Monthly Archives: August 2009

Michael Jackson’s ‘Thriller’ is online smash

Michael Jackson may have left the planet in questionable circumstances, but his music lives on with the video to his smash hit “Thriller” song now inexorably heading toward becoming the most-watched video online of all time.

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Spinal Tap’s new short movie is iTunes scoop

In celebration of the 25th anniversary of the cult classic film “This is Spinal Tap”, Shorts International and INgrooves have released Spinal Tap’s new short film, “Stonehenge: ‘Tis A Magic Place”. The film is available to download exclusively from iTunes for $1.99.

The seven-minute short marks iTunes’ first original film, where Spinal Tap, having put Stonehenge on the map in their legendary song about the world heritage site, pay their first visit to the monument.

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Mac OS X Snow Leopard for Aug 28?

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Apple’s UK store is currently listing a shipping date for Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard.

The company has announced August 28 as the ship date for the Mac OS X Snow Leopard Up-To-Date scheme, available to new Mac purchasers who acquired their Mac since June 8, 2009. The software costs £7.95 in this situation, though UK price hasn’t yet been generally announced.

The listing follows numerous reports that Snow Leopard will be released on August 28.

Blockbuster to offer movies on Motorola phones


Blockbuster Inc. says it will start offering movies that can be watched on certain Motorola phones.

Blockbuster offered few details on the plan, which expands on the company’s OnDemand movie downloading service offered through set-top boxes for TVs.

It did not say when the phone service will be available or how much it will cost.

iTunes attack: MySpace preps iLike buy-out

We thought it had gone just a little bit quiet with MySpace Music – now we know why – backed by News International it appears MySpace is attempting to acquire popular music steaming and recommendation service, iLike (which launched its own music download service this week) for a cool $20 million.

This news is going to concern Apple’s iTunes team – iLike is the music network that’s most used by Facebook users, and with millions using that service, News International could leverage its new property under the MySpace Music umberella to make a pretty big attempt to unseat Apple’s music service from its current position of market dominance.

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Radiohead offer new track for free

radioheadIn a repeat of the band’s ‘In Rainbows’ pay-what-you-like experiment, the band today released a new digital single exclusively through the artist’s website – for free.

Clicking on the download link takes you to an order page from which you can download the track, which includes a virtual sleeve and liner notes.

Here’s what the site said:

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Indie label ships all acts as iPhone Apps

So they say the music industry is changing, and Apple and the labels are all engaged in attempting to reinvent the album format for the smartphone age – well, nimble Japanese indie label, REall its artists exclusively as iPhone applications…

Several of the label’s musical apps are already available from the iTunes Store. Music Ally informs us these take the shape of a virtual vinyl turntable, with a record that can be played, or scratched.

The label incidentally describes itself as both the “smallest record label in the world” and also as “A Japanese independent+ record label +ha+ jus+ exis+s in iPhone/iPod touch.”

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Today’s hot digital media news (round-up)…

Dear readers, I’m ever so busy today, so I’m afraid rather than the wonderful high-quality reports I like to do, I’m going to assemble a quick and dirty round-up of some of the more significant activity of the day.

Read on for lots of links – it’s a busy day in digital music/media today….

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