It's been a long time coming, but EMI is now withdrawing support from that dusty old music site Grooveshark. That means Grooveshark is completely abandoned by all four major record labels, leaving it pretty much dead in the water.
Capitol Records failed to halt the operations of ReDigi, a service which sells "used" digital music, in advance of their looming legal battle. And even if you've never heard of ReDigi, this case holds important consequences for digital media of all kinds.
You have some sense of what the wires going to and from your computer do. Some bring power; others transmit information from one device to another. But some of these cables look a bit...off.
Waiting for Spotify to launch in the United States is the new waiting for the Beatles to appear in iTunes.
AllThingsD is reporting that EMI Music has just signed a deal with Spotify. Counting Spotify's previous deal with Sony, the awesometastic music service now has two of the four major record labels locked up. The other two? Warner, who has said nice things about Spotify before, and Universal, who happens to be the…
The number of major record labels seems set to drop to a mere three, as EMI has failed to make a deal for North American distribution rights with either Universal or Sony. Updated
If any band could justify not selling individual tracks, its Pink Floyd. What, you just want Summer '69 but not Atom Heart Mother Suite? Come on. Now, you won't have that option.
Those crazy cats at OK Go are tugging at our heartstrings yet again, with the release of a brand new video for the song This Too Shall Pass. It takes the Rube Goldberg machine concept to another level completely.
Six years ago, David Cope destroyed one of the world's most talented composers. Her name was Emmy, and she'd written thousands of musical scores that were indistinguishable from classics by Mozart. But Emmy's younger, brighter daughter named Emily lives on.
What's Paul McCartney's doomsday scenario? Someone, somewhere, somehow manages to leak the Beatles' music onto the internet, where it will be stolen by everyone, all the time. This must be prevented! Notice a problem there? Yeah, it gets worse.
Hank Risan was ordered to pull The Beatles' catalog from the BlueBeat website this week, but those weren't the actual recordings. The tracks were "psycho-acoustic simulations" of the songs. Too bad that defense will never hold up in court.
According to the Financial Times, Apple is racing to launch the Apple tablet—along with new iPods—as early as September. It seems Apple is working with record labels and book publishers on new iTunes features created for the device:
Beatles fans and audiophiles alike should be excited that the Liverpool quartet's entire 12-album catalogue will be live and remastered in stere-eree-o on September 9—yes, 9.9.09—the same day that "The Beatles: Rock Band" comes out.
I knew I had a full-blown music-purchasing problem when I went to "upgrade" my iTunes collection—raising the quality and stripping the pestilential DRM—and the grand total came to an all-or-nothing $250.
According to CNET sources, Apple has signed deals with Sony BMG, Universal, and Warner to bring flexibly-priced DRM-free music to iTunes while simultaneously introducing music downloads to the iPhone's 3G service.
Click to viewYou may have heard that at 7pm EST on Feb. 4, NASA plans to blast The Beatles' song "Across the Universe" into deep space in order to serenade otherworldly beings hundreds, thousands or millions of light years away with our very best pop music. I have several problems with this.