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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.

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Seismic Shifts Remake the Radio Industry

Broadcasters can’t afford to dismiss competitors.
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Take a Trip Down Music-Startup Memory Lane. Don’t Trip on All the Craters.

RIP, just about every digital music startup that existed in 2007.
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Apple Still Has a Giant Advantage in Digital Music, With 75 Percent of the Market

Spotify, Deezer and Amazon aren’t even close. Which doesn’t mean they’re not a long-term problem for Tim Cook.
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Rhapsody Expands Napster in Europe

Rhapsody International is expanding its presence in Europe, and will begin offering its Napster streaming music service in 14 countries, including Sweden, France and Spain. The U.S.-based company had previously offered its 9.95€ per month subscription service, which competes with Spotify and Deezer, in the U.K. and Germany.

MOG Heads to Australia, With Help From a Telco

Meanwhile: What happened to that Beats deal?
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Turntable.fm Gets Its Label Deals Done

Its U.S. deals, that is. Next step: Getting its mojo back.
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Spotify Heads to Germany

Spotify will get access to a major new market tomorrow, when it opens for business in Germany. Like last year’s move into the U.S., the streaming music service will find several competitors waiting for it, including Simfy and Rhapsody (via its Napster purchase). Spotify will use the same pricing plan it offers in the rest of Europe: Limited free access and a 10-euro-per-month plan for unlimited and mobile service.

Spotify Dollars Boost Warner Music, but Not as Much as iTunes

Streaming music services are growing quickly. But, for big music, digital still means downloads.
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Rhapsody Arrives in U.K. and Germany Via Napster Deal

Streaming music service Rhapsody, which has only been available in the U.S. for the last 11 years, has finally made it to Europe. The service has finished a deal to buy one-time competitor Napster’s operations in the U.K. and Germany; last fall, Rhapsody bought Napster’s U.S. assets. Rhapsody competitor Spotify isn’t in Germany yet, but industry sources expect that to change soon.

BlackBerry Launches Its $5 Music Service

BlackBerry Music: $5 a Month, 50 Songs