*Tunecore defended a major increase in distribution fees this week, based on improved quality and expanded services.
The reaction was one of skepticism.
*Heading into the weekend, Warner Music Group confirmed its $3.3 billion acquisition, with Len Blavatnik the winner. A rumored counteroffer has yet to materialize.
*Google launched its cloud-enabled service without major label licenses. The result – Music Beta – is a somewhat limited service, and collection uploading is incredibly slow.
*People typically attend one show a year, according a figure relayed by Songkick at SF MusicTech Summit.
*Live Nation and Groupon are now launching a deals-focused destination.
*Grooveshark added ATO and Polyvinyl to its licensed label collection.
*It was a busy week on the conference circuit. SF MusicTech Summit kicked the week off in San Francisco; NARM hosted the action in Los Angeles.
*And Limewire settled its long-running litigation with the RIAA for $105 million.