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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.
Apple has climbed one spot on its November 2009 online retailers position to claim fourth place in the latest chart as defined by IMRG and HItwise.
Amazon UK (which does sell “electricals”) continues to hold first place in terms of the number of visits, followed by Argos and Play.com. And while both Amazon and (to a lesser extent, Argos) sell some technology goods, Apple’s fourth place position puts it up ahead of dedicated CE retailers including Currys (17th place) and Comet (25th place).
Apple’s iPad will ship on Friday, March 26, reports claim, with special gifts for those who queue up overnight to pick one of the devices up at their local Apple Store and staff training beginning next week, The Examiner claims.
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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.
The Financial Times and a plethora of education solutions seem set to join Penguin in a move to embrace the iPad as Pearson, the publisher behind both titles has confirmed it is making a shift to catch the digital wave with a range of iPad apps, including through its education products, which form the core of its international business.
From Amazon comes this little freebie to get your Holiday shopping started:
Amazon.com offers a $3 MP3 credit for free via coupon code “MP34FREE”. It applies a credit to your Amazon.com account, which can be used to purchase any song of $3 or less in the Amazon MP3 Store. It must be redeemed by November 30 and applies to the first million redemptions. Yes, it is US only. Sorry international readers.