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Piracy is the new radio?

Piracy is the new radio. That’s how music gets around. (Neil Young at the D: Dive Into Media conference, via allthingsd.com) As much as I appreciate Neil Young as an artist, I very much don’t agree with this sentiment. For one, if a song is played on the radio, the artist gets royalties. Second, the […]

Social media campaign for new Tom Waits album

The latest Tom Waits album “Bad As Me” (ANTI) has been launched last year with quite a remarkable social media campaign that deserves some credit: Here’s the order of events Aug 16, 2011: First announcement of upcoming news on Aug 23 (reminder on Aug 22) Aug 23, 2011: Video clip with Tom Waits announcing new […]

Rhapsody Acquires Napster International

Rhapsody announced on Thursday that they have acquired Napster International, i.e., the non-US branch of Napster, which is currently operating in the UK and in Germany. Unlike in the US, where the Napster brand is put on ice, Rhapsody will retain the Napster brand in the UK and Germany, because of its high brand awareness. […]

Rara.com – Music for Everyone?

WHY RARA.COM IS FAILING TO ADDRESS THE MASS MARKET The other day I pointed out four reasons why Rara.com is worth checking out. While Rara.com certainly brings a fresh breeze into the market, I believe they will have a tough time. Here’s why: Let’s look again at what lets Rara.com stand out in the ecosystem […]

Grooveshark shuts down in Germany

As of today Grooveshark has shut down in Germany. According to their website, they did so because because of “excessive operating costs”. They continue to imply that this is the fault of the GEMA, and suggest to get in touch with them to help bring down these costs. It would appear they are referring to […]

last.fm: Annual loss increases to £5m in 2010

Bad news from my second-favourite online music service: According to The Register, last.fm saw an annual loss of £5m in 2010: According to the company’s accounts, Last.fm’s losses increased in 2010, the last year for which records are publicly available. The annual loss grew from £2.89m in 2009 to over £5m in 2010. That was […]

Simfy now connects with Facebook

Simfy announced that they now connect to Facebook as well – just in time for the Facebook Timeline roll out. The feature, which is already used by Spotify, connects to Facebook’s Open Graph, which has been introduced in September 2011 on the f8 conference, and automatically shares songs in the Facebook Ticker on the Facebook […]

Facebook launches ‘Listen with Friends’ Feature

Facebook announced on their blog a new real-time group music listening feature called “Listen with Friends”: Look for the music note in the chat sidebar to see which of your friends are listening to music. To listen with a friend, hover over their name, and click the Listen With button. The music will play through […]

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Sebastian Arcq

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