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-- TThe news on Google's music search partnerships continues with five free tracks at, MySpace and iLike by Tim McGraw, Phoenix, Major Lazer, Mos Def and Zee Avi. If a person searches for Tim McGraw at Google, for example, McGraw's song "Still" is the first of four songs available for streaming. (If you're looking for Taylor Swift's "Tim McGraw," try something else.) Once the person clicks on the song and gets the Lala pop-up player, the free download is visible. Phoenix is a tough one. In repeated searches, Google did not offer song links in the search results. A search for Phoenix brought of the city in Arizona. Note to young bands: Save your fans some headaches and choose a name that can be easily found at a search engine.
(PC Mag)

-- Micorsoft's MSN Music service, launching on Thursday, will offer U.K. users a mix of streaming and paid downloads. This hybrid music service comes on the heels of Sky Songs, another stream/purchase hybrid, and joins the likes of Spotify in offering free music streams with the option to purchase. All four majors are on board but indies are said to not be part of the service yet. MSN Music will launch with only one million tracks available for download. The store uses the digital wallet that Microsoft uses with the Zune Marketplace - a purchase requires credits and buyers can obtain a block of ten credits for £7.99. (A subscription good for ten songs costs £6.49 per month at Sky Songs.) "We think reading about music and listening to music are two halves of the same thing and we wanted to offer MSN users access to a competitive download to own service," said MSN Music's executive director.

-- In record time, EMI has sued for selling unlicensed Beatles MP3s - among other titles.

-- Jed Carlson, co-founder and COO of ReverbNation, offers email tips to artists. Number one on the list is always respect a person's desire to unsubscribe. Number two is "give before you get." "Give the fans something special before you ask them to do something like vote for you in a contest," he explains. Later, Jed offers advice for artists seeking publicity: email is about permission, not spamming. "It's natural to add the editor from Pitchfork or New York Times to your list in hopes of getting them to notice your email. RESIST THIS URGE! ... Instead, write those editors from your personal email, asking them to join your mailing list if they so choose."
(Music Think Tank)

-- The Berklee College of Music has a course titled Online Music Marketing with Topspin. The course instructor, Mike King, has posted his interview with Topspin CEO Ian Rogers at his blog. The two talk about the Topspin platform and how its analytics tools help draw users' attention to the important data points.
(Music Business and Trend-Mongering)

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