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Rovio to pirates: Let's be partners, not enemies

The company has decided to try and find ways to partner with entities using its products for unauthorized use.

By June 26, 2012


Angry Birds CEO sees opportunity in piracy

Rovio CEO Mikael Hed says that treating Angry Birds pirates as "fans" might be good for business.

By January 31, 2012


Spotify exec eyes Apple with suspicion

Just as Spotify finally appears headed to the U.S., one of its execs suggests that Apple had something to do with the Web music company's licensing troubles.

By January 28, 2011


Sony to mSpot: Get off of my cloud

Executives from Sony and cloud-music service mSpot cross swords over whether services like mSpot must pay the big labels to store songs and stream them to owners.

By January 23, 2011


Sony Music Unlimited cloud service floats apps for iPhone and Android

You'd be forgiven for thinking Sony would keep its new Music Unlimited cloud music service to its own mobile devices. Happily, iPhone and Android are joining the party.

By January 24, 2011


Key for Spotify in the U.S. is Universal Music

The European music service cut its first licensing deal for a U.S. launch with one of the four top labels--Sony. Can signing Universal help speed up a launch?

By January 20, 2011


MP3 replacement proposed

Bach Technology is designing a new file format, MusicDNA, that will provide a wealth of information--from album cover art to concert dates--alongside a regular audio file. But third-party support will be essential.

By January 25, 2010


MusicDNA puts the Web in your music

A new audio format that will allow your music to give you updates has been unveiled. MusicDNA includes music, artwork and the promise of more -- even after you've downloaded

By January 25, 2010


U2 manager: 'Ultimately free is the enemy of good'

ISPs are doing more to protect copyright music and movies than ever but it's not good enough for Paul McGuinness, the outspoken manager of U2.

By May 28, 2009


The adoption-based music economy

The new model for music is a flat-rate subscription, one that focuses on adoption rather than control. It conforms to digitization's abundance, rather than to the old idea of scarcity.

By January 20, 2009