MediaBytes – 04/02/07

EMI will begin selling DRM-free music via online music retailers.  On iTunes, higher-quality DRM-free tracks will cost $1.29.  iTunes will continue to sell DRM-ed songs for $.99 cents, at the current (lower) bitrate.

Viacom has been drawing some heat for linking to YouTube videos from Viacom-controlled blogs.  The company has sued YouTube for $1 Billion, based on YouTube’s unauthorized use of Viacom videos.

During the first three months of 2007, Blogger and YouTube were both down for over 4 hoursYahoo was down for 0 minutes.

Google is competing directly with Microsoft to purchase DoubleClick.  The price for the online advertising company has now been pushed above $2 Billion.

BitTorrent has begun testing ad-supported downloads.

About Shelly Palmer

Shelly Palmer is the Professor of Advanced Media in Residence at Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications and CEO of The Palmer Group, a consulting practice that helps Fortune 500 companies with technology, media and marketing. Named LinkedIn’s “Top Voice in Technology,” he covers tech and business for Good Day New York, is a regular commentator on CNN and writes a popular daily business blog. He's a bestselling author, and the creator of the popular, free online course, Generative AI for Execs. Follow @shellypalmer or visit



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