Posts Tagged 'download'

MTV taking on YouTube, iTunes?

MTV has jumped into a few arenas recently. Cracking open the vault MTV has started up a new site offering pretty much every single music video they’ve ever got their hands on. It’s an impressive library with a few exclusive live events. Have you forgotten about the geeky girl in the corner called YouTube? MTV will bring a new hotness to online music videos.

In addition to this it seems MTV is making moves on other people’s girlfriends too. This opens up music/ringtone downloads through the MTV network. Hello iTunes, how’d you like a bitch slap? Things are starting to get a bit crowded.

More content, more traffic, more advertising revenue? I’m sure Google is laughing all the way to the bank. (link)

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China blocks iTunes for Tibet album

Customers in China of Apple Inc.’s iTunes online music store were unable to download songs this week, and an activist group said Beijing was trying to block access to a new Tibet-themed album.

In Internet forums, iTunes users complained they had been unable to download music since Monday. That was a day after the Art of Peace Foundation announced the release of “Songs for Tibet,” with music by Sting, Alanis Morissette, Garbage and others, and a 15-minute talk by the Dalai Lama, the exiled Tibetan leader.

Michael Wohl, executive director of the New York City-based group, said he believed the album was the reason for the iTunes interruption, though he had no proof. (link)

Yahoo: DRM is dead, here’s a coupon

Yahoo Inc. is offering coupons or refunds to users who find songs they bought inaccessible after Sept. 30, when the company shuts its music-download service.

The decision to close the Yahoo Music Store had added fuel to criticisms over copy-protection measures known as digital rights management, but Yahoo promised it won’t entirely abandon loyal customers.

The company said Wednesday it is offering coupons on request for people to buy songs again through Yahoo’s new partner, RealNetworks Inc.’s Rhapsody. Those songs will be in the MP3 format, free of copy protection. Refunds are available for users who “have serious problems with this arrangement,” Yahoo said.

Spokeswoman Carrie Davis said a “small number” of users are affected by the change. Yahoo wouldn’t disclose the actual number. (link)

Aeroplan jumps on the mp3 bandwagon

Of all the available digital download Websites in Canada, member reward company Aeroplan is the first to convert all of its available music tracks to DRM-free, “high-quality” MP3 files. Aeroplan members can now redeem accumulated points for music at the company’s digital download site (www.aeroplanmusicstore.com) from all four major record labels: EMI, Sony BMG Music (Canada), Universal, and Warner Music. Songs range from 256 kbps to 320 kbps, with most tunes downloadable in the latter, higher quality format.

“We are proud to be leading the industry in an area that our members are showing increasing interest,” said Nathalie Belanger, General Manager, Rewards Management, Aeroplan. “Our miles for music offering has been extremely popular with Aeroplan Members, in fact, for many, downloading music from our site was their first foray into one of the many specialty, merchandise, and experiential rewards that we also offer. Now that we are making music even more accessible, we expect more members will give it a try.” (link)

Firefox 3 beta 2 released

Mozilla has announced the official release of Firefox 3 beta 2, the tenth major developer milestone in the Firefox 3 development timeline. The new beta, which is available for download from Mozilla’s web site, includes interface improvements and a lot of extra polish.

Mozilla’s quality standards for betas require that all of the planned features be fully implemented and robust enough for daily browsing by a large number of people. That standard was fulfilled last month by the Milestone 9 release, which was the first to bear the beta designation. Additional betas will be released on a consistent basis until all of the implemented features are finalized and performance matches or exceeds that of Firefox. At that point, Mozilla will transition to release candidates to resolve last-minute regressions before the official release. (link)

Downloading of dirty version get’s Lust fans infected with virus

Lust seems to be prevailing over caution for computer users in China who download certain unauthorized copies of Ang Lee’s latest film: some of them are receiving dozens of viruses instead.
Because ” Lust, Caution ” was released in China with about 30 minutes of footage censored by the local film overseer — almost all of it depicting graphic sex — movie audiences here are turning to unauthorized downloads of the film to see what they missed.

However, hackers are replacing what appear to be copies of the film with software that infects end users’ computers, according to a warning from antivirus software maker Beijing Rising International Software. (link)

Zune problems?

It’s been reported that the software update for the Zune has been causing problems. No word from Microsoft whether it has anything to do with DRM preventing downloads or what. But for now click on this (link) to downgrade.


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