Monthly Archives: February 2009

Apple opens indie music portal through iTunes

itunesindieApple has moved to support US independent labels and musicians with the soft launch of a dedicated arena for indie music within iTunes, dubbed the “Indie Spotlight”.

The page will offer music fans an easy way to explore the catalogue of the world’s non-major labels as offered through iTunes.

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Sparks fly digital-only single release

sparksMarch 23 sees Sparks ship new track “Lighten Up, Morrissey”, releasing the single in limited edition 7-inch and a special download-only version featuring extra track ‘I Can’t Believe That You Would Fall For All The Cr@p In This Song’.

A performance of ‘I Can’t Believe…’ will be broadcast on Friday Night With Jonathan Ross on March 20. Sparks will also perform a pair of London shows at the Forum on March 20 and 21.

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Facebook goes semi-democratic on terms of use

Facebook today attempted to involve its community of users in the development of new terms of use.

“Today we announced new opportunities for users to play a meaningful role in determining the policies governing our site. We released the first proposals subject to these procedures – The Facebook Principles, a set of values that will guide the development of the service, and Statement of Rights and Responsibilities that governs Facebook’s operations.

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UPDATED: Apple TV update boxes with Boxee again

apple-tvApple has once again bashed popular alternate media management and browisng software, Boxee, in the form of a new release of it Apple TV software.

Apple TV 2.3.1 slipped out to users quietly today. The software is only available using the Apple TV’s built-in update engine, but has the effect of rendering Boxee’s software unusable.

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Enter Shikari offer free music download

newshikariUK act Enter Shikari will this evening release a track as a free download from the band’s site.

The track, ‘Antwerpen’, will be made available for download from the act’s website. The track’s taken from the band’s forthcoming album, ‘Common Dreads’, which the artists finished working on just yesterday.

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iPhone empowers mobile music downloads

iphone-app-chartsApple’s decision to enable music downloads over the air on the iPhone has unleashed new interest in mobile music services, with UK chart invigilators, the Official Charts Company, today launching the first Official Mobile Downloads Chart, to reflect the growing consumption of music on the mobile phone.

“The Official Mobile Downloads Chart has launched to coincide with the release of the first iPhone application to offer Official Charts,” the organisation said.

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Depeche Mode, EMI make iTunes Pass

depechemodepiciTunes continues to dominate the US music retail sales landscape, and UK-based major label EMI Music today announced an all-new initiative for music sales in the digital age, the debut of the first iTunes Pass featuring groundbreaking electro legends Depeche Mode.  

A new phase in digital music marketing, iTunes Pass is a new system which lets music fans can get new and exclusive singles, remixes, video and other content from their favorite artists over a set period of time, delivered to their libraries as soon as they’re available.  
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