Spotify, Grooveshark, subsidised downloads

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Spotify is in a celebratory mode after announcing it has become Europe’s biggest music subscription service less than two years after unveiling its offering.

The UK-headquartered company bullishly says that it’s now closing in on “the world title”, though broadcasting this in a tweet conveniently left too few characters to provide any actual detail to its claim – like how many subscribers have stumped up for the paid-for premium option.

Meanwhile, the ‘iTunes-in-the-cloud’ service this week added John Lennon to its catalogue, meaning it just needs George Harrison for a full set of solo Beatles (assuming you don’t count curiousities like the ’70s Hits Singalong’ version of My Sweet Lord that it currently offers).

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If Grooveshark is unhappy with its reputation for illegitimacy then it seems in no hurry to try and dispel it.

The under-the-radar music streaming service was this week actively promoting its new app to owners of ‘jail-broken’ iPhones, less than two months after Apple pulled an earlier version from its App Store in the wake of complaints from Universal Music Group.

Grooveshark claimed Apple’s action came as “an absolute surprise”, presumably overlooking the fact that their site’s user-generated music content includes all manner of anomalies – including live bootlegs.

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The French government has came up with a novel approach to the thorny question of how best to stop young people illegally downloading music, by deciding that bribery would work best.

French residents aged 12 to 25 will be offered a €50 Carte Musique for just €25, with the government subsidising the difference in the hope of encouraging music downloads from “subscription-based website platforms”.

The two-year scheme, formulated under internationally-recognised ‘get them while they’re young’ principles, will allow users one card per year and the government expects to sell one million cards a year.

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Found:Shuffler.fm – like ‘Pandora + StumbleUpon for music blogs’ says Mashable

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