Apple Inc. has secured a deal for songs from Warner Music Group, the technology giant’s first agreement with a major label since introducing its on-demand music service two years ago, according to people familiar with the matter.
Facebook Inc. is offering major record labels and music publishers hundreds of millions of dollars so the users of its social network can legally include songs in videos they upload, according to people familiar with the matter.
The pesky world of stream ripping took a big hit this week with the demise of one of its leading purveyors, YouTube-mp3.org, but that doesn’t mean the practice of pirating MP3s from YouTube (and other services) is going anywhere.
The problem with compressed digital files (like but not limited to MP3s) is that they all sound like crap. A lot of dynamic range is gone, the high end can sound harsh and the bass can sound undefined.