New York – The former drummer of legendary punk band the Ramones has filed suit against his music publisher, as well as online retailers iTunes, Wal-Mart and RealNetworks, over the alleged unauthorized distribution of six Ramones songs he wrote between 1983 and 1987, Billboard reported.
Former Ramones drummer Richard Reinhardt (aka Richie Ramone) said that no music publishing agreement signed at the time authorized distribution on such digital services.
He is seeking over $900,000 in damages and unpaid royalties, [...].
Seattle – Starbucks announced on Monday that it will give away over 50 million free "Song of the Day" downloads from Apple's iTunes Store, in conjunction with the launch of its partnership with Apple to offer free Wi-Fi access to the store in its cafes.
Between Oct. 2 and Nov. 7, Starbucks will give away 1.5 million Song of the Day cards each day at more than 10,000 locations; each day's song will be "hand-selected by Starbucks Entertainment," the company [...].
Los Angeles – News Corp.'s Fox will offer free downloads of the premiere episodes of many of its fall television shows from Apple's iTunes Store.
The first episodes of "Back to You," "K-Ville," "Kitchen Nightmares," "Prison Break," "Bones," "American Dad" and "'Til Death" will be posted the day after their broadcast debut, and remain available for free download for two weeks thereafter.
Fox's deal with Apple comes in stark contrast to NBC's recent ill-fated negotiations with the company, which resulted [...]. one comment
New York - NBC Universal has announced plans to offer many of its TV shows for free download to PCs for a week following their initial broadcasts.
The NBC Direct service, set to launch in November, will offer shows like "Heroes," "The Office" and "The Tonight Show With Jay Leno."
The service will come with several restrictions.
Downloaded TV shows will only be viewable on Windows-based PCs, and will expire after seven days; users also won't be able to fast-forward [...].
New York - Digital music retailer eMusic on Wednesday added a new feature to its service that automatically moves tracks purchased on eMusic to libraries in iTunes, Windows Media Player or Winamp — a function that previously had to be done manually. The eMusic Remote application is open source, meaning developers can submit improvements, and that the widget will work with Firefox add-ons like FoxyTunes, gTalk and TwittyTunes.
New York - Unlike NBC, whose TV shows will disappear from Apple's iTunes Store after the companies failed to reach an agreement on pricing and other issue, the CEO of CBS said on Tuesday his company will not enter into the dispute, Reuters reported.
"We're sort of staying out of the battle," CBS chief Les Moonves told a Merrill Lynch investor conference.
"We like our relationship with iTunes. We look at iTunes as much as a promotional vehicle for our [...].
Nielsen SoundScan released its weekly report today, and Kanye West sold more albums in the first week of his new release, Graduation, than anyone has in 2.5 years. He has sold 957,000 copies since the album’s release last Tuesday, the highest total since 50 Cent’s March 2005 The Massacre, which sold 1.1 million copies its first week. West’s album dominated the battle with 50 Cent, who released a new album, Curtis, on the same day. His album has only sold [...]. 4 comments