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Expected soon after the launch of its music subscription service last fall, MOG’s iPhone and Android mobile apps will allow access to a library of more than 8 million songs for a monthly fee of about $10. That represents an increasingly attractive standalone offering for handset makers. Read more »

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Sorry, “web song” buyers: Lala.com now says its service will be shut down on May 31. Whatever Apple is planning to do with Lala, the cloud-based streaming music service it acquired in December, it’s not going to keep the site functioning as it once did. Read more »

Midomi has rebranded itself as SoundHound and introduced a new freemium model aimed at challenging Shazam on both free and paid music app charts. Its ambitions could also make SoundHound a target for acquisition, since it does something Google and its rivals cannot. Read more »

Music subscription provider Rhapsody became an independent company, two months after RealNetworks revealed plans to cede majority control of the unit. Rhapsody, in which RealNetworks and Viacom now hold minority stakes, also slashed its monthly subscription price to compete with innovative rivals that have appeared recently. Read more »

A smash hit in Europe, streaming music service Spotify now reportedly aims to launch in the U.S. by the third quarter of 2010. Once expected in the second half of 2009, the rollout has been delayed as questions about Spotify’s business model have arisen. Read more »

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Music service MOG unveiled its new mobile applications today, promising premium subscribers the ability to stream any song, anytime, anywhere. Its launch also represents an erosion of opportunity for Spotify, the European service that has promised (and delayed) its U.S. launch for several months. Read more »

If Apple’s iTunes LP format was supposed to give music fans a new reason to buy albums instead of individual songs, its impact on record sales has been a major disappointment. Six months after its introduction, the format is more a curiosity than a game-changer. Read more »

With the launch of its music service for BlackBerrys, Thumbplay is the latest company hoping that anytime-anywhere access will make consumers pay a monthly fee to hear a massive library of music. Given its large installed base and understanding of mobile behavior, don’t count Thumbplay out. Read more »

Music subscription service provider MOG has raised $9.5 million in a new round of venture funding, with UK-based Balderton Capital joining lead investor Menlo Ventures, an existing stakeholder, in the round. MOG is planning a consumer marketing push, mobile apps, and a UK launch. Read more »

Aha Mobile’s newly revised mobile application includes news, podcasts, social media streams, and information about nearby businesses, with minimal finger gestures and onscreen reading required in an effort to ensure the safety of both drivers and the people around them. Read more »

If music subscription service Rhapsody hoped that adding a mobile component would turn around its fortunes, new numbers suggest otherwise. Rhapsody’s subscriber base dipped below 700,000 by year’s end, meaning that its mobile applications aren’t winning over new customers fast enough to replace cancellations. Read more »

Warner Music Group president Edgar Bronfman articulated yesterday what we’ve known for awhile: Major record labels have lost confidence in the free streaming model for music consumption. But while WMG may not be ready to pull content from Spotify, it can stall its stateside growth. Read more »

A judge has thrown out a complaint by record label EMI against the founders of now-defunct music search engine Seeqpod, effectively ending a year-old case that attracted special attention because it also named as a defendant a developer who had used the company’s API. Read more »

In music industry parlance, a “360 deal” is a record contract in which a label takes a cut of ticket and merchandise sales as well as recorded music revenues. Streaming music provider Spotify wants to become a 360-degree channel for downloads, ticketing, merchandise and direct-to-fan marketing. Read more »

While the music industry watches Spotify’s endeavor to make money on streaming music via the freemium model in Europe, Taipei-based KKBOX has figured out how to turn a profit by converting free listeners to paying subscribers in Asia. Soon it will set sights on the U.S. Read more »

A year or two ago, MOG didn’t seem like a potentially disruptive force in the music subscription arena. But what started as a music-blogging network has become a full-fledged on-demand streaming service whose transformation came about when a major-label project failed to get off the ground. Read more »

It’s been suggested that the venture capital industry needs to shrink to as little as half its former size, and new data from the National Venture Capital Association shows that it’s almost there — with some evidence suggesting that further contraction is in order. Read more »

Play.me, a new music service launched by Dada Entertainment, launched this week, offering both free and paid plans to consumers. But as labels’ enthusiasm for free streaming services appears to be on the wane, can Play.me convince users to pay for a premium version? Read more »

Napster CEO Chris Gorog will step down after eight years as CEO, amid a corporate restructuring that also includes the dismissal of president Brad Duea. Both executives’ positions have been eliminated by corporate parent Best Buy. Read more »

Hungry Machine Inc., the application developer behind LivingSocial.com, the social cataloging service, has raised $5 million in a new round, bringing its total funding to $10 million. Existing investors Steve and Jean Case and Grotech Capital Group contributed to the round alongside company CEO Tim O’Shaughnessy. Read more »

It’s been a bloody decade for the music industry, with labels, musicians, startups and consumers pointing fingers and passing the blame around. But as the industry continues to shrink, most parties are realizing that it’s more productive to dispense with blame and start cooperating. Read more »

Apple’s updated digital music strategy will reverse commitments to desktop software and ownership of music files. Here are five ways its acquisition and integration of Lala reflect a paradigm shift in the way mainstream consumers will listen to music in the coming decade. Read more »

Exits for digital music investments are far from strong these days and as such, while VCs aren’t giving up on them, they are starting much smaller. At least that was the sentiment expressed during an afternoon panel concerning venture funding at yesterday’s SF MusicTech Summit. Read more »

Net radio provider Pandora is preparing to move more aggressively into the automotive space, with deeper integration with car radios and controls on the horizon. Roughly half of Pandora’s mobile users are using their phones or iPod touches to listen to Pandora while in their cars. Read more »

Apple is reportedly on the verge of acquiring streaming music site Lala.com, known for its 10-cent streaming songs and digital music locker service. Terms aren’t being disclosed, but the report implies that an agreement is in place, with only a final sign-off needed. Read more »

Spotify has named Oskar Stål, who spent eight years at mobile commerce service provider mBlox, as CTO. Stål’s arrival comes just over a month after the abrupt but reportedly amicable departure of Andreas Ehn as CTO. Read more »

Before web music service Spotify launched, serial entrepreneur Martin Varsavsky called it “Joost for music.” Indeed, Spotify would be well-advised to learn from Joost’s mistakes — or it could wind up suffering a similar fate. Read more »

Perhaps no other digital music company this side of Apple has made the transition to the mobile sphere as seamlessly as Pandora, the Internet radio company that was fighting for its life as late as of this past summer before a royalty agreement stabilized its future. […] Read more »

Vevo, the premium music video site developed by major labels Universal and Sony in conjunction with Google, said this afternoon that it will launch its service on Dec. 8th. The news comes less than a day after another major label, EMI, began using Hulu as a […] Read more »

Consolidation appears imminent in the free streaming music sector, as MySpace is on the verge of acquiring social music site Imeem. A source with knowledge of the situation confirmed that negotiations are in process, but no deal is set. If it happens, the buy would be […] Read more »

Speculation arose this past week that News Corp.-owned MySpace Music is considering moving to a paid model, as the cost of free streaming is making its current model unsustainable. News Corp. digital chief Jon Miller expressed some interest in such a move in an onstage interview […] Read more »

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