-- Country album sales dropped 24% last week compared to an 8% drop for the market. But country continues its digital progress. Year to date, digital accounts for 11.4% of album sales. That's just more than half of the digital share of pop albums but a four-point increase over last year. (Music Row)

-- The Electronic Frontier Foundation and the Center for Democracy and Technology and Public Knowledge joined in an amicus brief that argues against ASCAP in its lawsuit brought against mobile carriers for additional royalties for the public performance of ringtones. (EFF.org)

-- Spotify, reported to make little per-user advertising revenue in the UK, is rolling out a billboard-sized ad format in the UK and will run 3 Mobile ads. (Revolution Magazine)

-- TuneUp and MusicBrainz Picard, services that fix music files' metadata, are profiled in the Wall Street Journal. That people will pay for clean metadata shows how the integrity of an MP3's information has influences how people listen to music and the enjoyment they get out of it. Wrote Geoffrey A Fowler, "While I was reluctant to pay $19.95 for a year's subscription to a service I reckon should be in iTunes for free, TuneUp has largely delivered on its promise to scrub my music collection with minimal effort, making sure tracks were properly titled and adding extras like album cover art." (Wall Street Journal)

-- LimeWire has added content from CD Baby to the LimeWire Store-the licensed music service offered alongside its P2P system. LimeWire recently hired former Total Music executive Jason Herskowitz as VP of product management. Other content providers of the authorized digital retail service include the Orchard, IODA, IRIS and others.

- Antony Bruno contributed to this post.