soundcloud reaches 15 million and going ‘next’

SoundCloud reaches 15 million users and announces Next, a complete relaunch of their website, including a more interactive waveform player, better profiles, reposting of your sounds, and above all – a ‘continuous’ player will shift Soundcloud towards a streaming service. The Next SoundCloud will be available in a private beta immediately. Learn more and request…

Pirates want to abandon author’s rights

German Hip hopper Jan Delay discusses with Christopher Lauer, member of the German Pirate Party, who’s strongly criticised for their positions on author’s rights. Lauer confirms several times throughout the interview that the Pirate Party has no clue how artist or authors profit from this rights and insists that because files sharing exists it has…

Bye bye Symbian

Nokia became a synonym for weak and uninspired business, an opinion the leaving board president Jorma Ollila wants to change. In an interview with the Financial Times he announced a product campaign on tablets and ‘hybrid’ devices (whatever this may be from the perspective of a dumb phone manufacturer). Looking back he reflected that Nokias…

WIMP – new music streaming service

Thank you. Another music flat rate! Aspiro from Sweden launches its streaming service WiMP in Germany. The basics are no different from the other services available in Germany (Spotify, Deezer, Napster, Rara, Rdio, Juke, Musicload Nonstop, Simfy, Sony Music Unlimited) – The usual ~16 million songs from all majors and various independent labels, – 5, -EUR/month for basic access (only for the computer) – 10,-EUR/month for additional access from mobile devices – Apps for iPhone / iPad, Android, Windows Mobile 7, Symbian (yet?) no web…

UK bans The Pirate Bay

Finally, following an UK court ruling earlier this week, The Pirate Bay is blocked to many UK based internet users. Virgin Media, a big UK ISP denies it’s clients access to the site now, other internet providers are expected to follow. The court decision ordered Britain’s ISPs on Monday to block access to the file…