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More Music Industry News: Apple Probe, Thumbplay, Lullabies, ASCAP $'s Rise & More

  • Apple may be facing an anti-trust probe over its restricted app store. (NY Post)
  • Songwriters say piracy "dwarfs bank robbery" and the FBI must act. (ars)
  • New study emphasizes links between file-sharers and media buyers. (Music Ally)
  • Thumbplay Music is now available on the Android platform. This makes Thumbplay the first cloud-based music service available on both the BlackBerry Android platforms.
  • A new charity compilation “Sing Me To Sleep – Indie Lullabies” drops worldwide on May 18th. This  collection of lullabies by indie artists,including Dean & Britta, Tanya Donelly, Stars, Jenny Owen Youngs, Neil Halstead, Telekinesis, The Rest, Trespassers William, The Real Tuesday Weld, and others will benefit The Valerie Fund, a non-profit that provides care for children with cancer and blood disorders. Purchase the album via American Laundromat Records.
  • ASCAP collections rise $50 million to $995 million. (ASCAP)
  • RapidShare Not Liable For Pirating Users, Court Rules -  A German Court of Appeals overturned the earlier decision of a local district court in a case brought by the movie outfit Capelight Pictures. (Torrentfreak)
  • Library Ideas announced an agreement with Sony Music to allow libraries to offer access to hundreds of thousands of songs. Under the agreement, card holders of participating libraries can join the service through the local library website and download a select number of Sony Music MP3s each month at no direct cost. (press release)
  • World music label ARC joins NAXOS for distribution. (press release)