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iTunes goes DRM-free, 7digital responds


itunesIn the final Macworld Expo keynote Apple today introduced new computing and software products, and also confirmed long-standing claims that songs sold through iTunes from all four major labels are now to be made available DRM-free.

The company also announced that iTunes users can now download songs directly onto their iPhone 3G using their carrier’s 3G network.

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MOG music websites draw triple traffic

The MOG music blogging platform has confirmed it has surpassed 3 million unique visitors per month, according to Quantcast.com, tripling its site traffic in less than three months.

The MOG Music Network (MMN) – MOG’s advertising network for independent music blogs and music websites, which launched in August – now includes over 200 of the world’s music blogs, such as Glorious Noise, DiscoMusic.com, Rock on the Streets and the controversial MetalSucks, the company said.

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Petulant majors quit IFPI Hong Kong

All four major labels have withdrawn from local music trade body, IFPI in Hong Kong, announcing plans to set up their own trade group to protect their rights.

“Record labels develop in many diversified areas and it is time to establish a new organisation to coordinate this development,” Sony Music’s Ariel Feng told Music 2.0.

“This is a purely business decision.”
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BPI boss Geoff Taylor on future of music

The BPI is the record label industry group, its chief executive, Geoff Taylor, today offered his notion of what online music would look like in an “ideal” world through a blog item in the Daily Telegraph.

Taylor’s comments were also distributed as a press release by the BPI this morning, and have been reproduced here.

“Like most music fans of my age, I spent my teens and early twenties building a massive music collection, because the ownership of records, and later CDs, was important to me. I wanted to enjoy my music whenever I felt like it.
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Warner’s Scott Francis takes presidency

Warner/Chappell Music Chairman and CEO David H. Johnson announced today the appointment of Scott Francis to the newly created position of President, Warner/Chappell Music, and Chairman and CEO, Warner/Chappell Music U.S.

Edgar Bronfman, Jr., Chairman and CEO of Warner Music Group, said, “In looking for a head of Warner/Chappell’s U.S. operations, we wanted an executive who not only has a deep understanding of songwriters and music publishing, but one who also has a vision of how to position a music publishing company to seize the opportunities presented by the industry’s rapid digital transformation.”
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Sony BMG Q1 sales fall…

Sony BMG Music Entertainment lost $49 million on sales in its first fiscal quarter, the company confirmed yesterday. This contrasts with the same period last year, when the company had a new income of $21 million.

The company’s three best sellers this year have been Usher’s Here I Stand, Leona Lewis’ Spirit and Neil Diamond’s Home Before Dark.
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