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EMI terminates contract with Grooveshark

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Grooveshark’s luck is running out, with their last major record label partner, EMI, terminating its contract with the company. Without any major record label support, the streaming music service’s future is now even more uncertain than it was ever before. Just in case you haven’t heard of the site, Grooveshark is an online, arguably legal, ad and subscription supported music streaming service which gained all of its content via user uploads. It […]

Sony launches online streaming music service in Australia

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Sony has announced the expansion of its online music streaming service, Music Unlimited powered by Qriocity, to Australia, the United States and New Zealand, joining users in the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Italy and Span. The service, which allows users on Internet-connected Sony devices, such as its line of BRAVIA televisions, Blu-Ray players and PlayStation computers, will stream music from all four major labels – Sony Music Entertainment, Universal Music, […]

Apple brings The Beatles catalogue to iTunes

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It’s official. Apple has done what many had been expecting Apple to do for years. Sign a deal with The Beatles in order to get their entire catalogue to the popular iTunes store. All albums are iTunes LP, meaning that there is an interactive addition to the album only accessible within iTunes – such as lyrics and additional material such as videos. The Beatles were well known to have been […]

Victoria to trial iPad in Australian schools

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On the same day as the iPad was released, the Victorian Government has announced that it will spend over $300,000 to pay for the newly-launched device in a ground-breaking trial to see if this device could have educational benefits within the Victorian education system. Victoria is the first state to implement this for educational purposes. “Education is the top priority of this Government and our Australian-first trial of iPads in […]

Sony invests more in 3D … in music videos?

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First movies, then sporting events and now music videos? Sony has shown their commitment in pushing 3D to our eyes, despite the numerous risks outlined by some medical professionals, by creating 3D music video and premiering it in Australia. The first video honours have been given to the Rouge Traders with their new single, and theme anthem for the Socceroos, Hearts Beat as One – which most likely ties with […]

Doctor Who to debut on iView before TV

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Doctor Who fans will be able to watch the first episode of the new series, starring the Eleventh Doctor Matt Smith, on ABC’s iView service when the clock strikes at midnight on April 16 before it makes its debut two days later on ABC1 – and all this within two weeks of the BBC’s debut of the new series. “View is a fantastic offering, an additional way for Australian audiences […]

Apple parts maker confirms workers poisoning

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Taiwanese manufacturer Wintek, the manufacturer that makes LCD screens and components for Apple and Nokia, has confirmed that more of its workers in China have become ill after being exposed to chemicals than it previously reported. According to Global Post, 62 of the employees have became ill after a report that ran on state-controlled media – 15 more than it was reported – that were exposed to chemicals last summer; […]

Music labels demand Pirate Bay founders pay up

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NEWS IN BRIEF: The big four record labels are seeking one million Swedish kronor from two of the Pirate Bay founders, Gottfird and Fredrik; claiming that they have failed to comply with a court order by the Stockholm District Court to cease operating the site. Despite an appeal granted; Universal Music, EMI Music, Sony Music and Warner Music argue that the since that the site is operational, the two must […]

VEVO is accessible in Australia – just don’t get your hopes up yet

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Guess what! Australia can now officially access VEVO.com! That would be great news, but there is a downside. While you can access the pages, you will not be able to play any of the content – mainly because of rights restrictions (meaning those living in Canada, US or Japan are allowed to view the videos). However, there is a way to watch videos from VEVO – and that’s on YouTube; […]

Bladeless fan anyone? Dyson has you covered!

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Summer is coming. We all know that (at least those who live in Oz). And what better way to cool off then to crank the air-con on set you desk fan to full ball. From the very company that creates world-first vacuum cleaners right through to those groovy hand-driers at public venues, Dyson has now come out with a fan that uses no blades and looks snazzy as well. How […]

Judge says EMI can sue MP3tunes, just not its owner

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A federal judge has dismissed a copyright-infringement claim filed by EMI against Michael Robertson, the founder of MP3tunes, but the company wasn’t so lucky as the judge allowed it to pursue the claims against the company that was filed in last November in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, from 14 record companies and publishers affiliated with EMI. MP3tunes allows users to store music in […]

First EMI, now Universal

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The Universal Music Group, the world’s largest music label, on Thursday says it would test the sales of no DRM on its songs. This deal could start a world without DRM soon enough, with EMI establishing its anti-DRM stance. The deal, however, won’t be on iTunes. No reason has been specifie, but it might have something to do with its feud with Apple over pricing. Leaving iTunes out might be […]

EMI “No More DRM…”

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EMI and Apple have partnered to make every EMI song that is cataloged in the iTunes Store… DRM Free! Yes, now you can play your U2 songs in somewhere else. However, they will be a price increase from the normal 99c to $1.29 [I should mention that this is the current pricing structure for the US version] per song. This new service is to be available in May.