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Are You Paying the iTunes Tax?

Nearly half of U.S. states charge sales tax on digital goods: If you live in one of them, you may be paying more for everything from downloaded music to streaming video.

Music Sales Are Growing Again as Streaming Trumps Piracy

Here's news the music industry should be singing about: Global recorded music revenue rose an estimated 0.3 percent last year to $16.5 billion. That tiny uptick may not seem like much, the last time music industry revenue rose at all, it was 1999.

Sick of Stocks? Bored with Bonds? Invest in Bob Dylan

Hey Bob Dylan fans: Are you tired of investments that leave you "Tangled Up in Blue"? Well, get ready to stop singing those "Subterranean Homesick Blues": Soon you'll be able to invest in the tambourine man himself.

Is YouTube the New Radio?

Teens aren't consuming music the way that their parents do -- and it's not just the usual taste-related generation gap. An eye-opening Nielsen survey shows that teens are relying on YouTube to supply their tunes more than any other medium.

As Seen on TV: Is the Music Bullet Worth a Shot?

We love that we can listen to nearly any song, instantly, on our computers. What we hate is the flat, tinny sound from their cheap built-in speakers. As Seen on TV has a $20 solution: the shot-glass-sized Music Bullet. Sound too good to be true? We tested it out, and here's what we heard.

Music Lovers, Get Ready to Say Goodbye to CDs

We've seen 78s, vinyl, 8-track tape, and cassettes come and go. Why should the CD be any different? Side-Line Music Magazine reports that major record labels plan to abandon the CD by the end of 2012 -- if not sooner.

Gene Simmons Plants a KISS on Estate Planning for the Rich

The KISS frontman may still want to rock all night and party every day. But lately he's been getting up relatively early, putting aside the makeup and fake blood and embracing financial responsibility -- pitching the financial advisory services from Cool Springs.

Intel Signs Black Eyed Peas' will.i.am to Boost Creativity

The world's largest chipmaker is looking to promote its technology products through a new association with the seven-time Grammy Award winner. Says will.i.am: "When I see an Intel chip, I think of all the creative minds involved that help to amplify my own creativity."

John Lennon Lyrics to Fetch $553,000 at Auction

Handwritten lyrics scribbled by John Lennon on the back of a phone bill are expected to sell for 350, 000 pounds ($553,000) at auction. Lennon scrawled some lyrics for "I%u2019m Only Sleeping" on the back of a letter demanding overdue payment for his radiophone, an early car phone, The Guardian reported.

EMI May Attract Takeover Bids

EMI Group, owner of the rights to songs by bands including the Beatles, Pink Floyd and Deep Purple, may attract takeover bids as pressure mounts for the company to sell assets. Warner Music Group and BMG Rights have both previously expressed an interest in buying EMI%u2019s publishing assets, Bloomberg News said. BMG, a music-rights company, said it%u2019s interested in EMI%u2019s catalog.

18 alternate uses for CDs

If you like music, or had an address in the late '90's, you probably have a collection of old CD's sitting unappreciated and unused in a corner of...

The Business of Hip Hop: Brand Masters Bring in the Cash

For many rap and hip-hop artists, behind all the trash talk and posturing, it's all about business. Forbes recently released its Hip Hop Cash Kings list, and the 20 big names on it racked up a total of about $300 million, despite the weak economy and the Internet revolution that is killing the CD business.

Jay-Z Captures Hip-Hop's Cash Crown

Hip-hop pays well, very well, at least for Jay-Z. Forbes reports Jay-Z racked up $63 million in the past year -- owing about $22 million in taxes.

Beatles Won't Be on iTunes in Near Future - Yoko Ono

The music of the Beatles won%u2019t be on iTunes or other Internet outlets in the near future, according to John Lennon%u2019s widow Yoko Ono. Apple Corps, the Beatles%u2019 holding company, has not managed to agree on terms with EMI Group, the company that licenses the group%u2019s recordings, Reuters reported.