Archive for August 17th, 2010

Universal Music Group Gets Apple to Remove Grooveshark from App Store

Tuesday, August 17th, 2010

Wired reports that Grooveshark, an iPhone app that allowed users to access the online music streaming service of the same name, was removed from the App Store following a complaint made by Universal Music Group. The free app was released on August 5 and was removed from the store yesterday. Apple confirmed the removal to Wired:

As an IP holder ourselves, we understand the importance of protecting intellectual property,” said Apple spokeswoman Trudy Muller. “Due to objections by rightsholders, the Grooveshark app has been removed until resolution is reached by both parties.

Grooveshark allows users to search for and stream just about any song or album, as well as upload their own music and create playlists. The service is free and ad-supported or a VIP subscription that costs $3 per month will remove all ads. Grooveshark apps are still available for other smartphone platforms, including Blackberry, Android, Palm, and Nokia devices and the service is accessible to anyone worldwide at Grooveshark.com and it is unclear why only the iPhone version of the app has been targeted so far.

Barnes & Noble Revamps Reader Apps Using Nook Brand

Tuesday, August 17th, 2010

Barnes & Noble has revamped its ebook reader apps for the iPhone and iPad, employing the nook brand previously used only for its ebook reader device. The new apps were released this morning and while the iPhone version appears to have no new features aside from the new look, the iPad version includes the following in the What’s New section:

“BN eReader” is now “NOOK for iPad!”
You requested the ability to rate your books and sort by your favorites. Now you can!
And we’ve added a great new user guide and “first run” tutorial to show you some of the less obvious features of NOOK for iPad.
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Barnes & Noble had initially released its reader apps in May, joining in the ebook reader app fray to compete with Apple’s iBooks, Amazon’s Kindle app, followed by the release of an app by Borders in June. In rebranding its app to use the nook brand, Barnes & Noble appears to be following Amazon’s example, who uses its own ebook reader’s Kindle brand for its ebook apps available for a number of platforms.