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  1. 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 ...

  2. Biz Stock Ticks: This Week's Entertainment Indices 3/17-3/21

    March 21, 2014 3:54 PM EDT Biz Related News:   Apple Mulls Launching Spotify Rival, Android App as Downloads Decline (Sources)       Biz Related News:           Biz Related News:           Biz Related News: Google, Viacom Settle YouTube Copyright Lawsuit       Biz Related N ...

  3. Business Matters: IFPI's Annual Report to Bring 'Cannibalization' Into Focus

    March 14, 2014 8:30 AM EDT When the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry releases its twin annual economic reports on the state of the global music business in the coming days, they likely will unleash a debate that's been steadily heating up regarding ...

  4. Spotify's Ken Parks on an IPO, the Echo Nest Purchase (Q&A)

    March 11, 2014 4:59 AM EDT The past couple of weeks have brought a flurry of headlines about Spotify, beginning last week when it announced its acquisition of the Echo Nest for a reported $100 million and continuing with news this week of a $200 million credit line , leadi ...

  5. Digital Notes: Music Apps Gain Revenue, Vevo Grows Views, Frank & Oak Leverages SoundCloud

    February 19, 2014 9:00 AM EST Music Apps Rock On -- While digital track sales may have fallen 5.7% last year, revenue generated by music apps grew 77% in 2013. This bit of good news comes from a report released Wednesday from App Annie and IHS. Among the biggest revenue-gene ...

  6. 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 ...

  7. Apple's App Store Posts More Than $10 Billion in Sales in 2013

    January 07, 2014 4:58 PM EST December was the most successful month in the history of the retailer. Apple's App Store rang up more than $10 billion in sales in 2013, it was announced Tuesday. Related iTunes App Store: 30 Billion Downloads, $7.14 Billion in Revenue Why Ap ...

  8. How To Give Someone 20 Million Songs for 2014

    December 13, 2013 2:05 PM EST If you pay by the month for music, your kith and kin might call you crazy behind your back. Isn't that stuff free ? On the other hand, if you are a subscriber, you've probably realized that if you like music, you could do worse than to p ...

  9. The Overall Good Year in Music Stocks

    December 12, 2013 5:06 PM EST It was a good year for the stock market. While NASDAQ went up 32.85%, the Dow Jones rose by 19.6%, and S&P 500 climbed 24.76%, Billboard's 10 music-related stocks grew by an average of 82.31% over the course of 2013.  The six most music-s ...

  10. Getting on the iTunes Home Page: What It Means and How To Get There (From the Magazine)

    November 19, 2013 1:13 PM EST This article is an excerpt from 'Maximum Exposure,' our comprehensive list of the 120 best places for music to be discovered by consumers -- from Super Bowls to Amazon Daily Deals -- which was the centerpiece of our most recent issue ...

  11. iTunes Offers Donations Page for Philippines Typhoon Relief

    November 12, 2013 3:42 PM EST Apple is giving iTunes users a chance to donate to relief efforts for the typhoon tragedy in the Philippines. Users can go to the iTunes store to donate to the American Red Cross; funds raised will go to help the Asian nation, which has been dev ...

  12. Pandora Growth Continues After iTunes Radio Launch

    November 05, 2013 12:51 AM EST Pandora fared well in the first full month iTunes Radio was available in the United States. The Internet radio company's listener hours grew 8% from September to 1.47 billion, according to figures revealed by CFO Mike Herring at a Morgan S ...

  13. Beatport CEO Matthew Adell Conducts Reddit AMA, Discusses SFX, Pricing, Sponsored Content

    October 31, 2013 4:41 PM EDT In a “crowdsourced” interview conducted on Reddit yesterday -- called AMAs, or Ask Me Anythings -- Matthew Adell, CEO of dance music retailer and news destination Beatport answered a wide range of questions, many directed at the surprisingly ret ...

  14. HMV's Software Pulled from App Store, Apple’s Spirit of Competition Questioned

    October 23, 2013 5:38 AM EDT Britain’s Entertainment Retailers Assn. has called on Apple's iTunes to “act responsibly” after the digital music giant yanked HMV’s iOS app from its app ecosystem. In what appears to be a purely protectionist move, British-based retail cha ...

  15. Apple Unveils New Macs, iPads, (Free) Desktop Software

    October 22, 2013 2:53 PM EDT Apple unveiled a new, thinner, lighter tablet called the "iPad Air" along with a slew of new Macs ahead of the holiday shopping season as it faces growing competition from rival gadget makers. The Cupertino, Calif. company made the ann ...

  16. New iPads Likely, New OS X Rumored for Apple Event Next Week

    October 15, 2013 3:44 PM EDT Apple is holding an event in San Francisco next week to announce new products -- likely updated iPads. The company announced its most recent iPads around this time last year. The announcement included a smaller version, called the Mini, for the ...

  17. SFX Shares Fall Below IPO Price on First Day of Trading

    October 09, 2013 12:19 PM EDT Shares of SFX Entertainment were trading at $10.84 at midday Wednesday, about 16.5% below the $13 initial public offering price .   SFX offered 20 million shares priced at $13.00 a share, raising $260 million and valuing the company at just over ...

