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JamBase Mobilizes Live Music Fans With Version 2 Of Its IPhone App October 15, 2009

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JamBase (www.jambase.com), the largest database of live music listings and ticket information, announced today the availability of an upgrade to its free application (Version 2) for the iPhone and iPod touch. Music fans can access the JamBase iPhone App and create their own personalized concert schedule for free from the App Store(SM) at: http://jambase.com/iphone/app.

“As a site built by fans, for fans, JamBase is tapped into this audience’s dynamic needs,” said Andy Gadiel, president and founder of JamBase. “With our latest iPhone App, we listened to what fans were requesting in order to deliver them the best mobile access to the world of live music.”

The JamBase application for iPhone and iPod touch gives today’s mobile live music fan instant access to the largest live show database, which uniquely combines member-contributed concert information along with data received from thousands of music industry partners such as booking agencies, venues and record labels. JamBase’s listings are up-to-date and highly accurate, featuring 60,000 artists across more than 50 genres, performing in 70,000 venues worldwide.

In developing Version 2 of the JamBase iPhone App, JamBase turned to the more than 1300 reviews of the initial application to gain insight into how they should evolve the application features. Now, with Version 2, individual users can personalize their mobile connection to “My JamBase” features. “My JamBase” is the FREE JamBase member experience which enables music fans to track favorite artists and add upcoming shows to calendars.

UKs Competition Commission (CC) Rules Against Ticketmaster/Live Nation Merger–Claims Merger Will Limit Competition October 15, 2009

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The Competition Commission (CC) has provisionally ruled that the proposed merger of Ticketmaster Entertainment, Inc and Live Nation, Inc will limit the development of competition in the market for live music ticket retailing.

Prior to the announcement of the merger, Live Nation had signed an agreement with CTS to provide ticketing services for its live music events and venues in the UK. The CC believes that, if the merger were to proceed, Live Nation would have the incentive to impede CTS’s entry into the UK ticketing market, in particular by minimizing the supply of its tickets to CTS, and thereby frustrate CTS from becoming an additional effective competitor to Ticketmaster. Both companies operate in the live music and entertainment industry in the UK. Ticketmaster is a ticketing agent, whilst Live Nation is a promoter and venue operator for live music and theatrical events. The CC has not found any adverse effects on competition affecting other ticketing agents, promoters and venue operators arising from the merger.

CC Deputy Chairman and Chairman of the Inquiry Group, Christopher Clarke said: CTS’s agreement with Live Nation opened up the prospect of a major new competitor entering the market for live music ticket retailing in the UK. As the second-largest ticket agent in the world after Ticketmaster, with considerable experience and expertise in other countries, CTS’s entry would have increased competition in ticket retailing to the benefit of customers—whether fans, promoters or venue owners.

The merger with Ticketmaster means that Live Nation will have every incentive to inhibit a significant potential rival from entering the UK market and, given the significance to CTS of its agreement with Live Nation in deciding to enter the UK market, we believe that Live Nation would be able to do so. We also looked at how the combination of Live Nation, as a promoter and venue operator, with Ticketmaster might adversely affect ticketing agents other than CTS, promoters and venue owners.

EMI Is First Major To Make Its Digital Library Available Via Myxer October 15, 2009

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Myxer, the leader in mobile entertainment with over 25 million users, and EMI Music, one of the world’s leading music companies and home to some of the most successful and best known recording artists, announced a strategic agreement in which Myxer will make EMI Music’s digital repertoire of world-renowned full track music, music videos, images, ringtones and other EMI Music entertainment content available to music fans.

With this agreement, which covers the US and Canadian markets, EMI Music becomes the first major label music company to make its digital entertainment catalog available on Myxer’s powerful mobile internet platform. EMI Music and Myxer will also leverage Myxer’s customizable mobile web platform to create artist-branded mobile sites to help create better connections between EMI Music artists and fans.

EMI Music and Myxer will also leverage Myxer’s customizable mobile web platform to create artist-branded mobile sites to help create better connections between EMI Music artists and fans.

“Myxer is a new kind of partner for EMI Music as we strive to offer fans more ways to discover music and experiment with ways to connect our artists with their fans,” said Mark Piibe, Global Head of Digital Business Development for EMI Music.

