The Internet had no shortage of great articles on Steve Jobs at press time. Aside from the run-of-the-mill news articles and obituaries, there are some standout articles and blog posts from people with special insight and personal experiences with the Apple co-founder. Here are some of the better ones that Billboard.biz ran across in the hours following the announcement of Jobs’ death.
Most recently, Michael Robertson was in court with EMI over MP3tunes.com. In the latest legal dustup, his DAR.fm has received a cease-and-desist order from a law firm representing Univision Communications... Pandora is putting out gift cards in brick-and-mortar Target stores across the United States... FCC Commissioner Michael Copps rarely leaves doubt where he stands on an issue. But it’s worth noting what Copps had to say about mergers at his speech at the Future of Music Summit... and more.
Music companies and other TV and entertainment companies are the newest partners of Microsoft’s Xbox Live entertainment service for the Xbox 360 gaming platform. The new services will launch with Xbox this holiday season.
Twitter was inundated with condolences and remembrances Wednesday night as soon as word broke that Apple co-founder and chairman Steve Jobs had passed away. Coldplay, Will.I.Am and Guy Oseary are just a few from the music industry who tweeted in Jobs' honor.
Nearly 700,000 ISP accounts in France have received at least one copyright infringement warning as part of the country’s anti-piracy efforts. Sixty ISP account holders in France reportedly are facing their “third strike” from the country’s anti-piracy authority Hadopi... Belgian ISPs Belgacom and Telenet have been instructed by a court to block their customers’ access to popular torrent site the Pirate Bay... Microsoft has confirmed the death of the Zune HD.. and more.
Apple’s media event on Tuesday may have lacked the “wow” moments of the past. Music played only a minor role. But music companies should look at the new products and lower prices as evidence that Apple can maintain mobile market share as well as its leadership role in digital downloads.
It didn’t have as much music focus as previous product unveilings, nor did it have Steve Jobs, but Apple’s media event on Tuesday had important news on the new iOS 5 operating system, the new iPhone 4S, price drops in older iPhone devices -- and, specifically to the music industry, iCloud and iOS 5 will be available October 12 and iTunes Match will launch at the end of October in the U.S.