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More New Music Industry News: Spotify + Google, Apple + DRM, Facebook, Bono, Tap Tap & More

  • image from www.thealarmclock.com Spotify USA? The long awaited Google branded phone will be unveiled tomorrow and TechCrunch says it might include some free music from Spotify...even in the U.S. of A.
  • A look at Apple's love for DRM and consumer lock-ins. -  Apple makes great products - you'll get no argument from us. But Apple also likes keeping tight control over those products, and if anyone outside of Apple's blessed circle attempts to get in, the company is more than willing to try to use (or abuse) the law to its advantage. (ars)
  • Facebook is rolling out redesign to some users. (TechCrunch)
  • U2 frontman Bono has attacked ISPs for not doing enough to combat illegal filesharing over their networks and for also profiting from these activities. (Music Week, NY Times)
  • Berklee's Mike King has just a publish a new book Music Marketing: Press, Promotion, Distribution and Retail. It's the campaign text to an online course that he teaches, but stands on its own too.
  • image from www.mesquitesports.com Six Ways File-Sharers Will Neutralize 3 Strikes -  After extended legal battles, France’s President Sarkozy finally got his way. This year will see some of the most aggressive anti-piracy action against citizens which, if ministers are to be believed, will dramatically reduce online piracy. This might be possible, if the measures weren’t so easily circumvented. (TorrentFreak)
  • RealNetworks wants a convergence play...just like everyone else. (MediaMemo)
  • Tap Tap Revenge 3 goes free, and downloads explode. (Music Ally)
  • Musicians counter falling CD sales with 'added value' packages to woo fans. - Artists attempt to lure buyers with extras such as follicles of hair, car rides and free downloads. (Guardian)
  • 10 music-tech trends that will shape the next decade. (CNet)


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