MacWorld 2009: iTunes Store going DRM-free by end of Q1
Apple has announced major changes to the iTunes Store in its keynote speech at the MacWorld show in San Francisco, including making it entirely DRM-free by the end of March. That story on CNET yesterday was pretty bang on,...
January 6, 2009
iTunes still top dog among European broadband users
Well, it's not exactly a big surprise now, is it? But nevertheless, new research from Strategy Analytics shows that European broadband users who regularly listen to digital music are twice as likely to buy it from iTunes...
December 24, 2008
iTunes Plus rumours heat up again
There was a lot of chatter in the blogosphere last night (and again today) about Apple taking iTunes fully DRM-free today, via deals with Sony, Universal Music Group and Warner Music Group. It kicked off with this story on...
December 9, 2008
Beatles iTunes negotiations stalled, says Paul McCartney
The appearance of The Beatles' back catalogue on iTunes (or, indeed, any digital music service) is as far off as ever, judging by comments yesterday from Sir Paul McCartney.But here's the thing – for once,...
November 25, 2008
Rumours swirling about more majors signing up for iTunes Plus
There's a lot of noise online about Apple being about to sign more major labels to sell DRM-free music through iTunes, joining EMI.For example, CNET reports that Apple is in talks with all three other majors, and that...
November 20, 2008
EMI says iTunes Plus hasn’t boosted piracy
Three senior EMI execs, including CEO Elio Leoni-Sceti, have given an in-depth interview to Billboard talking about the label's strategy. Among the interesting points are their comments about selling DRM-free songs on...
November 17, 2008
25% of Japanese internet users access iTunes, says comScore
New research published by comScore claims that nearly 25% of all Japanese internet users accessed the iTunes Store during August – a higher penetration rate than the US, UK, France and Germany.However, with other stats...
November 5, 2008
Should 30-second music preview clips be counted as fair use?
Should songwriters and music publishers be paid every time someone streams a 30-second preview clip of a track? The Digital Media Association (DiMA) says not, and has filed a legal brief claiming these preview clips should...
September 22, 2008
Yahoo to `completely open up’ Yahoo Music
Yahoo has revealed plans to open up its Yahoo Music site to feature content from outside stores, including iTunes and Amazon. “We are going to completely open up Yahoo Music in the next few weeks,” says Yahoo's...
September 15, 2008
Kid Rock success spurs labels to look beyond iTunes (again)
It’s been a while since the last ‘labels hate iTunes’ rumour, but the Wall Street Journal has kicked off the speculation again, focusing on the labels’ desire to sell full albums, rather than break...
August 28, 2008
China reportedly blocking iTunes over Free Tibet compilation
Internet users in China are reportedly having problems accessing the US iTunes Store, with the problem allegedly due to the Chinese government's unhappiness with the release of a recent Songs For Tibet compilation on...
August 21, 2008