Derek Walter is a freelance technology writer based in Northern California. He is the author of Learning MIT App Inventor, a hands-on guide to building your own Android apps. More by Derek Walter
T-Mobile is adding six new music services to its "Music Freedom" program, allowing you to stream music from them at 4G LTE speeds without it counting against your monthly LTE data limits. Songza, Rdio, AccuRadio, Black Planet, Grooveshark, and Radio Paradise are now members of the program.
The notable exception is Google Play Music, which was the most-requested choice among T-Mobile subscribers in a recent social poll.
CEO John Legere took to Twitter to reassure customers that Google's music service would soon join others on the magenta network.
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Everyone hates DRM except the movie studios who fear the scourge of piracy so much that they’re willing to treat their paying customers like criminals by applying DRM that real criminals find a way to get around anyhow. GOG.com, a digital store that sells DRM-free PC games, is adding movies to its catalogue, but when GOG approached some Hollywood studios to offer classic movies and TV shows without DRM, naturally the studios balked.
Guillaume Rambourg, GOG’s VP for North America, explains in a statement: “In our first round of talks, the response was largely, ’We do not want to be the first ones. We will gladly follow, but until somebody else does it first, we do not want to take the risk.” Rambourg even said that the studios “were quick to add that the lawyers would not allow them” to sell content without DRM. As if the studios are working for the lawyers and not the other way around.
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Major League Baseball is celebrating the 12th anniversary of its live video streaming offering on Tuesday. But it will be baseball fans celebrating next season if the league’s online arm follows through on a promise to ease blackout restrictions on local games.
That’s the word from Bob Bowman, chief executive of Major League Baseball Advanced Media, who indicated in an Associated Press interview last week that blackout restrictions on streaming local games could be relaxed as early as the 2015 season. According to Bowman, MLB is making progress hashing out a deal with baseball clubs, TV channels and cable operators.
“Everyone’s trying to solve it,” Bowman said. “If our hands were 4 feet apart three or four years ago, they are now 6 inches apart,” Bowman said. “We’re moving in the right way. We continue to talk. The dialogue is professional.”
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Spotify just leveled the playing field for Windows Phone users after promising improvements back in May. On Tuesday, Spotify announced that the ad-supported version of Spotify was now available on Microsoft's mobile platform.
Before the announcement, Windows Phone users who wanted Spotify on their phone had to shell out $10 a month for Spotify Premium. Android and iOS users, meanwhile, have had ad-supported options on mobile since December.
The change means that Windows Phone users can enjoy similar benefits to the two larger smartphone platforms. You can shuffle playlists made by you or others or listen to a specific artist on shuffle. Spotify says the new Windows Phone app also features an improved look for search results and browsing artists is simpler than before.
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Cord-cutters may finally have a reason to pay attention to TiVo, thanks to the TiVo Roamio OTA.
The $50 DVR box connects to any over-the-air HD antenna and lets you record up to four shows at a time from free broadcast stations, such as ABC, CBS, NBC, and Fox. It includes a 500GB hard drive for storing up to 75 hours of video, and it also supports streaming apps such as Netflix and Hulu Plus.
In other words, the Roamio OTA is nearly identical to the existing TiVo Roamio, except it lacks a CableCard slot for recording cable TV shows. It's also $150 cheaper.