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Google In Talks For Music Streaming Service
 Warner Music Group has struck a licensing deal with Google for two music services the technology giant is launching later this summer, according to executives familiar with the agreement. Google will offer two distinct subscription services – one through its YouTube online video property and another via its Google Play platform.

Executives at Warner, which is the first record label to commit to Google’s proposed music service, declined to comment. A YouTube spokesman issued the following statement: “While we don’t comment on rumor or speculation, there are some content creators that think they would benefit from a subscription revenue stream in addition to ads, so we’re looking at that.”

Google is also in deep negotiations with Universal Music Group, Sony Music Entertainment and other labels to nail down an agreement similar to the one it now has with Warner.

Read more here: http://bit.ly/15waxVi

Google will be jumping into a fiercely fought market for on-demand music streaming. Spotify, Rhapsody, Muve Music, Slacker, Samsung Music Hub, Sony Music Unlimited and Rdio are among the current players slugging it out for dominance. And later this summer, Beats Electronics will re-launch a revamped MOG service, branded as Beats Music.

Google, however, will be coming to the party with several formidable advantages – YouTube and Android.

Its YouTube platform attracts 800 million unique viewers a month. That’s vastly more than the tens of millions of people worldwide who are estimated to be using on-demand streaming music services — both free and paid. In addition, Google’s Android operating system powered 68.4% of all smartphones shipped globally in 2012, compared with 19.4% for Apple’s iOS, according to Strategy Analytics.

 

In Rainbows

Thom Yorke, the ethereal-voiced lead singer of the music group Radiohead, isn’t a fan of what Apple, Google, and other technology companies are doing to media. In an interview with UK-publication The Guardian, Yorke lamented what he said were attempts by tech companies to turn songs into commodities.

“They have to keep commodifying things to keep the share price up,” Yorke said. “But in doing so they have made all content, including music and newspapers, worthless in order to make their billions. And this is what we want? I still think it will be undermined in some way.”

Five years ago, Yorke and Radiohead became Internet heroes when they self released the album In Rainbows over the Web and told fans to pay what they wanted for the work. In the interview, Yorke sounded more skeptical about that kind of distribution now. http://bit.ly/YXV1j4

 

Computers Laptops iPads - H 2012

Regulatory body issues first report aimed at curbing the streaming and downloading of copyrighted content.

PARIS: Already home to some of the strictest anti-piracy laws for users, France’s Internet Authority (HADOPI) has  issued a new report examining ways to curb usage of streaming and direct download sites.

Looking to stop piracy at the source, the report suggests a combination of techniques including site blocking or domain seizures if operators do not comply.

The authority suggests the implementation of content recognition by site owners, including digital fingerprinting technology. These systems could be used to remove content upon the request of copyright holders, similar to YouTube or DailyMotion, or restrict user access based on location.

If site operators are unwilling to add these mechanisms or if illegal content reappears on the site, the report suggests initial steps such as search engine de-listings. If sites fail to comply with the warnings, HADOPI suggests it could also resort to involving the the courts in order to seize or permanently block the domains.

The agency would also seek to target the finances of any sites subject to the copyright alerts, taking steps to block PayPal accounts, the use of credit cards and third party advertising. Again looking to the courts, HADOPI suggests that if financial partners refused to cooperate, it would seek legal action.

Read more about the story here: http://bit.ly/149BUlC

The HADOPI report will be reviewed further before the agency decides on any action.

 

Listening limited to 40 hours per month via mobile devices

Pandora Begins Limiting Free Service

Pandora, the music streaming service, will begin to restrict its formerly unlimited free services, as The New York Times reports. Starting this week, users who use the free version of Pandora on mobile devices will now have access only to 40 hours of free music per month.

The changes come due to increasing royalty costs that Pandora is required to pay each time a song is streamed on the service, according to a blog post by Pandora’s founder Tim Westergren. Though only fractions of cents per play, those costs have risen 25% over the past three years and will increase an additional 16% over the next two years, according to Westergren.

