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Win - MS: XM Radio Online getting integrated into Windows Media
Music or Audio The latest bit of news to dribble out is that XM’s new XM Radio Online service is going to be directly integrated into Windows Media Player, though you’ll still have to keep waiting for a version of Windows Media Center that works with a proper satellite radio tuner.
Published Oct 12, 2004 - 12:05 PM
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Indie music label rejects lock-down CDs
Music or Audio A European indie music label is taking an unusual approach to the issue of CD copy protection - it is branding all its releases with a sticker proclaiming the absence of any such control measure.

While the major labels and other indie labels are considering the use of copy-protected CDs in order to prevent disc contents being quickly ripped and posted on P2P networks, !K7 has rejected the idea.
Published Oct 06, 2004 - 04:19 PM
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Win - MS: 'iPod users are music thieves' says Ballmer
Music or Audio Billing Microsoft as the good guys and Apple the villains of the piece - at least as far as corporate America, rather than users, is concerned, Ballmer said: "We’ve had DRM in Windows for years. The most common format of music on an iPod is 'stolen'."

"Part of the reason people steal music is money, but some of it is that the DRM stuff out there has not been that easy to use. We are going to continue to improve our DRM, to make it harder to crack, and easier, easier, easier, easier, to use," he said.
Published Oct 04, 2004 - 12:18 PM
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Apple - Mac: Apple plans EU expansion of iTunes next month
Music or Audio Apple Computer is planning the next wave of expansion for its popular iTunes online music store with a multi-country European launch in October, the service's chief architect said on Wednesday.

"We are well on pace to launch more EU stores. We will do it next month," Eddie Cue, Apple's vice president of applications told music executives at the annual Popkomm conference in the German capital.
Published Sep 29, 2004 - 12:10 PM
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Apple - Mac: Subscriptions 'may fit future of online music' – Apple
Music or Audio The launch of digital-music subscription service VirginDigital in the US has sparked a debate about the future of the subscription model for music distribution, with Apple admitting it may consider a subscription service in the future.

Speaking to the International Herald Tribune Apple's Eddy Cue explained his conviction that there will always be a preference for the a la carte model, saying: "Consumers have been buying music for 50 years and want to replicate that experience online."
Published Sep 28, 2004 - 06:44 PM
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Apple - Mac: Apple versus Apple - settlement in site?
Music or Audio The latest round of speculation stems from a report in Hollywood trade magazine Daily Variety last week that a deal between Apple Computer and Apple Corps might be near and that one legal source expected it to be the "biggest settlement anywhere in legal history". However, music industry sources call that report baseless.
Published Sep 24, 2004 - 01:39 PM
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Apple - Mac: Record labels still on top despite online revolution
Music or Audio But figures from the US show that Apple Computer, the dominant legal download business in Europe and the US, retains just 4 cents from each 99-cent (55p) track sale while "mechanical copyright" holders - generally the record labels, who own copyright in the song's recording - take 62 cents or more. Music publishers take the rest - about 8 cents.

With the sites, the copyright owners have doubled their share of royalties, even though the marginal cost of manufacturing has fallen to almost zero.
Published Sep 22, 2004 - 05:32 PM
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Apple - Mac: Mac Using Techno-Pop Duo: Frou Frou, Likes iTunes
Music or Audio Apple-X.net interviews Imogen Heap and Guy Sigsworth of British techno-pop duo Frou Frou. On iTunes, "I think iTunes is the saving grace for good music to finally come through, because you can preview a song before you buy, there's no wrestling with your own taste, and you buy what your ears tell you they like! It's so interesting to see what songs are more popular within the album. It makes you wonder if you should have chosen the single you chose to launch the album when you see the favourites."
Published Sep 20, 2004 - 05:14 PM
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Apple - Mac: PC-to-handset Music Transfers Not End of World
Music or Audio This week mobile operators Orange and Vodafone and record labels BMG and Universal came out swinging against computer-to-mobile music transfers. They say that moves such as the plans of Apple and Motorola to develop what has been called in some quarters the "iPhone" will kill off the mobile music market before it fully develops.

This is a little overblown. What the record companies say they are concerned about is that "free" transfers of tracks (whether legally or illegally downloaded) kills off the potential to sell kids more overpriced ringtones
Published Sep 17, 2004 - 07:16 PM
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Napster Receives New Life As Public Firm
Music or Audio The pure-play move will mark Napster's birth as the name of a public company, but more importantly, arm the company with resources to help survive the rough-and-tumble as other deep-pocketed, powerful rivals enter the crowded online music space.
Published Sep 17, 2004 - 05:42 PM
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Apple - Mac: Apple pulls plug on iTunes add-on
Music or Audio Apple has forced a Mac software developer to withdraw its iTunes plug-in that allows users to transfer songs from any iPod to their iTunes library.

iPodDownload creator Sylvain Demongeot was asked to removed the software from circulation by his Internet Service Provider (ISP), who apparently intervened following an appeal from Apple.
Published Sep 17, 2004 - 11:51 AM
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Apple - Mac: 'We copied iTunes' – Microsoft
Music or Audio Microsoft has admitted that it 'copied' Apple's iTunes Music Store. The company, which has just released a beta version of its music store, told The New York Times: "Apple set the bar very high. We told our developers: 'Look at how Apple does it'."

