Neil Young Set to Unveil Pono, a New Music Player

Neil Young Set to Unveil Pono, a New Music Player

By Brian Powell March 10, 2014

With the advent of the smartphone, the world was introduced to another way to degrade the quality of music by attempting to stuff all media into one, singular device with extremely limited storage and processing capabilities. Unfortunately, this trend of …

Neil Young Equates Piracy To Radio Neil Young Equates Piracy To Radio

Rovio boss Mikael Hed said that piracy equals exposure. Music legend Neil Young couldn’t agree more. At the Dive Into Media conference today, Neil Young spoke on music piracy and music quality. He detailed his solution to audio quality and …

Napster Merges With Rhapsody Napster Merges With Rhapsody

It’s a sad day for fans of old school file-sharing, as Napster is no more. Starting yesterday, Napster officially began merging with Rhapsody, the largest on-demand music service in the United States. Back in October, Best Buy, the parent company …

Amazon Tries Lady Gaga Release Again Amazon Tries Lady Gaga Release Again

When Lady Gaga’s newest album Born This Way was released, Amazon offered the release in digital format for $0.99. Naturally, their web infrastructure almost collapsed. The special price was done in order to demonstrate Amazon’s cloud music service, and while …

EU Plans To Limit MP3 Player Volume

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The European Commission said today it wants to implement new rules for the makers of MP3 players that would require them to follow new volume standards.

The Commission pointed to a study that found listening to personal music players at a high volume over a long period can lead to permanent hearing damage and 5 to 10 percent of listeners risk permanent hearing loss. It’s estimated that up to 10 million people in the EU may be at risk.

Ballmer Hints At Giving Up On Zune At CES

Recent by comments by Microsoft executives have led to speculation that Microsoft may abandon the Zune.

Microsoft CEO Ballmer declared at CES that consumers increasingly were moving away from one task devices like the Zune towards smart phones while at the same time stating flatly that no Zune phone was in the works.

Bopaboo’s Interesting MP3 ‘Pawning’ Service
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Digital Music Sales To Rise Dramatically In The Next 5 Years

A new study by JupiterResearch, a Forrester Research company, predicts that digital music will grow from the current 18% to 41% of total sales in 5 years. Researchers credited stores like Amazon and the transition to mp3’s which make downloads portable for some of the increase.

Nokia ‘Comes With Music’ Is Very Restricted

 Music Ally blogger Stuart Dredge pointed me toward the Terms & Condit

Yahoo Music Is Shutting Its Doors

There had to be a better way. It’s no surprise that Yahoo! Music is shutting down its download store and pointing customers to Rhapsody.  But did they have to pull a Microsoft and stop supporting the retrieval of license keys or authorize playback on additional computers? Here’s the email that came last night:

New Digital Music Service To Help Fight Aids In Africa

(RED), the nonprofit organisation co-founded by Bono, is starting a new digital music service (via NYT) in September that will contribute a share of profits to

Warner Music Group Offers Catalog To Wal-Mart.com

Wmg The Warner Music Group family of labels has widened its full catalog mp3 offering to incl

Grand Theft Auto And Amazon’s “Discover And Download”

Grand_theft_auto_4 Starting today, players of Gran

Amazon.com, Pepsi Bank On Free MP3 Music
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A billion dollar giveaway starting February 1st will help Amazon.com take on Apple’s iTunes for consumer music purchases.

Sony BMG, DRM Free, Heads To Amazon
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The glaringly missing online component to Sony BMG’s plan to sell music without DRM turned out to be a newly revealed deal with Amazon.com.

Bezos’ First Words On Amazon MP3 Store
Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos finally commented publically about the retailer’s new MP3 store during an earnings call yesterday.

Reactions to Amazon MP3 Store
Our news story and analysis "What The Amazon Store Is…And Is Not" got so many links and hits that we thought we’d take a look across the web to see what other’s thought of the opening of Amazon’s MP3 Download Store.