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Music Phones A “New Front” In The War On Piracy

The British music industry says music phones pose a huge threat to them because they’ll let kids share music without their computers. It’s another silly argument — people that pirate music will do it over whatever medium’s available. If one of their friends can’t send a song to their phone over Bluetooth, they’ll get it […]

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Why DRM Will Kill Mobile Music

Another cross-post, this one from MobHappy on how the music industry is setting mobile music up to fail by instituting pointless and irritating DRM. “You’ve got the record industry bitching about how file sharing — and now CD burning — is destroying their industry, therefore they need stronger DRM. As is par for the course, […]

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Microsoft DRM Extended to Palm OS

A small developer called Normsoft has released a Palm app that can play files protected with Microsoft’s Janus DRM. allowing for compatibility with services like Napster to Go, Yahoo Music Unlimited and Real Rhapsody. It’s another interesting development that furthers the belief that Microsoft may end up dominating the portable and mobile music market, thanks […]

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O2 Signs Musician To Exclusive Contract

Half of UK dance duo Groove Armada will supply operator O2 with exclusive tracks for its customers to download, says the Guardian, “in an attempt to gain control over digital downloading”. Musician Andy Cato will supply O2 with 2 tracks available only to its customers per week, which will sell for GBP 1, with the […]

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Support For “iPod Tax” Grows

Following a move in the Netherlands to impose a fee of 3.28 euros per gigabyte on MP3 players to reimburse copyright holders for “lost” revenue, support for a similar move in the UK is growing among record labels. Digital Music News quotes a former label boss as saying illegal downloads are “in danger of crippling […]

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