Monthly Archives: December 2008

Warner threatens YouTube on music

“Warner Music Group has told YouTube, the video sharing site, to remove music videos by its artists from the site.

“Contract negotiations have ended because Warner wanted more money for having its music on YouTube.

“But the Warner channel was still available on YouTube on Monday and Warner is reportedly still keen to reach a settlement.”

BBC NEWS | Business | Warner threatens YouTube on music.

US music market shrinks, iTunes grows – reports

The world’s biggest music market, USA, has seen some positive and some worrying trends in recent months.

With iTunes ascendant and Amazon MP3 store now claiming c.8% of US digital music sales, with 15% of US internet users purchasing music from online stores in the third quarter of 2008, NPD Group reports.

This contrasts with CD purchasing figures, which continue to decline faster than digital grows. Nielsen SoundScan reports US album sales were down 21.7% in the first week of December, compared with the same period last year.

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Apple TV infringes wireless patents, lawsuit claims

Apple has been struck by yet another lawsuit impacting its digital media strategy – this time it stands accused of patent infringement in its wireless entertainment systems, Apple TV, AirPort Express and the Mac.

EZ4Media says Apple’s toys infringe on patents it acquired from Universal Electronics (UEI) in March. Further, it claims Apple hired three former UEI employees, Nick Kalayjian, Bruce Edwards, and Wendy Goh, about a year before it introduced Apple TV.

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Take That are Millenium’s fastest-sellers

Take That have this morning become one of the fastest million-sellers of all time with their new album ‘The Circus’, the Official Charts Company has announced.
The band’s latest album had sold just over 990,000 copies by the end of yesterday’s (Thursday, December 18) trading, putting it on course to comfortably pass the 1 million mark today, only its 19th day in stores, according to Official Charts Company statistics.
Its rapid ascent to pass the 1m landmark means ‘The Circus’ is the fastest million-seller of this millennium – and the second fastest million-seller of all time, behind only Oasis’s ‘Be Here Now’.
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Lily Allen album promo’s an online game

Parlophone has introduced an online game to promote the launch of Lily Allen’s new album, ‘It’s Not Me, It’s You’ due for release 9 February 2009.

The game, ‘Escape the Fear’, is based on content from the album and the initial single, ‘The Fear’. It features an animated Lily Allen working her way through ten levels of musician-related action, avoiding obstacles such as paparazzi cameras, rabid handbag dogs, evil bankers throwing credit cards, alcohol, demonic puzzles and various other obstacles which make play more difficult.

Dan Duncombe, Digital Director at Parlophone, says the game is part of an integrated online launch for Lily Allen’s new album:

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U2 album ‘No Line On The Horizon’ ships March

U2 wil release their 12th studio album, ‘No Line On The Horizon’, on Monday March 2, 2009.
The follow up to the band’s 9 million selling album ‘How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb’, sessions for ‘No Line On The Horizon’ began last year in Fez, Morocco, and continued in the band’s own studio in Dublin, before moving to New York’s Platinum Sound Recording Studios, and finally completing at Olympic Studios in London.
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BBC launches iPlayer downloads for Mac, Linux

A few weeks later than we predicted, the BBC today introduced new iPlayer software that lets Mac and Linux users download shows to their computers for offline viewing, a feature enjoyed by Windows users since the launch of the service.

If you are in the UK and connected to the internet you can already play programmes from the past seven days and watch them on the website through Click to Play (streaming). This works on Windows, Macs, Linux, Nintendo Wii and iPhones.

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iPhone now tunes into internet radio

Apple’s iPhone has never had its own built-in internet radio receiver, now it does with Rogue Amoeba’s introduction of Radioshift Touch, the first application for the device from the developer.

Radioshift Touch opens the world of internet radio to iPhone users, delivering access to thousands of audio streams over WiFi, EDGE, and 3G.

Radioshift Touch features listings powered by RadioTime, though it’s listings are a sub-set of those available to the Mac version of the app – specifically offering access only to MP3 streams.

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