Universal music archive

  • Universal Music launches High Fidelity Pure Audio discs, uncompressed albums on Blu-ray
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    Universal Music launches High Fidelity Pure Audio discs, uncompressed albums on Blu-ray

    By 4 October 2013

    The Universal Music Group has announced a new music format called High Fidelity Pure Audio, which uses Blu-ray discs to deliver truly uncompressed audio in its purest quality. They can be played in Blu-ray players, compatible computers and the PlayStation...

  • Universal Music downloads and VIP experiences for HP Windows 8 customers
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    Universal Music downloads and VIP experiences for HP Windows 8 customers

    By 12 November 2012

    HP has teamed up with Universal Music to try to attract the music-loving public to its latest Windows 8 PCs. But in the world of iTunes, Spotify and - let's face it - illegal downloads, what can the resulting Connected Music service bring to the end user...

  • Spotify makes more cash for Universal than iTunes
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    Spotify makes more cash for Universal than iTunes

    By 26 August 2009

    Universal Music Sweden has admitted that Spotify makes it more money than iTunes does. "In five months from the launch, Spotify became our largest digital source of income and so passed by iTunes", said Per Sundin, managing director of Universal Music....

  • Orange launches "Monkey" package with "free music"
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    Orange launches "Monkey" package with "free music"

    By 29 July 2009

    Orange has unveiled "Monkey", describing it as the first pay as you go package for the UK market that offers free music to customers when they top up their mobile. Slightly convoluted - and with limited content - the scheme, that will arguably not be...

  • Sony SingStore signs Universal Music
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    Sony SingStore signs Universal Music

    By 23 July 2009

    SingStar fans are about to get an influx of new music from August, while apparently by popular request, The Jackson Five’s "I Want You Back" will go live 2 week's earlier than planned on 23 July. The new tracks are thanks to a deal Sony has signed with...

  • Vodafone goes DRM-free
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    Vodafone goes DRM-free

    By 11 March 2009

    Vodafone has announced that it has signed deals with Universal Music, Sony Music Entertainment and EMI to offer their tracks and albums DRM-free across Vodafone markets for both mobile phones and PCs. Said to be the first deals of their kind for a mobile...

  • T-Mobile dance ad music to be released as album
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    T-Mobile dance ad music to be released as album

    By 26 February 2009

    Universal Music is releasing the soundtrack to T-Mobile's "dance" ad, the stunt which brought Liverpool Street Station in London to a standstill last month. The soundtrack called "The Liverpool Street Station Dance" will be available to download as a...

  • iTunes finally goes DRM-free
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    iTunes finally goes DRM-free

    By 6 January 2009

    At the Apple keynote at Macworld Expo 2009 in San Francisco Philip W. Schiller, senior vice president of worldwide product marketing for Apple, followed absent Apple boss Steve Jobs' tradition of announcing "one last thing". Music fans will be pleased...

  • Dell and Universal Music team up on MP3 bundles
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    Dell and Universal Music team up on MP3 bundles

    By 27 October 2008

    In the States, Dell and Universal Music Group have teamed to provide pre-loaded song bundles of different genres of music. Described as "a simple, economical way to jump-start a digital music library" individuals will be able to select a variety of optional...

  • Play.com signs up big four for DRM-free downloads
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    Play.com signs up big four for DRM-free downloads

    By 9 October 2008

    Online retailer Play.com has announced that tracks and albums from all four major music labels are now available in MP3 DRM-Free format on their digital music service PlayDigital. With the claim of beating their major UK competitors Amazon, HMV and Tesco...

  • YouTube adds click to buy buttons
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    YouTube adds click to buy buttons

    By 8 October 2008

    Google has announced some new YouTube services in the States, aimed at finally monetising the site. Viewers will now see buttons under YouTube videos to offer a chance to buy music, movies, TV shows, concert tickets and other products featured or mentioned...

  • MySpace Music launches with DRM-free downloads from Amazon
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    MySpace Music launches with DRM-free downloads from Amazon

    By 25 September 2008

    MySpace, along with the big four record labels, EMI, Sony BMG, Universal Music Group, Warner Music Group as well as Sony ATV/Music Publishing have unveiled the new, revamped "MySpace Music". Promising a host of new features for both users and artists,...

