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BskyB To Launch Online Music Service
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UK communications company BskyB is set to launch an online music subscription service and has partnered with Universal Music Group.

The new service will be available later this year but details of subscription prices and a name for the service have not been released. The new service will attempt to take on Apple’s iTunes.

Sky says it is in talks with other music companies, both major and independent and plans to announce new partners soon.

Rhapsody Launches MP3 Store
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Digital music service Rhapsody, said it will begin offering MP3 downloads without DRM (Digital Rights Management) restrictions starting today.

The MP3 tracks will be compatible with Apple’s iPod. Rhapsody vice president Neil Smith said that not being compatible with the iPod had limited Rhapsody’s reach. Previously the company had focused on its subscription service, which offered unlimited songs streaming for $13 to $15 a month.

Digital Music Sales Increase
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Music sales dropped to their lowest level in a decade even though there was an increase in digital sales but it did not make up for falling CD sales according to a report from the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI).

Worldwide music sales fell 8 percent to $19.4 billion in 2007. Sales of CDs dropped 13 percent to $15.9 billion. Sales of downloaded songs and mobile ringtones increased 34 percent to $2.9 billion.

Universal Strikes Deal With Wolfgang

If you are a fan of classic rock then you will be glad to know that music and memorabilia site Wolfgang’s Vault has struck a deal with Universal Music Group to make available vintage concert performances from artists such as The Kinks, Jimi Hendrix and Bob Marley.

The addition of the acts will join the nearly 500 recordings currently available for download purchase at the site. The recordings include live performances from thousands of concerts produced by late promoter Bill Graham, along with classics from other catalogs going back decades.

Universal Strikes Deal With Wolfgang

If you are a fan of classic rock then you will be glad to know that music and memorabilia site Wolfgang’s Vault has struck a deal with Universal Music Group to make available vintage concert performances from artists such as The Kinks, Jimi Hendrix and Bob Marley.

The addition of the acts will join the nearly 500 recordings currently available for download purchase at the site. The recordings include live performances from thousands of concerts produced by late promoter Bill Graham, along with classics from other catalogs going back decades.

Universal Strikes Deal With Wolfgang
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If you are a fan of classic rock then you will be glad to know that music and memorabilia site Wolfgang’s Vault has struck a deal with Universal Music Group to make available vintage concert performances from artists such as The Kinks, Jimi Hendrix and Bob Marley.

The addition of the acts will join the nearly 500 recordings currently available for download purchase at the site. The recordings include live performances from thousands of concerts produced by late promoter Bill Graham, along with classics from other catalogs going back decades.

Universal Strikes Deal With Wolfgang

If you are a fan of classic rock then you will be glad to know that music and memorabilia site Wolfgang’s Vault has struck a deal with Universal Music Group to make available vintage concert performances from artists such as The Kinks, Jimi Hendrix and Bob Marley.

The addition of the acts will join the nearly 500 recordings currently available for download purchase at the site. The recordings include live performances from thousands of concerts produced by late promoter Bill Graham, along with classics from other catalogs going back decades.

Idol Winner Has Download Success
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Since "American Idol" for the first time has made downloads of performers songs available on iTunes, winner, David Cook has enjoyed great success.

Cook’s "The Time of My Life," has been downloaded 236,000 times, reaching the number 1 spot on Billboard’s Hot Digital Songs chart and reaching the number three position on the Billboard Hot 100.

Yahoo, AOL, RealNetworks Must Pay Music Royalties
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The last thing either Yahoo or AOL wants to do right now is give away money; the companies are having enough trouble without handouts.  Yet a federal court has ruled that Yahoo and AOL (along with RealNetworks) must pay millions in licensing fees to the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP).

Madonna Concert To Stream Live On MSN
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Madonna will be giving a concert at New York City’s Roseland Ballroom to promote her new CD, "Hard Candy"; the performance will be streamed live on MSN.

Free Music On Last . fm Drives CD And Download Sales
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Last . fm said today that its free-on- demand music service, launched in January, has increased CD and download sales 119 percent through its partnership with Amazon.com.

The CBS owned site said that its users have purchased 66 percent more albums and singles they did before the launch of its free-on-demand service.

The Online Mistakes Of The Music Business

In the April issue of Blender, they take a look at the "20 biggest record company screw-ups of all time."

Topping the list is the major record labels and the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for rejecting a billion dollar settlement from Napster and not finding a way to make money off file sharing services.

iTunes Becomes Number 2 Music Seller In U.S.

The amount of music that consumers purchased in the U.S. rose by 6 percent in 2007, according to The NPD Group.

An increase in digital download revenues was not able to make up for the decline in CD sales, which resulted in a net 10 percent decline in music spending (from $44 to $40 per capita among Internet users).

UK Pig Farmers Take Novelty Song Online

British pig farmers are protesting not receiving a fair price for their hogs by turning to song and the Internet.

MySpace In Talks To Launch Free Music Service
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MySpace is in discussions with major record labels to develop a new ad supported service that would allow its users to listen to music for free on their computers.

The News Corp company has been in talks with Universal Music, Sony BMG, Warner Music and EMI, according to people familiar with the situation.

EU Says File Sharers Can Remain Private

Internet service providers do not have to release the names of users believed to be illegally sharing music files the European Union’s top court has ruled.

Imeem Acquires Anywhere.FM
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Since Imeem somehow managed to sign deals with all four major record labels, we don’t think arranging this new agreement put a major strain on the company.  Still, Imeem’s acquisition of Anywhere.FM appears to be an important step forward in its development.

Subscription Based Music To Hit $3 Billion

People will increasingly choose music rentals over owning music according to Juniper Research’s "Mobile Music Services: Ringtones, Ringback Tones and Original Recordings" report.

Juniper predicts that the market for subscription-based music rentals will hit $3.3 billion in 2012, surpassing spending on original recordings.

Motorola to Buy Soundbuzz

Motorola has announced it will purchase Singapore- based online music store Soundbuzz in an effort to boost its mobile music service in Asia.

UK Online Music Sales Hit Record

The British Phonographic Industry (BPI), which represents the British recorded music business, said that download sales last week were just below the three million mark, the largest one-week sales total to date in the UK.

Majority Of Kids Play Online Games

When it comes to what activities children do online 78 percent between the ages of 6-11 reported playing games in the last 30 days according to a survey from MRI.