-- The iPad is unlikely to launch with a streaming music service, according to CNET. Not that record labels and music consumers were holding their breaths. With the exception of the iTunes LP, a format that has been quiet since being launched in September, music experience is getting more mobile and, as a result, graphic interfaces are relatively small. In order to launch with its biggest “wow” applications, the iPad will focus on video, e-books and e-magazines. Apple’s acquisition of music streaming service Lala will bear fruit eventually. When it does, this new streaming service would be better off if showcased on a 4.8-ounce iPhone, not a 1.5-pound iPad. (A HREF="http://news.cnet.com/8301-31001_3-20001480-261.html" target="new">CNET)

-- A group of businesses in a Dayton, Ohio, entertainment district are offering wristbands that allow for entrance at all venues. Owners estimate the music venues will lose 10% at the door but will make up for it on food and beverage sales. This is the same thinking behind Live Nation’s effort to cut many ticket prices and reduce its unsold inventory. First, the goal is total revenue, not ticketing or door revenue. Once a customer is in a venue, there is automatically revenue potential. Second, the Dayton businesses understand – just as Live Nation does – their customers have other ways to spend their entertainment dollars. By providing greater value, these participating Dayton businesses can more effectively compete with larger chains. (Dayton Daily News)

-- Microsoft will release a 64GB edition Zune HD media player on April 12 at the Zune online store. Availability at other retailers will follow. The 64GB Zune will carry a $349.99 price tag. The 16GB and 32GB Zunes each get a $20 price cut immediately. (Engadget)

-- RealNetworks has cut four percent of its workforce, or about 60 positions. According to a spokesperson, that number does not include Rhapsody employees.