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postheadericon Sony Music Unlimited now streaming tracks to the US

Let’s hope Sony’s new streaming music service — just launched today for the US, Australia, and New Zealand — isn’t as unwieldy to use as its “Music Unlimited powered by Qriocity” moniker suggests. The service features six million tracks from Sony Music Entertainment, Universal, EMI, and Warner and is available on Sony’s own devices including the PS3, Blu-ray disc players, Bravia televisions, and VAIO PCs. It’ll also be available on Android smartphones soon with an iOS app coming later this year, assuming Apple’s new subscription debacle doesn’t derail Sony’s plans. A basic membership provides an interactive radio experience for $3.99 per month while a premium $9.99 per month service gives subscribers on-demand access to the Music Unlimited library with the ability to manage your music through playlists and the like. Sony also provides a useful service that scans your local library and playlists to “jump start” the organization of your Music Unlimited collection. Wonder how it’ll work on the NGP and PlayStation tablet?

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Sony Music Unlimited now streaming tracks to the US originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 17 Feb 2011 07:26:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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postheadericon European Union’s ‘One charger for all’ starts sampling, coming this year

It was way back in summer of 2009 that Nokia, Apple, RIM, and the rest of the mobile world agreed to make micro-USB the connector around which all future European chargers would be built. Since then, most of those companies have transitioned their hardware to micro-USB without further prompting, but the European Union is still pushing ahead with a universally compatible charger standard to make sure everything is nice and harmonized. The details of what’s expected of these chargers were published in December and now the first samples of the new hardware have been produced. The EU expects all manufacturers to have chargers adhering to the new guidelines by the end of 2011 — and if you’re wondering about how Apple, one of the signatories to this agreement, will handle it, there’s a note to say that adapters will be allowed on phones without a micro-USB port. Full press release after the break.

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European Union’s ‘One charger for all’ starts sampling, coming this year originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 09 Feb 2011 08:26:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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postheadericon European Union’s ‘One charger for all’ starts sampling, coming this year

It was way back in summer of 2009 that Nokia, Apple, RIM, and the rest of the mobile world agreed to make micro-USB the connector around which all future European chargers would be built. Since then, most of those companies have transitioned their hardware to micro-USB without further prompting, but the European Union is still pushing ahead with a universally compatible charger standard to make sure everything is nice and harmonized. The details of what’s expected of these chargers were published in December and now the first samples of the new hardware have been produced. The EU expects all manufacturers to have chargers adhering to the new guidelines by the end of 2011 — and if you’re wondering about how Apple, one of the signatories to this agreement, will handle it, there’s a note to say that adapters will be allowed on phones without a micro-USB port. Full press release after the break.

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European Union’s ‘One charger for all’ starts sampling, coming this year originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 09 Feb 2011 08:26:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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postheadericon FCC approves Comcast’s purchase of NBC (Update: Justice Department too, it’s done)

No huge surprise here, but the FCC just approved Comcast’s purchase of NBC Universal by a 4-1 vote. Details of the ruling aren’t out yet, but FCC chairman Julius Genachowski had been pushing for strong regulations forbidding Comcast from cutting itself sweetheart deals on NBC content or prioritizing its own video traffic on its pipes, so we’d assume that’s part of the agreement here. The only nay vote was from Commissioner Michael Copps, who said the deal “opens the door to the cable-ization of the open Internet.” Ouch. We’ll let you know when we find out exactly what the FCC’s actual conditions are — and keep in mind this deal won’t be wrapped until the Justice Department weighs in, which is expected to happen next week. Can we say it? Oh, we’re going to say it: stay tuned!

Update: That was fast, as Comcast/NBCU announced it’s received permission from the Justice Department as well. Check out the triumphant press release after the break or scour the official site for more details on what conditions may have applied. There will also be a conference call at 4 p.m. so let us know what else you may be interested in finding out before then. So far details include a promise of a “focused mechanism for online video providers to obtain access to certain NBC Universal content,” and that the newly formed entity will retain its economic stake in Hulu, while giving up its voting and board representation rights.

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FCC approves Comcast’s purchase of NBC (Update: Justice Department too, it’s done) originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 18 Jan 2011 14:22:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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postheadericon Universal Music and Sony releasing singles same day they hit the radio, will anyone buy them?

Universal Music and Sony releasing singles same day they hit the radio, will anyone buy them?The humble single has been given a new shot at life, an extension to the lease on its breathing machine, a little more food in its tube. Universal Music and Sony have begun a new policy called “On Air, On Sale” that makes music singles available the same day they hit the airwaves, in theory stemming the tide of piracy by making music available legally more quickly. Of course, the number of people actually listening to those radio stations is also dwindling, and whether or not people really want to buy singles vs. entire albums these days remains to be seen. But, hey, earlier is usually better than later, right?

Universal Music and Sony releasing singles same day they hit the radio, will anyone buy them? originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 17 Jan 2011 14:53:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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