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website: http://www.myxer.com/

Rupert Murdoch Urges China To Open Digital Door At World Media Summit In Beijing October 15, 2009

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Rupert Murdoch, Chairman and Chief Executive of News Corporation, urged the Chinese Government to take full advantage of the country’s creative potential by opening the door to media competition and ensuring that intellectual property is protected.

Speaking at the World Media Summit in Beijing, Mr Murdoch said that the growth of Chinese media companies would also be hindered by intellectual property violations and that more competition would better prepare them for the rigors of the international market.

“The aggregators and the plagiarists will soon have to pay a price for the co-opting of our content. But if we do not take advantage of the current movement toward paid-for content, it will be the content creators, the people in this hall, who will pay the ultimate price and the content kleptomaniacs will triumph.”

Mr Murdoch also commented that with China’s emergence as a global power comes a global responsibility and urged China to take the lead in restarting the stalled Doha talks on world trade, noting that “in too many languages, Doha is a four-letter word”.

“Wouldn’t it be an auspicious sign of our times if the contemporary catalysts for freer trade, traditional and digital, were China and India? It would show definitively that the world was no longer run by a rich man’s club.”

Mr Murdoch noted that China must expect more criticism as it takes its place on the world stage as a superpower, but that it should not over-react to such criticism.

A cursory search of the Internet will throw up some rather vigorous and vitriolic criticism of this curious character called Rupert Murdoch.

Bug Music Named Top 100 In Inc Magazine’s Influential “Inc. 500” October 15, 2009

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Bug Music has been honored in Inc. magazine’s “Inc. 500: Fastest Growing Privately Held Companies” annual issue. Claiming #99 overall and #2 in Media, the only music publishing company to make the list, Bug Music was noted for their remarkable 1,564.5% three-year growth with annual revenues topping $77 million.

A trans-formative acquisition strategy, international platform expansion, and an innovative approach into new sectors of music publishing are the core corporate factors adding to Bug’s financial growth. Bug today boasts a catalog of over 250,000 songs with a significant majority of the Company’s earnings coming from music owned by Bug. Among the many corporate developments that have contributed to this performance include:
* July 2006 investment by Crossroads Media/Spectrum Equity Investors
* June 2007 secures $250,000,000 credit facility led by JP Morgan
* June 2007 acquisition of major independent Windswept Holdings, including the owned catalogs Trio/Quartet Music and Hitco Music
* August 2008 acquisition of Selectracks, establishing a significant presence in the production music segment and creating opportunities for Bug writers
* July 2006 to June 2009 – over 25 catalog acquisitions
* Continual top independent ranking in market share in Billboard top publishing charts
* A new partnership agreement with one of the music industry’s most prolific songwriting and producing companies, Arthouse Entertainment, co-owned by American Idol judge Kara DioGuardi
* The 2009 launch of a joint venture record label with global chart-topping band Kings of Leon and the label’s first album release with The Features “Some Kind of Salvation”
* New publishing and development agreements as diverse as the legendary Joan Jett and her Blackheart Records, Academy Award winners Three Six Mafia, punk rocker Iggy Pop, Kings of Leon, Grammy winning R&B/Hip-Hop producers Tim & Bob, rock icon Scott Weiland, indie hipsters Grizzly Bear and pop star Tina Parol

“We are ecstatic about the recognition we have just received from Inc. magazine,” said John Rudolph, CEO Bug Music. Bug Music recently registered its fifth consecutive quarter of market share growth in Q2, making the Company the leading independent music publisher with the largest quarter-to-quarter growth.

EU Acts To Limit Health Risks From Exposure To Noise From Personal Music Players October 15, 2009

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Consumers will benefit from new default settings on personal music players set at safe exposure levels, as well clear warnings on the adverse effects of excessive exposure to high sound levels, following a decision by the European Commission today.

In October 2008, the EU Scientific Committee SCENIHR 1 , warned that listening to personal music players at a high volume over a sustained period can lead to permanent hearing damage. 5-10% of listeners risk permanent hearing loss. These are people typically listening to music for over 1 hour a day at high volume control settings.

