We’ve been writing a lot recently about Boxee, who develop a powerful media centre application for Windows, Linux, Mac OS X, and the Apple TV.
For Apple TV users, of course, the big news is that after an extensive push by the hard-working developers behind the project, the new version of the software that’s compatible with the recently-software-updated Apple TV 2.3 is available now.
The battle for smartphone industry continues, with BlackBerry maker Research In Motion today claiming ‘record’ downloads of new application, MySpace for BlackBerry.
In a joint announcement, MySpace and RIM claimed MySpace for BlackBerry software downloads to have exceeded 400,000 downloads in one week, “an all-time high for both MySpace and RIM in terms of first week application downloads,” the partners said.
Additionally, they reported users of the app sent and received more than 15 million messages and updated their mood and status over two million times in the first week.
No sooner has conversation turned to the use of iPhone apps to boost band-to-fan connections, than we see news the meme’s catching on in the dream machine, Hollywood.
Little-seen among this weekends chatter and speculation surrounding the voice-activated Google app and its non-appearance on the store, and more idle expectation of the all-new “iPod Stick”, one report on a little-known iPhone-focused Web site noted movie studios are shuffling to take a bat at the iPhone app market…
Polydor’s head of digital Paul Smernicki says the label is pleased with the performance of its recently released Snow Patrol iPhone application, which promoted the band’s new album. “We’re relatively pleased with the results,” he exclusively told Music Ally, Distorted Loop can reveal.
The executive also noted that the release of the software did help generate interest in the band’s latest album, ‘A Hundred Million Suns’.
Way back we warned that you should expect a wave of iPhone applications from musicians promoting new albums, now Fall Out Boy has joined Snow Patrol, Pink, David Cook and the Nine Inch Nails in making a music-focused pitch at fans using the Apple device.
The price of Blu-ray players and discs seems set to fall this season, as those involved seek to take the format into the mass market – meanwhile that market’s changing, with consumers flocking to sign-up to location-based social networking services for their mobile phones, a pair of ABI Research reports claim.
“Blu-ray vendors and dealers are starting to realize that for Blu-ray to become the next DVD, they need to lower player prices in order to generate interest and build volumes,” said ABI Research principal analyst Steve Wilson.
Business-focused social network LinkedIn – aka “Facebook for suits” – has new tools for collaboration and sharing thanks to Box.net, an online storage company that’s also introduced a solution for the iPhone.
Box.net offers users a free 1GB of online storage for their data, documents and so on (a paid version of the service offers more storage and extra features).
Sony Music is evolving – at least slightly – from a traditional music company to a more service-focused business, with news of its new deal with the communicators at Exposure to launch SBX, a new pan-European creative agency.
SBX will develop entertainment based communication platforms and provide a “richer consumer experience for brands”, the company said. It will offer the full range of marketing services, including things like product placement, syncs for TV adverts, digital content and web 2.0 marketing tools, artist concerts and live events as well as music-oriented ad funded programming.