EMI

Richard Waters

Google and Amazon have been freed of a restriction that has hampered their cloud music services and made them less attractive than Apple’s forthcoming iCloud service. That is the main result of a legal decision late on Monday that appeared to clear up some of the questions raised by the emerging cloud music industry. 

Maija Palmer

Vodafone logo Where Apple leads, mobile companies will follow, it seems. Vodafone said on Wednesday that it would remove copyright protection on over 1m of the songs it sells through its mobile music store. The company has agreements with three of the “Big Four” music companies – Univeral Music Group, Sony, and EMI – but talks with Warner have been slower.

Its likely Warner will agree in due course, as recently all four of the music majors agreed a similar deal with Apple.