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  1. Raconteurs Album Being Rushed To Market Next Week

    March 18, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The Raconteurs are eschewing the standard months-long wait between finishing an album and releasing it with "Consolers of the Lonely," which will hit retail March 25 via Third Man/Warner Bros. The set wasn't even completed until the ...

  2. Does Blog Chatter Matter?

    February 12, 2008 12:00 AM EST Blog posts can triple future album sales, according to a new study from researchers at New York University. NYU Stern professor Vasant Dhar and former student Elaine Chang sampled 108 albums released between January and March of 2007 to determine ...

  3. Yahoo Eyeing Online Music Service

    January 24, 2008 12:00 AM EST Yahoo Inc., is in early discussions with major record labels over offering unprotected MP3s either for sale or for free as part of an ad-supported service, two record company executives familiar with the talks said Wednesday. The talks, held as re ...

  4. Borders Eyes MP3 Download Service

    January 16, 2008 12:00 AM EST Borders Group Inc. is eyeing an MP3 music download service. According to a Reuters report , the company plans to relaunch its Web site in the coming months after its alliance with Amazon.com, which has been running Borders' online commerce se ...

  5. Pepsi, Amazon Unveil Long-Expected Promotion

    January 14, 2008 12:00 AM EST Pepsi and Amazon.com unveiled their long-expected digital music promotion, to kick off during a Super Bowl commercial starring Justin Timberlake. The promotion, called Pepsi Stuff, is designed to introduce the new Amazon digital music service to t ...

  6. Napster To Sell Unprotected MP3s

    January 07, 2008 12:00 AM EST Napster Inc. said yesterday (Jan. 6) it will begin selling music downloads as unprotected MP3 files in the spring, joining other online retailers. The file format change will apply only to single tracks and album purchases, according to a company ...

  7. Lil Wayne Quietly Releases Digital EP

    December 28, 2007 12:00 AM EST With his next album, "Tha Carter III," not due until February via Cash Money/Universal, rapper Lil Wayne snuck out a five-song digital EP on Christmas day, dubbed "The Leak." There is no physical product for sale, but the track ...

  8. WMG Strips DRM For Amazon Downloads

    December 27, 2007 12:00 AM EST Warner Music Group has begun selling DRM-free downloads through Amazon.com. With effect from today, WMG has ended its MP3 hold-out by offering works from its digital audio catalog to buy from Amazon MP3, the online retailer's DRM-free downloa ...

  9. Report: Apple To Cut Price On DRM-Free Tracks

    October 16, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Apple confirmed it will indeed lower the price on its DRM-free tracks to 99 cents, from $1.29, on all iTunes Plus music. Apple CEO Steve Jobs confirmed the move in an interview with the Wall Street Journal . Jobs told the WSJ that the iTunes Plus ...

  10. Report: iTunes To Expand DRM-Free Offering

    October 16, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Apple continues to dip its toe with variable pricing. Citing sources close to Apple, tech blog Ars Technica reports that iTunes will expand its DRM-free music plan, iTunes Plus, with additional tracks from a variety of independent labels. However, ...

  11. Report: Teens Moving From P2P To Paid Services

    October 10, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The results of a teen survey, conducted by financial analyst firm Piper Jaffray, revealed young music fans are slowly accepting paid online music sources over P2P filetrading. P2P is still the primary way they acquire music, but its market share f ...

  12. Plugged And Unplugged

    September 14, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Plugged: So if all goes as planned, we could see as many as two new digital music services launch next week with some very unique business models. One of course is Amazon.com , which many see as the best potential iTunes competitor to come along i ...

  13. Crowley Upped At Koch

    August 14, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Koch Entertainment has promoted Bill Crowley to VP of digital and mobile to oversee the company's expanded new media division. Crowley has led the company's digital music initiatives for the last five years. Koch recently expanded its di ...

  14. UMG Ramps Up DRM-Free Testing

    August 09, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music Group is testing the non-DRM waters. The label, which has the largest market share of all the major labels at 26%, unveiled a plan to test selling digital music without digital-rights management on a massive scale. UMG will begin s ...

  15. Plugged and Unplugged

    July 06, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Plugged: Universal Music Group is playing an interesting game of chicken. In declining to renew its year-by-year music licensing contract with Apple in favor of an "at will" agreement, UMG is signaling that it may pull all or part of its ...

  16. Friday Feature: Plugged and Unplugged

    June 08, 2007 12:00 AM EDT PLUGGED: Anybody read Doonesbury this week? The comic strip is taking on the music industry's problems. If you're behind on the plot, check it out from the beginning at the main Doonesbury site on Slate.com . In it, occasional character ...

  17. Berkowitz Named EMI N.A. Digital Senior VP

    May 22, 2007 12:00 AM EDT EMI Music North America has named Lauren Berkowitz as its new senior VP of digital for the North American region. She reports to EMI North American head Roger Ames and Barney Wragg, global head of digital. Berkowitz comes to EMI from Sony ATV Musi ...

