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Blackberry Music Service To Close

BBM Music will cease broadcasting on June 2nd, 2013 and the company has begun referring its subscribers to other music streaming services like Rdioicon.

This service had offered music streaming services to Blackberry owners since August 2011.

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Google Introduces Scan & Match Service

Google’s new scan and match music service is online in the States, as of yesterday. And though subscribers are limited to 20,000 recordings, the service is free and streams 320kbps recordings.

At the moment Amazon.com offers their American subscribers 250,000 recordings at 256 kbps for $24.99 per year whilst iTunesicon offers 25,000 recordings at 256 kbps for $24.99 per year to Americans and $27.99 per year to Canadians. But both store music purchased through their service for free.

There’s no news in regards to a service for Canadians by Google but a $4.99 per month, unlimited music streaming service is available : Millions of tracks, free for 7 days on rara.com. Click here

Gift Card Offer

You can purchase a $30 iTunesicon gift pack for $24.99 at participating Sobey’s, Real Canadian Superstore and Staples locations.

A coupon is required to purchase these gift packs from Real Canadian Superstore and Staples Locations, which can be found in the Real Canadian Superstore flyer (expiring December 6th, 2012) and Staples flyer (expiring December 4th, 2012). The Sobey’s offer, which may be limited to stores in Ontario, expires December 13th, 2012.

Check your local flyers for details.

File Sharing Lawsuits In Canada ?

British Columbia based NGN Prima Production will soon be sending notices to individual Canadians who have illegally downloaded a film entitled “Recoil“.

This company has successfully sued to gain access to the identifiable information behind 50 IP addresses, that it suspected were involved in the illegal distribution of this Steve Austin action film.

Four internet providers (3 Web, Access Communications Co-Operative, ACN, and Distributel Communications) have been ordered by the Federal Court in Montreal to hand over information in regards to those 50 IP addresses to NGN Prima Production, by the beginning of December.

The maximum penalty for non-commercial infringement is $5000 now that Bill C-11 has come into force. But many experts suspect that it may be significantly reduced by the courts in some cases.

Real Canadian Superstore Coupon

My local Real Canadian Superstore flyer includes a coupon for $10 off a $50 iTunesicon gift card, valid up to October 24th, 2012 and music and app cards. Check your local flyer.

Did Video Truly Kill The Radio Star ?

In the 80’s there was this popular belief that music videos would eventually result in the demise of radio.

Experts had believed that the popularity of music television would cause radio to fade away. And this prediction was so popular that it resulted in two incredibly successful singles based on radio nostalgia ; One from Queen (“Radio Ga Ga“) and one from The Buggles (“Video Killed the Radio Star“).

But it appears that this prediction was premature.

According to Nielson’s “Music 360” study, 48% of the individuals they polled claimed they “discover music most often through the radio”.

Youtube has become a major source for music in teens, 64% of the respondents having stated they listen to music on the service. But 56% of the teens polled also listen to radio.

It appears that radio is adapting and remains one of the main sources for music in teens, over two decades after the predictions were made.

Also noteworthy are the findings that compact discs still remain popular in some circles, 55% of the music fans polled having “identified physical CDs as a very or fairly good value”.

Half of the teens polled also claim to listen to compact discs. And 36% have purchased at least one compact disc within the year.

Three thousand Americans responded this online survey.