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NEWS BRIEF: iTunes Match Launch, Spotify Expands, Universal Sues, CDBaby Direct, Occupy Music & More

HypebotFaviconApple's letter to developers strongly suggests that iTunes Match could launch as early as today. (CNet)

  • Spotify is ready to launch in Belgium, Austria and Switzerland, possibly as early as this week.  The music streamer is currently in 8 countries. (paidContent) There's also a good roundup of plans international plans across the sector.
  • Why Universal Music Sued Its Insurer Over a $14.4 Million Payment to Musicians (Hollywood Reporter analysis) The label allegedly held back royalties from song artists and in a settlement UMG paid out, but now it wants reimbursement.

MORE:

  • CDBaby is encouraging artists and fans for buy music directly from its site rather than visiting a digital retailer.  Payouts increase to about 74 cents to artists on direct purchases vs. a net of about 64 cents for CD Baby distributed track sold on iTunes.  (CDBaby blog)
  • Before Universal Bulks Up With EMI, It’s Going to Have to Play Small. (Peter Kafka @ AllThings D)
  • New generation of music central to Occupy protests. (AP)


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