Pink Floyd Beat EMI In Court

Pink Floyd have been in court with EMI, their record label of 43 years, over what level of royalties they should be paid for digital sales of their music, and as to whether tracks from…

Digital Music Store Focus – Napster 2.0 <

Napster originated as a peer-to-peer music service in 1999, one of the first that gained widespread popularity. Unlike modern bit-torrent services it provided a connection between users through a central server, and this direct involvement…

Digital Music Store Focus – iTunes

No prizes for recognizing that logo, this is the biggest music store on the web. The store isn’t available using a normal web browser, only by installing Apple’s proprietory iTunes software, relentlessly updated to include…

Digital Music Store Focus – Insound

Insound is a minor player with a lot of heart involved in its operation. They essentially act as a blog and record label, picking up and supporting new acts that are to their taste, promoting…

Digital Music Store Focus – iMesh

iMesh is a peer-to-peer platform that has survived the legal harrow of the recording industry. The RIAA brought a copyright infringement case against them, which they settled out of court, and after which they changed…

The Self-Indulgent Friday Playlist – Girls, Boys, Alcohol and Dancing

This is inexcusable, I know. But here is a poorly conceived, badly executed playlist for all of my Spotify loving comrades. However, in preparation for your weekend I have prepared you slightly more than an…

Digital Music Store Focus – HMV.com

HMV’s online store is an extension of their high street business, and as such caters mainly to the mainstream. The prices are high but the catalogue is pretty varied; they’ve got deals with all the…

Digital Music Store Focus – eMusic

eMusic.com launched back in the misty past of September of 1995, initially as a CD retailer in September 1995. They didn’t move over to their current subscription based model until 2000, but they’ve since sold…

Digital Music Store Focus – Domino

Dominorecordco.com is the online outlet of the Domino record label – a pretty big indie label as things go, but still tiny in comparison to the big retailers. Their catalogue is also available through iTunes…

Digital Music Store Focus – Bleep.com

A niche indie supplier trading mostly in electronic music – the stars of their catalogue are Aphex Twin, Squarepusher, Thom Yorke (of Radiohead)… Principally formed from the catalogue of Warp records, but also featuring the…