MICROSOFT PRESSES PLAY ON NEW XBOX MUSIC SERVICE: Microsoft Corp. is taking the wraps off of its rebranded digital music service, now called Xbox Music, that promises an all-in-one music experience. The service will begin to roll out this week. But will the new Xbox Music be enough to woo listeners away from Pandora, Spotify and others?
| LOUDBYTES BRINGS THE SHORT TAIL MODEL TO DIGITAL MUSIC: An innovative technology is bringing digital distribution to brick-and-mortar retailers in a way that works seamlessly with brands and promotions. If you're thinking of kiosks that burn files to CDs or download them to thumb drives, you're way off. Loudbytes recently got some momentum from a licensing deal with EMI.
WHAT FELIX BAUMGARTNER'S EIGHT MILLION YOUTUBE VIEWS REALLY MEANS: That crazy leap that Felix Baumgartner made was astonishing. And if you're interested in the future of Web video, YouTube's ability to serve up eight million livestreams at the same time is a really big deal, too. The Web finally has a chance to rival TV when it comes to serving up live events with huge audiences - one of TV's last remaining advantages over the Internet as a result of upgrades the video site did for its Olympics coverage.
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XL PROFITS HIT $67 MILLION IN ADELE'S RECORD YEAR: Astronomical sales of Adele's 21 pushed profits at indie record label XL to a whopping £41.7m (about $67 million) in 2011. According to company filings, XL's bank balance climbed from £3m to £32m ($51.4 million) during the year. The company paid an £8.5 million ($13.6 million) dividend to co-founder Richard Russell, whilst Beggars Group chairman Martin Mills received a similar sum.
MUMFORD & SONS, SWEDISH HOUSE MAFIA TOP UK CHARTS: Mumford and Sons have returned to the top of the Official UK Album with 'Babel' after being knocked off the top spot last weekend by Muse's The 2nd Law. On the UK Singles Chart, Swedish House Mafia's "Don't You Worry Child' has beaten out Adele's theme tune for the forthcoming new James Bond film, Skyfall.
NEW LAW COULD HELP A BERTELSMANN BUYOUT OF RTL: A change to the law governing takeovers in Luxembourg could be big news global media giant Bertelsmann - allowing it to fulfill its years-long ambition to take full control of Europe's number one broadcaster, RTL Group. Bertelsmann is co-owner of BMG Rights Management which is reportedly interested in buying Universal Music's divested EMI assets.
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AEG TO ALLOW BOOKING OF ADJACENT SEATS FOR FRIENDS: AEG, the sports and entertainment giant that is up for sale, is making it easier to book concert and sports tickets for friends without having to pay for them all at once. The service allows ticket buyers to pay for their own seats and then reserve several adjacent ones online. The purchaser then invites friends through Facebook or email, and the friends have 48 hours to accept or decline the invitation. Unsold tickets will go back up for sale.
BARBRA STREISAND SET FOR 32ND TOP 10 ALBUM ON NEXT WEEK'S BILLBOARD 200 CHART: Diva Barbra Streisand is set to capture her 32nd top 10 album on the Billboard 200 chart next week. The entertainer's new album, "Release Me," may sell 40,000 copies by Oct. 14, according to industry forecasters. The new Billboard 200 chart's top 10 will be revealed on the morning of Oct. 17.
AT&T STARTS SIX-STRIKES ANTI-PIRACY PLAN NEXT MONTH, WILL BLOCK USERS ACCESS TO WEBSITES: A set of leaked internal AT&T training documents obtained by TorrentFreak reveal that the Internet provider will start sending out anti-piracy warning notices to its subscribers on Nov. 28. Customers whose accounts are repeatedly flagged for alleged copyright infringements will have their access to frequently visited websites blocked, until they complete an online copyright course. It's expected that most other participating ISPs will start their versions of the anti-piracy plan on the same date.