Comes With Music

  1. Nokia Music Comes To U.S.

    September 04, 2012 10:23 AM EDT Nokia announced Tuesday the U.S. launch of the free music streaming service Nokia Music. The service is currently exclusive to owners of the Nokia Lumia 900 or Nokia Lumia 710, who can download the app from the Marketplace. Nicki Minaj Teams With ...

  2. If Spotify's Reported 600K U.S. Subscribers Is Disappointing, You Expected Too Much Too Soon

    April 04, 2012 8:48 PM EDT Spotify has amassed three million U.S. users and 600,000 subscribers since its July launch, according to figures reported Wednesday by the New York Post . A major label source tells Billboard.biz that the 600,000 threshold won't be reached fo ...

  3. Business Matters: ABC News Helps Yahoo! Overtake Vevo for #2 in U.S. Online Video Traffic

    March 19, 2012 4:43 PM EDT Yahoo! Bumps Vevo To #3 In Online Video Rankings A deal to stream ABC News video helped Yahoo! overtake Vevo for second place in the U.S. online video rankings for February, according to comScore. Google sites had 16.7 billion video streams, Yahoo ...

  4. Business Matters: iTunes Global Revenue Was $6 Billion In 2011

    January 25, 2012 8:27 PM EST iTunes Global Revenue Was $6 Billion In 2011 -- Lost among some spectacular numbers in Apple's earnings release on Tuesday was a sign of impressive growth at iTunes. Global iTunes sales rose to $1.7 billion in the quarter ended Dec. 31. That ...

  5. Business Matters: Will Boinc's Business Model Get Stale Before It Launches?

    October 20, 2011 7:25 PM EDT Will Boinc's Business Model Get Stale Before it Launches? -- Boinc, the innovative music service by Beyond Oblivion, could revolutionize the way people consume music. But the industry is going to have to wait a bit longer to see it in action. ...

  6. Beyond Oblivion Unveils Boinc Music Service

    August 22, 2011 1:28 PM EDT Beyond Oblivion has finally released details of its device-based music subscription service. Called Boinc, the unlimited, ad-free music service will be bundled with mobile devices and PCs and can also be purchased separately. Visitors to the new B ...

  7. Cricket's Muve Music Service Is 'Killing It,' Label Sources Say

    June 09, 2011 12:47 PM EDT While many new music subscription services continue their struggle to make a dent in the U.S. digital music market, the Muve mobile music service offered by Cricket Communications is seeing phenomenal growth, according to multiple record label sou ...

  8. Nokia's Ovi Services To Get Rebranded

    May 16, 2011 2:55 PM EDT The "door" is now closed. Nokia is removing the Ovi brand from its suite of software services in favor of the more academic "Nokia Services." Ovi meant "door" in Finnish. The switch will include the Ovi Music store, w ...

  9. Business Matters: Qtrax Inks Short Term Deal with EMI, But Could it Succeed in 2011?

    March 04, 2011 7:58 PM EST Qtrax Inks Short Term Deal with EMI, But Could it Succeed in 2011? -- After many false starts, is Qtrax on its way to a launch? And is it too late? The "free and legal" download service has completed a licensing deal with EMI and may hav ...

  10. Google Music: Meet The Executive Team

    February 15, 2011 5:04 PM EST The Google Music service that's become the worst-kept secret in the music industry may not be live yet, nor is it showing signs of launching anytime soon, but we are slowly getting clarity into who at Google is building the service. On Friday ...

  11. Nokia Staff Shakeup Reportedly Under Consideration

    February 07, 2011 10:35 AM EST Approximately half of the executive board at mobile phone maker Nokia may be out of a job later this week, as new CEO Stephen Elop scrambles to reverse the company's falling revenue and declining market share. At least, that's the news c ...

  12. MIDEM One-on-Ones: Online Ticketing, The Value of Music, Western Acts In Japan

    January 25, 2011 12:00 AM EST Between the music industry panel discussions at this year's MIDEM conference in Cannes, France, Billboard senior editorial analyst Glenn Peoples picks the brains of attendee executives to learn what's happening behind the scenes. Exiting ...

  13. @MIDEM 2011: Sony's Qriocity Turns Up The Volume

    January 23, 2011 12:00 AM EST CANNES, France -- When Sony launched its oddly named Qriocity music service last month, it did so rather quietly and with few details. Here at MIDEM, they've turned the volume way up. In addition to announcing an expansion of the cloud-based ...

  14. Pick Your Battles & Your Market, Says Index Ventures' Saul Kelin @ MIDEM

    January 23, 2011 12:00 AM EST CANNES, France -- Index Ventures' Saul Klein threw cold water on the industry's burning love of global services at a Saturday discussion at MIDEM. "Pick your market," he told the audience. "Win big." In other words, s ...

  15. MSpot Takes a Beating at MIDEM Panel For Unlicensed Locker Service

    January 22, 2011 12:00 AM EST CANNES, France -- Claiming 1 million U.S. users of its cloud-based music locker streaming service, mSpot unveiled an expansion into Europe at the MIDEM conference . But CEO Daren Tsui found himself on the defensive while on a panel discussing clou ...

