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NEC develops software for faster audio compression

NEC Corp. has developed software that can quickly compress audio data at a flexible rate, the company said Friday. This new development will allow mobile-phone users to exchange high-quality audio data, it said.

Verbatim ships 40X CD-R media

Verbatim, the company behind a variety of digital storage products, is now shipping DataLifePlus 40x-certified CD-R discs that the company says can burn a full 700MB of data or 80 minutes of music in about two minutes.

Markers may threaten CD copyright protections

An anticopying technology used by Sony Music Entertainment on music CDs sold in Europe is apparently being defeated by music lovers using simple straight lines drawn on protected CDs with felt-tipped markers.

Dutch music rights body takes Kazaa to Supreme Court

Dutch music rights body Buma/Stemra is taking its case against Kazaa BV to the Supreme Court of the Netherlands, fighting the March 28 Amsterdam Appeals Court ruling that the software maker can't be held liable for the copyright-infringing actions of...

Vitria marries Web services, BPM

If a new peer-to-peer (P-to-P) upstart has its way, users of the popular Kazaa file-sharing network will soon see secure, copyright-protected content popping up at the top of their query results, giving content owners and providers an unprecedented f...

Altnet opens Kazaa's doors to paid content

If a new peer-to-peer (P-to-P) upstart has its way, users of the popular Kazaa file-sharing network will soon see secure, copyright-protected content popping up at the top of their query results, giving content owners and providers an unprecedented f...

Companion service launches on Kazaa

Users of the Kazaa Media Desktop will be offered a controversial update starting Monday, with the introduction of a second file-sharing service that includes paid content.

Bertelsmann buys Napster for $8 million

After a long and torrid courtship, Bertelsmann AG said Friday that it has agreed to purchase Napster for US$8 million, and is reinstating Konrad Hilbers at the helm of the troubled song-swapping service.

Will fees silence Web radio?

The budding Internet radio industry is squaring off against the recording industry, saying a proposed new fee for Webcasting music could run Web radio out of business.

Apple advises on ejecting copy-protected audio CDs

By now many consumers are aware that the music industry is beginning to press audio discs that have been copy protected to prevent them from being ripped to MP3 on a PC or Macintosh. But did you know that in some cases, if you insert such a disc, you...

If music be the food of law

I just drove from my home (north of Los Angeles) to Las Vegas, a pleasant five-and-a-half-hour jaunt. It was great - I loaded up the CD cartridge, packed it into the car, cranked up the volume and rocked out, baby.

Napster CEO calls it quits

The chief executive officer of embattled file-sharing company Napster Inc. has resigned, the company confirmed in a statement Tuesday.

AMD unveils flash memory based on MirrorBit

Mobile phones should be able to hold twice as many rings, MP3 players twice as many songs, and cameras twice as many photos at the same price, using flash memory chips that Advanced Micro Devices Inc. said on Monday it has begun sampling.

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