Quick Hits: YouTube exec on Music Key; hypothetical Apple acquisitions; a possible class action against Sony

Brief news items and worthy reads from around the web:

YouTube’s Kyncl says all’s well with Music Key: We reported recently that YouTube extended the beta for its Music Key subscription service. YouTube’s head of content and business operations Robert Kyncl talked about the delay in an online interview with the press. “We’re still going through some development,” he said. “The launch is coming in a few months from here: there’s a little bit of a delay, but nothing too serious.” His interview also covered other topics in YouTube’s business, such as the importance of mobile and original content.

Who could Apple buy next? We at RAIN News appreciate a good thought experiment, and Music Ally has a worthy one. Apple is currently making lots of waves as it plans to launch a new subscription service on the back of its purchasing Beats Music. To that end, Music Ally reviewed some potential candidates if Apple was to make another equally pivotal music acquisition.

Potential Sony class action following contract leak: The leak of Sony’s contract with Spotify created major waves in the industry, and the latest one could have legal repercussions. Digital Music News is reporting that Sony may face a class action lawsuit from artists seeking fair payment from the upfront advances Spotify made. No moves have been made yet to actually file charges, but if the rumblings are true, that could wind up being a big step for how artists, labels, and streaming platforms work together.


Anna Washenko