We have been addressing the need of a toplist of what people are listening to on the internet before. In April last year I wrote about the problem with CDs still being a way to value what's serious or not. I ended it by asking for better collected statistics of internet music listening: "I’m looking forward to an accurate internet chart that is transparent with what it’s measuring and what services is ranked the highest. The chart should be revised along with the rapid changes of the internet culture. Along with ...Read More

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In an interview with Billboard three EMI executives give their views on the history, today and the future of the record label. The interview is a great read and highly interesting. Especially the part where Doug Merrill, EMI's president of digital, commented on the label's decision to abandon DRM on iTunes and other download stores. Merrill said that the move towards MP3 only has been great for the company and that DRM in his eyes doesn't provide a value to the fan or the label. DRM was setting the wrong tone ...Read More

To continue the series of Book-related posts there's now news that Google will open an iTunes-for-books. According to Silicon Alley Insider Google will soon open a U.S only store to sell digital copies of out-of-print copyrighted books. Newer books could be available for sale if publishers allow Google to sell them. Libraries can appearantly access the books for free, while college students will be able to sign up for subscription-based access. Google has previously received a lot of critisism for scanning copyrighted books and making advertising revenue on the indexed content ...Read More

This morning the Swedish streaming music service Spotify was launched. I've been a beta tester for one and half year and has been longing for this day ever since. Spotify is a service that takes a shot on "piracy" and is doing so be using a technical shift (songs stored on a server instead of your harddrive accessed via good filter application) to offer something new. I am glad that music labels have finally embraced this try and think it will work really well. The service contains many of the ...Read More