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May 10, 2012 | By Randall Roberts, Los Angeles Times Pop Music Critic
I am sitting on a couch facing two turntables, a DJ mixer, a dual-drive CD player/recorder, a cassette deck and a wireless two-terrabyte hard drive half full of music - all in one way or another plugged into my sound system. The various components live in service of the thousands of LPs and 45s on shelves spread throughout my home, which I love, and the 3,000 CDs stored in containers in a closet that I'm reasonably ambivalent about but haven't figured out what to do with. They're near a tub full of tapes that I once tried to throw away but retrieved from the dumpster a few hours later and the MP3s on the hard drive, which I used to access way more than I do now and have no emotional attachment to whatsoever.
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ENTERTAINMENT
May 3, 2012 | By Jamie Wetherbe
Life has been extended for the star-studded reading of the play "8. " Dustin Lance Black's  dramatization of the legal fight against California's Proposition 8 will air on at 8 p.m. June 10 on 90.7 FM KPFK. The reading - which featured Kevin Bacon, George Clooney, Jamie Lee Curtis, Christine Lahti, Jane Lynch, Brad Pitt, Martin Sheen and John C. Reilly, among others - also will be available June 1 on CD and for digital download via iTunes and Amazon and on demand at www.latw.org as of June 9, L.A. Theatre Works announced Thursday.
BUSINESS
April 10, 2012 | By Michelle Maltais
And on the sixth day, there were more than 5 million downloads of Instagram for Android. That's right, in just six days, the free photo-sharing app has registered 5 million to 10 million downloads on the Google Play site . The same milestone took about six months for the iPhone app to reach. Of course, the Instagram community had been nascent in the early days of the iPhone app, whereas now it is established and robust. So robust that Facebook had to snap it up for $1 billion.
BUSINESS
March 26, 2012 | By Deborah Netburn
If you spent a significant portion of your weekend hurling birds through space, you aren't alone: On Monday, Rovio tweeted that its new game Angry Birds Space has been downloaded 10 million times in just three days. "I can't think of another app that has done this well, especially when you consider that they only have a paid version available in the iTunes App Store," said Peter Farago, vice president of marketing at the mobile analytics firm Flurry.  "The closest success story I can think of is OMGPOP's Draw Something, which racked up 20 million total downloads in five weeks.
BUSINESS
March 12, 2012 | By Nathan Olivarez-Giles
Roboto, the custom-designed font Google introduced in the Android Ice Cream Sandwich operating system, is now available for free download for developers, designers and font geeks. Google has released Roboto in 16 different typeface variations (bold, italic, condensed and differing weights) and with an Action Bar Icon Pack of user interface icons found throughout Ice Cream Sandwich, such as a search glass, pencil, phone, trash can and others. "You may use the materials in this file without restriction to develop your apps and to use in your apps," Google said in a note included with the download, bringing to mind the question of whether we'll see a developer use Roboto in an iOS app at some point.
BUSINESS
March 5, 2012 | By Andrea Chang, Los Angeles Times
Apple Inc. reached yet another milestone: More than 25 billion apps downloaded for use on iPhones, iPads and other devices. The tech giant made the announcement via a colorful banner on its website this weekend, telling customers: "A billion thanks. 25 times over. The App Store has reached 25 billion downloads. Thanks for getting us there. " Apple had been holding a 25 Billion Apps Countdown Promotion since Feb. 13 and said the winner of the contest would be listed online within about 10 days after the end of the promotion period.
BUSINESS
March 4, 2012 | By Andrea Chang
Congrats to Apple, which has reached the 25-billion-apps-downloaded mark. And an even bigger congrats to the yet-to-be-named individual who won the $10,000 App Store gift card for being the one to download that coveted milestone. The tech company made the announcement via a colorful banner on its website this weekend, telling customers: “A billion thanks. 25 times over. The App Store has reached 25 billion downloads. Thanks for getting us there.” Apple had been holding a 25 Billion Apps Countdown Promotion since Feb. 13 and said the winner of the contest would be listed online within about 10 days following the end of the promotion period.
BUSINESS
March 1, 2012 | By Nathan Olivarez-Giles
Microsoft's Windows 8 Consumer Preview , in its first 24 hours after being released, was downloaded 1 million times. Not too bad for an operating system still in beta, not finished and not ready for a consumer retail shelf. But then again, the software was made available as a free download. The Windows 8 development team announced the massive number on Twitter on Thursday in a tweet that said, simply, "One day later ... one million downloads of the consumer preview.
BUSINESS
February 29, 2012 | By Nathan Olivarez-Giles
You don't need to touch Windows 8 on a tablet to recognize that things are very different in the next version of Microsoft's operating system. On Wednesday, at the Mobile World Congress event in Barcelona, Microsoft released the Windows 8 Consumer Preview, making it available as a free download worldwide and showing it off on tablets and PCs in Spain. The Consumer Preview release offers a closer look at what Windows 8 will actually look and behave like when the retail version is released later on this year.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 17, 2012 | By Jessica Gelt, Los Angeles Times
And the Oscar goes to ... you, for hosting the best Oscar party in town. Wait, what? You invited your friends over to watch the show but forgot to plan a menu? No problem. We've got you covered with our fabulous Oscar Party Kit featuring recipes for food and cocktails by some of L.A.'s top culinary tastemakers. You can pull off any of these unique recipes the morning of the big day and still have time to hop into your party duds. And yes, comfort counts, but that Cabernet-colored velour tracksuit — the one with the word "Nominee" written across the behind — is so last year.
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