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Amazon's Cloud Drive Ruffles Music Industry

Grab some popcorn and pull up a chair because this is gonna be good. Amazon just edged ever closer to world domination by offering a free cloud service that lets customers access their music from a range of devices. It's basically a huge eff-you to the record labels, with whom Amazon is still in negotiation over streaming rights. One anonymous executive put it to Reuters this way: "[It's]...

Read This: How the iPod Has Changed Our Cultural Fabric

The danger now is different. The man no longer needs a monopoly on musical taste. He just wants a few cents on the dollar of every song you download, he doesn't care what that song says. Other times he doesn't even care if you pay that dollar, as long as you listen to your stolen music on his portable MP3 player, store it on his Apple computer, send it to your friends through his Verizon...

New Radiohead Album Debuts Early. BUY. IT. NOW.

Fans of Radiohead woke up to a treat this AM: the moody, groundbreaking Brit band's new album 'The King of Limbs,' hit the 'Net. While the album is more expensive than the pay-what-you-want 'In Rainbows,' this $48 opus is fully loaded: two 10-inch vinyl records, 625 pieces of artwork and, of course, the MP3 version. For the thrifty, the digital download is available for $9 now. Check out the...

Dental Drill Noise-Canceling Device Connects With MP3 Players

For many people, the mere sound of a dentist's drill starting up is enough to make them sweat and panic. But researchers have created a new device that cancels out the drill's high-pitched whir while allowing patients to hear the dentist's voice. According to BBC News, the device, which was developed jointly at King's College London, Brunel University and London South Bank University, contains...

Flaming Lips to Release an MP3 a Week, Like Kanye (But on 'Cereal Boxes')

Innovative artists tired of the unyielding ways of the corporate music industry made our pick as one of the coolest tech trends in 2010. When Kanye West released one song each week to his Twitter followers, the hype surrounding his critically acclaimed 'My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy' snowballed, even though many of the songs he offered for free download then appeared on the album. Not only...

Harvard Scientists Disclaim Teen Hearing Loss Epidemic

Last summer, researchers from the Channing Laboratory at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston concluded that teen hearing loss has drastically increased over the last 20 years. The scientists based their conclusions on separate, extensive studies conducted for the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. The first survey analyzed the hearing capabilities of 2,500 adolescents between...

Pizza Express to Install iPod Docks, Soundproof Domes in Booths

According to CNET UK, British restaurant chain Pizza Express will soon install iPod docks at booths, and hang soundproof domes above seats, so that patrons can listen to music while they eat. Customers will sit in a parabolic booth with an iPod or iPhone dock situated beneath the descending dome. The hemisphere traps sounds emitted from the dock, so that other diners aren't disturbed by the jams....

France to Offer Government Subsidies for Music Purchased Online

There are very few things this writer loves about France, but here are two: government-subsidized healthcare, and, now, government-subsidized music. That's right, the country of Debussy and Gainsbourg will now (partially) pay for its young citizens' digital music. As the BBC reports, the new program is aimed at encouraging French youth to get in the habit of actually paying for music. From now...

Format Wars: A History of What-Could-Have-Been, From Betamax to Dvorak

Other than the frenzied anticipation for the coming breed of tablet PCs, the one topic that dominates the mindspace of the technorati these days is the world of e-readers. More specifically, a great debate is brewing; each of the e-readers and their associated online book stores favor differing standards and file formats, and we may have another good ole fashioned format war on our hands....

Godard Says Intellectual Copyright Doesn't Exist, Donates to Accused Pirate

Jean-Luc Godard, master of nouvelle vague cinema, has spoken! But not, however, to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which has been waiting for Godard to decide whether or not he will show up to receive his honorary Oscar next year. Instead, the elusive French director has come to the aid of a man fined €20,000 (about $25,000) for illegally downloading music. French...

Verizon Insists on Family's $18K Phone Bill After 4 Years

Share In 2006, Bob St. Germain, of Dover, Massachusetts, renewed his family's wireless contract with Verizon. Little did he know, however, that the apparently innocuous decision would land him and his family in an epic, four-year dispute with the service provider. As it turned out, the terms of the new contract no longer allowed for free MP3 downloads, which were included as a promotional...

Twitter Forces Tweet Takedown of Leaked 'The National' Album

Jean Pierre Chigne, who runs his own music blog, recently published a post about 'High Violet,' the new album from The National that leaked last week. At the end of the post, he included a link to the album's Amazon pre-order page, as well as a link to MediaFire, where the song 'Afraid of Everyone' was available for download. After Chigne posted an update to his Twitter page with a link to his...

Creators Behind MP3 Launch MusicDNA, a New Music Format

Yesterday, the team behind the original MP3 file revealed a new digital music format, claiming that it will both outclass current digital music standards and encourage users to download their music legally. In theory, MusicDNA has a lot going for it. Users who download songs in the new format will get -- in addition to the music itself -- bits like lyrics, album artwork, music videos, recent...

Vinyl and Turntables Still Keep it Old School, Even Today

That loud, persistent drone that you've been hearing for the past few years was just the collective lament of music purists everywhere. As the CD age has given way to the MP3 era, people of generations past have been bemoaning what they perceived as the demise of vinyl, and its irreproducible sound experience. It turns out, though, that commercially, at least, vinyl is alive and well. It just may...

Dancepants Like This (Which Power iPods), Baby, They Were Born To Run

For many of us, music is the only way we can get through a grueling session at the gym. But if you've ever wanted to feel more in touch with your MP3 player or to sync appropriate music to your run, a new pair of pants may be just the thing. The new Dancepants Kinetic Music Player is, basically, a hamster wheel for music lovers. Although it may look like any other pair of track pants you might...