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“Serial,” a milestone moment for podcasting, seeks independence

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The biggest podcast hit today is "Serial," a wholly original spinoff of This American Life. The true-crime show which investigates a real-world murder case, delivers 1.5-million downloads per episode, and iTunes (the most important distribution point for podcasting in general), noted today that Serial was the fastest podcast to reach five-million downloads and streams. The program is seeking donations to spin off from "This American Life" for a second season.

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Internet Radio Rewind #021

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A weekly podcast from RAIN News

A six-minute blast of news you need to know in streaming music and online audio. This week: YouTube Music Key subscription service; Irving Azoff prepares to sue; Beats Music in iOS; Uber & Spotify invent the connected taxi; Pandora is king of mobile; Billboard chart is modernized for streaming; NPR streaming metrics; listening to sports on TuneIn.

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California judge blocks Sirius XM’s immediate appeal in pre-1972 copyright case

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U.S. District Judge Philip Gutierrez has denied Sirius XM’s motion to start an immediate appeal for his summary judgment in favor of members of The Turtles, according to The Hollywood Reporter. He refused the immediate appeal on claims that it would delay instead of advance the end of the lawsuit.

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New York Court Finds Public Performance Right in Pre-1972 Recordings; How Will this Affect Music Use?

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by David Oxenford

David Oxenford explains potential impacts and consequences of the latest pre-1972 copyright court action. "All music users that play oldies, whether the businesses be digital music services, radio stations, bars and restaurants or retail outlets, need to be carefully following the action in this case."

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Editor’s Notebook: Putting Beats in iOS won’t help much

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by Brad Hill

Installing Beats Music as a built-in iOS app creates headlines, and is an obvious maneuver, but it barely lessens the challenge faced by Apple in the brutal music subscription space. It will not, by itself, move the needle for Beats or Apple. A crucial new effort is needed, and Apple has not demonstrated creativity in the music space for years.

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Beats Music will be standard in iOS starting in 2015

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Apple’s integration of Beats Music took a step forward today with the announcement that the app will become a standard part of its mobile operating system in early 2015. The tech company has added Beats’ merchandise at its physical and digital stores, but the inclusion of the app will give the subscription streaming service visibility on millions of iPhones and iPads.

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