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Apps and hacks blossom at London Music Hack Day

The latest Music Hack Day event took place last weekend in London, with a number of developers coming up with ingenious uses for Spotify's new apps platform . Drivetime lets...

Spotify launches apps platform

The music streaming service has invited third-party software developers to write apps for its desktop client. The company has also been talking about their monetisation and its own iPad app. ...

EMI and The Echo Nest offer $5,000 prize to sandbox developers

Shortly after announcing their groundbreaking API partnership for music app sandboxes, EMI and The Echo Nest have launched a competition offering $5,000 to the developer that makes the best...

EU Court of Justice rules that ISPs cannot be forced to monitor and filter illegal downloads

The EU Court of Justice has ruled that Belgian ISP Scarlet cannot be forced to monitor its customers' internet traffic and block them from downloading infringing music and video files. The...

EMI's Jim Brady: 'True digital music fans do not have a very strong ownership habit'

The record label's EVP of strategy and insight suggested at the Music TechPitch 4.5 event, held at EMI's London headquarters, that the music industry needs to be more creative about...

UK Music boss Feargal Sharkey steps down

The former member of The Undertones has resigned from the British music industry's umbrella organisation, whose members include AIM, BAC&S, BPI, PRS for Music, MMF, MPA, MU and PPL. ...

EMI is split and sold for $4.1bn

Universal Music will buy EMI's recorded music division for $1.9bn, while a consortium including Sony, the estate of Michael Jackson and David Geffen is paying $2.2bn for EMI's...

UK reaches new digital album sales milestone

The British Recorded Music Industry (BPI) announced that 21.3 million digital albums have already been sold in the UK in 2011, surpassing 2010's full-year record with two months of sales...

Radio 1’s ageing audience

The Guardian has published an interesting article about the pressure on BBC Radio 1 to attract a younger audience, suggesting that it may be attracting too many listeners in their 30s. ...

EMI opens its catalogue to developers with Echo Nest deal

In one of the first examples of a major label launching its own API, the record label has announced the OpenEMI initiative, aiming to provide its music to external developers and knock down as...

Pure Music to launch UK subscription service in December

Radio-maker Pure Digital has unveiled its Pure Music subscription service, which will cost £4.99 a month with a claimed catalogue of 15 million tracks, via partner 7Digital.   ...

YouTube launches Merch Store for music, merch and ticket sales

Google aims to turn its online video site into the 'box office, merchandise table and music store' for its partner labels and artists, with the launch of a new Merch Store. According to...

Warner Music UK launches Sync iPhone app

Warner Music Group’s UK arm has released WMUK Sync, a new business-to-business iPhone app based around its professional creative services for the film, TV, advertising and games...

EMI and 2Pears to launch Music Techpitch 4.5

UK events firm 2Pears has announced that it's Music Techpitch 4.5 event will be held on 22 November in London, with EMI on board as the key partner.   EMI’s EVP...

UK: digital album sales growth undermined by physical decline

New figures compiled by the Official Charts Company and released by the BPI reveal that 28.2% of all albums sold in the country in the third quarter of this year were digital, up from 20.1% in...

Music industry tributes for Steve Jobs

Following the news of former Apple CEO Steve Jobs' death, various music industry figures have been paying tribute, in an unprecedented display of the depth to which one of the most...

BT Digital Music Awards round-up

The UK's BT Digital Music Awards took place last night at the Roundhouse in London. Winners included:   - Radio 1 Online for best place to discover music - YouTube...

Spotify announces Facebook Open Graph app

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg walked the audience of developers and journalists through Spotify’s new Open Graph app, which will enable people to see what their friends are listening to...

Jeremy Hunt steps up pressure on Google over piracy links

The UK Culture Secretary has called on search engines and ISPs to bar links to websites offering pirated content, in a bid to stem the proliferation of illegal downloads.   ...

O2 Academy gets PIAS-powered app

The mobile operator has released an iPhone app for its O2 Academy venues, which lets fans search upcoming listings, chat to other people, watch videos, buy songs and plan their evenings out. ...
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