-- In Reuters' article about eMusic's addition of Warner Music Group catalog, CEO Danny Stein says the music site is looking to include streaming in its product offering in 2010. Currently, eMusic offers only MP3 downloads. A streaming option would be a very nice addition for eMusic subscribers as well as a wise strategic move to address competition from streaming services. (Reuters)

-- With eMusic now offering catalog titles from Warner Music Group (WMG's Warner Bros. Records and Rhino Records, plus titles distributed by ADA), expect indie labels to lose even more footing. Since debuting on eMusic, Sony labels have dominated the eMusic label chart and have outsold many Pitchfork-endorsed indie albums that had typically dominated the charts. Today, Sony labels own seven of the top ten spots on eMusic's label chart. On the album chart, country artists Kellie Pickler and Kenny Chesney (both on Sony's BNA Records) rub shoulders with indie favorites Real Estate and Grizzly Bear. With WMG at eMusic, indies will be pushed down the chart even more. eMusic wasted no time putting together a page dedicated to the Replacements - it combined the band's early Twin/Tone catalog, already on eMusic, with new arrivals from the band's period with WMG. A similar page is up for My Bloody Valentine and Jesus and Mary Chain, both staples of WMG's catalog.

-- William Patry (author, blogger, copyright lawyer) elucidates the consumer's decision to rent (or not rent) rather than buy. The context is Netflix's decision to trade a 28-day no-rent window for lower wholesale costs. It's a post about movies, but it applies to music as well. An excerpt: "I rented movies to watch them once. If I couldn't rent them, I didn't buy them. Why not? Because movies are just not important in the larger scheme of life or even the smaller scheme of consumer behavior: movies are merely entertainment, and usually trivial entertainment that doesn't warrant going out of your way to accommodate a scheme set up to frustrate your desires." (Moral Panics and the Copyright Wars)

-- A study released on Tuesday says the 2009 South By Southwest conference and festivals injected $99 million into Austin’s economy. That number should be helpful to other conference and festival organizers seeking financial support from their local governments. (Austin Business Journal)

-- Music-related stocks on Monday, January 11 (closing prices and percent change): Warner Music Group (WMG): $5.90 (+0.17%); Vivendi (VIV): €20.86 (-1.18%); Sony Corp. (SNE): $30.40 (-2.05%); Live Nation (LYV): $9.64 (-0.62%); Ticketmaster (TKTM): $14.10 (+0.14%); Trans World (TWMC): $1.52 (+2.7%); Sirius XM Radio (SIRI): $0.668 (-0.82%); Cumulus Media (CMLS): $2.36 (-4.45%); Citadel Broadcasting Corp. (CTDB): $0.031 (-13.89%); RealNetworks (RNWK): $3.80 (+0.53%); Apple (AAPL): $212.00 (+0.67%); Dow Jones Industrial (DJI): 10,618.19 (+0.11%); NASDAQ Composite (IXIC): 2,317.17 (+1.39%).