June 13, 2012 at 3:45 pm

Duly Noted: Apple Kills Ping, Clear Channel Pays Musicians, Sprint/Virgin iPhone, More

duly noted music app news

This new Duly Noted feature collates recent news snippets.

It’s like This Week In Music Apps, but for music app news instead of music app releases.

It’s the opposite of Evergreen.

Apple is killing Ping, according to unnamed sources. In related news, Apple integrated Facebook into its upcoming iOS 6 operating system for iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch.

Soundrop, the Spotify app that lets people listen together in real time (for the web or iOS), grabbed $3 million in funding from the Oslo-based Northzone venture capital group, also an investor in Spotify.

Clear Channel will become the first radio station or network in the United States to pay recording artists in return for playing their music. Traditionally, AM and FM radio stations didn’t need to pay these royalties here because recording artists supposedly made their money from touring and selling records based on radio airplay — a policy also adopted by Iran and North Korea.

Freemake claims that you personally will pay $0 for music in 2013 because charts or something.

YouTube inked a deal with music publishers.

The iPhone is coming to Sprint’s Virgin Mobile, offering the option to “pay as you go” rather than signing a lengthy contract.

Livio added TuneIn Radio to its Livio Connect API, which is middleware that maps car stereo buttons to the music apps on your smartphone, which is a fantastic idea. (See RAIN’s blurb.)

Remember that “ticking time bomb” involving publishing royalties reverting to artists? One guy from the Village People is finding out the hard way that publishers aren’t going to go down without a fight.

Evolver.fm added a new category called Guest Opinion. So far, it only includes two stories. If you’re qualified, your idea has something to do with music apps, and your intent is non-advertorial, you can pitch us here.

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