Mix: P2P vs. iTunes, New Music, Chain Mail, Audible/XM

According to the NPD Group, the iTunes Music Store tied with LimeWire as the second most popular digital music service in March (including P2P file-sharing services). Both iTunes and LimeWire were used by 1.7 million households. The most popular was WinMX, used by 2.1 million households.

Three highly anticipated new albums were released today: X & Y by Coldplay, Get Behind Me Satan by The White Stripes, and Monkey Business by Black Eyed Peas.

The wife of one 4G iPod owner made a sleeve for the device that would be right at home in the Middle Ages—a chain mail iPod cover.

Merrill Lynch analyst Steven Milunovich said today that Apple’s move to Intel chips allows it to deliver new offerings: “Intel processors could help Apple offer a low cost Mac media center to sit under the TV… for digital media such as photos, music, TV, and movies.”

Audible and XM Satellite Radio announced today that they will co-launch a new portable device capable of playing XM’s radio Audible.com content.

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