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  1. Amazon U.K. Pricing Mishap

    June 18, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The U.K. Amazon service, Amazon.co.uk, has confirmed that a "pricing error" resulted in hit albums being sold for just 29p (47 cents). Although Amazon.co.uk has aggressively priced its new MP3 store, with albums as low as £3 ($4.88), the ...

  2. Nielsen NARM Report Shows Digital Gains, Physical Shortfalls

    June 09, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Nielsen's annual presentation at NARM revealed a marketplace saturated with albums and songs but light on total revenue. Digital sales have nearly caught physical sales, according to Nielsen, and the point of purchase is increasingly non-trad ...

  3. U.K. Music Retail Sales Down 6%

    May 18, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The U.K. recorded music business held up reasonably well in 2008 with trade value down by 5.3% to £894 million ($1.368 billion) and retail value down by 6% to £1.308 billion ($2.002 billion), according to new figures from trade body the BPI. That ...

  4. Japan's Columbia Builds On-Demand CD Service

    April 28, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The on-demand CD printing service by Columbia Music Entertainment, Japan's oldest record label, is picking up steam. The service allows customers to order long out-of-print titles and receive them with new packaging, images and information. H ...

  5. Amazon, Best Buy Execs Join NARM Board

    April 14, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The National Assn. of Recording Merchandisers has named to new directors to its board, Pete Baltaxe from Amazon and Ed Hogan from Best Buy. Baltaxe, Amazon's director of worldwide digital music, replaces Amazon's Peter Faricy who last fa ...

  6. Amazon U.K. MP3 Sale, iTunes Launches Variable Pricing

    April 07, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The Amazon.co.uk MP3 store is offering 100 top-selling tracks for 29 pence (42 cents), reduced from 59 pence (86 cents), to coincide with the launch of variable pricing on the iTunes store in the U.K. The iTunes pricing in the U.K. now varies betw ...

  7. Amazon Launches German MP3 Store

    April 01, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Amazon.de is the latest Amazon online retail platform to offer digital downloads. The German service launched today (April 1) with a catalog of 5 million DRM-free tracks. Like the U.K. Amazon MP3 store, which launched in December, prices are compe ...

  8. Analysis: Mixing Downloads With Streams

    March 31, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The new partnership between Spotify , the new darling of streaming music sites, and UK digital media delivery company 7digital will allow Spotify users to buy MP3 downloads of over six million tracks, but combining a streaming service with a paid ...

  9. U.K. Sales Fall In Single Figures

    March 24, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Recorded music sales in the U.K. were down 1.9% in volume and 6.9% in value in 2008, according to figures compiled by the Official Charts Company and published by the Entertainment Retailers' Association. The ERA annual yearbook states that t ...

  10. CD Album Sales Hold Steady In Germany

    March 19, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The German recorded music market has reported a decline in overall revenue for the 10th year in succession, but CD albums have not seen the double-digit year-on-year decline of other territories. In Berlin today (March 19), the German music indust ...

  11. Digital Briefs: Free Downloads, Clear Channel

    March 16, 2009 12:00 AM EDT - A Christmas promotion surrounding the UK launch of Amazon's digital music service resulted in the accidental release of unlimited free downloads before the glitch was found. It's not know exactly how many songs were acquired as a resul ...

  12. Amazon.co.uk Offers Chart Promotion

    March 06, 2009 12:00 AM EST The Amazon.co.uk MP3 store has launched a chart promotion, allowing customers to purchase ten chart tracks for 29 pence (41 cents) each. The promotion includes tracks by Kings of Leon, Coldplay, the Killers, the Prodigy and Lady GaGa and Kelly Cla ...

  13. Amazon Starts Game Trades

    March 06, 2009 12:00 AM EST Amazon.com Inc will allow shoppers to trade in used video games for store credit, a move that may challenge a core driver of profitability for No. 1 U.S. game retailer GameStop Corp. GameStop shares fell 13% on Thursday, after Amazon set the trial ...

  14. Holiday Sales Boost Amazon.com Results

    January 30, 2009 12:00 AM EST Amazon.com's success over the holiday sales period helped the online retailer achieve strong Q4 results in 2008, with net income up 9% on the previous year to $225 million for the period ending Dec. 31. The 2007 Q4 net income figure was $207 ...

  15. Dynasty Expands To Canada

    January 20, 2009 12:00 AM EST American indie record label and distributor, Dynasty Records, has launched a Canadian division, the company announced today. The company, which was operated in the U.S. for two decades says it will offer Canadian artists "unprecedented access ...

