Music Industry

HMV Canada Sold To Hilko UK

HMV Canada has been sold to British restructuring company Hilko UK.

HMV Canada is expected to expand their online presence with streaming content according to today’s press release, whilst retaining their CD and DVD stores.

“The management team of HMV Canada has built a plan that will extend the period over which the residual hard-copy music and film market can be maintained. The new product categories it is introducing to the business will help sustain sales levels during the transition of entertainment sales into the digital realm.” – Paul McGowan, Hilco UK Chief Executive

HMV Canada is expected to recieve $25 million from Hilco UK to continue their transition plan and additional details will be made available shortly.

CPCC Seeks No Levy for Cloud Services

The Canadian Private Copying Collective will not be seeking levies for cloud services according to a press release issued on July 21st, 2011.

“The CPCC views these services, and specifically the iMatch offering, as a matter of licensing between the right holders and the cloud service providers, not one of private copying”

The current government has yet to introduce their copyright reform bill and Parliament is scheduled to adjurn for summer today, until the fall session begins on September 19th, 2011.

Congratulations to Heart & David Foster !

Both are the recipients of stars on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame this year.

I don’t know if they have ever worked together. That would be interesting.

Hewlett-Packard Cloud Service

It appears that HP might unviel a new cloud service for their new Touchpad, according to Billboard, who confirmed the labels were in negotiations with this company.

The new Touchpad will be released on July 1st in the United States and July 15th in Canada. It will be available for pre-order from HP Canada on June 19.

iCloud Beta Available

An iCloud beta is available in a new version of iTunes.

Version 10.3 will include access to the service, which will enable Apple product users to automatically download their iTunes music purchases to their devices via wi-fi or 3G, free.

When activated the service will automatically send past and future purchases to every device or computer registered to the service. And in the Fall a service called “iTunes Match” will enable iTunes users to add up to 20,000 non-iTunes recordings to the iCloud service, without uploading these recordings to a server.

As previously mentioned, the basic iCloud service will be free to iTunes users whilst the Match service will cost $24.99 per year.

Note that this beta is not available through normal program updates. The most recent version available through the program is 10.2.2.

Apple Cloud Service To Be Unveiled In June

According to an official press release, Apple will be unveiling their new iCloud service on June 6th, at the company’s annual Worldwide Developers Conference.

Durring the key note address Apple CEO Steve Jobs and several executives will discuss this new sevice as well as the new Mac operating system, Lion, and a new mobile operating system for the company’s devices, iOS 5.

I believe this key note address is scheduled for 10am, PST. Details in regards to the cloud service accessibility in Canada will probably be discussed at that time.