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As Internet gets faster, Hong Kong & South Korea lead the broadband speed derby

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The internet saw its average peak connection speed jump almost 35 percent at the end of last year, even as more and more people started accessing vital (and trivial) internet services through their mobile devices, according to the latest edition of Akamai’s State of the Internet report for the three...
As Internet gets faster, Hong Kong & South Korea lead the broadband speed derby

Sony boosts Music Unlimited to 320kbps

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Sony has announced it is increasing the quality of its Unlimited Music streaming catalog from a reported 48kbps up to 320 kbps for paid users. [Read more]...
Sony boosts Music Unlimited to 320kbps
Spotify adds heat to Amazon's Kindle Fire
Offline: a day with a little bit of Internet

Google's Nexus 4: If You Like Huge Android Phones, You'll Love This One

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The Nexus 4 didn't surprise me a bit. It is the fastest, brightest, sturdiest Android phone I've ever used. The display is big and brilliant. The camera is pretty sharp. Battery life is good. Phone geeks might bemoan the lack of LTE, but I thought it was fast enough. If...
Google's Nexus 4: If You Like Huge Android Phones, You'll Love This One

uTorrent Download Speeds Beat Vuze By 16%

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For nearly half a decade uTorrent and Vuze have been two of the leading BitTorrent clients. If we leave out China, the two applications together hold three quarters of the market share which equals close to 100 million users a month. In an attempt to determine which of the two...
uTorrent Download Speeds Beat Vuze By 16%

Amazon Cloud Player Upgraded with Scan and Match, 256 Kbps Audio

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Amazon today announced a significant upgrade to its Cloud Player music service, bringing iTunes Match-like "scan and match" technology to assist users in making their entire music libraries available in the cloud. The upgraded service also mirrors iTunes Match in delivering all matched tracks at 256 Kbps, even if the...
Amazon Cloud Player Upgraded with Scan and Match, 256 Kbps Audio
The Ultimate Streaming Music Service: Just Merge Rdio And Spotify

Spotify Adds Three Asian Cities To Current 20 Served, Priced Lowest In Malaysia

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Music streaming service, Spotify, has come to the three Asian cities of Singapore, Hong Kong and Malaysia. Its premium service, priced at $9.90 per month in the US, will also be a little cheaper in the region, with Malaysians getting the lowest price. In Singapore, the service is priced monthly...
Spotify Adds Three Asian Cities To Current 20 Served, Priced Lowest In Malaysia
Spotify for Android cranks it to 11 with ICS support, revamped design, & more

Akamai: Global Average Connection Speed Dropped 14% In Q4 2011, Down 5.3% in U.S.

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According to Akamai‘s latest State of the Internet report, the average Internet connection speed around the world was 2.3 Mbps by the end of 2011. That’s down about 14% from the previous quarter. In the U.S., which ranks thirteenth in this report, the average connection speed in the last quarter...
Akamai: Global Average Connection Speed Dropped 14% In Q4 2011, Down 5.3% in U.S.

Amazon updates Cloud Player to compete with iTunes Match

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Amazon Cloud Player just got a major content and feature update, the company announced today, while unveiling new music licensing agreements with Sony Music Entertainment, EMI Music, Universal Music Group, Warner Music Group, and 150 other partners. As you may know, Cloud Player is a freemium platform that help users access...
Amazon updates Cloud Player to compete with iTunes Match
Google Music adds free iTunes-like song-matching feature

Amazon Launches 'AutoRip', Offering Free Digital Versions of Purchased CDs

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Seeking to enhance its profile among music buyers, Amazon today announced the launch of AutoRip, a new service that offers customers who purchase physical CDs through Amazon free digital copies of their purchases through Amazon Cloud Player. The service is also retroactive, meaning that customers who bought any of the...
Amazon Launches 'AutoRip', Offering Free Digital Versions of Purchased CDs

Clauses in AT&T Contracts Have Always Provided for Limits on 'Unlimited' Data Plans

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A number of customers have expressed outrage and disappointment at AT&T's various efforts at throttling users with older "unlimited" data plans. The most recent change slows unlimited data users to download speeds of 256 Kbps after using 3GB of data. Several Twitter users felt that AT&T was violating their contract...
Clauses in AT&T Contracts Have Always Provided for Limits on 'Unlimited' Data Plans

Amazon updates Cloud Player with 256 Kbps matched files, faster import, direct delivery

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Amazon's Cloud Player service just scored some major upgrades, including quality and import enhancements. Perhaps most notable is a new 256 Kbps option for matched files, including songs you imported before today. That bitrate, in MP3 format, is available for new tracks and albums added to the cloud --...
Amazon updates Cloud Player with 256 Kbps matched files, faster import, direct delivery

How Scary is the US “Six Strikes” Anti-Piracy Scheme?

