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Tesco signs Sony, Warner to take on iTunes

Sony Pictures Television International and Warner Bros. have signed up as launch partners for UK supermarket Tesco’s plan to offer digital downloads of film and TV content through its own online service.

Hollywood Reporter claims titles on offer will include ‘Superman 3’, and ‘Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles’ through the service.

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MOG music websites draw triple traffic

The MOG music blogging platform has confirmed it has surpassed 3 million unique visitors per month, according to Quantcast.com, tripling its site traffic in less than three months.

The MOG Music Network (MMN) – MOG’s advertising network for independent music blogs and music websites, which launched in August – now includes over 200 of the world’s music blogs, such as Glorious Noise, DiscoMusic.com, Rock on the Streets and the controversial MetalSucks, the company said.

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Sony makes nice with iTunes on film, music follows?

The reviews called it the “must-see comedy of the summer” and as winter closes in Sony has revealed an iTunes plan for the DVD release of ‘Pineapple Express’.

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment has signed-up to offer an iTunes Digital Copy of the film on the DVD or Blu-ray versions of the movie sold in the US from January 6.

UK and US customers who purchase a DVD also get an additional Digital Copy of the movie which can be popped inside iTunes, and then played back on the computer or Apple’s range of digital devices.

This means iTunes, iPod, iPhone and Apple TV owners will be able to extract a legitimate copy of the film for playback on their computers and digital devices when they buy the disc. Sony will also offer versions for playback on Windows PCs and the PlayStation Portable.

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Why the majors should go DRM-free with iTunes

Major labels are happy now to sell DRM-free music through retailers such as Amazon and 7Digital, but Apple remains locked out, with three of the four majors denying it permission to sell tracks DRM-free through its iTunes Plus service – even though it’s the largest US music retailer. But this may soon change.

9to5Mac claims Sony Music will make moves to license its tracks for sale through iTunes Plus in the coming “weeks or months”, with some speculating a potential announcement at Macworld San Francisco.

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Fall Out Boy prep Apple iPhone social network app

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.

Fall Out Boy will introduce its own iPhone application before the December 16 release of new album “Folie a Deux”, Billboard helpfully notes.

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‘Don’t Stop Believing’ – Journey’s track top-selling

We’re interested to learn today that Journey’s 27-year old track, ‘Don’t Stop Believin’ has become the biggest-selling catalogue digital music track of all time.

Nielsen Soundscan informs us that there have been over two million digital downloads of the track, 2.03 million, to be precise. Sales benefited from inclusion of the track within the series finale of the hugely popular ‘Sopranos’ series (which drove sales up 482 per cent).

For comparison, Lynyrd Skynyrd’s everlasting ‘Sweet Home Alabama’ has sold 1.46 million online while Queen’s ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ has shifted 1.44 million digital units, Reuters informs.

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‘Rescue Me’ series 4 episode 1 is free on iTunes

Just as we promised you last month, the fourth series of US firefighter drama ‘Rescue Me’ made its debut exclusively on iTunes in the UK this week.

It’s a landmark of sorts, as this is the first time a major television series has debuted exclusively through iTunes, and Sony Pictures Television and UK newspaper The Telegraph teamed-up to offer the first episode of the new series for free download through iTunes this week, which could be something for the weekend.

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Games, music, film vending machines for UK

Keep your eyes peeled for a new multimedia sales concept in the UK with the news that Sony and Universal have teamed up to deploy a range of machines selling games, Blu-ray movies and downloadable music across the country.

The PoP “entertainment vending machine”, shown off at Stuff Magazine’s Stuff Live Expo recently, lets customers download media to their MP3/MP4 players, SD cards and USB-supporting portable devices.

These touchscreen machines will also let consumers grab a quick preview of what they’re considering. No word yet on price, supported platforms or DRM.

Via: Stuff

Apple founder warns of death of the iPod

Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak has warned that the iPod’s days as pre-eminent music player may be numbered.

“The iPod has sort of lived a long life at number one,” he said, “Things like, that if you look back to transistor radios and Walkmans, they kind of die out after a while”, Wozniak warned.

He adds, “It’s kind of like everyone has got one or two or three. You get to a point when they are on display everywhere, they get real cheap and they are not selling as much,” he added.  

Woz was also critical of Apple’s tight control over iPhone development, warning, “Consumers aren’t getting all they want when companies are very proprietary and lock their products down. I would like to write some more powerful apps than what you’re allowed.” 

Now, there’s two clear messages here: first of all, think back to the fate of the Walkman – Sony didn’t move fast enough to embrace the digital wave, so it lost its music player leadership to Apple.

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