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  1. Bill Carr, Amazon's Head of Digital Music & Video, Leaving Company

    September 25, 2014 9:07 AM EDT Amazon.com's vice president of digital music and video has announced he's departing the company by the end of the year. Bill Carr , who joined Amazon 15 years ago as a project manager, told his coworkers of the move in an internal emai ...

  2. Why Amazon's Approach to Licensing Could Be the Future of Digital Music

    June 13, 2014 2:15 AM EDT Even though the just-launched Amazon Music Price is receiving some criticism, it hints at a future with different types of subscription services and different prices. One day the $10-per-month subscription service will reach its limit, and anot ...

  3. Business Matters: How Amazon Could Have ‘Tens of Millions’ of Paid Streaming Music Subscribers Instantly

    April 10, 2014 5:40 PM EDT After nearly a decade and a half of buildup, streaming music services are finally poised to make the leap from niche market to mainstream acceptance. That leap is likely to coincide with the introduction of new services by large, diversified tech ...

  4. Netflix, Hulu Plus, Dozens of Other Streaming Apps Available on Amazon's Fire TV

    April 02, 2014 8:20 PM EDT Online video providers are fired up about Amazon's new streaming video box, the Fire TV.  The device, which Amazon announced at a media event in New York on Wednesday morning, comes pre-loaded with dozens of apps including Netflix, Hulu Plus, ...

  5. Amazon Denies Reports On Free Video Streaming Service (Updated)

    March 28, 2014 4:37 AM EDT UPDATED: The company denies a Wall Street Journal report, saying that "we have no plans to offer a free streaming media service." Amazon is working on a free streaming media service as an alternative to its Prime Instant Video subscript ...

  6. Midem's No. 1 Super Bowl Fan: Amazon Digital Music's Matt Epstein

    February 03, 2014 12:09 PM EST The epicenter of the lopsided Super Bowl at Midem, which saw the Denver Broncos massacred at the hands of the Seattle Seahawks, like so many things here, was the bar of the Carlton Hotel. The Pepsi-sponsored party , which begat at 12:30 a.m. was c ...

  7. Digital Music Sales Decrease For First Time in 2013

    January 03, 2014 9:21 AM EST .301 k 1.134 k 75 For the first time since the iTunes store opened its doors, the U.S. music industry finished the year with a decrease in digital music sales. Nielsen SoundScan Mid-Year Report: Digital Album and Single Sales Slow Justin Timberlake&# ...

  8. Five Lessons the Music Business Can Learn from Amazon: Guest Post

    December 23, 2013 10:40 AM EST Kristina Wallender is head of marketing for Ticketfly, a technology platform that powers ticketing and digital marketing for venues and event promoters. The live music industry has a reputation for unfriendly customer practices and resistance to c ...

  9. Target Not Selling Beyonce’s New Album

    December 16, 2013 4:55 PM EST While Beyonce's new fast-selling self-titled album is sure to be on many Christmas wish lists, there's at least one major retailer that's opting not to sell the album: Target. 'Beyonce' Fastest-Selling Album Ever in iTu ...

  10. Amazon.com Is Testing Delivery by Drones

    December 02, 2013 6:13 AM EST Amazon.com is testing delivering packages using drones, CEO Jeff Bezos said on the CBS TV news show 60 Minutes Sunday. The idea would be to deliver packages as quickly as possible using the small, unmanned aircraft, through a service the company i ...

  11. Alex Pham's Digital Notes: YouTube's Free Tracks, Amazon's Cloud Store, Siemer's Big Prize

    September 25, 2013 8:11 PM EDT YouTube's Free Offerings Google, it would seem, loves giving stuff away. Last week, it was QuickOffice, a suite of productivity apps it purchased in June and is now distributing as a free download. Today, it's more than 150 audio track ...

  12. Exclusive: Universal Music, X5 Music Partnership Debuts Blue Note and Verve Titles

    July 25, 2013 1:46 PM EDT The joint venture between Universal Music Group and X5 Music Group has released its first digital compilations containing the catalogs of Universal's Blue Note Records and Verve labels. The 11 releases by the U5 imprint include such legenda ...