The European Commission sent a mandate to CENELEC (the EU standardisation body) requiring new technical safety standards to be drawn up.

EU Consumer Affairs Commissioner Meglena Kuneva, said, “It’s easy to push up the sound levels on your MP3 player to damagingly loud levels, especially on busy streets or public transport. Bridget Cosgrave, Director General of DIGITALEUROPE, said, “Consumers’ safety has the highest priority for the digital technology industry. DIGITALEUROPE looks forward to working with the European Commission and standards bodies to serve consumer interests.”

The current rules
Existing EU standards currently prescribe no maximum sound limit nor require any specific labelling in respect of volume levels but require that a statement be put in the instruction manual to warn of the adverse effects of exposure to excessive sound level.

The new proposals – the mandate for new safety standards

The mandate, proposed by the European Commission with 27 Member States, covers all personal music players and mobile phones with a music playing function. It provides that:

* Safe exposure levels shall be the “default” settings on products. The mandate makes it clear that safe use depends on exposure time and volume levels. The safe exposure levels defined above shall be the default settings on products. Higher exposure levels can be permitted, provided that they have been intentionally selected by the user and the product incorporates a reliable means to inform the user of the risks.

EU standards are drawn up by CENELEC (European standard setting body) in a process, involving scientists, industry and consumer groups as well as other stake holders, it can take up to 24 months. EU standards are not mandatory, however if the new standard is approved by the European Commission and published in the Official Journal of the European Union, it “de facto” becomes the industry norm. Products meeting those standards are presumed safe – otherwise manufacturers have to go through costly independent testing for products. The new safety standards will apply only to future products.

INgrooves Continues International Expansion Through New Retail Partners October 15, 2009

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INgrooves, a leading provider of digital distribution, marketing and promotion services to the independent music community, furthers its reach internationally and welcomes a host of new retailers on board. 24-7 Entertainment, Starzik and People’s Music Store have struck deals to make the INgrooves catalog available; strengthening INgrooves’ position as a global independent distributor.

The recent deals also include distribution and marketing relationships with a variety of partner stores affiliated with the retailers. White label service provider 24-7 Entertainment, powers a number of sites including MediaMarkt (Germany), CDOn (Scandinavia) and TDC Play (Denmark). Starzik is the 5th ranked legal downloading service in France and works with multiple retail stores in other European markets such as ebaymusic (Spain) and fnacmusic (Belgium). People’s Music Store offers a unique “people powered” music download service for users to create their own individual stores.

INgrooves continues to offer an exceptional suite of distribution and marketing services across the globe. Currently, INgrooves connects its labels and independent artists to over 200 top line retailers, including FNAC, Virginmega, Boomkat and 7 Digital.

Alex Branson, VP & Managing Director of International at INgrooves, commented, “INgrooves has enjoyed rapid international growth this year. We have added new retailers and content owners and we have strengthened our relationships with established overseas partners and clients. We are thrilled to have Starzik, 24-7 Entertainment and Peoples Music Store on board and look forward to working with them on some creative artist campaigns.”

Ed Underwood, People’s Music Store COO, said, “We are delighted to add the ever-expanding and diverse INgrooves catalogue to the service, which takes our catalogue close to the 1 million track mark. Connecting fans and artists and empowering them to generate sales from their genuine recommendations is key and this deal is a big step in the right direction for all involved.”

Shazam Teams Up With O2 For Mobile Music Discovery Service October 15, 2009

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Shazam, the world’s leading mobile music discovery provider, today announced that it has teamed up with O2 to make discovering and capturing music even easier for O2 customers. The agreement will mean that anyone on O2 will benefit from an enhanced mobile music experience, discovering music with Shazam and then purchasing it through their mobile, on the move.

Shazam’s award-winning service will then text the user back with the details about the track, and O2 customers will then have a link embedded in that text that will allow them to immediately purchase that track.

“We have joined forces with a leader in this space to allow our customers to have an even greater in-depth music experience on their mobile.”

Jonathan Symons, EVP Business Development, Shazam, continued: “O2 has a strong music presence through its relationship with The O2 and O2 Academy venues. The agreement is part of O2’s ongoing commitment to music and will be supported by an online, viral and outdoor marketing campaign.

