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… Read the rest of this entry
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). Read the rest of this entry
OK, the iPod and iTunes refresh season is rapidly approaching, and there’s a whole selection of claims flying round for iTunes 9 - here’s your cut-out-and-keep assemblage of what to expect:
Two recently published studies show slight change in attitudes to paying for content online.
In the first study, the European Commission found that around two-thirds of consumers aged 16-24-year-olds are willing to pay for content online. 10 per cent of this demographic have already begun paying for such content, making this the most active online group and the group most likely to pay for what they want.
iLike has released a veritable storm of iPhone applications, including specific ones for over 250 musical acts and a pretty handy ‘Local Concerts’ app.
The latter provides personalized concert listings and notifications based on scanning the music on any iPod touch
It lists upcoming shows in a user’s area and provides links to buy tickets. The new upgrade (available soon pending Apple approval) adds key features that leverage iPhone 3.0′s new capabilities:
The world’s biggest digital music and media company, The Orchard, today launched new digital marketing tools for clients, including the capacity to generate iPhone applications for artists and bands.
To provide these services, The Orchard has tapped many of the entertainment industry’s leading marketing, sales, and analytics application companies, including ArtistData, Band Metrics, TheBizmo, BMAT, FanBridge, Mediaguide, Mobile Roadie, New Reach Technologies, Peekok, Topspin, Trendrr, and uPlaya.
Arts Council England has published findings from two new pieces of digital research. The research is part of the first phase of the organisation’s three year programme to help the arts world seize the digital opportunity.
The first study explores the public’s understanding of and engagement with art in the digital space.
Key findings of this research included:
- arts attendees are likely to explore digital space as a complement to existing arts activity, with the potential for deeper and more fulfilling experiences as a result
- the public feel that digital cannot replace the atmosphere, sociability or immediacy of the live experience
- most people believe that digital can come into its own when providing context for the live experience in areas such as education and information.
MySpace is slashing staff by 30 per cent, saying the company plans a “return to a start-up culture” to hatch its future plans.
In a move confirmed this afternoon (June 16), and as part of a plan to restructure itself into a more “innovative, efficient, and entrepreneurial business”, MySpace announced today that it will reduce its staff by nearly 30 per cent. This restructuring plan crosses all US divisions of the company and lowers the total number of domestic staff at MySpace to 1,000 employees.
Apple has announced its regular ‘Back To School’ promo for the UK, matching its already revealed US deal and offering a free iPod touch with any qualifying Mac purchase.
University students and faculty, as well as teachers and lecturers of all levels qualify for education pricing from Apple on a new Mac and software. Qualifying Macs include iMac, MacBook Air, MacBook Pro and MacBook.