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  1. Amazon Opens Prime Video, Music to Monthly Memberships

    April 18, 2016 10:04 AM EDT Amazon is taking on Netflix with a new stand-alone membership for Prime Video.   The e-commerce giant on Sunday night will begin offering two new monthly memberships, the first time it has directly allowed customers to eschew the commitment of an ...

  2. Apple's Swell Buy Signals a Focus on Personalization

    July 28, 2014 1:26 PM EDT Apple's acquisition of Swell , the developer of a podcast streaming app, is another bet on the value of personalized content.   Swell is to podcasts what Beats Music is to music: a service that delivers a personalized collection of audio cont ...

  3. New Watermarking Tech Probably Won't Impact Piracy (Which Isn't Even a Big Deal Anyway?)

    July 21, 2014 3:28 PM EDT Watermarking audio files is nothing new, but a team of international researchers think they've found a way to improve it. On June 30, scientists from Sydney's Deakin University and Aizu University in Japan published an article  about the ...

  4. Billy Corgan Accuses Amazon of Leaking 'Adore' Details Early

    July 17, 2014 10:01 AM EDT Smashing Pumpkins leader Billy Corgan was hoping Wednesday would go as smoothly as his famous pate. Not so, as the planned rollout of full details and track listing for the deluxe reissue of 1998's "Adore" was ruined when Amazon app ...

  5. Google Acquires Songza

    July 01, 2014 4:00 PM EDT Google has reached a deal to acquire Songza, the playlist site it had been rumored to be scouting for several weeks . Financial terms weren’t revealed, but a source with knowledge of the situation said the price was substantially higher tha ...

  6. Amazon Launches Editorial Outlet 'Music Notes'

    June 27, 2014 9:30 AM EDT Amazon.com has introduced Amazon Music Notes , an editorially-driven Web offering intended to drive music sales, Amazon Prime adoption and book purchases. The move comes amid a larger rebranding effort by the Seattle-based retailer under the new A ...

  7. Google's I/O Developer Conference: More of the Same, But From Google This Time

    June 25, 2014 5:18 PM EDT The company unveiled a smattering of offerings, mostly intended to compete with much of the same from other tech giants. Google revealed a host of updates around its Android operating system, mostly targeting developers, at its 2014 I/O event Thur ...

  8. One-Fifth of a Percent? A Closer Look at Amazon's Prime Music Launch

    June 24, 2014 10:43 AM EDT Amazon broke with tradition Monday and released some statistics on early adoption of its new Prime Music service. Although vague, the numbers seem to suggest Prime is off to a decent start. But, again, the numbers are vague. Launched June 12 , Pr ...

  9. A2IM Head Bengloff Strikes Out at Majors, RIAA, Amazon and YouTube in Keynote

    June 20, 2014 8:47 AM EDT In his keynote address, A2IM president Rich Bengloff said that the trade group's board members cited the main issue their business is facing is how music licensing transactions were evolving and the concept of digital breakage. "Breakage ...

  10. How, and How Much, America Listens Have Been Measured for the First Time

    June 18, 2014 3:00 PM EDT A new survey by Edison Research says Americans listen to four hours and five minutes of audio each day. Exactly how that listening breaks down might surprise you since no previous study has tracked all audio consumption.  Mainstreaming Radio: M ...

  11. How YouTube's Subscription Terms Will Hurt Indies – No Content Removal Required

    June 18, 2014 1:25 PM EDT 16 1.009 k 149 0 YouTube might not, in fact, take down music from indies it doesn’t have an agreement with... but it won’t pay them either. Right after Amazon appeared to take independent labels for granted with a take-it-or-leave-it payment scheme for it ...

  12. Bertelsmann Shuts Its German Book and Music Club Business

    June 18, 2014 9:02 AM EDT Marking the end of an era, German media giant Bertelsmann has shut down its German book and music club business, saying the division will be rolled up completely by the end of 2015. The Bertelsmann book club was set up in 1950 by company founder R ...

  13. Behind Google's Failed Bid for Playlisting Startup 8tracks

    June 17, 2014 2:15 PM EDT In Google’s quest to acquire a music service, it appears that playlists are a priority . Playlist repository site 8tracks rejected a buyout offer from Google last fall, according to a source close to the San Francisco-based company. The search gia ...

  14. Google Goes Shopping: The Next Big Music Play

    June 17, 2014 1:44 PM EDT This article first appeared in the June 21st issue of Billboard Magazine . Apple's $3 billion purchase of Beats Electronics has spurred a flurry of interest in streaming music services from the world's richest tech companies. Of them, Go ...