  13. Amazon Music Looks to Nab iTunes Customers with HTML5 Update for iPhone, iPod Touch

    January 18, 2013 2:10 PM EST In an escalating battle for digital music customers, Amazon.com has optimized the Amazon MP3 Mobile website for Apple's massively popular iPhone and iPod touch. The optimization should make it easier for Amazon to poach sales from Apple' ...

  14. Amazon Introducing 'AutoRip' -- Automatically Stores CD Purchases in Cloud

    January 10, 2013 6:52 PM EST Amazon today will re-jumpstart the subscription cloud service business model for the music industry by adding digital copies of CD purchases for its customers to their locker. Amazon customers possessing a cloud account who already have MP3 purcha ...

  15. Morning Fix: Holiday Music Sales Drop; MP3 Player Sales Dwindle; Fiscal Cliff Nears; Britney Spears Exiting 'X Factor'?

    December 28, 2012 8:45 AM EST Head HERE to subscribe to Billboard's Morning Fix email and our other free music-business newsletters HOLIDAY BLUES: MUSIC SALES DOWN 10%: In the absence of a steady-selling blockbuster title like Adele 's "21" or Michael Buble ...

  16. Mobile Devices, Especially Tablets, Have Huge Christmas

    December 27, 2012 4:15 PM EST If you got a smartphone or tablet computer for Christmas, you were hardly alone. Flurry , a mobile analytics company that tracks use of mobile apps, says 17.4 million new iOS and Android devices were activated on Christmas day, a 255% increase fro ...

  17. Google Launches Free Licensed Scan-And-Match Music Locker in U.S.

    December 18, 2012 4:12 PM EST Google, which launched its scan-and-match locker service in Europe in November, today (Dec. 18) introduced the service in the U.S., having secured the necessary copyrights to do so from the three major labels, as well as some independent music lab ...

  18. Amanda Marks

    November 28, 2012 1:05 PM EST Global head of digital accounts, Universal Music Group Taking Digital Global Amanda Marks, global head of digital accounts for Universal Music Group, is an early record-label innovator in the digital space and, today, the highest-ranking major-lab ...

  19. Business Matters: Legal MP3 Sites Are Still Buried by Google Search Results

    November 05, 2012 7:07 PM EST If most people simply want to do the right thing when it comes to downloading, the upcoming Copyright Alert System could help more than searching at Google. Over three months after Google implemented a system to lower the search ranking of domains ...

  20. Taylor Swift's 'Red' Sells 1.21 Million -- Biggest Sales Week for an Album Since 2002

    October 30, 2012 7:56 PM EDT It's official: Taylor Swift's "Red" sold a whopping 1.208 million copies last week in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan. That's more than any album has sold in a single week since 2002, when Eminem's "The ...

  21. Business Matters: 7digital, Amazon and Google Selling Taylor Swift's 'Red' at Deep Discounts

    October 30, 2012 7:45 PM EDT Buyers of the digital version of Taylor Swift's "Red" paid the full fare at iTunes last week -- and turned out in great numbers. Great bargains await those who didn't rush out and buy the artist's latest album. Taylor Swif ...

  22. Michael Paull Leaves Sony Music, Takes New Role at Amazon

    October 27, 2012 9:23 PM EDT Michael Paull, EVP of Sony Music's global digital business, has left the company for Amazon, a source confirmed to Billboard.biz. The source said Paull has already left the company and added that the parting was amicable. A report in All Thin ...

  23. Is Taylor Swift's 'Red' iTunes Exclusive a Play to Prevent Deep Discounting?

    October 23, 2012 8:00 PM EDT In a possible attempt to ensure that Google Play and Amazon don't use Taylor Swift's just-released Red album as a loss leader priced below $3.49, Big Machine Records has not serviced the album to those stores, a source confirmed to Billb ...

  24. Mumford Takes Deluxe High Ground

    October 15, 2012 8:46 AM EDT 'Babel' sales show deluxe digital albums outselling standard on iTunes, but discounting has key role. Mumford & Sons' "Babel" is doing more than putting big numbers up on the board: It's also proving that if you ...

  25. From This Week's Billboard: EMI Opens Up The Vault

    September 21, 2012 2:04 PM EDT Below is an excerpt from the feature story "EMI Opens Up The Vault" -- a look at EMI's attempts to create an API to encourage app development -- from this week's edition of Billboard Magazine, which also features our cover stor ...