  18. EMI Strikes DRM-Free Deals Across Europe

    May 16, 2007 12:00 AM EDT In addition to its just-announced partnership with Amazon.com , EMI Music Group has struck additional DRM-free licensing deals with several European digital music services. The retailers include VirginMega in France, and several Scandinavian servi ...

  19. Amazon Launches Indie Promo Campaign

    April 18, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Online retailer Amazon.com has launched a massive indie music promotion in which approximately 150 titles will be sold for $9.99 for a limited time. As part of the "Go Indie" sales, Amazon has launched a mini-site that links off of its i ...

  20. NARM Awards Nominees Revealed

    March 15, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The National Assn. of Recording Merchandisers nominees for its merchandisers of the year awards, includes 14 first-time selections, according to NARM president Jim Donio. The winners will be unveiled on the last night of the NARM annual convention ...

  21. IFPI Platinum Awards Handed Out

    February 15, 2007 12:00 AM EST Albums by U2, Snow Patrol and Nirvana were among the IFPI Platinum Europe Award winners in January, according to certifications unveiled this week by the international trade body. Platinum Awards are presented to those albums which surpass one mil ...

  22. 'Plugged/Unplugged' - Digital's Best And Worst Weekly Developments

    February 09, 2007 12:00 AM EST "Plugged/Unplugged" - The best and worst digital developments of the week Plugged: NY Senator Proposes iPod Pedestrian Ban A New York State senator is proposing a bill that would find pedestrians $100 for mindlessly crossing streets whil ...

  23. Norah Jones Sets Amazon.com Record

    January 30, 2007 12:00 AM EST Norah Jones' third album, "Not Too Late," had the largest pre-order in Amazon.com's history, according to the online retailer. While Amazon didn't specify how many copies were ordered, sources say that the figure is in the ...

  24. Nielsen SoundScan Releases Year-End Sales Data

    January 04, 2007 12:00 AM EST While overall album sales dipped 5% to 588.1 million units in 2006, the combined total with digital tracks reached nearly 1.2 billion units, a 20.8 increase from last year's 1 billion units of various music configurations ( For a breakdown of ...

  25. All We Need Is 'Love,' Says Retailers

    November 17, 2006 12:00 AM EST An undoubted masterclass in creativity, the new Beatles album project "Love" is also shaping up to be a massive commercial success. Initial shipments ahead of the Monday (Nov. 20) international releas An undoubted masterclass in creativi ...

  26. All We Need Is 'Love,' Says Retailers

    November 17, 2006 12:00 AM EST An undoubted masterclass in creativity, the new Beatles album project "Love" is also shaping up to be a massive commercial success. Initial shipments ahead of the Monday (Nov. 20) international releas An undoubted masterclass in creativi ...

  27. AOL To Offer Movie, TV Show Downloads

    October 23, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Internet giant inks deal with Paramount. Movies and television shows from Paramount Pictures will be available for sale through AOL's new video portal under a deal announced Monday. Classics such as "Breakfast at Tiffany's" and ...

  28. AOL To Offer Movie, TV Show Downloads

    October 23, 2006 12:00 AM EDT AOL and Paramount Pictures have signed a deal that will allow AOL to sell downloadable versions of Paramount films and television shows through its new video portal. Consumers will own the movies and Movies and television shows from Paramount Pict ...

  29. Norton LLC Acquires Tower.com

    October 12, 2006 12:00 AM EDT $3.8 million deal made during auction. Entrepreneur Bill Sagan and his Wolfgang’s Vault Web site, operating under the name Norton LLC, will acquire the Tower.com online store and other assets from the retailer. A Chapter 11 auction recently liquid ...

  30. Amazon's CustomFlix Launches On-Demand CDs

    September 19, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Service offers artists and labels per-order manufacturing. Amazon.com subsidiary CustomFlix Labs today (Sept. 19) launched an on-demand CD manufacturing service. Similar to the company's DVD offerings, CustomFlix will target unsigned artists ...

  31. Wireless Music Player, Service Goes Live

    June 14, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Music Gremlin player retails for $300. The Music Gremlin wireless music player and service is now live, available for sale via Amazon.com and the company’s own Web site. Music Gremlin is a portable MP3 player that connects directly to it’s own onl ...

  32. NARM Noms Revealed

    June 06, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Annual convention set for Aug. 2-5. The National Assn. of Recording Merchandisers has revealed the nominees for its merchandisers of the year awards. The winners will be unveiled on the last night of the NARM annual convention, Aug. 2-5 in Kissimm ...

  33. Hollywood Studios To Sell Movies Online

    April 03, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Seen as step towards full digital distr. via Web. Hollywood studios will start selling digital versions of films such as "Brokeback Mountain" and "King Kong" on the Internet this week, the first time major movies have been avai ...

