The internet is a lot of things to a lot of different people. Some come online to work, others to goof off as hard and as often as possible. For those that fall into the latter group, there are a lot of options to keep you entertained and non-productive for hours at a time. Memes, webcomic and streaming video all fit the bill. But once The Oatmeal gets cold, and the LOLcats somehow stop being funny, where can professional-grade pooch pumpers get their online ya-yas out? We’ll tell you: Incredibox, our Cool Site of the Week.
Back in 2009, a site by the name of BlueBeat thought it was being super-clever selling digital Beatles songs without a label deal. The site claimed the files were not recordings, but "psycho-acoustic simulations". The rights holders didn't buy it, and easily got the site shut down. Now the legal battle has finally wound down and BlueBeat has agreed to pay nearly $1 million in damages.
Amazon has taken a big step and beaten both Apple and Google to the punch with their new Cloud Player service. Users will be able up upload music to their free 5GB Cloud Drive, and stream it to most web browsers and Android devices. There is also a tie-in with music purchased from Amazon's MP3 store, which can be loaded directly into the Cloud Drive.
The much anticipated Google Music service is said to have been delayed due to Google's demand for cloud music rights for songs purchased through its service. But as it now turns out, Google is not the only company interested in cloud rights for media content. According to a Cnet report, Amazon is also holding similar discussions with content owners from both the film and music industries. Meanwhile, a separate report claims that Apple too is working on a cloud-based digital locker service of its own.
After quite a lot of waiting, there are signs that Google Music could finally be preparing to launch. Cnet is reporting that the music streaming service is undergoing internal testing at Google. But insiders say that the service is still missing one essential component: the music.
Our apologies if you just sprayed your monitor with Starbucks and spit. That was our reaction too, once we learned that this wasn't an April Fool's prank, but an actual number record labels came up with when asked to estimate the damages Limewire should be held liable for. Their answer was $400 billion on the conservative side, and as much as $75 trillion on the high end. What did Manhattan federal district court judge Kimba Wood have to say about these numbers?
Anonymous strikes again. This time the target of this loose coalition of online hackers is the site of Broadcast Music Inc. (BMI). A DDoS attack hit the site late last night, forcing BMI to take the site offline. As of this posting, it is still not available. This attack is part of what Anonymous calls the "war on copyright".
Some in the music industry may have discovered that it's pointless to beat a dead horse, or in this case, a defunct file sharing service called LimeWire. Mark Gorton, founder of the once immensely popular peer-to-peer file sharing service, settled a copyright infringement suit brought on by more than 30 publishers, including those associated with EMI, Sony, and Vivendi.
The popular streaming music service known as Spotify reached a new milestone today by claiming 1 million paying subscribers. Nearly two years ago, Spotify was celebrating 1 million registered users. That number has since grown to 10 million, and not a single one resides the U.S. as Spotify continues to struggle with making its service available around the globe.
Apple is reportedly trying to get major music labels to give iTunes customers unlimited downloads of music they've already purchased. If successful, iTunes users would be able to access and download purchased music across multiple devices, in essence having a permanent online backup in case the originals are lost or damaged.