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Observations: Duffy's Mercy gets its second coming

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Spotify launches 'CD quality' streaming

Spotify has introduced CD quality sound to its music streaming service in a bid to attract more users.



Spotify goes Mobile. Are iPods finished?

This morning, music streaming service Spotify posted a YouTube demo of its new mobile app for the Googlephone. It looks sleek and addresses the obvious issue of offline synching.

Spotify rumoured to be launching unlimited download service

Spotify, the Swedish streaming service fast gaining traction as the trendiest place to listen to music online, is rumoured to be launching a subscription-funded download service.

Music streaming site Spotify sees traffic soar

Visits to music streaming service Spotify.com have more than doubled in February, according to internet monitoring company Hitwise.

'95% of music downloads illegal despite boom'

The digital music business is booming but 95 per cent of downloads are still illegal and not paid for, according to a report published today.

Gadget of the week - Bach iPod, £499

It might sound like a lot of money to pay for an iPod but this is no ordinary MP3 player – it's a classical music fan's dream buy. That's because it's pre-loaded with 175 hours of J S Bach, plus an extra 63GB of memory for more stunning symphonies. It comes with three back-up DVDs containing the audio files for the complete Bach edition, in case any iPod novices manage to wipe the memory.

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The world in your ears

<a href="http://blogs.independent.co.uk/independent/2008/10/cyberclinic-how.html">Cyberclinic: How loud is your iPod?</a>

Scarcely a day goes by without me coming across someone on public transport who has jacked up the volume of their mp3 player so high that I can hear it from several metres away, over the sound of train wheels, general chat and the noise of the driver telling us that the train won't be stopping at Stockwell tube station because of perpetual engineering works

WIN one of six fantastic MP3 players!

As we launch this competition it’s sunny outside, so we’ve decided that means it’s officially summer. So, what could be better than lounging outside in the garden, drinking lemonade, reading a good book and listening to some great music? Well, we can’t help with the garden, lemonade or book, but we can offer six lucky winners an MP3 player with built in FM radio. Can’t be bad!

Album: Various Artists, Thank You Friends: The Ardent Records Story (Big Beat)

The musical history of Memphis leans heavily on R&B, rock’n’roll and soul, but in the late Sixties, Ardent Studios was a lone outpost catering to the region’s burgeoning wave of Anglophile groups.

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Cyberclinic: How do these websites know where I live?

Graham Perkins emailed, complaining that the internet radio service Pandora.com was unavailable to UK users. We're not the first country to lose access to its customised music stations – most Western European listeners were shut out a few months back, and now Pandora has become a US-only service while arguments over licensing and copyright rumble on. Other sites, such as last.fm, will scoop up Pandora's listeners – but how does a website know which country you're in? And why did Pandora's statement say, "users in the UK and elsewhere will still be able to utilise the service through other means".

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