Spotify just received two lawsuits it can display alongside its accolades and awards. It’s actually the same lawsuit, filed by PacketVideo over patent infringement, but it’s been filed once in the Netherlands and once in California Southern District Court in San Diego.
PacketVideo contends that the popular music streaming service violates relevant patents the multimedia software company holds that cover digital music information transmitted over a communications network, according to documents filed July 27. The company further claims that Spotify is [...].
New York — Turntable.fm and Spotify came closer to ending questions about their legitimacy Thursday by obtaining a license from BMI (Broadcast Music Inc.).
The agreements come just a day after the social music program secured an agreement with the ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers).
“We are pleased to confirm that we have reached agreements that guarantee fair compensation for the more than 475,000 songwriters, composers and copyright owners who entrust BMI with their public performance right,” said Richard [...].
New York — Turntable.fm, the latest popular music start-up that has generated a lot of buzz, is now licensed by the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers.
Although still in beta mode and open only by invitation, the site has over 370,000 users. Its growing popularity has many wondering whether the site is operating legally, even though there has not yet been any significant backlash.
Turntable.fm has a deal with white-label digital music provider MediaNet and operates as a “noninteractive” [...].
Spotify disclosed further details about its U.S. service today, as it had promised to do in Wednesday’s brief confirmation of today’s launch.
The streaming music service greeted the morning’s media with a cheery, “Hello America. Spotify Here.” Among the features it chose to highlight on its first day is that users can import the MP3 music files from their personal collection, reducing the need for an additional music player, and that the service offers on-demand access to 15 million songs. That [...].
Spotify issued a brief statement confirming that it will launch in the United States on Thursday. “Spotify, the award-winning digital music service loved by millions of Europeans, will become available tomorrow morning in the United States by invitation and subscription,” it said. “Spotify is a new way to listen to and manage your music, discover new tracks and share songs and playlists with friends — music whenever you want it, wherever you are.”
Further details will be announced at 8:00 a.m. [...].
Streaming music service Spotify today fueled the long-running speculation about its U.S. launch by posting a request for anyone interested in receiving an invitation to enter their email address.
No dates, pricing or other details were offered. The company simply posted a huge banner that promised: “The award-winning music service that’s taken Europe by storm will soon be landing on US shores. Millions of tracks ready to play instantly, on your computer and your phone. Any track, any time, anywhere. And [...].
Santa Monica, Calif. — Digital Music News has released a roundup of funding for music-related start-up companies in 2011, with numbers that reached nearly $397.1 million.
Companies such as Spotify, Eventbrite, Shazam and Beyond Oblivion were a few of the companies who received bigger funding rounds than others — their combined funds accounting for $259 million.
Medium and smalled-sized companies like SoundCloud, Songkick, VibeDeck and Rdio were part of the list as well, proving that many companies are still investing in the [...]. one comment