Two Michael Jackson fans, James Marks and Jamie McCormick, are accused of stealing unreleased music off of the late star’s personal computers.
The iPad (it’s not called the iPad 3 or the iPad HD, just iPad—like Madonna!) was announced on Wednesday. It has a faster processor, better graphics, dictation software and 4G. The new iPad will be available March 16, but you can pre-order it today—if you’ve got $499, $599 or $699 to spare.
In this next chapter of Google’s quest to compete with Amazon, Google has launched Google Play, a marketplace where you can buy Android apps, books, music and movies. It’s basically a rebranding of the Android Market.
Pandora’s shares plunged more than 24 percent this quarter. Analysts say it’s because there’s “no profitability track record and no near-term profitable outlook.” Aka Spotify exists now. Apple stock slipped too.
In weird industry news, EMI has licensed “the world’s first dedicated rollercoaster soundtrack.” The track is for the world’s first “winged rollercoaster” in Thorpe Park in the U.K.
HEALTH is recording the score for the Max Payne 3 video game.
Vevo and MTV have finally reconciled after a year-long feud over the rights of Universal Music Group’s Web videos. You can now see Vevo videos on the MTV website. Facebook also wants to sign a deal with Vevo that would take the music video company off of YouTube and onto Facebook.
Songza has launched an interface called Concierge that chooses music for you based on what you’re doing. Themes include “Working Or Studying (No Lyrics)” or “Taking The Day Off.”
Peter Gabriel has asked Rush Limbaugh to take his music off of Limbaugh’s radio program. Apparently a Peter Gabriel track was playing in the background when Limbaugh made his infamous “slut” remarks of late.
AT&T just released new data limits. Does it affect your mobile usage? Well, do you listen to more than 35 hours of music a month on your walk to work? Then maybe! That’s a lot though. People don’t expect it to be a big deal.
Industry Wrap is a weekly CMJ column covering industry-related music news. Send tips to Kate Shapiro at kshapiro [AT] cmj [DOT] com.
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