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On Spotify’s US delays and Apple’s streaming future

With European success behind the firm, Spotify is planning to launch in the UK, even while fresh reports confirm (what we’ve been saying for some time) that the cash artists get from streaming services isn’t enough to justify prosecuting file-sharers.

A Billboard analysis shows that even the amount of money earned by top artists from on-demand streams and noninteractive streams (such as Internet radio) is, in plain terms, shockingly low. “Of the more than 100 artists examined to compile the Money Makers list, only 10 made more than $2,000 from noninteractive streams in 2009,” a Billboard report eplains.

Interestingly, the labels seem to do alright out of the streaming music deal. Rob Wells, the senior vice-president Digital for Universal Music Group International says Spotify was Universal’s fourth largest digital partner last year in terms of the amount of revenue it generated for the company.

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Apple wants video in the cloud, hates Amazon’s download deals, no Flash for US Virgin….

A trio of overnight reports that seem worth a mention but already appear well-worn online – with Apple planning to store movies and TV shows in the cloud, iTunes team members trying to tempt labels away from free download deals with Amazon and Virgin America dumping Flash in a love tryst with the iPad.

CNet tells us that Apple reps have been speaking with major film studios about enabling iTunes users to store movies/TV shows they legally own in the cloud on Apple servers. This extends previous notions Apple intends letting iTunes users host their collection in the cloud for access from anywhere using any connected device.

(We’ve been reporting this since last year, by the way)

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Spotify grabs $50m while iPhone approval waits

spotify_logoSpotify has secured $50 million in investment funding, even while company staff anxiously wait to see if Apple gives permission for the music streaming service to offer an application to iPhones.

Spotify has attracted over two million users so far and is whispered as a service likely to threaten Apple’s iTunes. It offers users the chance to stream songs using the internet without downloading tracks.

Ads-supported, it also offers download sales and a £9.99 ad-free subscription service, membership of which is required to use the iPhone app.

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Netflix video service aims at iPhone

netflixNetflix is developing a streaming application that will enable iPhone users to stream movies offered by the service over a WiFi connection, reports claim.

This ‘Watch Instantly’ feature is already available to Mac and PC users on an unlimited plan, as it is to Xbox 360 owners. Some reports also claim the online video sales giant intends offering the service to the Nintendo Wiii in future.

The original report states: “The company will soon offer the Watch Instantly video-streaming feature on Apple iPhones and iPod Touch devices and the Nintendo Wii gaming console, according to an industry executive familiar with Netflix’s plans.”

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New Depeche Mode album streaming free today

depechemodepicWe7 and NME have teamed up to offer fans the chance to listen to the hotly-anticipated new Depeche Mode album for a week before it is released.

Depeche Mode’s ‘Sounds Of The Universe’ is available from this afternoon (April 14) for fans to stream for free from the pages of NME.com. As NME’s streaming music partner, We7 is powering the exclusive album listening party via a widget on NME.com.

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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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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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iPlayer downloads for Mac this month?

There’s been a whole hoo-hah about the BBC making it possible to download its TV shows to Mac and Linux computers – now it seems the broadcaster may be moving to launch the service, which is already available on Windows, and the launch could come this month, if a report’s to be believed.

The broadcaster has frequently gone on the record to say that it wants to make it possible to download shows from iPlayer to the Mac, but has castigated Apple for refusing to license FairPlay to the corporation in order to easily achieve this.

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Netflix gears up to take on Apple TV and others

Following on from our predictions for the Apple TV earlier this week and yesterday’s insightful presentation by Netflix CEO Reed Hastings, Netflix today announced of Linux and open source boffin Greg Peters as vice president of partner development.

In making the move, Netflix also confirmed its interest in helping push for services and hardware to let consumers access streaming content on their TVs, showing Apple to have some competition in the den.

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