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Nokia loses sales lure as Maps and Music apps cracked

If Nokia is banking on its Music and Maps software will give it an edge over other Phone 7 handsets, it’s in trouble – the copy protection behind the code has been cracked. Handsets such as the new Lumia 800 are being billed as the only way to access Nokia’s extensive maps database or music playing system. However, both have now …
Iain Thomson, 11 Nov 2011
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Don't think you're SAFE from Windows zombies just 'cos you have an iPhone - research

Fanbois aren't safe from Windows malware - and it's all down to iTunes syncing. The music software's sync is the Achilles' heel that could expose otherwise secure iOS devices to malware, security researchers warn. Simply connecting an iPhone or iPad to an infected Windows machine through a USB cable leaves it vulnerable to …
John Leyden, 15 Aug 2014
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Sony admits Connect Player 1.0 music software 'problems'

Sony has apologised for problems some users have experienced with its Connect Player utility when the jukebox software is used with the firm's NW-A1000, NW-A3000 and NW-A608 digital music players, launched last November. Quite a few UK-based Walkman owners have complained on bulletin boards and to Sony directly that running the …
Tony Smith, 30 Jan 2006

Happy birthday, LP: Can you believe it's only 65?

This storage medium progressed from spinning disk to flash and then entered the cloud... Sound familiar? It's the long-playing music album and this year marks the sixty-fifth anniversary of its inception. The 33 1/3rpm vinyl long-playing record was devised in 1948 by Columbia Records and was an upgrade on the prior 78rpm 12-inch …
Chris Mellor, 22 Feb 2013

Nokia Lumia 1020: It's an imaging BEAST... and it makes calls too

Nokia's marketing department is comparing its new imaging champ, the Lumia 1020 smartphone, to digital SLR cameras. That's just silly. But what the Lumia 1020 can lay claim to is that it takes the best photos of any current modern smartphone – by a clear head and shoulders. And Nokia has packaged it into a modern phone, rather …
Andrew Orlowski, 20 Sep 2013
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Propellerhead Figure

Propellerhead’s ReBirth app brought some powerful sequencer tools to iOS last year, but made a fatal mistake by simply transplanting the complex interface of the original PC software onto the smaller screen of the iPhone and iPad. Propellerhead Figure iOS app screenshot Propellerhead Figure iOS app screenshot Clear hints help …
Cliff Joseph, 19 Apr 2012
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P-P-P-Pick up our PENGUIN-POWERED Pi PIPER of Python

Turning the Raspberry Pi into a music player is old hat, but turning it into a personalised DJ is slightly more difficult if a lot more interesting. The Raspberry Pi, an ARM-powered £20 computer sold as the educationalists' dream, is finding its place as a media player in many tech-aware homes, but installing media player XBMC …
Bill Ray, 26 Nov 2012
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Piracy: Music, Software v. Hollywood

The music and computer industries have come out against any moves by the US government to embed anti-piracy technology in software and consumer electronic devices. This puts them in a different camp from Hollywood's mouthpiece, the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), which supports government-mandated technology. In a …
Drew Cullen, 15 Jan 2003
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Happy birthday MIDI 1.0: Slave to the rhythm

In part one, the main focus was on MIDI’s myriad data forms and how it began chattering to synths and drum machines, but it was the sequencer that really demonstrated MIDI’s brilliance. In fact, so brilliant it was, that musicians even began to think they were brilliant too by association. Brilliant! It’s early 1988 and it’s …
Bob Dormon, 26 Aug 2013
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Music.com endorses Windows Media, disses MP3

Online retailer Music.com has chosen Windows Media Technologies as the "preferred format" for music distribution from its Web site, the companies announced Thursday. "Windows Media provides the mission-critical reliability and quality our users are demanding, and will help us become an indispensable online destination for all …
Thomas C Greene, 28 Jan 2000
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M-Audio Keystation Mini 32

It always pays to read the fine print, especially when it’s to be found on the bottom of a box, while on the top the label says, ‘Works with iPad’. Such is the case with M-Audio’s Keystation Mini 32, a really rather good portable keyboard controller for mobile musos and the classroom. This host powered 32-note USB keyboard isn’t …
Bob Dormon, 19 Sep 2011
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Rise of the machines, south of Milton Keynes

It’s the sounds that get you: wheels spinning, processors squeaking, the furious hammering of teleprinters, and some 1980s synth. Yes, computers really were this noisy – something you forget in an era when even the benign tap of the keyboard is giving away to the silent swoosh of finger on glass. I’m at The National Museum of …
Gavin Clarke, 29 Jun 2013
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Creative Labs to offer digital music player