  16. Biz Briefs: Obama, Trans World, NIN

    January 07, 2009 12:00 AM EST - President-elect Barack Obama selects a lawyer who formerly represented the Recording Industry Association of America in file sharing cases to be the third in command at the Justice Department. [ CNET ] - Trans World Entertainment reports a 14% d ...

  17. U.K. Christmas Sales Up At Amazon, Play

    January 07, 2009 12:00 AM EST Internet retailers Amazon.co.uk and Play.com have both reported strong Christmas trading, led by home entertainment products, particularly sales of DVDs. Both Play.com and Amazon.co.uk reported that the DVD of "Mamma Mia!" was the top se ...

  18. Online Retail Sales Dip

    January 02, 2009 12:00 AM EST If flat is the new up, then the 2008 holiday shopping season was still a disappointment. Consumer online retail spending declined 3 percent this year, according to comScore, which had previously predicted that online shopping would represent a bri ...

  19. Amazon Claims Record Holiday Orders

    December 29, 2008 12:00 AM EST Online retailer Amazon.com Inc reported its best holiday sales season yet, even as sales and traffic at U.S. store chains were the weakest in decades. Analysts have pointed to Amazon as a rare bright spot in this year's holiday shopping seaso ...

  20. Amazon's U.K. MP3 Store Goes Live

    December 03, 2008 12:00 AM EST The long-anticipated Amazon.co.uk MP3 service has finally arrived, although the online retailer's download store had a low-key launch. The service went live today (Dec. 3) and boasts 3 million DRM-free tracks from all four majors and leading ...

  21. Amazon Expands Artist Pages

    November 18, 2008 12:00 AM EST Amazon expanded its online music sales efforts to include more than 100,000 artist-specific pages, or stores. Each store lists an artist's full discography, biographies, images, and links to buy music in any format - CDs, MP3, or vinyl. The l ...

  22. Amie Street Launches New Web Site

    October 15, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Online retailer Amie Street, currently in the midst of raising its Series B round of financing, unveiled a new Web site today. The site has a new, cleaner look, as well as a number of new features and improvements on existing functions. The site, ...

  23. EMI Set To Launch Digital Store

    October 08, 2008 12:00 AM EDT EMI is preparing to launch a music service by the end of the year, representing the latest direct-to-consumer business being planned by a major label. "This is not an effort to compete with iTunes or Amazon," said a source familiar with ...

  24. 7digital Signs Sony BMG To MP3

    September 16, 2008 12:00 AM EDT U.K. download service 7digital.com has signed a deal with Sony BMG to sell around 250,000 tracks from its catalog in high quality MP3 format. 7digital says it is now the largest DRM-free store in the U.K., with a total of four million tracks. It h ...

  25. Elbow Enjoys Mercury-Fuelled Sales Boost

    September 12, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Three days after the 2008 Nationwide Mercury Prize was announced, retail is reporting a big spike in sales for Elbow's winning album, "The Seldom Seen Kid" (Fiction/Polydor). The album, the alternative act's fourth, is heading ...

  26. Amazon.com Reveals New Music Site

    September 03, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Amazon.com has quietly unveiled a Wikipedia-like music information site called SoundUnwound . The adjunct to its online commerce system allows fans to edit band profiles, album and song information and other music related news and updates. All edi ...

  27. Digital Briefs: Best Buy, Last.fm, iTunes

    August 05, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - BestBuy.com won exclusive rights to stream the final Police concert, being filmed at Madison Square Garden Aug. 7. - Last.fm launches in Japan. - New data from NPD Group has Apple iTunes as the top music retailer in the country, followed by Wal- ...

  28. Disc Makers Acquires CD Baby

    August 05, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Independent CD and DVD manufacturer Disc Makers announced they have acquired independent music seller CD Baby, following a 7-year close strategic partnership between the two companies. Based in Portland, Oregon, CD Baby allows independent musician ...

  29. AmieStreet.com Grabs The Walkmen Exclusive

    July 29, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Indie rockers the Walkmen will release their new album, "You & Me" today exclusively on AmieStreet.com as part of the Web site's ongoing Download To Make A Difference benefit program. "You & Me" will be sold for a ...

  30. TiVO, Amazon Pair For Purchasing Service

    July 22, 2008 12:00 AM EDT TiVO and Amazon.com are teaming up on a service that will let TiVO users buy products featured on the TV show they are watching. Users purchase the products through the Amazon online store. The Product Purchase feature, as it is called, requires a ...

  31. Online Retailers Shift Pricing

    June 17, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The cost of digital music is rising, and falling, depending on where you shop online these days. Amazon.com introduced two new discount promotions on select digital albums as part of an ongoing variable pricing strategy. The company’s Daily Deals ...

