YouTube to allow music partners to sell merchandise and tickets via site

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YouTube has launched Merch Store, a feature where YouTube’s music partners will be able to sell artist merchandise, digital downloads, concert tickets and other experiences to fans and visitors, TechCrunch reports. The online video sharing site has also announced partnerships with a number of companies to launch the service: Topspin is being used to help in sales of merchandise, while Songkick will be involved in concert tickets and iTunes and Amazon will look after transactions for music downloads.

Publishers say Amazon is aggressively wooing some of their top authors to publish its own range of ebooks, the New York Times says. The online retailer is planning 122 titles this autumn and last week announced it was going to publish a memoir by the actress and director Penny Marshall, for which it paid $800,000.

James Cameron’s blockbuster Avatar can add another accolade to its many honours – that of the movie illegally downloaded the most times, Gizmodo reports, quoting research from TorrentFreak. The full top 10 of most pirated films is as follows:

  1. Avatar (21m downloads)
  2. The Dark Knight (19m downloads)
  3. Transformers (19m downloads)
  4. Inception (18m downloads)
  5. The Hangover (17m downloads)
  6. Star Trek (16m downloads)
  7. Kick-Ass (15m downloads)
  8. The Departed (14m downloads)
  9. The Incredible Hulk (14m downloads)
  10. Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End (14m downloads)

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