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  1. 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 ...

  2. 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, ...

  3. Plugged And Unplugged

    October 05, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Plugged: Few new releases cause the kind of furor that Radiohead's announcement did this week. And little of it had anything to do with the music. The band's decision to sell its new album directly to fans, and to let them decide what th ...

  4. Microsoft Unveils New Zune Devices And Service

    October 03, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Showing no signs of backing off its effort to be the No. 2 in the digital music wars, Microsoft has a new line of Zune devices and upgrades to the Zune Marketplace service. The new devices, unveiled today (Oct. 3), include two flash-based devices ...

  5. Leighton-Pope Speaks, Popkomm Listens On Day 3

    September 21, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The booming international live music sector is still relatively untapped, veteran British artist manager and agent Carl Leighton-Pope told delegates today on the final afternoon of the Popkomm 2007 trade fair. The executive, who has guided the car ...

  6. DT To Market iPhone In Germany

    September 20, 2007 12:00 AM EDT German telecommunication company Deutsche Telekom (DT) will be marketing Apple's iPhone exclusively in Germany where it launches Nov. 9. As well as the connection to T-Mobile, DT's wireless service subsidiary, the iPhone costs €399 ($556 ...

  7. Apple Thwarts Free iPhone Ringtones

    September 13, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Apple is attempting to stop iPhone users from loading free ringtones onto the device. The new version of iTunes that adds the new ringtone creation feature also addresses the vulnerabilities that let users create their own ringtones using third-pa ...

  8. 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 ...

  9. Apple's New Developments Could Equal Holiday Dominance

    September 07, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Not content to rest on its laurels, Apple has now unveiled its master plan to extend its digital music dominance into the coming holiday season. Here is how the latest developments shake out. iPod Touch What it is: A Wi-Fi-enabled, touch-screen ca ...

  10. 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 ...

  11. Phone Face-Off

    September 02, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The cold war has gone hot. Although their relationship is highly symbiotic, the companies that make mobile phones have for years sought to gain the upper hand in brand awareness and customer control from those that run wireless networks. That long ...

  12. NBC Universal Drops iTunes TV Deal

    August 31, 2007 12:00 AM EDT NBC Universal is following the footsteps of Universal Music Group and cancelling its contract with iTunes. The company informed Apple Thursday that it did not intend to renew the current agreement, which is set to expire in December. According to ...

  13. iCar Coming?

    August 30, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Is the iCar the next Apple super-product? German Magazine Capital is reporting that Volkswagen and Apple are in early-stage talks to integrate Apple products in its line of compact cars. Antony Bruno News ...

  14. Ringo Goes DRM-Free With 7Digital Deal

    August 30, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Digital media delivery company 7digital has followed last week's deal with EMI for its Rolling Stones catalog with another pact, this time featuring former Beatle Ringo Starr's solo material. Apple/Capitol's new "Very Best of R ...

  15. Hacker Opens iPhone To T-Mobile

    August 27, 2007 12:00 AM EDT One of the bigger complaints about Apple's iPhone -- AT&T's network -- has been solved to a degree by a New Jersey teenager. The 17-year-old hacker managed to unlock the device so that it can work with T-Mobile's network, the on ...

  16. 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 ...

  17. Source: Universal Snubs iTunes Deal

    July 02, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music Group has refused to strike a long-term licensing arrangement with Apple's iTunes Music Store and will instead opt for "flexible," interim agreements, a source close to negotiations tells Billboard.biz. In recent day ...

  18. Girls Aloud Seal Samsung Deal

    June 26, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The U.K. division of Korean electronics giant Samsung has unveiled a new commercial deal with Polydor Records, a subsidiary of Universal Music U.K., and one of its leading female pop acts, Girls Aloud. The agreement, clinched earlier this month (J ...

  19. Apple Meets iTunes EU Deadline, Universal Wins Extension

    June 21, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Apple met last night's deadline to respond to the European Commission's antitrust concerns over the pricing of its iTunes online music store, officials have confirmed. However, Vivendi's Universal Music Group has since been granted ...

  20. Think Digital Music Is An Environmental Panacea? Think Again

    June 14, 2007 12:00 AM EDT This past March, Greenpeace made headlines by criticizing Apple's environmental policies-or lack thereof. The move generated a rare response from Apple CEO Steve Jobs, who outlined previously undisclosed plans for "a greener Apple" ...

