07 - Audio and Visual Media

'Media formats that contain sound and / or images (still and / or moving) that require an electronic third-party device to be able to play / display their content' (Henderson, 2009 in Moss,2009, p.112).

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12th February, 2017

BBC NewsThe clock is ticking for SpotifyArticle focussing upon the future of Spotify ned the challenges it faces as it prepares to float on the stock exchange, but is yet to return a profit.
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3rd January, 2017BBC NewsUK vinyl sales reach 25 year high

In 2016, more than 3.2 million records were sold in the UK according to the BPI, which equates to a 53% rise on 2015. 

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6th December, 2016
 
The GuardianTables turned as vinyl sales overtake digital sales for first time in UK

Last week for the first time in history, sales of music on vinyl exceeded sales of music via digital download in the UK. This article explores the reasons behind this and the factors contributing to a vinyl resurgence.
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8th September, 2016BBC NewsRemember this? How mobile phones have evolved

Video about the evolution of mobile phones from communication device to entertainment media player.
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22nd July, 2016
 
BBC NewsUS Copyright law faces legal challengeArticle about a legal battle in the USA, where the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) are attempting to overturn some US Copyright law, which they state are unconstitutional.
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22nd July, 2016
 
BBC NewsR.I.P. VHSArticle about the demise and now end of VHS as a media format, as this month sees the last ever VHS player being produced in Japan. 
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15th April, 2016

BBC NewsbeatRecord Store Day: This is what happens inside a vinyl factory

An examination of the production process behind vinyl records from a factory in the Czech Republic.
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11th January, 2016

BBC NewsThe 19th Century plug that's still being usedFeature about the 3.5mm headphone jack, and its historic origins on telephone switchboards, which Apple is reportedly dropping from its iPhone 7. 
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11th December, 2015

BBC NewsbeatStreaming hasn't killed off CDs and vinyl yet, says BPI News article based upon a BPI report which highlights that music streaming is at an all-time high, with two thirds of music fans 'multi-channelling', which is finding new music online, and then physically buying it.
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10th November, 2015BBC NewsSony says goodbye to Betamax tapesSony has announced that it will stop selling betamax video cassettes in March, 2016, 41 years after they were first introduced.
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28th May, 2015
 
The GuardianHow the compact disc lost its shine

Feature about the lifecycle of the CD, in light of the fact that CD sales have now been surpassed by online sales of music. 
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6th May, 2015

BBC NewsEU wants iPlayer access extended across Europe

News story about plans by the EU to create a digital single market, across which online media content, including 'catch up' services, can be shared across member states. 
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27th November, 2014

BBC NewsVinyl record sales hit 18-year highNews article which reports that in the UK vinyl record sales are at their highest since 1996 with over one million sold. This is still however, a fraction of music sales in the UK.
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11th November, 2014The GuardianHow mobile tech is changing the way we make and enjoy art

Article exploring the rise in mobile-lead digital art and entertainment apps and devices, democratising art and allowing us the freedom to create and appreciate art and entertainment as never before.
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1st October, 2014

BBC NewsUK legalises music, film and e-book back-upsArticle about the legalisation of CD / DVD and e-book 'ripping' for the purposes of personal back-up in the UK.
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9th May, 2014


BBC NewsWho, What, Why: What is the attraction of Beats headphones?

Feature discussing the proposed takeover of Beats headphones by Apple, which highlights the fact that Beats are a fashionable technology brand, and how the takeover potentially opens up new markets to Apple.
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30th April, 2014

BBC NewsCookie Marenco: Pioneer of high quality digital music recording

Video feature about Direct Stream Digital (DSD) which is a much higher quality audio file than an MP3, with a richer analogue style sound - but a larger file size. 
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19th April, 2014 BBC NewsWorld Record Store Day: Vinyl sound 'much richer'

News video around vinyl as a music medium, and the 'UK's love affair' with vinyl with almost 800,000 vinyl albums sold in 2013. This is particularly with reference to World Record Store Day, which many limited edition vinyls are produced or reproduced for and sold.


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19th April, 2014BBC NewsThe eight tribes of vinyl collector

Whilst vinyl has seemingly been in terminal decline for over 30 years, this analogue music medium, hasn't gone away and is still in demand amongst certain music fans. This article explores eight distinct customer segments who are vinyl buyers.
 

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1st January, 2014

BBC NewsDigital services boost sales of video and music sales

Digital services such as Netflix, Spotify and iTunes have helped contribute to a 4% increase in the UK audio / visual media market in 2013, compared to 2012.
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20th December, 2012BBC NewsLaw relaxed on digital copying

Making digital copies of music, films and other copyrighted material for personal use is to be made legal for the first time under British government plans.
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19th June, 2012

BBC ClickYoutube's assault on old media

Feature video exploring how YouTube is now changing it's business model in order to seek more professional channel output, and compete with traditional television.
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21st September, 2011

BBC ClickIFA 2011: 3m tall iPod dock and 3D laptopsNews video from the Internationale Funkausstellung Berlin (IFA show Berlin) highlighting some new designs and innovations in home and personal technology. 
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25th June, 2011 BBC Click

The promise of augmented reality

Discussion feature about the integration of augmented reality based entertainment into our homes. Augmented reality is placing digital information over real-world environments, this is something that is already used by the military.

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31st January, 2011
BBC
iTunes films bust copyright laws
News story highlighting how Russian films have become available on Apple's iTune service as Apps, without the consent of the copyright holders.

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25th October, 2010 BBC R.I.P. Sony Walkman (Snr)

News article and video about the final demise of the audio cassette playing Sony Walkman, which has ceased production after 31 years, in favour of digital audio formats.

