On Thursday Spotify released its code to iOS developers. This means any company can use the Spotify service as part of their iPod, iPhone or iPad apps. Prepare to start seeing Spotify everywhere.
In his first big executive decision, new Apple CEO Tim Cook has promoted iTunes chief Eddy Cue as senior VP Of Internet Software And Services.
Rapper T.I. was released one month early from his prison sentence, a sentence he originally got for violating probation on drug charges. His post-prison plans include a book deal and a Vh1 reality show. His parole officer must be pleased.
For some reason, Willie Nelson is covering Coldplay for a Chipotle advertisement. Apparently the ad explores the merits of sustainable farming, but that still doesn’t explain why Willie Nelson is covering “The Scientist.”
Beyonce and Jay-Z are finally procreating. Her pregnancy announcement allegedly inspired fans to purchase more copies of 4 and to start imagining the face of Baby B-Z.
Good record label news first: Universal Music Group somewhat improved in sales from the label’s dismal last quarter. Profits are still down, but they’re not quite as bad as they were.
Putumayo World Music has finally gone digital. Founder Dan Storper wanted the label to reach fans easily. Welcome to the 21st century, friends.
And now for the bad record label news: Despite the better sales, both Sony and Universal are laying off tons of staffers. Bummer.
Residents of Brooklyn DIY venue Silent Barn are moving out as they determine the fate of the venue.
New Wikileaks cable reveals a snapshot of the Australian government’s position on music piracy.
There will not be iTunes Match music streaming in Apple’s new iOS 5 beta. In the last beta, you could download a song from the Apple services temporarily. Alas, no longer.
Rapper Rick Ross is being sued (again) for his 2010 album title, Teflon Don. A rapper also named Teflon Don is suing for Ross and many others, including DJ Khaled and Def Jam, for “trademark infringement, common-law trademark rights, trademark delusion, unfair competition, tortious interference and fraud and identity theft.”
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