Business models

  1. Subscription-Music Wars: The Greatest Trick the Majors Have Ever Pulled Off: Guest Post by Jason Herskowitz

    March 21, 2013 4:05 PM EDT Jason Herskowitz is a core contributor and co-founder of Tomahawk , an open-source music platform that -- among other things -- creates a music aggregation and interoperability layer across music providers. He talks endlessly on Twitter about ...

  2. Business Matters: Spotify UK Shows That the Freemium Model Is Not 'Unsustainable'

    October 09, 2012 6:11 PM EDT A business model that pays rights holders nearly every dollar, euro or pound generated is clearly not sustainable. This fact is obvious to Billboard readers as well as a digital service's management and the company's investors. Last week ...

  3. Business Matters: Deezer's New Funding Puts It In A Coke/Pepsi Race With Spotify

    October 08, 2012 4:36 PM EDT When music subscription service Deezer confirmed Monday it raised $130 million in a round led by Warner Music Group owner Access Industries , the subscription music market suddenly had two well-funded frontrunners putting their support behind a si ...

  4. Guest Post: NARM's Response to the Emily White Controversy, by Jim Donio

    June 26, 2012 1:48 PM EDT The blogstorm created by NPR intern Emily White's post last week, "I Never Owned Any Music To Begin With," continues to foster great commentary. In this one, Jim Donio -- president of NARM/digitalmusic.org , a trade organization who ...

  5. Spotify's Ken Parks @ SXSW Panel: No Reason Why Music Biz Can't be 'Multiples of Size' Larger

    March 13, 2012 8:19 PM EDT Left to right: Billboard editorial director Bill Werde and Spotify chief content officer Ken Parks. (Photo credit: Glenn Peoples) No other digital music company -- perhaps with the exception of Apple -- has been so closely covered in the last two ...

  6. Hey Spotify, Rhapsody Tops 800,000 Subscribers

    July 11, 2011 4:35 PM EDT Rhapsody announced Monday that it surpassed the 800,000 subscriber mark for its music subscription service. The company has added 150,000 subscribers since being spun off from RealNetworks in early 2010, according to a statement by Rhapsody presid ...

  7. Business Matters: TuneCore Says Upgrades, Features Behind Its Price Increase

    May 09, 2011 7:59 PM EDT TuneCore Says Upgrades, Features Behind its Price Increase -- Digital distributor TuneCore has been getting some grief in the last few days about its increase in the fees it charges for digital distribution of an album. The annual fee for a single ...

  8. MOG to Add Free Tier to Subscription Service

    April 26, 2011 6:51 PM EDT Music subscription service MOG plans to get into the freemium business, CEO David Hyman said Tuesday during a panel at the Rethink Music conference in Boston. Writing at Evolver.fm , Eliot Van Buskirk explained that MOG will be "revamped" ...

  9. Apple In Talks On Subscription Service: Report

    October 08, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Apple is in talks with major record labels to provide a subscription-based music service, allowing unlimited access to songs for a monthly fee, the New York Post said, citing unnamed sources. A few weeks ago, Apple VP of Internet services Eddy Cue ...

  10. @Great Escape: UMGI On Spotify, Freemium and More

    May 14, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Speaking at the Great Escape conference in Brighton, England, Universal Music Group International VP of digital Francis Keeling underlined his belief in the subscription model, lauded hot startup Spotify, backed the freemium business model and dec ...

  11. @Web 2.0 Expo: Web Community Discusses Freemium Model

    May 04, 2010 12:00 AM EDT We know how Warner Music Group's Edgar Bronfman Jr. feels about freemium music services like Spotify. But how does the Web 2.0 community view the model? Ranjith Kumaran, founder and CTO of the Web-based file transfer company YouSendIt, attack ...

  12. Analysis: Moving Beyond Current Billing Habits

    October 15, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Access or ownership? Or both? These questions dog a music industry that wants to leave behind the confusion and uncertainty of the last ten years. Ownership, represented by paid downloads and physical purchases, continue to wane. Access models, re ...

