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With HMV Re-Opened, Can You Teach An Old Music-Loving Dog New Tricks?

The first record I ever bought was from HMV. It was Weezer’s Green Album, and while I can’t pretend it was the moment that my obsession with music kicked off (I’ll put that down to the literal wall of CDs that acted as structural support for my older brothers’ bedroom), it is a moment that I remember incredibly vividly. And, for the record, its was a great album too. Read More >>

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How Napster Brought the Recording Industry to Its Knees

Just over thirteen years ago, a novel file sharing service called Napster sent the recording industry into a tizzy. Suddenly nobody had to pay for music any more thanks to the Internet. Napster co-founders Shawn Fanning and Sean Parker pretty much single-handedly spearheaded the file-sharing revolution that the recording and motion picture industries are only just starting to catch up to. Read More >>

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Airtime Is Just Chatroulette Without the Dicks

Airtime is a new startup by Sean Parker and Shawn Fanning (of Napster fame) that recycles an old idea: Chatroulette. Yep, that random video chatting dickfest invented by some Russian teenager has seemingly been redressed in tailored suits and landscaped beards and is totally going to change the world. Joke. It's Chatroulette buttoned-up, which means less fun but ideally more useful. Read More >>

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Napster Survives in the UK and Germany

Napster, the MP3 sharing service that started it all, officially died when it was bought by the US music streaming service Rhapsody from doomed-in-the-UK Best Buy. The thing is, Rhapsody is a no-name entity in the UK, so the company is giving Napster a reprieve. Read More >>

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200 Indie Record Labels Dump Streaming Services over £0.006 Per Stream Payouts

UK music distributor STHoldings has removed nearly 200 independent record labels from streaming services, claiming they "cannibalise the revenues" of the traditional music scene. Read More >>

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Napster Dudes Working on a Chatroulette-Style Service

The time has very much passed for Chatroulette, but according to Napster co-founders Shawn Fanning and Sean Parker (immortalised in The Social Network), a video-chatting service with social networking profiles is The Next Big Thing. Called Airtime, investors include Ashton Kutcher and Will.i.am. Read More >>

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