  18. Study: Online Music Sales in Russia to Grow by 158 Percent in 2013

    September 25, 2013 3:52 PM EDT Legitimate online music sales in Russia are to more than double this year, a local research company says, adding that iTunes’ presence in the market has a serious impact. In 2013, Russia’s legitimate online music market is to reach $8 million, a ...

  19. Business Matters: How Good Was iTunes Radio's Start? (Really Good)

    September 24, 2013 4:57 PM EDT Just how good was iTunes Radio's start? Pretty good. Apple announced Monday that iTunes Radio picked up 11 million listeners in its first five days of availability.   The news immediately made clear that iTunes Radio should be considered a ...

  20. Business Matters: What Google Trends Says About Spotify, Deezer, iTunes and the State of Digital Music

    September 16, 2013 6:30 PM EDT Google Trends shows what we already know: subscription services are increasingly popular while interest in paid downloads has peaked. But Google Trends, a Google service that graphs the frequency of search terms, also shows the popularity of ...

  21. What to Expect from Apple's Expected iTunes Radio Announcement

    September 09, 2013 1:50 PM EDT There has been a lot of speculation about iTunes Radio since word first broke last year that Apple had started discussions with record labels. Although opinions won't come until people get actual hands-on experience with the product on T ...

  22. Business Matters: Apple iTunes Radio Vs. Downloads and The Innovator's Dilemma

    September 06, 2013 6:26 PM EDT Nearly all companies must eventually embrace innovation or risk injury. As the music business follows consumers' shift to streaming media, Apple will eventually abandon part of what made it successful. iTunes Radio, expected to launch Tue ...

  23. Appeals Court Won't Revive Class Action Over Apple's Digital Music Sales

    September 03, 2013 4:15 PM EDT Most consumers don't like the type of digital rights management software that makes music purchased on Apple's iTunes Store only compatible on Apple devices. Unfortunately for one consumer who attempted to bring a class action lawsuit ...

  24. Biz Stock Ticks: This Week's Entertainment Indices 8/26-8/30

    August 30, 2013 2:18 PM EDT       .Biz Stock Ticks: This Week's Entertainment Indices Biz Stock Ticks looks at publicly traded entertainment stock prices over the last week by Apple, Best Buy, Facebook, Google, Live Nation, Pandora, Sony, Sirius, TransWorld and Sony - ...

  25. Apple E-Book Ruling Won't Cover Music Downloads

    August 28, 2013 12:54 PM EDT The agency pricing model will live on at the iTunes Store. The judge in the Apple e-book price fixing case said on Tuesday she will limit the focus of her ruling to e-books.   U.S. District Judge Denise Cote said her ruling would not give the fe ...

  26. VEVO Debuts on Apple TV Alongside Disney Channel, Smithsonian

    August 27, 2013 11:47 AM EDT In an update released today, VEVO and four other content sources -- Disney, Disney XD, the Smithsonian and the Weather Channel -- have joined the ranks of Apple TV apps. The launch makes VEVO's catalog of music videos, which the company say ...

  27. Microsoft Says CEO Ballmer to Retire in 12 Months

    August 23, 2013 10:21 AM EDT Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, who took over the helm of the world's largest software company from founder Bill Gates, will retire within the next 12 months. Microsoft Corp. did not name a successor. The company said it is forming a search co ...

  28. Business Matters: Behind Apple iTunes Radio’s Launch Strategy

    August 20, 2013 6:37 PM EDT Don't expect a soft launch for iTunes Radio. Apple has lined up blue chip advertisers for its upcoming launch next month of iTunes Radio, according to an Ad Age report . McDonald’s, Nissan, Pepsi and Procter & Gamble were named as ad ...

  29. Apple's iTunes Radio to Launch Next Month with Full Slate of Blue-Chip Sponsors

    August 20, 2013 2:41 PM EDT Apple’s iTunes Radio is gearing up for a September launch, with an ad model that has already attracted interest from blue-chip clients. According to a detailed report from Advertising Age , iTunes Radio will debut next month with sponsorship f ...

  30. Business Matters: What iTunes Radio Will Actually Pay

    June 28, 2013 7:24 PM EDT A close look at the iTunes licensing agreement for indie labels shows iTunes Radio royalties have limited downside and strong upside. The minimum royalty calculation ensures labels will be paid a decent royalty until iTunes Radio becomes effe ...

  31. Apple iTunes Radio's Licensing Agreements With Indie Labels Emerge

    June 26, 2013 10:08 PM EDT The licensing agreement between Apple and indie labels reveals further information about the planned iTunes Radio service.  According to a copy of the document obtained by Billboard, Apple will not have to pay for any content during the beta ...

  32. Business Matters: Microsoft's Music Announcements Underwhelm But Deserve Attention

    June 26, 2013 8:44 PM EDT On Wednesday, Microsoft unveiled a radio feature for Xbox Music and an interesting music feature that creates a playlist based on the contents of a web page. But a Microsoft event just doesn't capture attention like an Apple event. Microsof ...

