Posts Tagged ‘Music’
While Wal-Mart may have entered the digital music scene a little late and didn’t really come in with a bang, they’re proving that they can compete with the competition, namely iTunes. Their recent announcement that they will be selling DRM-free music at $0.94 per song is proof of this.
One of the biggest pitfalls of text-to-speech utilities is that people always say that they never sound like human beings. They just aren’t natural, and often have a robotic tone to their voice that makes it difficult to listen to for a lengthy period of time. What if we could index songs and piece together sentences based upon the lyrics? Would that be any better?
Remember the days of Napster when 70 million users traded music, and life was good? Then the RIAA stepped in and sued Napster for copyright infringement and the happy days of sharing music for free were over. Napster then introduced Napster 2.0 which required users to pay a fee for the once free music which didn’t prove to be successful.
“But everybody is doing it” appears to be one of the popular excuses that children are using in Europe and elsewhere when asked why they are illegally downloading music and movies, according to a recent study. And when they say “everybody,” often times they mean their parents too.
Wouldn’t it be nice to get some free music downloads with no strings attached? That’s something many of us long for, and it’s the same thing that the RIAA despises. One of the places where I can legally download free music is a site that one of my friends told me about, and it’s called PureVolume.
A few weeks ago, it was silent for a day in the land of Internet Radio when thousands of webcasters went silent to protest the outrageous rates that were set to be imposed on July 15th. Up until late last night, no deal had been made. With July 15th just two days away, everybody was left to assume that Internet Radio wouldn’t be around come Sunday.
It is well-known that the RIAA aggressively files lawsuits when they feel they have evidence that someone is pirating music. Back in February we reported that a 16 year old boy from New York was being sued by the RIAA for piracy, and decided to fight back. He’s not alone in his fight anymore becasuse a woman from Beaverton, Oregon is also fighting back.
If you’re on Facebook, you’ve at least heard of iLike. If you’re not on Facebook and you haven’t heard of iLike, it’s a social music discovery site that has recently exploded into popularity ever since the launch of their Facebook Application.
We reviewed the MP3Tunes online music storage service last week and it has thoroughly impressed me. They have free software available to sync your music with their servers, and the only downside was that they gave away limitless storage to just a small number of free accounts each day.
The thought of being able to backup and access your music no matter where you are is surely an appetizing thought. Just look at Flickr...people needed a way to backup and access their precious photos from anywhere and Flickr catered to those people.
It was more than a year ago when we last wrote about MyBloop, a file sharing site, and we mentioned a way to download music that others upload to the site. They shutdown for awhile because they couldn’t keep up with the hosting needs, and after several months they are back for more.
Search Engines these days make it super simple to find more than just web pages for a given search-term. You can easily find images, videos, shopping results, and more. One thing that I haven’t seen with any of them is the ability to search for sounds.
The big news today for Last.fm is that CBS has acquired them for 280 million! In their statement, CBS said that Last.fm fits well with their plan to attract a younger crowd (as though this isn’t obvious) to help transform CBS from a “content company” to an “audience company.” CBS has been on a roll lately by fully immersing themselves in Web 2.0 and all it has to [...]
There’s more bad news for AllofMP3.com today after an announcement was made that a man out of London who was selling vouchers that users could purchase to buy music from AllofMP3.com was arrested. Thus far, the largest legal action that the RIAA has pursued was the filing of a 1.64 trillion dollar lawsuit (here and here).
Amazon has just jumped out of the gate leaving DRM behind. Later this year, we can expect an Amazon music store stocked with millions of songs from 12,000 record labels, all DRM-free!
Being the owner of an iPod Nano, I was kept from switching to Linux for a long time because there's no Linux version of iTunes. Then I discovered that the Linux community has worked hard on some good alternatives, and today we're going to take a look at some of them.
Finally you’ll have an easy and accurate way to get the lyrics to your favorite songs. Yahoo has just teamed up with Gracenotes (a digital media company) to be the first industry backed effort to provide lyrics to the millions of people who search for them daily.
DRM-free music will be coming your way soon! Apple and EMI (an independent music company based in London) have just announced their plans to sell songs that are DRM free to iTunes customers starting in May. EMI is taking their entire catalog of digital music and removing the DRM restrictions, giving iTunes the first opportunity to sell the music.
There's a social network for just about everything these days, why not music? iJigg went live on January 15th and is a Digg-like social network for music. It's not the first social network for music by any means, but to my knowledge, it's the first Digg-like one.