Yahoo provides 400.000 Official Song Lyrics

SAN FRANSISCO - Yahoo will extend the online music business by providing around 400.000 Official song lyrics. This is done to provide official lyric from various record producer to the music lover. This effort at the same time opens eye of the Internet users, that location of song lyrics at various sites without approval of song maker and also song producer technically is illegal action.

What done of many lyric sites clearly differs from song lyric which available in Yahoo. Because Yahoo will become authorized song lyric site under agreement with loaded song producer. Yahoo will share the advantage along the length of the lyric still be presented.

Around 400.000 song lyrics which available in Yahoo come from around 9.000 different artists, starts from The Beatles and Bob Dylan till the stars like Radiohead and Beyonce. Almost around 100 music companies contributes their lyrics at Yahoo Lyrics, counted among the big companys like BMG, EMI, Sony Music, Universal Music, and Warner Music. Yahoo cooperates with Gracenote which has owned the license to overspreading song lyrics from various record producers.

Other sites might possibly have number of song lyrics far bigger than Yahoo. But, Yahoo believes, library of the lyric will be enthused because free of advertisement pop-up which can be exploited by spyware or computer virus to infiltrate to computer when user downloading the lyric.

"Yahoo will become new earnings source for artist and song producer by watering down people to remember or differentiates song that is ordinary they hear in radio or in website," said Phil Leigh, music observer from Inside Media Digital. Yahoo hopes its new service can generate new enthusiasm for industrial development of music.


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Online Music Bright Future

After Apple with the iTunes make online music shop. Some similar services also always pop out., Digital Beat Store Indonesia, even now presenting more competitive song price compared to Amazon and Apple.

Possible Apple is still lucky. By the Big name, they can hold mutually EMI music lable for song content. But Payplay has not as lucky as Apple. Lot of they songs content are band without lable or indie label. While Digital Beat Store, even has not applied online system payment, but is the first online music shop which capable to accomodate Indonesia indie song. Amazon till now has just sold music in the Album form by online, but the rumor said they will launch music retail this year.

Apparition of online music shop more or less is influence to the change of industry music distribution. At the same time is first step to eliminate the useless of Digital Right Management (DRM) protection. Initially DRM is expected able to depress number of piracy song but in the reality, piracy always happens. Moreover with the cheap price of download song indicates that DRM only add charges only. The proof, online store its gives the song price that competitive and cheap enough.

Online store is believed to have excessive appreciation pattern to someone masterpiece. Till now song creator or music singer must divide their advantage with the record lables which work as publisher. Hence no wonder if more bands and artist without lable joining in sale of online music that advantage gotten from sale also bigger.

Apple has own selling system. US $1,29 for songs without DRM, while for song with DRM is esteemed by 99 cents only. While Payplay, what claims has 1,3 million song lists, only sell 88 cents for one song.

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Microsoft cheap Software at the price of US $3

SEATTLE - Microsoft have ambition to reachs two billions computer user by the end of 2015. One of its way by providing software packages at the price of 3 dollar US. This cheap package will be distributed through education subsidy program.

Package which called Student Innovation Suite consisted of Windows XP Starter Edition, Microsoft Office Home and Student 2007, Microsoft Math 30, Learning Essentials 2.0 for Microsoft Office and Windows Live Mail desktop. The package is not sold in the free market but can be bought by developing country which had computer sale subsidy program for student or middle and elementary schools.

This big discount is part of Partners Indium Learning (PIL) program which go on during 5 year. Microsoft is allocated US $ 250 million for program with aim to assist the teachers and educator exploits information technology in the school activity.

Supply of cheap software and training to all teachers is only one of Microsoft strategy to promote technological using and computer overspreads in developing countries. "Unlimited Potential" strategy which targeted by Microsoft also done with work training program and computer supply.

In consequence, besides the cheap software, Microsoft plans to opens 90 new Innovation Center in 35 countries to the end of 2009. Now, Microsoft has built 110 Microsoft Innovation Center (MIC) in over the world which providing training class and technology access for academician user and local software community developer. MIC is expected able to increase the ability of information technology practitioners, pushs creation of product, and new employment.



Blog Scandal makes Apple Stock Unstable

San Francisco - A famous and trusted gadget blog, Engadget.Com, present the information that Apple will delay their two new product launch: Apple iPhone and Mac OS X Leopard. Only six minute after that news spread, Apple stock go down.

Like reported from Tech Crunch, Apple stocks go down at 11:56 till 12:02 PM period, 17 May 2007 local time. The decrease from US $107.89 to $103.42 is referred same as loss of market capitalization fund equal to US $4 billion.

Latter, Engadget is correct the news. That news in fact came from a fake e-mail, even though that fake e-mail looks original because coming from inside of Apple network. Apple stocks get restored in about 20 minute after the correction.

The news source represents an internal memo about the delay of iPhone and OS X Leopard launching. Michael Arrington, observer of 2.0 web sites, confessing that source in the internal memo form is a "gold farm" that usually wrong rarely. But in this time, that e-mail content is spurious although mentioned come from Apple server.

Even cannot be blamed, Engadget blog estimated will experience of the crisis belief from the reader. "In future if Engadget present the news kind like this, people will make the speculation concerning its truth. Need some time before its recover," said Arrington.

On the other side, Arrington noticed, Apple exactly can be blamed if the e-mail correctness comes from the internal network of Apple Company. "Other mistake from Apple is not immediately response the rumor after engadget post the news," Arrington enhance.


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Sony PlayStation Architect Resigns

SAN JOSE, Calif. - The chief architect of Sony Corp.'s flagship PlayStation game console will leave in June as the company struggles to retain supremacy in the video game industry and revitalize its flagging reputation as an electronics and entertainment pioneer.

Ken Kutaragi, 56, an icon among gamers, will resign as Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.'s chairman and group chief executive, Tokyo-based Sony said Thursday. He will be replaced by Kazuo Hirai, who is now president and chief operating officer of the division.

Kutaragi's most new brainchild, the PlayStation 3 console, came out in November but was marred by embarrassing production shortages and a $600 price tag that some Sony fans said was too precipitous. For the past some months, Sony has resorted to giving away free game titles and other marketing gimmicks to stimulate sales.

Sony has also struggled to enlarge beyond the young, male demographic of so-called "hardcore" gamers. Investors have been upset for several quarters that Sony has unsuccessful to magnetize women, young children and older gamers to its products, and its market share has shrunk as a result.

Problems connected to Sony's limited demographic came into sharp focus late last year, when Nintendo Co. launched a rival game console, the Wii, for about $250. The device which includes a diminutive, wrist-mounted controller and a console that's skimpy on realistic graphics has grow to be a surprise hit among girls, suburban mothers, senior citizens and other people who have never considered themselves gamers.

Sony shipped 1.84 million PS3s worldwide through Dec. 31. In the same time, Nintendo sold 3.19 million Wiis.

The defeat to competitor Nintendo prompted Sony Corp. Chief Executive Howard Stringer to rocket his turnaround effort. In November, the Welsh-born executive — the first foreign-born CEO of a major Japanese electronics company — demoted Kutaragi by stripping him of day-to-day management tasks.

The leaving of Kutaragi — dubbed the "Gutenberg of Video Games" by Time Magazine in 2004 — will be effective June 19. After that, he'll be honorary chairman of the entertainment division and will serve as Stringer's senior technology adviser.

Although Kutaragi will stay an adviser, some U.S. gaming experts said the leaving may have been a face-saving firing and an effort by Stringer to recover from the failed PS3 launch.


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