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Scores of Music Services Stream Into Crowded Field

The number of music-streaming services is set to explode next year, as record labels have warmed up to the idea of renting consumers access to a vast collection of tunes, rather than selling them individual albums or songs.

No One Buys Music on the Web Anymore. Except When They Buy a Million Beyonce Albums in Five Days.

Beyonce and Apple defy gravity, and a year-long trend. What Does It All Mean?
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Spotify’s Daniel Ek on Competition, Controversy and Crossing Over Into the Mainstream

“We’ve proved that you can actually make this a business,” says the streaming music service’s CEO. Next step: Making it a really big business, while fighting off new competition.
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Beats Music Targeting January Launch

Another music subscription service that was supposed to arrive this year is being pushed back. But Jimmy Iovine’s project is still supposed to show up soon.
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Pandora Media Posts Q3 Loss

Pandora Media Inc. swung to a fiscal third-quarter loss as the Internet-radio provider spent more on content and sales and marketing, masking a jump in revenue as users listened to more music.

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Radio Isn’t Going Away

More than 95 percent of the people who used Pandora in the past month also listened to broadcast radio in the past week.
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Samsung to Developers: Come Play for the Biggest Team (And the One With TVs)

Samsung would like its leadership in smart TVs to help pull along its mobile platform — which is already huge among users, but not yet developers.
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Seismic Shifts Remake the Radio Industry

Broadcasters can’t afford to dismiss competitors.
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Former Pandora Exec Jessica Steel Named President of UrbanSitter

Babysitting marketplace UrbanSitter has hired former Pandora executive Jessica Steel as president, and named her to its board. Steel led areas including business and corporate development at Pandora for eight years, before leaving in 2012. UrbanSitter, which is built on top of the Facebook social graph, just added a nanny-finding feature.

iTunes Radio: Sleek, but Not the Best DJ

iTunes Radio provides a sleek and easy way to create custom music stations, but its track selection needs some fine-tuning.
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Music Sales Slump Again