Music Technology

Spotify Now Available In America – Canada Next ?

Spotify has launches in the United States.

This advertisement funded service offers over 15 million tracks free to Windows and Mac users, as well as paid services for people who want to download individual selections or want to enjor the service without advertisements.

This service has signed contracts with numerous indie labels and major labels EMI, Sony, Universal and Warner. But there is no news in regards to a Canadian service yet, though Rdioicon currently offers advertisement free services to Canadians for $4.99 per month, $9.99 for services to mobile phones.

The above mentioned subscription rates are comparible to those listed at Spotify.

New Tablet Computer From ?

Now that Amazon has rolled out their new Kindle 3G with free WI-FI access, they are now making plans to release their own tablet computer.

According to the Wall Street Journal, they are planning to release a new tablet powered by Google‘s Android operating system by October of this year, with another design on it’s way next year.

The Wall Street Journal‘s unnamed source claimed that it will have a nine inch screen and will be manufactured in Asia. But unlike the iPad it may not have a camera, though I personally suspect next year’s model may have one.

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.

Best Buy Music Cloud Online

Best Buy‘s Musiccloud service is now online in the states. The cloud service is provided by Catch Media‘s Play Anywhere system, which is compatible with Apple, Blackberry and Android devices.

I have yet to find information related to a Canadian service but the terms and conditions of this service don’t include limitations in regards to use by American residents. I will change this information if I recieve confirmation that Canadians are ineligible for the service.

More Clouds In Forecast

Another online music retailer has decided to create a Cloud service.

American subscription service eMusic are hoping to launch their own Cloud service in the fall or winter.

This company had just recently secured the rights to EMI‘s older catalog, enabling members access to EMI recordings that are over 12 months old.