Daft Punk is poised to hit No. 1 becoming the latest poster child for a digital marketing tactic once thought of as risky but is now starting to crop up with the regularity of a techno beat--making entire albums available for free streaming for a limited time prior to release.
Less than 400 yards from the warm, buttery sands of Venice Beach and tucked away in a modern upstairs live-work space is Vyclone, a media startup co-founded by musician Joe Sumner, son of Gordon, who's better-known as Sting.
John Hamlin is used to wrangling on-camera talent. After 20 years as a "60 Minutes" producer working with Mike Wallace and Anderson Cooper, Hamlin now corrals the likes of Jason Aldean and Luke Bryan as executive producer of the CMT Music Awards.
A report, "Making Freemium Add Up," published Tuesday by Mark Mulligan of Midia Consulting, compares key metrics of Spotify, Deezer, Pandora and Slacker alongside Angry Birds, Hulu, Skype and others to glean further insight into the so-called freemium model.
Microsoft Corp. on Tuesday took the wraps off of its next-generation Xbox One, a console designed to conquer the living room by attempting to unite major forms of digital entertainment into a single, connected device.