Latest Music download Stories

2009-08-10 10:40:00

A new survey shows there has been a slight drop -- from 63 percent last year to 61 percent this year -- in the number of young people in the UK downloading music illegally, BBC News reported. Also, some 85 percent of those surveyed that downloaded illegally said they would be willing to pay for an unlimited download service, according to the UK Music-commissioned study, now in its second year. UK Music, a company that represents the British music industry, had the University of Hertfordshire...

2009-06-19 09:50:00

On Thursday, a 32-year-old woman was found guilty by a U.S jury of illegally downloading 24 songs over the Internet in a high-profile piracy case. She was also ordered to pay nearly two million dollars in damages. The single mother of four from Brainerd Minnesota, Jammie Thomas-Rasset, was found legally responsible for the willful infringement of music copyrights when using the peer-to-peer file sharing network Kazaa to download songs. Taking a mere five hours to reach its verdict, the jury...

2009-04-07 11:15:00

The new three-tier pricing at the Apple iTunes Music Store may boost music sales by offering a new mix of song-based packages and allowing consumers more options, Reuters reported. According to several people familiar with its plans, Apple will announce its new three-tier price points at 69 cents, 99 cents and $1.29 on Tuesday. All songs in the iTunes store have been priced at 99 cents since opening in 2003. Apple and the music labels have quarreled over the 'one price fits all' strategy, as...

2009-03-27 10:03:33

Apple's iTunes will start raising the price of some hit songs from 99 cents to $1.29 as of April 7, U.S. music industry insiders said. The Los Angeles Times described the move as the first real test of how much people will be willing to fork over to download singles. The date of the price increase hasn't been publicly announced, but The Times said Apple has been telling record labels it will be on April 7. iTunes will also be lowering the price of some other songs, the newspaper said. EMI...

2009-03-17 16:35:17

NPD Group  reported on Tuesday that more Americans bought digital music last year while the number purchasing compact discs declined sharply. In NPD's annual Digital Music Study of U.S. consumers, it said the number of U.S. Web users who bought digital music increased by over eight million in 2008, compared to 36 million in the previous year. It said that meanwhile, there were nearly 17 million fewer buyers of CDs in the United States last year compared to the previous year. Purchases of...

2009-03-17 13:49:43

A British company has introduced a new method of downloading video games, the BBC News reported.  Awomo gives access to players to begin the game before the software has completed downloading, contrary to other systems. Hold time, developers say, is much more abbreviated between clicking a download link and real game-play.  Awomo boss, Roger Walkden, commented, "This is a super-fast way of distributing games.  For the first time we have created a system that really does for...

2009-01-15 08:50:00

After Apple's announcement earlier this month that it would offer select songs from the iTunes catalogue for 69 cents instead of the 99 cents, some are questioning whether the change will actually benefit customers. In all likelihood, record companies will reap most of the financial benefits. Even though some songs will be 30 cents cheaper, popular songs will be marked up to $1.29. In fact, it is a clever move to prepare consumers for a new strategy by labels to bundle songs, videos and...

2009-01-06 14:48:11

Apple Inc. announced in San Francisco Tuesday that four major music labels are now offering their music in iTunes Plus, Apple's DRM-free format. Universal Music Group, Sony BMG, Warner Music Group and EMI, along with thousands of independent labels, have made their music available through the format, which features audio quality virtually indistinguishable from the original recordings, Apple said in a release. iTunes customers can choose to download their favorite songs from the catalog...

2008-12-15 11:45:00

According to industry estimates, Amazon's digital music store has become the second-largest a la carte service after its first full year in business. However, it is a very distant second to iTunes.  Major labels claimed that they hoped Amazon would have done far better than it did.  The company has not yet released any sales figures for digital music, and they did not respond to interview requests for this story.  Piper Jaffray, financial analyst, estimates that Amazon will...

2008-11-04 12:00:09

TOKYO, Nov. 4 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- comScore, Inc. , a leader in measuring the digital world, today released a study of music-related sites in Japan finding that nearly 40 percent of the Japanese online population visited an entertainment music site in August. The study also revealed that Japan recorded the highest penetration of users of Apple iTunes software during the month, when compared with the United States, the United Kingdom, France and Germany. (Logo:...

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