Hypebot News Briefing

(Hypebot) — News roundup from Hypebot

  • Napster has quietly moved one of its more innovative services – free if slightly limited ad supported song streams – off the main Napster site to free.napster.com with no link provided from the main Napster site. It would appear to be a move to marginalize a service found to be unprofitable or at least not beneficial to Napster's core earner subscription music.
  • Sansa has announced a new line of flash memory players designed to compete with some of the new flash iPods and Nanos.
  • The Webby Awards have announced WebbyConnect industry conference to be held in Long Beach Oct 3-5.
  • Apple announced that it sold 1 million iPhones in the first 74 days of release.
  • Brussels based PIAS Group whose labels include Wall Of Sound bought a 50% stake in mobile music distributor and marketer Indie Mobile in a move designed to broaden the services it currently offers.
  • Microsoft has patented a new watermark technology called "stealthy audio watermarking,"that can tag songs to track origin and ownership without adding DRM that restricts usage. (PC) Amusing name for a product. Several similar schemes exist, but this may be the Mercedes of them all. I've wondered why everyone going DRM free is not suing one of them.
  • Personalized music steamer Mecora has changed its name to Social.FM and added new services designed to build community.
  • Ad supported download play SpiralFrog has added digital distributor INgrooves labels to its growing catalog.
  • Nickelodeon/MTVN Kids and Family Group announced the promotion of digital executive Jason Root to Senior Vice President, Digital, Nick.com and Nickatnite.com.
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