MySpace has announced that they will start selling music downloads, in competition with iTunes. Actually, more accurately, My Space is going to allow the indie artists who make up a substantial portion of their userbase to start selling their own music via downloads on My Space, or what some are calling MyTunes.
Just about a year ago we told you that AOL had announced they had purchased Music Now and its entire catalog of music. Now AOL has announced that they have revamped the Music Now music service, and it is open for business as “AOL Music Now”.
Forget your fancy Mac MP3 players!
Did you know that you can play an MP3 on the fly on your Mac without using or loading any separate Mac MP3 players, and without even loading or using iTunes?
Yahoo has started offering DRM-free (free of Digital Rights Management software) music. “Our position is simple: DRM doesn’t add any value for the artist, label, or consumer, the only people it adds value to are the technology companies…” says Yahoo.
The newest version of iTunes comes complete with its own privacy issues. In fact, some people find the invasion of privacy by the iTunes 6.02 “MiniStore” service, so bad that they have nicknamed it “Spytunes.”
Patricia Santangelo may become the first victim of the RIAA to achieve martyr status. Unwilling to admit to something that she did not due, Patricia Santangelo is standing up to the RIAA and defending herself – literally – in court.
Sony BMG has settled the first of the lawsuits brought against them over the First4Internet XCP rootkit software and the MediaMax software.
Downloading the Crazy Frog ringtone lead to text message spam being sent to the user’s cell phone from Crazy Frog ringtone creator Jamba. Now Jamba’s service provider, mBlox, has been fined for Jamba’s wrongdoing.
Following the Sony rootkit fiasco, some artists, such as My Morning Jacket, are taking matters into their own hands.
The Grateful Dead demanded that the Internet Archive remove all Grateful Dead concert recordings available for download. However after a public outcry by their fans, and a petition, they relented.
Sony BMG has issued a statement recalling their CDs containing the XCP rootkit software, and offering to exchange any still out there for CDs free of First4Internet’s XCP.
AOL has purchased online music portal MusicNow, giving AOL and its users access to a catalog of over a million songs, and relationships with all of the major record labels.
Adult industry spokespersons indicate that they won’t offer video downloads aimed at the video iPod, but there are already sites offering free video downloads of that nature aimed squarely at the new video iPod.