April 3, 2013 |
Amazon.com's AutoRip, which gives customers free digital copies of CDs they purchase, is now available for vinyl records -- including those purchased in the past. Starting Wednesday, when customers buy AutoRip-eligible vinyl records, MP3 versions of the music will be automatically added to their Cloud Player libraries where it will be available for immediate playback or download. And customers who have purchased AutoRip records at any time since Amazon first opened its Music Store in 1998 will find digital copies of those albums in their Cloud Player libraries free.
February 26, 2013 |
When is 13 a lucky number? When it's the number of years it's taken for the music industry to post its first yearly increase in global recorded music sales, which is what happened in 2012, according to new figures from the International Federation for the Phonographic Industry . The group's annual Digital Music Report , issued Feb. 26 in London, noted that overall music sales rose from $16.2 billion to $16.5 billion, or 0.3%, from 2011...
February 13, 2013 |
Amazon Cloud Player is now available in Ford Sync AppLink-equipped vehicles, so owners can wirelessly connect the Amazon MP3 app on their Android smartphone to the Sync connectivity system to access their music library in their car using voice commands or audio controls. Ford AppLink-equipped vehicles include the 2013 Ford Fiesta, Mustang, Focus, E-Series, C-MAX Hybrid, Expedition, Fusion, F-150 and Super Duty models. Amazon said the integration of its cloud player with Ford vehicles would help drivers get rid of CDs, wires and other ways they used to connect and listen to their music in the car. It also frees up local storage space on phones by storing and accessing music in the cloud.
January 11, 2013 |
Is Pandora co-founder Tim Westergren a band's biggest enemy or best ally? Last year, he began lobbying Congress to lower digital music royalties, a move that made him appear a soulless businessman all too eager to bite the hand that feeds him. (After all, Pandora is nothing without its music.) But at this week's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Westergren cast Pandora in a different light. “Speaking to a room full of technology executives and policymakers, [Westergren]
November 19, 2012 |
The digital music world is a bit louder this morning. AC/DC, the Australian hard rock band whose heavy metal thunder has never been available for legal download, has stepped into the 21st century and released its music through iTunes, the band announced Monday morning. After years of stubbornly arguing that iTunes was, in the words of singer Brian Johnson, “going to kill music if they're not careful,” the band reached a deal with the company to sell its entire catalog -- 16 studio albums, four live albums and three compilations -- through the service.
October 15, 2012 |
After failing to gain traction in the digital music market with its Zune player and service, Microsoft Corp. hits the reset button with the launch of a new music offering for the Xbox 360 game console, and smartphones and computers running Microsoft's new Windows 8. Xbox Music debuts Tuesday on the game console, offering a combination of free music streaming, a subscription option that would allow users to download individual tracks or listen to...