-- Per Sundin, managing director of Universal Music Sweden, told the Swedish Wire that within five months of its launch Spotify had passed iTunes as the company's largest source of digital revenue. It's possible Swedes were nudged in that direction by the country's tough anti-piracy legislation enacted earlier this year, which coincided with a 30% drop in the country's Web traffic and an increase in music sales (digital up 57%, physical up 30%). (The Swedish Wire)

-- CNET digs in with a post-mortem on ad-funded music site Spiral Frog. Based on a review of Spiral Frog internal documents, the article offers a picture of a company swamped with marketing and licensing costs but without enough scale to land proper advertising. Tomorrow, writer Greg Sandoval will have a story on the company's "internal strife and customers' private information." (CNET)

-- Leaked documents outline a deal for an anti-piracy campaign between Irish ISP Eircom and music trade group IRMA. Record companies will provide to Eircom seven pieces of information on each suspected infringer. Eircom will give the customer two warnings and will serve the customer with a termination notice after detection of a third infringement. According to the document, Eircom has not agreed to implement a Web site filter. (TorrenFreak)

-- There's a good deal of online talk about CMX, a new file format record labels are creating to launch new music products. This is different that the project called Cocktail, which is an Apple initiative to create a new album format. A soft launch of CMX will reportedly come in November. Said one label rep to the Times, "Apple at first told us that they were not interested, but now they have decided to do their own, in case ours catches on. Ours will be a file that you click on, it opens and it would have a brand new look, with a launch page and all the different options. When you click on it you're not just going to get the 10 tracks, you're going to get the artwork, the video and mobile products." (Times Online)

-- Digital Audio Insider blogger details his band's Q2 2009 Last.fm royalty statement. The free on-demand payout remained at 0.5 cents per stream while the free radio payout improved slightly to 0.05143 cents per play. The notable change was the introduction of the subscription radio category (which replaced premium radio). "The change in the business model appears to have affected our already-modest total number of radio plays, which dropped more than 50% from the first quarter of 2009 to the second quarter." (Digital Audio Insider)

-- Video of a Zune HD demo. (Engadget)

-- A profile of Pandora in the San Francisco Chronicle includes these statistics on consumer awareness by NPD Group's Russ Crupnick: "They have more than 20 percent of the Internet population aware of the service and 40 percent of those who are aware use it." (SF Chronicle)


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