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Apple and Beats: a marriage made in heaven? Alejandro Castro/Flickr

Apple and Beats: where musicians and geeks collide

Apple recently announced its purchase of Beats Electronics, for a reported US$3 billion. Beats Electronics was started by Dr Dre and Jimmy Iovine, and includes the signature headphones range and Beats…
The US is attempting to combat litigious patent trolls - but is the problem with the patent system itself? AAP

Will Obama’s moves to contain patent trolls be enough?

Patents may have once seemed like a good idea. At least it seemed that way to the Venetians, who in 1474 declared the publication and protection of the “works and devices” of “men of great genius” would…
If someone sold it, and you can hold it, you can pass it on. Michael D. Dunn

Selling MP3s? You should have stuck with CDs

What’s the difference between selling a secondhand music CD and transferring ownership of the same songs bought from iTunes? Not much, you’d think - except one’s illegal, according to a New York court…
After success in Europe and the US, subscription-based music streaming service, Spotify is launching in Australia. Could it be a musical saviour? Flickr/capsun

Spotify: saviour of the music industry?

International music provider Spotify is preparing for its launch into the Australian market later this year. As a subscription-based streaming service, the success of the Stockholm-based Spotify across…

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