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Proving once again that some lawmakers are still living in the stone age, the UK government has just reintroduced a law that deems ripping CDs and DVDs illegal. Want to toss that new album onto your MP3 player? Convert that DVD movie for viewing on the plane? No, and no. Don't even think about it. What's most ridiculous about this law is that it was remedied last fall, with "Copyright and Rights in Performances (Personal Copies for Private Use) Regulations 2014". That made it instantly legal for such personal ripping to occur, but as that has been effectively overturned, we're back at square one... Read more...
Microsoft announced name changes for its Xbox music and video features this week as part of its overall effort to create a familiar experience for users across all devices when Windows 10 launches. The Xbox Music app will become Groove, while Xbox Video will become Movies & TV. In a sign of just how Windows 10-centric things have become in Redmond, the updated apps will first be available in Windows 10 and then roll out to other devices.Xbox Music will receive more than just a name change. Groove will have an updated user interface and better support for keyboard, mouse, and touch navigation.... Read more...
Given how much Apple Music has been in the news this month, it's almost hard to believe that the service has yet to launch. Tomorrow, that will change, as Apple will be rolling the service out for iOS, OS X, and Windows (Android support is coming this fall). In order to make sure you're ready for the service, you'll want to be running the latest version of iOS (8.4), or the latest version of iTunes on a computer. To reiterate the basics of the service, Apple Music will cost $9.99/mo for one individual, or $14.99 for a family of up to six members.... Read more...
How much pull does Taylor Swift have? As it turns out, a lot. Yesterday, we reported on Swift's open letter to Apple, in which she criticized the Cupertino company for not wanting to pay artists during the free trial period of its Apple Music service -- in effect, asking them to work for free. It didn't take long for the company to respond, with Apple SVP Eddy Cue confirming that artists will get paid during the free trial period. Credit: Eric Cable While the company hasn't made an official announcement, Apple's SVP Eddy Cue took to Twitter to spread the... Read more...
Taylor Swift has become pretty vocal with her thoughts on the music industry's business practices this past year, most notably slamming Spotify for offering its users a free subscription option. Now, and perhaps not surprisingly, Swift has the upcoming Apple Music service and its free trial in her sights. In a Tumblr post, Swift reaffirms her admiration for Apple, but is disgusted at the idea that no artist will be paid during its three-month trial period. "I find it to be shocking, disappointing, and completely unlike this historically progressive and generous company," Swift notes. Apple's move... Read more...
You know that feeling opponents would get when Michael Jordan used to step on the basketball court? We imagine that's what streaming services like Spotify and Rhapsody are feeling right about now as news spreads that Apple's about to become a direct competitor. Having built up iTunes into what it is today, Apple shouldn't have much trouble rolling out a streaming service that's capable of competing with established players. After all, iTunes is where most music is sold these days, and that's been true for very long time now. So even though Apple is late to the party, it... Read more...
The people have spoken with their wallets, and what they've said is they prefer their tunes served up on a streaming platter. Or at least that's the message music lovers are sending to Warner Music Group, which for the first time saw its streaming music revenue skip ahead of revenue from selling song downloads last quarter. It's a fast growing category. Aided by popular services like Spotify, WMG said its streaming revenue grew 33 percent in the second quarter of its fiscal 2015. At the same time, Warner's digital revenue grew 7 percent overall, indicating that download sales went down during last... Read more...
For whatever reason, there are certain songs that, once heard, tend to play over and over again in your head. It's quite annoying, and try as you might, there's no easy way to purge the unwanted tune from memory, or so we've always thought. Well, guess what? Not only is it possible to get one of these so called "earworms" to wiggle on out, it's as simple as chewing on a stick of gum. So says a new study on the subject conducted by researchers at the University of Reading's Centre for Cognition Research and School of Psychology & Clinical Language Sciences. What the study found was that chewing... Read more...
No one except Apple itself knows when it's going to be relaunching its Beats Music service, but one thing we can feel pretty confident about is that when it launches, it's going to make a big impact. Apple doesn't do things small, and given its expertise in the digital music market, Beats Music could become a huge deal, and hit competitors right where it hurts. According to Re/code, Apple has a couple of ideas in mind that could help it stand out of the crowd. If we're talking about features that already exist, Apple simply wants to do them better better. For starters, depending on the negotiations... Read more...
If a report this week by The Verge is accurate, Apple is quietly encouraging music labels to part ways with streaming music service Spotify. Apple is reportedly developing a Beats streaming service that would compete with the likes of Spotify and YouTube. The service is expected to appear in the next version of iOS, likely this summer. Apple’s efforts to undermine Spotify are apparently drawing some attention from the Department of Justice, which is already keeping an eye on Apple for past issues.  It’s easy to see how talking to music labels about their contracts with Spotify could raise... Read more...
If you like to rock out with your iPhone out (or any other iOS device), get ready for a visual change to your Music app when iOS 8.4 arrives. It's already out in the wild in beta form, and those who've played with the next version of Apple's mobile operating system note that the Cupertino outfit overhauled the Music app, both in terms of form and function.Apple describes the facelift as a "beautiful new design" in its release notes, adding that it's designed in a way that's supposed to make exploring your music collection easier and more fun. One way to do that is by personalizing your playlists... Read more...
Today (March 14) is a day when nerds, geeks, mathematicians, and pie lovers alike all celebrate Pi Day. This year is particularly special, as the sequence extends to the year as well -- 3.14.15, the first five digits of Pi's infinite range. Pretty cool, right? Microsoft thought so, and to celebrate the occasion, it's offering up a 12-month Xbox Music Pas for $31.41. "This subscription gives you access to millions of songs to play on your Xbox, the Web, or your Windows Phone, PC and tablet. This offer is good for new subscriptions and renewals of existing subscriptions," Microsoft stated in a blog... Read more...
Pandora remains one of the most popular Internet radio stations out there and it's about to do something that could attract even more music listeners. During Pandora's investor day last Thursday, company executives said Pandora is likely to add a paid day pass to its service that would allow listeners to rock out with their cocktails out to ad-free music this summer. The thought process is that someone hosting a summer barbeque or pool party may want Pandora to DJ the event, but rather than pay $4.99 for a month-long Pandora One subscription, they'd be able to snag a 24-hour day pass for $0.99.... Read more...
Long before there were smartphones and iPod devices, there was the Walkman, which allowed us to groove to Guns N' Roses belting out Paradise City and Sweet Child O' Mine while on the go. Of course, it was helpful to carry a pen or pencil in case those cassette tapes needed adjusting, but whatever, Sony changed the game with its Walkman. Well, the Walkman is making a comeback, though at around $1,200, it will attract an entirely new audience.It's also a different Walkman than the one you might remember (or heard about from your folks, depending on your age). Sony's new Walkman NW-ZX2 delivers High-Resolution... Read more...
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