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  1. Ringback Tones Calling Up Big Numbers In India

    June 25, 2008 12:00 AM EDT A new report on India's ad-funded mobile entertainment market indicates that while piracy is eroding the ringtone market, this is being offset by the continued success of ringback tones. Quoting figures from research agency Direct2Mobile, the ...

  2. Norway's NetCom Launches Unlimited Free Music Trial

    June 10, 2008 12:00 AM EDT NetCom, the Norwegian unit of Swedish telecom giant Telia Sonera, is planning to steal Nokia's thunder with NetCom FreeMusic, a three-month trial to offer free unlimited mobile-music downloads. NetCom FreeMusic, which launched June 2, is simi ...

  3. MusicStation Claims U.K. Market-Leader Status

    June 09, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Omnifone, supplier of the pioneering all-you-can-eat mobile-music download service MusicStation, is boasting that its U.K. service is officially the country's "largest digital music subscription service." Although it declined to giv ...

  4. O2 Rapped By U.K. Regulator

    February 27, 2008 12:00 AM EST U.K. mobile operator O2, a major investor in mobile music and live music, has been attacked by telecoms regulator Ofcom for failing to meet its obligations to roll out 3G (third-generation high-speed) services. Industry experts believe the availab ...

  5. Digital Music Biz Consolidation Predicted

    February 27, 2008 12:00 AM EST The digital-music business should expect a spate of consolidation during 2008 and 2009, predicts London-based research firm Point Topic in a new report. The firm says that, in a global sector which has more than 498 digital-download services curre ...

  6. WMI, Nikitin Forge License Deal For Russia, CIS

    February 19, 2008 12:00 AM EST Warner Music International has struck an exclusive licensing agreement which allows Russian independent music firm Nikitin to market, manufacture and distribute the major's physical product. The deal, unveiled today, covers new works and cata ...

  7. Omnifone Wins Global Mobile Award

    February 13, 2008 12:00 AM EST Music download service Omnifone scooped the best mobile music service award for its unlimited MusicStation package at the 13th annual Global Mobile awards. Held as part of the GSMA Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Omnifone held off competition ...

  8. China's Hurray, Enlight Merge

    November 20, 2007 12:00 AM EST Beijing-based Hurray Holding Co. Ltd., whose activities include artist development, music production and provision of mobile-music services, says it is merging with Enlight Media Ltd., a leading Chinese entertainment-content production and distrib ...

  9. Omnifone Arrives In Hong Kong

    October 22, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Omnifone, the mobile-music service provider out to challenge Apple's iPhone, entered the Asia-Pacific region live today (Oct. 22) via a deal with wireless carrier 3 Hong Kong. The 3 MusicStation, which Omnifone claims is "the first unlim ...

  10. Yahoo! Blasts U.K. Online Royalty Decision

    July 19, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Yahoo! Music has attacked the per-track minimum payments structure for U.K. digital sales which was endorsed earlier this week by the Copyright Tribunal. The U.K. Tribunal, which settles copyright disputes, approved the settlement reached between ...

  11. MusicStation Launches In Sweden

    June 14, 2007 12:00 AM EDT MusicStation, the international "all-you-can-eat" mobile-phone music service positioned to compete against Apple's new iPhone device, has gone live. Operated by U.K.-based Omnifone, in collaboration with France-based mobile-music sp ...

  12. Babinet Steps Down From MEF Board

    June 05, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Gilles Babinet, mobile-entertainment entrepreneur and founder of mobile-music service provider Musiwave, is to step down from the Mobile Entertainment Forum's (MEF) board of directors. Babinet tells Billboard.biz that rapid growth at his curr ...

  13. Mobile Meffys Awards To Be Handed Out

    May 16, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Mobile-music ventures involving Christine Aguilera, Lily Allen, Ludacris, Sugababes and Dirty Pretty Things are up for trophies at this year's Meffys, the international mobile entertainment annual awards ceremony. Sony Ericsson's 2006 pa ...

  14. RealNetworks Buys Austria's Sony NetServices

    May 16, 2007 12:00 AM EDT RealNetworks Inc, operator of U.S. subscription-based online-music service Rhapsody, has acquired Austria-based mobile-music platform developer Sony NetServices (SNS) for approximately $9 million in cash. SNS, a business-to-business venture that h ...

  15. EMI Forges Mobile Deal In Vietnam

    May 04, 2007 12:00 AM EDT EMI says it has become the first major label to sign a mobile-content deal in Vietnam. Effective immediately, Ho Chi Minh City-based mobile-content distributor and aggregator Mobile Solutions Services (MSS) becomes EMI's exclusive mobile serv ...

  16. Babinet's MXP4 Gets $6.5M Funding

    March 16, 2007 12:00 AM EDT MXP4 Interactive Music, the new Paris-based interactive-music technology venture, has secured $6.5 million from French venture capital firms Ventech and Sofinnova Partners in its first round of funding. MXP4 is helmed by co-founder and chairman Gi ...