  • SanDisk and big four record labels launch slotMusic
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    SanDisk and big four record labels launch slotMusic

    By 22 September 2008

    A new physical music format has been launched by SanDisk and the big four record labels, EMI Music, Sony BMG, Universal Music Group, and Warner Music Group. Dubbed "slotMusic" the format is based on the microSD cards that are due to launch soon available...

  • Sky announces plans for unlimited music download site
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    Sky announces plans for unlimited music download site

    By 22 July 2008

    Sky has announced it is to launch a "ground breaking, easy and affordable" new service enabling UK and Irish consumers to access music online. The new service will mean that, for a monthly subscription, music fans can listen to songs on an on-demand,...

  • Qtrax announces Universal Music deal
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    Qtrax announces Universal Music deal

    By 7 May 2008

    Qtrax, the music sharing site that had an embarrassing failed launch back in January when it was revealed the four major music labels it claimed to have signed deals with denied it publicly, has managed to bag one major record company's tracks. The site,...

  • MySpace announces "MySpace Music" with major labels
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    MySpace announces "MySpace Music" with major labels

    By 3 April 2008

    The long running rumours have borne fruit - MySpace has made a major move into the online music market. The social networking site and three of the world's largest music companies, Sony BMG, Universal Music Group, and Warner Music Group have announced...

  • BT Vision adds Universal Music and HBO to on-demand service
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    BT Vision adds Universal Music and HBO to on-demand service

    By 15 February 2007

    Following Virgin Media's announcement earlier this that it will be bringing HBO shows to its on-demand customers, BT has announced that it will be offering the same service via its BT Vision service as well. As with Virgin Media's offering, customers...

  • Universal Music opens classical and jazz downloading site
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    Universal Music opens classical and jazz downloading site

    By 12 January 2007

    Classical music fans have been left somewhat out in the cold by the digital downloading revolution, but this is set to change with the launch of Universal Music's new classical and jazz website. Classical and jazz is usually favoured by the older generation,...

  • Universal Music may negotiation royalty fee for Apple iPods
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    Universal Music may negotiation royalty fee for Apple iPods

    By 29 November 2006

    The agreement that entitles Universal Music to a fee from each Microsoft Zune player sold looks as though it has set a new precedent that other manufacturers may be forced to follow. Speaking at the Reuters Media Summit, the CEO of Universal Music, Doug...

  • Universal Music sues MySpace
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    Universal Music sues MySpace

    By 18 November 2006

    Universal Music has sued MySpace alleging the social networking site has allowed its users to post millions of its songs and video online in violation of copyright law. The lawsuit alleges that MySpace, encourages copyright infringement by taking proactive...

  • Channel 4 to offer programming available for download
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    Channel 4 to offer programming available for download

    By 16 November 2006

    Channel 4 is one of the first broadcasters to wake up to the small broadband revolution that is transforming the way we watch the telly, and is making all of its programmes available for download on the Internet. It will cost you to download shows that...

  • Universal Music to get a cut of every Zune sold
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    Universal Music to get a cut of every Zune sold

    By 9 November 2006

    Microsoft has taken the unprecedented step of agreeing to pay Universal Music a fee for every Zune player sold. Although legitimate music downloading stores pay royalties to music companies, never before has the music industry received a cut from sales...

  • Universal sues Grouper and Bolt.com for copyright infringement
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    Universal sues Grouper and Bolt.com for copyright infringement

    By 18 October 2006

    Universal Music Group is taking legal action against video sharing sites Grouper Bolt.com in an attempt to stem the tide of illegal music video sharing. Universal is suing the companies for letting users share copyrighted videos, and is seeking as much...

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    YouTube signs up Sony BMG, Universal Music, and CBS

    By 9 October 2006

    After the rumours circulated widely today that Google may be buying YouTube, The video hosting site is hitting the headlines again after the announcement that it has signed deals with Universal Music, Sony BMG, and CBS for their content to be included...

  • Universal hints at copyright suit against MySpace and YouTube
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    Universal hints at copyright suit against MySpace and YouTube

    By 17 September 2006

    Universal Music Group has said that social networking sites MySpace and YouTube are violating copyright laws by allowing users to post music videos and other content involving Universal artists without permission. “We believe these new businesses are...