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The rumor has it that YouTube is taking a leap of faith by shaking hands with several major music studios in order to launch a music streaming service.
According to a report by Fortune, Google’s YouTube is planning on launching a music streaming service this year. However, YouTube’s mission is not going to be an easy one, especially with services like Spotify, SoundCloud and Vevo being its strongest competitors. Also to remember is the fact that Apple is supposedly working on launching a similar streaming service.
Nonetheless, artists and rightholders are nothing but happy with the news. This is also a sign that the music industry is taking baby steps into accepting a digital era that helps with distribution, but complaints about insufficient royalties are still expressed by the industry.
However, YouTube and Apple alone could be enough to boost the music industry’s financial power. On that note, Spotify is finding itself on a difficult position as the service could be facing higher bills once YouTube and Apple join the market.
How will this affect the market share altogether remains to be seen, but until then we can only hope that YouTube (and Apple) is up to the task.
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Steve Wozniak argued that the case against Kim Dotcom is “hokey” and an offense to Internet innovation.
Wozniak – Apple’s co-founder – and Kim Dotcom – former headmaster at the school of file-sharing – took a stand by speaking against the federal case that made the news for the past year in various interviews with The Associate Press on Wednesday.
When Wozniak was visiting New Zealand the previous month to give a speech, he found that Dotcom was unable to meet him as he was under house arrest. As such, the American computer engineer and programmer empathized with Dotcom’s situation and decided to keep contact by e-mail.
“It’s just kind of ridiculous what they did to his life,” Wozniak said in a telephone interview.
“An awful lot of Kiwis support him. The U.S. government is on thin ground.”
He also said that a lot of people used Megaupload within the legal boundaries before US authorities decided to shut it down.
“You don’t just shut down the whole street because somebody is speeding,” he said.
US authorities claimed that Dotcom knowingly enabled massive copyright infringement. In an e-mail interview Dotcom denied the charges by saying:
“The more people learn about this case the more they realize that this type of copyright disagreement between Hollywood and new cloud storage technology is a political debate, not something that belongs in the criminal court and certainly not something to justify breaking down the door to my house.”
“What people uploaded and downloaded in their storage areas was up to them. One person’s licensed music MP3 file is potentially another person’s infringing file.”
Apple’s co-founder and founder of the Electronic Frontier Foundation agrees that people should pay for content, but argues that the internet must be an open space for innovation and creativity. Furthermore, he said that authorities should immediately release at least some of Dotcom’s blocked financial assets so that he can afford a legal team of lawyers.
“If you’ve got a huge steamroller coming, instead of trying to stop it, you should get out of the way,” he said.
However, Wozniak keeps an open mind and ads:
“If I hear details that have credibility, I could totally turn against him,” Wozniak said.
“But I’m not finding it anywhere from what I’ve heard so far.”
As for his extradition, Kim says he’s confident that NZ will deny the request. So confident that he’s already planning on launching a new service called MegaBox.
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File-sharing service Box.net, founded by Aaron Levie and Dylan Smith in 2005, has recently developed an application for iPad and iPhone to let you share, view, and edit your content.
The new application blends in with several third-party mobile tools that help you manage file on your mobile device. Among them we find Quickoffice, Adobe EchoSign, Nuance PaperPort Notes, and PDF expert. As such, you can use Box’s file-sharing application in parallel with these useful tools.
“We think this is the first time there’s a mobile cloud for the enterprise that you can implement across your business instantly,” said Box’s CEO Aaron Levie.
To seamlessly integrate with this kind of environment, a partner application – for example Adobe EchoSign – must tap into an application program interface (API) exposed by Box.
“Now the execution of documents all happens within the Box environment,” Mangesh Bhandaraar (senior product manager at Adobe Systems) said.
It has been Levie’s goal to bring competition in a market ruled by huge brands like Microsoft and Oracle, and, as it seems, he managed to pull it off.
“We don’t have a large enterprise sales force,” Alan Masarek (QuickOffice’s CEO) told Wired.
“This is a new sales channel for us, which is wonderful.”
One of Box’s most interesting features is that it offers 50GB free storage on a regular account, unlike other competitors who, for a free account, offer no more than 10 GB.
While the topic here is not exactly related to file-sharing, its importance in the digital landscape transcends the mere issues of niche, especially since it concerns a giant like Apple and the right to privacy.
A report by UK’s Telegraph.co.uk reveals the truth behind secret services and iTune’s security glitches, making even the most down to Earth person just a bit paranoid.
It is said that a British company named Gamma International sold hacking software to governments, allowing them to exploit some iTunes vulnerability due to a security threat in the application’s update. Going under the name of FinFisher, the software can be used to spy on people’s computers (over 250 million computers use Apple’s media player).
Known to be used by British intelligence agencies, the software made its way in the far reaches of North Africa, in the hands of Egypt’s secret police, as records were discovered this year in some abandoned offices.
Brian Krebs, a security writer, said that Apple received a notice in 2008 about the threat. Despite this, they company released a patch fix only earlier this month, offering a 3 years gateway of exploiting.
“A prominent security researcher warned Apple about this dangerous vulnerability in mid-2008, yet the company waited more than 1,200 days to fix the flaw,” Brian’s blog post reads.
“The disclosure raises questions about whether and when Apple knew about the Trojan offering, and its timing in choosing to sew up the security hole in this ubiquitous software title.”
Also of interest is that Apple’s response to security threats is of 91 days, according to Brian’s sayings; this time, however, was not the case.
Francisco Amato, an Argentinian security researcher, is the man who sent the notice to Apple. Commenting on the late, the least to say, response he suggested that “maybe they forgot about it, or it was just on the bottom of their to-do list”.
Regarding FinFisher, Apple said that is doing their best “to find and fix any issues that could compromise systems”.
“The security and privacy of our users is extremely important,” a spokeswoman said.
In November 2011 iTunes’ update 10.5.1 explained that a man-in-the-middle attacker may offer software that appears to originate from Apple”, adding that the “issue has been mitigated”.
Gamma International refused to comment on the subject.
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Music is part of our everyday life, as Steve Jobs once said. This is the main reason he launched the iPod for the first time, thus pushing the boundaries of how we listen to music forward.
SoundShare continues his legacy by providing a new Social Music Network for iPhones.
“SoundShare app allows you to share your music experience with your friends just by listening to your songs,” the developer said.
“With a built-in Player, you can listen and share every song while using Safari or any other app. SoundShare also has its own Social Network, so you don’t have to worry about posting on Facebook/Twitter every song you listen, though, if you want, you’re just one tap away.”
The application’s features are similar to Twitter’s – in the sense that you’re provided with newsfeeds of people you want to follow. If you find yourself stuck on listening the same playlist over and over again all you have to do is to “spy” on other people’s preferences and pick your favorite tunes.
Just like any respectable social network, SoundShare allows you to post comments, rate songs and even show your favorite tunes on other social networking portals.
The app has a built-in music player which you can run in the background while using other applications. To download it, just install the latest version of iTunes and look-up SoundShare.