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Livedrive adds media streaming

Cloud storage service Livedrive is adding personal media streaming for subscribers at no extra cost. Users will be able to listen to their own music collections on a remote computer, with transcoding handled by Livedrive. Unlike many others in a crowded field, Livedrive doesn't offer a free service as bait - but it doesn't …
Andrew Orlowski, 23 Sep 2010
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Nokia drops Nokia from Nokia Music

The world's biggest mobile company is to remove the obscure and confusing "Nokia" branding from its key strategic music service, Comes With Music, and lavish it with the world-renowned and highly respected "Ovi" brand, instead. The news didn't merit an official announcement, but was leaked to bloggers instead. A spokesperson …
Andrew Orlowski, 20 Aug 2010
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Apple smartens up music file-sharing via iDisk

Apple has stealthily added "cloud" music streaming without telling anyone - even its own customers, according to MP3Tunes' Michael Robertson. The feature, which is part of iDisk, allows password-free music sharing and playback. On closer inspection - this isn't exactly true. File-sharing has always been part of iDisk. It's …
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Rdio snubs 'second rate' Indies

Exclusive So much for the rebels socking it to The Man. The would-be "Spotify-killer" music service unveiled yesterday by former Kazaa founders Niklas Zennstrom and Janus Friis is happy to be owned by major labels. But Rdio won't extend the same offer to the Indie sector, The Register has learned. As with Spotify, the majors (Universal …
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£15 a month for legal P2P?

Over a quarter of file sharers would pay £14.50 a month for a legal P2P service, according to new survey of UK downloaders. A quarter also agreed with ISPs blocking web sites as a countermeasure against infringement. But around a third of pirates (34 per cent) reckoned that ISP threats would make no difference at all to their …
Andrew Orlowski, 27 May 2010
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Music biz defends ISP from music biz

The international music lobby group IFPI has come out in support of Danish ISP TDC in litigation brought by the country's songwriters. TDC's Play service bundles an all-you-can-eat music download service with an internet subscription, and it added streaming at the end of last year. Real numbers are hard to find, but Play is …
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Virgin's Music Unlimited gets limited

Virgin Media's big new music service, announced last summer, has hit a snag. Independent music alliance Merlin has told its members that it can't reach a fair price, but still hopes to. Merlin represents hundreds of small independent labels, and has the nod to negotiate on their behalf. The idea is that collectively they'll be …
Andrew Orlowski, 30 Mar 2010
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LibDems back copyright takedowns

Mandybill Two LibDem peers have tabled an amendment allowing the Courts to grant injunctions against ISPs - blocking off sections of the internet found to host infringing material. It's similar to the DMCA-style proposal punted by the BPI in the new year, which we exclusively revealed. Injunctions are already a legal tool against …
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Real to lose Rhapsody

The new management at Real has lost little time in deciding what to do with Rhapsody, its well-regarded music service. It's getting shot of it. Real will spin it out to operate as a private company, and reduce its 51 per cent majority shareholding. Viacom owns the other 49 per cent via MTV. More details are expected in an …
Andrew Orlowski, 10 Feb 2010
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We7 goes after Spotify with iPhone app, subs

Free ad-supported streaming music company We7 is joining the crowded subscription market and launching its own iPhone app next week. It's competitively priced with younger rival Spotify. Two new tiers will both provide access to a 4m song catalogue. The £4.99 monthly tier removes the ads, while a £9.99 a month Premium Plus …
Andrew Orlowski, 27 Jan 2010
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Why Bono is wrong about filesharing

Guest Opinion Music entrepreneur Paul Sanders thinks Bono is wrong, and the music business should start being a music business again. We invited him to elaborate. At a conference a few years ago IFPI Chairman John Kennedy said he had 'no problem' with China's approach to managing its citizens' use of the internet. It stuck in my mind for …
Paul Sanders, 20 Jan 2010
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Oxford bans Spotify

Heartless BOFHs at Oxford University have banned students from using Spotify, according to the student paper Cherwell. Although the IT Dept's rules permit streaming media applications, subject to bandwidth, Spotify is classed as a P2P application. Students will now have to resort to traditional pastimes of smashing restaurant …
Andrew Orlowski, 18 Jan 2010
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Spotify: The Sutton Coldfield challenge

Exclusive New Spotify figures obtained by El Reg shed some new light on the progress of the music phenomenon. Back in June, we revealed the subscriber and revenue numbers for the startup, which showed that Spotify had exceeded half a million UK users, but was gaining just 14p of advertising revenue per user - not enough to keep the …
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Son of Hadopi: The Revenge

The French government is soldiering on with its three strikes legislation, Hadopi. After rejection by the French Supreme Court on constitutional grounds in June, Hadopi fils returns to the Senate this afternoon. This time persistent file sharers who have been warned, then disconnected, will have the right to appeal the …
Andrew Orlowski, 15 Sep 2009
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Datz all, folks

Updated Datz Music Lounge, the all you can eat music service where you paid £99 upfront for a year's unlimited music, has closed. The service launched last year, offering DRM-free downloads with extensive back catalogues from EMI and Warner Music. Since September 1 the site has displayed the messaged "Datz Music Lounge is currently …
Andrew Orlowski, 15 Sep 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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Spotify founder hints at video, P2P sharing, world domination

If you don't know what the fuss is about Spotify, you probably haven't used it. The company's co-founder Daniel Ek was at Music House last week, and treated attendees of the Music Publishers' AGM to the frankest public interview about Spotify I've yet heard. I also caught up with him after the session. It all adds up to the best …
Andrew Orlowski, 30 Jun 2009
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Last.fm goes payware

Less than a year after unveiling what it called a "free global jukebox", Last.fm is scrapping free radio listening, except in three key countries: the USA, the UK and Germany. The site, acquired for $280m by media giant CBS almost two years ago, will instead introduce a €3 monthly equivalent fee for music streams. The site cruft …
Andrew Orlowski, 25 Mar 2009

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