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Digital round up August 22: BlackBerry's music service info leaked, ISPs profit from torrent traffic, Fanrank raises £194k in fu

Digital round up August 22: BlackBerry's music service info leaked, ISPs profit from torrent traffic, Fanrank raises £194k in fu

It will cost $5 (?3.02) a month and allow users to download and share 50 tracks with other subscribers. A beta launch for the US, UK and Canada is planned for next month and a global roll out expected in 2012 (AllThingsDigital)

A new report from Northwestern University and Telefonica Research claims that major ISPs are profiting from torrent traffic. It found that BitTorrent traffic tends to stay local (32% of traffic does not leave the country of origin) and the majority of users stay on lower tier networks that are local.

The report's authors write, "Using inferred business relationships between ISPs, we showed that most BitTorrent traffic flows over cost-free paths and that it generates substantial revenue potential for many higher tier ISPs" (TorrentFreak)

Companies

Fanrank has raised $320k (?194k) in new angel funding. The service launched in beta in February to reward fans using a Facebook app to promote their favourite acts. AppData reports the app has 330,000 active monthly users (press release)

Services

Amazon has registered 12 new domain names related to its cloud video service, including 'instantcloudvideo.com' and 'amazoncloudvideo.com' (TechCrunch)

LetsListen joins Outloud.fm, Rolling.fm and Jamcloud as the latest social music sharing service looking to take on Turntable.fm. It comes with Facebook integration (Beta Beat)

How four services/formats - streaming, the cloud, apps and social media - can help save the music industry (The Next Web)

Apps

Mobile Roadie is launching its official apps for Reading Festival, Leeds Festival and Creamfields this week (press release)

Venntunes is new iOS music app that draws up a list of acts users have in common when they bump devices (Mashable)

Social media

Tips on how to throw a group listening party on Google+ (Evolver.fm)

Facebook and Twitter drew record levels of traffic in the US in July according to comScore numbers. Facebook had 162m unique visitors in the month while Twitter had 32.8m (TechCrunch)

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