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Digital round up August 4: Cohen claims labels rejected $1bn Napster 1.0 settlement as unworkable, Apple rumoured to be planning

Digital round up August 4: Cohen claims labels rejected $1bn Napster 1.0 settlement as unworkable, Apple rumoured to be planning

"Overnight you were turning the music industry from a fourteen billion industry to a one billion industry without a royalty," says Cohen. "There was no percentage, no royalty. It was a flat payment. Here's a billion dollars, get out of our way. So everybody said no" (Digital Music News)

Apple is rumoured to be planning a new offering called iTunes Replay that will allow customers to re-download and stream content (movies and TV shows for now and no indication of how it could apply to music) that they have already paid for (CNet)

Several companies, including Spotify, are being sued for using Kissmetrics analytics which added a "cache cookie" that cannot be deleted and which it is claimed violates privacy laws (Wired)

Companies

Online social media and rewards company Lockerz has raised $36m (?22m) in VC funding from companies including Live Nation. Its 45m users earn points by doing things like watch videos and share content online (Geekwire)

Music streaming company TouchTunes is said to have raised $45m (?27.5m) in new funding that gives it a valuation of $300m ($183.5m) (GigaOm)

Filesharing and storage service LifeSort has set up LifeSort Music aimed at students in Manchester primarily. It will offer free tracks from emerging local acts, updated each month, as well as 5GB of storage space (LifeSort)

Services

Rdio has signed an exclusive deal with Canadian carrier Telus to be the provider of music subscription services to its 7 million customers. A promotional push will offer free six-month subscriptions with selected handsets (press release)

Video

Tips for content owners on how to claim and monetise music on YouTube as well as get the most out of the platform (Finetunes)

Legal

Google has posted a blog claiming that the rise of its mobile OS is attracting "a hostile, organized campaign against Android by Microsoft, Oracle, Apple and other companies, waged through bogus patents". It claims they are buying up Novell's old patents to use against Android and impose a licensing fee on every Android device (Google blog).

The claims have been challenged as "absurd" and Google's position deemed hypocritical (Daring Fireball) while Microsoft claims it asked Google to jointly bid on Novell's patents but it declined (TechCrunch)

Misc

Are CDs dead? Here's a "carpet" made from 65,000 discarded CDs in a former funeral parlour in Paris (Gawker)

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