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Audio News for April 16, 2013

Court Decision Makes Selling Digital Music Files Difficult; Increased Consumer Spending Lifts Electronics Sales; Sydney Opera House Partners with Samsung; Problems with Met’s 45-ton Wagner Set; Vudu User Data Stolen; Four Hisense TVs Now on Walmart Shelves

Published on April 16, 2013

Court Decision Makes Selling Digital Music Files Difficult – A Manhattan court recently came to a decision in a suit by Capitol Records against ReDigi for copyright infringement in the reselling of “pre-owned” digital music files. ReDigi claimed they only provided a marketplace allowing users to sell directly to others. And that upon sales, source tracks were deleted from their servers so no additional digital copies were made. However, the district judge concluded that ReDigi “infringes Capitol’s reproduction rights under any description of technology.” This may not be the final word on the matter. Both Amazon and Apple have applied for patents covering an online mechanism allowing a customer to sell or transfer digital goods—including MP3 tracks, E-books and digital videos which usually cannot be resold once used. In the meantime, don’t sell your old music server with the music files still on its hard drive, or make digital copies of vinyl publically available, because nearly everything is copyright and someone could sue you.

Increased Consumer Spending Lifts Electronics Sales – According to Investor’s Business Daily, consumer electronics retailers, led by Best Buy and Conn’s, outpaced all other industries this past week. Best Buy’s turnaround is gaining traction and rising home sales are driving the demand for more home electronics and appliances. Best Buy’s stock is at a 52-week high, up more than 100% from a December low.

Sydney Opera House Partners with Samsung – The Sydney Opera House has signed a three-year agreement with Samsung to cover about $1 billion in renovations of the opera house over the next decade.In exchange Samsung will get rare harbor-side displays for its latest products on the SOH “sails,” plus credit for building an “interactive educational facility” for the opera house. The latter will include remote sites where people can watch performances in real time, large screen TVs positioned around the SOH for real time viewing, and the technology for mobile phone and tablet live streaming both inside and outside the SOH.

Problems with Met’s 45-ton Wagner Set – The Metropolitan Opera’s production of Wagner’s Ring epic has had problems since it began. This time the high-tech staging malfunctioned again in that a track and trolley system failed to operate, ruining one of the more breathtaking visual effects. The machinery seems to share the curse of the golden ring of the opera cycle.

Vudu User Data Stolen – Thieves broke into the offices of Walmart’s Vudu video-on-demand service and took hard drives and other equipment containing customer data.

Four Hisense TVs Now on Walmart Shelves – The Chinese-made Hisense 40-inch and 50-inch Roku-ready LCD HDTVs and the 50-inch and 55-inch smart TVs are now at Walmarts across the country. The latter models offer a super-slim bezel, fullHD 1080p resolution, a 120Hz refresh rate and a smart TV interface providing access to streaming apps from Vudu, Netflix, YouTube and Pandora. The small size models inclue a Mobile High-Definition Link-enabled HDMI port that accepts an optional Roku Streaming Stick to access hundreds of apps for online streaming video and other services.




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