  16. Vodafone Director @ MIDEM Claims 1 Million Paid Mobile Music Subscriptions

    January 22, 2011 12:00 AM EST CANNES, France -- With the collapse of Comes With Music in most Western markets, it's fair game to question how well mobile music is doing in Europe. Lee Epting, the content services director for one of the continent's larger network ope ...

  17. Will Anything Stick With Music Consumers In The Digital Age?

    September 17, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Will anything stick with music consumers in the digital age? That was the question posed at two panels at the Americana Music Conference earlier this month in Nashville. Two different groups of the music industry searched for answers and recounted ...

  18. Nokia's Music Focus Shifts

    September 15, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The changes at Nokia just keep coming. This summer, the company jostled its Comes With Music strategy by rebranding it Ovi Music Unlimited and rolling it into its broader content portal. This month also saw the departure of CEO Ollie-Pekka Kallasv ...

  19. Microsoft Exec Stephen Elsop To Lead Nokia

    September 10, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Nokia has replaced embattled CEO Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo with former Microsoft exec Stephen Elsop. Elsop was previously president of Microsoft’s business division, responsible for the recent launch of the company’s Office 2010 product suite. He will ...

  20. Nokia Explains Comes With Music Decision

    August 18, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Nokia shook up its music strategy this week with the announcement that it is integrating the Comes With Music service into its broader Ovi portal, re-branding it Ovi Music Unlimited. The move raises questions about the future of the Comes With Mus ...

  21. Nokia Pulls Plug On Comes With Music

    August 17, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Nokia's highly criticized Comes With Music effort is no longer, at least in name. The service itself remains, but Nokia is ditching the Comes With Music brand and instead is folding the service into its broader Ovi entertainment services and ...

  22. Forrester Report Names Best Music Service-Device Combo

    July 22, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Forrester analyst Mark Mulligan takes a look at device-service integrations in his latest report . Basically he created a methodology comparing well-received devices with well-received services to determine which combination offered the best music ...

  23. Free Spotify App Goes Live At Nokia Store

    May 19, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The Spotify mobile app is now available for free at the Nokia Ovi Store. That makes it available for several of Nokia’s s60 TK handsets across Europe where the service is available. Nokia, of course, offers its own music service, albeit under a di ...

  24. Mobile Music Downloads Struggle To Make Headway

    May 19, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Fewer than 2% of mobile users in the United States and western Europe used their phone to download music in the first quarter, showing the uphill task facing Apple iTunes challengers like Nokia . Although 24% listened to music on their phone, the ...

  25. U.K. Recorded Music Revenues Inch Up In 2009

    April 26, 2010 12:00 AM EDT U.K. trade body the BPI said a strong fourth quarter and rising digital sales helped push the recorded music market into growth in 2009. The BPI reported a modest 1.4% year-on-year increase in trade income of £928.8 million ($1.44 billion), based ...

  26. Nokia's Comes With Music Launching In China DRM-Free

    April 08, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Nokia is to launch its Comes With Music service in China, a move which suggests the Finnish mobile manufacturer is looking to emerging markets to boost its unlimited download service. Last month the company confirmed it would launch in India and i ...

  27. Comes With Music To Launch In India

    March 19, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Nokia's unlimited music service Comes With Music is set to launch in India in the first half of 2010. The move coincides with developments regarding India's upgrade this year to a higher-speed 3G network. Successful bidders in the countr ...

  28. Business Matters: CRB, Nokia, Android, Peter Gabriel, Live365, Chris Walla and More

    March 02, 2010 12:00 AM EST -- The third Jammie Thomas-Rasset trial is set for October 4. It will deal only with damages. Thomas-Rasset’s first two trials resulted in guilty verdicts. The first verdict was thrown due to misleading jury instructions. The second verdict was re ...

  29. Analysis: The Problem With High Adoption

    February 19, 2010 12:00 AM EST U.S. consumers have adopted digital music stores at a better rate than consumers in other countries, but greater digital adoption may lead to slower adoption of new business models. The logic: the more accustomed a group of consumers becomes to th ...

  30. UMG Veteran Bronikowski Headed To Yahoo Music

    February 08, 2010 12:00 AM EST Universal Music Group veteran Jeff Bronikowski will take over as the new head of Yahoo Music Billboard has learned, replacing Michael Speigelman, who is moving to a different role within the company. Bronikowski worked at Universal for 11 years, m ...

  31. Australian Music Market Up 4.8% In 2009

    February 03, 2010 12:00 AM EST The record business down under is on the ascent. Full-year 2009 trade figures issued today (Feb. 3) by labels body ARIA show a 4.8% gain in wholesale revenue to $446.1 million Australian ($395 million), powered by a booming digital music sector an ...

  32. Business Matters: Nokia, Vringo, TalkTalk, Deezer

    January 29, 2010 12:00 AM EST Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. Follow Billboard senior analyst Glenn Peoples on Twitter at twitter.com/billboardglenn . -- Nokia president and CEO Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo discussed ...

