Media: The Week in Media

Google has launched a music store and locker to rival Apple's iTunes, with three of the four major record labels - Universal Music, EMI and Sony - signed up.

Google Music was unveiled in the US last week and offers 13 million tracks. Only Warner Music is not participating, meaning tracks from artists such as Led Zeppelin and The Doors will be absent.

ecommerce in the UK is expected to rise 14 per cent during the five-week shopping month of December, to £7.75bn, according to a new report from the Interactive Media in Retail Group. Despite the tough economic climate, the report predicts the record online spend, up from £6.8bn in 2010, will be partly propelled by a surge in people using mobile phones.

UK Radioplayer, the cross-industry online radio player, has created two new apps to make it easier to listen to UK radio stations. The first app will install Radioplayer on to the start menu of a PC, Mac or Linux computer. The second adds a Radioplayer widget to the top of Google's Chrome browser. Last week Splash FM became the 300th station on the platform.

Freesat, the free satellite TV service, unveiled a new ad campaign under the tagline 'Freesat. Satellite TV made easy' last week. The move comes days after rival digital terrestrial TV service Freeview revealed its plans for the next three years.

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