Sony Launches Music Unlimited Service In Japan

Sony Launches Music Unlimited Service In Japan

By Richard Stalker July 3, 2012 | 2 Comments

Sony has really been pushing out their new Music Unlimited service to the masses and it has finally gotten to the birth place of the electronics giant, Japan. The initial offering will be about 10 million songs from major labels …

Judge Refuses To Stop Resale Of Digital Music Judge Refuses To Stop Resale Of Digital Music
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The “First Sale” doctrine may cover digital purchases if ReDigi has its way. CNET is reporting that U.S. District Judge Richard Sullivan has denied EMI’s attempt to shut down ReDigi while the case goes to court. ReDigi is a Web …

EMI Sues Ireland For Not Blocking Pirates EMI Sues Ireland For Not Blocking Pirates


EMI, one of the three big music companies and a vocal supporter of SOPA, has filed suit against the Republic of Ireland for failing to bring itself into line with EU law regarding anti-piracy measures. EMI has been lobbying the …

Grooveshark sued by EMI Music Grooveshark sued by EMI Music

Well, this will probably going to be detrimental to my future work productivity. Due to what it claims is a failure to receive any royalty kickbacks, EMI Music Publishing has filed a lawsuit against Grooveshark’s parent company, Escape Media Group. …

Google Music Store To Snag Universal Tracks Google Music Store To Snag Universal Tracks

With the launch of the new Google Music Store fast approaching, it looks like Google is close to inking another record label deal to populate the new service. According to a Bloomberg report, Google is very close to an agreement …

Vevo Reaches Content Agreement With EMI

Online music video service Vevo, has reached a content agreement with EMI Music on the eve before its Tuesday launch.

EMI joins Universal Music Group and Sony Music Entertainment in what is being called the "Hulu for music videos." So far Vevo has not reached a licensing agreement with Warner Music Group.

Hulu Gets Feet Wet in the Music Video Pool

Hulu and record label EMI have struck a deal, which will give the video content site some music videos, one area in which the site has lacked. Hulu fans shouldn’t get too excited about the site becoming a big music video destination just yet though.

The deal, according to the New York Times, is to give artists Norah Jones her own channel (which is already live), and over time, add more EMI artists. The Norah Jones channel has all of her music videos, concert footage, and interviews.

Grooveshark Signs Deal With EMI
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Major music label EMI has dropped its copyright infringement lawsuit against music streaming service Grooveshark, reaching a deal to license its recording and publishing catalogs to the site.

"We think services like Grooveshark offer great music discovery options for fans," said Mark Piibe, EMI Music’s Global Head of Digital Business Development.

Room At The Top: Google CIO Exits

Douglas Merrill said farewell to the best job in the world, as he opted for a position with music label EMI.

The Internet and the Music Industry

Ever since I blogged for a music site, I’ve watched how the Internet has transformed the music industry.

Here are some recent highlights – and they are sad songs:

MP3Tunes Fights EMI’s Funky Lawsuit Music
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A lawsuit brought forth by recording industry giant EMI against MP3Tunes again raises some fundamental questions about digital music ownership and link aggregation.

YouTube Adding H.264 Format
While the jury is still out on whether anyone actually needs an Apple TV, the iTunes streaming device is getting a new feature: YouTube. Sometime in the middle of this month, a software update to the device will add wireless YouTube streaming.

iTunes Sells EMI DRM Free, Attaching Purchaser Info
UPDATED:  iTunes yesterday began selling thousands of higher quality EMI tracks DRM free and added an upgrade option for previous purchases. But the offering dubbed iTunes Plus comes with some major  baggage that may not please consumers.

Apple Unveils iTunes Plus

Apple has launched iTunes Plus, DRM-free music tracks that will be available for $1.29 per song.

iTunes Plus is launching with EMI’s digital catalog of recording artists including Coldplay, The Rolling Stones, Norah Jones, John Coltrane and Pink Floyd.

"Our customers are very excited about the freedom and amazing sound quality of iTunes Plus," said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO. "We expect more than half of the songs on iTunes will be offered in iTunes Plus versions by the end of this year."

Zune Marketplace Takes EMI’s Lead
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The iTunes Music Store may be the first to offer DRM-free songs from EMI artists, but the Zune Marketplace won’t be far behind. Microsoft has plans to make the premium tracks available for download from its online store in the near future, and believes this move can only help promote healthier competition between the Zune and the iPod.

Entire EMI Catalog DRM Free
The Beatles weren’t the talk of today’s joint press conference held by EMI Group and Apple in London, Emi b

EMI Drops DRM Restrictions On iTunes
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Crusaders against Digital Rights Management (DRM) believe the practice does nothing to curtail music piracy while placing unnecessary restrictions on downloaded audio content. In a move that should please the anti-DRM contingent, EMI has announced that it will remove the restriction from its tracks on iTunes.