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Apple & Google Play Announce New Digital Music Streaming Services

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This week, both Apple and Google Play launch their new music streaming services. In a possible effort to lure paid subscribers, Google has launched their service ahead of Apple, with Apple’s service set to launch for June 30th.

Apple’s service made news this week when the company came under fire, most notably in an open letter penned by Taylor Swift, who accused the company of intending to stiff artists on royalties owed to them during the service’s 3-month free streaming trial period. They have since reconsidered the decision and announced that they will be compensating artists via (Apple Senior Vice President) Eddy Cue’s twitter account.

Unlike Spotify, neither service allows you to select the songs playing. Google Play Product Manager, Elias Roman, says that he believes many people will not mind, as consumers are after an effortless experience. The company is relying on the behind-the-scenes work of actual people, who hand select and curate available playlists; algorithms only come into play after a radio station (based on an artist or song) has been chosen. Apple’s philosophy is similar: Their service claims to offer an “old-fashioned human-curated music playlist for the digital age,” and Apple’s music chief Jimmy Iovine says that algorithms alone “can’t do that emotional task.”

Subscribing to Google Play allows you to take playlists offline – as well as manipulate, edit, and rename – and listen without interruption. Apple will be offering their service for free for the first 3 months and will offer individual and family premium plans after that time. (Sources: 1, 2, 3, 4)

UK Launches First Fully OA University Press

University College London (UCL) announced the launch of UCL Press on June 4, 2015. UCL Press is described as the first fully Open Access university press in the UK. The Press will focus on scholarly monographs, textbooks and journals. Inaugural titles include:  Temptation in the Archives by Lisa Jardine, Treasures from UCL by Gillian Furlong and The Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology: Characters and Collections by Alice Stevenson.

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The Cowl Digitization Project Has Entered the 1980s

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Digital Publishing Services' ongoing digitization of back issues of the Cowl has enter a new phase, the 1980s! Providence College's student newspaper, The Cowl, began publication on November 16th, 1935. It has been published continuously each … [Continue reading]

White House Digital Initiative

A number of major U.S. publishers have agreed to work with the White House, and president Obama, on an initiative to expand access to e-books and digital content to low income students. The goal is to provide at least 250$ million in free e-books and … [Continue reading]

Freegal Service Allows Free Digital Access to Music

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Announced this week by the Lubbock and Peoria Public Libraries is access to a service both now offer called Freegal. Freegal is a music service offered through a subscribing library's website, which provides access to over 7 million songs and more … [Continue reading]

ACRL Conference 2015: Spacing Out with the Library

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Tomorrow (Friday, May 8th, 2015) is the annual Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) New England Chapter conference, held at College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA. This year's theme is "Spacing Out with the Library: An Exploration … [Continue reading]

Historical Pamphlets Added to the Dorr Rebellion Site

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Digital Publishing Services recently added 16 pamphlets to the Dorr Rebellion website titled: Pamphlets: Contemporary Assessments of the Dorr Rebellion.  From the site: Learn more about what contemporaries of the Dorr Rebellion thought about the … [Continue reading]

UT Libraries release Derris collection

The University of Tennessee Knoxville has recently made public a digital collection of images and movie clips from William Derris. William Derris was an avid videographer and photographer who spent much of his time collecting imagery of the Great … [Continue reading]

Providence College Army Specialized Training Program Site Now Live

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Digital Publishing Services is proud to share a new, open access, collection presenting the full archive of Providence College's Army Specialized Training Program (ASTP): http://library.providence.edu/astp/. PC's ASTP took place from … [Continue reading]

Spotlight: Dorr Rebellion Site Constitutions

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Featured on the Dorr Rebellion website is a Constitutions module. This section features links to PDFs of The People's Constitution, Law & Order Constitution, and a side by side comparison of the two. The PDFs are readable online (or available for … [Continue reading]

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