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Youngsters shun digital music for YouTube experience

In a survey of over 600 young adults, the team from Aalto University found that 76% of respondents listened to music from YouTube every day

 

Looks like MP3s, CDs and even digital music files are outdated as youngsters are now listening to their favourite music on video-sharing website YouTube and music streaming service Spotify, Finnish researchers report.
 
Economically speaking, both CDs and digital downloads will be dead in some years, they said.
 
In a survey of over 600 young adults, the team from Aalto University found that 76 percent of respondents listened to music from YouTube every day.
 
YouTube and Spotify were by far the most popular music sources. YouTube was the most frequently used service for music listening and new music discovery.
 
Even active Spotify users visited YouTube often to complement Spotify's incomplete music selection.
 
YouTube was also perceived as the most shareable music source by the Finnish students in their early 20s who participated in the internet-based study.
 
"The popularity of YouTube is overwhelming. Nearly everyone uses it for listening to music," said lead researcher Lassi A Liikkanen.
 
"YouTube has transformed the digital media world and the practices of music listening. For the first time, we now have a scientific record of the big change that has taken place," Liikkanen explained.
 
This study describes a transition from the first generation of digital music to a second generation solution, from file downloads to streamings.
 
It is not only about the videos.
 
Researchers believe that at least in a solitary YouTube music listening context, the video is secondary to audio.
 
"We ran an experiment to evaluate this and found that our participants evaluated their musical experience similarly, regardless of the presence of accompanying picture. This provokes many questions for future research," Liikkanen pointed out in a paper that appeared in the journal Interacting with Computers.
 

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Indian-American Preet Bharara: World's sheriff or ambitious manipulator?

A naturalised citizen, Bharara was born in Firozpur, India, in 1968 and came to the US as a 2-year-old with his parents

 

The enviable record of Wall Street's Indian-American prosecutor Preet Bhrara, known in India for his dogged prosecution of an Indian diplomat, has put him in the limelight, but some have also questioned his methods.
 
Time magazine put him on the cover and Vanity Fair described him as "Wall Street's most fearsome foe". recalled the Washington Post while calling him as "The brash New York prosecutor who's indicting left and right."
 
Calling Bharara, the US attorney for the Southern District of New York, as "the most powerful prosecutor in the country", the influential US daily said his "aggressive prosecutions are earning him a reputation as a fiercely effective and limelight-loving figure."
 
"No target is apparently too big for him," said the Post noting he is currently investigating the National Football League over painkiller abuses and New York's Democratic Governor Andrew M. Cuomo over the closure of an ethics commission.
 
Bharara's team of elite prosecutors, many of whom left seven-figure careers in white-shoe firms to work with him, have pursued investigations in over 40 countries, it said.
 
A naturalised citizen, Bharara was born in Firozpur, India, in 1968 and came to the US as a 2-year-old with his parents.
 
But that "did not prevent him from arresting and charging India's deputy consul general, Devyani Khobragade, for mistreatment of a domestic worker last year," the Post said.
 
"Everyone should understand that our motivation is always to do the right thing, and we don't pull our punches, and we don't care who you are," Bharara was quoted as saying.
 
Khobragade, whose December 2013 arrest for visa fraud and underpaying her housekeeper, touched off a major diplomatic row, "was a criminal," according to Bharara as cited by the Post.
 
Bharara was nominated in 2009 by President Barack Obama at the age of 40. Since then, he has indicted 17 prominent New York politicians for malfeasance - 10 of them Democrats, according to the Post.
 
But Bharara may have also brought some cases that criminalized non-criminal behaviour, the daily said noting his office won 85 straight convictions for insider trading, by arguing that basically anyone who trades on any non-public information commits a crime.
 
The Wall Street Journal in a recent editorial questioned "Preet Bharara's Methods" asking, "Did the US Attorney's office fabricate evidence to smear a Wall Street target?"
 
Bharara, it noted, is being sued by financier David Ganek for destroying his business and depriving him of due process and other constitutional rights.
 
"Bharara has become a political celebrity for his aggressive tactics and portrait of US finance as akin to organized crime," it said. "Yet in his zeal he has often jettisoned his obligation to fairness."
 
"Bharara isn't the first ambitious prosecutor to abuse his discretion, but perhaps there will be fewer in the future if Ganek succeeds. Discovery would be educational," the Journal concluded.
 

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Maruti's 2014-15 sales up 11.9 percent
Automobile manufacturer Maruti Suzuki Wednesday reported an increase of 11.9 percent in its total sales for 2014-15, which stood at 1,292,415 units from 1,155,041 units sold in the previous fiscal.
 
According to the company, domestic sales during the year ended March 31, 2015, grew at 11.1 percent at 1,170,702 units from 1,053,689 units in 2013-14.
 
Exports during the period under review zoomed by 20.1 percent at 121,713 units from 101,352 units shipped out in 2013-14.
 
However, for the month of March, the company's total sales decreased by 1.6 percent at 111,555 units from 113,350 units sold in the corresponding month of 2014.
 
Domestic sales in the month under review marginally increased by 1.4 percent at 103,719 units from an off-take of 102,269 units reported in March 2014.
 
Exports during last month plunged by 29.3 percent at 7,836 units from 11,081 units shipped out during corresponding month of last year.
 
Sales in passenger cars segment, which comprises of brands like Alto, WagonR, Swift, Ritz, Dzire, Celerio, Dzire Tour and Ciaz, were lower by 0.3 percent at 85,733 units from an off-take of 86,018 in the corresponding month of 2014.
 
The off-take of utility vehicles like Gypsy, Grand Vitara and Ertiga lower by 4.3 percent at 6,218 units from sales of 6,499 units in March 2014.
 
However, sales in van segment that includes brands like Omni and Eeco, gained 20.7 percent at 11,768 units from an off-take of 9,752 units in the corresponding month of 2014.
 
The company's scrip at the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) was down 1.39 percent around 1.30 p.m. at Rs.3,648 per equity share from Rs.3,699.25 per equity share.

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