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22nd October, 2010

 

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How the mobile network got chatty 

Discussion article around the developmnent and uptake of mobile data networks and services. This year for the first time, data exceeded voice on mobile networks.

 

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 11th October, 2010
 BBC  Windows Phone 7: Microsoft's mobile operating system demo
News video demonstrating the new Microsoft mobile phone operating system, which includes social networking and Xbox live gaming.
 
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 30th September, 2010
BBC
Sounds of history 'at great risk' say US researchers
News story highlighting the perishability of media, particularly certain digital formats such as CDs which do not have the longevity of some of their older analogue counterparts.
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21st September, 2010
BBC
Seeing the big picture on content
News story around the cracking of HDCP encrypted blu-ray content, and discussion around issues relating to copyright.
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14th July, 2010

BBC

End of the news romantics 

Discussion article about the onset of the iPad, digital convergence, and the decline of printed media. 

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24th June, 2010
BBC
 Unlimited data deals on mobiles wither away
News article about the decision in the UK by mobile phone operators O2, Vodafone, Three and Orange to introduce monthly usage allowances, caps and fair use policies on their networks, which will impact upon customers using their mobiles to download content to them.
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 10th June, 2010
 BBC

O2 network scraps unlimited data for smartphones

 

UK phone network O2 has scrapped unlimited data downloads for smartphone customers. All new and upgrading customers will have their usage capped at between 500 Megabytes (MB) and one gigabyte (GB) depending on their monthly tariff. Analysts said the move was "inevitable" as more and more consumers switch to data-intensive smartphones that can surf the web and show video.

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7th June, 2010

BBC

Apple shows off redesigned iPhone

 News article and video about the showcasing of Apple's latest iPhone the iPhone4

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28th May, 2010   BBC  Should you store treasured data on disks?

Interest story about the longevity of discs to store data in digital format, and the risks involved in doing so. 

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28th May, 2010

Reuters

Microsoft dead-set on mobile and games after shake-up

Microsoft's new Windows Phone 7 system, which will start appearing on phones this holiday season, could be the last chance for Microsoft to keep its place in consumers' hearts and minds as new ways of computing take hold. This news article looks at the future of Microsoft with their new business strategies to compete with competitors such as Apple, Google and Nintendo.

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28th May, 2010

BBC

Reading the iPad

Blog article exploring the iPad as an e-book and e-magazine reader, and the likelihood of success of it for this purpose.

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28th May, 2010

BBC

Apple iPad tablet gathers crowds for UK launch

News article about the anticipation and buzz around the launch of the Apple iPad in the UK.

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28th May, 2010

BBC

In pictures: History of touchscreen gadgets

Exploration of the development of touchscreen computers.

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28th May, 2010

BBC

How does the new Apple iPad compare to its rivals?

News video feature about the iPad, comparing it to other touch screen devices and a net book, examines capabilities and price.

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25th May, 2010

BBC

Dell launches Streak tablet PC across Europe

News article and video about Dell entering the tablet PC market with a device that runs the Google Android operating system, which is slightly larger than an iPhone, but much smaller than an iPad.

 

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21st May, 2010

BBC

Google V Apple: A matter of philosophy

Blog article that investigates the competition and differences in approach to streaming video and the smartphone business.

 

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20th May, 2010

BBC

Adobe unveils Flash for smartphones

News article about Adobe releasing Flash software for smartphones, which is used to deliver around 75% of online video and is the key technology that drives websites such as YouTube. Google have embraced this for their Android operating system, however Apple will not use it for iPhones.

 

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13th May, 2010

Telegraph.co.uk

Sharp announces 3D camera for mobile phones

News article about how Sharp has just announced a tiny 720p 3D camera for its mobile devices.

 

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10th May, 2010

Times Online

Professor Peter Denyer: pioneer of mobile phone camera technology

News article about Professor Peter Denyer was a pioneer of the technology that led to miniature digital cameras, webcams, videoconferencing cameras, the optical computer mouse and, most significantly, the mobile phone camera.

 

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3rd May, 2010

Guardian.co.uk

iPads sell faster than iPhones

News article about how Apple has sold 1m iPads since its launch on 3 April, passing that sales milestone faster than many analysts had expected.

 

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31st March, 2009

BBC

How to make a 7 inch single

Video showing how to make a 7 inch single since its conception 60 years ago

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10th January, 2009

Times Online

Time is running out for Blu ray format

News article about how time is running out for Blu-ray discs, the high definition (HD) format that are supposed to be replacing the DVD.

 

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19th November, 2008

Times Online

Pirates turn their attention to Blu-ray

News article about how high-definition DVDs were meant to be pirate-proof, but a glance at file-sharing websites suggests otherwise.

 

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18th May, 2008

BBC

Toshiba climbs on 'HD DVD exit'

News article about how shares in Toshiba have gained more than 5% as speculation intensified that the electronics giant is set to scrap its high definition DVD format, HD DVD.

 

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17th August, 2007

BBC

How the CD was developed

 

News article and supplementary video about the first compact disc produced exactly 25 years ago in a factory in Germany after years of development by Philips and Sony. We take a look at the humble disc's history and how it shaped the music landscape.

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15th June, 2007

Times Online

Truth and responsibility in the national media

News article about how the Prime Minister referred to the inevitability of change in the regulatory framework for the media. He cited the looming European Audiovisual Media Services Directive which may result in greater regulations for television services streamed over the internet, and his comments have been interpreted as a call for tougher, statutory regulation of newspapers.

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