Monthly Archives: November 2008

Cheerio, be back soon

Oh dear, how irresponsible – the Distorted Loop team appear to have gone away on holiday.

We’ll only be out and about for a few days, so why not have a look around our back catalogue of news articles and interviews?

Perhaps you’d like another chance to read our exclusive interview in which Chuck D says what he thinks about YouTube?


After the jump check out a couple of our current favourite acts at the moment, Dan Le sac vs. Scroobius Pip (above) and Flipron (below).
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Ministry of Sound climbs aboard the iPhone train

Global music organisation, Ministry of Sound, has made its “Anthems II,”compilation available through iTunes, while also joining the dash to distribute an accompanying iPhone application, iDrum.

Created in conjunction with iZotope the application lets iPhone and iPod touch users create music, and is yet another in what’s likely to become a long strand of music-related marketing and lifestyle accessories for Apple’s devices.

“This is a truly unique experience,” said Van Uong, licensing account manager at Ministry of Sound.

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Paul McCartney ‘doesn’t mind’ illegal downloading

Paul McCartney yesterday said that he “doesn’t mind” illegal downloading, though he does have some problems understanding the concept.

He explained that while he doesn’t download illegally himself, he was tempted to buy Radiohead’s ‘In Rainbows’ for a penny, but only so he could tell his mates he’d paid much more.

The artist was speaking at a London media event for the launch of his latest The Fireman album, ‘Electric Arguments’, recorded with Youth.

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Universal, Warner, SonyBMG join iTunes Plus?

The long-standing duel between Apple and three major labels, Universal, Warners and Sony BMG may be coming to an end, with tracks from these majors now showing up within the iTunes Plus music upgrade service.

There’s been strong rumours claiming negotiations between Apple and the labels to offer music at high quality free of restrictive DRM have intensified in recent weeks. Sony BMG is already thought to be uploading tracks to make available through iTunes Plus.

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U2, Coldplay star in Product (RED) music service

The long-rumoured Product (RED) digital music service has been revealed – and it’s a digital music magazine, with U2, Coldplay, The Killers, the Dixie Chicks, John Legend, Bob Dylan and REM all signed-up to make a contribution.

The digital product now also has a name, RED(WIRE), and will be launched on World AIDS Day on December 1. All proceeds will go to help fight disease in Africa, and MSN will host the launch party on December 1, Billboard explains.

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iPhone on trial while Apple attacks iPodHash

Apple legal has acted to prevent a developer creating software that enables music to be downloaded from an iPod to a computer, while the company faces its own lawsuit alleging patent abuse in the way iPhone users can pinch and zoom on-screen images.

The first case sees Apple’s legal beagles slamming a lawsuit down against the iPodhash project, engineers who are working to reverse-engineer the database files on iPods in order to allow third-party utilities to access information held on the devices, or to enable other functions.

Apple added the software to its iPods in the most recent release.

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Apple’s netbook plans revealed – by analyst

Hot on the heels of yesterday’s rumours claiming Apple may release a touchscreen iMac and that it is developing video eyeglasses for its media players, this morning’s speculation claims the company will introduce a $599 ‘netbook’ in early 2009.

Naturally, this particular claim – an enduring notion that’s been up and down all year – comes from the analysts at Technology Business Research, where Ezra Gottheil has put their name to the idea.

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Popular music service iLike up for sale

Facebook could potentially lose a critical digital music application, as the popular iLike service is seeking a purchaser, according to MediaMemo.

While the company is actively hunting an acquirer, there’s no imminent purchaser on the horizon, the report explains. “Nothing imminent nor active discussions,” a company spokesman said.

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Many clips now available through iPhone

Scant days since the company raised $5.2 million in Series B funding, has introduced iPhone support for mobile viewing of its archive of content.

The company has migrated its content into QuickTime, and in an attempt to make its shows available to iPhone (and iPod touch) users, has created embedded versions of its content which will play back in the Safari web browser.

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Kaiser Chiefs ‘Live from London’ Dec 9

Kaiser Chiefs will appear at the next free and intimate ‘Live from London’ event at the Apple retail store on Regent Street.

The band will perform on December 9 to up to 300 lucky fans who will be able to win tickets through fan networks. Apple usually keeps some tickets back for its gigs, which are distributed to those in the queue on the night on a first-come, first-served basis.

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