Creative Labs is to produce a digital music player to compete with rival Diamond Multimedia's Rio PMP300, according to the company's European brand manager, Eion Leyden. Quoted in the UK media, Leyden gave few details of the forthcoming product, but he did make the interesting comment that "MP3 will not rule the roost" and that …
Tony Smith, 26 Jan 1999

Group Test: Wireless music streamers

The Roku Soundbridge M1001, Logitech's Squeezebox Duet, Philips' Streamium NP1100 and the Sonos Digital Music System all offer ways to get the music on your hard drive to pump out of your stereo. They do so in various forms with various extra functionalities and at various prices, but at the end of the day they all do basically …
Alun Taylor, 05 Sep 2008
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Nokia moves to counter Apple-Moto music alliance

Nokia has chosen to partner with digital music distributor Loudeye to develop a music download platform for mobile phones. The announcement of the deal, said to be a multi-year agreement, puts Loudeye head to head with Apple in the fight to dominate the next level of the legal music download market. Last month, Apple teamed up …
Tony Smith, 09 Aug 2004
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Sanyo jumps on digital music bandwagon

Japanese consumer electronics giant Sanyo today pulled the wraps off its upcoming portable digital music player -- and announced it intends to offer a full range of digital music devices, from hi-fi separates to in-store kiosks. Sanyo's announcement follows July's release of the Secure Digital Music Initiative (SDMI) portable …
Tony Smith, 23 Aug 1999
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Online adults won't pay for music downloads

If the music industry thinks it can make money charging for digital music downloads, it can think again - punters just aren't interested in paying for music online. So concludes G2, yet another subsidiary of research colossus Gartner Group, after surveying the purchasing plans and habits of 4000 online adults. Tellingly, only …
Tony Smith, 29 Aug 2001
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Major labels join IBM on Net music sales trial

Four of the music industry's six key players -- Sony Music, Time-Warner, EMI, MCA/Universal -- and IBM have announced the first major move in the business' bid to take command of the Internet music scene. The plan, dubbed the Madison Project, will see the participants co-operating on an experimental music distribution system set …
Tony Smith, 26 Nov 1998
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MS wields price cutlass at Chinese pirates

Microsoft has slashed the retail price of its Office 2007 suite in China by over 70 per cent for versions to counter widespread piracy in the country. The software giant has cut the selling price for Office 2007 Home and Student Edition to 199 yuan ($29) from 699 yuan ($102) as a special promotional offer that kicked off on …
Kelly Fiveash, 24 Sep 2008
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Cheapskate Aussie net-shoppers safe from GST for now

Australia’s Productivity Commission has released its report into the Australian retail industry, and finds that while this country’s 10% goods and service tax should apply to low-value international purchases made over the Internet, collection would be too expensive. Since the Australian dollar began appreciating in value, …
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Apple patches critical iTunes bug

In all the hoopla surrounding Apple's announcement of its revamped line of iPods on Wednesday, many users might have missed the company's update to iTunes, which includes a fix for a serious security flaw. The update, which brings the consumer technology company's iTunes music software to version 7.4, adds the ability to turn …
SecurityFocus, 07 Sep 2007
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Chronos EZ430: An SDK packing watch for real techies

When does The Register take interest in a $50 sports watch? When it comes with an SDK and wireless connectivity, and packing a screwdriver. The Chronos EZ430 from Texas Instruments is no consumer product, despite its appearance and low price. It's really a development platform designed to show off what TI's embedded sensor chips …
Bill Ray, 05 Apr 2010
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M-Audio Pro Tools Recording Studio

Audio interfacing has always tended to be rather unpredictable on computers, especially laptops. What you get can vary with each refresh, with an audio input jack one day and just a headphone socket the next. The argument goes: if it’s that important, buy an external audio interface. If you’re a musician, even well-spec’d …
Bob Dormon, 10 Apr 2010
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Pirate CD 'kingpins' cop a plea

A pair of California men pleaded guilty this week to what prosecutors describe as the largest CD manufacturing piracy scheme ever uncovered in the US. Ye Teng Wen (AKA Michael Wen), 29 and Hao He (AKA Kevin He), 30, both of Union City, California admitted the mass production of nearly 200,000 pirated music and software CDs. The …
John Leyden, 06 Apr 2006
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Snow Leopard - what doesn't work

A grassroots effort is assiduously testing a broad range of Mac applications to discover which work with Snow Leopard and which don't. And overall, the news is good. Unfortunately, you may or may not be able to access their complete list, which is on a WikiDot called Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard Compatibility List. The website has …
Rik Myslewski, 27 Aug 2009
Digitech iPB-10 guitar effects pedalboard for iPad

Digitech iPB-10 guitar effects pedalboard for iPad

When the Digitech iPB-10 arrived, I duly dispatched an e-mail to a muso mate with a link to this ultimate iPad guitar pedalboard. The wag replied: Nice machine you're reviewing, but I don't know whether 87 pedals, 54 amps and 26 cabinets is quite enough for me... Digitech iPB-10 guitar effects pedalboard for iPad Heavy metal: …
Bob Dormon, 29 Mar 2012
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Nokia to put iTunes on N91?

