Spotify is getting closer to its massive, Goldman Sachs-powered round. The latest rumble comes from the New York Post, which is pointing to a $400 million airdrop that would value Spotify at an 'eye-popping' $4 billion. "Spotify wants to grow geography, building out in other countries, and they need money for rights negotiations," one source said.
And, the iPhone 5 debut may have overshadowed another big announcement from Apple on Wednesday.
An updated, iTunes 11 will feature a much slicker, simpler user interface and tighter integration with iCloud, along with other social integration tie-ins to Facebook and Twitter. The updates will get rolled into iTunes installations across iOS, OS X and Windows devices, with a planned rollout in October.
Unfortunately, there was nothing about the rumored, Pandora-like radio competitor during Wednesday presentations. That said, the updated features list is extensive. Apple executive Eddie Cue noted that users will be able to hear 90-second previews while browsing the rest of the store, and users will also enjoy perks like better search and improved playlist functionality. Cue also shared some accumulated iTunes accomplishments...
iTunes now has about 26 million songs.
More than 20 billion songs have been purchased over the last 9 years.
The iTunes Store is now available in 63 countries.
iTunes in the cloud is now being used by 200 million people.
In other Apple news, the tech giant is giving the ax to Ping. Apple discreetly slipped the news into an update of iTunes 10.7 that was released today to add support for iOS 6. "We tried Ping, and I think the customer voted and said this isn't something that I want to put a lot of energy into," said Apple CEO Tim Cook.
And, perhaps deepest in the shadow of the iPhone 5, Apple is also unveiling updated iPod touches and nanos. The nano is now in its seventh generation, and receives a nice cosmetic refresh and lots of color choices in the latest round. The touch is being treated to the much faster, A5 processor.
Elsewhere, legendary music mogul Clive Davis will release an autobiography this February. It will tell the story of 'the excitements, the disappointments and the triumphs' of Davis' career. Davis, now 80, has helped develop the careers of superstars like Bob Dylan, Aretha Franklin, Alicia Keys, and countless others. The new autobiography, which will be written with music journalist Anthony DeCurtis.
Davis, founder of Arista and J Records, is currently 'Chief Creative Officer' of Sony Music and working on Franklin's new album and a Houston compilation release. An earlier book, Clive: Inside The Record Business, was published in 1975. The upcoming autobiography is not yet titled.
As iTunes and Amazon run away with their scan-n-match music plays, Google is still negotiating the rights with majors. C|Net points to ongoing snags between Google Play and at least two different labels, though questions linger over whether licenses are needed at all.
And Virgin America will soon have lots of music videos for your onboard viewing pleasure, thanks to a just-inked content deal involving VEVO.
Eric's Carmen's Dog (another o Wednesday, September 12, 2012
RE: Clive davis new bio: let"s hope he finally has the backbone and pride and discipline to "come out" of that dusty closet. Clive is 80 now, and we worked with him for 30 years and many of his closest (and most closeted) superstar artists. Bottomline, it"s common industry knowledge that Mr. Davis is "fabulous" (ie a happy + gay man). But un-like the healthier david geffen, elton john, etc, mr.davis continues to live a charade, a lie, all the while living with his doctor lover for the past 20 years (who will go unnamed here).
Clive is notorious (!), and i mean notorious for being openly gay in 70's/80/s/90's and to this very day...even though at one time he was married and somehow created a few kids like mitchell cohen and fred davis. There is no more need for shame and clive has proven his musical prowess + (marginal) genius at picking hit songs for...(sad) air supply, barry manilow, and others.
Oh, yeah, i worked with barry manilow for five years and he had dinner with him and clive and much more info on this subject, nd everyone knows that barry has only had beards and never a real "girlfiend"...barry's boyfriend of 30 years is his manager , whose name is conveniently spelled "garry" as in barry, as in "garry kief'. So just get on with it gents. You think you're fooling the public? Hardly. And you're doing a dis-service to all the struggling and conflicted trans/gay/bi/etc youth in the world and in the music business who need mentors and l e a d e r s to admire, inspire + model themselves after in a proud way.
