music downloads

More Music Gift Card Offers

You can get $10 off a $50 iTunesicon card starting Friday at Metro stores in Ontario. This offer is valid until August 9th, 2012.

$50 iTunesicon cards will also be on sale at some Best Buy Canada stores for $39 on Friday. This sale will also expire on August 9th, 2012.

Music Download Offer Starting On Friday

Real Canadian Superstore shoppers in Ontario that use iTunes Canadaicon should note that a coupon for $10 off a $50 gift card can be found in next week’s flyer.

It will be valid from July 27th to August 2nd, 2012 at Real Canadian Superstore, Atlantic Superstore and Loblaws Locations in Ontario so the coupon could pop up elsewhere as well.

The coupon is valid on $50 iTunes Canadaicon Music or App Card.

No Royalties On Music Previews

The Supreme Court Of Canada has ruled that music previews comply to the definition of Fair Dealing in the Copyright Act and cannot therefore be subjected to the collection of royalties.

“Research” need not be for creative purposes only. Permitting only creative purposes to qualify as “research” would ignore the fact that one of the objectives of the Copyright Act is the dissemination of the works themselves. Limiting “research” to creative purposes would also run counter to the ordinary meaning of “research”, which includes many activities that do not require the establishment of new facts or conclusions. The fair dealing exception must not be interpreted restrictively and “research” must be given a large and liberal interpretation.

The Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada, Canadian Recording Industry Association and CMRRA-SODRAC Inc had wished to collect royalties from internet providers for both previews and full music downloads, the latter also having been dismissed by another ruling by the Supreme Court of Canada today.

These royalties would have resulted in major expenditures for internet providers, who would have passed these on to the consumer.

Canada – The Dial-Up Dungeon ?

It appears that even with the progresses we’ve had in Canada when it comes to the internet that some are still behind.

A quarter million of Canadian internet users still use dial-up according to the Convergence Consulting Group, a large percentage of which are in rural areas according to the CRTC. And of those who subscribe to high speed, only 52% have the necessary speed to download standard definition films.

Though 77% of Canadians are able to access services that are fast enough to stream high definition video content according to the Broadband Report, only 2% use these services. And it is obvious that it is because these services are prohibitively expensive that more Canadians are not subscribed.

Usage based billing has kept most Canadians from using these services to rent and purchase films online. And though the taxpayer is responsible for most of the infrastructure, we are still being told to pay more.

Perhaps the rates might go down once the spectrum management issues are resolved at the CRTC, which could result in the introduction “Super Wifi” into Canada’s major urban centers.

Unfortunately this wireless service could have issues in communities where analog television broadcasts still exist and digital television broadcasts are only mandatory in the major city centers.

The technology is also in its infancy, having only just been introduced in the United States in Wilmington, North Carolina.

Juno Awards 2012

The 2012 Juno Awards are airing tonight at 8 pm Eastern from Ottawa on CTV Television.

It will be hosted by William Shatner and will feature performances by Blue Rodeo, Feist, deadmau5 and numerous other nomineesicon, some of which are featured on the official Juno Awards 2012 album (available from Amazon.ca and iTunesicon).

Google Merges Services

Google has merged its Android application, eBook, film rental and cloud services into one service, entitled Google Play.

Canadians with Gmail accounts are able to access Android applications and a limited selection of films and books at the moment. But the online entertainment hub is expected to expand shortly.

The music service on Google Play, which enables users to store up to 20,000 songs on a cloud service that can be accessed by any Android device, is only available to Americans.