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JB Hi Fi Now app to launch by end of March; supports offline caching

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Tweets by Scott Browning, marketing director for JB Hi Fi, has noted that the company has plans to release the app for its JB Hi Fi NOW streaming service “by the end of March” and has confirmed that it will allow users to download songs on their mobile devices for offline use. The revelation was sparked when one Twitter user asked him about whether or not if the app will […]

Rdio announces pricing plans for Australia/NZ users

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Rdio is now official in Australia. After a quiet launch, the company has publicly revealed its pricing structure. The company also will continue to offer a seven-day trial to use the service, so users can experience it before committing to it. Rdio will be offering its Rdio Web – where you can access songs via a browser or through a desktop app – for $8.90 per month. Its Rdio Unlimited […]

2011 – A Year of Many Things: A recap of the big events of the year

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The year 2011 was one year that we will all never forget. Even though they were all in the beginning of the year, the floods in Queensland and Brazil, the earthquakes in Christchurch and the tsunami in the north of Japan are still present in all of our minds. We also saw the death of a tech luminary, Steve Jobs; and the powerful News Corporation losing its influence over politicians […]

5 sites to find and listen to new music for FREE

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Image: all that improbable blue/Flickr (Creative Commons) I love music. It is, for me anyway, a perfect way to relax during a long weekend, or to keep me entertained during the long train rides. However, now people are starting to listen to new music on the Internet rather than on radio or on television, as they are now playing puerile crap that has the audacity to be labelled music. Well, […]

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, […]

Pirate Bay to bring more “fear” to music industry with new site

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Notorious website The Pirate Bay is said to be launching a new project – dubbed “The Music Bay” – that aims to instil more fear to the music industry, according to an anonymous Pirate Bay insider talking to TorrentFreak. The site in question – – is currently used to serve up ads for The Pirate Bay website, but rumours began to grow in recent days that the domain could […]

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

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Guess what! Australia can now officially access! 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; […]

Apple thinks different on Woolworths new logo, challenges trademark

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Woolworths, the largest supermarket in Australia, is currently revamping its stores with its new brand, and will replace the iconic “Safeway” brand to bring it aligned with the other supermarkets it owns across Australia. The new logo has been described by its Woolworths as a stylised “W” with a leaf on top, but Apple sees differently. Apple has decided that it will challenge Woolworths trademark application – submitted in August […]

Study: Pirates ten times more likely to buy music legally

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Piracy may be the one “industry” that the music industry loathes, but a new study from the BI Norwegian School of Management has found that those who pirate music from websites like the Pirate Bay are more than likely to pay for songs that are on Amazon or on iTunes, according to the Guardian. The study found that, out of 2,000 online users surveyed, that those who downloaded the music […]

SpiralFrog says goodbye, assets surrendered to creditors

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The ad-supported music service SpiralFrog has quietly closed its doors, after its site went down and its assets been ceased, according to a source talking to CNET News. SpiralFrog started in 2006, offering free music to the public but also put in advertising in the music, with the media questioning if this would challenge the dominant Apple iTunes, or could be the answer to music piracy on file sharing networks. […]

Warner Music pulls videos off YouTube after talks break down

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Warner Music Group, which is the third largest record label in the Big 4, has pulled all of its videos on its YouTube channel after talks of renewing a licensing agreement had broken down on Friday. Warner Music, along with Universal Music Group, Sony Music Entertainment (formerly known as Sony BMG) and EMI, are all renegotiating their deals with the Google-owned video site. Warner Music, which is the home for […]

MySpace Music makes 1 billion streams…

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The revamped MySpace Music portal has now said that it has now streamed over 1 billion songs after launching on September 25. This is a pretty impressive milestone, especially when it took iTunes 3 years to get to 1 billion. But, it isn’t fair to make them compete, since songs on MySpace are free to stream, while on iTunes they cost $1.69. As well, MySpace Music’s streaming service is US-only […]

Vodafone announces unlimited music pricing plan

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Vodafone has launched the first unlimited music download service in Australia, allowing customers to an infinite number of songs for $2.75 a week accessing content from all four major record labels – Sony BMG, Universal, EMI and Warner Music – along with a range of independent artists. Dubbed the “Vodafone MusicStation”, the subscription will be charged on a weekly basis (meaning you’ll cough up $11 per month for the service) […]

U2 songs leaked after Bono plays them too loudly

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Paul McGuinness, U2’s manager, has something to complain to all the web users today. Four songs from U2’s upcoming album ‘No Line On the Horizon’ have been leaked online after Bono was playing them too loudly on his stereo – and somehow, a fan recorded the tracks. The four songs include the title track, the first single from the album – ‘Sexy Boots’, ‘Moment of Surrender’ and ‘For Your Love’. […]

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