Comes With Music

  1. Nokia Signs With Germany's GEMA

    June 19, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Mobile handset manufacturer Nokia has concluded a Europe-wide licensing agreement with the German collecting society GEMA in Munich for its unlimited Comes With Music service. The agreement grants Comes With Music the right to use the GEMA reperto ...

  2. Virgin Media, Universal Offer 'World First' Unlimited MP3s

    June 15, 2009 12:00 AM EDT U.K. telco and cable TV company Virgin Media has partnered with Universal Music on an unlimited download service described as a "world first" in that users will be able to keep all the MP3 downloads forever. The announcement appears to p ...

  3. Briefs: eMusic, RIAA, 'The Beatles: Rock Band'

    June 04, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- eMusic has raised its rates, but it's possible per-track payouts might not increase at all or much. The addition of the well-known Sony catalog may reduce unused tracks that expire at the end of the month, or "breakage," as subsc ...

  4. Briefs: Live Nation, 'The Beatles: Rock Band,' MySpace

    June 03, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- Live Nation 's "No Service Fee Wednesday" is underway and people are finding out that "service fees" are separate from other fees consumers will still have to pay. This isn't much of a revelation. Live Nation said ...

  5. European Licensing Deals For Comes With Music

    May 14, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Nokia's unlimited music service Comes With Music can roll out across Europe after authors' and publishers' collecting society PRS For Music brokered licensing deals with several publishers. Working with PRS for Music, Warner/Chappel ...

  6. Business Briefs: BitTorrent, Microsoft, Google, WMG

    May 13, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- BayTSP , which tracks file sharing and sends infringement notices to ISPs, has a list of top sources of recorded infringement. BitTorrent tops the list and eDonkey is second. Ares , a decentralized P2P network, is a very distant third. Spain to ...

  7. Business Briefs: Nokia Comes With Music, Live Nation, Virgin Megastore

    May 05, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- A royalty statement acquired by Music Ally shows Comes With Music users in the U.K. downloaded an average of 61 songs per month. Compare that to the range Nokia gave for new users, between 200 and 300 songs per month. Those numbers suggest that ...

  8. Business Briefs: Qtrax, Relix, Jimmy Eat World

    May 04, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- Cinram, which manufactures CDs and DVDS for many major music groups and movie studios, reported a Q1 2009 loss of $22.3 million on revenue $303 million - a 19% revenue drop versus the same period last year. CD revenue dropped 30% to $37 million ...

  9. Business Briefs: Nokia, Live Nation, Barry Diller

    April 30, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- Nokia's VP of Music in the UK says the company is "happy" with Comes With Music 's rollout and added the company has learned a lot from the experience (such as the impact an out-of-date handset can have on a service's u ...

  10. Analysis: The Industry's Next 'Free' Battle

    April 23, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The music industry may have to face another battle against free music. Though the industry is looking to mobile as the bright spot for future growth, new signs point to limited interest of paid-for mobile music services. Instead, it seems, free mu ...

  11. Comes With Music U.K. Sales Figure Claim

    April 22, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Nokia has declined to confirm a claim that U.K. sales of its Comes With Music unlimited offering have only reached 23,000. The figure emerged as Nokia rolls out the service in Sweden and Germany. The claim was made by digital music consultancy Mus ...

  12. Business Briefs: Nokia, Decca, Imeem, NAB

    April 22, 2009 12:00 AM EDT - Nokia's Comes With Music is estimated to have 23,000 subscribers in the UK (population 61 million). ( Music Ally ) - Decca Records is merging back-office, marketing and promotion with Deutsche Grammophon, also part of Universal Music Classi ...

  13. Business Briefs: Nokia, Facebook, MySpace, Hastings

    April 17, 2009 12:00 AM EDT - In yesterday's earnings call, Nokia CEO Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo called the 5800 Xpress Music combined with Comes With Music was a "big success story." He said the phone has seen "strong demand" in every country it has launc ...

  14. The 'Free' Debate

    April 06, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Ad-supported music sites, file-sharing services and a wealth of music posted online are adding to the topic of "free" become a more common talking point. As companies search for new ways to monetize recorded music, expect free music to b ...

  15. Briefs: Ticketmaster Goes Paperless, Buzz Media Cuts Staff, Artist Merch Tips and More

    April 02, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- Ticketmaster will introduce its paperless ticketing technology in Canada with a Metallica concert on October 12. ( Press release ) -- Blogs may be the future, but they may not pay the bills as well as once thought. Buzz Media , formerly Buzznet ...

  16. Nokia's Comes With Music Reaches Italy, Sweden

    April 01, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Nokia's unlimited music offering Comes With Music has launched in Italy and will be rolling out in Sweden this week. The service debuted in the U.K. last October, followed by launches in Australia and Singapore earlier this year. Italy is the ...

  17. Business Briefs: Borders, Gibson, Live Nation, INgrooves

    March 27, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Tales from a Borders CD and DVD clearance sale. "Almost all CDs and DVDs are 30% off. The liquidation does not include new releases, but everything else is fair game." ( LA Music Shopping Examiner ) Gibson Guitar announced it will lay of ...

