Apple’s iTunes Match, the company’s cloud music service, has finally launched for everyone today alongside iTunes 10.5.1. Apple originally promised that iTunes Match would be live by the end of October so this launch is two weeks late and still not quite perfect.
Verizon will now reportedly forward copyright violation notices issued by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) to subscribers accused of copyright infringement.
As free streaming music services such as Pandora and Spotify take off, Warner Music has decided it no longer wants to be a part of the action.
Amazon is clearly in the cloud storage race to win, and they are not messing around. The online retailer's Cloud Drive service has already proven fairly popular and now they are sweetening the pot with Cloud Player support on the iPad and unlimited storage for music.
Five nations have been singled out by U.S. lawmakers who say the specified countries have showed little effort to stifle widespread piracy.
Microsoft has removed one cumbersome step from its Zune online music store by letting people pay for MP3s with a credit card.
In a move seemingly inspired by Hollywood films that urge characters to get things done quickly, Dutch authorities are now looking into speeding up the oft-timely process of fining pirate radio operators. They're aiming to levy fines in 30 minutes or less. Can they do it?
Warner Music Group CEO Edgar Bronfman hopes current problems between Amazon and book publishers leads consumers to think about purchasing more music.
If you are looking for a Netflix streaming box and don’t have a lot of money to spend then you might just be in luck. Roku is adding another box to their lineup of affordable video streaming devices. The Roku LT will debut in early November and will only cost $50.
It seems that the RIAA and other music industry organizations have become bored with only harassing people who may or may not have illegally shared songs online. Now they have begun branching out and harassing the writers and publications who dare cover stories about file-sharing options.
Mitch Bainwol, Chairman and CEO of the Recording Industry Association of America, is calling it quits after eight years of steering the organization through some tumultuous times. Under Bainwol's watch, file-sharing sites Grokster and LimeWire met their demise even as the music industry was dragged kicking and screaming into the digital age. The outgoing executive offered some choice thoughts about his experiences in a letter addressed to the industry members he leaves behind.
A major copyright infringement hearing against the now-defunct peer-to-peer file sharing program LimeWire is already underway, but this week a new round of plaintiffs have filed yet another lawsuit against the company along with media company CBS Interactive and its subsidiary CNET.
Curbing piracy in the digital age is an uphill battle for rights holders. The sheer amount of illegally reproduced music, movies and video games available on the Internet makes shutting down sources an exercise in futility; like a Hydra, when one pirate site is killed others take its place. One avenue companies have explored is digital rights management, which puts restrictions on content for legitimate customers as a safeguard for possible piracy. However, new research from Rice and Duke universities suggests that removing DRM may actually be more beneficial for curtailing copyright infringement than including it.
Only a week after Apple blocked Palm's flagship smartphone from syncing with iTunes, Palm fights back.
Western Digital announced on Thursday that a new iteration of its WD TV Live media player would ship with the popular online music service Spotify built in - a first according to the company. Is it enough to convince consumers to meet the $99 asking price?
A new piracy case in Sweden this week is a big deal said Rick Falkvinge, a Pirate Party founder. According to Falkvinge, who live-blogged the trial on Monday, the public agreed: not a seat was available in the Sollentuna courtroom. The unnamed female defendant was accused of sharing some 45,000 music tracks online - a record for local trials, he noted. She pleaded not guilty.

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