More Android Apps Downloaded in Q1, But Apple Had Higher Revenue

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Fifty-one percent of the apps downloaded during Q1 of 2013 were downloaded from Google Play, according to a report released by Canalys on Monday

While Google had the majority when it came to the number of downloads, it didn’t earn top honors in terms of revenue. Canalys reported that Apple was the big winner there, taking home 74% of app revenue during the same period.

“Apple’s App Store and Google Play remain the heavyweights in the app store world. In comparison, BlackBerry World and the Windows Phone Store remain distant challengers today, though they still should not be ignored,” Tim Shepherd, a Canalys senior analyst, said in statement. Read more…

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Minnesota Woman Held to $222,000 Fine for Downloaded Music

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Jammie Thomas-Rasset, a 35-year-old Minnesota woman, was left with no remedy but to pay a $ 222,000 fine stemming from a 2006 case about music she downloaded from a file-sharing service, when the Supreme Court declined to hear her appeal today.

Thomas-Rasset and Joel Tenenbaum were the only two defendants from a spate of cases brought by music industry groups in the mid-2000s who did not settle. Tenenbaum is facing a $ 675,000 fine.

Like Tenenbaum, Thomas-Rasset has said she cannot pay the fine.

The Copyright Act provides for penalties of up to $ 150,000 per violation.

The Recording Industry Association of America initially offered to settle the case for $ 5,000; it subsequently offered to settle for a $ 25,000 donation to a charity for musicians in need, according to the Washington Post.

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