New York – TuneCore, a service that helps artists post their
music for sale at iTunes and other retailers, on Tuesday posted details for its
musician clients on how they can set up Artist accounts on Apple’s (NASD: AAPL) new Ping
music social network within iTunes. TuneCore will handle authentication, making
sure legitimate parties claim the page, after which Apple emails a unique link
to the artist, who may then log in with an existing iTunes account or create a
new iTunes account for the Ping Artist [...].
San Francisco – A federal appeals court has overturned a
victory for Universal Music Group in a dispute over how much it royalties it
owes rapper Eminem for digital sales of his songs, Bloomberg reported.
ruling found that Eminem-affiliated FBT Productions was only entitled to the
same royalty rates on sales of downloads and ringtones he received for sales of
physical products like CDs.
The U.S. Court of Appeals in San Francisco said the
lower court erred in siding with Universal’s reasoning, and FBT is [...].
Cupertino, Calif. – Apple (NASD: AAPL) said that more than one million
iTunes users joined its new Ping music-focused social network in the 48 hours
following its launch last Wednesday.
"One-third of the people who have
downloaded iTunes 10 have joined Ping," said Eddy Cue, Apple’s vice
president of Internet services.
"As many more people download iTunes 10 in
the coming weeks, we expect the Ping community to continue growing."
counts a total of 160 million iTunes account holders who could potentially
become users of Ping.
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Los Angeles – Having failed
to reach an agreement with Apple over access, Facebook blocked a link to
Apple’s (NASD: AAPL) new Ping music-focused social network that would let users
automatically add Facebook friends to their Ping contacts, sources told All Things D. As TechCrunch and
others reported, Facebook Connect was indeed connected with Ping for a brief
while before and even after the service was officially launched yesterday.
Apple CEO Steve Jobs told All Things D that Facebook was seeking "onerous
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Port Washington, N.Y. - More than a quarter of Apple (NASD: AAPL) iTunes,
iPod and iPhone users in the U.S. surveyed recently expressed "strong
interest" in a free, cloud-based music streaming service, while
"between seven and eight million" people reported strong interest in
a paid subscription version of such a service. Market research firm NPD Group asked iTunes users –
estimated to total 50 million in the U.S. — about free and unlimited streaming
of their iTunes libraries over the Internet, as well as subscription options.