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Forget Taylor Swift: Spotify is facing a much bigger problem

Spotify itself has admitted, YouTube is already, easily, the biggest streaming music site on the planet, and that’s without it even really trying. The YouTube brand, which gets a staggering 1 billion unique visitors each month, might be in a stronger position to convert users into paying music subscribers than its parent company has been. The service will include the ability to watch videos without advertising, and the ability to save music for listening offline, the Financial Times reported. – John McDuling,Quartz 
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Spotify Hits 12.5 Million Subscribers

Spotify says it has 12.5 million paying subscribers for its subscription music service, and 50 million users overall. In May, the company said it had 10 million paying subscribers. CEO Daniel Ek disclosed the new numbers in a blog post defending the company against a recurring complaint that it doesn’t distribute enough money to musicians and music owners like Taylor Swift. – Peter Kafka,Re/code 
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Netflix Under Pressure to Close Down The VPN Loophole

According to CNET Australia, a group of Aussie rights-holders (the usual suspects: Warner Bros. Pictures, Universal Studios Entertainment and the like) are putting pressure on Netflix to cut off access to US Netflix from Australia. Despite Netflix not being available Down Under, an estimated 200,000 people are using the service anyway, something that’s probably not making Australian cable providers particularly happy. The problem for the rest of us, […] Not only would that cut off illicit Netflix streaming from abroad, it would also shut down all the legitimate, US-based customers who just want to use a VPN for their own peace of mind — and quite rightly so. […] [I}t wouldn’t fix the problem (if it is a problem) of US content being streamed from Australia. Anyone that desperate enough to watch House of Cards could rent a Virtual Private Server in the US, spend ten minutes setting up free VPN software, and be back streaming in as long as it takes to pop another bag of corn. – Chris Mills,Gizmodo

BitTorrent: Our Users Buy 33% More Music Albums Online

To provide some examples of what it can do, BitTorrent Inc. has made a distribution and advertising deck with success stories. Thus far more than 10,000 artists have used BitTorrent’s bundles, generating over 100 million downloads which convert into real sales. […] BitTorrent Inc. notes that its community is 33% more likely to buy albums online, makes 34% more DVD purchases, watches 34% more movies in theater and is twice as likely to have a paid music subscription. – Ernesto,TorrentFreak
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