Monthly Archives: April 2010

Please Help Steve Jobs Build His Retirement Paradise

Poor old Steve Jobs, all he wants is a retirement home for use for a few years when he’s done and dusted his current tech revolution taking computing from the PC and software paradigm to the cloud and touch. Naturally, given the chance to kick back and relax he seems to want to want to live near his old chum, Larry Ellison, in Woodside….but his efforts to tear down some 15-minute old slice of US history seem to have hit a wall yet again, as local history campaigners chuck yet another spanner in the works.

if you’ve been keeping up on the years of this campaign, Jobs owns some shambling old wreck of a residence called the Jacklling House. He’s been trying to get permission to knock it down, send it somewhere, anything but keep it for years and years and years, and he’s won frequent cases to almost get that permission, only to be knocked back by those local history campaigners. Continue reading

Apple Closes LaLa.com. Will iTunes.com Launch In June?

Apple will close down its recently-acquired LaLa.com service on May 31, the company revealed in a bried message posted on the streaming music service’s website. Existing users will be able to log in until the end of next month. Continue reading

Gorillaz live stream their London gig Friday

In case you, like me, were unable to blag, borrow or steal a ticket to see Gorillaz perform their really rather good Plastic Beach album at The Roundhouse this Friday, then rejoice – the band will be live streaming their performance via multiple sites.

The live stream begins at 5pm EST (9pm GMT) on Friday April 30. It will be available via Gorillaz.com and the Gorillaz Facebook page. Continue reading

Get 50 Years of UK Music Chart Info Here

The Official Charts Company (OCC) has (at last) launched a website offering everybody free access to five decades of British chart data.  
 
The site offers an update of the Official Singles and Albums Charts every Sunday evening, alongside a wide range of Officially-compiled charts across a large number of genres, all supported with download and video streaming functionality. Continue reading

iPhone-controlled iPad Becomes TV Games Console – Can Apple TV Be Far Behind??

Once again, with the technology so obvious that developers are already creating such solutions, there is a future for the Apple TV, as a low cost console for the television that aggregates all your iTunes media, offers internet access and surfing, a full selection of HD or upscaled iPhone apps and higher capacity.

Oh, and the new Apple TV system is controlled by your iPod touch, iPhone, or future low-cost touch sensitive remote control that will ship in the box with the new product… Continue reading

Apple versus Google: Now Samsung Plans An Android-Powered TV

Just how far is the battle going to go, as Apple defines itself as the world’s leading consumer electronics company while Google attempts to retool itself as a product and software firm, rather than a search engine. Now comes the news Samsung may be preparing to assemble Android-powered televisions… Continue reading

UK Recorded Music Sales Revenue Stabilise In 2009

UK music industry association the BPI today published recorded music sales figures for 2009, slightly snubbing iTunes in the process.

How did the BPI act to snub iTunes? By admitting that digital income now accounts for a fifth of total UK recorded music revenues – up 47.8 per cent, but failing to name iTunes, or any other strictly a la carte music download service. The organisation did make space to name some of the free ads-supported streaming services.

Here’s the news all the same:

A strong fourth quarter and increased digital income streams offset the reduced sales of physical formats as the UK recorded music market reported a modest 1.4% annual increase in total trade income for 2009 of £928.8m, BPI’s annual survey of industry income revealed today. Continue reading

More radio coming to the iPhone

iPhone-focused radio continues to expand with UBC Media reaching a deal to create radio apps for the Apple device for stations within Tindle Radio, UKRD/TLRC and Orion Media groups, along with Jazz FM.

UBC creates the apps for free in exchange for advertising sales rights, with ads revenue split between the developer and radio brand. It now serves 45 radio stations.

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