces of music and some of the newer voices.
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ASCAP REPS TALK MUSIC LICENSING IN THE DIGITAL LANDSCAPE ON CAPITOL HILL

ASCAP sent their heavy-hitters to Washington, D.C., for a panel discussion on music licensing in today's digital landscape. The panel, held in the Rayburn Office Building on Nov. 20, was moderated by ASCAP president/chairman Paul Williams and included ASCAP executive VP/general counsel Elizabeth Matthews and artist/songwriter/producer Ne-Yo. Creative Rights Caucus Co-Chairs Rep. Howard Coble (R-NC) and Rep. Judy Chu (D-CA) welcomed the panel.
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CHART MOVES: INTERSCOPE REPLACES ITSELF AT NO. 1, 'ELLEN DEGENERES' DEBUTS IN TOP 40

This week on the Billboard 200, Lady Gaga replaced her labelmate Eminem atop the list. This marks the first time Interscope Records has had back-to-back No. 1s with two different sets since the chart dated July 1, 2006.
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PANDORA HAS RECORD REVENUES IN Q3, MOBILE ADVERTISING, ROYALTIES IMPROVE

Gains in mobile advertising helped Pandora achieve record revenue in the quarter ended Oct. 31. The company had revenue of $181.6 million in the quarter, a 50.3% improvement over the prior-year period.
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SPOTIFY TO RECEIVE $250M INVESTMENT, VALUED 'NORTH' OF $4B

Spotify has secured a $250 million investment round led by Technology Crossover Ventures on a valuation "north" of $4 billion, according to a story from the Wall Street Journal. The news affirms, with slight tweaks, rumors from two weeks ago.
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NILE RODGERS, NOKIA MUSIC'S JYRKI ROSENBERG TALK MIX RADIO LAUNCH

Nokia Music’s Mix Radio debuted in 31 countries on Thursday, bringing personalized radio to more than 1.3 billion customers. The new service premiered during an event at New York’s Milk Studios featuring an intimate Q&A with Nile Rodgers.
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JURY ORDERS SAMSUNG TO PAY APPLE $290M

A Silicon Valley jury on Thursday added $290 million more to the damages Samsung Electronics owes Apple for copying vital iPhone and iPad features, bringing the total amount the South Korean technology titan is on the hook for to $930 million
AP


SOURCE: MICROSOFT IN TALKS TO BUY SHOUTCAST AND WINAMP

AOL yesterday announced that it was shutting down Winamp, media playing software for Windows and Android devices that it picked up through its $80 million acquisition of Nullsoft in 1999. But today Techcrunch has learned that AOL is talks with Microsoft to sell Winamp, along with Shoutcast, a media streaming service also developed by Nullsoft. We have also learned that AOL has been planning to announce the closure of Shoutcast next week.
Tech Crunch


TAKE A CUE FROM FRENCH HORN REBELLION AND EMBRACE YOUR INNER BAND GEEK

Clarinet players who want to break away from their band directors may find it hard to express their creativity. But on the Internet, you should be able to find a community of like-minded musicians. That's where Brooklyn-based dance band French Horn Rebellion comes in. The self-proclaimed band geek duo launched a website called Band Geeks Gone Wild, to encourage anyone to pick up an instrument and play along with the band's songs.
Mashable


TWITTER LAUNCHES ADVERTISING TOOL TO TARGET TV CONVERSATIONS

Twitter announced a new feature Thursday that allows it to cozy up a little closer to TV viewers. Called TV conversation targeting, the feature allows networks and brands to engage Twitter users talking about specific programs with Promoted Tweets, regardless of whether the marketer is running an ad with the program, the company wrote Thursday in a company blog post.
CNet


AMAZON CLOUD PLAYER DESKTOP APP LAUNCHES IN UK

Amazon's Cloud Player desktop client for PC and Mac has been released in the UK. The free software, which offers a direct link to all of the music stored in the user's Amazon Cloud locker, is available to download from the online retailer's UK website.
Digital Spy


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