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  1. 69-Cent Bonanza: iTunes, Amazon Selling Hundreds of Tracks At .69 Cents Each

    May 13, 2011 4:16 PM EDT It not exactly a price war just yet, but iTunes has 302 songs priced at 69 cents songs acting as a counterweight to Amazon's 226 69-cent songs. In the last two weeks, iTunes added 15 new collections of songs priced at 69 cents and gave them h ...

  2. Early Word on Google's Music Beta: Good But Not Great

    May 12, 2011 3:05 PM EDT Just days after Google's Music Beta debuted , some hands-on reviews are giving the music service mostly good reviews. People liked using the service but often complained about the upload time - an encouraging sentiment for labels that want Go ...

  3. With Google Music's Arrival, Cloud Music Poised For Mainstream

    May 10, 2011 8:10 PM EDT Music Beta , Google's long-awaited music service, marks the mainstreaming of the cloud. Once a service found in the minor leagues of technology companies, online storage and playback of music files has suddenly jumped to the major league. Jus ...

  4. Business Matters: Is Amazon's 69-Cent Song an Act of Price War?

    May 03, 2011 6:23 PM EDT Is Amazon's 69-Cent Song Pricing an Act of Price War? -- Is Amazon really starting an MP3 price war, as some media reports have suggested? No, probably not. Instead, it appears Amazon has other priorities. Last week, Amazon lowered the price ...

  5. Business Matters: Amazon's Motivation for Selling Hit Songs at 69 Cents

    April 29, 2011 4:54 PM EDT Amazon's Motivation for Selling Hit Songs for 69 Cents -- It's not the signal of all-out price war, but Amazon has dropped the price of 204 hit songs to 69 cents. Among the select group of songs are Katy Perry's "E.T.," Je ...

  6. Amazon Apologizes for Server Outage, Offers Credit

    April 29, 2011 2:27 PM EDT Amazon.com Inc. apologized Friday for a data-center outage that brought down major websites including Foursquare and Reddit and offered Web services customers a 10-day credit.0 The company isn't disclosing how much the credit will cost it. Am ...

  7. MP3Tunes Founder Michael Robertson Weighs in on Locker Licensing Demands

    April 29, 2011 11:53 AM EDT Haven't read enough yet about Amazon's Cloud Drive music locker service? Neither have we. Michael Robertson, founder of Amazon rival MP3Tunes, airs a little dirty laundry on the concerns and demands he claims the major labels have for mu ...

  8. Rdio, Amazon Team on Subscription Payments

    April 28, 2011 1:01 PM EDT On-demand streaming music service Rdio is teaming up with Amazon to let new customers pay for the music subscription service via Amazon Payments. This lets anyone with an Amazon account sign up and pay for Rdio via that account, saving them the tr ...

  9. A Slightly Smaller Cloud: Amazon Says 0.07% of Lost Data Not 'Fully Recoverable'

    April 27, 2011 11:56 AM EDT Amazon says a small amount of data will be lost due to its Web Services outage that began last Thursday . According to a report at The Register , about 0.07% of the EBS storage volumes in the East Region of its Web Services infrastructure are not ...

  10. Amazon.com's Profit Tumbles More Than Expected

    April 26, 2011 8:12 PM EDT Amazon.com said Tuesday that its net income fell 33 percent in the latest quarter, a steeper drop than Wall Street expected as the online retailer poured more money into expanding its operations. While Amazon's profit was a disappointment, it ...

  11. Amazon Betting on Cloud Computing, Sacrificing Some Profit

    April 26, 2011 8:20 AM EDT Amazon.com Inc is thinking long-term when it spends heavily on "the cloud," but investors may see a little more short-term rain when the online retailer reports its earnings on Tuesday. The company has been willing to sacrifice some prof ...

  12. Amazon Cloud Outage: A Teachable Moment?

    April 25, 2011 11:31 AM EDT Amazon's Elastic Cloud Computing web service was still experiencing problems four days after the initial outage that brought down many web sites. On Monday morning, the EC2 dashboard noted instance connectivity, latency and error rates at the ...

  13. Cloud Technology Under Scrutiny After Amazon, PlayStation Service Disruptions

    April 25, 2011 7:20 AM EDT Service interruptions in Amazon's cloud computing web services that began on Thursday as well as Sony's PlayStation Network that began on Wednesday raised questions about the promise of cloud services just a week after the subject grabbe ...