  33. Business Matters: Why An Artist Like Jay-Z Would Partner with Samsung

    June 17, 2013 8:26 PM EDT It's no wonder that Jay-Z signed a partnership deal with the electronics giant Samsung that's rumored to be worth $20 million. The Korean company spends an incredible amount on advertising every year.   Samsung Electronics' ad ...

  34. From The Magazine: Will iTunes Radio Pay Off?

    June 17, 2013 2:45 PM EDT This story on Apple's business model for its just-launched iTunes Radio is from the latest edition of Billboard (cover date June 22, 2013). Also featured in this issue: a look at Pandora's terrestrial radio purchase; the declining va ...

  35. Germany's ProSiebenSat.1 Launches Streaming Music Service Ampya

    June 11, 2013 10:14 AM EDT German broadcasting giant ProSiebenSat.1 is looking to carve out a piece of the growing music streaming business with the launch of Ampya, an online streaming service akin to Spotify. The new service, which launched this week, features more than ...

  36. Apple Debuts iTunes Radio

    June 10, 2013 3:27 PM EDT Apple finally introduced the world to its anticipated Internet radio service at its World Wide Developers Conference Monday. Called iTunes Radio, the service works on iPhones, iPod Touches, iPads, iTunes on Mac computers and AppleTV. It will ...

  37. Publishers to Get Bigger Payday From Apple Thanks to Direct Licensing Deals

    June 05, 2013 6:09 PM EDT In cutting a deal with the Warner Music Group, sources say Apple caved on publishing and has agreed to pay at least 10 percent of advertising revenue to license the songs, sources say. While the WMG deal is for both master rights and publishin ...

  38. 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 ...

  39. PwC Report Forecasts 1% Growth for U.S. Music Market Through 2017

    June 05, 2013 4:48 PM EDT Led by gains in concerts and digital music, the overall U.S. music business can expect annual growth of just over 1% through 2017, according to a new report by PricewaterhouseCoopers.   PwC believes the concert business will grow at a compound a ...

  40. U.S. International Trade Commission Finds Apple Violated Samsung Patents on Older iPhone, iPad

    June 05, 2013 10:51 AM EDT A U.S. trade agency on Tuesday issued a ban on imports of Apple's iPhone 4 and a variant of the iPad 2 after finding the devices violate a patent held by South Korean rival Samsung Electronics. Because the devices are assembled in China, th ...

  41. 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 ...

  42. Timberlake to Headline iTunes Festival in September, Joins Jessie J, Thirty Seconds to Mars

    May 30, 2013 10:29 AM EDT Justin Timberlake will be the headliner when the iTunes festival kicks off in September in London. The superstar is among the acts slated for the annual music series, which will be held each night that month and streamed on Apple devices like th ...

  43. Exclusive: Pandora Paywall Pays Off, Research Shows

    May 30, 2013 8:30 AM EDT The conventional wisdom of digital business models states that it's a bad idea to start asking people to pay for something they're used to getting for free. Yet, that's exactly what Pandora did in February when it capped the amoun ...

  44. 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 ...

  45. Daft Punk's 'Random Access Memories': Strong Numbers Show Pre-Release Streaming Just Might Help Sales

    May 24, 2013 2:23 PM EDT This story on Daft Punk 's successful pre-release streaming strategy is from the new issue of Billboard (cover date June 1, 2013)  also features a cover story on the Billboard Music Awards' runaway success (ratings up 28%!); a report ...

  46. Apple CEO Tim Cook To Senate Panel: 'We Pay All the Taxes We Owe - Every Single Dollar'

    May 21, 2013 3:42 PM EDT Apple's CEO is disputing assertions by a Senate panel that the company avoids billions of dollars in U.S. taxes by shifting profits to foreign affiliates. Tim Cook testified at a hearing Tuesday by the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Inves ...

  47. Google's Vice President of Content, Jamie Rosenberg, Talks All Access: Q&A

    May 15, 2013 5:48 PM EDT Google, which on Wednesday unveiled its All Access music streaming service as part of its I/O conference for developers, continues to expand its music offerings, in spite of heavy competition. The service, initially available only in the U.S., o ...

  48. Google Signs Universal, Sony for On-Demand Music Service

    May 14, 2013 6:50 PM EDT Google Inc. has landed licensing deals with Sony Music Entertainment and Universal Music Group to introduce an on-demand music streaming service that would compete with Spotify, Rhapsody and others, according to executives knowledgeable with the ...

  49. From SoundJam to 25 Billion Songs Sold: An iTunes Timeline on Its Tenth Anniversary

    April 28, 2013 2:31 PM EDT July 2000 Apple acquires SoundJam, the music management software that would become iTunes January 9, 2001 iTunes 1.0 music software is launched. It is available only for Mac users. 7 Ways iTunes Changed the Music Biz: Doug Morris, Jeff Price, Mo ...

  50. The Evolution of iTunes: The Birth of a Colossus

    April 26, 2013 3:01 PM EDT This is an excerpt from an article that first appeared in the May 4, 2013 issue of Billboard magazine, which also features our cover story on Rod Stewart's return to rock, an in-depth look at the 10th anniversary of the iTunes Music Store, ...

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