Interesting timing: so Twitter just blocked Flattr, the controversial micro-donation platform. The drop was confirmed in an email from Flattr head of business development Martin Thörnkvist to Digital Music News, and raises even more questions about API-dependent models. Based on the Flattr’s account of the fallout, Twitter argued that Flattr violated its terms by taking a cut of donations to creators — though, suspiciously, Flattr offered to drop its fee entirely. The move comes just as Twitter Music is getting unveiled; more as it unfolds…
And, you’re welcome. Right on cue, Spotify is launching versions in Malaysia, Hong Kong, and Singapore, as first tipped by Digital Music News in late March (remind us to talk to that source more often). C|Net is one of multiple publications now reporting on the imminent expansion, with Iceland, Mexico, and the Baltics also part of the rollout.
Which brings us to Muve Music, who’s also harboring global ambitions. Muve, currently the largest on-demand, music subscription service in the US, has just inked an agreement with Brazil-based TIM for both pre- and post-paid Muve Music plans. The resulting TIMmusic, just like the core Muve service in the US, will bill through the customer’s mobile account (not a credit card).
April 8th: “These Are the World’s Most Valuable Music Markets…“
Music, amazing. But better than sex? Turns out that music excites very similar response nodes in the brain, with chocolate also exciting the same circuitry. This is all part of a fascinating, just-released study from researchers in Toronto on exactly why we like the music we like. More as we dig into the details, but if you like a song, it’s undoubtedly stimulating a high-pleasure response zone called the nucleus accumbens. And, that’s often correlated to your willingness to buy the song.
And, mark April 28th on your calendar. That’s when the iTunes Store officially turns 10. The first iteration, called the iTunes Music Store, first arrived on that date in 2003.
Which brings us to Artpop, the soon-to-be-released app album from Lady Gaga. But according to Gaga’s manager Troy Carter, Artpop will also be available in other configurations, including the trusty ol’ CD. In a recent interview at D: Dive Into Mobile, Carter noted that a substantial percentage of Justin Timberlake’s 20/20 Experience sales were discs, of which most were sold at Target and Walmart. “You can’t shock the water in our business. It’s about gradual change,” Carter explained.
Pandora killer, blah blah blah… but SiriusXM is now debuting MySXM, a personalized, Pandora-like feature that actually sounds pretty cool. This is based on customizing existing channels, with sliders allowing users to create over 100 variations of more than 50 SiriusXM channels (with more being added later). Users can adjust characteristics like library depth, familiarity, music style, tempo, region, and multiple other channel-specific attributes.
And over in the music publishing space, Kobalt Music Copyrights has just acquired the B-52s catalog. That’s “Love Shack” on down, with Kobalt securing 100 percent, global ownership, part of a broader, superstar-heavy acquisition spree.
Written while listening to Brahms Symphony No. 1.