Clive, give it up and just come clean, otherwise< you"re a fool + imposter. We will make sure all the stories from the bevhills hotel, and all your rehabs and long long cocaine addiction comes to light on blogs and more. Get some backbone, get some brass to quote bill clinton and just say who you are finally. Really, no one cares but it does matter.
Mr. Geffen, elton, freddie, adam lambert, gaga, madonna (bi), even steven tyler (openly bi-sexual) and so many ohters in the business will cheer when you do.. Otherwise, your biography is dishonest and a pr job that is a sham. Get it yet? 80 yrs old, still hiding in a hole ashamed of what?
Wake up fool and smell the 21st century. Love u clive hunee.
RenoDavid Thursday, September 13, 2012
You're right, nobody cares, so why don't you just leave him alone. Obsessed much?
HOW WILL I KNOW? NOW U DO Wednesday, September 12, 2012
Truth be told, so many of the problems that plagued one of clive davis' great discoveries were the same problems that plauged him and drove him (and whitney) into drug use and addiction. Those reasons were being sexually conflicted or gay or bi- sexual (zzzzzzz, who cares).
Addiction problems mixed with hiding in the closet (so what whitney married bobby and had sex once with a man, remember elton john married renata blauer and peter allen married liza minnelli and so forth, so the ruse is just the illusion for the public to fool all the kids and keep selling records.) Clive + whiteney, now t h a t " s the real story, how they mirrored each others hidden gay/bi lifestyle and the cocaine addiction and struggles that both went thru for decades.
And all the e f f o r t to h i d e the fact of it all. Think of all the work to hide it, until whitney's demise + death and only a spec of the truth came out last year. Now clive is trying to rebiuld her back up with all the grammy "exhibits" and rebuilding her image minus the darker side and more seedy truth about whitney"s long time relationship with her "assistant" robin. I know this cause i worked with clive, worked witih whitney, went to europe with her and robin, and worked with many of their inside gay friends and "family."
the real book folks is not clive's hit records (more pr crap from the king publicist himself...yuck)...the real story is the symbiotic relationship they shared and how it drove them both down (the success, the drugs, the effort to hide the secret life they led)...ahhh, someone has to raise the flag, so there it is. Poor mr. Davis, all that money and fame, and still hiding behind so many masks. It"s a pathetic life to be sure, hardly something i"d admire or aspire to.
It"s called "phoney" where i come from. Mr> david tried to jump me and attack me when i was 21 yrs old at bev hills hotel bungalow, i had to run out the door. He was foaming at the mouth from snorting 5 grams of blow in about 20 minutes. He smelled like an old man, and it was embarassing. I was embarassed for him. Whitney's death and the cause of death and the "mystery" still surrounding her life is no mystery at all, cissy houston and dionne warwick all know too well. There"s some backstory for the real biography.
For both of them.
TRUTH AFTER DEATH Wednesday, September 12, 2012
Clive Davis, it's the truth what they say here.
CLIVE DAVIS = MERV GRIFFIN
Do the math, add it up.
Same generation, all that fear and self-loathing and shame will torture any good man. Although Merv seemed more balanced and happier out of the two of them. I too worked at Arista and BMG and J Records for ten years, and it's COMMON KNOWLEDGE that Mr. Davis lived most of his lifetime as a gay man.
And he's not a 'hero' either. Just a big PR blowhard, right to his dying day. That's the diff between David Geffen and Clive Davis, two record legends. One has the cajones, and it's not the latter.
RenoDavid Thursday, September 13, 2012
Actually, the touch is getting the A5 processor.
paul Thursday, September 13, 2012
R.P. Thursday, September 13, 2012
I love Spotify
@mp3michael Thursday, September 13, 2012
Hey Siri: Move Ping to Trash