*There are now more than 3 billion Android apps installed, according to Google, up a billion in just two months.
Apple hit its 10 billionth in January.
*Let the desert pilgrimmage begin! Roughly 50,000 are treking or already pitching tents at Coachella. The lineup is getting complemented by a massive artistic, architectural, and lighting collaboration dubbed the Creators Project. The effort involves Vice and Intel, and includes a massive ‘electro-cube,’ among many other dazzling presentations.
*MySpace is now getting sued for illegally selling user data, according to Bloomberg. That could affect a sluggish sales process by owner News Corp., though Vevo still appears to be interested. Elsewhere, MySpace Music CTO Dmitry Shapiro has left the building, according to a Twitter update.
*Producer, engineer, and digital pioneer Roger Nichols has passed at the age of 66. Nichols scored a handful of Grammys over his career, mostly with Steely Dan.
*Rebecca Black’s “Friday” could soon get the Glee treatment, according to rumors floating around.
*New Zealand has finally passed ‘three-strikes’ legislation that would temporarily disconnect the accounts of illegal file-traders. The disconnects could last up to six months; heavy fines are also a possibility and onlookers are raising due process issues.
*81 percent of those polled by TuneCore feel that streaming will overtake downloading as the predominant music consumption format. But they disagree on exactly when the takeover will occur.