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Posts tagged with Music

Last.fm signs deal with Warner Music

Last.fm has teamed up with Warner Music Group in its first deal with a major music company.

The agreement will see Warner's music catalogue made available to the Last.fm's listeners. It will initially roll out in the US, with Europe to follow shortly after. 


Apple vs Apple: Jobs and McCartney bury hatchet

All they needed was love. Now Apple and The Beatles have kissed and made up - and it could see The Fab Four's catalogue added to iTunes.

The band's Apple Corps. label last year lost a High Court lawsuit in which it had claimed Steve Jobs' computer company had reneged on a prior agreement not to confuse matters by entering the music business using the "Apple" name.


Murdoch gets his hands on Crazy Frog

News Corporation says it will have secured a controlling stake in mobile ringtone and animation provider Jamba by tomorrow.

The Rupert Murdoch empire has formed a joint venture with VeriSign, which bought Jamba for $270m in 2004.


EU study predicts 400% growth in online content revenue

Revenues from online creative content across Europe will reach €8.3 billion (£5.5 billion) by 2010, according to an EU study. The spread of broadband, mobile and the adoption of digital gadgets will drive the growth.

The research, titled 'Interactive Content and Convergence: Implications for the information Society' assessed the outlook for the online content market, identifying growth areas and potential 'roadblocks' for the market.


Copycat Coke settles ninja kitten claim

Unsigned British band 7 Seconds Of Love has reached an out-of-court settlement with Coca-Cola over the soft drinks giant's use of their material in a TV commercial.

An advert for Coca Cola, shown in Argentina, borrowed liberally from the music and video for the band's song Ninja, from 2005, which featured kittens in ninja outfits bouncing up and down.


Music sales boom but could slow

Global online sales of digital music nearly doubled to $2bn in 2006 but that growth will slow this year, according to new research from the London-based International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI).

The IFPI said those sales now made up 10% of music sales across all formats but that the growth had not yet reached a significant enough number to offset the decline in sales of physical formats like CD - the so-called 'holy grail'.


AOL to use Napster for music subscription service

AOL has announced that Napster will become the exclusive subscription provider for AOL Music, replacing AOL Music Now, which has about 350,000 paying subscribers.

Existing AOL Music Now customers will have their accounts, including music libraries and playlists, migrated over to Napster unless they choose to opt out.


iWant strikes again

Once again, Apple has started a new year by announcing a plethora of exciting goodies for technophiles, with the long anticipated iPhone taking centre stage.

As a fairly committed early adopter (I have not used a paper diary since 21st December 1996 – yes I do know the date exactly, because my latest Palm based PDA has all my diary entries since then), I am already drooling.


Jobs unveils Apple's iPhone

Accompanied by rapturous applause from Apple's legions of fans, many of whom queued for hours to see him, Steve Jobs unveiled the eagerly awaited iPhone at the Macworld Expo in San Francisco last night.

The new gadget from Apple certainly looks impressive, and will come in 4GB and 8GB versions, costing $499 or $599. It includes a touchscreen with virtual keyboard, a 2 megapixel camera, is WIFI enabled, as well as containing all the functions of an iPod.


XFM to launch personalised internet radio station

GCap Media -owned indie music station XFM is preparing to launch an interactive online radio player which will allow listeners to build personalised playlists from its music library.

Mi-Xfm, as it is called, will feature four different music genres; Chill, Loud, X-list and Hits; and will be sponsored by Microsoft’s Xbox 360.


Downloads to lift music industry, says Verdict

A new report from  Verdict Research predicts that the download market will grow from £112m to almost £500m by 2011.

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Musicovery - a new web radio station

Musicovery is a new web radio application which allows you to visually customise the genre and style of music you want to listen to, before streaming it through your browser.

Musicovery launches

Users of the visual search engine MusicPlasma will recognise the design of the site. Essentially, this is MusicPlasma with the added benefit of streaming radio. Founders Frederic Vavrille and Vincent Castaignet are responsible for both sites.