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  1. @ Media & Money: Execs Debate Controlling Digital Content

    November 13, 2009 12:00 AM EST With the rise of the digital mediums, companies have found it more difficult to place value on their content since it appears on the Internet or on phones instead of in a format the companies can contain. The Controlling Content in a Digital World ...

  2. CTS Eventim, iTunes Partner On Ticket Offers

    November 06, 2009 12:00 AM EST German ticketing company CTS Eventim has partnered with Apple's iTunes store to provide exclusive concert offers. The Hamburg-based European ticketing company will use its Internet portal, www.eventim.de, to provide concert promoters with mar ...

  3. Q&A: Director Davis Guggenheim On iTunes' Music Movies

    November 03, 2009 12:00 AM EST Davis Guggenheim won an Academy Award for his documentary “An Inconvenient Truth.” His follow up to that was “It Might Get Loud,” a documentary about the electric guitar featuring legends Jimmy Page, The Edge, and Jack White discussing their music ...

  4. Apple Unveils Music-Themed Movie Push

    November 03, 2009 12:00 AM EST Apple today will launch a new marketing and promotional effort designed to drive music buyers to music-themed movies in its video store. The most visible change to the iTunes service will be a Music Movies landing page dedicated to music films suc ...

  5. Billboard Q&A: iFund Manager Matt Murphy

    October 30, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Several months before Apple opened its App Store in July 2008, the venerable Bay Area venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers launched the iFund, a $100 million investment vehicle focused on backing companies developing applicati ...

  6. Paper Outlines Business Model Strategies For Media Companies

    October 28, 2009 12:00 AM EDT A new paper, "How To Fight Ad-Sponsored Rivals," provides insight and strategic guidance for fee- and subscription-based companies faced with new, ad-supported rivals. Ramon Casadesus-Masanell, an associate professor at Harvard Business ...

  7. Nokia Charges Apple With Patent Infringement

    October 23, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Cellphone maker Nokia has charged Apple with infringing Nokia patents, accusing the iPhone maker of trying to hitch a "free-ride" on Nokia's technology investments. Nokia dominates the global handset market but it has lost some grou ...

  8. Business Matters: Apple, HMV, Band Metrics, EMI

    October 20, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- From the transcript of Monday's Apple fiscal Q4 earnings call is this lone excerpt that deals specifically with music: "We sold almost 10.2 million iPods, which was down from just over 11 million in the year-ago quarter. Our latest re ...

  9. Sony Ericsson Q3 Loss Narrows On Cost Cuts, Margin

    October 16, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Mobile phone maker Sony Ericsson posted a smaller than expected third-quarter pretax loss on Friday, boosted by big cost cuts, but said it expected the market to remain tough for the rest of the year. The global handset market has been slammed by ...

  10. RIM Launching New Version Of Touchscreen BlackBerry

    October 15, 2009 12:00 AM EDT BlackBerry maker Research In Motion is launching a new version of its touchscreen Storm smartphone, marking its latest move in the fight with Apple's iPhone. The Storm2, as the device is known, is "a biggie for us," RIM co-Chief Exe ...

  11. Business Matters: iTunes LP, Sky Songs, Tunecore

    October 14, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- Apple has responded to a claim that it charges a $10,000 production fee for the creation of iTunes LP titles. Said an Apple spokesperson, "We're releasing the open specs for iTunes LP soon, allowing both major and indie labels to crea ...

  12. Analysis: eMusic Positions Itself In The New Album Era

    September 16, 2009 12:00 AM EDT After six years that were dominated by track and ringtones sales, attention is now shifting to the digital album. Last week, iTunes launched the iTunes LP, a deluxe digital, interactive album. New releases by Jay-Z and Dave Matthews Band have been ...

  13. Billboard.biz Q&A: Neil Smith, VP of Business Management, Rhapsody

    September 10, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Apple has approved Rhapsody’s on-demand music streaming application, marking the second time in a week that the company has given the nod to a potentially competing music service on the iPhone and iPod Touch platforms. The Rhapsody app—available i ...

  14. Apple Unveils Ringtones, 'iTunes LP'

    September 09, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Apple CEO Steve Jobs returned to the keynote stage at the company’s press event, for the first time since his liver transplant earlier this year, to announce several upgrades to the iTunes service, as well as a new line of video-recording iPod Nan ...

  15. China Unicom In 3-Year Deal For Apple's iPhone

    August 28, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Apple's iPhones will go on sale later this year in China, the world's largest mobile market, its partner China Unicom confirmed on Friday, after the country's No. 2 mobile carrier posted first-half profits that fell 45% yet beat exp ...

  16. Digital Briefs: Apple, China, 'Rock Band'

    August 27, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- According to Chinese press reports, Apple and China Unicom have agreed on a deal to bring the popular iPhone to the country, expected to be for sale by October. The official announcement is expected tomorrow in Hong Kong. -- Gamer blog Joystiq ...

  17. Web Reaction: MySpace, iLike Deal

    August 21, 2009 12:00 AM EDT MySpace’s acquisition of iLike carries numerous implications. For one, artists and labels need to consider how the pairing will affect their marketing. For example, MySpace could benefit from iLike’s ability to create communities around live conce ...

