AM Biz News: SXSW Up 30%, Facebook Buys Snaptu, EMI 69 Cent Sale, Weiss To Jive & More

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  • Early reports have SXSW Music attendance up 30% to around 14,000 and SXSW Interactive doubling 20 more than 20,000.
  • Facebook buys Snaptu, an apps maker that specializes in mobile social networking for the masses of mobiles users who don't own smartphones. (Mashable)
  • A number of older hits from the EMI catalog got a bump last week with limited time 69 cent pricing and prime placement on iTunes. Billboard's Glenn Peoples has an early analysis.

MORE:

  • Former RCA/Jive CEO Barry Weiss is replacing Antonio “L.A.” Reid as the Chairman and CEO of Island Def Jam and Universal Motown Republic Group  
  • As more streaming music services realize that fans value curation, Rhapsody names Rob Harvilla, the former music editor at the Village Voice, as senior managing editor.
  • Topspin announces the winners of its $5000 Direct To Fan grant. (Topspin)
  • Hypebot's Robin Davey had his latest post picked up: 1 In 10 Friends Notice Your Facebook Wall Posts. (AllFacebook)
  • Music With Me wirelessly syncs Android and iTunes for FREE. (Androinica)
  • SXSW: Where the Music Still Roils in a Critical Mass. (NYT)
  • Bandcamp is hiring. Details here.
  • Rebecca Black Means The (Internet) Fame Game Has Changed. (TechCrunch)
  • Young CEO Seeks to Reset Ticketmaster With Tech and Transparency. (Wired)
  • Will renting music make people listen and love again? (Globe)
  • Virtually listening to records. (AndrewDubber
  • Mielophone: Music Industry Destroys Another Powerful Free Download Tool. (TorrentFreak)
  • Product Review: My Time as a Napster User. (PCWorld)
  • Music bloggers move from touting bands to booking bands. (Madison)


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