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We7 goes ad-free for Christmas

Joining the list of online music services making seasonal offers, ad-supported music service We7 has become an ad-free service for the Christmas season.

The company will remove all audio advertising from its music tracks for the festive period (between Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve), so music fans can listen online to as many full tracks and albums as they want for free, completely uninterrupted by ads.
 
We7 CEO, Steve Purdham, said, “2008 has been a sea change year for digital music, with positive support and action coming from the music industry and great growth and acceptance for We7.”

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Pandora confirms 2 million iPhone clients

Exciting music discovery service Pandora has confirmed two million iPhone users have downloaded and installed its application to date.

“We’re hearing all sorts of wonderful feedback from listeners who are using it on their commute, jogging with it, plugging it into home audio systems…you name it. And as usual, offering all sorts of great feedback and suggestions. It’s thrilling for us to see the broader vision for Pandora take shape. Our hearty thanks for your continued support and input,” wrote Pandora founder, Tim Westergren.

“It also makes us very happy to know that the 60,000+ artists in our collection are now getting played on car radios all across the country,” he added. “Times they are a changin'”.

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Popular music service iLike up for sale

Facebook could potentially lose a critical digital music application, as the popular iLike service is seeking a purchaser, according to MediaMemo.

While the company is actively hunting an acquirer, there’s no imminent purchaser on the horizon, the report explains. “Nothing imminent nor active discussions,” a company spokesman said.

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Bluetooth music streaming comes to the iPhone

For reasons best known to itself, Apple doesn’t enable its iPhone to stream music to Bluetooth-equipped speaker systems and headphones, a feature most music-capable phones provide. Now there’s a solution to the challenge, as RXS launches two new Bluetooth Adaptors in the UK

These gadgets let you stream your music from your device through virtually any Bluetooth accessory including speakers, headphones and car stereos.

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Free music: Led Zeppelin stream now live

Rhino Records is releasing a huge compilation boxed set of Led Zeppelin tracks – and is making a series of tracks from the act available to hear online.

The label’s website is offering fans the chance to play ten tracks, including ‘Kashmir’, ‘Heartbreaker’, ‘When the Levee Breaks’ and, of course, ‘Whole Lotta Love’. You can hear them in one long rock ‘n’ roll session right here.

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We7 gets focused, prepares to launch

Ads-supported music service We7 implemented a range of service upgrades in recent days as it prepares for full launch next month.

The company confirmed it has recently signed or is signing an array of labels – EMI, Warner Music, Sony BMG, PIAS, The Orchard, Pinnacle and INgrooves – meaning all the majors bar Universal are on board.

This also means the company is broadening its catalogue, with the company informing, “We are uploading as many as 50,000 tracks a day, with more to come.”

The service has also seen an extensive re-design, and new features have been introduced to make sharing and blogging music from the service easier. There is also a new persistent music player at the top of each page, which means that as you browse around We7, your music continues to play.

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Spotify music service launches: comes With Indies

A new indie artist-friendly streaming music service, Spotify, has launched last night in the UK, Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Finland, Norway and Sweden, with more countries to come in the weeks ahead.

Founded by Daniel Ek & Martin Lorentzon (pictured), Spotify is a refreshing breath of air after the partially major-label owned MySpace Music apparent unwillingness to treat indie labels as peer partners for its somewhat confusing music service.

In a late announcement last night, global indie label trade association Merlin confirmed it has signed up as a “fifth major” for the launch of the new on-demand streaming music service. Continue reading

UPDATED: iPhone boosts Pandora growth

UPDATED STORY – (Error First, Westergreen said that the iPhone accounts for half of Pandora’s NEWusers , not total users. Second, Pandora doubled growth):

The iPhone has helped Pandora double its growth rate, revealed company chief Tim Westergreen at Digital Music Forum West last week.

Westergreen also noted the imminent shakedown among webcasters, now MySpace Music has launched with major label support. “I think the fate of the small webcasters will be determined in the next few months,” he said.

The iPhone has been a Pandora growth story, he confirmed – iPhone accounts for 1.5 million of Pandora’s 17 million members – and has doubled growth rate from 20,000 to 40,000+ new users each day. “It has people thinking a little differently about what internet radio is,” Westergreen said, noting that attempts to prove a subscription model for access to content have so far failed.

But Westergreen doesn’t buy into the ‘access not ownership’ mantra that’s causing so much excitement: “I think I listen to iTunes more than Pandora… I’m not somebody who believes that’s all going to vanish,” he added, but pointed out, “People don’t want to have to work for their music” he said.

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MySpace Music – ‘I hope it fails’, says Lefsetz

MySpace Music may be in a strong position to influence the development of online music, but analysts and industry pundits appear underwhelmed by what’s on offer.

We know that 12 per cent of European internet users visit artist pages on social networking sites and that they are also more likely than all other online music consumers to pay for digital downloads and listen to online radio.

However, independent artists are already angry with the new MySpace offering as the service has refused to reach an equable deal with them. And they see this a potential collusion among the major labels, each of whom actually own a stake in MySpace, a place for major label friends.We think this scathing criticism of the service from Bob Lefstz is well worth repeating:

“Content is not king, distribution is.  That’s what gave the major labels their power.  They could get the records in the store and get paid for them too!  But with anybody able to get their stuff on iTunes, the labels needed another monopoly.  Hence, MySpace Music.

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