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Setlist: Best Buy, Apple, Spice Girls

By and | Published on Monday 12 February 2018

CMU’s Andy Malt and Chris Cooke review key events in music and the music business from the last seven days, including the news that US retailer Best Buy plans to stop selling CDs and reports that Apple Music will have more American subscribers than Spotify by the summer, plus the possible Spice Girls reunion and how holograms might be a more practical solution. Setlist is sponsored by 7digital.

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Stories discussed this week:

• US retailer Best Buy bailing on CDs
• Apple Music’s US subscribers to pass Spotify’s by the summer
• European Commission to investigate Apple’s Shazam acquisition
• Spice Girls reunion is onv
• Line-up for Frank Zappa hologram tour announced
• Inside the race to create an AI-powered virtual Elton John (Wired UK)

In brief:

Spotify adds songwriter credits to its desktop app
Google bigs up its new ticket tout advertising rules, FanFair says more to be done

Also mentioned:

• Buy Chris’s new book on how streaming music services are licensed and where the money goes right here on Amazon
• CMU Insights @ Output Belfast 2018 sessions notes



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