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Google Music Threatens Music BizTM & iTunes

Google, the people that brought Google (the search engine), Google+ (nope, still don’t know what it is for) and YouTube launched its own music service. Google Music is in beta mode at the moment but threatens iTunes dominance by allowing users to upload 20,000 songs to the cloud for FREE.

The really interesting thing about Google Music is that it will have an “Artist Hub” that will allow musicians pro and amateur to sell their wares via Google and the Android Store. The really great thing is that there will be a one-off $25 fee for this service and any profits you make from your music will be split 70/30 with Google getting the latter percentage. A good deal, I think.

What makes this service tantalising is if Google integrates it fully into YouTube and Google+ as this would give musicians a way of creating a social hub and sell their music in one fell swoop.

Of course, Google has a history of non-starter projects so it could be that Google Music just fizzles out and collapses under the weight of expectation, leaving iTunes to dominate the market. Who knows? Only time will tell…

For more info, truck over to: http://music.google.com/artists

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How to self-publish your eBook on iBookstore & Amazon Kindle

I read this article on the BBC website yesterday and wondered just how easy it is to self-publish your own book. Luckily, I have a couple of old novels I’ve written for fun lying around and so I thought I’d set about uploading my work and another feeble attempt to conquer the world wide web. The process was so easy that I have made a little YouTube video to explain how to do it. I just point you in the right direction and let you do the rest, but it is a start.

And for those of you who might be interested, you can see my virtual eBook store here.