  17. Musiwave Reveals Two Deals at 3GSM Confab

    February 14, 2007 12:00 AM EST Musiwave, the Paris-based mobile-music service provider owned by U.S.-based Openwave, disclosed two new European deals with operators at the 3GSM World Congress confab yesterday (Feb. 13). Musiwave is powering the Orange Music Store, a new full-tr ...

  18. Mobile Ads To Drive Revenue in '07

    February 14, 2007 12:00 AM EST Mobile advertising will start to become the revenue driver in mobile-music services in 2007. That is the prediction of Patrick Parodi, global chairman of the Mobile Entertainment Forum (MEF) and chief marketing officer of mobile-entertainment serv ...

  19. Omnifone To Launch iPhone Rival

    February 12, 2007 12:00 AM EST MusicStation, a new subscription-funded mobile-music service said to be more consumer-friendly than Apple Inc.'s iPhone offering, is scheduled to start rolling out internationally in April. Launched by privately owned London-based Omnifone, M ...

  20. Groove Mobile, Uni U.K. Partner On Mobile Music Store

    January 22, 2007 12:00 AM EST Groove Mobile, the Massachusetts-based international mobile-music service provider, has teamed with Universal Music U.K. to build and operate an off-portal mobile music store. The partnership, unveiled today (Jan. 22) during Midem, will allow Brit ...

  21. Groove Mobile Powers 3U.K.'s Music Offering

    November 21, 2006 12:00 AM EST G service preps for 'bigger push.' The music service operated by 3U.K., Britain's pioneering 3G (third-generation) network, is now being powered by U.S.-based Groove Mobile. Groove Mobile replaces French-originated service provider ...

  22. Groove Mobile Powers 3U.K.'s Music Offering

    November 21, 2006 12:00 AM EST The music service operated by 3U.K., Britain's pioneering 3G (third-generation) network, is now being powered by U.S.-based Groove Mobile. Groove Mobile replaces French-originated service provider Mus The music service operated by 3U.K., Brit ...

  23. Groove Mobile Powers 3U.K.'s Music Offering

    November 21, 2006 12:00 AM EST The music service operated by 3U.K., Britain's pioneering 3G (third-generation) network, is now being powered by U.S.-based Groove Mobile. Groove Mobile replaces French-originated service provider Mus The music service operated by 3U.K., Brit ...

  24. Binks Joins Groove Mobile

    November 10, 2006 12:00 AM EST Groove Mobile, the Massachusetts-based international mobile-music service provider, has expanded its London office with the appointment of Jason Binks to be director of off-portal marketing. Groove Mobile, the Massachusetts-based international mob ...

  25. New Startxt Mobile Service Shines For Indie Labels

    October 26, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Service allows indies to handle mobile services. Startxt Label, a new Web-based technology designed for helping small independent labels launch direct-to-consumer mobile-music services, goes live today (Oct. 26). It is an offshoot of a generic pla ...

  26. New Startxt Mobile Service Shines For Indie Labels

    October 26, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Startxt Label, a new Web-based technology designed for helping small independent labels launch direct-to-consumer mobile-music services, goes live today (Oct. 26). Startxt Label, a new Web-based technology designed for helping small independent la ...

  27. Chuck D Delivers Mobile Keynote, Slams Labels

    September 20, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Three-day event runs Sept. 19-21. Chuck D, founder of pioneer rap act Public Enemy and recording-music entrepreneur, has blasted the major record labels for failing to understand urban music and not exploiting the genre digitally for the growing n ...

  28. Chuck D Delivers Mobile Keynote, Slams Labels

    September 20, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Three-day event runs Sept. 19-21. Chuck D, founder of pioneer rap act Public Enemy and recording-music entrepreneur, has blasted the major record labels for failing to understand urban music and not exploiting the genre digitally for the growing n ...

  29. Warner Seals Deal For Russian Mobile Service

    August 10, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Warner Music International has clinched a major deal in Russia's nascent legal mobile-music market with local network operator VimpelCom and its new music platform. Warner Music International has clinched a major deal in Russia's nascent ...

  30. HMV U.K. To Sell Mobile Phone Handsets

    August 04, 2006 12:00 AM EDT HMV, the U.K. music retail chain, is for the first time going to sell mobile phone contracts and devices from this weekend (Aug. 5). The move is part of its strategy to enhance digital music services. HMV, the U.K. music retail chain, is for the f ...

  31. Vodafone Extends Brand To Music Awards Gala

    June 28, 2006 12:00 AM EDT The U.K. operation of Vodafone, Europe's biggest wireless-phone operator, is boosting its brand's presence in the music industry with the launch of the Vodafone Live! Music Awards on Oct. 11. The U.K. operation of Vodafone, Europe's ...

  32. Vodafone Extends Brand To Music Awards Gala

    June 28, 2006 12:00 AM EDT The U.K. operation of Vodafone, Europe's biggest wireless-phone operator, is boosting its brand's presence in the music industry with the launch of the Vodafone Live! Music Awards on Oct. 11. The U.K. operation of Vodafone, Europe's ...

  33. EMI Music Pacts With Turkey's MobilMuzik

    June 09, 2006 12:00 AM EDT ,000 tracks licensed for the market. EMI Music has become the first major label to provide content to MobilMuzik, the mobile-music service offered by Turkey’s leading wireless carrier Turkcell. The 200,000 tracks, selected from the EMI repertoi ...

