Posts Tagged ‘itunes’

Beatles songs will now be on iTunes…the cost? $400 MILLION

March 10, 2008

iTunes and Beatle Paul McCartney have reached a $400 million agreement to distribute the Beatles catalog online…read more here


Dame Dash & Biggs Re-Release “Reasonable Doubt” Online

November 28, 2007

Since Jay pulled his album off iTunes, guess who decided to put RD on it?

The decision to use TuneCore to re-release Reasonable Doubt was based on the way it handled music from Jay-Z in the past, said executive Kareem “Biggs” Burke.

Considered as one of Hip-Hop’s all-time classic albums, Reasonable Doubt marked the official arrival of Jay-Z on the rap scene.

The Roc-A-Fella Records release, which originally hit stores on June 25, 1996, has been certified Platinum by the RIAA.

It earned five mics from The Source magazine as well as critical praise from Rolling Stone and Blender magazines.

Both publications ranked Reasonable Doubt among their top 500 albums of all time.


Jermaine Dupri Goes Off On iTunes

November 21, 2007

More artists and producers are gonna take back control of how their art is sold because [Jay-Z’s] strategy has paid off. Maybe Hova coulda sold another 100,000 to 200,000 units by playing it iTunes’ way, but he still had the number one album last week. He STILL sold 425,000 units. Even more, he’s proven you can still sell an album without those guys.

Jay made everyone realize that iTunes taking what we give them and doing what they want with it isn’t the way it has to be. He put the light on and made other people realize, “Oh these guys are just selling our music, they ain’t making it.” If anything, WE made iTunes. It’s like how we spent $300,000 to $500,000 each on our videos and MTV and BET went ahead and built an entire video television industry off of our backs. We can’t let that happen again. These businesses exist solely because of our music. So if we as artists, producers and label executives stand up, those guys at Apple can either cooperate, or have nothing for people to buy and download on their iPods.

Apple thinks that’s never gonna happen. They think that we as the record industry will never stick together. But Universal sells one out of every three records. All it’ll take is for Warner Music to say, “You know what, I’m with you,” for us to shut ‘em down. No more iPods! They won’t have nothin’ to play on their players! We can take back the power if we’re willing to sacrifice some sales to make our point.

JD’s Blog

Jay-Z Off iTunes

November 12, 2007

Jay-Z is retired. Yet, his new album “American Gangster,” is trying bigger than ever. But, it will never find its way onto iTunes, namely because Jay Hova doesn’t want the record parted out track-by-track. “Let me make it clear – I don’t have a problem with iTunes. It’s just our interests were not in line,” he said. “No one can dictate to an artist, any artist, how they should express themselves.” Not to argue with someone who’s found so much success, but wouldn’t an “Album Only” option on iTunes solve the problem?

Boy Genius Reports

Apple Launches iPhone iTunes via Wi-Fi @ Starbucks

November 8, 2007

Connecting iTunes through Starbucks is eminently simple: connect to the T-Mobile AP. That’s it. It’s all done behind the paywall, so you don’t have to fork out $10 to get online to use the service. (You can also visit behind the paywall, but not .Mac services.)
As soon as you connect to the Starbucks T-Mobile AP with your iPhone / iPod touch / desktop machine running iTunes, you’ll see Starbucks music show up in your iTunes Store interface. (Hit the gallery to see how it works.)
Downloading a track was reasonably fast, but the WiFi kept dropping with both our iPhone and MacBook Pro, leading us to believe there were some issues with the T-Mo hotspot. The download recovered fine through multiple disconnections, but it took us a little over 7 minutes to grab a single 8.5MB iTunes Plus track — so be careful before grabbing an entire album.