AM News Brief: Rhapsody Turns 1, Tunesbag, UK Radioplayer, Facebook Mobile, Baidu, Masio & More

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  • It's been one year since the Rhapsody spinout from RealNetworks and the subscription music service says business have never been stronger gaining more than 100,000 subscribers since April 1, 2010, bringing the total count to more than 750,000.
  • Amazon Cloud is just the beginning: Tunesbag has launched a player that integrates with popular cloud storage provider Dropbox.
  • Radioplayer launched as an online service which brings together all BBC radio content and the majority of the UK’s commercial stations. Surprisingly, such a service has not existed before. (Telegraph)
  • Comedy site Funny Or Die dedicates its April Fools Day front page to an hilarious over-analysis of Rebecca Black.


  • Facebook Launches Mobile Website for All Phones (Mashable)
  • Analysis of Live Nation's bid to buy WMG from Billboard's Glenn Peoples. Cliff Notes: He likes the idea and sees synergies.  I disagree. Most mega-mergers end badly, because of corporate culture clashes and because it's almost impossible to be great at that many different things.
  • Sony PSP, NGP to reported;y add Sony's Music Unlimited (Digital Home) Is anyone surprised?
  • Why Hollywood isn't afraid of Amazon's cloud. (CNet)
  • China's Baidu to compensate songwriters for music downloads. (PC World)
  • Popular former IODA exec Rich Masio will lead acquisition and label management for music distributor Allegro's NAIL division, as well as, develop digital initiatives. 
  • Bob Wright, former Chair & CEO of NBC Universal and senior exec at General Electric joins Board of EMI holding company EMI Group Global Ltd
  • Need A Job? Ariel Publicity and her Cyber PR  are looking for a motivated self-starter to sell Cyber PR Campaigns to artists, labels and managers. It's a commission only position.
  • Thank-you to music writer Marcel Weiss for sharing Hypebot, Music Think Tank and our mission with the German music community.

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