Internet Music Services

  • Blogs

    September 19, 2014

    ASU Students Hate Nickelback, Coldplay, and Miles Davis, Spotify Says

    Back in December, music streaming service Spotify offered students a discount on its premium service, offering college kids a rate ($5/month) half of what us older rubes pay. The company has crunched the numbers of the students who took advantage of that offer, and the results have Arizona State U ... More >>

  • Film

    June 20, 2013
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    June 20, 2013
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    June 13, 2013

    Music Parenting 101: The "Two Albums Before Bed" Rule

    As far as I'm concerned, people who don't ever listen to albums are music lightweights. By "albums", I don't mean actual vinyl records. I couldn't care less which configuration or delivery method you chose. I mean a specific group of songs in a certain order. As it is, I don't really care how yo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 11, 2013

    iTunes Radio Is Really About Buying Music, Not Streaming It

    After an unpleasantly long stretch on the rumor mill--even by Apple standards--complicated by a hard-bargaining Sony Music, iTunes Radio finally exists. For the most part, the rumor mill got it right: It's a lot like Pandora, it has text and audio ads (which feel strange on an Apple product), and it ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 24, 2013

    Why I Wish I Hadn't Streamed Daft Punk's Random Access Memories

    I told myself that it wouldn't matter much, when Tuesday rolled around and I could finally purchase Daft Punk's Random Access Memories from the record store, that I'd already been streaming the album for a week on iTunes. I think I was wrong.

  • Blogs

    May 16, 2013

    Google Play Music All Access Is the Goofiest-Sounding Spotify Competitor Ever

    There's a new Spotify competitor in town, and its name is -- take a breath here, if you're reading out loud -- Google Play Music All Access. What separates it from Spotify, besides the increased time it will take to type (or speak into your Google Glass)? It always costs money -- $9.99 a month, afte ... More >>

  • Calendar

    May 16, 2013
  • Blogs

    May 8, 2013

    Will Pandora and Spotify and the Internet Ever Figure Out How to Pay Artists?

    Music-discovery apps like Spotify and Pandora are free, but they have social costs. Among them: Every six months or so, we get an open letter from an artist who is being cut comically tiny checks for thousands of plays on one service or another. This week, it's musician and label-owner Blake Morgan, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 7, 2013

    Rivers Cuomo's J-Pop Album Is Out In America, Whether You Want It Or Not

    If you and I visit the same Weezer forums, you've probably had Rivers Cuomo's J-Pop album--okay, Rivers Cuomo and Scott Murphy of Allister's J-Pop album--for a while now. If you don't visit the same Weezer forums I do, now's your chance: It was released yesterday on iTunes. It's called Scott & River ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 30, 2013

    20 Prince Albums You Still Can't Get On iTunes

    Three years ago, Prince's relationship status with the internet could best be described as "It's complicated." "The internet's completely over," he toldThe Daily Mirror, the UK newspaper which give away copies of his 20Ten album (no, I haven't heard it, either.) "I don't see why I should give my ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 29, 2013

    Twitter #Music Doesn't Get Why Friends Give Friends Music

    Twitter #Music -- the music-discovery service from the people who brought you #SomaliDirectionersLoveZayn-style declarations of collectivist fandom love -- rolled out this week, and people are . . . not especially happy with it. A blunt summary of the problems with it was passed around among tech-li ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 24, 2012

    ArizonaTunes: River Jones Launches a Hopeful "Local Alternative to iTunes"

    See also: River Jones, What Are You Listening To? See also: River Jones Music Featured in NPR's Wavelength MagazineChances are, you've heard the name River Jones thrown around, either surrounding the many artists his label represents (such as Courtney Marie Andrews, Sareena Dominguez or You Me and A ... More >>

  • Music

    July 26, 2012
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    June 20, 2012

    What Are the Top 10 Most "Spotified" Songs in Phoenix?

    You have to look pretty hard for someone who doesn't have an opinion about Spotify, the Swedish music streaming service that launched in 2008 and hit the States in 2011. It's hard to deny its ease, selection, and um, free-ness, but it's also been a magnet for controversy. In both the controversial ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 11, 2012

    Squeeze's Chris Difford on England, John Cale, and the Paul McCartney-Produced Record That Never Came to Be

    Coachella is a weird beast: In addition to hotly tipped acts like Avicci and Justice, big name standard bearers like Radiohead and The Black Keys, and holy-hell-they're-reuniting bands like Refused and At the Drive In, there's always a few bands that have just kept soldiering on, whose break-ups and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 6, 2012

    Celtic Punk Band Bollox (Featuring Members of Authority Zero and Sister Cities) Re-Release Debut Album

    Just in case Flogging Molly's annual St. Paddy's Day stop in Tempe doesn't make it abundantly clear to you, the Phoenix metro area loves Irish stuff, and it loves its Celtic punk. In 2009, Authority Zero frontman Jason Devore (who headlines the New Times Soundcheck festival this weekend) formed The ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 16, 2011

    David Bickford, What Are You Listening To?

