Category Archives : Competitive Awareness


This week in digital music

iTunes in the cloud this spring? Both The Music Void and Hypebot report that Apple is hoping to have their long awaited locker service in place in the same release package as the advertised MobileMe re-launch this April. Warner is supposed to be onboard, and UMG and EMI is expected to follow. Observers say that […]


This week in digital music

DIY is a fine ambition but… David Dufresne of Bandzoogle organised a talk at SXSW and the description highlighted the nature of the DIY problem, misunderstood by so many. I think the sheer complexity of it all is too often forgotten. It’s probably wise to stay mindful of the challenges this brave new world poses, […]


Stuff that I found interesting week 8

100 million USD funding round puts Spotify at 1 billion USD valuation Reports and rumours of Spotify’s recent fundraising endeavours have circled the Internet this week. Word is that Spotify is raising over 100 million USD. The deal is led by Russian venture firm DST, who has previous investments in Facebook, Groupon and Zynga. Over […]


Stuff that I found interesting week 7 2

Apple App rules upset the industry Apple introduced their new in-app subscription service this week, which have caused a lot of commotion in the industry. Basically, Apple says that if you want to charge users for subscriptions using the in-app service, you will have to give Apple a 30% cut. Apple still allows for developers […]


Stuff that I found interesting week 6

R.E.M experiments with crowdsourced remixing via Soundcloud R.E.M is trying (and succeeding) to generate some buzz with a crowdsourcing experiment. Tracks have been released in a remix-friendly format, and fans have been invited to remix the material and upload their versions under a Creative Commons license to SoundCloud. This is an interesting move, although not […]

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Stuff that I found interesting week 4

Facebook Credits will roll out July 1. Facebook will be hammering home its Facebook Credits virtual currency on July 1 this year. From this date all payments will go through Facebook Credits and all transactions outside of Facebook’s payment system will be explicitly prohibited. This move will make Facebook credits the main payment system for all […]

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Stuff that I found interesting week 3

Spotify Signs Sony to U.S. Deal Spotify has finally signed with Sony for a U.S. distribution deal. According to rumours, the terms for the U.S. Service is the same as the one Spotify offers in Europe, which is a bit of a surprise. This is good news for Spotify and I hope this can prove […]

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Stuff that I found interesting week 2

Moontoast – new music app for Facebook There is a new Facebook Music App in town. The slightly esoteric named app is called Moontoast, and promises that Facebook fans can listen, share and buy without leaving the site. Moontoast intend to survive by charging content owners 15% of the transaction. This reminds me of the […]

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Stuff that I found interesting week 49

Labels threaten to leave Spotify There has been a lot of Spotify in the news this week. Naxos, one of the largest labels in the world in the field of classical music, and ECM – also a big player in the classical genre, as well as in jazz – both threaten to pull their catalogues […]

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Stuff that I found interesting week 48

Media Powerhouses move to e-commerce As subscribers to ”old media” newspapers plummet, the media powerhouses are looking for new sources of revenue. Increasingly, they are looking to sell stuff, usually stuff associated with the editorial content. With fully developed e-commerce solutions and a customer base counted in the hundreds of thousands, this makes perfect sense.  […]

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Stuff that I found interesting week 47 1

Spotify reveals €19,5 million loss for 2009 Spotify has published their 2009 financial accounts. The result is a loss after taxation of €19,5 million. This is interesting. But we must keep in mind that much water flows under a start up bridge during a year. Spotify has received more funding, the conversion rates are not […]

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Stuff that I found Interesting week 43

Rumors on Spotify Sell Out denied Spotify’s reaction to the Apple rumor:  “We have absolutely no intention of selling Spotify. We’re working hard to build the best music service we can and are in this for the long haul”. Interesting, to say the least. Facebook To Adopt New PayPal Micropayment Service PayPal is really on […]

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Stuff that I found interesting week 42

So I decided I might as well post a digest of my weekly info gathering here for your enjoyment. In a “real time” world, I do realize that when others post links daily, a weekly digest can seem slow and tired. Thing is, this is all that time permits right now. Focus, at least in the […]

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