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Just don't blame Bono! Apple iTunes music sales PLUMMET

Elevation and Vertigo may be songs that hit the high notes for Apple boss Tim Cook's chums U2, but the same can't be said for sales of iTunes music right now, which have reportedly nosedived since the start of 2013. According to the Wall Street Journal, iTunes revenue witnessed a rapid decline of around 13 per cent to 14 per …
Kelly Fiveash, 26 Oct 2014
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Spotify's new desktop client cuts off iTunes

The latest client from music streaming service Spotify will talk directly to an iPod, removing the need for iTunes to vet everything copied onto every Apple music player. The new desktop client will synchronise playlists, and offline content for paying customers, with Android and iOS devices. That's particularly important for …
Bill Ray, 4 May 2011
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Virgin says unlimited music downloads 'outdated'

Anyone remember Virgin's great unlimited MP3 music service? You can be forgiven for looking stumped. The day before the Carter Report was published in the Summer of 2009 – the report that became the basis of the Digital Economy Act – Virgin and Universal announced they'd be offering unlimited DRM-free MP3 downloads for the price …
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HMV takes on mighty iTunes with 40p promo

HMV has a new music download site and lots of offers to tempt punters away from iTunes. The UK music retailer kicks off hmvdigital today by selling any song in the top 40 for 40p a pop. Chart albums are retailing for as little as £4.99. The service has some 10 million DRM-free MP3 songs in its catalogue - and users can …
Drew Cullen, 26 Jul 2010
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Vodafone Music drops the protection

Vodafone has announced that from this summer the company's music store will start switching to DRM-free MP3 files, with every Vodafone network going DRM-free over the next few years. Germany, Italy, Spain, New Zealand, and the UK will be first to drop the Digital Rights Management that currently encumbers music bought from …
Bill Ray, 12 Mar 2009
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Metallica's Lars Ulrich illegally downloads own album

Metallica drummer and notorious Napster naysayer Lars Ulrich has admitted he illegally downloaded his band’s latest album from a file-sharing website. The heavy metal rocker told US music channel VH1 he wanted to test how the process worked. “I sat there myself and downloaded ‘Death Magnetic’ from the internet just to try it …
Kelly Fiveash, 6 Mar 2009
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Eminem sues Apple - again

Eminem's music publisher has filed a multimillion-dollar lawsuit against Apple over iTunes downloads, alleging the company is violating copyrights by selling the rapper's song online. The lawsuit was filed Monday in US District Court in Detroit by Ferndale-based Eight Mile Style and Eminem's copyright manager, Martin Affiliated …
Austin Modine, 31 Jul 2007

Insuring iTunes: are your digital downloads covered?

Consumers building up extensive collections of digital music and movies should ensure their downloads are protected by their home insurance policy and will be replaced if the computers keeping them are damaged or stolen. Many insurers do not cover digital possessions, it has emerged. The days of popping down to your local …
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RIAA tried to shake down 10-year-old daughter, suit claims

An unemployed single mom with health problems has renewed her legal challenge of the Recording Industry Ass. of America (RIAA) with unseemly new details. They include accusations that the cartel's goons tried to contact the woman's 10-year-old daughter at school by impersonating the girl's grandmother on the phone. RIAA agents …
Dan Goodin, 27 Jun 2007
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Video download site ordered to spy on users

When the founders called the site TorrentSpy, this isn't what they had in mind. In a recent court ruling, made public last week, a federal judge ordered TorrentSpy.com to track the behavior of its own users - a means of gathering evidence in a lawsuit against the site by the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA). On …
Cade Metz, 12 Jun 2007
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Amazon plans iTunes rival

Amazon.com is prepping an MP3 music download store, offering DRM-free songs from EMI and 12,000 other labels. The e-tailer will open shop "later this year". In the meantime it is not commenting on pricing. But according to WebProNews, Amazon is said to be offering "full album downloads retailing at $4.99 to $8.99 and …
Austin Modine, 16 May 2007
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The Pirate Bay admits links with right-wing benefactor

A spokesman for the Swedish torrent tracker The Pirate Bay, has admitted on Swedish tv that their servers and broadband bandwidth were financed by Carl Lundström, one of the alleged sponsors of Swedish far-right political party Sweden Democrats. "We needed the money," spokesman Tobias Andersson told Bert Karlsson, a former …
Jan Libbenga, 7 May 2007
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Court sez music downloads aren't performances

ASCAP isn't enjoying the tune that came out of a federal district court in New York yesterday. The court ruled that music downloads don't constitute performances of copyrighted works, and are merely mechanical reproductions of the copyrighted material. This denies ASCAP any entitlement to collect royalties for downloads as they …
Kevin Fayle, 26 Apr 2007

Windows Media Player sends music site silent

A music-sharing site popular with small and independent artists is suspending operations because of incompatibilities with Microsoft's latest version of Windows Media Player. Weedshare, home to 10,000 musicians and 100,000 tracks, will go offline next week after four years because Windows Media Player 11 does not play music …
Gavin Clarke, 5 Apr 2007

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