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CMU Podcast: Apple, Universal, Spotify, One Direction

By and | Published on Friday 24 July 2015


CMU’s Andy Malt and Chris Cooke review the week in music and the music business, including the FTC’s investigation into Apple’s ‘tax’ on in-app purchases, the race to improve songwriting royalty reporting, Spotify’s new Discover Weekly playlists, and the pains of trying to get your One Direction remix competition entry heard on SoundCloud. The CMU Podcast is sponsored by 7digital.

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Stories discussed this week:

FTC investigates Apple

FTC now properly investigating Apple tax on music apps
• FTC investigation into Apple heats up, music streaming services hit with subpoenas (The Verge)

Universal, PRS, GEMA and STIM

Universal Music Publishing further ramps up its royalty portal
European societies formally launch their speedy digital rights hub
• PRS for Music, STIM and GEMA establish the world’s first integrated licensing and processing hub (PRS press release)

Spotify Discover Weekly

Spotify to provide every user with a personalised weekly playlist
• Spotify launches Discover Weekly personalised ‘mixtape’ playlist (Music Ally)
• Introducing Discover Weekly: your ultimate personalised playlist (Spotify press release)

The saga of the One Direction remix competition

Remixer can’t stop the 1D remix takedowns, after entering a 1D remix contest
• One Direction remix comp entry is copyright infringing, Sony says (TorrentFreak)
• Simon Cowell happy with 1D hiatus

Listen to this week’s CMU Approved artists:

• Frida Sundemo
• Foals
• Kurt Vile
• Broen

What we didn’t have time to talk about:

Rhapsody/Napster confirms three million paying users
• Deezer announces IFTTT alliance
• Private copying illegal again in ongoing battle for a levy
• Government announces fundamental review of the BBC
• Alibaba launches music unit to oversee streaming services
• musicFIRST welcomes global support for Fair Play Fair Pay Act
• Nuns say selling convent to Katy Perry would break their vows to God

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