  33. Downloads Too Expensive?

    January 28, 2010 12:00 AM EST Digital music prices are too high and consumers prefer a-la-carte downloading to bundled pricing schemes. Those are the two key findings in new research by Wharton marketing professor Raghuram Iyengar . The study is detailed in an article at Knowl ...

  34. Analysis: Recorded Music Forecasts And Their Spotty History

    January 19, 2010 12:00 AM EST Last week, two market research reports were released that forecast the trend of recorded music revenues. The reports are notable for two things: the dates when digital-physical equilibrium will be met and the errant forecasts of their predecessors ...

  35. The Top Music Stories From CES 2010

    January 11, 2010 12:00 AM EST While a logistical hassle, in some ways holding the Consumer Electronic Show - which ended Sunday (Jan. 10) - at the very beginning of the each year is a fitting time-slot as it allows anyone following the tech space to get a handle on what to exp ...

  36. PlayNow Plus Debuts In Brazil

    December 11, 2009 12:00 AM EST Sony Ericsson has launched its PlayNow Plus music service in Brazil. Aliado Digital reports that the service, available on W508 Walkman phones via wireless operator Vivo, includes 1,000 pre-loaded songs and unlimited DRM-protected track downloads ...

  37. Buma/Stemra, Nokia Sign Pan-European Deal

    November 26, 2009 12:00 AM EST The Netherlands' performing rights society Buma/Stemra has signed a pan-European licensing deal with Nokia, which will make the society's repertoire available on the mobile manufacturer's Comes With Music service. Comes With Music i ...

  38. Rihanna Partners With Nokia On 'Rated R'

    November 05, 2009 12:00 AM EST Island Def Jam has teamed up with Nokia on a globally streamed live performance by Rihanna, featuring songs from new album "Rated R." The artist will perform in an unidentified London location on Nov. 16, which will be filmed for free st ...

  39. Nokia Comes With Music Numbers Published

    October 16, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Global active user numbers for Nokia's all-you-can-eat Comes With Music Service amount to 107,000, according to a report. Music Ally said that it had obtained user details showing that a year after the DRM-enabled mobile and PC service launch ...

  40. 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 ...

  41. Business Matters: Nokia, Jack Johnson, Danny Elfman

    September 24, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- What's a sure sign that a product is not working as well as was hoped? When that product is changed just one year after its launch. Case in point: Nokia is extending Comes With Music subscriptions in the U.K. by 90 days. So 12-month contra ...

  42. Business Matters: Nokia, Pandora, Crosslink Capital

    September 04, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. -- Nokia says the U.S. launch of its Comes With Music service isn’t being delayed to 2010 because the U.S. launch never had a firm date in the fir ...

  43. Latin Briefs: T-Mobile, America Movil, Nokia's Ovi

    September 02, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- T-Mobile's Sidekick is sponsoring concerts by Kinky and Jesse & Joy as part of its "Grammy Celebration" tour. The two groups will play Houston's Warehouse Live Ballroom on Sept. 26 and New York City's Webster Hall o ...

  44. Business Matters: Nokia, Amoeba Music, Nielsen

    September 02, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. -- Nokia laid out its subscription renewal plans for Comes With Music customers in the U.K. Its plan, according to Niklas Savander, the company� ...

  45. Universal, Orange Target Youth Market

    July 29, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Telco Orange has partnered with Universal Music on a free mobile and PC streaming service aimed at young people in the U.K., which the major describes as an "anti-piracy initiative." U.K. broadcaster Channel 4's 4Music brand is the ...

  46. Briefs: Polyphonic, FlyCast, WMG, Jack White

    July 23, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- David Pakman, former CEO/COO of eMusic and now a partner with venture capital fund Venrock, on the Polyphonic article in yesterday's NY Times. After discussing some scenarios for return on investment, which are low by most VC standards, Pa ...

  47. Nokia Gets Skates On For Little Boots

    July 21, 2009 12:00 AM EDT U.K. pop act Little Boots is set to appear at next month's Nokia Skate Almighty event, as part of a promotion with the mobile manufacturer for her debut album "Hands" (Sixsevenine/Atlantic). The partnership includes a joint outdoor ...

  48. Lucian Grainge Delivers Bullish Keynote At BPI AGM

    July 07, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music International chairman and CEO Lucian Grainge gave an optimistic keynote address at the BPI's annual general meeting in London, as the U.K. trade body issued figures showing an increase of 7% year-on-year for record company re ...

  49. Briefs: House of Blues, Joel Tenenbaum, Live Nation

    July 06, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- Turns out Live Nation doesn’t need to merge with Ticketmaster to offer new and creative bundles to increase attendance at concerts, one of the stated benefits of a merged company. Today the concert promoter announced the “first ever” one-price ...

  50. Briefs: FCC, Jazz Times, Nokia's Comes With Music

    June 19, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- The Senate Commerce Committee approved the confirmation of Julius Genachowski as the next chairman of the Federal Communications Commission . The committee also approved a second term for Commissioner Robert McDowell. ( Reuters ) -- After more ...

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