Apple wants video in the cloud, hates Amazon’s download deals, no Flash for US Virgin…. 2

A trio of overnight reports that seem worth a mention but already appear well-worn online – with Apple planning to store movies and TV shows in the cloud, iTunes team members trying to tempt labels away from free download deals with Amazon and Virgin America dumping Flash in a love […]

Label mix: love, loathe Apple’s iTunes cocktail 2

Apple’s forthcoming iTunes 9 upgrade’s already being touted as the best thing since sliced bread, with reports promising support for Blu-ray, and built in capability to output the music you’re playing to iLike and Last.FM. Apple’s also meant to be working on Cocktail, a new album format in which music […]

iTunes goes DRM-free, 7digital responds 1

  In the final Macworld Expo keynote Apple today introduced new computing and software products, and also confirmed long-standing claims that songs sold through iTunes from all four major labels are now to be made available DRM-free. The company also announced that iTunes users can now download songs directly onto […]

Majors go DRM-free with iTunes Plus

  Given the extent of repeated rumours in the run-up to Christmas, it’s no great surprise that fresh reports this morning claim Apple could announce a fully DRM-free iTunes Store as soon as today. The report claims Apple has also given agreement to flexible pricing on music, so labels will […]


Shipping soon: ‘So Real: Songs from Jeff Buckley’

Sony Music will release ‘So Real: Songs from Jeff Buckley’, a collection of the singers greatest recordings, on January 19. Prior to his tragic drowning, aged 30, on May 29 1997 in Memphis Tennessee, Jeff Buckley had only made one full album to his exacting standards, his 1994 studio debut […]

Sony, EMI get Musicane viral in anti-iTunes move 3

In an attempt to vault onto the viral nature of the online world, Sony Music Entertainment and EMI have announced plans to use the Musicane service to sell music online. Musicane reached a deal with Universal Music in August this year, leaving Warner Music as the only major not to […]


Rumours: Touchy-feelie iMacs and video headgear looms?

Apple plans MultiTouch iMac, wearable displays? 3

Apple’s research and development teams are hard at work on powerful new technologies which may debut in 2009, including a fully touchscreen iMac and wearable video displays (that latter perhaps under some kind of arrangement with Sony). On a tour of LG Electronic’s factory in Korea, hard-working journalists unearthed technology […]

Xbox, Zune updates offer free music, games

Microsoft has introduced its new upgraded Xbox Experience for Xbox Live. New features in this release include streaming of TV shows and films through Netflix (in the US, so far), the ability to install games to the HDD, an avatar system, and the “Community Games platform”.



More Sony/Apple iTunes moves – DRM-free coming? 2

More signs of a developing relationship between Sony and Apple this morning. Sony Pictures Television has reached another interesting deal with iTunes, offering its all-new legal drama, ‘Canterbury’s Law’ for purchase through the UK arm of the service. It’s not the first television series the company has introduced into the […]