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Quick Hits: Billboard on broadcasting; BitTorrent the music store; Deezer’s redesign

Brief news items and worthy reads from around the web:

Billboard celebrates broadcasting’s birthday: To mark the 95th anniversary of the first ever wireless radio broadcast, Billboard ran an article on the current state of the industry. While the post marked the many challenges facing broadcasters, particularly in the area of connected cars, it encouraged them to adopt the spirit of those early pioneers. “They met that challenge doing something we haven’t seen much at radio lately: trying something new,” Rich Appel opined.

Thom Yorke’s BitTorrent sales: After Thom Yorke surprised the music industry with the exclusive sale of his new album on BitTorrent, the results from the first weekend were strong. “Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes” was downloaded more than 430,000 times as of noon on Monday the 29th following the release on Friday. BitTorrent’s Chief Content Officer Matt Mason said music buyers “can expect to see a lot from more us.” [USA Today]

Deezer gets a design facelift: Deezer unveiled a new interface that places a new focus on music recommendations. “We believe our new design is truly smart in terms of both form and functionality, and we are putting the focus squarely on what matters the most – the music,” Alexandre Croiseaux, vice president of product, said of the change. [The Drum]

Anna Washenko

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