Nokia today denied claims that it has done a deal with Apple to put iTunes on its N91 media phone. According to Finnish newspaper Taloussanomat, today Nokia is to embrace Apple's online music service. "I've seen already a phone like that," said Anssi Vanjoki, Nokia's multimedia chief, the paper reports. His comment was …
Tony Smith, 18 Aug 2005

Nokia 5320 XpressMusic mobile phone

Nokia has cranked up the volume of its mobile music message recently with the debut of its Comes With Music download service and the unveiling of its touchscreen 5800 XpressMusic handset. At the same time, Nokia has also been reinforcing its band of XpressMusic devices with the release of some tidy if relatively low-key music- …
Phil Lattimore, 22 Nov 2008
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HP benches iTunes and promotes Real's Rhapsody

HP's career as an Apple reseller has come to an end. The computer maker is expected to announce that it has dropped iTunes as the main music software on its PC and picked up the Rhapsody service from Real Networks as a replacement. This move follows HP's July decision to stop selling rebadged iPods. Rhapsody will become the …
Ashlee Vance, 05 Jan 2006
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Musicmaker.com readies $420 million IPO

US custom CD supplier Musicmaker.com is set to make its IPO following a three-month delay incurred when the company went into takeover talks with British music giant EMI, one of the world's 'big five' music labels. In the end, EMI bought just half of the company, in exchange for Musicmaker.com gaining the rights to EMI's back …
Tony Smith, 06 Jul 1999
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Watchdog eyes copyright safety for iPhones, YouTube

A landmark exemption to US copyright law allowing Americans to unlock their cell phones should be strengthened to prevent trampling on the right of companies that recycle and refurbish handsets, their attorney told the Librarian of Congress Tuesday. The exemption would apply to a provision of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act …
Dan Goodin, 03 Dec 2008

Sony Ericsson Walkman W910i motion-controlled phone

Sony Ericsson takes moving to the music literally with its motion-sensor based “shake control” track-changing gadgetry. But there’s far more to the HSDPA 3G-enabled Walkman W910i phone than slick moves. The W910i's slick sliderphone design also nods firmly in the direction of Sony Ericsson’s W880i slimline candybar - reviewed …
Phil Lattimore, 21 Dec 2007
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GoodNoise, Harry Fox deal ‘legitimises’ MP3

Web-based music company GoodNoise has been granted a licence to deliver songs digitally in the MP3 format by the Harry Fox Agency (HFA), the licensing arm of the National Music Publishers' Association. The move is a major step in the legitimisation of MP3, loathed by the big record labels yet loved by Internet-based music fans …
Tony Smith, 04 Feb 1999
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Samsung Tocco Ultra Edition S8300

While last summer’s Tocco proved a hit for Samsung, its follow up isn’t simply a feature-refreshed, identikit Mark II model. For this season’s flagship Tocco Ultra Edition, Samsung has reconfigured the original minimalist design with a significant extra – a sliderphone keypad – adding a different dimension to the look, feel and …
Phil Lattimore, 15 May 2009
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Liquid Audio wins Iomega support

Iomega has agreed to bundle Liquid Audio's digital music software with future storage products -- in a special version keyed to specific Zip disks. The first fruits of the deal are likely to appear early next year when Iomega begins to ship its 250MB successor to the popular 100MB Zip drive (see Iomega to update Zip). Both …
Tony Smith, 18 Nov 1998
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US court demands stronger copyright filters for Morpheus

A permanent injunction has been imposed on the distributor of the Morpheus file-sharing software. A US court ruled yesterday that StreamCast Inc. must use "the most effective means available to reduce the infringing capabilities of the system." The ruling comes less than a week after Google announced the launch of its own …
OUT-LAW.COM, 18 Oct 2007
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Metallica drops Yale from anti-Napster suit

Metallica said yesterday that it will let Yale University off the hook for allegedly aiding and abetting copyright infringement after the well-known US educational institution banned its students from using Napster, the controversial 'seek, locate, download' music software. Napster is the target of a copyright infringement, …
Tony Smith, 20 Apr 2000
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Metallica lets second uni off the hook after Napster ban