  21. Bebo Links With iTunes

    June 13, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Artists with profiles on the social networking site Bebo can now sell their music to fans directly through the site via iTunes. Any artist whose music is already available on iTunes can now add links to the digital music store on their Bebo profil ...

  22. iPhone Rivals Hurt By Import Ban

    June 08, 2007 12:00 AM EDT A patent dispute between mobile phone component manufacturers Qualcomm and Broadcom has resulted in an import ban on certain models of phones -- including several potential iPhone rivals. The U.S. International Trade Commission ruled that certain ...

  23. Christmas In July

    June 05, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Can anything be more pleasant than the holidays? If your bottom line depends on December, the answer is probably "Yes!" Music fans may flip through these pages and see great gifts. But the industry sees a frenzied workplace and a tough e ...

  24. EC Extends iTunes Anti-trust Deadline

    June 05, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The European Commission has extended until June 20 its deadline for Apple and major record companies to respond to its anti-trust concerns over iTunes pricing. It comes two months after the Commission -- the European Union's anti-trust author ...

  25. New Devices To Give Boost To Mobile Gaming Music

    May 31, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Music in mobile games is merely an afterthought today, but is expected to become of greater importance as more media-centric phones hit the market. This ZDNet Asia story , reprinted in BusinessWeek, points to such devices as the Walkman series fro ...

  26. Dizzee Album Set For Digital Release

    May 23, 2007 12:00 AM EDT London-based rapper Dizzee Rascal will release his next album, "Maths & English," for XL/Beggars Group on June 5 in the U.S. In a first for XL/Beggars Group, Billboard.biz has learned that the album will only be serviced to digital o ...

  27. Friday Feature: Plugged and Unplugged

    May 18, 2007 12:00 AM EDT PLUGGED: Attack of the Amazons It's a simple equation -- make digital music interoperable and more people will sell it. That's the message coming out of Amazon.com's long-expected revelation that it will soon launch a digital music ...

  28. 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 ...

  29. WMG To Sell Music On MySpace Via Snocap

    April 30, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Warner Music Group will begin selling music on MySpace via a deal with the social networking giant's digital commerce partner Snocap. Fans looking to purchase WMG tracks from MySpace will be able to download content without leaving the artist ...

  30. Microsoft Exec Addresses Apple iPhone

    April 30, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Perhaps the only person not impressed with Apple's pending iPhone launch is Microsoft's Steve Ballmer. In an interview printed in USA Today , Ballmer shrugs off the impact of the iPhone, saying it's high price will limit its appeal ...

  31. Friday Feature: Plugged and Unplugged

    April 27, 2007 12:00 AM EDT PLUGGED: As a bit of a music industry outsider, I'm just absolutely flummoxed that it took this long to create a legal, licensed online service for music lyrics. Which is why I think the new service from Yahoo Music and Gracenote is a great s ...

  32. Toy Company Mattel Targets Web Savvy Girls

    April 27, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Mattel is using technology to create a new twist on a 48-year-old toy to appeal to today's Web-and multimedia-savvy girls. On Thursday, Mattel unveiled Barbie Girls, four-and-a-half-inch tall MP3 players designed to look like dolls. The devic ...

  33. Apple CEO: No Plans To Launch Subscription Service

    April 26, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Looks like we shouldn't be holding our breath over a music subscription service from Apple anytime soon. Responding to several rumors swirling of late that an iTunes subscription offering could be available in as early as six months, Apple CE ...

  34. Apple Corps, EMI Settle Beatles Royalty Row

    April 12, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Apple Corps, the Beatles' company, has settled its £30 million ($59.2 million) royalties dispute with the band's label EMI. EMI would not disclose details of the settlement, which was reached last month. An EMI spokeswoman tells Billboar ...

  35. Aspinall Splits Apple Corps

    April 10, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Apple Corps Ltd., the Beatles' company, has appointed Jeff Jones as chief executive officer after the departure of long-standing CEO Neil Aspinall. Jones joins Apple Corps Ltd. from Legacy Recordings/Sony BMG Catalog Worldwide, where he was e ...

