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New Music Business Briefing: Blunt Sells Via MySpace, AOL Music Relaunched, CD Baby Pays $20M & More

BURBANK, CA (Hypebot) –- The HypeBot news roundup.

  • Warner Bros Records will Sell the new James Blunt album via MySpace as a $9.99 iTunes download/CD bundle. Target adds a DVD and priority ticketing to a CD for $11.99.
  • Another look at how the music industry is looking at new models and channels to promote and sell music. (Reuters)
  • AOL Music has been revamped and relaunched…again. (Billboard) This time its about selling more targeted ads.
  • The iPhone will land in the UK on Nov. 9th. (DMW)
  • CD Baby paid out $20 million in digital royalties to its indie artists with a whopping 67.8% coming from iTunes US. (DAI)
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  • Microsoft to release the next generation of Zunes October 16th. (Engadget)
  • IODA inks New Note, DBN, Dekanil, DLN and Jungle Records for digital distribution.
  • Universal, 3UK and Groove Mobile join for direct to consumer service.
  • WMG's Bronfman hints at dropping some DRM. (Reuters) Or watch a full webcast replay of the presentation.
  • Apple and the major labels are defending price fixing charges before an EU commission. (Reuters) Call it whatever you want Steve, but the negative effect on consumers of single tier pricing is still the same.
  • eMusic releases Remote Helper to make it easier to transfer eMusic tracks to WinAmp and iTunes.
  • MySpace has begun targeting ads to reader profiles. (DMW) This could be hugely valuable for record labels targeting fans and Hypebot readers said weeks ago that this change was inevitable.
  • German based indie label !K7 has moved into the agency business. (Billboard)