The Week So Far

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*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.