    David Bickford​David Bickford Bickford writes two prominent local blogs, PHX Rail Food and PHX Trail Dude. When you put your key in the ignition and turn on the radio, what station would play right now? I listen to KJZZ for news by day and jazz by night. I grew up listening to rock, and it still ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 14, 2011

    New Times' Best of App Gets Rave Reviews from iTunes,

    iTunes​Aw, shucks. Here at New Times and Village Voice Media, we're more accustomed to telling you all about the best places to eat, drink and otherwise enjoy life in Phoenix (traditionally in our annual Best of Phoenix issues, which hits the stands each September) than brag on ourselves ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 4, 2011

    Hoodlums Music Turns 13: Reflections From Owner Steve Wiley

    ​Birthday parties for 13-year-olds are usually pretty awkward (or maybe I'm thinking of my own, just-sorta-pubescent 13th birthday), but that doesn't seem to be the case with Hoodlums Music's 13th birthday bash this weekend. On Saturday, November 5, the local record store institution celebrate ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 14, 2011

    Spotify Finally Lands in the U.S.

    Spotify is now available in the U.S.​Do you like your music collection? Do you wish you had it on you at all times? Does it bug the shit out of you when you go to a friend's house for a small gathering and they play their special 2-hour mix of Dave Matthews Band, John Mayer, Michael Franti and Cou ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 10, 2011

    Foursquare up, Pandora Down, MySpace Out: Grand Predictions About Digital Music Trends in 2011

    ​NME's deputy editor Luke Lewis published an interesting article about the future of digital music last week.Lewis made a list of 10 insightful music predictions regarding what the developments of digital music might entail in 2011, and I've got to hand it to him, he did a great job and taught me ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 8, 2010

    Heather Mills Claims She Arranged Beatles Deal With iTunes

    ​Heather Mills may be the one to thank for getting the Beatles' music catalog up on iTunes, according to Consequence of Sound.Mills, Paul McCartney's ex-wife, claims she talked to Steve Jobs and organized the deal to finally get the digital Beatles albums onto iTunes.Also, she said she won't be go ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 16, 2010

    Now on iTunes: The Beatles Catalog

    ​Stop the world. Apple has announced that the Beatles catalog is finally available on iTunes, according to Billboard. I love when Christmas comes early.After plenty of rumors went around yesterday about what Apple's big announcement regarding iTunes was going to be, practically everything under th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 27, 2010

    Limewire Shuts Down, Giving Less Options For Free Downloads

    ​A U.S. District Court judge has ordered LimeWire to be shut down, according to Consequence of Sound. Four years ago, 13 record companies sued Lime Wire LLC so that their company and their artists could properly be paid for their hard work.The LimeWire program is the only part of the company that ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 27, 2010

    What Can Apple Do With $75 Mil Instead of Running iTunes?

    ​Apple co-owner Steve Jobs has more money than God by now, which is why Apple has unlimited options for what they could do with everything they've earned from iTunes alone.According to Hypebot, it costs around $75 million per month for Apple to operate iTunes. Prefix pulled together a solid list o ... More >>

  • Music

    May 13, 2010
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    May 13, 2010

    Music Retail’s Second Biggest Force

    Fox’s Glee is Second Only To iTunes Nowadays

  • Blogs

    February 11, 2010

    Google Vs. Music Bloggers: Blogger Service Annihilating Copyright Infringers

    This Google-owned logo is used for a newsgathering purpose with the tacit understanding that Google allows such use. Please alert me by e-mail if you wish to see it removed.​Google's vast stretch of the blogosphere is going silent. The search giant, who owns the popular Blogger service and blogspo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 18, 2010

    OiNK Administrator Cleared of Charges

    Alan Ellis, operater of former p2p juggernaut OiNK, was cleared of all charges last Friday in a British court.​For those not in the know, file-sharing is a pretty big way of life for some music fans. Shawn Fanning pushed the practice into prominence in the late 1990s with his super-slick software ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 10, 2009

