-- Reviews of Spotify's iPhone app are appearing just a week after Apple gave its approval. Reviews range from insanely positive to positive with reservations. The Spotify app is free to people in the UK, Sweden, France, Spain, Norway and Finland. Spotify users must pay for the premium version to use the iPhone app. Users of the free, ad-supported version cannot use the app.

TheNextWeb said it "has iTunes killer written all over it." Econsultancy gave it a positive review but noted one drawback mentioned by others: iPhone app users cannot put Spotify in the background and leave it running while using other functions (Android users can background the Spotify app). The Pansentient League reviewed the Android app and called it a "game-changer for music" and lists some advantages over the iPhone app (such as the ability to sync over both Wi-Fi and 3G). The Telegraph calls it "a success" but had a number of complaints (inability to background and the manner in which controls are laid out, among others).

-- A survey by AppsFire, which creates software that allows iPhone users to share the names of their apps with other users, estimates the average iPhone user has spent $80 on apps and have installed 65 app per device. Two-thirds of all installed apps were free. Seven percent of those surveyed have installed only free apps and have not paid for an app. The average price paid for a paid app was $1.56 while the median price was $0.99. The 1,200 iPhone uers in the survey had installed only 15,000 of the App Store's 65,000 apps. Half of those surveyed live in the U.S. (AppsFire blog, via Mobile Entertainment)

-- Blogger has made changes to its DMCA takedown policy that impacts music blogs and how they deal with complaints of infringing content. Now, DMCA complaints are taken via an online form, which will allow for easier transfer of information as well as the ability to notify the blogger about the infringing link (the old method did not let the blogger know which link). Bloggers are notified about DMCA complaints through their dashboard as well as by email. And rather than delete the entire post, Blogger will now simply reset the draft status of the infringing post. Changing the draft status will allow the blogger to change the post and re-publish. This is a fair change. The DMCA complaint process encounters frequent problems because a party filing the complaint is not able to discern between links and MP3 files obtained from publicists (and posted with the implicit permission of the artist and label) with those posted without permission. Short of the creation of a master list of label- and publicist-cleared MP3 links and files, this is a good solution that respects the rights of bloggers. (Blogger blog, via The Electronic Frontier Foundation)

-- Geffen Records UK has allocated 50% of its budget for new artist Mini Viva to digital and has launched a display and text ad campaign through AdMob through media agency Mediacom. (New Media Age

--The launch of MySpace Music in the U.K. has been delayed because the company does not have licensing deals with PRS For Music as well as independent labels represented by Merlin. (The Telegraph)

-- The Guardian has a nice little article on pay-versus-free. The most forceful opinion in the piece comes from Rahul Powar of Apsmart. Powar founded Shazam, the free music identification service. "Generally speaking," he wrote, "free is great for people who want to raise brand awareness, usage stats or drive traffic to their site. But, for all but a handful of very sticky applications, monetisation via traditional mobile banner advertising compromises the user experience and does not make real money at this point. Direct monetisation of the app is currently the best way to make money off the property, either via charging [for the] app outright or via subscription if it is a content play." (The Guardian)

-- A review of the new version of Grooveshark: "a solid upgrade, although nothing groundbreaking." (Digital Noise)

-- Direct-to-consumer technology provider Nimbit has launched a Facebook commerce platform that enables artists to sell goods through their Facebook pages. (Hypebot)