Digital music giant Rhapsody told sources today at CNET.com that it will make an announcement about acquiring Napster from Best Buy. Some of you may recall that Best Buy was responsible for breathing new life into the music streaming service,...
The 2011 “iTunes User Report” compiled by the NPD group, a leading market research organization, reports that despite the strong growth of app downloads the primary use of iTunes among most consumers is still music. More than half of iTunes users, specifically 54 percent, used the program to put music on their iPod or listen to music in the past three months. Contrary to that 28 percent used the software to download a free app and only 16 percent used it to buy an app.
Newzbin2 just won't give up. The usenet index site announced last week it had circumvented a court-ordered block that prevented British ISP BT's customers from logging in. Mr. White, the mysterious leader/provocateur behind Newzbin2, has now come forward and stated that he would love to share the equally cloak-and-dagger workaround with other embattled sites.
This week marks a new, innovative approach to the fight against digital piracy, as New York City has clearly spoken on the behalf of the 700,000 New York artists that work in the creative fields with the Create the Next Spot contest.
Cloud-based storage continues to make inroads with consumers accustomed to traditional options. Google and Amazon have both released cloud music services in 2011, and Apple's long-awaited and highly-anticipated iCloud is due this fall. Bitcasa, a new underdog in the increasingly competitive cloud market war, is bringing considerable firepower to bear.
More than 130 CEOs, start-up founders and tech business executives, including Friendster alum Jonathan Abrams and MovieFone's Matthew Blumberg, have come together with a common goal: prevent PROTECT IP from being passed into law. In a letter addressed to Congress, the group broached potential security concerns, DNS issues and the proposal's overall vagueness as key criticisms, reminding members to consider that their votes may also impact small businesses and stymie job creation.
Starting the annual IFA consumer electronics expo off with a bang, Turkish digital TV company Vestel announced a partnership with BitTorrent that will bring certified file-sharing technology into European living rooms.
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.
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?
A federal court judge ruled on Monday that cloud music service MP3tunes does not violate copyright laws when it stored only a single copy of a song on its servers, instead of one copy per user. With all of the cloud music options out there right now including Google and Amazon, there are a lot of people very happy about this decision.
While critics and supporters debate the more technical aspects of the PROTECT IP bill, one topic has gone largely ignored: its price tag. As it turns out, sweeping changes to Internet security and how websites operate don't come cheap. The Congressional Budget Office released a cost estimate analysis last week that found $47 million would need to be allocated through 2016 to get the legislation off the ground.
Don Henley, known for his soulful crooning with "The Eagles," is auditioning for a new gig: PROTECT IP supporter. So far, he's nailed it. In an editorial published by USA Today titled "Internet theft is a job-killer, too," the singer/songwriter argued that the controversial bill is indeed a powerful weapon against piracy and that authorities should be allowed to wield it. "Theft of American products and ideas is no longer the hobby of teenagers with laptops; it's big business," wrote Henley.
Car manufacturers are going green and aiming for the cloud. The coming years will see an uptick in connected vehicles says a new IHS iSuppli report. Expect a new suite of apps, and traditional radio stations to make way for Internet-based music services.
Outgoing RIAA chief Mitch Bainwol declared in his goodbye letter that the music industry was beating pirates. That's debatable. However, his former organization will soon have another skirmish to address - not against content thieves, but the content creators themselves. In two years, the rights to music from the late 1970s could be up for auction. That is, unless the RIAA has its way.
If you thought going out to eat was expensive, consider the steep price for being caught playing unlicensed music in a restaurant: $7,612 per song. Now, multiply that by four. That's how much the owners of North Carolina-based Fosters American Grille have been ordered to pay following a successful, aggressive civil lawsuit brought by BMI.
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.

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