What MySpace Could Learn From Google And How It Could Change The Music Business

We get some pretty informed comments on Hypebot, but I admit that I was surprised when one of the best comments to cross screen recently was about a multi-part series. Continue reading

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Amazon To Launch Download Store In Mid-September

Amazon is set to launch its long awaited download store in mid-September according to the New York Post. All tracks on the new service will be DRM-free including tracks from. Continue reading

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EXCLUSIVE: Interview With Merlin CE0 Charles Caldas

HYPEBOT: Who are the members of Merlin and can they join directly or must it be via a regional trade group like A2IM? MERLIN: Up until now we have been. Continue reading

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Naxos & MusicGiants Add Premium DRM-Free Downloads

Leading classical indie label Naxos will offer premium DRM-free WMA lossless downloads via MusicGiants.  The online store will also carry PentaTone, the Dutch-based SACD label distributed by Naxos as part. Continue reading

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Merlin Names Board For Global Indie Trade Group

Merlin, the global independent music trade group has named its board of directors.  Collectively indie music accounts for 80% of new releases and a 30% share of the global music. Continue reading

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PassAlong Spins Off Indie Download Enabler Speakerheart

Music distribution developer PassAlong Networks is spinning off Speakerheart, an online platform for independent artists and bands to upload and sell own music, as its own company. Speakerheart is a. Continue reading

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Understaffed Epic Hires Competition To Promote New Releases

Is this what it has come to? Lacking a proper Hip Hop/R&B promo team Epic shunned the indie promo and marketing community and hired competing hip hop label Koch to. Continue reading

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Google’s Role And Other Details Of Universal DRM Free Experiment Emerge

>>> The Google Factor – Amidst all the noise about Universal’s DRM-free experiment and the middle finger it points at iTunes was a mention of Google.  This alliance as well. Continue reading

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DRM Free Won’t Save The Industry But It Empowers Those Who Can

COMMENTARY: Pundits like Jupiter’s David Card and blogger Bob Lefsetz want to be sure that we knowthat Universal and others dropping DRM (see story) won’t save the recorded music industry.. Continue reading

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Former VP Reveals Dark Side Of Victory Records

A detailed missive chronicling the excesses and dark side of Victory Records and its controversial founder Tony Brummel complete with email documentation allegedly by industry veteran and former Victory VP. Continue reading

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