  18. Apple Looking Into Reports Of Exploding iPhones

    August 19, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Apple is investigating media reports that one or more of the company's iPhones have exploded in Europe, a European Commission spokeswoman said. The spokeswoman for the EU executive, which oversees the safety of consumer products sold in the 2 ...

  19. Analysis: iPhone Surges But Digital Sales Remain Flat

    July 30, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Have sales at iTunes picked up the pace in 2009? Yes, a bit. Are over-the-air downloads from iPhones the cause for the recent burst in sales volume? Doubtful. Apple's CFO points to over-the-air capabilities as the reason behind the doubling o ...

  20. HMV's Fox, Apple's Cagni Top 2 For ITV CEO: Report

    July 29, 2009 12:00 AM EDT HMV chief executive Simon Fox and Apple's most senior executive in Europe, Pascal Cagni, are the frontrunners to become the next chief executive of British broadcaster ITV, according to The Times. The report said ITV was almost certain to app ...

  21. Briefs: Tenenbaum, Spotify, Qtrax

    July 27, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- Joel Tenenbaum will not be able to claim fair use in his file sharing case. The judge's order, handed down early Monday morning, found that Tenenbaum had proposed "a fair use defense so broad that it would swallow the copyright protec ...

  22. Would-be Buyer Of Pirate Bay Backpedals In Court

    July 22, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The would-be buyer of Web site the Pirate Bay backpedaled in a Dutch court, saying that it is uncertain whether the purchase will ever be completed. Lawyer Ricardo Dijkstra said Sweden's Global Gaming Factory X would only buy the Pirate Bay i ...

  23. Briefs: Live Nation, Joel Tenenbaum, Spotify

    July 08, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- Live Nation has teamed up with 7-11 for a Slurpee promotion. Slurpee buyers who enter the promotional code, found on the side of the cup, at the Slurpee website are eligible to buy select lawn tickets to Live Nation concerts for $7.11. ( Tallah ...

  24. Billboard Q&A: Tapulous Co-Founder Bart Decrem

    June 16, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Apple's iPhone and App Store have spawned a veritable industry of mobile application developers. And while many startup companies are panning for gold, Tapulous, the developer behind Tap Tap Revenge, has a record of consistent success. Tap Ta ...

  25. Play.com Named Best Online Retailer

    June 10, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Play.com has won the best online retailer category for the second year running at the U.K.'s third annual Which? Awards, which celebrate the companies and individuals best serving the interests of the consumer. At a ceremony held at London� ...

  26. Study: Mobile Shopping Poised for Growth

    May 27, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Americans are gradually warming up to the idea of buying things via their mobile phones, particularly young adults and men, found a new study conducted by Harris Interactive for the mobile credit card security firm Billing Revolution. Harris surve ...

  27. EU Commissioner Welcomes Pan-European Progress

    May 26, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Neelie Kroes, European commissioner for competition, has welcomed progress towards pan-European digital licensing solutions, including agreement by French collecting society SACEM that it will cooperate on such arrangements. The antitrust issue wa ...

  28. Nokia Says On Track For May Online Store Opening

    May 21, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The world's top handset maker, Nokia Oyj, is on track for a May launch of its Ovi application and content store, company officials said. Ovi Store is Nokia's push into services and could reach more customers than Apple. The company has s ...

  29. Microsoft Steps Up Value Attacks On Apple

    May 12, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Microsoft is continuing its attacks on Apple products as overpriced with a new Web campaign for its Zune portable media player. In a Web video, financial planner and former reality show star Wes Moss presents the case that the 120GB iPod would cos ...

  30. Carphone To Buy Tiscali U.K.

    May 08, 2009 12:00 AM EDT British telecoms and retail group Carphone Warehouse has agreed to buy the British assets of Italian Internet service provider Tiscali for £236 million ($355.6 million) in cash, free of debt. Tiscali, with more than €600 million ($805.2 million) i ...

  31. Analysis: Apple's Rejection Of NIN App

    May 04, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Apple's rejection of a Nine Inch Nails iPhone app update caused a mini-firestorm today across the Internet. Apple-bashing may be the important part of the story to some, but there is a business lesson amidst the noise. The main part of the st ...

  32. Business Briefs: Warner Music, Spotify, Apple

    April 29, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- David Lammy, the UK minister in charge of intellectual property does not endorse a three strikes plan for fighting illegal file-sharing. Lammy endorses commercial solutions and educating the public about copyright. "We are moving into an e ...

  33. Update: Apple, Verizon In iPhone Talks

    April 27, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Apple is discussing the possibility of bringing the iPhone to the nation's largest wireless operator, Verizon Wireless, according to USA Today . Negotiations are underway and if fruitful will lead to the device being available to Verizon user ...

  34. Business Briefs: Seeqpod, iPhone, Rapidshare

    April 27, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- MP3 search engine/player Seeqpod is in acquisition talks, according to its CEO, by a large media company that is a competitor to Apple. Seeqpod is currently being sued by record labels and maintains its service is legal. Unlike a standard searc ...

