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  1. Amazon Planning to Add Physical CD Purchases to Cloud Player Accounts

    August 10, 2012 1:41 PM EDT Sources tell Billboard that Amazon is working to launch a feature that will populate its Cloud Player accounts with tracks from physical CDs purchased on Amazon. One estimate puts the new feature launching this fall. Cloud Player is Amazon's ...

  2. Amazon Improves Its Cloud Service

    August 09, 2012 7:25 PM EDT Amazon's Cloud Player gets a major-label upgrade Cloud music is getting smarter - and may soon get more mainstream. On July 31 Amazon launched a fully licensed scan-and-match cloud music service, giving it the same features as Apple's cl ...

  3. Business Matters: SXSW Interactive Was Big on Parties and Celebrities, But Light on Breakthrough Products

    March 15, 2012 8:30 PM EDT SXSW Interactive Was Big on Parties and Celebrities, Light on Breakthrough Products -- During SXSW Interactive, commonly written as SXSWi, I asked 20 or more people -- music industry professionals, digital professionals, random people -- which tec ...

  4. Why Young Music Fans Buy Vinyl -- and the Apps That Can Help Them

    January 26, 2012 5:00 AM EST As someone who spends lots of time thinking about the future of music as an app phenomenon, it might surprise you that I do a lot of my listening on vinyl records. I'm not alone - reports abound of vinyl's surging sales numbers over the ...

  5. Business Matters: Why A Facebook-HTC Phone Could Help Google Music

    November 22, 2011 7:47 PM EST Why A Facebook-HTC Phone Could Help Google Music -- A successful Facebook phone could end up lending a helping hand to Google Music, the combo MP3 store-cloud music locker launched this year. According to a report at the Wall Street Journal's ...

  6. Business Matters: Music Discovery Abounds, Conversion Needs Improvement: Study

    November 10, 2011 7:00 PM EST Music Discovery Abounds, Conversion Needs Improvement: Study -- Music discovery is alive and well, according to a new NPD Group/NARM study released Thursday. But there are some concerns that digital platforms too easily provide free content withou ...

  7. Rethink Music Panels Look at the Future of Record Labels, Monetization

    April 27, 2011 2:48 PM EDT BOSTON - Exactly what the record companies of the future might look like was the topic of conversation at the "Next Generation Record Label" panel at the Rethink Music conference here, and the panelists found themselves grappling with th ...

  8. Rhapsody's Jon Irwin Talks Progress a Year After Spinning Off From Real Networks

    April 01, 2011 3:02 PM EDT Rhapsody's Jon Irwin A year ago today, Real Networks officially split off its Rhapsody music subscription service into a standalone company. Since then, the smaller, nimbler organization has added 100,000 net subscribers for a total of 750,00 ...

  9. Business Matters: BMG Wants EMI's Back Catalog More Than Its Publishing

    December 20, 2010 12:00 AM EST BMG Covets EMI Group's Back Catalog More Than Its Publishing -- BMG Rights Management is interested in EMI Group's recorded music back catalog rather than its publishing division, BMG Rights CEO Hartwig Masuch told MusicWeek . "Inte ...

  10. Beatles Finally Arrives On iTunes

    November 16, 2010 12:00 AM EST The Beatles ' catalog is now available on iTunes . As expected , Apple today (Nov. 16) announced the addition of music from the Beatles a day after posting a cryptic message on its website promising that today will be "just another day. ...

  11. Value Vs. Price: Analysis From NPD's Russ Crupnick

    October 04, 2010 12:00 AM EDT More than ten million people stop buying music each year, Russ Crupnick told the Leadership Music Digital Summit last week, and two-thirds of non-digital buyers don’t have any interest in buying digital. They simply wanted good value in music and ...

  12. Business Matters: Live Nation, Swedish Sales, Spotify

    July 16, 2010 12:00 AM EDT -- Live Nation 's stock closed Thursday down 10.85% to $10.19. During the afternoon it was down as much as 16%. Investors fled when the company revealed the extent of its summer concert woes during an investor and analyst meeting, although th ...

