It isn’t coming to America, at least not yet. But Deezer has just opened a free, ad-supported tier throughout its considerable, 150-country spread. “For the first time, all barriers to music discovery and reach have been completely lifted,” said Deezer CEO Axel Dauchez. Users will be limited to two hours of free listening per month, a cap designed to boost Deezer’s 3 million-plus subscriber total.
On the stateside possibility, executives now seem to be leaving the door open following a monstrous, $130 million round in October. Deezer also used the opportunity to formally launched Deezer4Artists (D4A), first reported on Digital Music News here.
Looks like Twitter wants to get more involved in your musical life. Just this morning, we received interesting note from Twitter with the subject, “Music(+Twitter)=Life,” only to discover this was the ‘first Twitter Music email’ of many. And, part of a ramped-up level of commitment in music that includes an @Twittermusic series called #LegendsOnTwitter, a major push involving live-tweeting country stars, and customized trend displays. Reach out to @tatiana or @twittermusic for more details.
It’s official. Yahoo China is killing its music property, effective January 20th. That’s the latest bail by a foreign internet company, and a fitting move given the rocky profile of Yahoo Music.
Spotify is now integrated into TiVO Premiere consoles, a move that follows similar steps by Pandora and Rhapsody. Users must have a Spotify Premium account to access their collections via the TiVO remote.
Burbank-based Reach Music Publishing has just inked a publishing administration deal with Zac Brown, according to details shared with Digital Music News. The deal also includes Brown’s label, Southern Ground Artists.
If channeling Jimi Hendrix is your thing, you might want to try AmpliTube Jimi Hendrix, an iOS app that features a full range of Hendrix effects for recording and output. The app, a collaboration with Authentic Hendrix, LLC, features multi-track recording capabilities and even matches effects and sounds to specific Hendrix songs.
And, the most gigantic YouTube videos of 2012 have been ranked and released. ‘Gangnam Style’ of course topped the list, followed by a bizarre and music-heavy list. That includes a Walk Off the Earth’s five person, one guitar take of ‘Somebody That I Used to Know,’ ‘Barack Obama vs. Mitt Romney: Epic Rap Battles Of History Season 2,’ and Lindsay Stirling’s ‘Dubstep Violin.’ YouTube’s Rewind 2012 is here.
And, looks like successful indie Glassnote Records is being courted by several big companies, at least according to the New York Post. “There is a bidding war over him,” one source relayed, referring to Daniel Glass.