Good news for the German online music market: After years of negotiations GEMA and the industry association BITKOM have finally reached an agreement on online music services. As announced in a press release on Dec 8, the agreement covers the compensation for authors, that music services have to pay to the GEMA, and allows for flat licence fees for streaming services.
A new music streaming service called Rara.com (that’s “Lala” in Chinese I believe) launches in the US and 15 European countries. Check it out on Rara.com.
I do wonder though: With 10 Million songs at their fingertips – THAT’S the one they pick for their promotional video?!
Spotify announced that they are introducing Apps within Spotify. Basically little add-ons similar to what you know from your Firefox or Chrome. As of now apps are only available for the beta version of Spotify.
The list of apps so far includes well-known players such Last.fm, Songkick as well as music reviews from Rolling Stone or The Guardian.
Looking forward to seeing what developers come up with!