MySpace Music and other weekend news

A short summary of some of the key news to emerge this weekend.

MySpace Music
All eyes are on this week’s launch of the music streaming and sales focused MySpace Music service, which is expected to see ads from McDonald’s, Toyota and State Farm Insurance. Amazon for infrastructure, weekend rumours claim former Facebook COO Owen Van Natta is the lead candidate to take on the CEO role.

Senate expands Justice Department copyright enforcement powers
The US Senate Judiciary Committee has approved the Enforcement of Intellectual Property Rights Act of 2008, which gives the Justice Dept. authority to prosecute civil copyright cases, expands seizure powers in civil copyright cases, and creates a high-level position coordinating all of the government’s anti-piracy initiatives.

Coldplay, Foo Fighters, Oasis for new ‘Guitar Hero’
Coldplay, Foo Fighters, Oasis, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Beastie Boys, Muse, Interpol, Metallica, REM are among the acts whose songs will feature on the forthcoming ‘Guitar Hero World Tour’ set to ship on October 27.

Apple walls-up iTunes
iPhone app Podcaster has been rejected for inclusion within the Apple App Store on iTunes, with the company telling the developer, “Since Podcaster assists in the distribution of podcasts, it duplicates the functionality of the Podcast section of iTunes,” it won’t make the store.

Vodafone goes unlimited
Vodafone has introduced an “all you can eat” music download service in New Zealand. MusicStation will offer unlimited access, from Vodafone mobiles, to a library of over a million tracks for $2.50/week. All tracks downloaded from Vodafone’s Vmusic store will be sold DRM-free.

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