Music Technology

Bye Bye Radio

iTunes Radio will be no more as of January 29th, 2016. This ad sponsored music streaming service will merge into Apple Music at the end of this month. Click on the banner for details on how to subscribe to this new service :

Netflix USA and VPN

Netflix has issued a statement that they are working on offering content universally and will therefore start blocking Canadians from their American service.

“Some members use proxies or “unblockers” to access titles available outside their territory. To address this, we employ the same or similar measures other firms do. This technology continues to evolve and we are evolving with it. That means in coming weeks, those using proxies and unblockers will only be able to access the service in the country where they currently are. We are confident this change won’t impact members not using proxies.” – January 14th,2016 Blog Entry

There is doubt in regards to the possibility of blocking proxy services like VPN on the net but if they do license more content the need for such a service would be reduced, which is great news for Canadians.

I’ve tried Netflix a few times and found myself leaving shortly after joining because of a lack of content. And now they’ve got more competition because of services like Shomi and Crave TV so it is in their best interest to start offering more content to Canadians.

BTW, if you are subscribed to a VPN service don’t get rid of it unless you do not use public wi-fi often. You can use it to secure the smart phones, tablets and laptops you use when you’re away from home.

Pure Internet Freedom with PureVPN

The CRTC Wants Your Comments On Your Internet

Whether you think it’s too slow, spotty or expensive, the CRTC wants know.

Click here to access their questionnaire.

Spotify Sued, Again

Music Business Worldwide reports that Spotify is facing a second class action lawsuit over royalties.

The first was filed by Camper Van Beethoven songwriter and frontman David Lowery on December 28th, 2015 for US$150 Million and the second was filed by songwriter and publishing company owner Melissa Ferrick on January 8th, 2016 for US$200 Million.

The music streaming service is also in negotiations with the National Music Publishers Association in the states over their alleged failure to secure mechanical rights.

Looking For Custom Vinyl ?

Are you looking for someone to press your favourite songs onto vinyl ? Diginyl may be the answer.

This German company is looking for funds to start a custom vinyl pressing service though Kickstarter and it will be offering compilations on black, transparent or picture vinyl as of June 2016.

Click here for additional information on this project.

Columbia House To Return ?

Apparently the investor that purchased the remnants of Columbia House for US$1.5 million has told The Wall Street Journal that he is planning on reviving the club to take advantage of the resurgence of vinyl.

Filmed Entertainment Inc. had filed for Chapter 11 protection on August 10th, 2015 and has had some of their assets purchased by John Lippman, the CEO of Filmed Entertainment Inc.

Details on the new version of the club are light but a site will be appearing at columbiahouserecordclub.com in 2016, although I seriously doubt Canadians will be able to take advantage of any initial offer.