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Music Can’t Last Forever, Not Even on the Internet

RECORDED MUSIC WAS once incredibly fragile. Before the days of digital music, an independent band might press only a few thousand, or even a few hundred copies of a vinyl record. Those albums only became more rare over the years as copies were scratched, broken, or thrown out. Likewise, master recordings could be damaged or lost, making the record difficult or impossible to reissue.

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The FCC Wants to Stop Cable Companies From Ripping You Off On Set-Top Boxes

We’ve all wondered why we have to pay a confusingly large fee to rent a remarkably shitty cable box. There’s no other choice! But if the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) gets its way, the days of being forced to fork over fees for set-top boxes will soon be over.

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Video license deal protects the future of 4K

The future of 4K video has been in doubt as of late. You see, the HEVC Advance group that’s licensing the H.265/HEVC video format (crucial to stuffing 4K into modern data pipes) wanted steep royalties seemingly everywhere, with no cap — even free services faced a small outlay. It was so pricey that tech giants started work on their own royalty-free format to avoid being on the hook. At last, though, HEVC Advance has seen the light: it’s offering a revamped licensing scheme. While it could still be costly for some, it’s inexpensive enough that it might safeguard the future of 4K content.

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SONY JUST TURNED ITS PLAYSTATION VUE STREAMING SERVICE INTO A VIABLE CABLE KILLER

Not all of the big announcements coming out of the annual E3 video game conference in Los Angeles this week deal with flashy new virtual reality oraugmented reality. In fact, one of Sony’s bigger reveals centered around good old fashioned TV.

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Drake Is Rumored to Be Joining Apple Alongside Pharrell And David Guetta

Though it’s easy to focus on the remarkably logical rumors associated with Apple secretly building its very own line of electric cars or Kanye West dropping SWISH (title pending) as an Apple exclusive next month, there’s another rumor afoot that’s even more plausible — at least in the immediate sense. According to the New York Post, Apple is rumored to be in talks with Drake regarding a proposed $19 million deal that would include a guest DJ spot on the soon-to-relaunch iTunes Radio — in addition to other unspecified capacities for the reigning 6 god.

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