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Legal Music Download Listing Updated

I’ve just added a few entries to my Music/Video/Book Downloads listing. Hope you enjoy it.

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

Arrested Development News For Canadians

It appears that we will get the new season of this television comedy on Netflix in Canada after all.

Filming on Season 4 begun in August this year and new episodes are scheduled to air in 2013.

CRTC Denies Bell’s Bid To Purchase Astral

The Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission has denied Bell Canada’s $3.4 billion takeover of media giant Astral.

Bell had planned to acquire them in order to provide content through their networks and internet services. But there was some concern in regards to access to this content by the competition.

Though some believe Bell may shelf their plan to offer a Netflix type service because of this decision, I believe they will eventually offer this service to compete with Shaw Go, a service offered by Shaw Communications.

Bell Canada has stated they will contest the decision by requesting “the federal cabinet to direct the CRTC to actually follow its own in-place policy”. But they have since been advised that the Federal Court of Appeal may be their only legal recourse.

More Free Content Promised

iTunesicon has announced that they will be adding more free content to their catalog, including full length albums and television episodes, which can be streamed to computers and devices using their software and apps.

Full length album previews and television episodes had been available from legal sources for years but I am hoping this will fill in some of the gaps.

For example, we still don’t have services like Hulu here in Canada and some television episodes are inaccessible to us because of distribution rights issues.

The availability of full length album previews may also reduce previewing on peer to peer networks and questionable foreign web sites. And Walmart’s Vudu service will soon be introduced into Canada so consumers should soon be able to access more content.

Download Free TV Episodes and Sneak Peeks on iTunes