Your iTunes Might Sound Almost Twice as Nice Soon

According to CNN, Apple and other digital download services are in talks with record labels to up music files from 16-bit to pristine, high-fidelity 24-bit. But while Macs can handle 24-bit music already, iPods and iPhones would need to be retooled to accommodate the sweet sounds. Soon please! [CNN] » 2/22/11 11:29am 2/22/11 11:29am

Why I Ditched iTunes For Amazon MP3s

Confession: I still buy my music online instead of torrenting it. And after years of enduring an unfulfilling relationship with iTunes, last month I finally broke things off. I headed over to Amazon. I haven't looked back yet. » 12/28/10 3:20pm 12/28/10 3:20pm

Blockbuster Will Be "Evaluating Every Single Store"

Shed a few tears over Blockbuster's demise? You're not alone. But don't worry, there is a glimmer of hope for your local store, with their CEO promising that if it performs well, it might just stay open. » 9/24/10 4:00am 9/24/10 4:00am

Blockbuster is Officially Bankrupt

As expected, Blockbuster has filed bankruptcy today in the US, after shuttering over 1,500 stores in the past year. The remaining 3,000 or so stores will stay open—though for how long, who knows. [Bloomberg] » 9/23/10 7:00am 9/23/10 7:00am

The Wall and Other Great Pink Floyd Albums Removed From Digital Stores

Selling individual tracks online is not the only thing Pink Floyd has been raging against recently. The band has removed several albums from iTunes, Amazon et al due to EMI's contract expiring at the end of June. » 8/16/10 8:00am 8/16/10 8:00am

Share Movies via UltraViolet Spectrum

The long-planned DECE scheme to unify our digital downloads through one globally compatible "digital locker" is near completion, with the service—now known as UltraViolet—set to launch this fall. That logo is going to be everywhere. » 7/20/10 4:39am 7/20/10 4:39am

iTunes Accounts For Over 26% Of US Music Sales

Apple's stronghold on the music industry is greater than once thought. After knocking Walmart off the top of the ladder back in 2008, iTunes now sells more music than both Walmart and Best Buy put together these days. » 5/21/10 10:23am 5/21/10 10:23am

Rumor: Amazon To Pursue Games Downloads

Amazon could be forging a new path for itself according to an analyst firm which has uncovered some job postings that suggest it's hiring specialists in that field. » 3/29/10 4:07am 3/29/10 4:07am

Amazon Charges 50% More for Downloadable Album Than CD

This seems... backwards. If you want to buy OAR's new album on Amazon, you're going to end up paying 50% more for a digital download than you would for a physical disc. » 2/08/10 11:40am 2/08/10 11:40am

New Digital Music Format, MusicDNA, Bundles Extra Content With The File

Fighting back against the downloaders, a new music file format by the name of MusicDNA has been introduced by the people who created the MP3, which will bundle a heap of bonus content with the music file. » 1/25/10 11:21am 1/25/10 11:21am

My $62.47 Royalty Statement: How Major Labels Cook the Books with…

Tim Quirk was the singer of punk-pop outfit Too Much Joy, signed by Warner Bros. in 1990. Now he's an executive at an online music service, giving him insight on digital sales data and just how labels fudge their numbers. » 12/02/09 4:40pm 12/02/09 4:40pm

* A word here about that unrecouped balance, for those uninitiated…

Dell Download Store Selling Microsoft Apps In Realtime—But Not Cheap

Didn't hear? Dell launched a download store in January. Today they became the only third-party retailer to sell Microsoft downloads. Problem is, they sell Office Home and Student for $130, where Amazon sells it, in the box, for $95. [Dell] » 6/11/09 2:14pm 6/11/09 2:14pm

Cool Album Art and Packaging: Records, Cassettes, CDs Then Nothing

CDs originally came in long boxes with amazing art. Word went around that they'd go away, since hippies—like Sting—were pissed off about killing trees, but I was sad. Music packaging says a lot about music. » 4/16/09 6:00pm 4/16/09 6:00pm

I Love Downloadable Media, But It Makes For a Crappy Gift

iTunes, Netflix, Amazon and even PSN are all pretty good at distributing downloadable movies and music. But all of these data files, as easy as they are to buy, make for a crappy gift. » 2/25/09 5:00pm 2/25/09 5:00pm

Amazon Game Downloads Store Offers 'Try Before You Buy' Titles for $10

Amazon has long offered music and movies for download and/or streaming. And now they've stepped into the wild world of video game downloads. » 2/03/09 10:30am 2/03/09 10:30am

Is iTunes Ditching DRM Tomorrow?

Speculation about if when iTunes would score DRM-free tracks from all major studios like Amazon and Walmart do has been rampant, but according to a rumor at AppleInsider, all this speculation may come to an end tomorrow. » 12/08/08 7:56pm 12/08/08 7:56pm

Microsoft Online Store Lets You Download Windows and Office

Microsoft is just now launching a real online store? Yep. It's still definitely a 1.0 experience—not a bad start, just very basic. You can buy meatspace goods like hardware, software discs and Xbox 360 games, but the kicker is that you can directly download software now, even Windows and Office. It seems wrong that… » 11/14/08 10:45am 11/14/08 10:45am

Vudu's HD Offerings Top Everyone, They Offer $200 In Recognition of…

While standard definition digital downloads are still gaining in popularity, Vudu has been actively building their HD catalog of streaming films. This week, Vudu adds 389 HD movies to break 1,000 HD titles available for streaming (actually, breaking 1,100 but that sounds so much less impressive). Vudu claims their… » 11/10/08 7:56am 11/10/08 7:56am

Lala Unveils iPhone App, Unusual 10-Cent Song Sales

When we last checked in with Lala, the music service promised us access to our local collections from anywhere over the web » 10/20/08 11:00pm 10/20/08 11:00pm. Using a unique combination of uploading and matching their collection to yours, you can sync your various libraries and listen to them any place where internet is available. Now they are back…