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Amazon to offer cloud storage for music, videos Inc. is planning to start a service that would let people store music and video online and access it from various digital devices, people familiar with the matter said. The company could announce the effort as early as Tuesday, the people said. Get the full story »

Report: Apple seeks unlimited music downloads

Apple Inc.  is in talks with record labels to give customers of Apple’s iTunes service unlimited access to music purchased across multiple devices, Bloomberg reported Friday, citing people familiar with the plans. Get the full story »

Sony ‘digital jukebox’ streams into U.S. homes

Sony Corp. is betting on being able to bring music to consumers’ living rooms by offering millions of songs through a digital jukebox connected to popular devices such as TV sets and games consoles.

The new service called Music Unlimited Powered By Qriocity was launched in the United States Thursday, offering 6 million songs on demand through the cloud-based network that 60 million Sony PlayStation gamers use to play video games online. Get the full story »

Magic Johnson invests in Vibe, Soul Train

Magic Johnson, who last year passed on a deal to buy Ebony and Jet magazines, will become chairman of Vibe Holdings, the owner of the magazines Vibe and Uptown and the Soul Train TV show. Get the full story »

AGI moving some operations to suburban Chicago

A London-based company which makes packaging materials for CDs and DVDs says it is closing its Jacksonville plant and laying off its 80 workers there. AGI tells the (Springfield) State Journal-Register the Jacksonville operations will move to a suburban Chicago facility by the end of June. Get the full story »

Bronfman fined in Vivendi insider trading case

A French court fined Warner Music Group Chairman and CEO Edgar Bronfman Jr. 5 million euro ($6.7 million) on Friday for misleading investors about the Vivendi media conglomerate when he was a top executive there.

The court also convicted former high-flying Vivendi CEO Jean-Marie Messier of misusing company funds and misleading investors and handed him a three-year suspended prison sentence. Get the full story »

Sony to shut U.S. plant as CD sales fall

Sony Corp. says it will shut down a CD manufacturing plant in the United States by the end of March and its 310 workers will be laid off. Sony spokeswoman Mami Imada said Tuesday the plant closure in New Jersey was due to declining CD sales as more people opt to buy music digitally. Get the full story »

Google exploring digital newsstand

Google Inc. and Apple Inc. have stepped up their battle to win over publishers, as the two companies vie to become the dominant distributor of newspapers and magazines for tablet computers and other mobile devices.

Google is trying to drum up publishers’ support for a new Google-operated digital newsstand for users of devices that run its Android software. With the effort, it is chasing Apple, which already sells digital versions of many major magazines and newspapers through its iTunes store. Get the full story »

Study: Web users willing to pay for some things

The Web may seem like the land of something for nothing. Free video. Free news. Even free tools such as word processing and spreadsheets.

But almost two-thirds of adult Internet users in the U.S. have paid for access to at least one of these intangible items online, according to a new survey from the Pew Internet and American Life Project. Get the full story »

Band sues for ‘In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida’ royalties

Bloomberg News | Psychedelic rock band Iron Butterfly has sued Warner Music Group to recover royalties of at least $236,549  from their 1960s anthem “In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida.”

iTunes begins offering 90-second song samples

From Bloomberg News | Starting today, Apple Inc. will let iTunes consumers listen to some songs at no charge for as long as 90 seconds, three times the previously allotted 30 seconds, a spokesman for Cupertino, California-based Apple, said today. Get the full story>>