  36. Will The Other Majors Ditch DRM?

    April 02, 2007 12:00 AM EDT EMI is the only major label to pursue a DRM-free strategy so far , but the move places increased pressure on the other majors to offer their catalogs in a similar fashion. Apple CEO Steve Jobs says the company is reaching out to the other majors a ...

  37. Confirmed: EMI, Apple Offer DRM Free Music

    April 02, 2007 12:00 AM EDT EMI Music has agreed to make all its current digital repertoire available free of digital rights management (DRM) restrictions with immediate effect. The move is groundbreaking for a major multinational music company, as all four majors had previo ...

  38. iTunes Adds New Purchasing Feature

    March 29, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The iTunes Music Store has introduced a new feature that allows consumers to buy the remainder of an album in one click after initially purchasing select tracks on an a la carte basis. iTunes is calling the offering "Complete My Album" a ...

  39. Apple, Cisco Near Settlement

    February 12, 2007 12:00 AM EST Apple and Cisco Systems are near a settlement over the iPhone name, reports the Wall Street Journal . Both companies have devices coming out that share the same moniker -- Apple's iPhone is a cellular phone operating on the AT&T (formerly ...

  40. '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 ...

  41. Apple CEO Pushes For Labels To Drop DRM

    February 06, 2007 12:00 AM EST Apple CEO Steve Jobs released an open letter on the company's Web site calling for the major labels to abandon digital rights management. "DRMs haven't worked, and may never work, to halt music piracy," Jobs writes. Apple' ...

  42. Zune Phone Next?

    February 05, 2007 12:00 AM EST Now that Apple has finally unveiled the much-rumored iPhone, the digerati sewing circle banter is moving on to Apple's competitor -- Microsoft. The early rumors are underway that Gates & Co. are developing a Zune phone. Microsoft confirme ...

  43. Apple Loosening DRM Reins?

    January 19, 2007 12:00 AM EST Apple may be close to loosening the reins on its FairPlay digital rights management system -- the technology responsible for restricting iTunes purchased files to only other Apple products. According to a UK technology blog -- citing unnamed sourc ...

  44. Beatles' 'Love' Runs Hot In Europe

    January 11, 2007 12:00 AM EST The Beatles' "Love" (Apple) leads the way on European Top 100 Albums for a seventh straight week, moving up 8-7 in Holland and maintaining top five berths in Germany and Spain. With "U218Singles" (Mercury) holding at No. 2 ...

  45. Apple Unveils Long-Awaited iPhone

    January 09, 2007 12:00 AM EST Saying the goal was "to reinvent the phone," Apple CEO Steve Jobs delivered on all expectations today by introducing the much anticipated iPhone -- one part touchscreen video iPod, one part mobile phone, and one part "Internet commu ...

  46. Beatles Hold European Christmas Crown

    December 21, 2006 12:00 AM EST The Beatles' "Love" (Apple) will spend Christmas at No. 1 on European Top 100 Albums, after starting a fourth week atop the composite sales chart. It stands at No. 1 in just one individual market, Greece, but "Love" also c ...

  47. Melua Pieces Together Third IFPI Platinum Award

    December 11, 2006 12:00 AM EST Katie Melua's sophomore September 2005 album release "Piece By Piece" (Dramatic) scored a third IFPI Platinum Europe Award in November, according to new certifications unveiled by the trade body today (Dec. 11). "We are extreme ...

  48. Europe Continues 'Love' Affair With Beatles

    December 07, 2006 12:00 AM EST The Beatles' "Love" (Apple/Parlophone) retains leadership of European Top 100 Albums, keeping top five placings in all of the countries where the album debuted there last week. Additionally, it's up 6-1 and 9-3 in the Belgian r ...

  49. EMI To Sell Jones MP3

    December 06, 2006 12:00 AM EST EMI's Blue Note Records has become the latest label to experiment with selling tracks online in unprotected MP3 format. It has given Yahoo! Music permission to sell Norah Jones' new single "Thinking About You" in the unprotecte ...

  50. Beatles Find 'Love' At Euro Chart Peak

    November 30, 2006 12:00 AM EST The Beatles return to the European Top 100 Albums summit as "Love" (Apple/Parlophone) makes a bestselling start in France and a total of nine other top five starts around the region. It's No. 2 in Germany; No. 3 in the United Kingdo ...

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