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Nokia’s Comes With Music DRM cracked

It seems that Tunebite allows Nokia’s DRM to be cracked. Tunebite has been around for a while so it’s not a new system. Tunebite internally “plays” the DRM’ed music at high speed and converts the digital output back into a non-DRM file. It’s very unlikely that Nokia can do much about this, it’s like plugging […]

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Devices

LG Renoir only plays music alphabetically

I got this note in from Paul Newton, a reasonably happy LG Renoir user. Paul saw the footage we shot at the Renoir launch and, suitably impressed with the device, took the plunge. But there’s a glaring, glaring issue with the device. Have a read: Hi Ewan, I am looking for some advice. I recently […]

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Operators

O2’s deal with LiveNation/AMG shows they’re serious about live music

“It’s all very well for folk in London”, I thought, as I walked through the O2 Dome the other day, “But if you’re sat in Hartlepool, there’s not much value to be got from being an O2 customer.” The multi-year sponsorship of the Millenium Dome is rather nifty. Renamed ‘the O2’, you can get priority […]

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Placeshift your mobile music (and iTunes files) anywhere with Didiom

This note is from Tom Adler of Didiom, a very interesting new service that’s all about ‘placeshifting’ your music to any device. Let’s get the overview from Tom. – – – – – Hi Ewan, I am writing to invite you to test out a new mobile service that we’ve just launched called Didiom. Didiom […]

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Nokia Comes With Music is probably quite good

To all 250,000 readers, if you’d like to check out Comes With Music, Nokia’s latest wannabe attempt to make music work for normobs accustomed to absolute rubbish Nokia user interfaces, then check out some other sites. All About Symbian might be a good start. A Google for Comes With Music should work, also. As always, […]

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Nokia Music Store launches in Spain

Nokia’s much talked about digital music site, Nokia Music Store has been officially launched in Spain today allowing all the spanish customers to enjoy portable music whenever they wish to. The Nokia Music Store currently boats a wide catalogue of over 4 million songs, with tracks from record labels and indie artists alike. The spanish […]

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Nokia ‘Comes with Music’ set to change the marketplace?

Lots of people I’ve been meeting have been talking in hushed voices about this. “Comes with Music” — that’s the new offensive from Nokia and it’s got a lot — a LOT — of people quaking with concern. When a company such as Nokia — routinely knocking out millions of handsets in a given day […]

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Applications Opinion

MusicStation: Music downloading that works for mobiles!

When Ewan informed me of a music downloading service for £1.99 a week, that was actually good, I honestly thought he was pulling my leg. It was either that, or the service was seriously flawed. I was wrong. MusicStation is quite simply, pretty amazing. What I thought really couldn’t work, or ever be good (especially […]

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O2, Vodafone scramble on music bandwagon

This week has seen the launch of two new music services from operators: Vodafone Music from Vodafone and My Play from O2. Vodafone’s music service will have single track downloads at 99p a go, albums for £7.99, has a try before you buy option and is available on 11 handsets. O2 is pitching its offering […]

Miidio UFO – Mobile music can sound good!

There’s a lot to be said about the quality of music from mobile phones; and let’s be honest, the majority of it is pretty bad. The speakers are useless; the equalizers are generally programmed to sound as bad as possible, and in all, not many people like them. I however, may have found a solution. […]

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Apple’s iPhone getting in tune for 3G

According to the New York Times, Apple boss Steve Jobs isn’t happy with the musical attributes of the iPhone. The Times reckons the company is currently thrashing out a new deal with record labels to make sure the handset is up to scratch musically in time for the expected launch of the 3G model in […]

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Operators

Mobile content finally slips from operators’ grasp

It looks like carriers have finally lost the battle to keep control of consumers mobile content – according to ABI Research the average consumer gets their content from a mix of places, including the web, their mobile operator and from their own collections. Of mobile users who watched video on their mobile, the split was […]