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Url: http://www.shazam.com

New Music Video Jukebox, TubeRadio.fm Fires Up the Tubes to Present Online October 15, 2009

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TubeRadio.fm is a web application that looks and feels like a music player where users can quickly find, listen to, and build playlists of their favorite artists’ music, powered by the world’s largest online music library. TubeRadio makes it easy to find songs, official music videos, live performances, bootlegs, rare recordings, in other words any of the millions of videos available on YouTube, all for free and with nothing to install.

TubeRadio comes with several built-in tools that help the user automatically find music. By entering an artist’s name into the Discography Search, users are presented with the complete list of releases by that artist. Users can choose from the list and with a single click a video is automatically found for each track on every selected album. The key difference between Youtube, where one can already create playlists of videos, is that TubeRadio is built from the ground up to look and feel like a music player, while also providing additional information for each video as it’s playing, including lyrics and information on the artist, as well as track and album list, and similar artists. Creating and adding to playlists is simplified, and all of your music videos are easily and automatically catalogued. As Google Docs is to Microsoft Word, TubeRadio is to iTunes or WinAmp,” said Rogerio Mota, TubeRadio co-founder and lead designer.

TubeRadio also incorporates a number of social networking features. Each user has a profile which lists their playlists, their frequently played artists and videos. “The possibilities with sharing playlists is exciting. You could share a ‘mixed tape’ that changes from time to time with friends. If you’re into video blogging, your subscribers immediately see all the new videos you put up. The idea for TubeRadio came to be as an observation of how YouTube is being used for music listening. “My friend Helga doesn’t have much music,” said Rogerio Mota. “When she has friends over, she plays music from a number of YouTube videos she bookmarked on her laptop.”

Visit http://www.TubeRadio.fm for an online demonstration.

For further information please contact:

Ben Osborne or Rogerio Mota
Tel: +44 208 224 2470
press@tuberadio.fm
http://www.TubeRadio.fm

Shootout: 7 Pro Audio Software Products Rated October 15, 2009

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Digital Music Doctor has released a new analysis which compares seven of the most popular Digital Audio Workstation software products from DigiDesign, Steinberg, Cakewalk, MOTU, Apple, Ableton and Image Line. This analysis is an update of an ongoing study and now includes ratings for the recently released Apple Logic Pro 9. The analysis measures these products based on two ratings, an overall functional rating and a value ratio that measures which products provide the most value for the money. Logic Pro has improved both of its ratings with the addition of new audio warping and time stretching functions in Version 9.

PRODUCT RANK (FUNCTIONAL RATING)
1 – Cubase 5 (4.6)
2 – Sonar 8 (4.3)
3 – Logic Pro 9 (4.1)
4 – Digital Performer 6 (4.0)
5 – Pro Tools 8 (3.6)
6 – Live 8 (3.0)
7 – FL Studio 8 (2.8)

PRODUCT RANK (VALUE RATIO)
1 – Pro Tools 8 (1.45)
2 – FL Studio 8 (1.41)
3 – Cubase 5 (0.92)
4 – Sonar 8 (0.86)
5 – Logic Pro 9 (0.82)
6 – Digital Performer 6 (0.81)
7 – Live 8 (0.67)

The functional rating evaluates 130 different factors on a scale of 0-5 (5 being best) which are combined to arrive at an overall rating. The second metric of the analysis is the value ratio which is the ratio of the overall functional rating divided by the representative dealer price. Each main category of the functional rating has several subcategories which provide overall ratings for such functions as Mixing & Mastering, MIDI Editors, and Loops & Remix. The analysis also includes an explanation for each rating as well as a description of what a particular function is and why it is important.

This analysis is based on the materials used in the video training courses produced by Digital Music Doctor for DigiDesign Pro Tools, Cakewalk Sonar, Steinberg Cubase, MOTU Digital Performer, Apple Logic Pro, Image Line FL Studio and Ableton Live. The complete analysis is available at the Digital Music Doctor web site: http://www.digitalmusicdoctor.com/shootout/shootout_summary.htm

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