  34. EMI Music Pacts With Turkey's MobilMuzik

    June 09, 2006 12:00 AM EDT ,000 tracks licensed for the market. EMI Music has become the first major label to provide content to MobilMuzik, the mobile-music service offered by Turkey’s leading wireless carrier Turkcell. The 200,000 tracks, selected from the EMI repertoi ...

  35. SFR Teams With SDC For Mobile Subs Service

    January 24, 2006 12:00 AM EST Secure Digital Container has clinched a deal to provide the digital rights management solution for French mobile telephone operator SFR's new subscription-based music download service. Secure Digital Container has clinched a deal to provide t ...

  36. SFR Teams With SDC For Mobile Subs Service

    January 24, 2006 12:00 AM EST Swiss technology firm to provide DRM. Secure Digital Container has clinched a deal to provide the digital rights management solution for French mobile telephone operator SFR's new subscription-based music download service. Billboard.biz recen ...

  37. SFR To Launch New Mobile Subs Service

    January 19, 2006 12:00 AM EST It will propose unlimited downloads to handsets. French mobile telephone operator SFR is about to announce imminently the launch of an unlimited music download subscription service for mobile phones, Billboard.biz has learned. According to sources ...

  38. Panel: Euro Indies Missing Out In Mobile Biz

    December 01, 2005 12:00 AM EST Europe's independent labels could lose out on the burgeoning mobile-music business unless international wireless carriers devote more attention to their repertoire, industry executives heard last nigh Europe's independent labels could lo ...

  39. KDDI Racks Up 20 Million Tracks

    October 10, 2005 12:00 AM EDT KDDI, Japan's second-largest mobile operator, said that as of Sept. 28, its Chaku-uta Full mobile-music download service had sold 20 million songs. The number of tracks downloaded has doubled since J KDDI, Japan's second-largest mobile o ...

  40. KDDI Racks Up 20 Million Tracks

    October 10, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Japan's wireless operator offers full downloads. KDDI, Japan's second-largest mobile operator, said that as of Sept. 28, its Chaku-uta Full mobile-music download service had racked up sales of 20 million songs. The number of tracks downl ...

  41. Orange To Offer Mobile Music TV

    October 07, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Kerrang! and Kiss channels added to 3G package. U.K. mobile carrier Orange has launched a new package of mobile TV channels, including two music-video services from U.K. media group EMAP, as part of its 3G (third-generation) offering. Kerrang! and ...

  42. Orange To Offer Mobile Music TV

    October 07, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Kerrang! and Kiss channels added to 3G package. U.K. mobile carrier Orange has launched a new package of mobile TV channels, including two music-video services from U.K. media group EMAP, as part of its 3G (third-generation) offering. Kerrang! and ...

  43. Musiwave, France Telecom Strike Content Pact

    September 14, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Digital firm to power telco´s music strategy. Musiwave, the Paris-based international mobile-music service provider, has clinched the Europe-wide contract to offer a variety of mobile and online content to the customers of telecoms giant France Te ...

  44. Musiwave, France Telecom Strike Content Pact

    September 14, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Musiwave, the Paris-based international mobile-music service provider, has clinched the Europe-wide contract to offer a variety of mobile and online content to the customers of telecoms giant France T Musiwave, the Paris-based international mobile ...

  45. Robbie Enters 'Intensive Care' Oct. 24

    August 24, 2005 12:00 AM EDT EMI is lining up British pop star Robbie Williams' sixth solo album "Intensive Care" for an Oct. 24 release in Europe. The first single, "Tripping," described by Williams on his Web site as "something EMI is lining up ...

  46. Robbie Enters 'Intensive Care' Oct. 24

    August 24, 2005 12:00 AM EDT EMI is lining up British pop star Robbie Williams' sixth solo album "Intensive Care" for an Oct. 24 release in Europe. The first single, "Tripping," described by Williams on his Web site as "something EMI is lining up ...

  47. Robbie Clinches T-Mobile Partnership

    July 27, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Robbie Williams is to be the focus of a comprehensive mobile-music deal with wireless carrier T-Mobile International, the British pop star's record company EMI Music said today (July 27). Robbie Williams is to be the focus of a comprehensive ...

  48. Robbie Clinches T-Mobile Partnership

    July 27, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Robbie Williams is to be the focus of a comprehensive mobile-music deal with wireless carrier T-Mobile International, the British pop star's record company EMI Music said today (July 27). Robbie Williams is to be the focus of a comprehensive ...

  49. Napster, Ericsson Strike Mobile Pact

    June 15, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Online music service Napster is positioning itself in the international mobile-music market through a groundbreaking deal with communications giant Ericsson. Online music service Napster is positioning itself in the international mobile-music mark ...

  50. Napster, Ericsson Strike Mobile Pact

    June 15, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Online music service Napster is positioning itself in the international mobile-music market through a groundbreaking deal with communications giant Ericsson. Online music service Napster is positioning itself in the international mobile-music mark ...

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