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September 20, 2010 at 4:56 pm Leave a comment

Venzo Music Now Takes On Submissions for iTunes Social Network: Ping!

Hey everyone,

With the launch of iTunes 10 and the new social network Ping, we've been getting tons of e-mails regarding whether or not we will be able to offer Ping to our customers. The answer is? Absolutely!

As of today, we are now taking on Ping submissions to connect your Ping Artist Profile to your iTunes artist page. This is a great way to increase exposure and promotion for your artists. Now there are 3 things that you have to consider when submitting your artist for Ping:

1: Because there are thousands of request of Ping being submitted to iTunes, there is no ETA on when your Ping Artist profile will be available.
2: Ping Artist Profile Submissions are on a case-by-case basis.
3: Upon submission it is at the discretion of iTunes to further process your information promptly.

So how do you get started?

As a Venzo Music Label partner, we'll provide you with a Ping information form that you would fill out. From there, we'll go ahead and submit it to iTunes for their review. It's that easy!

September 15, 2010 at 7:22 pm Leave a comment

Coming Soon: iTunes App Downloads To Pass Music

Source: Hypebot

image from Perhaps I'm putting to much on these stats, but what does it say about the hopes for the music industry selling more downloads via its #1 retailer when months from now the number of apps downloaded on iTunes will surpass music downloads?  At the very least, it's a reminder that the inustry needs to more aggressivly embrace alternatives from Google Music to subscritption services like MOG, Spotify and Rdio. But does it say more?

September 8, 2010 at 9:20 pm Leave a comment

Amazon Buys AmieStreet Just To Shut It Down, Team Shifts Focus To Songza

Source: Hypebot

image from Amazon has moved from investor in AmieStreet to owner with an acquisition made public today. But don't expect Amazon to embrace dynamic pricing anytime soon, as the internet giant appears to be shutting the store down. The team will now shift focus to Songza, says Joshua Blotuch of AmieStreet. 

"As of September 22, 2010, all pages will be forwarded to and you will no longer be able to use or any of its services," read an email sent to users this morning. All active customers will receive a $5 credit to the Amazon MP3 store.

The move can only be seen as a failure for dynamic pricing in music.  Under AmieStreet's model, download prices were determined by fan interest rewarding those that discover new music early.  Now the Amie Street, Inc. team will concentrate its efforts on ramping up their social music streaming service, Songza.

Currently in beta, the new service gives users the ability to create their own internet radio stations from a library of over 8 million songs and to collaborate on group stations around shared interests. Examples include a Mad Men Tribute station, a Georgia Southern University station, and Yelp's Miami Office station.

September 8, 2010 at 4:22 pm Leave a comment

WaTunes: Apple’s Ping Grabs 1 Million Users In 48 Hours

Source: Hypebot

<img class="asset asset-image at-xid-6a00d83451b36c69e20133f39b14a5970b" title="image from” src=”; alt=”image from” style=”margin: 0px 5px 5px 0px;” /> iTune's new social network Ping is drawing a lot of criticism for its lack of connectivity to other networks (Facebook shut Ping out) and a profile system that limits access for many indie artists. Still, less than 48 hours since its launch on Wednesday, more than one million users had joined Ping, according to Apple.

“One-third of the people who have downloaded iTunes 10 have joined Ping,” said Eddy Cue, Apple’s vice president of Internet Services. “As many more people download iTunes 10 in the coming weeks, we expect the Ping community to continue growing.”

September 7, 2010 at 8:37 pm Leave a comment

PRESS RELEASE: Venzo Music Enters App Market With Free Unlimited Service

Venzo Music Enters App Market With Free Unlimited Service
DETROIT – September 6th, 2010 –Venzo Music, a distribution service that delivers music & music videos for top tier artists into the iTunes Store has announced a new mobile app service. As of today, Venzo Music will offer an unlimited mobile app service to anyone who wants to create an app. In a move to compete with services like Mobile Roadie and Phizuu, Venzo Music will offer its users the ability to sell unlimited apps with no setup fees, monthly fees, maintenance fees, or hosting fees in exchange for 20% of revenues made with the apps.  Users app are then made available in the iTunes App Store, BlackBerry, Palm, Nokia, and Android. While Venzo’s worldwide iTunes distribution is exclusive, its plan is to keep the new app service non-exclusive.

The mobile world is the new market. With dozens of famous artists taking advantage of mobile technology, we believe that it is fitting to offer a unique model where everyone wins. With this new & innovative service, Venzo Music is positioned to offer a complete iTunes solution to anyone and any business.” Says Kevin Rivers, CEO of Venzo Music.

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September 6, 2010 at 4:08 pm Leave a comment

Song of the Sunday: Pitbull – Hotel Room Service (DJ Kevin Rivers Hype ReStyle Mix)

Hey everyone,

Today will mark our first Song of the
. We’ll be giving you the latest and coolest songs and
remixes from our CEO Kevin Rivers as well as other viewers via
YouTube. Below is our first Song of the Sunday: Pitbull – Hotel
Room Service
Enjoy! 🙂

September 5, 2010 at 9:24 pm Leave a comment

WaTunes: Apple September 2010 Music Event — The iPod Touch HD w/ FaceTime

September 3, 2010 at 6:28 pm Leave a comment

WaTunes: iTunes Ping Draws Fire From Facebook & Indie Music Community

Source: Hypebot

<img class="asset asset-image at-xid-6a00d83451b36c69e20133f39b14a5970b" title="image from” src=”; alt=”image from” style=”margin: 0px 5px 5px 0px;” /> Discontent and controversies are continuing to grow regarding iTunes' new social network Ping just two days after its launch. A hands on tour of Ping by ars technica showed promise, but some features are confusing and leave much to be desired. The biggest battle is the Apple-Facebook friction that erupted (NY Times) and lead to Facebook shutting off connections to Ping just minutes after it launched.

If you're an indie artist, you've got even more to complain about.

Apple tells Hypebot that, for now at least, artist profiles are by invitation only.  Are there workarounds? We'd love to hear from bands who have found them like creating a new user profile to build a band presence.

"This is ridiculous," one indie musican wrote to Hypebot. "Amazon have an artist claim process… It only takes a few days and then you can take over your profile on the Amazon store, add videos, a banner etc.. Why can't Apple do that?"

September 3, 2010 at 6:13 pm Leave a comment

WaTunes: It’s Official: Sony To Launch Music In Cloud Subscriptions Before End Of Year

Source: Hypebot

<img class="asset asset-image at-xid-6a00d83451b36c69e20133f385358f970b" title="image from” src=”; alt=”image from” style=”margin: 0px 5px 5px 0px;” /> Sony was sort on specifics, but today announced plans to introduce "Music Unlimited powered by Qriocity", a new, cloud-based digital music service. Available by year's end, the subscription service will offer access to songs stored and synchronized through the cloud. "Music Unlimited powered by Qriocity" will initially only be available across Sony's 2010 models of network-enabled BRAVIA TVs, Blu-ray Disc players , Blu-ray Home Theater systems, PlayStation 3 and PCs.

September 2, 2010 at 2:58 pm Leave a comment

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