  18. Nokia Continues Music Push

    March 11, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Nokia is continuing its push to establish itself as a major player in the mobile music market with an expansion of its Comes With Music service to new countries and the introduction of several new music phones. Comes With Music - a service under w ...

  19. Music & Money: The Future Music Revenue Driver

    March 05, 2009 12:00 AM EST The music business may be fighting for its life but the growing mobile component could become the industry's revenue driver as application software technology is embraced by mobile phone users, according to panelists at the Billboard Music &a ...

  20. Nokia Halts Xpress Music Phone Sales

    March 02, 2009 12:00 AM EST Nokia over the weekend halted sales of its much-heralded Xpress Music phone just days after its Feb. 26 debut, citing technical glitches plaguing the device. Most notably, the devices were unable to connect to AT&T's 3G network, which is ...

  21. Nokia Launches Comes With Music Down Under

    February 25, 2009 12:00 AM EST Nokia's Comes With Music is coming to Australia on March 20. The Finnish mobile handset giant said today (Feb. 25) it will launch its all-you-can-eat mobile music service Down Under with its 5800 XpressMusic touchscreen cell phone, which has ...

  22. Nokia's Unlimited Service Heads Down Under

    February 18, 2009 12:00 AM EST Nokia's Comes With Music service should arrive in Australia later this month, following a groundbreaking licensing arrangement struck with the Australasian Performing Right Association and sister organization the Australasian Mechanical Copyr ...

  23. Digital Briefs: INgrooves, Nokia, iPhone App Store

    February 17, 2009 12:00 AM EST - Digital distributor INgrooves has joined Nokia's Comes With Music program. The Nokia service already has licensing deals with the four major labels, including INgrooves investor Universal Music Group. Anyone owning a compatible Nokia phone ...

  24. Nokia Continues European Rollout

    February 13, 2009 12:00 AM EST Nokia is expanding its mobile music services worldwide. The mobile operator has launched a Nokia Music Store in Austria and Switzerland, part of its European rollout that has been adding new countries every few months since late last year. The ser ...

  25. Total Music Shuts Down

    February 10, 2009 12:00 AM EST Total Music, the joint venture backed by Universal Music Group and Sony Music Entertainment, among others, has shuttered, Billboard.biz can confirm. Multiple sources directly involved in the venture said all concerned agreed to stop funding the ef ...

  26. Nokia Music Store Launches In Mexico

    February 05, 2009 12:00 AM EST Nokia has quietly opened its Nokia Music Store in Mexico. Though the handset maker has yet to launch its all-you-can-eat Comes With Music service in Mexico, a visit to the store reveals downloadable music from Warner, EMI and Sony. Albums sell for ...

  27. MIDEM 2009 In Quotes

    January 23, 2009 12:00 AM EST The music industry's annual five-day trip to the south of France for the MIDEM international music market and conference is over, and most of the execs should now be back at their desks. Here Billboard.biz rounds up the best quotes of the con ...

  28. SGAE Licenses Repertoire To Nokia

    January 23, 2009 12:00 AM EST Spanish collecting society SGAE has signed a pan-European licensing agreement with mobile vendor Nokia for its all-you-can-eat service Comes With Music. SGAE will make available the work of its 93,000 author and publisher members, as well as its e ...

  29. Nokia's Ojanpera Talks Comes With Music In Cannes

    January 17, 2009 12:00 AM EST Nokia's Dr Tero Ojanpera, EVP entertainment and communities, delivered an optimistic keynote at day one of MidemNet, revealing a "breakthrough" in licensing negotiations that will enable the service to roll out across Europe in 2009 ...

  30. Price Cut On Nokia's Comes With Music

    January 16, 2009 12:00 AM EST Three months after its launch in the U.K., the price of Nokia’s unlimited music pre-licensed handset has been slashed from £127.10 ($189.90) to £82.18 ($122.79). The move comes amid speculation that the service, set for a roll out in other territo ...

  31. Nokia's Ojanpera Set For MidemNet Day 1 Keynote

    January 15, 2009 12:00 AM EST MidemNet delegates can expect a hard-hitting keynote from Tero Ojanpera, Nokia's executive VP of entertainment and communities, on Saturday, Jan. 17. MidemNet, which runs Jan. 17-18 in Cannes, is the international forum that focuses on the mu ...

  32. Digital Briefs: Comes With Music, Musiwave, ManiaTV

    January 12, 2009 12:00 AM EST -Nokia’s manager of entertainment and communities in the U.S., Trevor Madigan, tells MocoNews that early Comes With Music results shows the service is proving popular with mothers tired of giving their kids music allowances. -Mobile content provid ...

  33. Web Reaction: Apple Drops DRM

    January 06, 2009 12:00 AM EST Apple iTunes' announcement that it will begin offering DRM-free music from all four major labels and will add a new pricing scheme for tracks today was, to say the least, covered extensively. Below, a round-up of reaction from around the Web ...