Indiana University yesterday followed the example of Yale to re-impose a ban on controversial 'seek, locate, download' MP3 music software Napster. Like Yale, Indiana's move was made in response to the legal action launched last week by metal band Metallica. On Wednesday, Metallica said it would remove Yale from its lawsuit, …
Tony Smith, 21 Apr 2000
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iRiver N10 512MB Flash MP3 player

With so many MP3 players available on the market, manufacturers now need to come up with ever more ingenious ways to entice you into choosing their players over the competition. For some, the temptation to be too wacky has become irresistible. An example: iRiver with the N10. But wackiness aside, does the player make the grade? …
Pocket Lint, 15 Dec 2004

Motorola finally ships iTunes phone in UK

Motorola has at least allowed UK consumers to buy a handset that incorporates Apple's iTunes music software. Phones made available in the US with iTunes have to date shipped over here without the application. The new phone is the RAZR V3im, a updated version of the V3i Motorola launched in the UK earlier this year. You can read …
Tony Smith, 12 May 2006
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Congress reps launch fightback on DRM rights erosion

Two US Congress representatives are this week raising the standard of rebellion against the entertainment business' use of DRM and the DMCA to erode consumer rights, and hence to enhance their own revenues. Rep Zoe Lofgren of San Jose introduced her Digital Choice and Freedom Act of 2002 earlier this week, while Rick Boucher, …
John Lettice, 03 Oct 2002
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UK vid games sales soar to £684m

Sales of computers games in the UK are up almost 13 per cent so far this year, giving rise to hope that 2002 could be a bumper year for the industry. Figures released by the Entertainment and Leisure Software Publishers Association (ELSPA) reveal that sales of video games in the UK for the first nine months of this year have …
Tim Richardson, 21 Oct 2002
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Cottage shop games pirate, spammer and pornographer jailed

A prolific counterfeiter was sentenced to three-and-a-half year’s imprisonment at Cardiff Crown Court this week, after he was caught with an estimated quarter of a million pounds worth of pirated merchandise. John Lamb, 45, of Llanharan near Bridgend, South Wales pleaded guilty to 22 counts of Trade Mark offences and five Video …
John Leyden, 22 Jul 2004
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Jobs caps snoozathon with cut-down Emagic, iPod

Would the January MacWorld keynote on the twentieth anniversary of the Macintosh live up to expectations? These January keynotes have traditionally served two purposes: as a stage to bring the company lots of free publicity, and to announce key new products. But as recent keynotes have proved, the latter has been deprecated in …
Andrew Orlowski, 06 Jan 2004
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Napster bans most alleged Metallica pirates

Controversial digital music software company Napster said yesterday that it has booted 317,377 users from its MP3 'seek, locate, download' service. That should go some way to pleasing rock band Metallica who accused the 317,000-odd users - and over 26,000 more - of illegally distributing its music. "We intend to fully comply …
Tony Smith, 10 May 2000
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Road Runner messages ‘censored’, newsgroups complain

Media giant Time Warner appears to be censoring subscribers to its Road Runner Net access service by corrupting newsgroup messages it fears contain pirated material. (Update: Here is TW's explanation) For the past fortnight, users of the $44.95 a month service have been complaining that the vast majority of newsgroups messages …
Kieren McCarthy, 17 Nov 2003
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Europe to say no to AOL, Time-Warner, EMI merger

The European Union looks set to block AOL's $132 billion acquisition of Time-Warner, and the latter's' music label merger with EMI, on the grounds that the deals, if allowed to go ahead, would be anti-competitive. According to a leaked preliminary ruling from the European Commission, the merger "would create a dominant position …
Tony Smith, 04 Sep 2000
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Apple forces name-switch on Napster cloner

Apple's lawyers have been quietly busy persuading a Napster clone developer to change its name. And, indeed, the software company formerly known as AppleSoup should now be referred to as Flycode. Flycode received a cease and desist request from Apple's ever more busy legal eagles some six weeks ago shortly after AppleSoup, …
Tony Smith, 27 Sep 2000
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Alan Cox attacks the European DMCA

Alan Cox has issued a wake up call to the Linux community amid concerns that the pending European Union Copyright Directive (EUCD) could stymie open source development. The directive, which was approved last year, extends European copyright legislation so that it is even more restrictive than America's controversial Digital …
John Leyden, 30 Apr 2002
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Spyware found on one in three corporate networks

One in three European companies are harbouring spyware apps on their networks, a new study claims. Spyware applications, programs which surreptitiously send information from surfers' PCs to marketing outfits, are becoming a bigger problem, according to the Emerging Internet Threats Survey 2003. Spyware on company systems …
John Leyden, 07 Feb 2003