Although she is new on the scene, Ke$ha is already breaking records. During the last week of December, there were 610,000 copies of “Tik Tok” downloaded, making it the most downloaded track for a female in one week.
Her album “Animal” drops January 5th and stay tuned for an andPOP Interview with this rising star.
Check out her music video here.
Songs by five bands will be released for download in April for Guitar Hero World Tour. Guitar Hero World Tour combines advanced wireless controllers, online and offline gameplay modes. The guitar and drum controllers and wired microphones have been redesigned.
Midway Games Inc., a leading interactive entertainment software publisher and developer, today announced the launch of two new online store fronts for downloadable distribution of titles from the company’s large selection of arcade, PC and touchscreen games.
Starting July 11, users can go to www.midwayarcade.com to download arcade classics and new touchcreen games for devices such as the iPod Touch. Classic games available for download from the website include Defender, Joust, and Spy Hunter. These games are selling for as little as $5 for 3 games.
Midway Games Inc. also launched www.midway.com today, which features ten recent game releases from the company. This digital storefront is aimed more towards the North American market, and games can be purchased for $9.99 each.
Today, MTV Games and Harmonix announced that it will be releasing a new downloadable pack of The Who’s songs for their popular Rock Band video game. On July 15, a downloadable pack of 12 songs from the famous band The Who will be made available to Rock Band users.
“We’re really pleased to have our songs featured in Rock Band,” said Roger Daltrey, lead singer of The Who in a press release. “It allows our established fan base to interact with our music in a way that’s fresh and exciting, while also exposing our songs to new audiences.”
The 12 songs selected for the downloadable pack were chosen by Harmonix and MTV Games in collaboration with Roger Daktrey and Pete Townshend of The Who. Each track will be available for $1.99 at the Playstation Store and the Xbox Live Marketplace (both are online stores for the gaming consoles). The entire collection of songs can be purchased for $19.99.
A US Supreme Court has ruled file sharing networks are liable for copyright infringement performed by those using their services.
Monday’s court decision in the MGM vs. Grokster case states file sharing software encourages users to illegally distribute copyrighted material on the internet.
“We hold that one who distributes a device with the object of promoting its use to infringe copyright, as shown by clear expression or other affirmative steps taken to foster infringement, is liable for the resulting acts of infringement by third parties,” said Justice David Souter.
As a result, services such as Grokster and Limewire can be sued for copyright infringement.
In earlier cases, programs such as Grokster were compared to VCRs, something that provides a medium of exchange.
The entertainment industry sees this announcement as a major win in its fight against illegal music and movie downloaders.
However, the ruling comes as a blow to groups who support peer-to-peer file sharing.
Meanwhile, the Canadian Parliament is working on its own law to address digital copyright issues – Bill C-60. If passed, the law calls for users, not service providers, to be liable for copyright infringement.
Look for more news on Bill C-60 after the Parliament’s summer recess in the fall.
MusicMatch, makers of the JukeBox player, have launched their online music downloading service.
MusicMatch will offer more than 200 000 songs at US$0.99 each, with very few restrictions, matching Apple Computer’s iTunes Music Store. This makes MusicMatch the first company to launch a service on the Windows platform whose restrictions are on par with the iTunes Music Store.
MusicMatch currently has an installed user base of 40 million.
They join an already crowded market that includes: RealNetwork’s Rhapsody, Apple’s iTunes Music Store and Buy.com’s BuyMusic.com service. Later this year, Roxio plans to relaunch Napster.