  32. NARM Panel Talks Digital Music Retail

    May 06, 2008 12:00 AM EDT During the Digital Landscape panel at the NARM convention, digital merchants sounded very much like their peers in the brick-and-mortar world as they wrestle with pricing issues, profit margins and competition from other forms of entertainment sof ...

  33. Sony BMG, EMI Back Amazon On Demand Option

    May 05, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Sony BMG and EMI Music will reissue out-of-print albums on CD through Amazon.com's on demand publishing subsidiary, CreateSpace, according to a statement. Formerly out-of-print albums now available to Amazon customers include "Hatari Sou ...

  34. Plugged & UnPlugged: MSN Music, Would-Be Game Censors

    April 25, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Plugged Cited largely as further proof of how "evil" DRM is, Microsoft this summer will stop authorizing digital music files purchased from the old MSN Music service . Customers will have until the end of August to select which device th ...

  35. Analyst: Amazon Music Expanding Digital Market

    April 15, 2008 12:00 AM EDT New figures from NPD Group suggest that the Amazon DRM-free digital music service is doing more to grow the overall digital music market as opposed to simply stealing customers from iTunes. The research group says only 10% of Amazon customers had ...

  36. Last.fm Sees Sales Spike After Streaming Change

    April 10, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Last.fm released figures suggesting services that allow free full-song streaming can spur increased download sales. The company says that since it upgraded from 30-second song samples to full songs, CD and downloads sales through its links to part ...

  37. WMI, 7digital Strike Euro Download Deal

    March 03, 2008 12:00 AM EST Digital download store 7digital.com on Tuesday becomes the first major European service of it kind to offer Warner Music's repertoire in the MP3 format, through a new deal struck with Warner Music International. An online marketing campaign w ...

  38. 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 ...

  39. 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 ...

  40. Sony BMG Signs On With Amazon MP3 Store

    January 10, 2008 12:00 AM EST Sony BMG Music Entertainment is joining Amazon's MP3 party, and will allow its music to be sold via the unprotected format on the digital download store. The move comes on the heels of Sony BMG's announcement that it will sell album spec ...

  41. Amazon, Pepsi Prep Massive MP3 Promotion

    January 09, 2008 12:00 AM EST Amazon and Pepsi are expected to finally announce their 11-month long promotion in which Pepsi customers can build up points by registering codes on bottle-caps and exchange them for merchandise and downloads from Amazon.com, sources say. The prom ...

  42. 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 ...

  43. AmieStreet.com Launches Japanese Service

    December 11, 2007 12:00 AM EST AmieStreet.com launched a version of its dynamic pricing digital music service in Japan via a joint venture with Linux software distributor TurboLinux. The AmieStreet model changes the price of music sold based on the number of people buying it. T ...

  44. A Tipping Point For MP3s

    November 30, 2007 12:00 AM EST The scope of a yearlong download promotion planned between Pepsi and Amazon, Billboard has learned, is among several developments forcing further consideration by Warner Music Group (WMG) and Sony BMG Music Entertainment to follow EMI and Universa ...

  45. Turbolinux Revs-Up Download Service

    October 26, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The Japanese subsidiary of Linux software distribution company Turbolinux says it is setting up a music-download service based on an exclusive licensing agreement with Long Island City, N.Y.-based independent-music download site/SNS service Amie S ...

  46. Plugged And Unplugged

    September 28, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Plugged: At first look, Amazon.com's digital music service has all the right pieces. I'll ignore a few glitches here and there in the interest of fairness -- not a full catalog, not all CD search results cross-link to the available digit ...

  47. Amazon Launches Early Version Of Music Service

    September 25, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Amazon.com has finally unveiled a beta version of its much-discussed digital music service, called Amazon MP3, offering more than 2 million DRM-free songs. The service is almost entirely Web based, meaning no desktop application is needed to acces ...

  48. Amazon To Launch Music Service Next Week?

    September 12, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The much-anticipated music service from Amazon could go live as early as Tuesday, Billboard.biz has learned. The company has been testing the service internally for the last several weeks, and is presenting the results to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos for ...

  49. EDiMA Names New Pres

    September 05, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The European Digital Media Association (EDiMA) has a new president. Andrew Cecil, currently head of public policy at Yahoo Europe, has been appointed president, with immediate effect. At the same time, Paloma Castro, director public affairs at eBa ...

  50. Report: Amazon.Com To Launch Music Service

    August 31, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Amazon.com Inc has tentatively set a mid-September target for the launch of its music service, the New York Post reported in its online edition on Friday, citing sources familiar with the situation. The store will offer songs in the MP3 format and ...

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