  13. 6 Questions: Microsoft Exec Chris Stephenson

    November 21, 2008 12:00 AM EST Microsoft's Zune music player and subscription service have faced an uphill battle to capture a significant share of the Apple-dominated digital music market. But the company is nothing if not persistent. In an effort to draw more subscribers ...

  14. 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 ...

  15. Majors Pressuring Apple On Subscription Service?

    April 13, 2007 12:00 AM EDT More on the rumored Apple subscription music service . The major record labels are believed to be pressuring Apple to add a subscription service tier as part of the renegotiation process for licensing music to the iTunes store. According to a Fina ...

  16. Norton LLC Acquires Tower.com

    October 13, 2006 12:00 AM EDT $3.8 million deal made during auction. $3.8 million deal made during auction. News ...

  17. Norton LLC Acquires Tower.com

    October 12, 2006 12:00 AM EDT $3.8 million deal made during auction. Entrepreneur Bill Sagan and his Wolfgang’s Vault Web site, operating under the name Norton LLC, will acquire the Tower.com online store and other assets from the retailer. A Chapter 11 auction recently liquid ...

  18. Tower Records To Be Liquidated

    October 06, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Tower Records, the music industry's most famous retail brand, will be liquidated beginning tomorrow (Oct. 7). After a 30-hour auction, the process was won by the lead-bidder, Great American, who put Tower Records, the music industry's mo ...

  19. Yahoo! Raises Portable Prices

    October 21, 2005 12:00 AM EDT As anticipated, Yahoo! Music is raising the price of its portable subscription service. Starting Nov. 1, the cost of the Yahoo! Music Unlimited to-go service will increase from $4.99 to $9.99 per mont As anticipated, Yahoo! Music is raising the pr ...

  20. MusicNow Bows Subscription Service

    March 29, 2005 12:00 AM EST Circuit City's MusicNow subsidiary has launched an online music subscription service to complement its à la carte download stores. LOS ANGELES -- Circuit City's MusicNow subsidiary has launched an online music subscription servi ...

  21. MusicNow Bows Subscription Service

    March 22, 2005 12:00 AM EST Circuit City's MusicNow subsidiary has launched an online music subscription service to complement its à la carte download stores. Circuit City's MusicNow subsidiary has launched an online music subscription service to complemen ...

  22. Live Aid DVD Set For Nov. 1 Release

    July 15, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Warner Vision International wins rights auction. Warner Vision International wins rights auction. News ...

  23. Gera, IFPI Look To Woo Consumers Back To Stores

    January 25, 2004 12:00 AM EST For the first time, leading European retailers and international labels have mapped out a cooperative work program aimed at enticing customers back into record stores. For the first time, leading European retailers and international labels have ma ...

  24. Gera, IFPI Look To Woo Consumers Back To Stores

    January 25, 2004 12:00 AM EST For the first time, leading European retailers and international labels have mapped out a cooperative work program aimed at enticing customers back into record stores. For the first time, leading European retailers and international labels have ma ...

  25. Bidding For Tower Lingers Until 2004

    December 19, 2003 12:00 AM EST After three rounds of bidding, the auction process for Tower Records may come down to interested parties revisiting their bids after the holiday selling season. Firms believed to still be interested i After three rounds of bidding, the auction pro ...

  26. Bidding For Tower Lingers Until 2004

    December 19, 2003 12:00 AM EST After three rounds of bidding, the auction process for Tower Records may come down to interested parties revisiting their bids after the holiday selling season. Firms believed to still be interested i After three rounds of bidding, the auction pro ...

  27. Bidding For Tower Lingers Until 2004

    December 19, 2003 12:00 AM EST After three rounds of bidding, the auction process for Tower Records may come down to interested parties revisiting their bids after the holiday selling season. Firms believed to still be interested i After three rounds of bidding, the auction pro ...