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Piracy Might be Good for Business

We’ll all too aware that record companies have been blaming their industry woes on people who download music without paying for it. They’re also very fond of making the flawed assumption that every track downloaded for free would have been paid for if the free option didn’t exist – despite no evidence to support the […]

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Nearly A Fifth Of American Adults Say They Play Music On Their Handsets

eMarketer (always a nice source of data and charts) put up a recap (via Orbitcast) of some recent Pew data about how adults in the US use their mobiles. The stats seem a little inflated across the board, but the survey claims 19 percent of adult mobile owners use the internet on their devices — […]

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Is Mobile Music — Finally — About To Take Off?

I’ve been watching the mobile music market pretty closely for some time, even going so far as to start a news and links blog about it a few years ago. I gave up after a while, though, because it seemed like the industry was constantly stuck in neutral, never really making any progress, thanks to […]

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Nokia’s N-Series, Now With Free Music

I’m here at Nokia World in Amsterdam this week, listening to the company talk about its vision of the future and its current strategy. You can follow along with my photos on Flickr, and I’ll put some videos on YouTube as well. You can also watch some of the talks online at Nokia’s site. The […]

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Social.FM – Radio Done Right, and Gone Mobile

Several weeks ago, I met with Social.FM, formerly known as Mercora. Mercora is well-known for its web offering, a social music jukebox service, which creates a streaming audio channel personalized to a user’s taste in music. It’s also created a mobile version, first for Windows Mobile devices, but more recently for Symbian smartphones as well. […]

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