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The mp3 format is officially dead

After 25 long years of success, the mp3 file format has officially been discontinued this week. The music format first hit the big time during the heyday of the iPod and rival mp3 players. Since then however, the format has slowly been replaced by formats like AAC, which offer superior …

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UK finally makes it ok to rip your CDs, DVDs

If there’s any clearer indicator that the copyright law is falling far behind the pace of modern technological advancements, it’s the fact that the UK has only just made the practice of ripping personally owned digital content from physical media like CDs, DVDs and others, legal. Until now, while the law …

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Ever bought a CD on Amazon? Now you have free MP3s

Despite the last decade seeing an explosion in the usage of digital formats that aren’t tied to a single physical medium, CDs are still selling – but most people just rip the tracks anyway. With that in mind, Amazon has launched its new Autorip service, which gives new CD buyers …

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Amazon offering free digital copies of CDs


In a move that seems like it should have been made sometime in the last decade, Amazon has announced that thanks to a new feature called AutoRip – unfortunately only available in the US at the moment – those that buy CDs via the site or have done so since …

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BPI claim that 1.2 billion songs were stolen in 2010

The BPI is painting a rather damning picture of the music download scene in 2010, claiming that 1.2 billion songs were illegally downloaded in 2010, costing the music industry £984 million. On the BPI site they say: “In 2010, illegal music downloading continues to rise in the UK.  The number …

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iTunes to update previews to 90 seconds

Music labels have been informed that Apple are due to overhaul their free 30 second song preview. Reports have detailed that Apple have asked music labels to increase song preview duration to 90 seconds. Before people in the UK get excited, this change is apparently only going to happen in …

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