The new AutoRip feature not only provides MP3s of newly purchased CDs, but also provides free MP3s for certain CDs purchased since 1998.

Ever Bought A CD From Amazon? It Might Be Eligible For Free MP3 Conversion

This morning, Amazon.com launched a new service called AutoRip that allows buyers of certain music CDs to automatically receive access to downloadable MP3s of the album via Amazon’s Cloud Player. But the most interesting feature is that it will convert any qualifying CD you’ve purchased on Amazon since 1998. [More]

Who Is Really Making Money When We Don’t Buy The Music We Listen To?

Who Is Really Making Money When We Don’t Buy The Music We Listen To?

The new 21-year-old intern on NPR’s All Songs Considered claims to have only purchased 15 CDs in her entire life. This amounts to shocking news for some, probably because it doesn’t match our collective mental image of a true music enthusiast, especially one who works on a national radio show about music. [More]

Best Buy Music Department Cares About Your Guitar Very, Very Much

Best Buy Music Department Cares About Your Guitar Very, Very Much

The surprising thing about this story isn’t that a reader received excellent customer service from a Best Buy store. No, we’ve seen that before. It’s that reader Cameron’s local Best Buy store has a full-service music department where you can get instruments repaired by actual professionals. When Cameron brought his guitar to his local store for restringing and repair, he expected just that: new strings and the specific adjustment he needed to the instrument’s neck. Instead, he got a fantastic restoration job on the now shiny, like-new guitar, and didn’t have to pay extra. [More]

People Are Actually Buying Music Again

People Are Actually Buying Music Again

Reports of the music industry’s death may be premature. According to the results of a new study, not only are more people buying music, but some are doing so after hearing the tunes for free on the Internet. [More]

Elvis Costello Tells Fans Not To Buy His Pricey New Release

Elvis Costello Tells Fans Not To Buy His Pricey New Release

Singer-songwriter Elvis Costello is apparently so bitter at the pricing of his upcoming box set that he’s telling fans not to buy it and to spend their money on Louis Armstrong’s music instead. A post on his official site calls the price of The Return Of The Spectacular Spinning Songbook “either a misprint or satire.” [More]

Citigroup Gets Out Of The Music Business

Citigroup Gets Out Of The Music Business

Citigroup has sold the EMI music business for $4.1 billion, with Universal Music Group picking up the record label for $1.9 billion and a team including Sony and David Geffen buying the publishing business for $2.2 billion. The sale caps a nine-month bidding war, and splits up a company that has sold and published music for over a century. [More]

Apple Will Replace First-Gen iPod Nanos For Overheating Risks

Apple Will Replace First-Gen iPod Nanos For Overheating Risks

If you have an iPod nano sold between Sep ’05 and Dec ’06, you could be eligible for a replacement under a new worldwide recall issued by Apple to deal with battery heating issues. [More]

Use iTunes Feature To Get Rid Of Awful Music You Shouldn't Have Downloaded

Use iTunes Feature To Get Rid Of Awful Music You Shouldn't Have Downloaded

When you’re listening to your music collection, it’s easy to get annoyed with yourself for stuffing so many terrible songs that you once liked for some inexplicable reason. Apple knows you all too well, and has provided a feature that helps you shed the chaff. [More]

Judge: Companies Can Offer Cloud Music Storage Without Label
Consent

Judge: Companies Can Offer Cloud Music Storage Without Label Consent

Amazon, Google and other companies that allow users to store their music on cloud servers are within the law, according to a federal judge who ruled that the Digital Millennium Copyright Act of 1998 protects the business model. The judge ruled in favor of cloud storage service MP3tunes, which was sued by record label EMI. [More]

How Record Companies Spend More Than $1 Million To
Manufacture Each Hit

How Record Companies Spend More Than $1 Million To Manufacture Each Hit

It’s easy to imagine a famous singer-songwriter whipping up musical magic in a flurry of inspiration, then pushing it through the studio system and onto iTunes and the radio with minimum interference. But that’s not the way the pop music factory manufactures its sausage. [More]

Best Buy Floats Cloud Music Service

Best Buy Floats Cloud Music Service

Looking to edge in on the turf shared by Amazon, Google and Apple, Best Buy unveiled its own cloud music service, which lets users access their songs stored on remote storage through various devices. [More]

Report: Amazon Lost $3 Million By Selling Lady Gaga Album For A Buck

Report: Amazon Lost $3 Million By Selling Lady Gaga Album For A Buck

When Amazon tried a publicity stunt in which it sold Lady Gaga’s album Born This Way for 99 cents for two days last month, it may have had to swallow $3 million due to licensing fees it had to cover. [More]

Warner Music Group Sold For $3.3 Billion

Warner Music Group Sold For $3.3 Billion

Billionaire investor Len Blavatnik will pay $3.3 billion to acquire Warner Music Group, which is currently owned by a private investment group controlled by Warner chief Edgar Bronfman. While $3 billion may seem like a high price to pay for a money-losing company with $2 billion in debt, Blavatnik faced competition from over a dozen other bidders, including Sony, Live Nation and Bertelsmann. [More]

Supreme Court Action Will Net Eminem Millions In Music Downloads Case

Supreme Court Action Will Net Eminem Millions In Music Downloads Case

Whether the arena be the Grammys, Oscars or freestyle rap battles, you don’t want to face Eminem as an opponent. That’s a lesson Universal Music Group learned when it took on the rapper in the Supreme Court, which refused to hear its appeal in a lawsuit over downloadable music. The court’s refusal to hear the case, reports the Detroit Free Press, probably means Eminem won between $40 million and $50 million from the publisher. [More]

Last.fm Makes Listeners Pay For Service On Phones, Home
Devices

Last.fm Makes Listeners Pay For Service On Phones, Home Devices

Those who hit up Last.fm for their streaming music needs may soon have to pay for the privilege. [More]

Ticketmaster Settles Class Action Lawsuit

Ticketmaster Settles Class Action Lawsuit

If you bought a ticket from Ticketmaster between Oct ’99 and May ’10, get ready for some bucks/ticket discounts coming your way. Ticketmaster has agreed to settle a class action lawsuit brought against it in 2003 that alleged the ticket giant’s processing fees were just a “profit component” and didn’t recoup any actual costs of doing business. [More]

How To Move Mystery Songs From Your Brain To Your MP3 Player

How To Move Mystery Songs From Your Brain To Your MP3 Player

Back in the Stone Age, it used to be the job of radio DJs and Sam Goody employees to translate your pathetic humming and insipid descriptions of songs you like into genuine song titles, as well as the tunes’ artists and albums. [More]

You Make The Call — Did Lady Antebellum Rob Alan Parsons Project Blind?

If it sounds like you’ve heard Lady Antebellum’s Country Music Award-winning “Need You Now” a million times, maybe it’s because it’s been on the radio since 1982, when the Alan Parsons Project released the same song with different words as “Eye in the Sky.” [More]