This Week: an interview with Rank ‘em CEO Adam Wexler, lots of Spotify news, Warner Music takes a hit in the latest financial reports, first Latin American iTunes store launches in Mexico, BigChampagne launches a new service, Midimi secures new funding.
Rank ‘Em: www.gorankem.com If you’d like to try out the service, request an invite on their website – you can use the special code DMT for instant access but be quick! It’s limited to the first 20 users.
Rank’Em also have a Kickstarter funding pledge running for another three weeks, so if you like the site and would like to contribute go to: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1003234199/help-us-keep-rank-em-rockin/backers/new
Links to the news stories:
Spotify’s deal with the label surfaces http://www.thelocal.se/21170/20090807/
Spotify secures a new round of funding http://www.forbes.com/2009/08/04/spotify-funding-investment-markets-equities-music.html
Spotify in talks with mobile network 3 http://www.nma.co.uk/news/spotify-in-talks-to-offer-music-app-to-subscribers-on-3/3003073.article
Warner Music takes a hit in quarterly reports but holds out better than expected. http://www.reuters.com/article/industryNews/idUSTRE5753R220090806 http://www.forbes.com/feeds/ap/2009/08/06/ap6750441.html
Itunes launching in Mexico, how does that affect the market? http://www.reuters.com/article/industryNews/idUSTRE57700Z20090808
Big Champage launches an interactive data gathering source that is sure to bring in a lot of industry subscribers. http://www.wired.com/epicenter/2009/08/inside-bigchampagnes-music-panopticon/
Rhapsody announces layoffs http://digitaldaily.allthingsd.com/20090806/sources-layoffs-at-rhapsody/?mod=ATD_rss
Midomi secures extra funding so that us hummingbirds can keep humming on! http://venturebeat.com/2009/08/03/midomi-lets-you-identify-music-by-humming-hits-no-1-iphone-paid-music-app/