The NY Times compares the two stores, stating that: "The Microsoft music store couldn't look more like Apple's iTunes music store if you ran it through a copying machine."
Published Sep 16, 2004 - 01:18 PM
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Apple - Mac: iTunes under fire over UK pricing
Music or Audio Apple's iTunes music download service has been accused by the Consumers' Association of overcharging UK users. The group accused the service of charging UK-based customers nearly 20% more than those with addresses and payment details in France or Germany.

The group has written to the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) asking it to investigate iTunes for possible breaches of EU competition rules. Apple said its prices should be compared with other UK music downloads.
Published Sep 15, 2004 - 11:42 AM
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Yahoo buys MusicMatch for $160 million
Music or Audio Yahoo! today announced today that they would spend $160(US) million in cash to acquire MusicMatch, maker of the once quite popular MusicMatch Jukebox.

Yahoo has been prepping its entrance for more than a year, and rumors were circulating at the beginning of the year that Yahoo was talking not only to MusicMatch, but to Napster and BuyMusic as well. But in the last few months the field has altered considerably, with Microsoft joining up directly, and Apple gaining ground. Yahoo has a considerable fight on its hands.
Published Sep 14, 2004 - 12:48 PM
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Apple - Mac: Apple lovers start attack against Cornell's Napster trial
Music or Audio A small revolt has broken out at Cornell University over the school's use of the Napster music subscription service.

The Cornell Daily Sun has been bombarded with letters from current and past students with many of the missives complaining about the anti-Apple stance of Napster. Cornell is currently running a trial of the Napster service, which leaves close to 20 percent of its students without access to the free music downloads. Napster only supports the Windows 2000 and XP operating systems.
Published Sep 10, 2004 - 04:35 PM
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Real says digital song sale doubled market share
Music or Audio Real said it sold 3 million songs during the three-week sale. It says its market share rose to 20% from 10%, taking a bite out of Apple's 70% share, which Real says dropped to 60%.

Apple disputed that, saying that it did not see any drop in market share during the past three weeks and that its sales grew each week. Real gained customers, but it will lose $2 million from the promotion, says market tracker Forrester Research.
Published Sep 09, 2004 - 01:20 PM
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Win - MS: Microsoft creates static over new radio feature
Music or Audio Microsoft is using playlists from more than 900 local radio stations around the country to create its own soundalike Internet stations -- stripped of local DJ chatter, traffic, weather and commercials.

...Radio industry experts said creating stations that sound like local radio outlets presents a possible trademark infringement problem, much like selling a generic soft drink that's "just like Coca-Cola'' with the same ingredients.
Published Sep 06, 2004 - 01:12 PM
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Apple - Mac: Report: Apple offered Sony iTunes deal
Music or Audio Apple Computer Inc. Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Steve Jobs offered Nobuyuki Idei, chairman and group CEO of Sony Corp., the chance for Sony to come aboard Apple's iTunes Music Store service, the Nikkei Sangyo Shimbun newspaper reported in its Sept. 2 edition. The offer would have allowed for joint operation of the service, the newspaper said.
Published Sep 03, 2004 - 11:07 AM
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Win - MS: Rivals say Microsoft online music store falls short
Music or Audio Microsoft Corp's. newly launched MSN Music download service has a long way to go to catch up with iTunes and other online services, competitors said on Thursday.

Apple Computer Inc., a longtime rival and sometimes partner on Microsoft, said that the world's largest software maker will have a tough time matching the 16 million songs downloaded every month from its iTunes music store and will be crippled by users not being able to transfer songs onto iPod portable music players.
Published Sep 02, 2004 - 05:41 PM
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Win - MS: Microsoft launches MSN Music Beta website ala buymusic.com
Music or Audio Microsoft launched the beta version of its MSN music download service. When i was directed to the web site, I expected to find the application to download the music player software, but no, they've decided to do the music download thing via the web ala buymusic.com. I would have though Microsoft would have learned (with the sucess of iTunes) that a music store should exist in inside the music player, but I guess not.

I couldn't help but notice the company chose the most iPod-like MP3 player to place on the page, and that the "GO" button looks surprisingly aqua-ish. While the site's functionality still has several bugs, it should probably be assumed that they'll be irioned out by the time the site is finalized. All in all, it's nothing Apple should feel intimidated by IMHO.
Published Sep 01, 2004 - 06:59 PM
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