T-Mobile USA partners with Rhapsody for music service

US operator T-Mobile has launched a branded music service in partnership with internet music specialist Rhapsody. The Deutsche Telekom subsidiary is positioning the service as another market disruption, dubbing it unRadio in line with the “un-Carrier” strategy deployed by self-styled renegade CEO John Legere. In the past year the firm has made a number of high profile bids to rattle the US market, including the abolition of data roaming charges, the offer of free data to tablet users and the launch of a financial services proposition.

AT&T, Dr Dre deliver curated music service

US carrier AT&T has collaborated with rapper-owned music and entertainment firm, Dr Dre’s Beats Music, to deliver an over the top music offering targeted at families.

Pop to the rescue of the music industry

Global retail sales of pop music increased 2.3 per cent last year, to $7.5bn, according to research published this week in Informa’s Music & Copyright report. Pop ended 2011 as the world’s favorite music genre, accounting for 31.9 per cent of global music sales. Total retail sales slipped 3.7 per cent last year, to $23.3bn, so the growth of pop sales was all the more impressive.

Blackberry users get cloud-based music locker

As device platform providers seek to build out their feature arsenals, Blackberry vendor RIM has come up with an innovative cloud-based music locker. Released on Thursday, BBM Music allows users to build and share music libraries with support from big name labels including Universal Music, Sony Music Entertainment, Warner Music and EMI.

Beat goes on for HTC

Handset manufacturer HTC is upping its game in the youth market with the revelation this week that it will purchase a majority stake in high end headphone maker Beats Electronics, founded by rapper and producer Dr Dre.

Google preps cloud for music storage

Ever the disruptive force, Google on Tuesday launched a cloud-based music locker service, yet irked the music labels in the process. The big question now is whether it will survive without support or be embraced as a rival to iTunes.

Virgin launches mobile apps and music stores

Mobile Virtual Network Operator (MVNO) Virgin Mobile has teamed up with independent app store GetJar to push mobile games and applications to its youth focused customer base.

Spotify goes social

Spotify, the darling of the music industry, has overhauled its service, turning its focus on social networking to help users discover music.


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