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Free Music @ Empire Theaters

iCoke members can get free iTunes music downloads at Empire Theater locations through-out Canada.

Specially marked regular sized, 32 oz fountain drink cups will contain a code redeemable for a music download. But these will only be available until June 24th, 2011 or whislt supplies last.

The codes themselves will expire on June 30th, 2011 and 10 codes are reemable per iCoke account holder per week. Click here for details.

Google To Launch Cloud Beta Today

The Wall Street Journal reported yesterday that Google may have it’s own cloud music service up by today.

The paper claims that an announcement about a beta service may be made today at Google‘s annual developers conference in San Francisco, this simplified service consisting of a remote server on which music can be uploaded and stored for playback on any web browser.

Unfortunately due to the limitations imposed by copyright, the users of this service will likely be able to download music from this server nor be able to add music to the service remotely, like on Amazon.com. The Wall Street Journal claims that Google has yet to begin negotiating with the labels for licenses.

Meanwhile, the iTunes cloud service appears to be on schedule, Apple having secured lisencing from Warner Music Group last month. But many speculate that a fee will likely be charged because of the bandwidth the service requires to operate.

P2P Majority Agrees with Avenue Q ?

Appearently a recent Envisional study has found that the majority of Peer To Peer users believe that “The Internet Is For Porn“.

In attempting to discover how much copyrighted material is being pirated, the NBC Universal commissioned study found that out of the 10,000 transfered files they examined, 35.8% were porn, followed closely by film at 35.2% and television programing at 12.5%.

Of those 10,000 PublicBT files, only 2.9% were illegal music downloads. But of course the study also found that “23.76% of traffic was estimated to be infringing“, meaning that almost a quarter of all internet traffic involved copyright violations of some sort, excluding porn.

When concentrating on American transfers Envisional found that 17.53% of the transfers were infringing. And that 20% of the transfers were conducted on Peer To Peer networks, 13.8% of which were copyright violations.

The vast majority of streaming on the net was either legal or porn according to the study, video streaming accounting for 27% to 30% of the transfers. Only an estimated 1.56% of this streaming material was deemed infinging.

The study also establishes that 93.4% of Usenet posts contain copyrighted material, which is rather interesting. I had thought most people had given up on this antiquated distribution method.

Discounted Music Downloads

Canadian Mastercard users can save 25% off purchased of 10 Tracks or more from Choose Your Songs, a site that contains the most popular Universal Music tracks off Puretracks.

I don’t know when it expires but the promo code for this offer is MASTERCARD25OFF.

The Beatles Now On iTunes !

iTunes & App Store The Beatles are finally on iTunes. Now people can download classics like Eleanor Rigby, While My Guitar Gently Weeps, Here, There and Everywhere and Across The Universe, my very favorite Beatles songs.

Queen Leaves EMI

Queen has left EMI after 40 years and have signed on to Universal Music Group. This isn’t good news for EMI, though Queen fans will be happy to learn that Jazz, The Miracle and The Works have recently been re-released on vinyl.

Now if only they’d release Greatest Video Hits III on DVD.