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« Reply #105 on: July 06, 2011, 09:38:12 PM »
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Spotify, the website that allows music to be streamed for free, is to try and crack the American market.

On it's official website Spotify announced that, “The award-winning music service that’s taken Europe by storm will soon be landing on US shores. Millions of tracks ready to play instantly, on your computer and your phone.”

Details remain sketchy as to whether the site will keep the European system of giving customers limited 'free' music and a premium subscription service.

With the backing of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, as well as the four major music companies, Universal, Sony, Warner and EMI, Spotify could well have a large impact on iTunes and Apple.

The website has also been given the thumbs up by Trent Reznor, who tweeted earlier, “Finally! Spotify is coming to the US. I've been using this for a while and it's great.”

No official date has been announced for the US launch but some industry experts believe it could be as early as this month (July).

Earlier today (July 6) Spotify signed a deal with Virgin Media to allow users to stream music through their televisions.

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Re: tips for Oink ratio (and now alternatives to oink)
« Reply #106 on: July 08, 2011, 12:24:46 AM »
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I split this into a Google+ thread:

http://xixax.com/index.php?topic=11595.0
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Re: tips for Oink ratio (and now alternatives to oink)
« Reply #107 on: July 16, 2011, 02:33:43 AM »
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Did anyone in the US get spotify?

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« Reply #108 on: July 16, 2011, 10:43:15 AM »
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I might sign up for the "Unlimited" $4.99 plan. I still want to own music, so I would probably just use it to browse/preview.
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Re: tips for Oink ratio (and now Spotify)
« Reply #109 on: July 16, 2011, 01:33:55 PM »
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I have 54 invitations so pm me if you want one.

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Re: tips for Oink ratio (and now Spotify)
« Reply #110 on: July 19, 2011, 01:48:22 PM »
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I got my invite through this link: https://www.spotify.com/us/trent-reznor/

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« Reply #111 on: January 12, 2012, 04:30:47 PM »
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BitTorrent downloads linked to RIAA, DHS IP addresses
Source: cnet

The TorrentFreak blog has outed the RIAA and U.S. Department of Homeland Security as harboring downloaders of pirated songs by hip hop artists and crime-based TV shows, but the RIAA denies it.

TorrentFreak said it used the YouHaveDownloaded.com site to find instances of IP addresses within the RIAA and the DHS linked to downloads of copyrighted content from BitTorrent.

Six RIAA IP addresses were linked to downloads of music by Jay-Z ("American Gangster") and Kanye West ("My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy"), as well as the first five seasons of "Dexter," a "Law and Order SVU" episode and tools for converting audio and tagging MP3 files, according to TorrentFreak.

But RIAA spokesman Jonathan Lamy disputed the report. "This is inaccurate," he said in a statement provided to CNET via e-mail. "We checked the block of IP addresses allocated to RIAA staff to access the Internet and no RIAA employee was responsible for this alleged use of bittorrent."

Asked for comment on that, the TorrentFreak blogger who posted the item, who goes by the alias "Ernesto," told CNET that he stands by the report and provided CNET with six IP addresses that were within the range of IP addresses listed for RIAA on the American Registry for Internet Numbers Whois site. They all came up with material that had been downloaded when a search is conducted on YouHaveDownloaded.com.

Lamy had an explanation for that that implies that a third-party vendor was responsible for the downloads. "Those partial IP addresses are similar to block addresses assigned to RIAA. However, those addresses are used by a third party vendor to serve up our public Web site," he said. "As I said earlier, they are not used by RIAA staff to access the Internet."

TorrentFreak also said it found more than 900 unique IP addresses at DHS that were used to download copyrighted files from BitTorrent. It did not give examples of the types of content allegedly downloaded by the DHS, which is involved in fighting piracy by seizing pirate domain names.

DHS representatives asked CNET to send a request for comment via e-mail and had not provided comment by late in the day.

The RIAA has been aggressive in its pursuit, and punishment, of people who download pirated content. One of the 26,000 defendants named in RIAA lawsuits is a Minnesota mother of four accused of downloading 24 songs illegally. She was tagged with a $1.5 million judgment by a jury, which was later lowered to $54,000. Under U.S. law, backed by the RIAA, copyright owners can seek $150,000 in damages for each instance of a copyrighted work being illegally downloaded.

If official records can be wrong as the RIAA claims, then this would mean they probably accused people wrongfully also," said Ernesto.

YouHaveDownloaded.com representatives, meanwhile, said that despite the joking nature of the "about" and "privacy" pages of the site, it is legitimate. "The data is real," Suren Ter of the Russia-based site wrote in an e-mail to CNET. "A lot of people admit that we have their data correct. It's statistically impossible without the real data."

Ter acknowledged that there could be false positives on the site, but said the possibility of a mistake is "quite low." Last week, TorrentFreak used the YouHaveDownloaded.com site to find downloads of BitTorrent content associated with IP addresses assigned to Sony Pictures, NBC Universal and Fox Entertainment. And the residential palace of French President Nicholas Sarkozy--a strong proponent of anti-piracy legislation - was also linked to BitTorrent downloads last week.
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