Coldplay crowned kings of iTunes

Coldplay was the hottest iTunes album download this year: Its "Viva la Vida" was crowned the best-selling album of 2008, while Leona Lewis' "Bleeding Love" was named the top-selling single.

BMW 730d

It is hard to beat the 730d in BMW's 7-series. It's agile and frugal ... a real über-saloon

Apple and the Digital Rights Management debate

iTunes couldn't work for Apple without Digital Rights Management (DRM), as then you could buy a song once and pass it on to three million people. The music companies Apple uses to supply content to the iTunes store would totally spit the dummy.



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Bargain Hunter: MyVoucherCodes.co.uk; P&O Ferries' excursion to Calais; Ask two-for-one discounts; free iTunes voucher

* First to a fantastic website I stumbled across earlier this week, MyVoucherCodes.co.uk. The site gathers the cream of the week's reductions in one place, allowing you to simply browse a list of discounted desirables, print off a voucher and bag yourself a real bargain.

Downloadable lectures: making Beowulf bearable

Are they really the answer to every hungover student's prayers? Esther Walker reports

Radiohead - money for nothing and no tracks for free

It was a surprise when the album-orientated Radiohead scored a success on the singles chart with "Nude" in April, but less so if you consider the publicity their remix project generated. Fans were encouraged to obtain the five parts to "Nude" (bass, drums, guitar, strings and voice) and to rework the song via the Garageband program before uploading it to www.radioheadremix.com to be voted on. The genius of the project was that each part cost 79p on iTunes, so that 2,000 fans who took part paid almost £4 for them and a further 79p for the single.

How clever is Apple's Genius?

Apple introduced the Genius feature into iTunes 8 last week, but I didn't really understand the full cleverness of it until Marcus Annett from Apple Pacific ran through it for me.

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Apple - what you might have missed

Apple introduced new iPods this week - but it's the little extra introductions that fascinate me.

Dylan Jones: I have been having a lot of acupuncture

If you ask me: 'I'm used to lying in small dark rooms as men and women work their magic'

Cyberclinic: If I can choose the tracks I like, why buy albums?

In last Wednesday's Extra we looked at the way that audio technology has supposedly compromised the listening experience. But reader Andrew Wimble made a point that our feature didn't address: "For a long time after I got my iPod it was switched to random play, so I never listened to whole albums."

Music to your ears: how to plug in to downloading

Forget CDs; just about every tune ever recorded is available online.

Apple launches UK iTunes film downloads service

Apple today launched a new service that allows customers to download films from the iTunes website on the same day they are released on DVD.

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