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AM News Brief: AOL, 7Digital + RIM, Microsoft vs. Pandora, Qtrax Update, Facebook’s SXSW & More

Hypebot Favicon Hypebot publishes a roundup of top music industry news mid-morning (ET) each weekday and when warranted we add a PM update late in the afternoon. For breaking news follow @hypebot on Twitter.

  • AOL is rumored to be letting go of "hundreds" by Friday.
  • 7digital's Music Store will come pre-installed on the new BlackBerry PlayBook tablet.
  • Is Microsoft taking a shot at Pandora with its music and video discovery engine code named Ventura? (SAI)

MORE:

  • Qtrax launched Tuesday said its ad-supported music download service in Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Fiji and Hong Kong - but not the U.S. as promised. Qtrax reportedly has short term deals in place with EMU, UMG and Sony.
  • Limewire settles with the recod labels, but still faces $1billion claim.
  • Facebook Live is partnering with Mashable for SXSW Interactive and PureVolume for SXSW Music to feature live video of select interviews and performances.
  • Spotify vs. Rhapsody by the numbers. (paidContent)
  • Just How Big A Deal is Spotify’s 1 Million Subscribers Milestone? (MarkMulligan
  • The hopefully un-lost art of Artist and Repertoire. (CMU)
  • Top 20 Facebook Music Apps (Evolver.fm)


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