Apple To Unveil ICloud On June 6

Apple To Unveil ICloud On June 6
Following recent reports, Apple will unveil its new cloud-music service, called iCloud, during a keynote address at its Worldwide Developers Conference on June 6 in San Francisco. The announcement follows recent music licensing agreements with EMI Music and Warner Music Group. Apple will also announce iOS 5, the next version of Apple's mobile operating system that powers the iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch. (5/31)

Bell Named New Music Director Of Academy Of St Martin
GRAMMY-winning violinist Joshua Bell has been named the new music director of the Academy of St Martin In The Fields chamber orchestra, replacing GRAMMY-winning conductor Sir Neville Marriner. Bell becomes only the second person to hold the post since the orchestra was founded in 1958. Bell will continue to perform with the orchestra while taking on artistic direction responsibilities over the course of his initial three-year contract. (5/31)

Dismal 2011 Expected For UK Music Industry
PRS for Music
CEO Robert Ashcroft predicts a difficult year for the UK music industry in 2011, following a tough year in 2010 as CD sales continue to decline. Total revenue in 2010 decreased 1.1 percent to $1 billion, due in part to an 8.2 percent drop in CD sales and 56 percent decrease in ringtone sales. Ashcroft also cited an 11 percent drop in recorded music sales to $1.38 billion in 2010, as reported by international industry trade group IFPI. In spite of the decline in recorded music and CD sales, PRS revenue from royalties was up 1.4 percent to $729.6 million. (5/31)

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