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We suppose it was only a matter of time, really, before Google took stock of its media, entertainment, and app stores and decided to roll them up into one unified product. Today, the company is unveiling the Google Play Store, which combines Google’s Android Market, Music, and eBookstore into one ball of wax. Simply put, Google Play gives you access to music, books, movies, and apps in one place. Even better, like other Google products such as Google Docs and Gmail, it’s designed to be available with a single sign-on across all your devices and the Web. Thus, you can acquire content from Google Play via your desktop Web browser, phone, or tablet and enjoy it on any of those devices... Read more...
The impact of piracy on the music business has been studied in detail, but the relationship between illegal downloads and film revenue hasn't been explored to nearly the same degree. A new study from researchers at the University of Michigan and Wellesely College has examined the impact of BitTorrent on domestic and foreign ticket sales and come back with some interesting conclusions. The results of the study are being somewhat erroneously reported as "Piracy doesn't hurt the movie industry" but the truth is rather more nuanced. What the researchers found was that in the US, the drop-off in movie revenue from week to week for the period 2003-2006 remained consistent. In theory, the widespread... Read more...
Last year, Google launched the Google Music service which lets you upload as many as 20,000 songs. You can also purchase songs through the service. The songs purchased through the service could then be downloaded to a PC. As for the songs you uploaded on your own, well, they were stuck in the cloud—until now. Thanks to a new update to Google’s Music Manager desktop application, you can now download your entire cloud-synced music library, including uploaded and purchased music. With this announcement, Google has made it possible for the Google Music service to serve as a full backup solution for your music collection. In addition to letting you download your entire Google Music library,... Read more...
Remember Real Player? Evidently that's still around, and Intel -- of all companies -- is interested. RealNetworks just announced that it has signed an agreement to sell a significant number of its patents and its next generation video codec software to Intel Corporation for a purchase price of $120 million. Under terms of the sale, RealNetworks retains certain rights to continue to use the patents in current and future products. With patents storming the tech news front these days, it's no surprise to see this company re-emerging with patents at the forefront. "Selling these patents to Intel unlocks some of the substantial and unrealized value of RealNetworks assets," said Thomas Nielsen, RealNetworks... Read more...
If you managed to survive Christmas, give yourself a pat on the back. And if you survived the holiday while spending time with the in-laws, figure out a way to reward yourself. One way you can do that is by grabbing some free tunes and other content from Apple as part of its annual "12 Days of Christmas" promotion, which starts today. From now until January 6, 2012, Apple is giving away free songs, music videos, and eBooks to residents of Canada and parts of Europe. Unfortunately the promotion doesn't apply to U.S. residents (bummer), but for those who live in applicable regions, there's an app available via iTunes to help make sure you don't miss out on the freebies, starting with a live EP... Read more...
Everything in moderation, right? Don't go spouting off such nonsense to the insane folks at German audio equipment maker Behringer, who just pimp-slapped the consumer market with the iNuke Boom. What is it, you ask? Only the loudest iPod and iPhone dock in the world, not to mention the heaviest at 700 pounds, and the most expensive at $29,999.99. A penny more and it would have been a deal breaker. Behringer's monster sized speaker system measures 8 feet wide by 4 feet tall, which is bigger than Shaq when he lays down. It needs to be that big, because how else are you going to pump out over 10,000 watts of power? There's a reason other than sheer insanity for releasing the iNuke Boom. It's to... Read more...
Spotify officially has its game face on. The spunky streaming service that seemingly took forever to land on U.S. shores is not only here (that's old news now), but it now has apps! The new Spotify Platform gives third party developers the chance to build creative and awesome music-based apps, propelling Spotify up a level in the process. "The apps you'll discover over the next few days are only the beginning. We'll surprise you, and probably be surprised ourselves, with many more new and wonderful experiences that will make Spotify even better," the Spotify team said in a blog post. To access apps, just direct your attention to the left sidebar to where it says -- *drumroll* -- Apps. Click on... Read more...
