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More Music Industry News: Mottola To American Idol?, RIAA Wants To Settle, 24-7, Baidu & More

  • image from 2.bp.blogspot.com Is industry vet Tommy Mottola set to replace Simon Crowell on American Idol? (CNN) He certainly has the personality to be a....I'll stop now.
  • The RIAA offers to settle Thomas-Rasset case for $25,000. (ars)  Thomas has rejected the offer.
  • 24-7 Entertainment, a leading B2B digital distribution provider announced a jump in download volume in 2009 to 150 million music tracks; an increase of 32% up from 2008, across 45 music download shops which they power on behalf of clients in 16 countries. The highest monthly volume was generated in December with a total of 22 million tracks and at peak times, up to 200K downloads were delivered per hour. (press release)
  • The Music Industry’s Cautionary iTunes Tale Resonates with Publishers - And Apple. (Media Memo)
  • Baidu (again) cleared of piracy in deep-linking case. (Music Ally)
  • Pirates Are The Music Industry’s Most Valuable Customers - Once again the music industry has come out with disappointing results for physical music sales, which they blame entirely on file-sharing. What they failed to mention though, is that their findings show that music pirates are buying more digital music than the average music consumer. Since digital music is the future, pirates are the industry’s most valuable customers. (TorrentFreak)


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