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  1. Business Matters: Qtrax, MySpace, Lala, WMG

    October 29, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. -- Qtrax , which has been holed up in the "where are they now?" file for a few months, issued a press release on Wednesday with details ...

  2. Google Unveils New Music Search Capabilities

    October 28, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Search engine giant Google has unveiled expansive new music search capabilities designed to not only facilitate music discovery, streams and sales, but also drive traffic to several digital music services selected as content providers for the newl ...

  3. Business Matters: Live Nation, Grand Ole Opry, Twitter

    October 22, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. -- The Financial Times weighed in on the proposed TicketMaster-Live Nation merger with an op-ed on Wednesday. Calling it "an overmighty duo,& ...

  4. MySpace Music Unveils Program To Champion Artists

    October 22, 2009 12:00 AM EDT It's no secret that MySpace can be a great place for artists to launch their careers. But MySpace Music is now formalizing the process, flexing its promotional muscles with a new program designed to champion five artists every three months ca ...

  5. Facebook To Launch Music Gifting Service

    October 21, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Facebook later this week will launch a new content gifting service that will allow members to, among other things, buy and give digital music tracks to their friends. The music element will be powered by Lala, which is the exclusive music vendor. ...

  6. MySpace Music Rolls Out New Features

    October 21, 2009 12:00 AM EDT MySpace Music has unveiled a number of service enhancements designed to appeal to users and content providers, including the addition of a music video hub, the ability to purchase tracks through iTunes, and an artist metrics and analytics tool. Th ...

  7. Facebook Agrees To Make Canada Privacy Changes

    August 27, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Facebook, the popular social networking website, agreed on Thursday to make changes to better protect the personal information of its users as a result of negotiations with Canada's privacy commissioner. The worldwide changes will give users ...

  8. 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 ...

  9. Web Music Players Strike a New Chord

    August 17, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Back in June, things looked grim for ad-supported online music services. SpiralFrog, well-funded and heavily hyped, had already gone belly up. Pioneering Web radio outfit Pandora warned it would likely shut down. And in April, social music site im ...

  10. Facebook Buys Social Media Start-up FriendFeed

    August 11, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Facebook, the world's largest social networking site, said it will buy FriendFeed, netting a group of prized ex-Google engineers in the fast-growing Internet business. FriendFeed, an up-and-coming social media startup, lets people share conte ...

  11. Digital Briefs: RealNetworks, Activision, Spotify

    August 07, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- RealNetworks laid off 12 employees from the Rhapsody music service. The company told reporters that it is refocusing on online and mobile applications, meaning less on its editorial and desktop client support. The layoffs represent about 9% of ...

  12. News Corp Sees MySpace As Place For Videogames

    July 24, 2009 12:00 AM EDT News Corp hopes to transform MySpace, which has been losing users to Facebook, into a stronger online videogaming platform as it works to reposition the six-year-old site as an entertainment destination. News Corp digital head Jonathan Miller said ...

  13. News Corp Won't Buy Twitter

    July 09, 2009 12:00 AM EDT News Corp is not interested in buying popular microblogging site Twitter and will not sell its struggling social network MySpace, said the media conglomerate's chief executive, Rupert Murdoch. Murdoch, who arrived on Wednesday (July 9) at the ...

  14. Web Music Category Tunes to Audio, Visual Ad Models

    July 06, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Michael Jackson's death continues to resonate in the world of online music as fans flock to the Web to purchase his music-and stream tons of it for free, often without many ads. That surge is seen as a boost to the fast-growing Web music sect ...

  15. Briefs: Spotify, Imeem, Mobile Piracy

    June 26, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- Spotify is earning a 14 pence per U.K. user per month in advertising revenue, The Register reports. The music streaming service has over half a million users in the U.K., but only 17,000 of them are said to have upgraded to the ad-free, premium ...

  16. MySpace To Cut 300 International Positions

    June 23, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Social-networking site MySpace said Tuesday that it will cut 300 international positions and close at least four offices outside the U.S. as it looks to cut costs and narrow its territory coverage. The move comes a week after the company said it w ...

  17. MySpace To Cut 30% Of Staff

    June 16, 2009 12:00 AM EDT MySpace said Tuesday it is cutting nearly 30 percent of its work force in a bid to become more efficient, bringing its staffing level more in line with its more popular rival, Facebook. The move comes less than two months after MySpace, a unit of ...

  18. Facebook, Twitter Cut Into MySpace's User Time

    June 02, 2009 12:00 AM EDT News Corp. executives often present MySpace and Facebook as competing in different markets, with Facebook used as a communications vehicle and MySpace for entertainment. Whatever the case, a straight line can be drawn between more time spent on Fa ...

