Friday, June 5th, 2020

Today Apple launched Ping. You can get the full story on ClickZ who covered the announcement. Were you expecting apple to launch a music social network today?…

The rumor is growing fast. Now the New York Post has it that Google could launch its search-related music store as early as this holiday season, i.e. November-December….

When AOL is in the news, it means business… CEO Tim Armstrong said advertising would be AOL’s primary source of revenues in his turnaround plan for the company. As such, AOL already demonstrated its willingness to leave non-viable operations behind by selling its failing and ailing social site Bebo for a reported $10 million. Now it’s building a new future, starting with the launch of an innovative political ads platforms and at the same time looking for its future head of music operations….

Nielsen Online has released data from a new survey suggesting that premium content just might work, but it depends on the type of content. 27,000 consumers in 54 countries were surveyed. I don’t know how this survey found people who actually said they would pay for things such as newspaper articles that they currently get for free, but they did. Survey participants were most likely to shell out the dough for music and movies. Least likely was blogs. Ironically, the reality is often the opposite, with consumers ditching premium newspapers for free, ad-supported ones while bloggers often monetize special pieces…

On Wednesday, word broke that Google and Facebook have plans to integrate music into their search and social network respectively. Late on Wednesday came word that MySpace is also pursuing new music offerings. This is a natural progression for MySpace, which, before it became huge, was a hub for indie musicians. Their social network boom came and went, and left in the wake, the music community remains, now with major label artists also making use of the versatile profile pages. Over the summer, MySpace acquired iLike.com, a social network all about music. iLike will be the basis for the increased…

The rumor mill just keeps flying this hump day. First, TechCrunch is dishing on a new initiative by Google to make music easier to search and sample. The deal will involve services such as MySpace, iLike and LaLa, and is rumored to be announced next Wednesday at the Capitol Records building in Hollywood. Meanwhile, Brad Stone at the New York Times has the scoop on a new music micropayments service slated to be launched by Facebook. Currently, you can spend 10 cents to send cute little goodies in the form of images to your Facebook friends. Soon, you’ll be able…