Deezer launches offline support in their web app for music streaming

Deezer is one of the interesting music stream services on the web today. The company is taking a different route than their rivals by focusing on global markets instead of USA.

They are aiming to launch their platform in 200 countries around the world by the end of the current year.

Deezer launches offline support in their web app for music streaming

Deezer has just launched a brand new functionality on their web based music streaming app. users can now decide to cache their music libraries to their computers.

This would allow them to listen to the music even when they are offline. This feature is available to the paying subscribers of the service in Google Chrome. They aim to support other browsers too in the future.

HTC could announce their own music streaming service at Mobile World Congress!

HTC is rumored to be working on their own digital media service. The company could announce this new platform at the upcoming Mobile World Congress.

HTC’s recent moves have indicated that they are getting serious about music. The company acquired a major stake in Beats Audio technology and has been selling smartphones loaded with its technology.

HTC could announce their own music streaming service at Mobile World Congress!

Beats co-founder Jimmy Iovine is said to be involved in this new service from the company.

Music streaming would bring its own range of headaches for the company. They would have to secure rights for music from all the major music labels in addition to indie producers for all their major markets. Without these rights, the service launch would rather be a disappointment for their fans.

Few companies in the world have managed to do it successfully. Google for example is still offering their services in the US market alone.

Paramount Movies launches movies with UltraViolet technology

Paramount has become the first movie studio to make available their movies with UltraViolet technology.

These movies are now available through a new platform named Paramount Movies.

Paramount Movies launches movies with UltraViolet technology

Users can purchase movies on discs and also digital editions. They would also gain access to an online copy along with their purchases.

Paramount is currently offering around 60 titles through this platform. Prices are pretty high though. They are charging $20 for HD quality movies, and $13 for SD versions.

Grooveshark now facing lawsuits from all major music labels

EMI is the latest music label to target Grooveshark with a music licensing related lawsuit.

With this Grooveshark is now being targeted by all the major music labels in the world.

All the lawsuits claim that Grooveshark is broadcasting their copyrighted media without proper licensing.

Grooveshark now facing lawsuits from all major music labels

Grooveshark on their part says that the problems are related to contract disputes which would be resolved in time.

Grooveshark has a business model similar to YouTube. They let their users upload music files which are then made available to everyone on the network.

The company claims that they have the same legal protection enjoyed by YouTube. It is the responsibility of the music labels to complain about copyrighted material uploaded by their members which is then removed.

Rdio allows you to disable sharing of music listening habits on Facebook and Last.fm

Rdio is now offering an easy way to their users to disable the sharing of music they are listening to on Facebook and Last.fm.

New options are now available in settings. Users can now disable the sharing feature without disconnecting the service itself.

Rdio now allowing disabling of sharing of data on Facebook and last.fm

This would stop broadcasting the songs that the user is listening to on Rdio.

Facebook of course is being criticized heavily for their recently launched frictionless sharing capabilities. This should make a lot of people happy.

Rhapsody set to acquire Napster from Best Buy

Rhapsody would merge Napster with their own digital media store platform today.

The deal was revealed last month when Rhapsody announced that they were acquiring Napster from Best Buy.

Rhapsody set to acquire Napster from Best Buy

Through this deal, Rhapsody would get a whole range of new customers. Best Buy in return gets a stake in the company. Exact financial details were not revealed to the media.

Rhapsody offers subscription based music service. They serve around 800,000 subscribers but have been overshadowed by Spotify in the US market.

Google Music launches in United States

Google Music launches in United States

As expected Google has launched their own music store and it is for now limited to the US market only.

Three of the four music label giants are part of the launch. Universal, Sony and EMI are offering their content through Google Music. Warner is missing.

Google also has deals with thousands of independent music labels who are also offering their music through this store.

The service continues to offer free online store for personal media. Users can store as many as 20,000 songs for free. They get to stream it to any compatible device for free as well!

Google claims that they are offering more than 13 million songs through their music store. This is a pretty impressive number.

Users get the right to purchase individual songs and complete albums. All of the purchased music would add to the user’s music library on all supported devices automatically.

Google Plus is of course a big part of this launch. Users can share the songs they have purchased on their Plus Stream. People in their circles get the right to listen to the track once. If the share is made public, other web users get to hear a preview of the song.

Google has partnered with several known musicians to offer exclusive music content through this store. Some of the participants are Coldplay, The Rolling Stones, Shakira and Pearl Jam.

Another interesting aspect of Google Music is the Artist Hub. Google is essentially providing a complete platform to any musician to sell song independently through Google Music. They get to make their own promotional page and add customized content as well.

Blurb enables you to sell hard copies of your Facebook photos in book format!

Blurb enables you to sell hard copies of your Facebook photos in book format!

If you are a professional photographer who uses Facebook to market your stuff, this is something you might be interested in.

Blurb has launched a new service that allows you to sell hardcopies of your photos in a book format.

Blurb enables you to sell hard copies of your Facebook photos in book format!

The company spoke about this new service:

With just a few clicks, Blurb puts your favorite Facebook pictures into a fantastic little photo book. Your photos are automatically enhanced for printing and all your clever comments are arranged perfectly on the page. And these Small Square (7×7 inch / 18×18 cm) books start at just for a 20-page softcover.

Google close to signing a deal with Universal for their Google Music store!

Google close to signing a deal with Universal for their Google Music store!

Online sources are indicating that Google is set to sign up a deal with Universal Music Group for their upcoming Google Music store.

The company is expected to announce this service tomorrow. They might not be able to offer content from all the four major music labels at launch though talks continues to take place as we speak.

Google Music would feature deep integration with their Android platform. There are reports that the company would offer a hybrid service that could include subscription in addition to option to purchase songs.

There have been some leaked screenshots which show that the service might offer free songs too on a regular/daily basis.

We shall find out before the end of the week!

Apple iTunes Match service launched in Beta

Apple iTunes Match service launched in Beta

Apple has finally launched their iTunes Match service. In beta!

This is the second beta launch from the company in the recent times. Siri on Apple iPhone 4S is in beta for instance.

In any case, users can make use of the iTunes Match service by downloading the latest edition of iTunes app.

The service is designed to enable users to convert their song collection on their PCs to an iTunes compatible one for USD 25 per year.

Apple iTunes would check all the songs available on your machine (that was not purchased from it) and make them available in your iTunes account.

These songs can then be stored in your iCloud account and can be synced on multiple iOS devices.

The service is only available to US based users because of licensing restrictions. Remains to be seen if Apple can convince the music labels to expand the scope of this service to international markets.