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Beatles on iTunes: Will They Sell?

The Beatles have hit iTunes.

The “Beatles Box Set” is priced at $149 and features “all of the band’s studio albums as well as the Past Masters collection.” Single albums are also available for download at between $13 and $20 each.

I’d be very interested to see how well these albums sell. I can’t imagine too many people have been …

Are Virtual Artists Really Musicians?

Have you heard of Hatsune Miku? The Japanese pop star had one of her biggest performances yet a few months back, singing before a glow-stick waving crowd of enthusiastic fans. She’s pitch perfect, never gets tired despite constantly dancing and never flakes on her performances. Miku is the ideal musician, but she’ll never be able to meet …

Learn How to Play the Fiddle on Your iPad

Available today, Smule’s $2.99 Magic Fiddle iPad app turns Apple’s $499 tablet into a $501.99 digital fiddle of sorts.

The app teaches you to play the fiddle using a rolling line of notes that cross over a virtual set of strings, similar to how games like Rock Band and Guitar Hero work. You can play along to a built-in library of …

Rock Band 3 Review: You Might Accidentally Learn an Instrument

Rock Band 3
MTV Games/Electronic Arts
Developer: Harmonix
Xbox 360, PS3, Wii
ESRB rating: T for Teen
System reviewed on: Xbox 360, PS3

Here’s where I’m coming from with these music rhythm games: I found myself in several bands throughout high school and college—band bands, not “Where’s my sheet music?! I lost my reed!” …

MOG Gets a Roku Channel

One of our favorite on-demand music services, MOG, is expanding to one of our favorite set-top boxes, Roku, today. The MOG Channel will stream music at 320kbps and includes MOG’s wonderfully awesome “MOG Mobius” music discovery engine that allows subscribers to listen to true artist only stations or mix it up at their leisure.

To …

Ten Freaky Songs About Star Wars

We begin our selection of musical tributes to Star Wars with the granddaddy of them all, “Weird Al” Yankovic’s immaculate “American Pie” rewrite “The Saga Begins”:

Of course, not all Star Wars tributes are quite as articulate. The ridiculous sci-fi punk rock trio Supernova went in the opposite direction for …

Ten Jaw-Dropping Versions of the Star Wars Theme

Of all the thousands of covers of John Williams’ main title theme from “Star Wars” floating around on YouTube, perhaps the most impressively elaborate is the a cappella group Moosebutter’s split-screen vocalese rendition, subtitled “John Williams Is the Man”:

And yet, somehow, it’s even more awesome that this kid recorded a …

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