Sony Corp. is reportedly exploring a sale of Gracenote, a subsidiary business that operates a database covering 180 million tracks and whose audio recognition technology is embedded in various mobile devices and music services including Apple Inc.'s iTunes.
Apple Inc. this week released its annual lists of best-sellers, as well as a handful of awards for songs, albums and podcasts that its editors handpicked. The lists are particularly interesting because of Apple's market dominance, owning 63% of digital music downloads in the U.S.
Bop.fm is a new company that lets listeners share songs with friends regardless of what music service they subscribe to. Billboard spoke with its founders, who described the service as "Kayak for music."
It used to be that users who upload videos to YouTube containing copyrighted music are served with legal threats. In February, they'll have the chance to get a check instead. Audiam, a company that monetizes cover songs on YouTube, is offering a novel twist on music licensing: give people who use a selection of the company's tracks in their videos the ad revenue generated by those videos for the month of February.
Spotify on Wednesday made the launch of a free streaming service for tablets, both iPads and Android devices, and other mobile devices official. So far, mobile access required users to pay for a premium version of the otherwise free – advertising-supported – service.