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RAIN 1/17: In UK, Sony and UMG to make new music available to buy as soon as it's on the air

Posted on: 01/17/2011

LABELS HOPE TO COMBAT FILE-SHARING OF ‘LEAKEDMUSIC NOT YET IN STORES

The world’s two largest record label groups, Sony Music and Universal Music Group, in an effort to combat file-sharing, will make music available (in the UK, to start) for sale as soon as it’s available for airplay.

In other words, over are the days of “setting up” a record by letting radio play it for six weeks before the single or album are available for fans to buy. After all, “industrious” listeners have simply been downloading leaked versions of commercially-unavailable music anyway, so once the song/album does hit the store, the air’s already out of the balloon. Now (again, only in the UK so far), when a record is being promoted to radio, it’s in the (online and/or bricks and mortar) store.

Read more from Paid Content UK here.

JOBS TO TAKE INDEFINITE MEDICAL LEAVE FROM APPLE

Apple CEO Steve Jobs announced today he’s taking an indefinite medical leave to “focus on (his) health,” but that he’ll remain the company’s CEO. Jobs also took medical leave during the first half of 2009. He has had pancreatic cancer and in June 2009, a liver transplant.

Read more in Wired here.

INTERNET CLOSES IN ON TV AS FAVORED NEWS SOURCE IN U.S.

A Pew Research study indicates the Internet is gradually catching up to television as the main source of national and international news for Americans. About 4 in 10 Americans say they get most of their news from the Internet — a number which has held steady over the past 2 years, but is up 17 percentage points since 2007. About two-thirds say TV is their top news source, but that number has been steadily falling. It was 74% three years ago, and 82% in 2002.

Read more from Pew Research here.



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