London - Radiohead has ended its boycott of digital music retail, as the band's former label EMI has struck a deal with U.K.-based retailer 7digital to sell full MP3 Radiohead albums. Radiohead has not made its music available on iTunes, as it refuses to make individual tracks available for sale; the offerings on 7digital will be full albums only.
Denver - Online retail giant Amazon is presenting results of testing of its new MP3 store to CEO Jeff Bezos, and if approved, will launch the service on Tuesday, Billboard reported, citing a "well-placed source."
The service could also be delayed for further testing.
Amazon's store will sell songs exclusively in the MP3 format, initially offering tracks from independents, and major labels EMI and Universal Music; Sony BMG and Warner Music don't currently offer tracks without digital rights management.
Bellevue, Wash. – Jump2Go said on Tuesday that it is the sole provider of technology that will let HD Radio owners tag songs they hear for later purchase from Apple's iTunes Store. Bellevue, Wash.-based Jump2Go's Go Commerce service for commercial radio stations lets them embed data into their FM signals, which enables owners of supported radios to immediately buy songs they hear by clicking a "buy" button that links to the station's website.
Warsaw - News Corporation has no plans to pull its TV programming from Apple's iTunes Store, unlike fellow producer NBC Universal, which recently did so after negotiations with Apple over pricing and other issues stalled, Reuters reported.
"Right now we have a perfectly good relationship with Apple," News Corp. president and COO Peter Chernin told Reuters while traveling in Poland.
"But let me say this, we're the ones who should determine what the fair price for our product is, [...].
Columbia, Md. - iBiquity Digital, developer of HD Radio technology that lets broadcasters transmit a digital signal alongside their analog signals, this week announced a new feature for HD Radio receivers, iTunes Tagging, that lets listeners tag songs they hear on FM radio for later purchase from the iTunes Store. The company said that several major broadcasters, including Clear Channel, will implement iTunes Tagging initially across hundreds of stations. The first devices to support the feature, the Polk [...].
Los Angeles – Apple is interested in cutting the cost of most TV shows offered on its iTunes Store from $1.99 to 99 cents, Variety reported, citing three people familiar with the proposal.
Apple has argued that the price cut will dramatically increase sales, offsetting the decline in revenue from each individual sale.
Network and studio representatives told Variety they were skeptical of the proposal, although some were open to the idea of charging 99 cents for library titles — [...].
Brussels - The European Commission will hold a hearing later this month at which executives from Apple and several major record labels will appear to discuss the Commission's charges that the iTunes Store might violate EU competition rules, Billboard reported.
Currently, European consumers can only purchase tracks from their home country's iTunes Store, which may offer different tracks and prices than those in neighboring countries.
At the closed hearing, Apple will be heard in separate sessions with Sony BMG, Universal [...].