Rhapsody, now a third-place contender in its home turf US, is planning a European expansion. At CES recently, CEO Jon Irwin told GigaOM to expect a 16-country European spread this year. Complicating matters is the presence of Rhapsody-owned Napster in both the UK and Germany; more as it unfolds.
More details are emerging on the upcoming, six-strikes program involving US-based ISPs. A leaked, draft-stage Verizon memo indicates that users will be warned and prodded through the first five offenses, then given throttled delivery for 2-3 days after the 6th offense. Then, it’s sounds like things are mostly back to normal, with connections and accounts still active.
In case you missed this full-length write-up on Ian Rogers in Wired (or you’re just catching up), it’s here. Long, yes, but a decent read if you’ve got the time.
Talks between German rights society GEMA and YouTube have officially broken down (again). Both GEMA and Google are appealing a recent ruling that could hold YouTube liable for uploaded, infringing material after it had been notified of its presence. Both sides are appealing that ruling; GEMA is demanding that a blocking notice mentioning its name be removed.
It’s called bloom.fm, and it’s rising from the ashes of the ill-fated mflow. Right now, the British play is offering a mobile iOS-focused service that features radio and ‘borrow, enjoy, return’ subscription access. 10 pounds ($16) opens access to millions of songs, though things go down from there: 5 pounds ($8) for 200 cached tracks and a pound for access to 20 cached tracks.
He’s making new music, but don’t expect David Bowie to play it for you. Longtime collaborator and producer Tony Visconti says Bowie has no intention of touring at this point.