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Spotify finally becomes the social music player you've always dreamt of

At LAST! Seriously, Spotify is beyond awesome -- and I lament the non-Europeans that can't use it -- but there has always been one missing feature: social sharing. Spotify has always needed a forum; some way to share your playlists, some way to see what your friends are listening to. And now you can... with the omnipotent and omnivorous Facebook Connect! Connect to your Facebook profile and a lis...

Digital music distribution just got a whole lot easier with MediaNet's open API

You've probably not heard of MediaNet but they've been around for a really long time -- 2001 to be precise. Back then they attempted to sell music through MusicNet, a service that powered the big boys (BMG, EMI, Warner). If you bought music online before iTunes, it was probably through MusicNet. For a variety of reasons though, it never really took off (blame DRM). While they were licking their...

Warner Music's brilliant new idea: Re-hash old ones

Here at Download Squad HQ, we're (sadly) all-too-often reminded of the archaic buffoonery found in the world of big-business digital music and video. Whether it's the notion that DRM prevents piracy (hint: it doesn't) or the fact that by being blood-relatives of mafia bigshots label executives you are likely to escape a kneecapping lawsuit, the music industry has never been short of controversy as...

Sci-fi or another compression breakthrough for digital music?

UK company Zgroup claims to have perfected technology which allows digital audio files to be shrunk to one quarter of their original size. Forgive us if we're a little doubtful. Company CEO Jamie True said in a press release today, "'ShrinkMyTunes addresses important and specific needs for anyone with a music collection and will be particularly popular with owners of iPod minis and shuffles, as...

Webcasters wake up Monday to an uncertain future

Many Webcasters will wake up facing an uncertain future on Monday, thanks to conflicting messages coming from SoundExchange, the US royalty collection society for sound recordings. The netcasting industry has been in a state of strife since the 1s oft May when the Copyright Broadcasting Board (CRB) announced new royalty rates for netcasters which amounted to a substantial increase in royalty rate...

AllofMP3 closes - well kindof

The bane of the international music industry - Russia's pirate music site, AllofMP3.com has finally been closed by the Russian Government - but a new site has sprung up to take its place. AllofMP3.com has been trading for a number of years by flagrantly selling cheap unlicensed albums from major international record labels, although the site claimed that it was legal under Russian law, it was clea...

Sonific launches new network for bands, songwriters and labels

Sonific, the Web service that creates SongSpots, embedded music streaming widgets that can be inserted into most Web pages, blogs or community sites, has just launched a new angle on the application - a music network that will allow bands, songwriters and labels to upload their own music. Since its beta launch, Sonific has shown itself to be a pretty cool web app, but the service suffered from a ...

Amazon announce DRM free digital music store

Amazon.com has announced that it's going to head deep into the jungle of digital music sales - and will only be selling DRM-free MP3 tracks. Amazon founder Jeff Bezos announced the plans to launch the DRM-free store later in the year in a joint announcement with EMI, who are the first major label to release DRM-free tracks. At the present time having a DRM-free strategy will mean that Amazon will...

Yahoo offering first DRM-less big-label album

Call it caving in, call it giving up, but I like to call it getting smart. Recording company executives are finally realizing that people will never stop file sharing. Yahoo is hoping that by offering the first DRM-less album (by Jesse McCartney), people will go buy the album. I dare say they will. If people know they can do with their music what they want, they are more likely to buy it than an a...

Wal-Mart leaks Zune price?

Engadget reveals that Wal-Mart has seemingly leaked Microsoft Zune pricing at $284. That isn't a bad price for Microsoft's highly hyped mp3 player. You never know until the whole thing is released. We'll see if the price is around the supposed $284 when it comes out, but I hope it is, because that is very reasonable, especially from Microsoft. I gotta say now I am torn. I like the idea of Zune, it...

Will ad supported music downloads work?

I need to know something. You are the only one who can help me here. Why? Because I need your opinion on something. I already have my own opinion, so it is no use asking myself about it, I already know. Let's say someone was offering you free music, and you could download it legally, but the catch is that you would have to watch a 90 second ad clip before you could download the song. Would you do ...

SpiralFrog, EMI, and downloads in your cup

This week record label EMI signed a deal with SpiralFrog to provide lyrics (ad-supported) from their artists to SpiralFrog users, and allow free access for US residents to the music available from EMI. Good news for listeners, but something I read in the article on USA Today bothered me a bit. It was the statement by Roger Faxon, EMI'ss co-chief executive, that EMI wants to "recapture consumer dem...

REAPER's version 1.05 is here

"REAPER is a powerful Windows application for multitrack recording and editing of audio. REAPER provides a flexible but easy to use interface that is suitable for amateurs and professionals alike."-reaper.fm website. That pretty much says it all. Brought to us by Cockos, Inc., REAPER is a decent recording environment, and while it isn't as full featured as ProTools, Audition, or some of the other ...

QTFairUse6 cracks Apple DRM

On the heels of FairUse4WM being released, QTFairUse6 was posted on the Hymn site, which is an app that will crack Apple iTunes DRM, in a similar way to FairUse4WM. According to InformationWeek, the QT version requires knowledge of the Python language, and isn't quite so easy to use as the WM one. Still, all the news of these extremely innovative tools illustrate the fact that people want their mu...

Googleholic for August 8th 2006

In this issue of Googleholic we'ss cover: Google Talk WiFi phone Google and AP Military Secrets GoogDesk Google Digital Music Dive into Googleholic......