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Napster Judge Calls for Major Copyright Reform

Music labels face the inevitable counter-punch to their years of merciless litigation against file-sharers in the US courts, with the coalition of the willing beginning to show significant cracks as key players reconsider their support for the RIAA.

A huge salvo was sent across the music industry bows this week, when the judge in the famed Napster case, Judge Miriam Hall Patel, calling for major copyright reforms,

Her plan includes a new public/private body to preside over the licensing and enforcement of copyright, Listening Post informs.

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Future chance, future challenge for the Apple TV

Apple’s “hobby” the Apple TV has a chance at becoming a ubiquitous household item, though the company may need to add support for non-Apple media services and implement many new features if it seriously intends making an iPod-level impact on this important growing market.

The reason Apple has the chance is visible in the growing momentum behind development of solutions to bring online video to the front room – a sector becoming quickly more intense.

Online video on-demand services such as iTunes or Hulu are hot properties, meaning many more devices – including TVs offering features similar to the Apple TV – should begin to reach market en masse starting next year. And even if Apple does not develop such solutions there will still be winners and losers in the race to offer the ‘iPod’ equivalent of the multimedia for the front room box.

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Sky opening up to more viewers online

Sky plans to offer its online video content to a much wider range of viewers, making shows available online through its Sky Player service to viewers who aren’t subscribed to its TV shows for the first time, the company said this week.

Sky will launch its subscription TV service via its online Sky Player platform meaning UK and Irish customers will be able subscribe to watch a package of channels from Sky on their PC or Mac without the need to install a TV-based service as well. 

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Social networking’s sexier than Blu-ray

The price of Blu-ray players and discs seems set to fall this season, as those involved seek to take the format into the mass market – meanwhile that market’s changing, with consumers flocking to sign-up to location-based social networking services for their mobile phones, a pair of ABI Research reports claim.

“Blu-ray vendors and dealers are starting to realize that for Blu-ray to become the next DVD, they need to lower player prices in order to generate interest and build volumes,” said ABI Research principal analyst Steve Wilson.
 
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Ocarina iPhone app – great video!

So – here’s a new one, using the iPhone’s touch screen to control pitch and the microphone for the breath those clever people at Smule have built an Ocarina app for the Apple gadget. And the videos (two of them) are – well, decide for yourself.

Video 1: How it works

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Waterproof music, Mac or PC

Here’s a gadget for the summer holidays, a waterproof (well, up to three metres) MP3 player called Aquabeat, made, quite naturally, by those purveyors of swimwear stuff, Speedo.
Speedo’s Aquabeat offers 1GB flash memory and nine hours of music playback, and it looks nice. Better still, its got buoyancy – if you drop it in the water, it will float straight to the surface so it’s easy to find.
Oh, and it comes in a variety of colours – green, black and pink – with big, easy to use tactile buttons so you can switch tunes while you swim. (Oh, and the ear phones are shaped so they stay securely in, even with goggles or swim hats).
Supported Formats: MP3, MP3 VBR and WMA Files; works with Windows and Mac and weighs 35g. Dimensions: 2.4” wide x 1.8” deep x 0.8” high.