music streaming

Google Refines Searches

Google has announced that they will be updating their search algorithms, prioritizing legitimate sources for film and music over sites that have received remove notices.

This will enable people to find sources and avoid some of the less secure sites, some of which have viruses and malware.

A counter-notification process will also be offered to individuals whose sites have been wrongfully flagged.

Physical CD Purchases On Cloud ?

Amazon.com cloud service subscribers may soon gain access to the recordings found on the physical CDs they purchase from the online retailer, automatically.

Billboard claims that this feature will be enabled for Americans sometime in the fall. But there is no news on a Canadian service yet.

Cloud Service Updates

Amazon.com has updated their Cloud service with a new system that scans and matches a person’s iTunesicon and Windows Media Player music library.

This enables users of their Cloud service to listen to music they have in their library though the service for $25 per year, without the inconvenience of uploading. But this service in unfortunately not yet available to Canadians.

iTunesicon, on the other hand, has expanded their American Match service to include films. And like Amazon.com they will likely need to negotiate with the film companies to obtain the rights to offer the service to Canadians.

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.

Zik.ca To Offer Streaming Music

Francophone music service Zik.ca will offer a streaming music subscription service on April 4th.

The Archambault.ca subsidiary will offer over 12 million songs to its subscribers, including a large repertoire of french music. No details as to the rates have been published yet.

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.