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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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Spotify to Introduce Free Mobile Music Service

The streaming-music service, Spotify, which has six million paying subscribers and 20 million active users worldwide, is planning a free, ad-supported version for mobile devices, after previously making mobile users pay a monthly fee.

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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YouTube’s Music Subscription Service Won’t Show Up This Year

Google already launched one paid music service this year. The next one will have to wait till 2014.
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A Penny for Your Song? Spotify Spills Details on Artist Payments.

Ever wondered how much an artist gets every time you click their song on services like Spotify?

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Rdio Names New CEO

Music subscription service Rdio has a new CEO: Anthony Bay, a tech executive who most recently headed up Amazon’s digital video business. Former CEO Drew Larner, who has run the four-year-old company for most of its history, will become a vice chairman.

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Spotify Raises $250 Million, Valued Above $4 Billion

Swedish music-streaming company Spotify AB has secured nearly $250 million in new financing led by Silicon Valley firm Technology Crossover Ventures, valuing the company somewhere “north” of $4 billion dollars, according to multiple people familiar with the deal.

Here’s the Music Lou Reed Liked

On Spotify. There are some familiar names here.
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Twitter Likely to Kill Its Music App

Music Sales Slump Again