French-Belgian company Radionomy announced Wednesday that it has garnered 13 million users and 42 million listening hours per month since starting in 2008. The company, which manages the broadcasting and promotion of stations for anyone, is now setting up a new office in San Francisco to enter the US market.
Privacy please? Spotify faced a backlash when it first started sharing streams on Facebook without an offline mode. They eventually fixed that problem, and this week, streaming service Rdio has unveiled a new Protected Account option for listening privacy. It's just under the Advanced Options tab.
Separately, Rdio is now supporting Paypal.
Elsewhere, the John Cage Memorial Centennial Festival is now being held in Washington, and will continue through Monday. The show will feature a performance of Living Room Music, in which all the performers get to choose an object commonly found in a living room as their instrument. The Washington Post was there for the performances:
Cage passed away twenty years ago, but his work is still an important piece of 20th century avant-garde composition.
Grooveshark is having a very difficult September. After Google abruptly reneged its reinstatement of the Grooveshark Android app in its Play environment, EMI is now suing - again - over issues tied to breach of contract, failure to make payments, invalidated safe harbor protections, and failure to provide sales reports. The latest, Thursday filing was first reported by C|Net.
Separately, EMI's acquisition by Universal Music Group seems to be hurdling towards approval in the EU, where a preliminary nod could come as early as Friday.
Singer-songwriter Joe South has now passed away at the age 72. South wrote popular songs such as "Down to the Boondocks", for Billie Joe Royal (1974), and "Games People Play". South also played session guitar on Arethra Franklin's Chain of Fools and Bob Dylan's Blonde on Blonde.
Is the Mc'Music Combo McDonald's next big thing? Over in Pakistan, the fast food giant recently made a deal with artists JoSH, made up of members Rup Magon and Q Hussein, to provide exclusive distribution of their album. "No Target, no record stores, no Walmart," reports Forbes, for the first six weeks of release. Just order a supersized version of McDonald’s new product, the Grand Chicken Burger, and you get a copy of the album!
Big Swifty Thursday, September 06, 2012
It looks like grooveshark didn't read the contract w EMI
Do you think EMI's lawyers got on the phone and told Google's lawyers that they were filing suit and let them in on some of the specifics?
I do and I think google looked at their contract with grooveshark and the next day grooveshark was gone.