Police in the UK have reportedly arrested the operators of the music downloading application Mulve, an event that has prompted the permanent closure of the service.
Starting next month, music fans never pay more than $10 for a CD published by Universal Music Group.
Legendary musician Pete Townshend leveled some harsh criticism at Apple over its successful iTunes store this week, his dignified accent cushioning the blows. Contrasting iTunes with radio, the artist explained that the digital music download service is cash flow-driven but lacks more traditional revenue streams such as advertising and subscriptions. Townshend proposed that Apple should become more hands-on with the musicians who use its online shop instead of just sitting back and collecting an "enormous" 30 percent commission.
Not to be outdone by Apple, Google, or Amazon, Best Buy has decided to launch their own music service. The service, called Best Buy Music Cloud, allows users to upload their music and access it via computer, phone, or tablet. While it's nice to see Best Buy at least making an attempt to keep up with other music services, their system comes with a number of restrictions and caveats.
The popular music app GrooveShark is no longer available on Android platforms via the official Market after Google yanked the plug out of its amplifier this week. This marks the second time Escape Media Group's music sharing software has been booed off the stage in as many years.
Sony's Music Unlimited service doesn't enjoy the same word-of-mouth enthusiasm that Spotify and Pandora have garnered from music lovers. But if being unpopular stopped the company from trying to improve, it would have closed up shop a long time ago. A new update for users accessing the streaming music platform on their PlayStation 3 consoles has added much-needed features, including greater customization options available to subscribers.
Yahoo won a legal ruling against Sony Corp's BMG Music now that a federal appeals court in New York ruled the popular Internet giant doesn't need to pay additional fees to copyright holders when it plays songs.
There is a continued battle between the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) and music listeners, as yet another interesting file sharing service has appeared. The new Mulve file sharing program isn't a peer-to-peer program, and users download music file straight from servers.
Audio-Technica has launched its latest flagship noise-cancelling headphones range, the ATH-ANC9 QuietPoint. Its new features includes a choice of three user-selectable noise-cancellation settings, an inline microphone and a controller for answering phone calls and controlling music playback, such as next/previous track.
For the first time, revenue from music download/subscription sales has overtaken physical media in the first three months of 2012. While individual song download sales have overtaken CD singles for many years, album sales including box sets continued to sell better than as downloads up until now.
Niklas Zennstrom and Janus Friis, the entrepreneurs known for creating Kazaa, Skype, & Joost are back in the spotlight with their new startup, Rdio, a subscription-based online music service.
A new study in the United Kingdom re-asserts that illegal downloaders actually purchase more music than those who don't download tracks online.
Spain has stepped up and added itself to the growing list of countries that are experimenting with new techniques to clamp down on piracy and counterfeiting. The country's ruling administration, Partido Popular, has pushed through an anti-piracy measure that will make it quicker and easier for copyright holders to shut down infringing websites.
MySpace Music is now testing 30-second audio ads that are played when listeners want to listen to free music through the popular service.
Celebrating its spinoff from Viacom and RealNetworks, the now independent online Rhapsody music service has slashed its monthly subscription to $10 per month.
Microsoft's painstakingly-detailed and fascinating Building Windows 8 tell-all blog has covered USB 3.0 support, a new Explorer interface and an app store. In a new entry, the company explained its decision to revamp ISO access and management. Citing past customer requests, Stephen Sinofsky, Windows Live president, confirmed Windows 8 will offer native Explorer support for both ISO and VHD files.