Why It Still Matters Which Music Streaming Service You Sign Up For

Take a look at the music streaming services of the moment and you’d be forgiven for not seeing any major differences: They all offer access to around 50 million tracks on demand, they all give you recommended mixes of music, they all let you sync tunes to your phone for offline listening, and so on. So does it matter which one you pick? Read More >>

Why You Should Still Be Buying Digital Downloads

Music streaming is the future, apparently, which means the digital download had a bright and brief existence—lasting from the end of the 1990s to (presumably) the end of the 2010s. But before you erase all your carefully collected MP3s from the disk and close down the iTunes Store for the last time, we’ve got some very good reasons why you shouldn’t. Read More >>

Listen to the First Music Ever Made With a Computer

Researchers from New Zealand have restored the very first recording ever made of computer generated music. The three simple melodies, laid down in 1951, were generated by a machine built by the esteemed British computer scientist Alan Turing. Read More >>

How to Add Your Old CDs to Spotify

If you jumped on the music-streaming bandwagon, there’s a good chance you’ve been left with a shelf full of CDs gathering dust. Lucky for you, there are a couple of apps that make adding your old albums to Spotify super easy—so you can finally throw out all of that physical media for good. Here’s how to do it. Read More >>

Wait, Digital Music Only Just Beat Out Physical Music?

The long-observed decline of physical media has hit a new low, as a global trade group reports that digital finally music generates more money than physical sales. Read More >>

Report: Beats Music Will Fold Into iTunes as Music Sales Plummet 

The Wall Street Journal reports digital music sales in Apple's iTunes will be down 13 to 14 per cent in 2014. That's a huge hit to the recording industry's brightest spot. Read More >>

On Spotify’s Fifth Birthday, Radiohead’s Thom Yorke Calls It a “Fart”

After five short years on this planet, Spotify's managed what was once thought impossible, legitimising the music streaming business model and turning a generation of dyed-in-the-wool pirates into legal, paid-for music fans. But there's no pleasing some people, as Radiohead's Thom Yorke has once again attacked the service, and on its fifth birthday to boot. Read More >>

Neil Young Unveils His New Pono Music Player

Neil Young has been banging on for some time about his dreams for hi-res digital music. Now, appearing on the Late Show with David Letterman, he's unveiled his new music player: Pono. Read More >>

Digital Music Takes Over, But the Best Is Yet to Come

Digital music in the UK is finally making more money than its physical counterparts, thanks to income on streaming services doubling at the start of 2012. It's a huge milestone -- but can it last, and will today's streaming apps support the demands of music fans tomorrow? Read More >>

The Slow and Delicious Death of Music Piracy

Digital music revenue is up by a quarter; subscription services are booming and UK artists are smashing records in the US charts. After a decade of limitless piracy, why the sudden turnaround? Read More >>

How Auto-Tune and Digital Recording Suck the Life Out Of Music

For the bedroom musician, recording was a pain until software gave them an option that was fast, flexible and sonically indistinguishable to the untrained ear. Then the pros went crazy with all of that power and turned making music into a mad science of sonic construction. Read More >>

Why It Doesn’t Matter That Coldplay’s Not Streaming Its Mylo Xyloto Album on Spotify

According to reports, Coldplay's record label EMI is "a little embarrassed" about Coldplay's decision to ban the streaming of its latest album, Mylo Xyloto, on any streaming sites -- including Spotify. Disregarding the fact that Coldplay has gone downhill since A Rush of Blood to the Head and that Chris Martin is Devon's answer to Bono, the band's decision won't change album sales. Here's why: Read More >>