  19. Briefs: UMG, Borders, Pandora, EMI, U2

    May 28, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- A New York Times article claims both Universal Music Group and Warner Music Group "relaxed" the terms of their licensing deals with Imeem to accommodate the music service's inability thus far to find a business model that does so ...

  20. MySpace Music Opens Doors On New Weekly Series

    May 27, 2009 12:00 AM EDT MySpace Music is introducing its first original programming feature called the MySpace Music Feed, a weekly series of short-form videos of exclusive performances, interviews and behind the scenes footage. The first installment will air tomorrow (M ...

  21. Project Playlist Acquires Total Music

    May 19, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Total Music lives once again. Embattled online playlist service Project Playlist has acquired the assets and employees of the defunct music platform, which it plans to use to offer streaming music and music downloads. The deal was announced via a ...

  22. Business Briefs: WMG, Online Piracy, Wilco, Vitaminwater

    May 15, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- Pali Research has upgraded Warner Music Group as it sees the company well positioned relative to its peers. "While we expect the music industry's declines/troubles to continue for at least the next couple of years with total domestic ...

  23. Business Briefs: Last.fm, Rupert Murdoch, Live Nation

    May 07, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- This does not mean that people aren't going to discover and then purchase songs at sites like MySpace or Imeem , but this study on grocery shoppers' unplanned purchases may make you rethink how many of those affiliate sales were actua ...

  24. News Corp Names Van Natta As MySpace CEO

    April 24, 2009 12:00 AM EDT MySpace has named former Facebook executive and current CEO of Project Playlist Owen Van Natta as the new CEO of the company, effective immediately. Natta will be based in Los Angeles and will report directly to Jonathan Miller, NewsCorp CEO of di ...

  25. The Billboard Q&A: MySpace Music Chief Courtney Holt

    April 08, 2009 12:00 AM EDT In November, when MySpace Music hired industry veteran Courtney Holt as president, the site had features that didn't add up into a comprehensive strategy. The former head of new media and strategic marketing at Interscope and executive VP of ...

  26. Analysis: Ad-Supported Music And Moral Hazard

    March 31, 2009 12:00 AM EDT As ad-supported music services increase in popularity and falter financially, content owners need to consider the consequences of their negotiations. Lowering rates may provide short-term relief, but doing so may limit the creation of better produ ...

  27. Brazilian Authorities Take Down Music Community

    March 19, 2009 12:00 AM EDT As part of its ongoing battle against online piracy, IFPI's Brazilian chapter (ABPD) in conjunction with the country's Cinema and Music Anti Piracy Organization (APCM) joined with Google Brazil to take down what executives are calling th ...

  28. Digital Briefs: Imeem, Eminem, Comcast, U2

    February 24, 2009 12:00 AM EST - Imeem introduced an upgraded version of its mobile application for the Android operating system. The new version includes the new MyMusic feature, which allows users to stream their personal Imeem music library through the mobile phone. It also ...

  29. 6 Questions: Imeem CEO Dalton Caldwell

    January 21, 2009 12:00 AM EST It's make-or-break time for free ad-supported online music. Now that such services as imeem and MySpace Music have secured the backing and investment of the major labels, they have to prove that free access to music can be a profitable busine ...

  30. MySpace Music President's Public Debut At MidemNet

    January 17, 2009 12:00 AM EST Just 11 days into the job, MySpace Music president Courtney Holt outlined his ambitions for expanding into new services and territories during his first high profile public appearance. Holt was in conversation with Billboard editorial director Bil ...

  31. MySpace Music Expands Offering

    January 15, 2009 12:00 AM EST MySpace Music has added content from five larger independent labels and indie music distributor, four months after its September launch. The new partners include Nettwerk Music Group, INgrooves, IRIS Distribution and RoyaltyShare, as well as Wind- ...

  32. Updated: Facebook Removes Project Playlist

    December 24, 2008 12:00 AM EST Facebook today has also removed access to the Project Playlist service from the popular social networking site, citing a request from the RIAA. A Facebook statement says the company hopes to resolve the situation so that the Project Playlist servi ...

  33. EMI Unveils New 'Learning Lab' Site

    December 17, 2008 12:00 AM EST EMI Music has launched its new Web site, emi.com , with artist bios, song clips, videos, and playlist and recommendation features. The site will add music purchase functions and widgets in the future, along with concert clips, interviews and behin ...

  34. The Year In Music & Touring: 6 Questions With MySpace CEO Chris DeWolfe

    December 14, 2008 12:00 AM EST MySpace announced its plans to get into the music business in April, launched MySpace Music in September and streamed more than 1 billion songs during its first few days of operation. And since MySpace has already become an important way to market ...

