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Metallica ship iPod-ready jacket

metallica-sessions-m4-jacketIn a twist of fate, digital music hold-outs Metallica have introduced an iPod-ready band-branded jacket…

The jacket includes Skullcandy speakers hidden in the hood and an iPod dock connector. Dubbed the M4 jacket, the band plans to make only 800 of the things in collaboration with sportswear company, Sessions.

You also get on-sleeve iPod or iPhone controls and a bunch of Metallica-inspired artistic details. The coat will cost $330 when it appears in August. The only way to get one of these jackets is to be member of the Metallica Club.

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iTunes, other digital music stores explained

FATdrop has published a hugely interesting post, gathering together essential information on what 14 key music download stores offer labels selling music through their services.

“We hope it will be a valuable resource for new labels as well as established labels looking to get into digital music sales,” explained the company. If you’re in the business of making or selling music you may already be aware of some of this information, but the data reveals a host of interesting tidbits for fans and for industry alike.

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Napster Judge Calls for Major Copyright Reform

Music labels face the inevitable counter-punch to their years of merciless litigation against file-sharers in the US courts, with the coalition of the willing beginning to show significant cracks as key players reconsider their support for the RIAA.

A huge salvo was sent across the music industry bows this week, when the judge in the famed Napster case, Judge Miriam Hall Patel, calling for major copyright reforms,

Her plan includes a new public/private body to preside over the licensing and enforcement of copyright, Listening Post informs.

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Napster cosies up to AT&T for mobile music

While Napster seems down – shedding cash consistently while subscription services continue to fail to ignite consumer market share, the company has no intention to stop slugging it out in its attempt to consolidate its business.

Latest news sees Napster Mobile make its service available to 13 million AT&T Wireless customers in the US.

The service is now available on more than 25 AT&T smartphones and handsets, including BlackBerry Bold, AT&T Quickfire, Pantech Matrix and Samsung Propel.

The expansion of the supported handsets was made possible by less restrictive digital rights management (DRM) requirements from the labels and Napster’s adoption of more flexible technology.

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iTunes leads market as digi-music competition grows

iTunes remains the most well-known digital music brand, while pursued by Rhapsody and Amazon, though MySpace and Last.fm seem surprisingly less well-known, and the mindshare of Napster, Wal-Mart and Yahoo continues to decline.

“iTunes dominates this market,” says Karl Joyce, lead author of the Ipsos’ TEMPO Digital Music Brandscape study, “but that by no means suggests that there isn’t room for innovative competitors with differentiated offerings. Continue reading

iTunes, We7, Radiohead seize DMA gongs

Apple’s iTunes, Radiohead and We7 featured among the winners of this year’s BT Digital Music Awards, announced last night at the London Roundhouse.

iTunes beat down 7digital, eMusic, Music Station and Napster to win the Best Music Store category.

We7 beat 7digital and Sellaband amongst others last night to win the Best Digital Music Service category, yet another highlight for the service which signed distribution deals with the Orchard this week, following on from deals made with Sony BMG, EMI and Warner Music.

Radiohead won the Artists Of The Year award, while Coldplay won the Best Rock/Indie Artist award and their website, Coldplay.com, won the Best Official Music Website gong. Continue reading

Official UK subscription chart launches

The Official Charts Company (OCC) has launched a music subscription chart, which ranks the most played tracks by UK users of subscription services.

Data is based on that supplied by Napster, Omnifone (which operates the Music Station service, currently run through Vodafone), HMV and the Nokia Music Store.
Initially, the data will comprise a weekly Top 500 most-played tracks for industry use, with top-line market stats for each week. The data will be incorporated into the OCC’s definitive online database in 2009. The chart company will also add data from additional subs services as they launch in the UK.
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Best Buy acquired loss-making Napster

Napster has secured yet another lease of life, with surprise news emeging now that giant US retailer, Best Buy, has agreed a definitive merger agreement to acquire Napster for a cash price of $2.65 per share – $121 million.

The transaction has received required board approval at Napster and is expected to close during the fourth quarter. The proposed acquisition includes Napster’s approx. 700 thousand digital entertainment subscribers, its Web-based customer service platform, and innovative mobile capabilities.

In conjunction with the definitive merger agreement, Napster CEO Chris Gorog and key members of senior management of Napster have entered into employment agreements, effective at closing, pursuant to which they have agreed to continue as the Napster leadership post-acquisition.
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Can Napster convert test to sale?

Napster hasn’t given up, and this morning announced a deal with PC maker Lenovo under which a free 14-day trial of Napster’s music subscription service will be offered with most new Lenovo computers sold in the US and Canada.

“Napster’s partnership with Lenovo, a global leader in the PC market, demonstrates the power of our brand and the demand for the value we offer to music lovers,” said Napster CEO Chris Gorog. “We’re excited to give buyers of the latest Lenovo computers access to Napster’s extensive catalog and features. And with Napster’s new MP3 store, we are proud to provide not only the best listening and discovery experience, but also the best buying experience available.”
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