  14. Business Matters: 10 Need-to-Know Twitter Stats

    April 22, 2011 7:44 PM EDT Need-to-Know Twitter Stats -- HubSpot, a maker of Internet marketing software, has a good list of 10 essential Twitter stats online at SlideShare. Slide No. 3 is worth paying attention to: 87% of Americans have heard of Twitter but only 7% actu ...

  15. Amazon Cloud Outage Continues Into Second Day; Indaba Got Creative With Its Downtime

    April 22, 2011 2:36 PM EDT Amazon's web services outage at its Northern Virginia facility continued for the second day on Friday. Reports say hundreds of companies are still affected, although many have restored service. Some music companies were still feeling the effe ...

  16. Google Report on DVD's Decline, Not Death

    April 22, 2011 2:09 PM EDT Google can tell consumer interest in DVDs is waning because of how people use its search engine. DVD-related search terms have been on the decline at Google since late 2008 while Netflix has constantly grown. And that decline in search terms mirro ...

  17. Business Matters: ScoreBig $14 Million Funding Shows Investors Still Bullish on Discounting

    April 21, 2011 7:46 PM EDT ScoreBig $14 Million Funding Shows Investors Still Bullish on Discounting -- ScoreBig has raised $14 million in second-round funding led by U.S. Venture Partners. Previous investor Bain Capital also participated in the round. This brings ScoreBig& ...

  18. Business Matters: Record Store Day Has Banner Sales Day

    April 20, 2011 4:59 PM EDT Record Story Day Has Quite A Day -- Due to Saturday's Record Store Day, independent stores' album sales were up 39% last week and contributed much of the 8% increase in total album sales, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Independent store ...

  19. Business Matters: Warner Bidder Looking For New Way to Sell CDs/DVDs

    April 19, 2011 8:10 PM EDT Warner Bidder Looking For New Way to Sell CDs and DVDs -- Private equity firm Gores Group's Alec Gores said he would like to merge Alliance Entertainment Corp. with a Hollywood studio. "There are some great assets and great opportunities ...

  20. HP TouchPad to Include Cloud Music Service: Report

    April 18, 2011 12:13 PM EDT Hewlett-Packard's TouchPad tablet device will ship with a cloud-based music service, according to PreCentral.net . Information on the service was included in a PowerPoint presentation about the TouchPad. The report says the TouchPad "wil ...

  21. Amazon, Labels To Meet For Locker Talks: Sources

    April 13, 2011 8:38 PM EDT Amazon.com Inc is due to meet with music label executives on Thursday to hash out deals over the online retailer's controversial cloud-based media locker service that has sparked a music business uproar. Amazon launched the free digital locke ...

  22. Amazon to Sell Cheaper Kindle With On-Screen Ads

    April 12, 2011 7:20 AM EDT Amazon.com Inc. is dropping the price on its Kindle e-reader, but the change comes with a trade-off: On-screen ads. The online retailer was set to announce Tuesday that the new Kindle with Special Offers will cost $114 - $25 less than the currentl ...

  23. Amazon Letter To Labels: Cloud Drive Locker Has Boosted MP3 Sales

    April 11, 2011 7:14 PM EDT In a letter to music labels, Amazon says its Cloud Drive locker has boosted Amazon MP3 sales. The company also reiterated the claim that its current setup doesn't need a license. The letter, signed from the Amazon Music Team, doesn't bac ...

  24. How Germany Overtook The U.K. To Become Europe's Largest Music Market

    April 11, 2011 2:58 PM EDT Having long played second fiddle to the United Kingdom, Germany now ranks as the largest music market in Europe, according to international music trade body IFPI. The reversal was announced last week with the publication of IFPI's annual &quo ...

  25. Business Matters: Do Teens Really Like Subscriptions Better Than Paid Downloads?

    April 07, 2011 4:45 PM EDT Do Teens Really Like Subscriptions More than Paid Downloads? When perusing the results of a Piper Jaffray survey of U.S. high school students , keep in mind there's a big difference between considering to buying a product and actually parting ...