  15. YouTube Confirms Subscription Service Imminent, Warns of Takedowns

    June 17, 2014 12:00 PM EDT 71 4.982 k 303 0 YouTube has confirmed it is close to launching its music subscription service, even as it in the process of pulling down some of the biggest indie label acts in a dispute over payments. Google Transfers VP of Engineering Venkat Panchapake ...

  16. Amazon Smartphone to Be Carried Exclusively by AT&T

    June 17, 2014 11:30 AM EDT AT&T will be the exclusive mobile carrier for Amazon's smartphone, the Wall Street Journal is reporting . The publication's sources said  that the phone, anticipated to be announced at an event on Wednesday in the online retailer ...

  17. Amazon Launches Prime Music Streaming Service, Minus UMG

    June 12, 2014 8:02 AM EDT The new streaming services features catalog titles, tethered downloads and music from just two of the three major labels.   When Amazon launched its Amazon Prime music subscription service this morning, it immediately became one of the largest pai ...

  18. Google Offered $15 Million to Buy Songza (Report)

    June 06, 2014 7:15 PM EDT Google has offered $15 million to acquire curated playlist site Songza, according to the New York Post . The deal would give the search giant company a new music property that could improve its Google Play Music All Access subscription service or ...

  19. Amazon Preps Prime Music Service For Launch Within Weeks (Report)

    May 29, 2014 9:33 PM EDT Another day, another tech behemoth getting into the music streaming business. Amazon.com is reportedly preparing to add a library of music to its hybrid Amazon Prime service within a few weeks, giving annual subscribers access to a limited catalog ...

  20. The Future of Streaming: Apple's Entry May Usher in an Era of Titanic Competition

    May 16, 2014 2:17 PM EDT The Apple-Beats deal talks were just the starter pistol. Industry execs eye the competition ahead. This article first appeared in the May 24th issue of Billboard Magazine . Talks continued at press time over Apple's bid to buy Beats Electroni ...

  21. Ticketfly Names Ex-Amazon Exec Steve Oliver New COO

    May 05, 2014 11:19 AM EDT Former Amazon executive Steve Oliver has been named chief operating officer for fast-growing cloud-based social ticketing platform Ticketfly, which will operate ticketing and digital marketing for more than 120,000 events in 2014. Ticketfly is in ...

  22. Business Matters: Why Amazon Wants to Move Into Your Living Room

    April 04, 2014 3:16 PM EDT Fact No. 1: More than half of those surveyed by Edison Research and Triton Digital this year for their Infinite Dial report said they owned a connected TV. Fact No. 2: The market for connected television hardware was an estimated $197.6 billion in ...

  23. 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, ...

  24. U.K. Program Looks to Cut Off Pirates' Ad Dollars

    April 02, 2014 3:50 PM EDT U.K. pirate profiteers, take heed: your days may be numbered. The City of London Police has announced the launch of its Infringing Website List, a compilation of websites determined to be hubs for copyright infringement, developed in order to give ...

  25. Amazon Unveils Fire TV, Streaming Media Box for the Living Room

    April 02, 2014 1:23 PM EDT Amazon is introducing a set top box that allows streaming of online video content to televisions. The company says its $99 Amazon Fire TV device has better speed, performance and search functions than other streaming services such as Apple TV and ...

  26. 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 ...

  27. No More £0.99: Tax Loophole Closure in U.K. Could Up the Cost of Digital Goods

    March 24, 2014 6:43 PM EDT The price of music downloads in the United Kingdom could be set to increase following new tax laws that threaten to end the standard price of £0.99 ($1.63) for song downloads.   The tax changes were outlined in Chancellor George Osborne’s annual t ...

  28. 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 ...

  29. Smule's Rap Battle Builds on Idea of Social Music

    January 16, 2014 4:54 PM EST Music has always had a strong social component, and it's only in modern times that it has developed as a sometimes solitary and passive media. Smule and its quirky chief executive, Jeffrey Smith, are determined to change that. The San Franci ...

  30. 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&# ...

  31. Daft Punk, Tegan & Sara, Robin Thicke: Amazon's Best-Selling Music of 2013 Varies By Format

    December 27, 2013 11:40 AM EST Everybody is releasing year-end lists right now, because that's what we do in December to put a neat bow on the year, and maybe gain a little perspective on what it all meant . Amazon, not content to have conveniently dominated the holiday ne ...

  32. 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 ...

  33. Amazon Not Stocking New Beyonce CD Following iTunes Exclusive

    December 20, 2013 6:43 PM EST Add Amazon to the short list of retailers protesting Beyonce's iTunes exclusive. While Amazon.com is carrying the MP3 version of the album, the online merchant is apparently not stocking the CD version of the album, according to label sour ...

  34. 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 ...

