music

Thu
15
Jan
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Apple Changes iTunes Prices, Drops Copy Protection

Apple has announced it will no longer use Digital Rights Management (DRM) copy protection on songs sold through iTunes. The firm also announced prices for individual tracks will vary depending on publisher demands. So far, almost all songs have ... retailed for a fixed rate of 99 cents. That price has upset some record labels which feel their tracks would still sell at a higher price, to the point that overall revenue (split with Apple) would also be higher. The new system will see songs priced at 69 cents, 99 cents or $1.29. (Source: cnn.com ) The new pricing takes effect in April, when Apple ... (view more)

Tue
16
Dec
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Rising Price of Blank CDs Used to Fight Piracy

According to most copyright protectors, movie, TV, and music pirating is out of control. Let's face it, just about everyone owns a burnt album, television season, or film on CD or DVD -- heck, maybe even Blu-ray. How do you fight this if the problem ... is so rampant? Simple, say Canadian lawmakers: increase the cost of blank discs. According to reports, Canada's Copyright Board has green-lighted an increase in levies placed on blank CDs by 38%. Part of the reason for the jump is an increase in music compression and the continued rise in songwriter royalties. As the cost of making an album ... (view more)

Wed
03
Dec
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Guitar Hero Fans More Likely to Play Real Instruments

Despite popular beliefs that video games keep people from engaging in real life activities, opting for Madden over football tryouts or Gran Turismo over studying for a license exam, in many cases games can actually stir interest in relevant ... activities. According to reports, games like Guitar Hero lead kids to pick up real instruments. Research conducted by the Youth Music charity in Britain now suggests that popular rhythm and music-based games like Guitar Hero and Rock Band have probably led about 2.5 million kids to learn real-life instruments. In a report, Youth Music discovered that of ... (view more)

Thu
30
Oct
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iTunes Rival Adopts New Strategy

An online music company is launching a new take on the MP3 business model: it's offering unlimited listening (from any Internet-enabled device) to a track for 10 cents. For LaLa, the group offering the deal, this is the third different method it's ... tried. LaLa, which launched in 2006, began as a music business based on members trading physical CDs (originals, not copies), with LaLa charging a dollar to both parties as middleman. Last year it changed the focus to online music, with streaming music available with permission of the publishers (though this feature didn't last long) and the ability ... (view more)

Wed
01
Oct
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Record Industry Pegs Memory Cards As Next Big Thing

SanDisk has teamed up with the four major record labels to offer legal music sales in a new format: memory cards. The scheme, dubbed SlotMusic, uses the MicroSD format, meaning many buyers will be able to listen to the music directly through their ... cell phones. There'll also be a USB adaptor for plugging the card into a computer. The main selling point of the system is that the music files will have no digital rights management (the copy protection system which heavily restricts usage of many downloadable albums) and that it will be encoded at 320 kilobytes per second. That's a better quality ... (view more)

Thu
11
Sep
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'Prism', and 'Download Mp3s From Streaming Music Sites'

Prism Prism is an application that lets users split web applications out of their browser and run them directly on the desktop. http://labs.mozilla.com Download Mp3s From Streaming Music Sites Have you ever been annoyed that playlist-based music ... sites don't let you download songs? And once the player moves on to the next song, that song is gone. Or, is it? Most services like the ones above rely on Flash or JavaScript to obfuscate URLs and make it difficult, though not impossible, to download the actual files. In this guide, we'll show you how you can grab just about any file you want by ... (view more)

Tue
26
Aug
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Closing Pandora's Box Could Hurt Music Industry

Innovative online music site Pandora appears to be on the brink of shutting its doors after failing to find a solution to increased royalty costs. The site's appeal, a 'personalised radio station' service by which users could list some of their ... favourite songs and performers, may no longer be marketable after recent demands the site pay more cash for the music it uses. How does Pandora work? Users rate songs and the Pandora system (looking at more than 400 attributes including tone, pitch, style, speed, instruments used and so on) would then play similar styles of music. The technology was ... (view more)

Mon
11
Aug
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Google Launches Free Music Search In China

Chinese Internet use is notoriously restricted, which may explain why Google -- a North American cultural icon -- is not the major search engine used by the nation's Internet-connected public. Instead, Baidu is to the Chinese what Google is to the ... rest of the world. Within China, Google has only 26 percent of the search market share, while Baidu holds 63 percent. (Source: crn.com ) Google may be edging in through the launch of a free music search program. How? Baidu is the main gateway for Internet music piracy in China, where less than 1 percent of music downloads are legal. Google's new ... (view more)

Fri
25
Jul
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iLike Unveils Full Song Playback from Rhapsody

The social music discovery service iLike has unveiled a new deal with Real Networks' Rhapsody digital music service. iLike users will now be able to listen to full-length song playbacks on their profiles, and on iLike's Facebook application. There ... are limitations, however: iLike users will only be able to access unlimited playbacks if they are also a Rhapsody Unlimited member, otherwise users are limited to 25 playbacks per month (Rhapsody also offers a free account on its own site with the same limitations). After the limit is reached you can choose between signing up for your own Rhapsody ... (view more)

Thu
17
Jul
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G8 High on Plan to Scan iPods for Illegal Content in Airports

For most music fans that download their tunes from illegal sources, once than mp3 hits the iPod or laptop all is deemed 'free' and clear. That comfy feeling might be pretty 'flighty' in the near future; the world's most powerful governments are ... exploring the idea of scanning music devices, cell phones, and computers for non-copyrighted material in airports. The measure is just one of many considered by G8 government officials last week. Each form part of a broader international agreement between them all on putting the kibosh on piracy. The G8 way of thinking matches that of the European ... (view more)

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