- GarJet predicts mobile apps will be worth more than the CD market by 2012, based on an app revenue estimate of $17.5 billion. There are a few predicted trends to note. First, app stores will account for less app revenue as direct-to-consumer sales replace carrier-based sales. Second, GetJar believes the current number of app stores - 38 at the end of 2009 with more on the way - will be lower in the future. "There is no way that this many app stores will survive in the long term and while the value of the global app economy is set to be astoundingly high by 2012, we think only a few app stores will share this revenue," said GetJar's CEO. (Mobile Entertainment )

- YouTube has added a "Musicians Wanted" section to its Partner Program in an effort to attract more indie artists to the service. Independent and unsigned acts will be able to earn cash if they get enough views of their video on YouTube and have their videos embedded on other sites. Artists selected for the partner program will also get to add their tour dates and "buy" links added to their profile. (Wired Epicenter Blog)

- In a report titled "Building a Digital Britain," the International Chamber of Commerce says growth of unauthorized streaming and downloading is a "major threat" to European Union creative industries. In this quote from the president of the UNI-MEI, which represents media and entertainment unions, notice the similarity to the IFPI report release last week that underscored the amount of money record labels invest in artists: "Our concern is that creative industries will be forced to reduce their investment in the production of creative contents and with that vanishes work opportunities." (TheParliament.com )

- Not that it's a surprise, but AOL's music blogger experiment won't reach its goal and is being affected by missed deadlines. In January, AOL announced a plan to get citizen journalists to interview each of the 2,000 bands performing at SXSW. AOL told Business Insider it has interviews for 80% of the bands but says getting all 2,000 would be "patently impossible." Even so, it was an admirable attempt to crowdsource original content. (Gawker and Business Insider )

- Jaron Lanier, tech entrepreneur and author of the new book "You Are Not a Gadget: A Manifesto," gave a tremendous keynote presentation at SXSW on Monday. Among his other thoughts, Lanier expressed criticism of the ideas that information (including music) should be free and artists should subsist on selling other items such as T-shirts. His keynote is not yet available online, but in the meantime you can watch the video or listen to the audio of a similar 71-minute at Zocolo Public Square. Tune in at 9:46 to hear him talk about paying creators and artists. A sample: "Seventeen years into the Web, ten years into Web 2.0, I set out to look at what was actually happening in the real lives of artists, writers, journalists, illustrators and so forth. What I found is that this myth of the people who are really living this way, by giving away stuff and somehow finding other ways to make a living, it just wasn't working. There were only tiny, tiny, token examples. And I realized we're losing a generation. There is no shame in having a radical idea, but there is shame in being unable or unwilling to recognize it fails."

- Topspin at SXSW released a development kit that will allow users to integrate the company's online commerce and promotional tools into any major Web site software. The open platform includes the Topspin shopping cart, streaming player and data capturing tools. It supports such web platforms as Wordpress, Brupal, Ning, Facebook and MySpace. The company also added new promotional widget tools and inventory management systems. (Topspin)

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