Monthly Archives: July 2009

iTunes faces streaming music battle

Hot on the heels of news of Spotify’s submission of an iPhone application which enables music playback using its service comes news of yet another streaming music service with an iPhone plan.

Grooveshark also plans to introduce a streaming music application to the iPhone. That service is comparatively small, receiving 1.3 million visitors a month. It’s interesting because it lets users upload whatever they want, and removes content only when it receives a takedown notice.

With the onus on labels to tell Grooveshark when to remove tracks, it’s not a great surprise the company so far lacks any licensing deals with the majors, and has at least one copyright infringement lawsuit on its books.

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No Zune phone as MSFT goes aggro v iPhone

Microsoft has moved to cease speculation it intends releasing its own Zune
phone to compete with the Apple iPhone, and presumably the iPod touch.

The company pooh-poohed the notion during its financial results announcement this week, saying its strategy will be to improve Windows Mobile and continue working with its existing hardware partners.

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We7 Domino deal frees Wild Beasts

two_dancersWe7 celebrates its new Domino partnership with an exclusive album preview of the all-new Wild Beast’s ‘Two Dancers’ album, which will be available from Monday.

“We7 is delighted to kickstart our new partnership with Domino Records by previewing one of the most acclaimed albums of the year, the very unique and special Wild Beasts “Two Dancers” album one week ahead of its release. We7’s active commitment to indie music is well-known, and we really excited to be working with one of the UK’s most innovative and dynamic indie labels,” said Clive Gardiner, SVP Digital Music, We7.

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Metal Hammer strikes with rock-tastic iPhone app

mhammerIn the mood to rock hard, rock heavy, rock iAnimal? Well, if if you’re a rock music-loving, Metal Hammer-reading iPhone user, you’re in luck, with today’s launch of a new Metal Hammer iPhone app.

Jointly developed with Yuza Mobile, the free app offers all the news from the Metal Hammer website, along with exclusive on-the-road and backstage video content.

Fans of bands like Sepultura, Saxon, Metallica and Mastodon get an easy way to buy music from iTunes, get playlist recommendations from metal bands, check gig listings and buy tickets.

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Microsoft reignites OS X war with video beta

gallagherMicrosoft will launch its MSN Video Player video-on-demand service in the UK next week, offering 300 hours of free shows to viewers – and leaving viewers using current versions of Mac OS X in the cold.

Initial shows available through the beta service next week will include League of Gentlemen, Peep Show, Shameless and The Young Ones.

The project’s led by Ashley Highfield, now VP consumer and online at Microsoft UK and former BBC director of future media and technology.

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Adult firm shoots first iPhone porno…

iphone-mobile-porn-lgAdult video company, Pink Visual, has found a way to get porn onto the iPhone despite Apple’s restrictions on sexy apps. The company also claims to have shot the first porn scene using an iPhone 3GS.

Product Manager Kim Kysar said, “We figured this was the next logical step in our ongoing fascination with the iPhone…I think it’s safe to say we’re the most ‘iPhone-centric’ porn company around.”

Director Matt Morningwood, who shot the new scene for Pink Visual, said “If anything, it was too easy to shoot with the iPhone – I’m used to HD cameras, boom mics, and all sorts of other peripherals being part of the deal. The only thing that was difficult was holding the phone steady..”

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Apple’s Euro chief to take over at ITV?

cagniApple’s most senior European executive, Pascal Cagni is one of two front runners in the race to become the next chief executive of major UK independent television broadcaster, ITV.

French-born Cagni is up against HMV chief executive, Simon Fox, for the role. Six candidates are understood to have met with the ITV board last week as part of the final interviewing process to seek out a replacement for current executive, Michael Grade.

ITV is understood to be hoping that an announcement could be made as early as 6 August, when it presents its interim results, but the process could run into September, reports claim.

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