WHO'S WINNING THE SMARTPHONE WARS
-- Google’s Android operating system has 27% of recent smartphone owners and now accounts for 13% of all smartphones. In the last six months, however, Android has accounted for 33% of new smartphones. And Nielsen points out the iPhone is the most desired of smartphones. While 71% of Android owners want another Android device next, 89% of iPhone owners want to return to the iPhone and 29% of Blackberry owners want an iPhone (versus 21% who want an Android device). (NielsenWire)


NY SUBWAY TO GET STREAMING MEDIA
-- Cellular service – and the streaming media that come with it – is coming to the New York subway system. An executive involved with the project told the Daily News that cellular and Wifi service will extend beyond platforms and into tunnels. If actually true, stored media can be replaced by streaming media and all sorts of cloud-based services will be far more compatible with riding the subway. Of course, many cloud services allow the user to cache songs for times away from a signal. But with a signal both above and below ground, cloud services will be at their full potential. (The quality of the signal is a different story.)

New York’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority has a deal to outfit subway stations with cellular and Wifi service. Transit Wireless has two years to test the technology at six stations then another four years to install equipment at the remaining 277 underground stations. (Daily News)


THE BLOG BUZZ: DMCA'S RADIOHEAD TAKEDOWN NOTICE
-- The blogosphere is abuzz about the DMCA takedown notices issued by the RIAA and IFPI regarding Radiohead’s "In Rainbows" album, the famous 2007 release that was first offered by the band as a pay-what-you-want MP3 download. Specifically, in September 2009 the RIAA sent out a DMCA takedown notice and flagged a 2009 post at a blog called Chup Chick. The IPFI’s takedown notice was sent in January 2010 and referred to a post at the blog Table de Chevet. Neither blog exists today.

People cannot see how an album that launched a new era in Internet music marketing can be subject to copyright restrictions by one of the companies that now handles the title. This doesn’t require a leap of imagination. One digital album is handled by Warner/Chappell Music Publishing in the U.S. and U.K. while the CD is handled by ATO Records (distributed by Sony Music’s RED Distribution) in the U.S. Warner/Chappell is not listed as a member on the RIAA’s website. However, Warner Music Group and many of its distributed labels are listed. In addition, Sony Music and Warner Music Group are IFPI members. So any way you slice it, the title is distributed by an RIAA member company even though neither owns the master rights. (TorrentFreak)


Assorted Links
-- Brian Eno has signed with Warp Records. (Brian Eno microsite)
-- EMP’s Pop Conference is moving to Los Angeles from Seattle. (Seattle Weekly)