But as The Times points out, also contributing to Pandora’s decision are advertising rates and revenues, which are lower for mobile apps than the desktop service, which will remain free and unlimited. Read more here: http://bit.ly/YDO2dh

If you hit the limit, you can either listen on the computer rather than your phone, pay 99 cents for unlimited listening for the rest of the month, or opt into Pandora’s paid service, which costs $36 per year for unlimited, ad-free music.

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Maybe music executives can finally stop singing the blues. Music piracy is on the decline, analysts say, while an industry group said digital music sales in 2012 drove global music industry revenues up for the first time since 1999.

It’s not a very big gain for the music industry — just 0.3 percent to $16.5 billion — but even that small uptick may be a sign that digital music has finally put the industry on the path to recovery. Digital music and services, the report said, grew 9 percent in the past year. That comprises digital downloads, as well as newer subscription services such as Spotify and ad-supported services including Pandora.

“No doubt, this is welcome news,” said Recording Industry Association of America spokesman Jonathan Lamy, who said over half of the industry’s revenues come from digital services now. “We are starting to turn the corner, and that’s great news for the business and fans.”Not only have free or low-priced streaming services given music lovers easy access to their favorite tunes, the NPD Group found in a separate study that broader access to music is also driving fewer people to download songs illegally. These services have gained some industry support because they allow consumers to get the music they want while still supporting artists, record labels and others in the industry.

In its annual music study, the analysis group found that consumers are sharing less illegal music across the board. Not only is the volume of illegally downloaded music files over file-sharing networks down 26 percent compared to the previous year, so is the number of people who burn and rip CDs, swap music files on hard drives and download music from digital lockers.

Read more here: http://wapo.st/XjH7pZ

image from: www.publicknowledge.org

CBS Sony Logo Split - H 2012

Pivotal Research Group’s Brian Wieser said CBS would gain exposure in fast-growing countries.

CBS should buy Sony Pictures Entertainment, a Wall Street analyst said in a research note Tuesday.

Brian Wieser of Pivotal Research Group told clients that CBS will have cash for major acquisitions now that it has decided to turn CBS Outdoor in the Americas into an REIT while selling off the European portion of that business, as hollywoodreporter.com

“First and foremost, among potential targets we think that at the right price, SPE offers a very strong fit for CBS,” he wrote.

“If we assume SPE were worth around $10 billion in enterprise value and were capable of high-single-digit profit margins, such an acquisition would not be dilutive and would be strategically beneficial,” wrote Wieser. Read more about the article here: http://bit.ly/10vMIbW

The analyst also noted that CBS chief executive Leslie Moonves has expressed an interest in SPE.”Moonves indicated in the press that SPE is the kind of business that CBS would be interested in purchasing,” Wieser wrote. “However, Sony has reiterated several times that the division is not for sale.”

Top 10 Most Popular Celebrities on Social Media

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Teen pop sensation Justin Bieber edged out Lady Gaga to take the title of reigning social-media king this week.
With nearly 31.5 million Twitter followers, close to 49 million Facebook fans, and 3.2 billion views on his YouTube channel, Bieber tops the list of most popular celebrities on social media, according to data aggregator Starcount.Over the last week, the singer gained 300,000 Twitter followers, 600,000 Facebook fans and 24,000 YouTube views, compared with Gaga’s 193,000 followers, 170,000 fans and 5,000 views. Bieber is also trending “much more” than Gaga, Starcount reported.

“Bieber consistently gets more retweets and engagement than any other major star,” it said.

While Justin dominates YouTube with most overall views, he falls slightly behind Gaga, who is the current queen of Twitter with 32 million followers. On Facebook, however, Rihanna outshines her competitors with 64 million fans on Facebook. The R&B singer clocks in at third place overall, this week.

Rounding out the top 10 are: Katy Perry, Shakira, Eminem, U.S. PresidentBarack ObamaBritney SpearsTaylor Swift and soccer player Cristiano Ronaldo.

Thumbnail image courtesy of Justin Bieber Music

 

–taken from mashable.com

 

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