  35. EMI, Sony BMG License MP3s To Musicane

    December 12, 2008 12:00 AM EST Social network and shopping site Musicane has signed licensing agreements with Sony BMG and EMI Music. Elements of the two majors' digital catalogs will be sold in MP3 format at www.musicane.com and through the Musicane widget, which is embed ...

  36. Digital Briefs: Project Playlist, Facebook, Guns N' Roses, '360'

    November 11, 2008 12:00 AM EST - Project Playlist has landed former Facebook chief revenue officer Owen Van Natta as it's new CEO, according to the blog AllThingsD . Van Natta is an investor in the music discovery startup. - The Los Angeles man accused of illegally uploadi ...

  37. MySpace To Develop Digital Music Player?

    November 07, 2008 12:00 AM EST MySpace, the popular online social network owned by Rupert Murdoch's News Corp, could develop a digital music player in the future, pitting it against Apple Inc's hot-selling iPod. But there are no immediate plans to make or sell such a ...

  38. Lala Introduces 'Virtual Ownership' Pricing Model

    October 20, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Lala , a digital music service that has experimented with several unique business models in the past, relaunched again this week with a new strategy that has won the backing and content of all four major labels as well as a host of independents. L ...

  39. Facebook Music Redux

    October 17, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Facebook doesn't seem ready to give up its music-service aspirations just yet. After first approaching the major labels with the idea back in March of this year, the company is now reportedly reaching out to existing streaming services as par ...

  40. MySpace Aims Ad Service at Bands

    October 13, 2008 12:00 AM EDT MySpace will announce today that its MyAds program is available to the public. One group MySpace is aggressively targeting the service towards is bands, which will be able to create their own banner ads and then select which MySpace users will see ...

  41. Imeem Revamps Site

    October 01, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Music-focused social network Imeem re-launched its Web site today with some new features designed to highlight more music and make music discover faster and easier. The revamped home page now features a "Spotlight" section, a blog-like s ...

  42. MySpace, Majors Make Adjustments For Joint Venture

    September 25, 2008 12:00 AM EDT As the dust settles from the Sept. 25 launch of MySpace's highly anticipated and somewhat controversial new music service, the broader implications of the initiative are becoming clearer. A joint venture of the News Corp. subsidiary and Unive ...

  43. MySpace Music Launches with Notable Upgrades, Glaring Omissions

    September 24, 2008 12:00 AM EDT MySpace will flip the switch on its long-anticipated MySpace Music service on Thursday, completely revamping every element of the music section of the social network and bringing several elements of the music industry to the table with the launch. ...

  44. iLike Unveils Music Syndication Platform

    September 17, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Social music discovery service iLike, with partner Rhapsody, introduced a new music syndication platform that lets Web developers add full-song streaming and other functions to their services. Essentially a widget, the platform enables users to ad ...

  45. MySpace Music To Start With Major Ad Sponsors

    September 15, 2008 12:00 AM EDT News Corp's MySpace, the world's largest social networking site, said on Sunday its long-expected MySpace Music joint venture with three major music labels will launch with four major sponsors underwriting the costs of streaming free mus ...

  46. Warner Makes Friends With Online Music Community

    August 19, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Warner Music International (WMI) has agreed to a content and revenue partnership with European online music community Music Makes Friends. The Luxembourg-based company has already signed deals with the three other majors as well as thousands of in ...

  47. Ad-Supported Sites Navigate Tough Ad Market

    August 12, 2008 12:00 AM EDT When MySpace flips the switch on its long-awaited music service next month, advertising-supported free streaming is expected to play a big role. But the social networking bellwether will launch during an economic slowdown, joining an existing ad-s ...

  48. MySpace To Flip Switch On Redesign

    June 13, 2008 12:00 AM EDT MySpace says it will undergo a major site redesign beginning next week, including a new splash page, search functions, profile editor and overall site navigation. Although the much-heralded MySpace Music service will not go live as part of the Jun ...

  49. Digital Briefs: Buzznet, Spiralfrog, Qloud

    June 03, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - Buzznet launched Celebuzz.com , a social networking and media site dedicated to celebrity news, gossip and photos. The site aggregates photos and blog postings of about a dozen existing celebrity blogs, as well as user-generated content. - Spira ...

  50. Digital Briefs: Mozes, Qtrax, Imeem

    May 14, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - Mobile messaging marketing firm Mozes raised $11.5 million in second round financing from Maveron, Norwest Venture Partners, and North Bridge Venture Partners, according to a regulatory filing disclosed by peHUB. This follows a $5 million fundin ...

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