News Brief: Meaning Of Spotify + Facebook, Grammy Protests, UMG + Fashion, Orchard, Rdio, IODA, More
(UPDATED) Spotify + Facebook: Antony Bruno shares sources that say, despite yesterday's leak, Spotify won't be the only music service on Facebook and suggests how the deal(s) will be great for the struggling industry. (Billboard) Peter Kafka of AllThingsD writes: "Chill Out! Spotify on Facebook Is Cool, Not a Game Changer." I suspect that it's a least a game shifter that explodes social music and encourages US labels to licence Spotify and perhaps other services.
- A coalition of musicians is continuing to protest reductions in the number of Grammy categories. (Pollstar)
- Universal Music partners with Tommy Hilfiger to create rock-'n'-roll inspired clothing for high-end boutiques and department stores. (LA Times)
- UPDATED: Google Unveils Mobile Payments System With Google Offers, Google Wallet (paidContent)
- The Orchard has promoted Josh Builder to Chief Technology Officer. He has been with The Orchard for 5 years and is based in New York City.
- Last.fm is undergoing a major redesign in a bid to make it more social and "mainstream". (Telegraph)
- Music streamer Rdio is joining a growing number of music services inside the auto via a deal with Pioneer’s AppRadio device. AppRadio utilizes the processing power, storage capacity, network connectivity and apps of the iPhone and iPod Touch. Pandora has a similar deal with AppRadio.
- At the Music Matters Conference in Singapore, digital distributor IODA announced new partnerships with KKBOX and ezPeer, two direct service providers offering streaming music in Taiwan, Hong Kong, Macau, Malaysia and Indonesia.
- Playlisting app Moodagent has added a Blackberry app and are giving it away free at launch.