    Big Four Music Labels to Launch New CMX Album Download Format

    Music's big four are launching CMX in the hopes of offering fans more for their digital music download bang -- will it work?​As announced Saturday, the Big Four music labels -- Sony, EMI, Warner and Universal -- are all planning a new technology that will allow an album sleeve to be included in di ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 15, 2009

    Virgin, Universal to Offer Unlimited MP3s

    Can Virgin - with the help of Universal Music - effectively end online music piracy? We'll have to wait and seeIn an effort to help and curtail online music piracy, Universal Music will partner up with U.K. telecommunications ("telco," if you're British) provider Virgin Media to launch an unlimited ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 3, 2009

    Sony Ruins eMusic's Indie Credibility, Raises Rates

    eMusic adds Sony and pisses off its indie rock-savvy clienteleThese troubling financial times call for belt-tightening across American society. We all know what's going on with the auto industry, and the record industry is not safe from this recession. As announced Monday, online music retailer eMus ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 13, 2009

    iTunes Price Hikes Hurt Some Track Rankings

    The big music news today is a report from Billboard on iTunes price changes and their negatively affecting chart positions for the top 100 songs.Last week, iTunes introduced variable pricing, with some newer and more popular singles priced at $1.29 while other songs remaining at 99 cents and some ol ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 3, 2009

    As Millions Worship Apple, Major-Label Executives Fear the Brand

    On Sunday, the New York Times ran a story on how many major-label executives fear the computer maker. Apple and the labels announced last month a deal to allow iTunes to sell music with out any DRM (digital rights management), something Jobs has long called for. In return, the labels can set variabl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 5, 2009

    Up on the Sun's Top 5 Entries of 2008

    Happy New Year, Phoenix. Here's one last look at 2008 with the top five blogs as determined by the sheer number of eyes that read them. Catch the top three slots after the jump. 5 - The Nintendo Experience Mobile Tour I want to be the kind of Nintendo fan that happily shrieks at the chance to pl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 3, 2009

    Strung Out singer appears on track from Valley's Intrinzik

      Strung Out singer Jason Cruz lends his vocals on Valley hardcore/hip-hop artist Intrinzik's "Live Fast, Die Young," a track from Intrinzik's latest disc Fall Guy: Resurre6t7on. The single and the disc can be found on iTunes. Intrinzik will open for (hed)p.e. at the Marquee Theatre on Sunday ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 16, 2008

    Weezer Releases Holiday Songs

    Today Weezer digitally released six Christmas songs originally recorded for the recently released iPhone app "Tap Tap Revenge Christmas With Weezer.""For the first time ever a band recorded music for an app but demand was so great from non-iPhone users that the band decided to make the songs availab ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 3, 2008

    The new Metallica album leaks onto the Internet; singles available for download

    Metallica’s next studio album, Death Magnetic, leaked onto the Internet yesterday, after a French retailer started selling copies of the album ten days before its scheduled release date of September 12.

  • Blogs

    June 9, 2008

    Metallica goes diva on the Internet…again

    What the hell is wrong with Metallica? I had some empathy about the whole Napster snafu in 2000, when the band complained about copyright violations and being ripped off for royalties when Napster was a free file-sharing site. Metallica won a settlement from Napster (now a pay site), and alienated a ... More >>

  • Music

    June 5, 2008
  • Music

    March 22, 2007

    Everyone Gets a Deal!

    The son of Napster moves to sign every unsigned band on Earth

  • Music

    December 21, 2006

    Big in Japan

    Tempe rapper Intrinzik's journey from the Valley of the Sun to the Land of the Rising Sun

  • Music

    October 27, 2005

    Burning the Faithful

    New copy-protected CDs screw over the only honest customers the music industry has left

  • Culture

    January 22, 2004

    Rock Royalty

    Local entrepreneur John-Scott Dixon has the artillery to win the free music wars

  • Culture

    April 11, 2002

    When Online Got Off Base

    Or: How Mark Cuban would have and could have saved the music biz

  • Music

    February 7, 2002

    File Shearing

    After whacking Napster, the labels needed their own digital download alternatives, and fast. It shows.

  • Music

    November 16, 2000

    Ransom Notes

    Can one man persuade millions of people to pay for their 'free' music?

  • Culture

    November 9, 2000

    Ransom Notes

    Can one man convince millions of people to pay for their 'free' music?

  • Music

    May 11, 2000

    Pirates of the Cyberspace

    Music, money and mayhem clog MP3 download sites

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