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Soon, the Center for Copyright Information (CCI) will start to track down ‘pirates’ as part of an agreement all major U.S. Internet providers struck with the MPAA and RIAA. The parties agreed on a system through which copyright infringers are warned that their behavior is unacceptable. After five or six...
How Scary is the US “Six Strikes” Anti-Piracy Scheme?

New ANT+ wireless protocol promises longer battery life for fitness gear

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The ANT wireless protocol has long been a darling of the fitness industry and is incorporated into a lot of exercise equipment, from cycling computers to GPS watches. Now Dynastream Innovations, the company behind ANT, has launched a next generation protocol that boasts enhanced encryption, lower cost, faster connections...
New ANT+ wireless protocol promises longer battery life for fitness gear

Amazon Cloud Player now lets you play content on your Sonos system, helps get the party started

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Along with letting us know it had pleasantly updated its Cloud Player with 256 Kbps matched files, Amazon also briefly mentioned that Sonos compatibility would be coming sometime "soon." Well, it turns out you won't have to wait much longer to blast those jams on your HiFi wireless speakers,...
Amazon Cloud Player now lets you play content on your Sonos system, helps get the party started

Bang & Olufsen announces Spotify partnership, brings streaming integration to BeoSound 5

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The BeoSound 5 is, without a doubt, among the priciest of its kind, but thanks to a new partnership with Spotify, Bang & Olufsen has just added a little more value to its lavish controller. According to the company, those with a BeoSound 5 in their possession will able...
Bang & Olufsen announces Spotify partnership, brings streaming integration to BeoSound 5

Daytrotter Launches New Paid Downloads Option for Bands [EXCLUSIVE]

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Daytrotter is celebrating its fourth anniversary promoting music discovery of emerging bands with a new business model. Now bands who sign on for one of Daytrotter’s unique daily live sessions have an opportunity to sell high-quality digital recordings for a revenue split using a new in-house payment system that...
Daytrotter Launches New Paid Downloads Option for Bands [EXCLUSIVE]
Google's cloud music service has arrived... and it's free

Google Music Launches Its iTunes Match-Like Scan-And-Match Feature In The U.S.

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Google Music has always been a very nice music locker, but while European users were able to use its iTunes Match-like scan-and-match feature since last month, U.S.-based users only got access to this tool today. Until now, U.S. users had to upload all of their music to the service, which...
Google Music Launches Its iTunes Match-Like Scan-And-Match Feature In The U.S.

Across the planet, broadband is getting faster & faster

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Click to view slideshow. When it comes to the Internet, the need for speed has never been higher, thanks to growing global reliance on connected platforms, services and devices. That need is aptly reflected in the data collected by Akamai for the latest edition of its State of the Internet...
Across the planet, broadband is getting faster & faster

How to Join Music Tracks and Add Album Art to Tracks with iTunes

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One thing to know: If your iTunes library contains files in Apple Lossless format, and these files aren't matched, iTunes converts them to 256-kbps AAC files and uploads them....
How to Join Music Tracks and Add Album Art to Tracks with iTunes

Amazon's AutoRip now includes vinyl

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For about as long as we can remember, each new CD we've purchased has made a trip to our computer for a good, old fashioned ripping, first thing out of the plastic. So the concept of offering up free MP3s with the purchase of a compact disc always felt...
Amazon's AutoRip now includes vinyl

Spectrum Shortage Will Strike in 2013: Analyst

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The demand for mobile broadband will surpass the spectrum available to meet it in mid-2013, according to Peter Rysavy, a wireless analyst. In a report on the looming spectrum crisis that was sponsored by Research in Motion for the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Rysavy explains how the demand for...
Spectrum Shortage Will Strike in 2013: Analyst

A Look at Apple's 'Mastered for iTunes' Program and its Effect on Sound Quality

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Earlier this year, Apple began revealing more information about its Mastered for iTunes program, requesting that music professionals supply Apple with higher-quality recordings as source material for the compressed tracks made available for sale through the iTunes Store. The higher-quality source material, processed according to Apple's guidelines, is being requested...
A Look at Apple's 'Mastered for iTunes' Program and its Effect on Sound Quality
As mobile data zooms, voice & sms revenues slow

Spot satellite-powered Global Phone keeps adventurers connected for $499

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Sick of that spotty (read: non-existent) cell coverage 1,000 miles off the coast of Alaska? This time, you can't blame AT&T. There is an option for getting connected, though, and it's not quite as pricey as you think. Spot, a subsidiary of satellite communications giant Globalstar, recently announced its...
Spot satellite-powered Global Phone keeps adventurers connected for $499
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