For those who celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday, this is the time of year to reflect and give thanks for your good fortune, whether it be friends and family, or actual fortune like pirate gold and a winning lottery ticket. In a blog post this week, Spotify said it had 2.5 million reasons to be thankful (and wisely chose not to list each one individually). "This week is Thanksgiving in the U.S. And we've got our own reasons to give thanks too," Spotify said. "Fanfare! Drum roll! Yes, we're excited to announce that we've now welcomed 2.5 million paying subscribers to the service." That boils down to about half a million new paying subscribers within the last two months. Not by coincidence, The... Read more...
Google Music is no longer a "beta" product. Talk about a quick turnaround, at least compared to things like Gmail! The company teamed up with T-Mobile USA at a press conference in Los Angeles to launch Google Music, a new platform where you can upload your personal music collections for free, purchase songs from your favorite artists, and stream all your music to your devices and the Web. That's right, purchases are live. We suspect that Music Beta was intended to launch earlier this year with music purchases, but not enough record label support was available. Now, EMI / Universal / Sony are onboard with over 1,000 indie labels, though Warner Music is absent for now. All told, around 8 million... Read more...
Dust off your dancing shoes and get ready to boogie later this week, because on November 16th, Google is expected to officially launch its Google Music service to the public. As of right now, the service is in beta and, like many of Google's beta projects, you need an invite to party. But that's set to change, or so that seems to be the consensus based on invitations Google has been sending to the media for a "These Go To Eleven" event on Wednesday. In case your knowledge of music history is a little bit rusty, Google's referencing a 1984 mokumentary This is Spinal Tap in which lead guitarist Nigel Tufnel pointed out a volume knob on one of his amplifiers that went to 11 instead of stopping at... Read more...
Russound may not be a company on the tip of your tongue, but they're actually quite the player in the multi-room audio market. This week, they introduced the AirGo Outdoor Sound Station. AirGo is the first portable, weather-resistant, amplified speaker dock for use with Apple AirPort Express. AirGo can be placed outside on a deck, on a lawn, in the driveway or anywhere a listener wants to hear great sounding music. With the AirPort Express and AirPlay, the music from an iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, Mac or PC fills the air with full range sound quality. In addition, users can stream music from iTunes, Pandora or any other music service. Installation and setup is simple. Users only need to configure... Read more...
Cheaper than Spotify? Yup. More notable than iTunes? Depends on who you ask. Either way, Research in Motion has just launched the BBM Music app, shooting it out of beta and into the public eye. It's available this week for BlackBerry smartphone users from the App World, being hailed as a BBM-connected music service that enables viral music discovery and social interaction, allowing music fans to connect on a whole new level.   BBM Music is a cloud-based service that allows users to enjoy an evolving, community-based music library together with their BBM Music friends. The size of a user’s music library continues to grow as they invite friends to join their community. Each user can... Read more...
Boxee has long since been a favorite amongst HTPC owners, and Spotify has been catching more buzz than a next-gen iPhone over the past few months. Put 'em together, and you're bound to get people talking. And turns out, that's exactly what Boxee and Spotify have accomplished. The two have teamed up "at least," with Boxee being the latest place to procure Spotify integration. Thanks to the custom Boxee app, it’s never been easier for Premium subscribers to enjoy on-demand access to Spotify’s vast music catalogue directly on their TV. D-Link's Boxee Box is of course the primary piece of hardware set to gain from this partnership. Match made in heaven? Let us know your thoughts in comments.... Read more...
And just like that, on the eve of Apple's iPhone 5 event, the Zune was no more. Microsoft's valiant effort into the world of portable media players seemed to have a snowball's chance in summer at making it, even from the start. Despite a huge marketing effort and a name like Microsoft, trying to crush the iPod, or even match it, seems to be a fool's game at this point. Years back, an astute SanDisk CEO uttered that you "can't out-iPod the iPod." He tried. SanDisk attempted to come out with a wide range of PMPs, none of which reached even a small amount of the success garnered by the iPod. But Microsoft, of all companies, had the best shot. The Zune and the Zune HD were decent players, but they... Read more...
Spotify just keeps getting bigger and bigger. As streaming media becomes the norm (and the expectation), more and more users are flocking to all-you-can-listen services such as Spotify. Despite only arriving in America months back, the service is already grabbing a ton of traction here and they're about to make an even bigger splash. Before, you needed a Spotify invite in order have access. Now, it's open to all in America, and better still, the first six months of unlimited music streaming are totally free. Totally free! Talk about a tease. After those six months are up, you'll be faced with ten free hours of streaming per month, unless you opt for the $10/month premium service. So, have you... Read more...
