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Hypebot Favicon Summer is winding down, which means that the pr machines are cranking up. Some of the action is about the Christmas sales season, some is about trying to improve yearly numbers before its too late and some are announcments that were being held since the summer months just aren't great for trying to make a pr splash. As usual, first up is Apple on Wednesday. I expect some new iPods and an improved iTunes; maybe even a web-based version. I do not expect an iTunes subscription announcement, but what do I know?  Something I have even less insider info on is Google's search for someone to head its expanding music initiative.  But that's not going to keep me from weighing in later this week with a list of people that I believe should get the job.

More Music Industry News From Across The Web:

  • The US Federal Trade Commission closed its investigation into LimeWire, though the agency said it remained concerned about the security implications of users running legacy versions of the software. (PC)
  • Amanda Palmer on the joys of being... Amanda Palmer. (Boston Globe)
  • GEMA fails in YouTube legal challenge. (Billboard)
  • Google aquires social networking startup Angstro. (NY Times)
  • Meet ExtensionFM, the Music Start-Up Google Should Buy (Media Memo)
  • How Authors Really Make Money: The Rebirth of Seth Godin and Death of Traditional Publishing. (4HWW)
  • Platinum Is So Passé. In iTunes Era, the Singles Count. Record labels come to terms with the new era of music charts. (NYT)
  • Pitchfork is dropping its usual format this week to count down the top songs of the 1990's.
  • Cee-lo: A Hit Song on YouTube, Unnameable on the Radio. (NYT)
  • The Full-On Assault On Cable Is Underway. (TechCruch)
  • Top 10 Music Movies: The Best of Sex, Drugs and Rock ‘n’ Roll. (TFR)
  • How music festivals are singing the changes: Live music events have quickly become a key route to profitability for the record industry. (Guardian)
  • Don Henley Still Really Confused: Actually Claims Copyright Office Is Not An Advocate For Copyright Holders. (TechDirt)
  • Stevie Ray Vaughan's Death Remembered 20 Years Later, Legacy Lives On. (TET)
  • Big acts need arenas. (TheNational)
  • How The Record Labels Kill Off Innovative Startups With Ridiculous Licensing Demands. (Techdirt)

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