Mix: iSchool, Sony player, Apple speakers, Royalties

Facing declining numbers in classrooms, the Vacaville school district in California has resorted to giving away iPod shuffles and iTunes gift cards to students with perfect attendance.

Sony plans to take on the iPod once again. Takao Yuhara, senior vice president of Sony, said the company is developing a new music player and a companion download service that will be released later this year.
Hong Kong-based Brando Workshop is selling a novelty iPod speaker system that is designed to look like an actual red Apple. [via Gizmodo]

AP reports: “The rock bands Cheap Trick and The Allman Brothers are suing record giant Sony Music, claiming they are being shortchanged on royalties for songs downloaded legally over the Internet.”

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