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Gift Card Offer

Select Sobey’s stores are offering $50 iTunesicon gift cards for $40.

A coupon can be found in today’s flyer, which expires on Feb 28th, 2013.

Mp3tunes.com Files For Bankruptsy

Mp3tunes.com has filed for bankruptcy in the Southern District Of California.

The San Diego based company was founded by Michael Robertson in 2005 and offered cloud and music streaming services to its American members.

Mr. Robertson, who also co-founded mp3.com in 1997, blames litigation for the failure of the company in a May 1st, 2012 statement.

EMI has stated they would continue their lawsuit against the company, according to C-Net News.

Free Mp3s from Mike & Ike

Mike & Ike are running a contest and one of the instant win prizes are downloads from Hip Digital Music.

This contest ends November 30th, 2011 and is open to all Canadian residents except residents of Quebec. One entry per week.

Additional information can be found here.

Songwriters Propose Another Flat Rate

The Songwriters Association Of Canada have proposed a flat monthly fee of $10 in response to music piracy on the internet.

This fee, which would be charged to consumers via their internet providers, would enable Canadians to download an unlimited amount of music downloads and would compensate Canadian songwriters.

This all you can eat buffet may appeal to some peer to peer users. But unfortunately this fee would likely result in additional fees, as it does not compensate copyright holders. And at the moment there are music services that offer unlimited streaming for $5 that pay royalties that are forwarded to songwriters and copyright holders via the appropriate rights agencies.

I believe that a royalty scheme for peer to peer services is preferable, as it would enable the current rights agencies to collect funds from the peer to peer services and distribute these funds to songwriters and copyright holders.

Peer to peer services could obtain funds from advertisements and premium subscription sales, as well as affiliations, to pay these royalties.

As a consumer I would prefer a choice in regards to what services I subscribe to and pay for. And at the moment I purchase music via the legal services listed on this site. I also use free, advertiser funded services.

My current internet provider also throttles peer to peer services so I see no point in paying upwards from $10 to compensate songwriters and copyright holders for transfers I am unable to perform.

Yes, I am aware that some of these measures can be bypassed. But I am simply not interested in downloading music via the peer to peer services. And the majority of peer to peer users download porn and films according to an Envisional Study published in January of this year.

I suspect the internet providers will resist this fee, in respect to a 2004 Supreme Court rulling that found they were not legally responsible for the file transfers on their networks. The internet providers would likely oppose having to pay to administer the collection of the fee, or subsequent levies or fees.

New Music File Format ?

A new file format is in the works and may be introduced soon.

MusicDNA enables music producers to add lyrics, video and various other multimedia presentations to music files, that are compatible with the current mp3 players.

The new file format created by BACH Technology premiered at MIDEM 2010 in Cannes but has yet to be adopted by any of the major labels or online music distributors, Universal Music being the only label that has shown interest in the technology. But the new format will be introduced shortly in China according to Digital Music News and BACH Technology is hoping to sign on more clients by the summer, when the format will be officially released.