Monthly Archives: June 2009

MySpace to lose three in ten US staff

myspaceMySpace 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.

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Placebo storm charts on self-released digital savvy

placebolowres1An interesting snippet likely to be crushed in the wave of weportage anticipated in advance of todays release of the UK government’s ‘Digital Britain’ report – though a snippet which underlines the value of the internet in switched-on music marketing:

Placebo have achieved top ten entry in the UK and number ones across Europe through the exercise of social and internet-based media to introduce their self-released new album, ‘Battle For The Sun’.

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Virgin, Universal team for iTunes attack

virgin-media-logoYet more activity in the all-you-can-eat music subscription space, with Universal teaming up with Virgin Media to promise a music download subscription service for broadband users.

Touted as the “world’s first unlimited music download subscription service”. Virgin Media’s broadband customers will be able to stream and download as many songs and albums as they like from Universal’s artists. These songs will play back on any iPod, MP3 player, mobile phone or computer. The music can then be kept forever.

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WWDC – live video feeds

We’re not looking into WWDC in any great depth here at Distorted Loop, at least not at this stage, but regular readers may want to trek across to 9to5 Mac, where you’ll find a selection of live feeds coming through directly from the event, so long as their connections endure.

Get across to here to get a feel for what’s going down. We’ll be detailing some highlights as they happen after the jump.

PS: Best expect something – Apple’s network of online stores are blipping out at this very moment.

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iTunes Live: Apple offers free Kasabian video

kasabianApple is offering UK iTunes users a free Kasabian video as it builds up interest in the forthcoming iTunes Live Festival here in London, UK.

The Festival will feature a host of major acts, including Bat For Lashes, Franz Ferdinand, Oasis, Flo Rida, Snow Patrol, Kasabian, Paolo Nutini and The Saturdays.

“Every week until the end of July, we’ll be giving you a free download from one of the artists performing at the festival,” the company says, which last week offered fans a free video from Oasis, this week the free download is from Kasabian.

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WWDC: Apple gets its game on

Virtual Reality PTSDSo Apple continues to invest in gaming, with news now through claiming the company’s only gone and hired one of the world’s top 100 games developers – who is right now coding furiously as part of Apple’s iPhone group.

Kotaku claims Ensemble Studios’ lead designer Graeme Devine is the man in this plan, former lead designer and lead writer on Halo Wars before Microsoft decided to shut Ensemble Studios down.

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Flash coming to iPhone nano? No…

etre-touchy-iphone-medHmm, so it looks like Adobe is working hard to answer its most high-profile Flash critic, Steve Jobs, last week revealing a deal with Nvidia designed to make for a better user experience on mobile devices.

The two firms are collaborating as part of the Open Screen Project to optimize and enable Adobe Flash Player to leverage GPU video and graphics acceleration on a wide range of mobile Internet devices, including netbooks, tablets, mobile phones and other on-the-go media devices.

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Can GarageBand really teach you an instrument?

Apple’s GarageBand software now includes video tutorials designed to help you get to grips with a musical instrument. This has sounded quite interesting to me, particularly in terms of taking my appallingly slim knowledge of guitar play to a new and more publicly-palatable level… But do the tutorials work?
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