Indies Down The Tubes? | Tech Talk Today 11

Indies Down The Tubes? | Tech Talk Today 11

Special guest Angela joins to discuss YouTube playing hard with independent music creators to force them into their upcoming Music streaming service. Then we introduce you to the Lab126, the secret bunker responsible for the new Amazon smartphone and other recent Amazon gadgets.

Plus the PC/Console wars get ugly, and more!

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YouTube to block indie labels who don’t sign up to new music service

Independent artists could disappear from YouTube “in a matter of days” after the Google video service confirmed it was dropping content from independent labels that have not signed up for its upcoming subscription music service.

YouTube is about to begin testing the new service — which will charge people to watch and listen to music without ads, and download songs to their mobile devices — within the next few days, initially within Google.

YouTube executives argue that they cannot offer music on the free service without it also being available on the paid service as this would disappoint its subscribers. The solution? To take down songs that can’t be available on both services.

“We’re adding subscription-based features for music on YouTube to bring our music partners new revenue streams in addition to the hundreds of millions of dollars YouTube already generates for them each year,” said a YouTube spokesman in a statement

Amazon Smartphone Details Emerge, AT&T Exclusive

AT&T will be the exclusive carrier, according to people familiar with the Seattle company’s plans. The arrangement extends Amazon’s relationship with AT&T, which also provides wireless service for Kindle tablets and e-readers.

More than 1,600 people claim Lab126 as their employer on the professional networking site LinkedIn

The smartphone project has been one of the longest in development at Lab126. Interviews with multiple Lab126 employees over the course of many months—all conducted with promises of anonymity because Amazon fiercely guards such information—suggest that the phone project was started as far back as 2009.

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