  34. Hollywood Studios To Sell Movies Online

    April 03, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Move seen as step towards full digital distr. online. Hollywood studios will start selling digital versions of films such as "Brokeback Mountain" and "King Kong" on the Internet this week, the first time major movies have been ...

  35. Judge Halts Notorious B.I.G. Album Sales

    March 20, 2006 12:00 AM EST A judge halted sales of Notorious B.I.G.'s breakthrough 1994 album "Ready to Die" after a jury decided the title song used part of an Ohio Players tune without permission. A judge halted sales of Notorious B.I.G.'s breakthrough ...

  36. Judge Halts Notorious B.I.G. Album Sales

    March 20, 2006 12:00 AM EST 'Ready to Die' pulled in royalties legal feud. A judge halted sales of Notorious B.I.G.'s breakthrough 1994 album "Ready to Die" after a jury decided the title song used part of an Ohio Players tune without permission. The ...

  37. Google Library Push Faces Lawsuit By Authors

    September 27, 2005 12:00 AM EDT U.S. writers are suing Google Inc. in a federal court, alleging that the Web search leader's bid to digitize the book collections of major libraries infringes individual author's copyrights. SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) -- U.S. writers are su ...

  38. IODA Service To Push Podcast, Blog Promotion

    September 15, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Partners include Amazon.com, Emusic, Live365. Partners include Amazon.com, Emusic, Live365. News ...

  39. IODA Service To Push Podcast, Blog Promotion

    September 15, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Partners include Amazon.com, Emusic, Live365. The Independent Online Distribution Alliance is launching a new service to feed indie label content to bloggers and podcasters, as well as larger music portals. The promotional distribution network is ...

  40. The Music Industry Reponds To Katrina

    September 06, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Updated: Friday, Sept. 16. While the devastating impact from Hurricane Katrina is still being assessed, the music industry continues to respond with a variety of donations, charitable events and assistance. Here is a short list of Web sites where ...

  41. Amazon.com Net Income Dips In Q2

    July 27, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Company hit with more taxes due to profitability. Amazon.com released its quarterly earnings report July 26 which revealed a jump in sales, but a dip in net income from the same period the previous year, primarily due to taxes. For most of the com ...

  42. Amazon Acquires CustomFlix

    July 11, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Move will expand DVD offerings. Online retailer Amazon.com has acquired CustomFlix in a move that will expand its specialty DVD offerings. The Santa Cruz, Calif.-based CustomFlix compresses film or TV shows into digital files, creating a copy of t ...

  43. Music Stocks Picked Up In 2004

    January 11, 2005 12:00 AM EST In a flat sales year, the music business regained modest ground on Wall Street. The parent companies of the major labels all posted stock gains in 2004, continuing a slight upward trend that started l NEW YORK -- In a flat sales year, the music bu ...

  44. Music Stocks Picked Up In 2004

    January 07, 2005 12:00 AM EST Majors, digital distributors showed gains. In a flat sales year, the music business regained modest ground on Wall Street. The parent companies of the major labels all posted stock gains in 2004, continuing a slight upward trend that started last ...

  45. iTunes Store Reaches 200 Million Downloads

    December 16, 2004 12:00 AM EST Apple Computer says it has now sold over 200 million downloads since the launch of the iTunes Music Store in April 2003. Apple Computer says it has now sold over 200 million downloads since the launch of the iTunes Music Store in April 2003. Eddy ...

  46. Walmart.com Lowers DVD Rental Price

    November 02, 2004 12:00 AM EST Walmart.com has lowered the price of its three-DVD online rental plan to $17.36 per month. Walmart.com has lowered the price of its three-DVD online rental plan to $17.36 per month. The move comes in response to competitor Netflix’s new $17.99 mon ...

  47. Convex Group Buys Flexplay

    October 18, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Flexplay Technologies, a manufacturer of limited-play DVDs, has been acquired by the Convex Group. The deal will kick off with the release of the Neverland Films production "Noel" on the Flexplay plat Flexplay Technologies, a manufacture ...

  48. Netflix Stock Plunges

    October 15, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Shares in Netflix dropped nearly 40% in early trading today (Oct. 15), amid news that the online company is lowering its monthly fees and Amazon.com may be entering the video rental business. Shares in Netflix dropped nearly 40% in early trading t ...

  49. EDiMA Names Del Rio President

    October 14, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Mauro Del Rio has been appointed president of European Digital Media Assn. (EDiMA), the pan-European coalition which represents online music companies. Mauro Del Rio has been appointed president of European Digital Media Assn. (EDiMA), the coaliti ...

  50. EDiMA Names Del Rio President

    October 14, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Mauro Del Rio has been appointed president of European Digital Media Assn. (EDiMA), the pan-European coalition which represents online music companies. Mauro Del Rio has been appointed president of European Digital Media Assn. (EDiMA), the coaliti ...

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