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Digital music powers on as CD sales are hard hit

One-third of music albums were bought on digital formats in the first three months of this year in a fresh sign that the physical CD is in decline. Hit albums such as Adele's 21 and Lana Del Rey's Born to Die helped to boost digital sales in Britain by almost 20 per cent, according to music-trade body the BPI. But CD sales fell at a faster rate, plunging by more than a quarter.

Eleven people sentenced over £1m iTunes and Amazon royalties fraud

Ten men and one woman including a former IT teacher have been given jail terms, suspended prison sentences and community service for their part in a £1m "fake royalties" fraud of iTunes and Amazon.

Judy Greer is set to come into her own following her scene-stealing appearance as a wronged wife in Oscar favourite The Descendants

Bank managers 'don't understand videogames industry'

Bank managers fail to understand the videogame industry and many developers are giving up approaching them for money, according to the boss of a smartphone games company.

Pete Townshend fears innovation will be lost unless digital music providers work like record labels

Pete Townshend says iTunes is 'a digital vampire'

With his trademark windmilling strumming arm, penchant for smashing up expensive guitars live on stage and pioneering love of rock opera, Pete Townshend has had little regard for the conventions of the music industry during his 50-year career.

Pete Townshend fears innovation will be lost unless digital music providers work like record labels

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Veteran guitarist gives Apple a lecture about why it shouldn't 'bleed' musicians for profit

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Caught in the Net: Tyler and Pusha T in bass-rap combo

Tyler the Creator and his Odd Future cohorts have been getting non-stop attention in the last few months and the young LA rapper is showing no signs of letting up.

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The Villa

Pavarotti's summer residence, Villa Giulia, near Pesaro in Le Marche, is to be opened to paying guests.

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Caught in the Net: Björk gets back behind the wheel

It seems Björk's new album-meets-multimedia project, Biophilia, will be coming at us from all angles.

Tom Sutcliffe: In Apple we trust – but not the greedy banks

Social Studies: The banks exploited the trust that often exists between nonspecialist consumers and specialist suppliers

Phone app helps landlords to screen tenants

A new iPhone app has been launched aimed at helping buy-to-let landlords find out if their prospective tenants are on a blacklist for property damage or unpaid rent.

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The airline has released a new Hobbit-inspired clip dubbed "The most epic safety video ever made"
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