Tag Archives: digital music

Chemical Brothers Make An iTunes Pass for US/Canada Fans

Not sure how new this is, but I’ve not come across it before, hit band The Chemical Brothers are offering a mixed media iTunes Pass deal to fans in the US and Canada.

In conjunction with EMI Music’s Astralwerks Records the ground-breaking electronica makers, The Chemical Brothers are offering this iTunes Pass: What this means is fans of the band will get new and exclusive singles, video and other content. Continue reading

The Beatles and iTunes – blame EMI, says Macca

From the “recycle me and use me up” department, former Beatle Sir Paul McCartney has once again railed against EMI for the failure so far to offer music by the legendary band for sale and download via iTunes and other digital music services.

“To tell you the truth I don’t actually understand how it’s got so crazy,” Sir Paul told Newsbeat. “I know iTunes would like to do it, so one day it’s going to happen.” Continue reading

Warner Music Boss Ignites iTunes Streaming Speculation

Warner Music Group CEO, Edgar Bronfman Jr, is full of praise for Apple – sparking fresh speculation iTunes streaming music services may be on the way in the latest financial call.

He was very backward in responding to questions on this, saying:

“Apple is not currently a retailer involved in an access or subscription model. I’d probably like not to speculate on what Apple’s plans are – it’s really interesting technology that it acquired in the Lala acquisition. That’s a question that Apple management should answer,” he wrote as reported here.

“I don’t think Apple’s really that clear to the market (on the subscription suggestion), so I wouldn’t suggest it will not have an impact, but I certainly won’t speculate what kind of impact it will have.

“We made great progress with Apple last year on variable pricing. It’s our hope that we can continue to make great progress. But I can ‘t say that there’s a specific intiaitive today with Apple,” he said. 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