  26. Hulu on Pace to Top 1 Million Subscribers

    April 05, 2011 11:46 AM EDT Internet video company Hulu is on track to nearly double its revenue to $500 million and bring its subscriber count to more than 1 million this year, its top executive wrote in a blog post on Monday. Hulu Chief Executive Officer Jason Kilar also s ...

  27. Business Matters: If Labels Don't Like Amazon's Cloud, They Won't Like Tunesbag Either

    March 31, 2011 4:55 PM EDT If Labels Hate Amazon's Cloud, They'll Won't Like Tunesbag Either -- If labels hate Amazon's Cloud Drive and Cloud Player, they might as well hate Tunesbag, too. Just days after the launch of Amazon's cloud storage service ...

  28. Amazon Seeks Approval For Cloud Drive Service -- Will The Labels Play Ball?

    March 31, 2011 11:54 AM EDT Amazon's decision to unveil its new Cloud Drive music locker service without establishing licensing deals with record labels continues to reverberate. The move has elicited an overwhelmingly negative reaction major record labels and publisher ...

  29. Music Sales Increase Six Weeks in a Row, First Time Since 2004

    March 31, 2011 8:04 AM EDT Something wonderful is happening in the U.S. Music sales have posted a year-on-year increase for six weeks in a row, according to Nielsen SoundScan. In fact, this is the first time since 2004 that U.S. sales have enjoyed a sales gain of this lengt ...

  30. Existing Clouds: mSpot Responds to Amazon Locker Service With Lowered Pricing

    March 30, 2011 4:14 PM EDT Watching a behemoth like Amazon suddenly muscle into your turf the way music locker service mSpot did this week must be a chilling experience. But the small digital music company responded quickly today by unveiling a new pricing structure designe ...

  31. Business Matters: Appreciate Amazon's Cloud Drive For What It Is, Not What It Isn't

    March 29, 2011 6:12 PM EDT Amazon's Cloud Drive is Not a Camel -- Two common themes underlie Tuesday's chatter about the launch of Amazon's Cloud Drive, its cloud-based storage service, and Cloud Player, the music player that's integrated with Cloud Driv ...

  32. Amazon's Director Of Music Talks Cloud Drive: 'We Don't Believe We Need Licenses'

    March 29, 2011 2:02 PM EDT Amazon today launched a new music-locker service called Cloud Drive , sparking a new round of analysis over the potential impact of cloud music services and upsetting a number of major labels in the process. Amazon's director of music Craig P ...

  33. Amazon's 'Third-Rate,' Unlicensed Cloud Service 'Disappoints' Labels

    March 29, 2011 12:32 PM EDT The biggest question being asked about Amazon's new cloud music service is: "How did it beat Apple and Google to the punch? " The answer to some is: It didn't. To say that Amazon beat Apple and Google is simply unfair, because ...

  34. Amazon's Cloud Drive Test Drive: Service Is Simple, But Effective

    March 29, 2011 12:26 PM EDT It's not the second coming of iTunes or anything that drastic, but Cloud Drive , Amazon's new cloud storage service , is a good product with a narrow focus. If you're looking for bells and whistles -- recommendations, sharing with f ...

  35. Amazon Beats Apple and Google to the Cloud

    March 29, 2011 9:23 AM EDT Amazon has beaten Google and Apple to the cloud by launching a cloud music storage service that will allow people to remotely access their digital music collections from connected devices. Called Cloud Drive, the service is integrated into both th ...

  36. Amazon Launches Cloud, Online Music Storage Service

    March 29, 2011 7:30 AM EDT Amazon.com wants to be more than a destination for shopping online - it also dreams of being a place where you can store your music, photos and videos and access them any time, from any computer. The online retailer launched two new offerings late ...

  37. Amazon Appstore's Conspicuous Absences: Pandora, Free MP3s

    March 24, 2011 11:03 AM EDT The Amazon Appstore is missing two things that Android users can get through Google's Android Market: Pandora and free MP3s. Pandora has long been one of the more popular free apps. The company boasts 80 million registered users. On Thursday ...

  38. Amazon Launches Appstore To Rival Android, iTunes; Apple Sues

    March 22, 2011 1:10 PM EDT Amazon.com opened its version of an app store for smartphones today, focusing exclusively on apps for Android-based devices. The Appstore (as it is called) launches with 3,800 apps available, and is offering a free download of an exclusive level o ...

