- Apple is claiming its iTunes service is now the #2 music retailer in the U.S., behind only Wal-Mart, based on data provided by the NPD Group. The analyst firm's MusicWatch Survey counts one CD representing 12 tracks, and excludes any wireless transactions. By that measure, iTunes sold more CD equivalents than any other single source other than Wal-Mart. It did not break out exactly how many sales that was. Apple also says it now has 50 million registered iTunes store customers, meaning people who have credit card numbers on file with the system-not active users.

- Dynamic pricing digital music service AmieStreet has signed licensing agreements with indie outfits Beggars Group, Matador Records and Polyvinyl Recording. The three have released thousands of songs to sell on the service, including hits by Cat Power, The National and Of Montreal. AmieStreet's service raises the price of a given song based on how many people have purchased it.

- Lionsgate will begin selling the scores and soundtracks from its motion pictures on the Getty Images music licensing service beginning with the score from "3:10 to Yuma." Getty Images recently accepted a $2.4 billion buyout offer from private equity firm Hellman & Friedman.

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