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Streaming now outsells downloads – Recording Industry Ass. of America

Last year, revenues from streaming music topped those of paid downloads for the first time ever. This according to a fresh report [PDF] from the Recording Industry Ass. of America (RIAA), tracking revenues reported by US record labels. The RIAA says that during the year, streaming music revenues accounted for just over one- …
Shaun Nichols, 23 Mar 2016
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Let downloads roam free, says ACCC

Australia's consumer regulator, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, is pushing back against calls to ban accessing offshore content with means such as VPNs, in a submission to an inquiry into copyright legislation. The competition regulator reckons parallel importation should be available in every market, …
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Kim Dotcom flails desperately, launches chat service

Kim Dotcom has set off on his new service to challenge Skype and other video platforms. The Megaupload boss has put forth the beta release of his MegaChat service with a Tweet: #MegaChat beta step by step. Starting with video calling today. Text chat & video conferencing will follow soon. — Kim Dotcom (@KimDotcom) January 22 …
Shaun Nichols, 23 Jan 2015
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Apple serves up 25 BEEELLIONTH iTunes download

Apple's iTunes Music Store has served its 25 billionth download, and is now shuttling tunes to Macs, PCs, and iDevices at a average rate of 15,000 per minute. "We are grateful to our users whose passion for music over the past 10 years has made iTunes the number one music retailer in the world," said Apple's internet software …
Rik Myslewski, 6 Feb 2013

US wireless downloads hit 1.1 trillion MB/year

There are now more wireless subscriptions in the USA than there are citizens, according to the latest data from The Wireless Association (CTIA). The Association's latest count of all things wireless, The Semi-Annual Wireless Industry Survey, (PDF) covers July 2011 to June 2012, and found: 321.7 million wireless subscriber …
Simon Sharwood, 15 Oct 2012

Fox to release movie downloads weeks before discs

Fox is to offer movie downloads up to three weeks before the films arrive on disc and in video-on-demand services in a bid to boost digital sales. The studio's scheme will take place in the US, and push product - starting with Ridley Scott's Alien prequel, Prometheus - through the UltraViolet cloud movie service. Prometheus …
Tony Smith, 7 Sep 2012

Bargain-hunting Chinese make life tough for iOS devs

Apple iOS developers in China are struggling to make a living from the platform, with App Store revenues in the region accounting for just three per cent of the global total, despite scooping 18 per cent of worldwide downloads. A new report from Shanghai-based analyst Stenvall Skoeld (via TNW) claims that Apple and its …
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Digital singles all the rage in Europe

Sales of digital singles across Europe rose 13 per cent in the first half of 2011 – although in many cases it is simply younger local markets playing catch-up. Almost 170 million were sold in all, Nielsen has reported. In Germany, singles sales were up 20 per cent, but the most mature market – the UK – still accounts for …
Andrew Orlowski, 27 Jul 2011
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BPI works out how to put PG stickers on downloads

The BPI has invoked the spirit of Tipper Gore in its effort to warn parents and kids when downloads might be offensive to young ears and eyes. The BPI said its Parental Advisory Scheme "will stipulate that UK digital music retailers and streaming services should clearly display the internationally recognised Parental Advisory …
Joe Fay, 2 Jun 2011
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Judge hands $1m bill for Beatles downloads

A California website that claimed its "psycho-acoustic simulation" technology meant it could sell Beatles downloads has been ordered to cough up $950,000 to EMI. started offering the downloads in 2009 at 25 cents a pop. The too good to be true deal came well ahead of Apple's own tie-up with the fab four and, more …
Joe Fay, 29 Mar 2011
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Three-quarters of downloads are illegal – BPI

Seventy-six per cent of music downloaded this year was downloaded illegally, the BPI reckons in its annual survey of digital trends. The British record industry group estimates there are 8 million people, or 23 per cent of the UK online population, using P2P software. That means around two-thirds to three-quarters of people …
Andrew Orlowski, 16 Dec 2010
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Nielsen cops to iPad stat cock-up

The customarily competent media-survey firm, The Nielsen Company, has backtracked on its startling claim that one-third of all iPad users have never download an app. The company now says that the number of download virgins is fewer than one in ten. "This article and the related download have been amended to reflect updates to …
Rik Myslewski, 25 Oct 2010
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French taxpayer to subsidise music buyers

The European Commission has approved a French scheme to subsidise music downloads for 15-25 year olds. The taxpayer will contribute €25 per user per year to every "Carte Musique" cardholder, which entitles the user to €50 worth of downloads. The cardholder will stump up the other half of the cost of the card. The proposal had …
Andrew Orlowski, 15 Oct 2010
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Sony exec forecasts physical media future

If in ten years we've all got diskless PlayStations and Xboxes, we'll all be able to jeer at Sony Computer Enterainment CEO Kaz Hirai who this week forecast such things are at least that far off, if not longer. There are two reasons for this, he told trade paper MCV, one technical, one commercial. From a technological …
Tony Smith, 27 Aug 2010
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Judge batters Bluebeat with injunction over Beatles downloads

An LA judge has slapped an injunction on the Californian website that was flogging downloads of the Beatles catalogue at 25 cents a pop. According to the LA Times, Judge John F Walter said the defendant in the case, and its owner, Hank Risan, rejected Bluebeat's argument that it had not breached copyright in the …
Joe Fay, 19 Nov 2009
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Torrents and physical ownership score high for music fans

Music collections and physical recordings still matter, even to younger "digital natives" who aren't supposed to care about such things, a new British music survey suggests. The research highlights the growing popularity of P2P services, although this may be brittle - if something better and legal comes along. The survey, by …
Andrew Orlowski, 11 Aug 2009
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Smut downloads pound Japan's 3G network

Japan's 3G network is taking a pounding from porn-hungry users, who are eagerly slurping up capacity to the point that service providers have been obliged to impose limits on abusers of "unlimited" net access packages. According to Bloomberg, DoCoMo and KDDI Corp are feeling the heat, especially around midnight when “heavy …
Lester Haines, 6 Jul 2009
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Virgin to offer unlimited, DRM-free music

Virgin Media is to launch the world's first unlimited, DRM-free music download service in the UK by Christmas. It's signed the world's biggest label - the Vivendi-owned Universal Music Group - for the launch, and says it's talking to publishers and other labels. The service will be priced at "a couple of albums per month", …
Andrew Orlowski, 15 Jun 2009

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