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Wal-Mart Launches DRM- Free Downloads

Wal-Mart said today that it is launching "DRM-free" MP3 music downloads. Single tracks will be 94 cents a piece and a whole album will sell for $9.22.

Disney Playing With Online Ads, Downloads
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The Walt Disney Company will make its popular Toontown MMORPG ad-supported later this year, and will offer movie downloads in conjunction with Microsoft.

SAP Admits To Inappropriate Downloads

SAP subsidiary TommorowNow is in trouble. A lot of it. In a late-night announcement, seemingly designed to be lost among the boom of Independence Day fireworks, SAP admitted TN had inappropriately downloaded files from its competitor Oracle.

Remember Real Player? It’s Back

The addition of the Real Player to the Google Pack of software made a lot of tech insiders chuckle, as Real was considered more of a nuisance.

Illegal Downloading Drops Among Youth
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The illegal downloading of digital copyrighted works by youth ages 8 to 18 has dropped by 24 percent in the last three years according to a survey by the Business Software Alliance.

The survey was first conducted in 2004 and revealed that 60 percent of participants had made illegal downloads. In 2006 the percentage fell to 43 percent and in 2007 it dropped to 36 percent.

Podcast Downloads Set New Record
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It wasn’t too long ago people were skeptical about the future of podcasting – it is, after all, easy to be a skeptic about a medium so new (rappers are still wondering when they’re supposed fad will pass). But Wizzard Media has 70 million reasons to disagree, just last month.

Podcast Downloads Set New Record
Podcast Downloads Set New Record
Podcast Downloads Set New Record
New Music Download Model: 98 Cents, obo

You have to like a business model that is pure supply and demand.

Movie Downloads To Reach $5.8 Billion

The Internet-delivered movie industry is set to take off. This is welcome news for Hollywood and the Motion Picture Association of America. According to Adams Media Research the Internet movie industry will reach $5.8 billion in revenue by 2011. Video downloads will account for $4.1 billion in the US.

Wal-Mart To Offer Movie Downloads

When it comes to pure, unadulterated retail, there are few stores that do it any better than Wal-Mart. The company has made a reputation in offering consumers a one-stop shop for everything from cereal to motor oil.

Record Labels Balk At Ad-Driven Downloads
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Earlier this week, Baidu announced a partnership with EMI to bring streaming music to Chinese users by implementing an advertising supported free digital music network. There are other companies eager to take this sort of approach, but the major record labels are reluctant to embrace such practices.

With Liberty and Downloads For All. . .

Our image of pirates has changed a bit since the high seas are largely under control (though there are some unruly ne’er-do-well factions marauding about in Indonesia). Pirates today seek digital booty, and as of this week, to buy a country so they can download in peace.

TV Downloads To Increase

Will TV become a thing of the past due to the popularity of online video? In an eMarketer article the answer is not what one would expect. They project that in the future viewers will watch more TV and online video. They will be watching in a variety of ways that include TV, Internet, the PC and portable devices.

Get Your Mac On With Google

The days of the Mac OS being a forgotten platform by Google’s developers have been dwindling, and the company has taken a couple of new steps toward being more inclusive of Mac users.

Madison Ave Spirals Out Free Music Downloads
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The purists and pirate-pardoning, and by that I mean anybody outside the business, know that music wants to be free. The world’s largest music company, Universal Music Group, seems to be the first megalith to get that. Before the end of the year, expect your music to ride freely on the back of a SpiralFrog, courtesy of Madison Avenue.

Free Book Downloads from Google
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Looks like Google may ruffle some more feathers of the publishing community.

Google Reads Up On Book Downloads
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Visitors to Google Book Search will have the opportunity to download and print classic titles from the service. Sometime today, Google Book Search should open its virtual doors to literary fans and allow them to download PDF copies of certain titles, and to print them.

DOJ Interested In Digital Music Pricing

Subpoenas for more information from the major music labels are arriving from the Department of Justice, with industry sources claiming DOJ has opened a new investigation into possible industry collusion on prices.

Google Shows Mac Users The Widget Love

Three Dashboard Widgets from the talented engineers at Google offer Mac users some extra Google functionality in OS X.

ITunes Hits One Billion Downloads

Michigan resident Alex Ostrovsky downloaded the one billionth song from Apple’s iTunes Music Store just past midnight Thursday. In doing so, Ostrovsky rocked his way into a lot of loot.

Holiday Music Downloads Set Records

The week between Christmas and New Years Day saw 20 million songs downloaded, more than doubling the record set the week before Christmas, according Nielsen SoundScan and E-Commerce Times.

Google Ready To Launch PPV?

After the mostly Google-less holiday season, the rumor mill is churning warp speed in the New Year. The Google PC is suddenly on the braniac minds of journalists and alpha-geek bloggers, as is Google Box or Cube or something, and suddenly-the idea seems perfectly likely and doable-a pay-per-view video service complete with its own payment system and hardware that could really benefit the indie film maker.