News Brief: Google Pulls Grooveshark, MusicHype To US, UMG’s Vinyl & FLAC Site, VEVO Stats & More

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  • Google has removed Grooveshark from it's Android Marketplace because it "violated it terms of service". (CNet) The takedown probably came after pressure from the labels.  As of this morning, I coud not find find Grooveshark in Amazon's new app store either.
  • Australian social music start-up MusicHype has hired former Blip.fm exec Kevin King as CEO to lead the company’s expansion into the US market.
  • Universal Music Group Distribution have launched Groovetown Vinyl, a new online storefront specializing in high-quality vinyl and FLAC downloads.

MORE:

  • Vevo updates its stats and reveals social strategy. (Music Ally)
  • EMI is establishing a one stop synch clearinghouse for North America led by Brian Monaco, who is promoted to EVP for North American Sales & Strategic Marketing at EMI Music Publishing.
  • Maria Martin-Prat, a key music industry lawyer is now EU copyright chief. (ars)
  • Baidu, China's top search engine, will launch a licensed music search service in May, in a move to legitimize its current music search. (Reuters)
  • Amazon's New Music Service Could Be A Boon For Apple. (HuffPo)
  • KNERD is a new tool that allows users to manage multiple bands from one account. It allows syncing with many social sites, streaming, audio downloads, blogging etc... Fans receive realtime updates from their favorite artists, can see shows that are close to them, and scrobble while listening to music on kNERD.
  • Twitter’s newest homepage goes tweetless.  (MediaMemo)
  • A look at the 10 years of hard work that led to The Avett Brothers' success (Star Post)


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