  35. Rdio Names Anthony Bay, Former Apple, Amazon Exec, as CEO

    December 03, 2013 8:37 AM EST Rdio has found a new CEO after a five-month search, announcing today it is naming Anthony Bay, formerly of Amazon, Microsoft and Apple, to the top job. Former CEO Drew Larner will stay on as vice-chairman and strategic advisor to the company' ...

  36. Cyber Monday Expected to See $2 Billion In Sales

    December 02, 2013 11:02 AM EST It's the day of the online deal. Millions of shoppers are expected to click on items on Monday as retailers rev up deals to grab online holiday shopping dollars on the first working day after the busy holiday weekend. But this year so-called ...

  37. 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 ...

  38. Game On: Consoles Are Changing How We Think About Entertainment (From the Magazine)

    November 05, 2013 1:11 PM EST Weeks before the launches of Sony’s PlayStation 4 and Microsoft’s Xbox One, the gaming-console industry stands at a curious crossroads: Its platforms have served up just as much, if not more, traditional entertainment like movies, TV shows and m ...

  39. Business Matters: Music Discovery Through Advertising

    October 16, 2013 7:37 PM EDT Brands have long been involved in the music business. The call letters for WSM, the home of the Grand Ole Opry, stand for "We Shield Millions," the slogan of former owner National Life & Accident Insurance Company. Brands that fund ...

  40. Strategy Column: How SFX, Azoff-MSG Are Changing Music's Start-Up Rules

    October 14, 2013 1:33 PM EDT Every time you read about the "platform wars" it's a discussion about how the tech giants of the last two to three decades are battling to decide the future of consumer technology. So the usual names: Apple vs. Amazon vs. Microsof ...

  41. 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 ...

  42. Chance the Rapper, with 'Acid Rap' Mixtape, Meets the Legal Black Hole Around Unsigned Artists (From the Magazine)

    August 14, 2013 12:08 PM EDT Nearly a decade after the mixtape wars of the mid-2000s, the format still resides in an awkward limbo for retailers, distributors, artists and labels. Many retailers stopped carrying mixtapes after the RIAA proved litigious against the sale of ...

  43. Amazon Battles European Tax Levy on Blank CDs

    July 12, 2013 5:09 AM EDT Once upon a time, about 10 years ago, it was commonplace to put movies, music and other content on blank CDs and DVDs. This also was a moment when the entertainment universe was familiarizing itself with the disruption of file-trading, and one ...

  44. From the Magazine: How to Exponentially Increase the Digital Music Services Market

    June 18, 2013 1:44 PM EDT This except from this week's Billboard magazine (cover date June 22, 2013) entitled "Easy Does It" is an in-depth look at the best ways for digital music services to exponentially increase market share. Also in this issue: Apple&# ...

  45. Sony One-Ups Microsoft With $399 PlayStation 4 Price at E3

    June 11, 2013 1:04 AM EDT Sony Corp. drew cheers Monday night when it announced the price of its upcoming PlayStation 4 console at the annual E3 video game convention in Los Angeles. At $399, the PlayStation 4 will be $100 less expensive than Microsoft Corp.'s nex ...

  46. Business Matters: The Size of Apple, Google and Amazon Ecosystems

    June 05, 2013 5:24 PM EDT One slide in a presentation by Internet analyst Benedict Evans should really stand out to people in the music business: Ecosystem sizes. The chart shows the growth in the ecosystem sizes over the last three years of Apple iOS, Google Android, Am ...

  47. Business Matters: Apple iRadio's Licensing Vs. Pandora's Licensing

    June 03, 2013 6:30 PM EDT Google and Amazon can follow Apple's example should they choose to launch their own radio services. Apple’s upcoming Internet radio service, unofficially dubbed iRadio, will differ from Pandora in how the music is licensed and the feature ...

  48. Facebook, Twitter Execs Talk Music Apps at SF MusicTech Summit 2013

    May 28, 2013 9:22 PM EDT Facebook Strategic Partnerships manager Ime Archibong handed out social networking tips for musicians and music companies, while Twitter #Music's Stephen Phillips pleaded for patience from the industry at the opening of the SF Musictech Su ...

  49. Apple, Universal Music Group Reach Agreement for iRadio Service: Report

    May 09, 2013 10:14 PM EDT Universal Music Group has agreed to license its songs to Apple Inc.'s proposed iRadio streaming service, according to the Financial Times.  With the largest record company in the bag, the Cupertino, California, hardware company now only nee ...

  50. Business Matters: What An Audio-Streaming Device and 3D Smartphone from Amazon Could Mean to the Music Biz

    May 09, 2013 8:46 PM EDT Amazon is developing a range of hardware products including an audio-only streaming device and a smartphone with 3D capabilities that does not require special glasses, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal. The development of another ...

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