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-- See the first screenshots or Rdio, the on-demand music streaming service created by the founders of Kazaa and Skype. The pictures are of Rdio's BlackBerry app. Rdio will have a desktop client, a Blackberry app, an iPhone app and a web interface. A post last week at the Rdio blog says the company has started adding music from Warner Music Group. For more on Rdio, read the profile by the New York Times in October. (ReadWriteWeb)

-- The ticketing practices of the music business were investigated by a Nashville's News Channel 5 in a story on a Keith Urban benefit concert for the Country Music Hall of Fame. Advertising for the concert claimed all tickets were $25. Internal documents obtained by News Channel 5 show that about one third of those tickets were available for the public onsale. A "big chunk" of tickets went to Urban's fan club. Some of those, internal documents show, were auctioned off. The big story isn't that a country music star's fan club (at $25 a head) got many of the tickets before they went on sale, or that some tickets were sold through auctions well over face value. The big story is that people don't know this is how the ticketing business works - even though it's hardly a secret. "Thank god the customer is stupid, and doesn't want to believe that their favorite performers are greedy bastards," wrote Bob Lefsetz in an email about the story. "Otherwise, there'd be a lot of soul-searching in the offices of labels, managers and concert promoters." Lefsetz was the only industry insider who went on the record for this story. (News Channel 5, via Lefsetz Letter)

-- A German court dismissed on technical grounds a music industry claim that ripping CDs is illegal under copyright law. "Before filing the claim we were aware of the risks, but we had to take our chance because the fact of whether private copying is legal or not is of such a big importance for the record business," said the managing director of the trade group BVMI. "For us it is still very questionable that the court refused our claim for formal reasons." (ZeroPaid)

-- Just as Billboard was wondering about the lack of buzz on Sky Songs, BSkyB's new music service was advertising an introductory offer at the Sun and is offering a special offer for Sun readers: a free album download or ten track downloads plus one-month access to the streaming service. Six promo codes were printed in the Sun. Readers need to enter three of the six of the codes - and enter their credit card information -- to receive the free downloads.

-- CNET has a great article on a topic that gets very little attention: cameras at concerts. With digital cameras nearly ubiquitous, most artists have relaxed their camera policies and allow amateur photogs to do as they please. Professionals - that's anyone carrying a single-lens reflex (SLR) camera - tend to be limited to the first three songs. "Now that everyone has video and still cameras in their phones, and pocket digital cameras take HD video and great quality pictures," said Rob Sheridan, the creative director for Nine Inch Nails, "not only is it impossible to keep cameras out of shows, but it's fighting an increasingly uphill battle against what is now a cultural norm: people freely documenting their lives and the things they do to share it with friends and family." Some venues, however, may consider polite requests for voluntary restraint. Few things could ruin a concert more - especially in small venues - than a barrage of picture snappers creating an obstructed view for those behind them. (CNET)

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