  26. Business Matters: What is iTunes' U.S. Market Share? Is Google Play Disappointing?

    September 19, 2012 8:27 PM EDT NPD Group released a report Tuesday that said iTunes had a 64% share of U.S. digital download sales and a 29% share of overall sales in the second quarter. The figures came from NPD's consumer panel data of more than two million consumers tha ...

  27. Chart Moves: Kelly Clarkson's 'Stronger' Album Makes Best Buy-Fueled Gain on Billboard 200, Kiss' 'Destroyer' Returns

    August 31, 2012 1:49 PM EDT The Billboard 200: Trey Songz nabbed his first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart this week with "Chapter V," as the singer's fifth studio set bowed with 135,000 sold according to Nielsen SoundScan. It was one of four debuts in ...

  28. Business Matters: Tesco to Close MP3 Store As Download Market Matures

    August 23, 2012 11:15 AM EDT Starting next week, U.K. customers will have one less legal option for buying MP3s. UK retailer Tesco has announced it will close its MP3 store on September 1. The news was first reported Thursday morning at MusicWeek . The move is clearly an atte ...

  29. Morning Fix: Pussy Riot Guilty, Twitter Limits API , Kim Dotcom, RIP Carl Davis

    August 17, 2012 8:22 AM EDT Pussy Riot Found Guilty By Russian Court The three members of Pussy Riot, a Russian punk band/art collective, today were found guilty of "hooliganism motivated by religious hatred," according to reports. Prosecutors are seeking a three y ...

  30. Business Matters: Songza Lands Investments from Troy Carter, William Morris Endeavor, Others

    August 15, 2012 11:22 AM EDT Songza Lands Investments from Troy Carter, William Morris Endeavor, Others Internet radio service Songza announced some encouraging listener metrics Wednesday, but its new celebrity investors will probably get more attention. SXSWi Q&A: Songza ...

  31. Amazon Planning to Add Physical CD Purchases to Cloud Player Accounts

    August 10, 2012 1:41 PM EDT Sources tell Billboard that Amazon is working to launch a feature that will populate its Cloud Player accounts with tracks from physical CDs purchased on Amazon. One estimate puts the new feature launching this fall. Cloud Player is Amazon's ...

  32. Amazon Improves Its Cloud Service

    August 09, 2012 7:25 PM EDT Amazon's Cloud Player gets a major-label upgrade Cloud music is getting smarter - and may soon get more mainstream. On July 31 Amazon launched a fully licensed scan-and-match cloud music service, giving it the same features as Apple's cl ...

  33. Amazon Launches Scan-and-Match Service For Cloud Player To Compete With Apple's iTunes Match

    July 31, 2012 2:44 PM EDT Amazon Launches Scan-and-Match Service For Cloud Player To Compete With Apple's iTunes Match Amazon today launched a fully licensed scan-and-match cloud music service giving it a better competitor to Apple's similar service, iTunes Match ...

  34. Business Matters: Facebook's Not Alone in its Mobile Problems

    July 27, 2012 4:15 PM EDT Facebook's Numbers Normal, But Stock Dips Anyway Facebook is being punished for being normal. After the company released decent, entirely expected quarterly results Thursday afternoon, investors decided the company doesn't have a strong ...

  35. Chart Moves: One Direction's 'Up All Night' Hits 1 Million U.S. Sales

    July 27, 2012 1:20 PM EDT The Billboard 200: Nas was the big news on the Billboard 200 this week as his Life Is Good album debuted at the top of the chart , selling 149,000 copies according to Nielsen SoundScan. The big surprise in the top 10 was the unlikely return of Phi ...

  36. Amazon Sale Price Will Negatively Impact Frank Ocean's Chart Position This Week

    July 24, 2012 1:25 PM EDT Island Def Jam's surprise exclusive release of Frank Ocean's Channel Orange album for one week on iTunes is still angering other retailers. A week after Target refused to carry the album as a result of the digital exclusive, Amazon on Ju ...

  37. Frank Ocean Rocks Boat At Retail With iTunes Release

    July 19, 2012 7:40 PM EDT Island Def Jam's surprise exclusive release of Frank Ocean's "Channel Orange" album for one week on iTunes is still angering other retailers. A week after Target refused to carry the album as a result of the digital exclusive, ...

