Apple Unveils Product Updates

Apple Unveils Product Updates
Apple CEO Steve Jobs announced several updates to the Apple product line at its annual media event Wednesday, including a new lineup of iPods and Ping, a music-centric social networking service for iTunes. The new iPod Shuffle will include navigation buttons, voice-activated playlists and Genius Mixes, packaged into a smaller design; the iPod Nano will feature a full-screen touch display, FM radio and a 24-hour battery life; and the new iPod Touch will include a high-resolution Retina display, a front-facing camera and a rear-facing camera to record video. Jobs also announced iTunes 10, which will include the new Ping social networking service similar to Facebook and Twitter, allowing users to share and discover music. (9/2)

Sony To Launch New Music Service
Sony has announced a new music service, called Music Unlimited, expected to launch some time next year. The service, said to be cloud-based and to offer music from all four major labels, is part of Sony's Qriocity network, which also includes video, games and e-books, and will use the Bravia line of TVs and Blu-ray players, the PlayStation3 and Vaio computers as its platforms. There were no details provided on price or whether the service would be accessible from mobile devices. The new service follows the demise of Sony's digital download store Sony Connect in 2008. (9/2)

BMI To Honor Black
BMI will honor GRAMMY-nominated songwriter Don Black as a BMI Icon during the performing rights organization's annual London Awards on Oct. 5. Black is being honored in recognition of his influence on multiple generations of musicians and artists. His GRAMMY nominations include Song Of The Year in 1966 for "Born Free" and Best Musical Show Album for Sunset Blvd. in 1994. Previous BMI Icons include the Bee Gees, Peter Gabriel, Kris Kristofferson, Dolly Parton, and Willie Nelson, among others. (9/2)

Paste Discontinues Print Publication
The print version of music magazine Paste has been discontinued due to lack of funds and a decline in advertising sales, according to Editor-In-Chief Josh Jackson. In 2007 Paste offered a pay-what-you-want subscription deal, helping to boost subscriptions, and last year the magazine solicited donations from readers, drawing thousands of dollars, but advertising sales never fully recovered. The magazine, which debuted in 2002 as a printed publication, will continue to operate its website, PasteMagazine.com. (9/2)
 

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