Monthly Archives: January 2009

iTunes Plus upgrades go a la carte

“Until today, anyone who wished to upgrade his or her music from iTunes’ protected format to iTunes Plus was required to upgrade every track in his or her library.”

That’s no longer the case. And about time too – particularly for serious music fans the previous situation was punitive. So good it’s happened

iTunes Plus upgrades go a la carte

Ex-IBM Papermaster finally takes Apple post

08ipod_famApple today announced that Mark Papermaster will indeed be coming to Apple as senior vice president of Devices Hardware Engineering, reporting to Apple CEO Steve Jobs, on April 24.

The news follows weeks of wrangling between Apple and IBM, the latter firm had blocked the appointment arguing its former executive knew too many trade secrets to work at a competing firm. How the situation was resolved has not been disclosed.

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Lily Allen offers free pre-release album tease

PrintMore from the wonderful world of digital music marketing, with UK artist Lily Allen releasing a free album mini-mix MP3 from her new album “It’s Not Me, It’s You”.

The mix emerges as Allen prepares to release the album, her second, on February 9 in the UK. Distorted Loop readers can download the mini-mix promo right here.

The full album features twelve new tracks and is the follow up to her debut “Alright Still” which sold over 2.5 million copies worldwide and spawned the classic Number One single “Smile”. T

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Apple’s Q1 sees record iPod, iPhone sales

08ipodtouchheroThe Apple machine continues to roll, with the company reporting record Q1 financial results featuring record iPod and iPhone sales and dropping some insights onto its future netbook plans.

The company achieved record revenue of $10.17 billion and record net quarterly profit of $1.61 billion. These compare to revenue of $9.6 billion and net quarterly profit of $1.58 billion, in the year-ago quarter.

Apple sold 2,524,000 Macs, 22,727,000 iPods and 4,363,000 iPhones in the quarter, the latter representing 88 percent unit growth over the year-ago quarter.

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Microsoft attacks Apple on mobile music

old_mobile_phoneMicrosoft has taken a stab at the UK’s mobile music artist, this morning introducing a new music download service through MSN Mobile.

The new service is attempting to tempt UK consumers to purchase and download songs, realtones and music videos from thousands of major artists as well as up and coming acts.

The content licenses and technical platform for MSN Mobile Music is offered in partnership with VidZone Digital Media.

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DRM-free boosts online music sales 260%

recordshopUK digital music retailer 7digital.com this week released figures which confirm a huge increase in sales following the company’s first to market move to offer music for sale online free of DRM.

The company’s fourth quarter sales grew over 260 per cent on strength of it offering tracks in high-quality MP3 format, free of restrictive DRM.

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Musicians gain Facebook, MySpace retail

roots_manuvaNews out of Midem, where the Indie Mobile arm of the [PIAS] Entertainment Group, have reached a deal with US mobile content and widget specialist Dijit to be their exclusive European distribution partner.
 
Dijit’s widget allows labels and artists to sell direct to fans through their MySpace and Facebook sites without the need to set up cumbersome web shops. Continue reading