- Another outlet for high-bitrate digital music is launching -- Hdtracks, created by the founders of Chesky Records. The soft-launch version is offering 320 kbps files, contains no DRM, and offers PDF files of the complete liner notes and original CD booklet. Songs cost $1.50, albums $12. Only a handful of labels are on board. More details at Stereophile Magazine.

- Tech-Crunch calls the idea "crazy-stupid," but Billy Bragg thinks Bebo should share some of the AOL acquisition cash with the artists whose music lured members to the social networking site in the first place, saying they're "no different from investors in a start-up enterprise."

- Video games like Rock Band and Guitar Hero are good vehicles for marketing music, says Ars Technica, (Thanks for reading). The tech blog gives the interface a whirl and notes "This is a new way to get at a demographic that doesn't seem to see the worth of paying for music: add the same song they're willing to download for free into Rock Band or Guitar Hero, and see people pay $2 and up for the track."