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Bandcamp Decoded: An Indie Musician's Best (and Most Profitable) Friend

For starving musicians and champagne-sipping mega-stars alike, a strong digital presence is essential. The ways in which artists can present and sell their work online are constantly expanding, changing the face of the music industry in the process. The need for intermediaries between artist and audience, such as record labels and publicists, is a thing of the past. Enter Bandcamp, a service t...

Utopian 'Office Music Democratizer' Assures Employee Insurrection

In terms of office politics, the resident workplace DJ -- with his or her innate ability to regulate the mood of an entire office -- serves in perhaps the most contentious employee position of power. Despite the seemingly irresolvable controversy that surrounds the coveted role, Breakfast New York apparently believes it can level the bumpy background-music playing field. The organization, insp...

'Ubuntu One Music' App Streams Your Music Collection to Android

Reviewing the latest version of Ubuntu back in May, we mentioned that the Ubuntu One syncing service was integrated with a music store, allowing you to sync your song library across Ubuntu PCs and access it from the Web. In advance of Ubuntu 10.10, code-named Maverick Meerkat, Canonical (the company behind Ubuntu) has launched Ubuntu One Music for Android. The app allows streaming playback of any...

Google Prepping iTunes Competitor, Reuters Reports

It should come as no shock that Google wants to take on the iTunes ecosystem directly. As our portable devices continue to converge, smartphones are increasingly performing music playback duties. Whereas Apple has a tightly integrated iTunes store and app package, Google has... well, nothing really. There's an Amazon music store app on most Android phones, but Google wants in on some of the hot d...

Pandora Adds Genre Stations to Its Recommender Radio

If you haven't yet familiarized yourself with Pandora, do so now. Just yesterday, Pandora expanded its recommendation system for the first time in years by allowing users to listen to ready-made, genre-specific stations. While these rather broadly defined stations should pretty well serve the more catholic-minded listener, we music snobs will probably stick to the old way. David Bowie and the Dea...

Rdio Ends Beta Testing, Becomes Available for Monthly Fee

After about two months of invite-only beta testing, the music-streaming service Rdio has cast aside its invite-only status and opened up to paying music fans (and a 3-day free trial). Users that sign up and pay the $9.99 monthly subscription feel get Rdio access on the Web and mobile devices -- including iPhone, BlackBerry and Android. There's also a cheaper option, at $4.99 per month, that giv...

Spotify's U.S. Negotiations Stall, Fall Back to 'Square One'

Spotify must overcome yet another hurdle before it can bring free music streaming to U.S. devices. According to a report from Billboard, negotiations between the service and major music labels have gone "back to square one." Insiders, in general, have two divergent theories as to what held back the talks. Some claim that Spotify is insistent upon implementing a carbon copy of its European model, w...

Google to Launch Search-Powered Music Store by Fall

Last week, some little anonymous birdies told CNET News that Google was planning to launch a music download service and iTunes competitor by this fall. Now, The Wall Street Journal reports, according to "people familiar with" the situation, that Google has been talking with music industry insiders about launching a search-powered music download store by the end of the year, with a cloud-based, su...

Rdio Streaming Service Lets Testers Invite Friends, Store Music Offline

After being announced last year and spending the following months in beta testing, Rdio, a streaming music service, is now letting more users take it for a spin. According to a post on the Rdio Blog, testers were given invites on Wednesday to distribute to friends who are interested in trying the subscription-based service. For $9.99-per-month, you can access Rdio on the Web or on your iPhone, Bl...

Lala Stops Streaming, Still No Word on Apple's Plans for the Service

Streaming music service Lala finally shut down some time around 2 a.m. EST this morning, and visitors are now met with information on refunds and credits for current members. Since Apple announced its purchase of Lala in December, we're not surprised to see the site shut down, but Apple still hasn't confirmed how or if it will replace Lala, or whether or not it will use the existing technology. ...

DJs Will Endure and Evolve as Radio Moves to Web, Says Panelists

While FM radio will likely soon be replaced by Internet radio services, a panel of experts at the Great Escape music conference in the U.K. recently argued that disc jockeys will both endure and evolve. According to the Guardian, more streaming radio services, like Dabbl, Playdio and Mixcloud, will launch in the near future, but many listeners will still look to DJs for guidance through that ev...

Rhapsody iPhone App Introduces Reliable (But Confusing) Offline Playback

The newly independent Rhapsody is moving at lightning speed to steal back some market share by slashing prices and marketing the iPhone's offline playback support of the service. The former Real subsidiary has beaten other would-be killer iPhone music apps to the punch, as it's the first on the block (in the U.S., anyway) allowing users to tag songs they want to play -- even when no Internet conn...

Apple Snatches Up Lala, iTunes Streaming Coming Soon?

By now you've likely heard the news that Apple has snatched up the music streaming service Lala. The service is just the latest online music portal to find itself bought out by a major corporation, with imeem and iLike recently being purchased by MySpace, and with CBS grabbing Last.FM . Lala has never enjoyed the financial or critical success of competitors like Pandora or Rhapsody -- in part t...