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Apple's announcements at Macworld may have lacked some of the flair and sizzle that CEO Steve Jobs usually brought to his keynote, but there was one announcement that, arguably, will wind up changing the playing field considerably. That announcement is the news of DRM-free sales from all of the major music labels through iTunes, and…

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The Recording Industry Association of America, which has spent the past five years suing tens of thousands of individual file-sharers for copyright infringement, has apparently decided to change tactics, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal (hopefully this one is a little more reliable than the recent story about Google's views on net…

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The legendary British Australian rock band AC/DC is one of the few holdouts when it comes to selling music through the iTunes record store, a stand the group has taken in part because it refuses to sell individual songs as singles -- "We don't make singles, we make albums," says guitarist Angus Young -- and…

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Since Lala's newly-relaunched music service includes a "music locker" feature that is virtually identical to one that Michael Robertson pioneered with MyMP3 back in 2000 -- only to ultimately be sued into oblivion by the RIAA -- I emailed him to get his thoughts on what the company is doing, and how things have (or…

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Sometimes -- in fact, most of the time -- it seems as though the music industry has changed very little since the early days of Napster and the invention of the mp3 file. Lawsuits still shut down Web-based music services and tie people up in court, record labels still primarily ignore the potential of the…

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