Sony BMG "Working On" iPod-Friendly All-You-Can-Eat Service

So, there might not be an iTunes subscription plan, but that doesn't mean the labels are any less enthusiastic about a monthly cash drip. According to their CEO, Sony BMG is "working on" its own subscription service, which would "provide access to our entire music catalogue for all digital players, including Apple's… » 3/25/08 11:40am 3/25/08 11:40am

Sony Ericsson Adds 5 Million New Tracks to PlayNow Arena

We all knew that Sony Ericsson would be expanding their PlayNow over the air music service and dub it PlayNow arena (and no, for whatever reason "arena" is not capitalized). Today it's official, and as expected, Sony Ericsson has added TrackID to the service, allowing users to ID and snag songs off of radio broadcasts. » 1/27/08 1:34pm 1/27/08 1:34pm

Amazon MP3 Service Going Global; Epic iTunes Battle on the Horizon

Amazon's digital music catalogue is all set to go global, and although a launch date has not yet been settled, it shall hit sometime this year. Given Amazon MP3 offers DRM-free tracks, which are generally cheaper than iTunes limited, equivalent offerings, we cannot help but think an epic battle between the big As is… » 1/27/08 7:15am 1/27/08 7:15am

Qtrax Promises Legal P2P Music Sharing Service, the Impossible

We have long thought the acronym P2P was the very antonym of the word legal, but Qtrax, a new P2P music sharing service, has plans to rewrite the geek dictionary. Here's the skinny: The service is free, completely. Qtrax offers an unlimited service. It is supported by the four major labels, as well as smaller, niche… » 1/26/08 10:30am 1/26/08 10:30am

Amazon Officially First To Drop Major DRM: Sony the Fourth and Final…

Click to viewLess than a week after it came out Sony BMG was planning to sell music not loaded down with copyright protection, they're officially selling DRM-free MP3s through Amazon's MP3 store later this month, making it the first store to carry DRM-free music from all four major labels. UPDATE: Regarding the lack… » 1/10/08 4:30pm 1/10/08 4:30pm

DRM Officially Dead: Last Major Label Sony BMG Plans to Finally Drop DRM

It's over. The last major label to hold out on selling DRM-free MP3s, Sony BMG, is "finalizing plans" to sell music not locked down with DRM. It'll be available sometime in the first quarter, apparently in time to get in on Amazon and Pepsi's 1 billion song giveaway, which now looks like it'll have tracks from every… » 1/04/08 11:35am 1/04/08 11:35am

Universal Plans Total Music Anti-iTunes Initiative With Free…

Not only is Universal not signing multi-year contracts with Apple, it is now creating a service to confront iTunes and nurture iPod competitors like the Zune. Called Total Music, it may include Universal, Sony BMG and Warner—75% of music sold in the US—and would offer a twist on the traditional download and… » 10/12/07 11:46am 10/12/07 11:46am

Sony BMG: Making One Copy of a Song You Own for Yourself Is Stealing

If you weren't aware, the first jury trial for copyright infringement via file-sharing, Capitol Records, et al v. Jammie Thomas, is currently underway, with the RIAA and multiple labels seeking $1.2 million in damages against Thomas. The labels' first witness, Jennifer Pariser, head of litigation for Sony BMG, offered… » 10/03/07 7:30pm 10/03/07 7:30pm

Why Universal Shut Out iTunes on DRM-Free Music

Click to viewUniversal Music's decision to deliver DRM-free tracks to pretty much everybody but iTunes in its "test"—Amazon, Google, RealNetworks, Wal-Mart and other smaller stores—continues its wary, passive-aggressive stance toward Apple. Officially, a Universal rep told us in an email that it's "a scientifically… » 8/10/07 1:30pm 8/10/07 1:30pm

Apple Set to Steamroll the Big Four at the iTunes Bargaining Table

According to Reuters, it's Apple that's going to be pressuring the Big Four for concessions as contract renewals take place over the next month, not the other way around. While they might be begging for an iTunes subscription service, Apple will be shoving them in EMI's footsteps, toward selling more music without DRM. » 4/21/07 4:45pm 4/21/07 4:45pm

EU to Apple, Big Four: EMI Deal Is Nice, But Suck on This Antitrust…

The European Commission is investigating Apple and its good buddy EMI, along with the rest of the Big Four (Sony BMG, Universal and Warner) for antitrust violations because iTunes charges different prices in different countries. British folk, for instance, apparently get a sweet €0.17 discount per track for not living… » 4/03/07 9:00am 4/03/07 9:00am