7digital is now releasing a 20-million-song digital music store for Microsoft’s upcoming Windows 8.
It is currently available worldwide for users testing the Windows 8 build. “The heart of our digital strategy is providing a platform-agnostic music store that does not tie users to a single device or operating system; we have apps for Android, Blackberry, Windows Phone and iOS already available,” 7digital said.
Bandpage is expanding beyond its Facebook tab service with Bandpage Everywhere. The new service will allow artists and musicians to manage a number of sites in one central location. It is also integrating Facebook’s OpenGraph, which will enable users to favorite songs and RSVP to events. Here’s the Promo Video.
Apple announced its Q3 earnings on Tuesday. The Bay Area company posted record sales of 17 million iPads in addition to 26 million iPhones. Year-over-year profits increased from $7.31 to $8.8 billion, and revenues increased from $28.57 to $35 billion. iPod sales fell by 10 percent, trailing the product line.
Rep. Jason Chaffetz (Utah), with the support of Pandora, is taking a stand against unequal royalty requirements for internet radio providers. Currently, internet-based companies pay higher performance royalties than other digital radio formats such as satellite radio. “The current royalty rate structure clearly favors some providers over others, and the discrimination against Internet radio must come to an end,” said Tim Westergren, co-founder of Pandora.
Today, Twitter in-stream commerce platform Chirpify announced the hiring of industry veteran Rory Felton as its VP of Business Development-Music. Felton’s resume includes founding his own label, selling over five million records as executive producer, and a long list of music videos.
Popkomm is now toast, though the German conference is survived by Berlin Music Week and the Reeperbahn Festival. The question is what this means for longtime Popkomm rival Midem, which remains a pricey ‘tour stop’ for industry executives in January.
Def Jam has given out official word that Kanye West‘s G.O.O.D. Music compilation album, entitled Cruel Summer, will be released on September 4th. But don’t hold your breath. Yeezy’s got a tendency to push back ‘official’ release dates.
And, they say struggle and tough conditions are ingredients for great art, though perhaps Kim Dotcom needs a bit more suffering. Here’s his latest masterpiece, ‘Mr. President,’ part of a broader protest against government corruption and lack of due process.