Oh, Spotify. How you've grabbed the hearts of American technology lovers. We haven't seen a music service with this much fanfare in the U.S. since the days of Napster, and while we suspect that half of the hype has to do with the incredibly long wait for Americans to actually get the service (it was available in Europe long before), it's also a fantastic service that's largely worth the wait. For music lovers who don't mind paying a monthly subscription to have access to nearly everything on the planet, coupled with a great mobile app and a perfectly-executed "offline" feature, Spotify has proven to be a legitimate competitor in the expanding streaming world. And now, Spotify is taking their... Read more...
Well, the Boxee Box seems to be getting better and better. As the updates continue to fly in, MOG's highly-regarded music streaming service is now being served on D-Link's media streamer. This is the first on-demand music service to bundle music and radio in HD for TVs that the Boxee Box supports. The new app brings 320kbps music to a box that for many is already be hooked to a sound system, and listeners can now enjoy MOG's HQ audio through this new living room offering, featuring a wireless remote keypad for quick searches of MOG's 11.5-million song catalog on a user's connected TV. MOG is available from Boxee's App Library, and the onscreen instructions quickly walk users through connecting... Read more...
Music services have been beat like a drum over the past few years, so is there really room or another? RIM seems to believe so, as it has just announced its new Blackberry Music Service. According to CNET's sources, RIM is "in talks with the four largest record companies about launching a new music service to run on top of BlackBerry Messenger, the company's instant-messenger service." The deal is already inked with one of those top 4 labels, and "at least" another 2 are within range. If the ink dries fast enough, the service could launch next week. It's a solid gesture, but it's hardly what RIM needs to be focusing on, as the company has bigger issues. Namely, BlackBerry needs a new OS to compete... Read more...
It took Spotify roughly 3 billion years to finally expand its service to the United States (the actual number is far less, it just feels like it took that long), and now that it has, should other streaming services be scared? That depends on how much stock you put into preliminary numbers from unconfirmed sources. Citing "a source familiar with the company's operations," AllThingsD is reporting that Spotify's red, white, and blue userbase now sits at 1.4 million music buffs, which represents how many signed up for the service's free trial. Of those, 175,000 are flipping U.S. currency at Spotify each month to get rid of those pesky ads and other restrictions. That works out to a 12.5 percent conversion... Read more...
Spotify doesn't yet have rival streaming music services shaking in their boots, but give it time and that could very well change. Having now (and at long last ) officially launched in the United States, Spotify has been able to attract more than 70,000 paying subscribers in a little more than one week. That's according to Billboard, which claims three labels/publisher executives confirmed its figure, even if Spofity is unwilling to go on record just yet with any official numbers. That didn't stop the music service from doing a little bit of gloating, however. "The launch of Spotify in the U.S. has exceeded our expectations in both the response to invitations for the free service as well as subscriptions,"... Read more...
Spotify, a digital music service, recently launched in the U.S. This music on demand service has been widely popular in Europe. The service offers millions of tracks that are ready to play instantly from your computer or phone. Thanks to the Logitech, you'll also be able to enjoy Spotify music in your living room by means of the Logitech Squeezebox Touch Wi-Fi music player and Logitech Squeezebox Radio Wi-Fi music player. In order to use Spotify from the devices however, you'll need a Spotify Premium subscription. This Premium subscription will give you unlimited, ad-free access to the entire Spotify music library as well as access to exclusive content and special offers. With Spotify and Squeezebox... Read more...
Is Spotify making their U.S. debut as early as this coming week? That's the word on the street. After opening up an invite page and officially announcing that they're coming to the States after years of doing well in Europe, the company (which is based in London) will reportedly launch the music-streaming service in America "as early as the middle" of the week. That's according to "people familiar with the matter," which generally means "unnamed sources." Apparently, the company has recently solidified deals with Universal Music Group, Sony Music and EMI Group, and while Warner Music Group is still being a holdout, they should have an agreement in place by "early next week." But, of course, that... Read more...
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