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

Neil Young’s New Music Service

Neil Young discussed the new Pono music service and device on David Letterman last night.

This service, which is scheduled to launch next year, will offer higher quality recordings and high resolution conversions from analogue recordings.

The Pono device will also play the current music formats and though Warner Music Group is the only label to have signed onto the project at this time, many other labels have shown some interest.

Neil Young’s memoirs, entitled “Waging Heavy Peace”, is available from and Indigo. And Neil Young & Crazy Horse are currently on tour in Canada.

Music Unlimited Adds Another Tier

Sony’s Music Unlimited has added a more affordable tier to their music streaming service today.

The “Access” plan costs $4.99/month and was created for individuals who only use the service at home, via their MAC, PC or Playstation 3.

Click here for the August 29th, 2012 press release.

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Physical CD Purchases On Cloud ? 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. Files For Bankruptsy 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 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.

Movies In The Cloud ?

iTunesicon have recently added movies to their cloud services in the States.

This enables their clients to view films and television programs on multiple devices though it appears that they may be short on Universal and Fox releases.

Hopefully this will be rectified by the time the service is enabled in Canada, though it should be noted that no official date in regards to its introduction has yet been published.