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The harmony of digital music

Modern musicians are turning to the internet to settle their scores, writes Anthony Clarke.

Listen up: a brief history of headphones

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Fran Berkman Headphones have come a long way in the past 100 years, revolutionising the way we consume media and the way we communicate.

Microsoft launches new subscription music service

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James Manning Microsoft has revamped its subscription music service with the launch of Xbox Music.

Vevo chief aims to call the tune in music shake-up

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Mark Sweney The former Universal mobile chief reveals his frustration with MTV, and explains why no one need own music if his site succeeds.

Rocker Neil Young wins backers for challenge to iPod

Veteran Rock singer Neil Young is taking on iPod.

Miles Weiss Rock singer Neil Young has raised $500,000 from an investment group to launch a high-fidelity format for downloading music.

Apple revamps iTunes after delay

The new iTunes.

Adam Satariano Apple has unveiled a new version of its iTunes media service, overhauling its look and feel while integrating it more closely with the company's iCloud internet-storage service.

iTunes' time has run out

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Farhad Manjoo iTunes 11 did not arrive on time. Apple had promised to deliver the next version of its music-management program in October.

Amazon ramps up challenge to iTunes music store

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Amazon.com has launched a service that gives CD buyers instant copies of music in the cloud in a major challenge to Apple's iTunes shop.

Amazon says music catalogue open to Apple users

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Amazon says its 22-million song music catalogue is now "optimised" for users of Apple devices, making it easier for iPhone owners to circumvent the iTunes Store.

Stream come true for fans

CDs are being left behind in favour of online subscription services that cater to every musical taste.<br>Illustration: John Shakespeare.

Adam Turner For a flat monthly fee, online services open a world of music options.

Apple sells 25 billion songs at iTunes store

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Apple has announced that the number of digital songs downloaded from its iTunes Music Store has topped 25 billion.

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Apple, Beats discuss music streaming service

Poornima Gupta and Ronald Grover Apple has held talks with Beats on a potential partnership involving Beats' planned music-streaming service, sources say.

Slip into the music stream

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Bleeding Edge Telstra-MOG will put 14 million tracks at your disposal for a monthly fee.

Right tune sets tone

Ringtone on Nokia Lumia 800.

Katie Cincotta Kick tinkling bells to the kerb and liven up your mobile's ring, writes Katie Cincotta.

Man surgically attaches iPod to wrist

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Professional body piercer Dave Hurban is a man attached to his iPod. Literally.

Stream of the crop

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Adam Turner Subscription service Spotify has joined the fight for supremacy in the online music market.

Listen in gently down the stream

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Jenneth Orantia Music downloads are responsible for CD sales plummeting. Now music fans seem content to simply hear, not own, their collection of tunes.

Microsoft to launch rival to iTunes and Spotify

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Microsoft plans an expansive Xbox music service joining Spotify-style streaming with download and online-storage functions similar to Apple's iTunes.

Neil Young: Steve Jobs listened to vinyl

RYAN NAKASHIMA Legendary rocker Neil Young has taken his campaign for higher-fidelity digital sound to the stage of a technology conference, saying a giant of the industry was on his side: the late Steve Jobs.

Apple censoring explicit music on iTunes Match

Chris Taylor Apple is unintentionally censoring rap music and other explicit tracks downloaded using its iTunes Match service — by replacing them with the clean versions of the same songs.