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Spotify sued for $150m over alleged failure to pay royalties

Spotify sued for $150m over alleged failure to pay royalties

Spotify has been hit with a class-action lawsuit from David Lowery over alleged failure to make royalty payments. The lawsuit is seeking a minimum of $150 million in damages from the streaming service, and claims that Spotify distributed music compositions that were copyrighted sans identifying the owners or making it known it planned to use a compulsory license.

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Columbia House returns to sell you vinyl records

Columbia House returns to sell you vinyl records

If you grew up in the 80's or 90's, you probably remember seeing ads for Columbia House. They're the ones that wanted to sell you a bunch of cassettes or CD's for just a penny. Of course, cashing in on that deal always lead to paying more than just one cent. Well, the company filed for bankruptcy earlier this year, so you wouldn't expect to hear anymore big news from them. But they're back.

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Apple Music rumored to get hi-res audio to match Lightning connectors

Apple Music rumored to get hi-res audio to match Lightning connectors

There might be another reason why Apple might drop standard 3.5 mm headphone jacks from the next iPhones after all. According to a Japanese website, Apple is gearing up to deliver high resolution, or hi-res, audio over its Apple Music streaming service. But in order to successfully do so, it will need to convert that digital data to high quality signals, something that regular headphone connectors aren't capable of. Instead, the new feature will leverage Apple's new Lightning connection audio specification, which it has released to its accessory partners last year.

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SoundCloud and PRS sidestep lawsuit with new license deal

SoundCloud and PRS sidestep lawsuit with new license deal

SoundCloud has struck a deal with PRS for Music concerning a music license that covers multiple territories. According to PRS, the deal is retroactive, covering SoundCloud’s use of PRS’s library for the entirety of its existence; it also covers SoundCloud’s planned subscription service and advertising. SoundCloud and lack of royalty payments have been a big issue for the company, one it has started addressing more extensively.

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Wu-Tang Album now FBI item of interest

Wu-Tang Album now FBI item of interest

The Freedom of Information Act is a funny thing. Because of this act, everyday average citizens are able to send requests to the government to attain documents that, by all legal means and rights, aught to be public. As such, once the nefarious individual known as Martin Shkreli was arrested by the FBI earlier this week, geographer Andrew Wiseman sent a request to the FBI to release to him the Wu-Tang Clan album "Once Upon a Time in Shaolin." Why? Because Shkreli has it.

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Cleer DU Wireless dual driver Bluetooth headphones unveiled

Cleer DU Wireless dual driver Bluetooth headphones unveiled

Cleer has introduced its new DU Wireless headphones, a model it says is the first HD dual driver wireless Bluetooth unit of its kind. The headphones combine a stylish, modern design with support for high quality audio. There’s AAC/AptX version 4.0 lossless connectivity coupled with a pair of 40mm neodymium drivers, a quick charge feature, LED indicator, and more.

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Spotify Party lets you match music with mood

Spotify Party lets you match music with mood

I'll admit that I'm not the best person to make a playlist for a party. Sure, I can come up with a mix CD for someone in particular, but I suck at party music. I tend to rely on my Pandora stations for that, but even those can miss the mark pretty often in a group setting. Thankfully, Spotify has a new feature that will help people like me.

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Rdio confirms December 22 shut down, Spotify releases playlist import tool

Rdio confirms December 22 shut down, Spotify releases playlist import tool

It was announced a month ago that streaming music service Rdio had been acquired by rival Pandora, and that it was being folded into its new owner, but until today Rdio users weren't sure of how long they could continue listening. The shuttered company has now revealed that its curtain call will be Tuesday, December 22nd, at 5:00 PM Pacific (8 PM Eastern) to be specific. Thankfully that leaves users with one full week to import their playlists into Spotify should they choose to migrate to that service.

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