  35. Business Briefs: EMI, Sony/ATV, YouTube, Apple

    April 24, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- EMI notified the city of Jacksonville, Ill., that it would lay off about 100 employees from its distribution center in June. The company plans to retain two dozen workers. ( State Register-Journal ) -- Reuters took a look at investments in musi ...

  36. Criticism, Doubts Over iTunes Price Changes

    April 08, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Though the online world tends to give Steve Jobs and Apple the benefit of the doubt, there has been an incredible amount of second-guessing about iTunes' decision to allow a three-tiered pricing system. A number of tracks - one third of yeste ...

  37. Business Briefs: Borders, Gibson, Live Nation, INgrooves

    March 27, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Tales from a Borders CD and DVD clearance sale. "Almost all CDs and DVDs are 30% off. The liquidation does not include new releases, but everything else is fair game." ( LA Music Shopping Examiner ) Gibson Guitar announced it will lay of ...

  38. Apple Targets Headphone Market?

    March 16, 2009 12:00 AM EDT All those fancy new headphones flooding the market may find themselves up the proverbial creek, as Apple looks to be doing for iPod accessories what it once did with music - lock out all competitors. According to Apple rumor site iLounge, Apple� ...

  39. iTunes To Add Streaming Service?

    February 12, 2009 12:00 AM EST Apple rumors have been quiet on the music front for a while, but an new one has popped up regarding a potential streaming service. According to AppleInsider, Apple may add a feature in iTunes 8 that will let users stream any media purchased from i ...

  40. Nokia To Cut Production

    February 11, 2009 12:00 AM EST Cellphone maker Nokia said on Wednesday it would cut production at its key Salo plant in Finland as demand for handsets has dropped. Cellphone sales are set to dive this year, affected by consumers' reluctance to spend on new gadgets in the m ...

  41. Lil' Kim, Jewel, Carlisle Onboard For New 'Dancing' Season

    February 09, 2009 12:00 AM EST Rapper Lil Kim, pop/country star Jewel, former Go-Gos lead singer Belinda Carlisle, country artist/professional dancer Julianne Hough and fellow country artist and beau Chuck Wicks are among the just-announced 13 contestants on the eighth season o ...

  42. 6 Questions: PepsiCo Chief Marketing Officer Dave Burwick

    February 02, 2009 12:00 AM EST From Ray Charles to the Cool Kids, PepsiCo has long made extensive use of music in its advertising and marketing campaigns. Mariah Carey, Britney Spears, Shakira and Justin Timberlake are among the artists who've starred in Pepsi-Cola TV spot ...

  43. Dell Plots Smartphone Foray, Eyes Apple: Report

    January 30, 2009 12:00 AM EST Dell Inc is plotting a foray into the cell phone arena as early as next month, making and selling smartphones to revitalize a business walloped by crumbling PC sales and pitting the firm against Apple, the Wall Street Journal reported. The world&# ...

  44. Digital Briefs: T-Mobile, The Grammys, Guitar Hero, Apple

    January 28, 2009 12:00 AM EST - T-Mobile USA is teaming up with The Recording Academy again this year to help promote the Grammys. The deal includes a contest to bring Sidekick owners to the event as well as T-Mobile's sponsoring of Clive Davis's pre-event Gala. - As ...

  45. Digital Briefs: Last.fm, YouTube, Apple

    January 15, 2009 12:00 AM EST - Last.fm says it experienced explosive growth last year, up 204% in unique visitors, 147% in site visits, 219% in page views and 141% in time spent on site over 2007 levels. - YouTube is letting users opt to have the audio in their videos muted r ...

  46. Apple CEO To Take Medical Leave

    January 14, 2009 12:00 AM EST Apple CEO Steve Jobs is taking a medical leave of absence from the company. Jobs revealed the leave in a letter to employees today , saying "during the past week I have learned that my health-related issues are more complex than I originally ...

  47. Web Reaction: Apple Drops DRM

    January 06, 2009 12:00 AM EST Apple iTunes' announcement that it will begin offering DRM-free music from all four major labels and will add a new pricing scheme for tracks today was, to say the least, covered extensively. Below, a round-up of reaction from around the Web ...

  48. Report: iTunes To Offer Variable Pricing, Expands DRM-Free Offering

    January 06, 2009 12:00 AM EST With the MacWorld conference kicking off today, rumors are swirling that Apple is poised to unveil new music licensing deals with the major labels that will allow it to sell DRM-free music at variable prices. Citing two unnamed sources, CNET is re ...

  49. The Year In Music & Touring: Five iPhone Apps That Will Help The Music Business

    December 30, 2008 12:00 AM EST This was not a good year for mobile music. Ringtones sales are declining, over-the-air downloads are still little more than a blip on the radar, and the potential of ambitious initiatives like Nokia's Comes With Music is still unknown. There& ...

  50. The Music Biz Could Learn A Lot From The President-Elect's Marketing Savvy

    December 02, 2008 12:00 AM EST The marketing world has swooned over the way U.S. president-elect Barack Obama deftly used new-media outlets like social networks and mobile phones to mobilize support for his campaign. Advertising Age even named him Marketer of the Year in Octobe ...

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