  13. Analysis: CD and Downloads Are Toast? Not If You Want To Make Money Today

    April 16, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Some discouraging numbers on the economics of digital music have generated a good online discussion about the future of business models. The numbers from the chart came from a January 2010 post at The Cynical Musician blog that claims "the am ...

  14. NPD Group: U.S. Record Industry Lost 24 Million Customers Over Two Years

    February 24, 2010 12:00 AM EST The NPD Group says 24 million fewer people bought music in 2009 compared to 2007. At the Digital Music Forum in New York on Wednesday, The NPD Group’s Russ Crupnick presented some insightful data on U.S. music purchases from 2007 to 2009. The pres ...

  15. Two Sites Selling Beatles Songs To Remain Shut Down

    November 19, 2009 12:00 AM EST Two Web sites that sold songs by The Beatles for 25 cents apiece should remain shut down indefinitely, a federal judge has ruled. U.S. District Judge John F. Walter issued a preliminary injunction against BlueBeat.com and Basebeat.com at the reque ...

  16. Analysis: What The IFPI, RIAA Numbers Reveal

    April 24, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Recently released numbers by the IFPI (pdf) and RIAA (pdf) show continued losses in physical formats, varying success in mobile and slowing digital growth as markets mature. Fueled by a large drop in CD sales and lower wholesale values, North Amer ...

  17. Germany's Saturn Switches To MP3

    March 16, 2009 12:00 AM EDT German electronics and entertainment retailer Saturn has switched its download store catalog of 5 million tracks to MP3 format, with a €4.99 ($6.49) promotion on 250,000 albums until March 29. "All of the 5 million titles are offered without ...

  18. Pearl Jam Links With 'Rock Band' For Free Tracks

    February 04, 2009 12:00 AM EST Included in Pearl Jam's "Ten" album re-release on March 24 will be a redemption code in the CD booklet that will allow fans to download three tracks for the "Rock Band" videogame. The offer is limited to copies of CDs purc ...

  19. News Analysis: SanDisk's SlotMusic

    September 22, 2008 12:00 AM EDT There are a lot of unanswered questions regarding SanDisk's slotMusic, mainly due to the limited details – like no info on content or pricing - as the product was unveiled today . While the reaction from analysts and the press is mixed, most ...

  20. Teens Open Bandwidth Conference

    August 14, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The Bandwidth Conference in San Francisco got off to a strong start today, as a group of teenage music fans shared their thoughts about their own consumption and the industry. Among the trends: none of them read music magazines, and many valued a ...

  21. KCRW Bolsters Online Efforts With Media Player

    February 14, 2008 12:00 AM EST Santa Monica-based public radio station KCRW is launching a new custom-built media player next week that will give listeners greater access to the sites online programming and archives. With the new player, designed by tech company Digitaria, onli ...

  22. Report: Mac Users Buy More Music

    December 19, 2007 12:00 AM EST According to the NPD Group, Mac owners are more likely to buy digital music files than PC owners. In its quarterly Digital Music Monitor report, NPD found that exactly half of all Mac owners paid to download music in the third quarter of 2007, ver ...

  23. Nonesuch Launches Download Store

    December 18, 2007 12:00 AM EST Nonesuch Records is launching its own download store, designed to sell new releases from its artists directly to fans. The store allows fans to buy CDs online, and have the option of instantly downloading the full album digitally at no extra charg ...

  24. U.K. Retail Empire Strikes Back Against Slump

    September 07, 2007 12:00 AM EDT After a year of store closures and slumping sales, U.K. music retail is attempting to stave off meltdown with a host of new in-store initiatives. The long, wet summer has seen some seismic shifts in the market, with the traditionally buoyant album ...

  25. Sony BMG Sues DRM Provider

    July 11, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Sony BMG Music and BMG Music are suing two of the companies involved with the label's ill-fated effort to place DRM protections on its CDs. Amergence Technologies, formerly SunnComm International, and its sales agent MediaMax Technology, were ...

  26. EC: China Accounts For 93% of Pirate Euro CDs

    June 01, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The IFPI has called on the European Union to add its weight to the World Trade Organization challenge against Beijing to reduce China's piracy rates. The international trade body's discourse comes as European Commission figures reveal th ...

