Music Biz News: Midem Stats, iTunes Upgrade, Mobile Apps Soar, Napster Court Loss & More

  • Music Venture Rdio Gets Funded By Mangrove Capital. (PaidContent
  • MIDEM Stats: Attendance fell 4.9% despite a 30% rise in participants from the digital and music tech sector.  Attendance form publishers was also up, but it was not enough to stem the ongoing decline in label attendance.
  • On Thursday, Apple released an upgrade to iTunes. Version 0.1.2 is a stability and performance update and adds support for syncing “with iPhone 4 (CDMA model).” The iPhone debuts on Verizon February 10.
  • Mobile apps made more than digital music last year. (Telegraph, Gartner)

6a00d83451b36c69e20133f58067d2970b-800wi More Music Industry News & Commentary:

  • 10 years later Napster has lost in court to indie Rounder Records. (Hollywood Reporter)
  • Facebook turns on HTTPS encryption to block WiFi hijacking. (ars)
  • Fractured Industry: Companies That Serve Musicians Without Deals. (NPR
  • Census Data Spotlights Music Industry Revenue Trends. (FMQB
  • MPAA Takes A Dozen Torrent Sites Offline. (TorrentFreak)
  • Megaupload: Google Filter is “Great News for Us” (ZeroPaid
  • There’s music in the air. (FinancialTimes)
  • It's official: Rdio is available on Sonos. (press release)
  • Are you hip to Tagged? As MySpace Implodes, Tagged Doubles Staff And Gives Everyone A Raise. (TechCrunch)
  • Platform For Concertgoers Rewards Interpol Fans For Engagement. (Mashable
  • Downloading music illegally - A Jamaican pirate speaks. (Observer)
  • Can We Save the Music Business? A new industry report suggests an effective way to combat piracy. (NationalReview
  • Noise.Inc., a new app development and digital strategy company, was launched at MIDEM by four leading music and tech executives.
  • Eventful, a live music and local events aggragator, has announced the appointment of Ryan Bitzer as Director of Tour Marketing in tandem with the opening of their new Nashville office.


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