The iPod Turns 10: How It Shaped Music History

Though the Apple Store memorials have since given way to long lines for the iPhone 4S, it’s still difficult to imagine the technology company without Steve Jobs at its helm.  And while much has been written about the gadgets that defined perhaps Jobs’ most productive decade, it’s tough to isolate one device for its impact above …

Rest in Peace, Microsoft Zune Player

A moment of silence, please, for Microsoft’s Zune, which has ceased production at the tragically young age of four. The company announced yesterday that it “will no longer be producing Zune players,” although services and warranties for existing players will be unaffected by the decision.

The first Zune players, developed by Microsoft …

Time to Kiss the Compact Disc Goodbye (Thanks, Netflix!)

It’s not something you think about most days. In fact, it’s almost taken for granted: The compact disc’s days as a viable medium for music are nearly over. Oh, I’m not telling you anything you don’t know. You use iTunes, or something like it. You’ve probably purchased music online and know, for better or worse, what music-related torrent …

After Eight Years, Walmart to Abandon MP3 Downloads

If you’ve been buying your MP3s from Walmart, I have some bad news for you: You won’t be able to continue doing so after August 28th (Well, bad news and also a question: Why were you buying MP3s from Walmart?).

The retail giant has sent notice to distribution and licensing partners announcing that it will close its Download Store …

Apple’s iCloud Pricing Gets Revealed

I scream, you scream, we all scream for iCloud. Well, it’s not coming to us quite yet but starting today it’ll be available to developers, which means it might not be too long before it’s officially released. Meanwhile, we’ve got the whole pricing scheme to dig into while we wait.


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