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AM News Brief: Qtrax Live In US, Change At FCC, Topspin, Foursquare, FanTrail, Mike King & More

Hypebot Favicon Hypebot.com posts a roundup of music business 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.

  • Qtrax is now live in the U.S. with its ad supported music service thanks to short term deals with 3 of the 4 major labels. Argentina, Chile and Columbia launched today, as well. Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Fiji went up yesterday and more territories are expected.
  • Julius Genachowski era may end soon at the FCC as he's reportedly being eyed as U.S. Commerse Secretary. (The Hill)
  • Just ahead of next week's relaunch Topspin is starting a live weekly webcast Q&A this Friday at 11AM PT.  Watch for a big SXSW presence as well.

MORE:

  • Foursquare Unveils New Features. What They Mean For Music (Billboard)
  • FanTrail - We'll be writing more about this free app creator for bands, but until then Mashable gives it a glowing review.
  • Online Music Services Compete For Small Pool Of Investment Capital (NPR)
  • Mike King's Got a Lot to Teach: An Online Music Marketing Guru (Q&A on HuffPo)
  • Unsigned music discovery blog TALENTfilter is back in action.
  • As we tipped earlier this week, DIY Media has launched a DIY Music Platform. This newest entry in the direct to fan sweepstakes promises a social commerce platform with "tools to extend reach, conversion and monetization for music sales".


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