News Brief: Apple Denies Tracking, SoundExchange Wants Proxy Data Use, No Spotify + Google & More

  • Apple denies tracking data and responds to the controversy with a press release Q&A.
  • SoundExchange has reportedly requested that it be authorized to use “proxy information” to distribute 2004-2009 royalty funds for which it has little or no useful play data that would indicate who to pay. SoundExchange made the request to the Copyright Royalty Board, which is seeking comments on the proposal. (RAIN)
  • Spotify denies claims that its in talks to power Google Music. (Music Ally)
  • Interview: Vevo Says No MySpace Deal But Hopeful On Warner Sale (paidContent)

MORE:

  • Amazon profits down 33% after higher spending. (Epicenter)
  • SiriusXM announces changes to its channel lineup.
  • Music Reports has entered into an agreement with cloud music service provider Omnifone to manage mechanical licensing and royalty reporting for Omnifone’s MusicStation Platform in the US.
  • Topspin Media has appointed former echomusic co-founder Mark Montgomery to its Board of Advisors.
  • Downtown Music Publishing has launched dms.FM, an online music licensing application to pitch its 40K song catalog for the film, television, advertising and video games.
  • Universal Music Publishing Group Chairman and CEO David Renzer has announced plans to exit the company. 
  • IODA and Sony Music Entertainment India partnered to provide global digital distribution for Indian labels and distributors.
  • An in depth look at The Echo Nest and the team behind it. (Boston Phoenix)


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