U.S. Federal court judge rules that you cannot resell your mp3’s

In the case, Capitol Records, LLC vs ReDigi Inc, federal judge Richard Sullivan has ruled that individuals do not have the right to resell digital music files that they have legally purchased.  In this particular case, ReDigi was attempting to set up a business where they bought mp3 files from those who had already purchased … Read moreU.S. Federal court judge rules that you cannot resell your mp3’s

Free online radio is popular, but no paid service converter

Terrestrial radio introduced our parents to Led Zeppelin and The Rolling Stones. In the 80s and 90s, MTV videos nearly killed the radio star. Now, flexible, tailor-made online music services have quickly become the next big thing for listeners tired of the sound of Big Music dragging its feet toward innovation. According to The NPD Group, free online music services like Spotify and Pandora are more popular than ever — even among the traditionally tech-resilient older demographic. But that doesn’t mean users are throwing money at the model.

Cloud-based services are beginning to outweigh the appeal of PCs

First, music geeks. Then, the world. Apple’s iCloud and Google Music Beta helped catapult cloud-based storage into the mainstream lexicon last year, allowing users to store downloaded tracks online and access them on myriad devices. That’s only the beginning, says Gartner.

Study: Music industry on the mend, CD buyers increase

Sales of music CDs have fallen precipitously over the past decade. Pushed to the brink by online file-sharing, piracy and, one may argue, a matching drop-off in quality artists, even customers who wanted to continue buying CDs found their efforts thwarted: record stores around the U.S. closed as their cash registers dried up. The NPD Group claims the tide is turning, with growth reported within both physical and digital sectors last year.

Against all odds, retail survivor Trans World Entertainment turns profit

Where do you go to buy music and movies? Chances are, not to a brick-and-mortar shop. Not anymore, anyway. Not when the Internet offers all those discs at better prices, minus that judgmental employee who smirks at your every purchase. But despite the digital entertainment revolution, some people still love hitting the local shops, touching the merchandise and, of course, putting that obnoxious worker in his place. And in 2011, they did. Trans World Entertainment, which continues to operate more than 400 For Your Entertainment (F.Y.E.) and Suncoast locations, posted net income boosts last year.

UK judge: The Pirate Bay goes ‘far beyond merely enabling or assisting’ copyright infringement

A UK court sided on Monday with Sony Music, EMI and several other major record companies in a case against six major Internet service providers which could push The Pirate Bay further onto the fringes of the Internet. The London High Court’s Justice Arnold stated that he believes the infamous Swedish torrent site actively engages in wide-scale copyright infringement.

iTunes Match replacing explicit songs with clean versions

iTunes Match seems like a fantastic idea. Pay $25 a year, get all of your tracks up in the cloud either by having them recognized or by uploading them, and then you are free to download them to your iPhone at a moments notice. It seems the service isn’t exactly perfect with a frustrating glitch being discovered that converts explicit versions of songs to clean versions.

MPAA calls anti-piracy OPEN Act ineffective, slow & costly

The Motion Picture Association of America criticized this week the Online Protection and Enforcement of Digital Trade Act (OPEN), calling it a “distraction” to legitimate anti-piracy legislation. Introduced by Rep. Darrell Issa and backed by Sen. Ron Wyden, the Online Protection and Enforcement of Digital Trade Act (OPEN) was designed as an alternative to PROTECT IP and SOPA, which many fear could lead to online censorship and the unfair targeting of legitimate sites.