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The XX Confirmed For iTunes Festival

Exciting news for fans of the band (like we are), The XX are the latest act to be confirmed for the line-up at this year’s iTunes Festival. Continue reading

VIDEO: iPad In Concert – Plays Flight Of The BumbleBee

Here’s the latest soon to be gigantically viral iPad-related video clip – Chinese pianist Lang Lang walked onstage in San Francisc to perform the encore playing Flight Of The Bumblebee on an iPad. He used the Magic Piano app, apparently. Continue reading

iTunes Festival 2010: Ozzy, Scissor Sisters, Tony Bennett, more

Summer’s coming and Apple has once again anounced its annual iTunes Festival in London for 2010.

Apple’s iTunes will present 62 bands across 31 days in a series of performances at the Roundhouse in Camden Town, London. Announced highlights include Scissor Sisters (July 1), Tony Bennett (July 2) & Ozzy Osbourne (July 3). Continue reading

Spotify iPhone App Upgrade Brings Last.fm, Facebook And More

iPhone users are already looking forward to the next-generation of the Spotify app for the Apple smartphone, which promises loads of new features.

Spotify handed the new version over to Apple’s approvals team earlier on today. The app includes numerous fixes but also new features including:

  • Last.fm scrobbling.
  • The ability to open and play Spotify links e.g. straight from your Facebook app or browser.
  • Save time and space by using tracks already stored on your iPod in your playlists – there’s no need to sync those track anymore.
  • Save and find your favourite tracks and albums with the Starred playlist and Star buttons (also coming to the desktop version soon!).
  • Support for listening at 96 kb/s for more efficient streaming on slow connections.

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Twitter’s Most Followed Unsigned Artist plays Twitter HQ showcase

Some interest here at news that London-based rocker Noush Skaugen is to perform live at Twitter’s San Fran HQ tomorrow (Friday).

Noush Skaugen has the distinction of being Twitter’s number one unsigned artist with 1.2 million followers (Stephen Fry has 1.3 million followers).

Skaugen’s performance will streamed live at www.noushskaugen.com/live at 5.30pm PST which is 1.30am GMT – the first unsigned act to be given this opportunity.

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Apple geeks antsy as iPad TV ad debuts during the Oscars

Look – its Apple’s new TV ad spot, extolling the virtues of its camera-free (like anyone really needs one) iPad. Look in wonder as those hands lovingly caress the digital revolution. Ask yourself how often you’ll see one pulled out for playback on the tube or bus…is this a computer for some of us from the people who made the Mac for the rest of us?

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On Spotify’s US delays and Apple’s streaming future

With European success behind the firm, Spotify is planning to launch in the UK, even while fresh reports confirm (what we’ve been saying for some time) that the cash artists get from streaming services isn’t enough to justify prosecuting file-sharers.

A Billboard analysis shows that even the amount of money earned by top artists from on-demand streams and noninteractive streams (such as Internet radio) is, in plain terms, shockingly low. “Of the more than 100 artists examined to compile the Money Makers list, only 10 made more than $2,000 from noninteractive streams in 2009,” a Billboard report eplains.

Interestingly, the labels seem to do alright out of the streaming music deal. Rob Wells, the senior vice-president Digital for Universal Music Group International says Spotify was Universal’s fourth largest digital partner last year in terms of the amount of revenue it generated for the company.

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David Guetta picks new MXP4 format for exciting iPhone, Android App

Following the Air App introduction yesterday, yet more iPhone action from France – this time hit making DJ and producer, David Guetta, has introduced a new interactive musical iPhone app- the difference here being use of the hot new MXP4 technology.

This is an interesting App for iPhone and iPod touch users. It brings location-aware technology, Twitter feeds, MXP4-powered remixable music and more.

The App can do so much: Continue reading