  34. The Billboard Q&A: Universal Digital Chief Rio Caraeff

    January 05, 2009 12:00 AM EST Universal Music Group has never been shy about shaking things up in the digital music space. The company demanded a per-device payment from Microsoft before licensing music to the Zune Marketplace. It spearheaded efforts to monetize online music v ...

  35. The Year In Music & Touring: Five iPhone Apps That Will Help The Music Business

    December 30, 2008 12:00 AM EST This was not a good year for mobile music. Ringtones sales are declining, over-the-air downloads are still little more than a blip on the radar, and the potential of ambitious initiatives like Nokia's Comes With Music is still unknown. There& ...

  36. Swedish Telco Launches Unlimited Service

    December 09, 2008 12:00 AM EST Swedish telco TeliaSonera has launched Telia Musik, an all-you-can eat download service available to more than 13.3 million mobile customers in six countries. Telia in Sweden was the first to release the service on Monday (Dec. 8). It will be foll ...

  37. MIDEM Gets Message

    November 21, 2008 12:00 AM EST Radiohead's co-manager Brian Message will deliver a keynote speech at the 2009 MIDEM international music market in Cannes, which runs Jan. 18 to 21. Message, of Courtyard Management, also represents singer songwriter Kate Nash and dance act F ...

  38. Tech Test: Comes With Music On The 5310

    October 24, 2008 12:00 AM EDT A week after its launch, U.K. retailer the Carphone Warehouse says the Comes With Music 'unlimited music' package from Nokia is performing well. But, like Nokia, the company declined to give any figures in relation to the exclusive partn ...

  39. Popkomm Day 2: Digital Drives Forward

    October 09, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The development of digital music was the major topic of debate at day two of Popkomm in Berlin, with delegates discussing the need for users to be able to synchronize their music collections between their computers, phones and even automobiles. Th ...

  40. Mirabella To Exit Sony BMG For Nokia Role

    October 03, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Sony BMG senior VP and GM of U.S. digital sales Adam Mirabella is leaving the record label, Billboard has learned, to take a post at mobile phone manufacturer Nokia. On Oct. 13, Mirabella will begin his new position as director of global digital m ...

  41. Grainge, will.i.am Support Comes With Music Launch

    October 02, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music International chairman/CEO Lucian Grainge and will.i.am from Black Eyed Peas were among those lending their support to Nokia's new all-you-can-eat music package Comes With Music at the launch in London. The service, rolling ou ...

  42. Nokia Unveils Comes With Music Service

    October 02, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Nokia has unveiled its all-you-can-eat Comes With Music package for the U.K., although the scope of its "unlimited access to millions of tracks" offer has some potential restrictions. It launches Oct. 16. Nokia has partnered with the Car ...

  43. MusicStation Service 'Exceeds Forecasts' Says Vodafone NZ

    October 02, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Vodafone New Zealand has rung the changes at its online music services - and according to the company it is already starting to pay dividends. Last month saw the launch of Vodafone MusicStation, which provides unlimited music downloads to mobiles ...

  44. Sony Ericsson Unveils Unlimited Music Service

    September 24, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Mobile phone manufacturer Sony Ericsson introduced an all-you-can eat music subscription service called PlayNow Plus in a bid to compete against rival Nokia's pending Comes With Music service. The PlayNow Plus offer is simply a repackaged ver ...

  45. CTIA Day 1: Mobile Social Networking, Off-deck Sales

    September 10, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The CTIA Wireless I.T. & Entertainment trade show kicked off today in San Francisco. The event runs Sept. 10 - 12. Below, a round-up of music mobile news. - Mobile social networking is emerging as a key area of interest for both content provid ...

  46. Nokia Signs Warner To Music Deal

    July 01, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The world's top cellphone maker Nokia and Warner Music Group have put aside their differences to bring the label's content to Nokia's Comes With Music initiative as well as Nokia's Ovi mobile music store. The Comes With Music o ...

  47. Nokia Confident Free Music Downloads Will Profit

    May 01, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Offering unlimited music downloads to phone buyers will make money for Nokia as well as record labels, the handset maker said, dismissing talk the move would come at the expense of profits. "We expect to make money both from our traditional d ...

  48. Sony BMG Strikes Pact With Nokia's 'Comes With Music'

    April 22, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Sony BMG is the latest music company to sign-up with Nokia's "Comes With Music" phone. The breakthrough will give a shot in the arm for Nokia's mooted subscription service, which effectively embeds the cost of a year's ser ...

  49. Nokia Denies Paying UMG $35 Per Phone

    April 21, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Nokia says it is not paying $35 to Universal Music Group for each Comes With Music phone sold, as was reported by various media outlets last week. Guessing how much Nokia is paying participating labels (of which there is still only one) is the new ...

  50. Plugged And Unplugged

    March 21, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Plugged M:Metrics revealed some staggering data this week about the iPhone. It found that while 6.7% of overall mobile users listened to music in some form or another on their phone, and 27.9% of smartphone users did the same, iPhone users blew th ...

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