Tag: Music Downloads
Spotify suspend MP3 music download purchases, bought songs may expire
Spotify has suspended the purchase and download of tracks through its music streaming service. As well as offering streaming of its 20 million song library, Spotify had offered iTunes-style MP3 track downloads for a one-off fee. However, this feature has…
Domino Drip.fm: A digital fan-club for the 21st century
Domino has become one of the most influential record labels of the last two decades, being the stable housing Hot Chip, Dirty Projectors, Spiritualized, John Cale, Arctic Monkeys and Animal Collective, among many others. Earlier this year Domino launched a…
Give the gift of music and do your bit for charity with Fairshare Music giftcards
Got a music-loving philanthropist on your Christmas gift list? Then why not pop a Fairshare Music giftcard in their stocking? For every track you buy through Fairshare Music, half the profits go to a charity of your choosing from…
Fairshare Music gives half download profits to charity
Download music legally and do your bit for charidee at the same time. You can't really get more virtuous than that can you? Well that's the proposition of new music download service FairshareMusic.com Billed as the home of 'feelgood…
Illegal File-sharers spend more on music
The figures suggest that file-sharers "try-before-they-buy", and are happy to support bands and artists whose downloaded music they enjoy.
Microsoft to launch free music streaming service in July
Yesterday was a big day for Microsoft. Office 2010 went into trials, they announced a suite of free cloud based applications to rival Google Docs, Zoho et al and the sneaky one that no one was expecting was the launch of a music streaming service to take on Spotify too. I’m surprised they didn’t launch their own social networks to go after Twitter and Facebook.
It’s not clear, as yet, as to how large the catalogue will be or quite how many ads, if any at all, we’ll have to put up with. What has been indicated in an interview with the Telegraph is that you’ll also be able to pay to download the tracks, much like 7Digital do for Spotify, and that the service will link in with the Xbox 360.
They’ll be more details within days, no doubt, as the service is set to launch by the end of the month. Now, why do I have a nagging feeling that Microsoft are going to throttle the whole operation somehow and actually make it rubbish?
Orange Music Store goes DRM-free with 79p music buffet
DRM-free is becoming all the rage, as well it should, and today Orange is the latest portal provider to jump on the digital music band wagon. So far they’ve persuaded EMI, Universal and ” a number of independent labels” to offer up their tracks and doubtless the other two majors will follow at some point.
For now, there’s 700,000 tracks to chose from which you can download over the air or to your PC and do with as you will. You’ll only pay the once and prices start at an iTunes sounding 79p.
You can start your downloading from today and it’ll be interesting to see how this sits alongside services which Orange supports like the DRM-heavy Nokia Comes With Music. Still, always nice to have more options.
Orange (via @recombu)
95% of music downloads in 2008 were illegal, says IFPI
The International Federation of the Phonographic Industry, or IFPI, is basically an international version of the RIAA and BPI, who claim to act as a trade body for record labels, but seem to only exist in reality to head up the music industry’s anti-piracy campaign. True to that role, last night it released a statement claiming that 95% of music downloads in 2008 were illegal.
However, there’s some bright news for the labels hidden in there too – download sales are up 25% on last year, and now make up a fifth of all recorded music sales. The IFPI reckons that it’s worth £2.5 billion.
Vodafone UK launches "Vodafone Music" – it's a bit like iTunes
Vodafone has announced that is new “Vodafone Music” service is now live in the UK, allowing its mobile customers to buy and download songs from the Vodafone live! Music Shop.
The service features a new user-friendly interface which includes a smart search allowing users to find music based on track name, artist, album, or genre; free 30-second previews of songs, album art, and improved charts listing new releases and top downloads…
BPI and VIrgin Media to send informative anti-piracy letters to customers who download illegally
Virgin Media’s collaboration with the BPI to crack down on the illegal download and sharing of music has moved forward a few steps.
Both organisations have created stock letters designed to inform and educate Virgin Media customers about the legal implications of stealing music off the web…