  38. Internet Radio: The Next Digital Underground

    July 19, 2012 6:35 PM EDT One is traded on the New York Stock Exchange. Another was recently launched by the world's leading on-demand music subscription service. And yet another has quietly accumulated 30 million monthly users. These three Internet services are part ...

  39. Brown's Tops While Amazon Promotion Pops

    July 12, 2012 6:55 PM EDT Chris Brown earns his second No. 1 album on the Billboard 200, as "Fortune" debuts atop the chart, selling 135,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan. It follows his last release, and first No. 1, 2011's "F.A.M.E." Tha ...

  40. Amazon's 99-Cent Deals Sends 20 Titles Soaring Up the Charts, But at What Cost?

    July 12, 2012 6:49 PM EDT Amazon picked last week -- July 3, to be exact -- to remind everyone that it is the low-price music retailer on the Internet, when it offered 20 current albums at 99 cents apiece. Those 20 titles, which included Katy Perry's "Teenage Dre ...

  41. Zac Brown Band's 'Uncaged' Heading for No. 1, Frank Ocean Selling Big

    July 11, 2012 9:02 PM EDT Zac Brown Band's "Uncaged" is aiming for No. 1 on next week's Billboard 200, while Frank Ocean's "Channel Orange" is selling faster than expected. The new Billboard 200 chart's top 10 will be revealed on the ...

  42. Chris Brown's 'Fortune' Album Debuts At No. 1 On Billboard 200

    July 11, 2012 10:55 AM EDT Chris Brown earns his second No. 1 album on the Billboard 200, as "Fortune" debuts atop the chart, selling 134,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan. It follows his last release, and first No. 1, 2011's "F.A.M.E." Tha ...

  43. Chart Moves: Hall & Oates' Highest Charting Album Since 1988 On Billboard 200, 'Rock of Ages' Soundtrack Debuts

    June 14, 2012 9:45 PM EDT The Billboard 200: There was a lot of big news on the Billboard 200 albums chart this week as Adele's "21" returned to No. 1 for a 24th week, while Alan Jackson arrived in the runner-up slot with "Thirty Miles West." The B ...

  44. Amazon in Process Of Clearing Music Rights For Cloud (Report)

    June 13, 2012 8:00 AM EDT More than a year since launching its cloud service without the benefits of music licensing, online retailer Amazon is close to securing publishing deals with the major labels, according to a report on CNET. According to the report, Amazon is in ne ...

  45. Amazon Cloud Player App Now Available For Apple iPhone, iPod Touch

    June 12, 2012 2:57 PM EDT The new Amazon Cloud Player App on the Apple App Store listing page. Though Amazon and Apple, two of the largest digital music retailers, have a rich history of "competition," the two competing digital retailers' relationship appear ...

  46. Alliance to Distribute CD Baby Catalog

    May 08, 2012 1:54 PM EDT Alliance Entertainment has signed on to distribute CD Baby's inventory of hundreds of thousands of titles to its brick and mortar account base, as well as the online stores serviced by the giant wholesaler. According to the announcement, CD B ...

  47. HMV Grows U.K. Market Share

    May 01, 2012 11:16 AM EDT HMV has marginally increased its share of the U.K. entertainment market, according to latest figures released by market research firm Kantar Worldpanel. In the three-month period ending March 18, HMV grew its market share to 19.2%, up from 17.5% f ...

  48. Business Matters: Official.fm Targets Business Users for its Music Platform

    April 23, 2012 5:40 PM EDT Official.fm Simplifies Management For Artists Artists and labels have no shortage of tools for promoting music online. Official.fm wants to simply the process. "Official.fm aims to provide a single place for artists, labels and managers to ma ...

  49. Business Matters: Pandora Accounts for a Huge Share of SoundExchange Collections

    April 11, 2012 4:25 PM EDT Pandora Accounts For More Than A Third of SoundExchange's Collections Pandora accounted for somewhere between 36.7% and 38.6% of SoundExchange's collections for digital performance royalties in 2012. Angus MacDonald, General Counsel at I ...

  50. Apple Sued By US Department of Justice Over E-Book Price Fixing

    April 11, 2012 12:05 PM EDT NEW YORK (AP) -- The U.S. government filed an antitrust lawsuit against Apple Inc. and book publishers Wednesday, saying the publishers conspired with Apple to raise retail electronic-book prices to limit competition. The government also filed pap ...

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