  39. Apple Sues Amazon Over App Store Trademark

    March 22, 2011 7:45 AM EDT Apple Inc has sued Amazon.com Inc in a bid to stop the online retailer from improperly using Apple's APP STORE trademark, according to a court filing. The lawsuit, filed in a California federal court late last week, said Amazon has improperly ...

  40. Illinois 'Amazon Law' Would Raise Online Music Prices

    March 14, 2011 5:58 PM EDT A new law is making its way through the Illinois capital building that would raise prices of Internet purchases. Like similar laws in other states, this hints at the changes that could face digital media as well as physical media sold online. The ...

  41. Business Matters: Who Will Soon Join Eminem in YouTube Billion-Airs Club?

    February 23, 2011 2:58 PM EST The YouTube Billion-Airs Club: Eminem, Bieber, Gaga and...Rhi Rhi? -- Who will follow Eminem to become the fourth artist to surpass one billion YouTube views? Rihanna, who currently has nearly 986 million YouTube views. Based on her daily average ...

  42. Business Matters: Will Amazon Bring Loss Leader Prices to Apps?

    January 18, 2011 12:00 AM EST Will Amazon Make Apps A Loss Leading Product, Too? -- Apps may soon get the same loss leader sale prices at Amazon that digital music has been getting for quite a while. As Business Insider points out, Amazon will have the final says on app prices ...

  43. Business Matters: Amazon Preps Android App Store; 2010 Country Music Sales Better Than Overall Music Sales

    January 06, 2011 12:00 AM EST Amazon Preps Android App Store -- Amazon is prepping an Android app store of its own, TechCrunch reported on Wednesday just as Apple today announced it was launching an app store for its Macintosh computers and iPads. The lure is obvious beyond th ...

  44. Forrester: iPad Not Death Sentence for Kindle

    January 05, 2011 12:00 AM EST Despite its color, sexy design and fancy apps, the iPad is not a Kindle killer-in fact, both devices will enjoy robust growth in 2011. According to a new report issued by Forrester, tablet computer sales should skyrocket this year, jumping over 13 ...

  45. Analysis: Here's How Amazon Can Sell Music So Cheap

    January 04, 2011 12:00 AM EST Wonder how Amazon can sell digital albums at $3.99 or less? A chart at Business Insider has the answer. Amazon has an annual average revenue per user (ARPU) of $189, according to J.P. Morgan's math. That figure comes from the company's f ...

  46. Business Matters: iTunes & Tap Tap Revenge 4 Have Very Merry Christmas

    December 27, 2010 12:00 AM EST iTunes Page Sees Christmas Boost -- The iTunes download page was the eighth most popular web page on Christmas day, as ranked by Alexa.com. That rank is on pace with previous years -- it was No. 7 and No. 8 on Christmas in 2008 and 2009, respectiv ...

  47. Christmas Sales Decisive For Nation's Two Largest Booksellers

    December 17, 2010 12:00 AM EST The two largest U.S. bookstore chains have offered up a compelling cliffhanger this holiday season that will seal the fate of brick-and-mortar bookselling. In the latest chapter, Barnes & Noble Inc has put itself up for sale, while Borders Gro ...

  48. Business Matters: Best Buy Shares Sink After Disappointing Earnings Results

    December 14, 2010 12:00 AM EST Best Buy's Comp Store Revenue Drops -- U.S. retail sales fared well in November, but Americans aren't rushing to big screen TVs at big box retailers like they did last year. Best Buy's comp store revenue dropped 5% in the quarter en ...

  49. Analysis: Here's Why Kanye West’s New Album Was $3.99 at Amazon

    December 03, 2010 12:00 AM EST Last week the Village Voice picked up on a thought-provoking topic: using music as a loss-leader. This was a big topic in the ‘00s as mass merchants, freed from labels’ minimum advertised price rules, used cheap CDs to lure customers who would ost ...

  50. Amazon, Ebay, Google Going Local

    December 03, 2010 12:00 AM EST Amazon.com and eBay Inc are investing in local Internet services, jumping aboard the increasingly popular and lucrative business of catering to local shoppers and stores. Amazon, the world's largest online retailer, plans to invest $175 milli ...

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