Creating the perfect pop tune through Darwinian selection

Scientists from Imperial College London have built a computer program powered by natural selection, and say it can match the best pop and classical composers.

Ping to ping out of existence

Apple's reportedly planning to ditch Ping, its social network for music, in the next release of iTunes later this year.

World's oldest musical instruments identified

People have been making music for thousands of years longer than thought, new dating evidence shows.

Full metal publishing

Quality books written about metal used to be a rarity on store shelves. 

Fortunately, the shortage has abated in recent years, buyoed by Keith Richards's tell-all autobiography.

Machine learning could lead to Google for Music

Using what they call 'game-powered machine learning', the team says music lovers would be able to search every song on the web with a simple text search using key words like 'funky' or 'spooky electronica'.

Anonymous rolls out AnonTunes for the masses

Cyber activists linked to the Anonymous collective have rolled out a new social music platform aptly dubbed "AnonTunes."

Sony-EMI deal expected to win approval today

A Sony-led consortium is set to get the green light from European regulators for its takeover of EMI's music publishing business.

Video: Holographic Tupac rocks the mic at Coachella

The Coachella music festival kicks off with some fantastic performances every year in sunny California.

Amazon adds used CDs to trade-in program for store credit

The great debate on whether physical media is dead in the music industry rages on, as Apple's iTunes continues to put a huge dent in the physical CD and traditional music sales market.

When the adult industry pushed new technology

We can thank adult entertainment for a lot of new home technology we enjoy today.

Apple eyes new audio format for HD iCloud streaming

Apple may be in the process of developing a new HD audio format for its iCloud streaming service.

Google plans home entertainment system

Google's planninng to launch an own-brand home entertainment system, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Today's teens set for early hearing loss?

As many as a quarter of today's teens could start losing their hearing in their thirties, say Tel Aviv University researchers studying the effects of MP3 players.

Some thoughts on the end of Napster

The bane of the music business is no more, never mind that the damage it caused is irreparable.

Better late than never: iTunes Match arrives

It's a couple of weeks late, but Apple's launched its iTunes match service, allowing users to add high-quality versions of the music they've ripped from CDs.

Report: CDs are officially over

The public hasn't really been into music CDs for quite some time, but now it's reportedly official. 

Yes, major record labels will finally cease production of CDs next year.

The sights and sounds of Skyrim

Bethesda has released a series of videos detailing the sights, sounds and music of its upcoming Elder Scrolls: Skyrim game.

Listening to music can get pedestrians run over

Crossing the street while listening to music is highly dangerous, say researchers - even more so than talking on the phone.

Spotify to launch in the US today

After a long, long wait, European music streaming service Spotify is finally launching in the US today.

Festival music charges mobile phones

British festival-goers this summer no longer need to worry about charging their phones - as long, that is, as they're not too bothered about their eardrums either.