  27. Italian Report Highlights P2P Piracy Problems

    May 25, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The correlation between illegal file-sharing and the decline of CD sales in Italy has been further illustrated by a new report. According to the study, published by the Einaudi Foundation, a Rome-based economic research institute, 30% of illegal f ...

  28. Latin Teens Reveal Keys To Music Discovery, Purchasing Behavior

    April 25, 2007 12:00 AM EDT A panel of Latin teens told a Billboard Latin Music Conference audience Tuesday that they rely mostly on radio to discover new artists, and on illegal downloads to get single tracks -- but that they're willing to pay up for concert tickets an ...

  29. BPI In Court With E-Tailer CD Wow

    February 21, 2007 12:00 AM EST U.K. labels body the British Phonographic Industry is once again embroiled in legal action against e-tailer CD Wow. The trade group has taken action on behalf of its members against CD Wow and its Hong Kong-based parent company Music Trading Onlin ...

  30. Canadian Court Approves Sony BMG Settlement Deal

    September 22, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Move comes one day after CIPPIC complaints. The Ontario Superior Court in Toronto approved a settlement deal yesterday (Sept. 21) that has Sony BMG Music Entertainment (Canada) offering $8.40 (US $7.51), a replacement CD and free downloads of sele ...

  31. Sony BMG Agrees To DRM Settlement

    December 29, 2005 12:00 AM EST Sony BMG has entered a preliminary agreement to settle a class action lawsuit brought against the company in New York for its use of copy-protection software that allegedly behaves like spyware. The m Sony BMG has entered a preliminary agreement t ...

  32. Sony BMG Agrees To DRM Settlement

    December 29, 2005 12:00 AM EST Move signals a setback to major-label efforts. Sony BMG has entered a preliminary agreement to settle a class action lawsuit brought against the company here for its use of copy-protection software that allegedly behaves like spyware. The move sig ...

  33. Behind the Deal: Is It Legal To Sell iPods Loaded With Music?

    November 22, 2005 12:00 AM EST As consumers auction off iPods loaded with music on eBay and sell CD collections after copying tracks to iTunes, a question repeatedly comes up: What's fair and what's infringement? Even copyright exp As consumers auction off iPods loade ...

  34. Sacem Revenues Post Limited Growth in 2004

    June 24, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Income from mechanical rights dropped 24%. French authors rights society Sacem collected in 2004 € 726.5 million ($ 881 million), a 2.5% increase over 2003. Sacem distributed € 578.1 million ($ 701 million) to its members, € 300 000 ($ 363 800) mo ...

  35. BMG Direct Sues Indie Retailer

    April 26, 2005 12:00 AM EDT BMG Direct, parent of the BMG Music Service record club, has filed a lawsuit against John Timmons, the owner of Louisville, Ky., independent music store Ear X-tacy. Timmons has publicly criticized BMG NEW YORK -- BMG Direct, parent of the BMG Musi ...

  36. BMG Direct Sues Indie Retailer

    April 21, 2005 12:00 AM EDT John Timmons criticized price policies. BMG Direct, parent of the BMG Music Service record club, has filed a lawsuit against John Timmons, the owner of Louisville, Ky., independent music store Ear X-tacy. Timmons has publicly criticized BMG Direct ...

  37. BMG Direct Sues Indie Retailer

    April 21, 2005 12:00 AM EDT John Timmons criticized price policies. BMG Direct, parent of the BMG Music Service record club, has filed a lawsuit against John Timmons, the owner of Louisville, Ky., independent music store Ear X-tacy. Timmons has publicly criticized BMG Direct ...

  38. IFPI Reveals List Of Worst Piracy Offenders

    July 26, 2004 12:00 AM EDT For the second year running, the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI) has singled out 10 countries as being the world's worst music-piracy offenders. LONDON -- For the second year running, the International Federation ...

  39. Music Biz Ponders Sony BMG Structure After EC OKs Merger

    July 26, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Now that the European Commission on July 19 cleared the proposed merger of Sony Music and BMG, approval by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission is the final hurdle before the deal's completion. <br clear Music Biz Ponders Sony BMG Structure A ...