What’s New, UK?

itunes rdio we7 emusicLots of services are looking to start in the UK — and others are undergoing some interesting changes. Consider this your quick and dirty update:

The US streaming store Rdio has (finally) launched in the UK and several other EU territories. We will have more news for you in the coming weeks but we are looking forward to working with the team at Rdio and helping them make their store a success in the EU.

iTunes GB & IE now have a New Artist page which showcases debut releases from new artists. We are seeing some great successes for UK and Irish artists with several features for our content.

Napster has now launched its new store (powered by Rhapsody) and has a spanking new layout for you to play with. eMusic is about to launch its Android app and will be updating the service to a HTML5 mobile-optimized site. Sony Music Unlimited is now available pre-loaded on Sony Vita Handheld devices globally. 7Digital has refreshed its platform and has added an updated app (Android and iPhone only initially), and figures released recently show over 2 million mobile customers among which 800,000 are Android alone. Beatport has launched DJ pages allowing artists to coordinate their DJ charts and releases on a single page.

The UK streaming music service we7 has launched a new iPhone app: we7 Free Music Radio. It’s another move towards its personal radio service, streaming people’s stations to their phone and allowing them to download tracks and stations for offline play, while sharing details to Facebook, Twitter and email. we7 says it will be adding exclusive radio stations and audio content from artists and festivals, starting with Metronomy.

That’s it for this month. I told you it’d be quick and dirty…

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