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  1. Business Matters: Thanks to Songkick, 100,000 Fewer People Can Claim Ignorance for Missing a Concert

    March 28, 2012 4:30 PM EDT Songkick Announces 100,000 New Users Through Spotify App There's a common saying in the concert and ticketing businesses that 40% of all tickets go unsold because people weren't aware of the shows. This 40% Rule seems to have come from L ...

  2. Business Matters: Spotify's Reported $4 Billion Valuation in Perspective

    March 26, 2012 5:08 PM EDT Spotify Looking For Billions In Funding Spotify is reported to be seeking funding of $3.5 billion, according to Business Insider , or $4 billion, according to the Financial Times . The company has over 10 million active users, well over 3 million ...

  3. Business Matters: MySpace, Pinterest Bump Up, Facebook Drops Slightly in Feb. comScore

    March 23, 2012 5:54 PM EDT MySpace Web Traffic Boosts, But Still Isn't Pretty; Facebook Drops Slightly -- MySpace gained more U.S. visitors and Facebook lost a few in February, according to new figures from comScore. MySpace jumped 8 spots to #42 in comScore's lis ...

  4. News You May Have Missed During the Annual SXSWi P.R. Barrage

    March 23, 2012 12:42 PM EDT Onesheet Mobile, like many tech companies, introduced it's latest product initiative during SXSWi If you were busy before, during and after SXSW, you may have missed some news items during the annual SXSW press release barrage from Onesheet, ...

  5. Business Matters: Senate Passes Crowdfunding Bill, Pandora's Vastly Varied Valuation

    March 22, 2012 4:53 PM EDT Senate Passes JOBS Act Aimed At Helping Startups Raise Money Entrepreneurs of all stripes, and certainly some in the media and entertainment field, are likely applauding a bill that helps them raise money. The Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS ...

  6. Rdio Launches in Canada, Signs European Deal With PRS

    March 22, 2012 9:26 AM EDT Rdio has released a string of announcements in recent days, with a major cosmetic overhaul debuted at SXSW and the streaming service reaching the 15 million songs threshold. Rdio Announces Major Changes At SXSW Event Now Rdio has signed on to be t ...

  7. Warner Goes Drupal: A Q&A With Paul Sinclair, SVP, Digital Media, Atlantic Records

    March 20, 2012 4:28 PM EDT Warner Music Group is among the first companies to use a new platform by Acquia called "Enterprise Drupal Gardens." In short, Enterprise Drupal Gardens offers clients the same advantages as proprietary "software as a service" ( ...

  8. Business Matters: Apple Finds Better Use of its Cash Than Buying Music Company

    March 20, 2012 4:09 PM EDT Apple To Introduce Dividend and Share Repurchase Program So much for the idea that Apple could buy a music company. The company announced Monday a dividend and share repurchase program to put to use its $98 billion stockpile of cash and securities ...

  9. 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 ...

  10. Facebook SXSW Panel Looks at Music Marketing Beyond the 'Likes'

    March 17, 2012 5:05 PM EDT The "Facebook Music Marketing: Pages, Feeds, and Games" panel at SXSW Music served essentially as a rundown of sorts for every way an artist can maximize Facebook's platform - especially its new features rolled out in Timeline, whic ...

  11. Introducing Every App From the SXSW Trade Show

    March 16, 2012 2:36 PM EDT The consensus from SXSW so far appears to be that no single app is dominating the festival, although Highlight and some other apps did see their share of hype. One observer bets that Groupme may have been the breakout hit of SXSW just like last ye ...

  12. 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 ...

  13. 9-Year Old Rapper MattyB Bounds Onto Billboard Social 50 Chart

    March 15, 2012 6:37 PM EDT Making a big debut at No. 11 on the Social 50 this week is a 9-year old rapper from Atlanta, known simply as MattyB. As seen on NBC's "Today" rapping "Ice Ice Baby" and featured on "The Insider," MattyB bows this ...

  14. Sean Parker and Shawn Fanning on Spotify Carrying Napster's Mantle, Starting New Social Video Company @ SXSW

    March 14, 2012 6:25 PM EDT Former Napster founders Sean Parker and Shawn Fanning sat down for an interview conducted by actor/director Alex Winter at SXSW Music as part of the promotional campaign for the upcoming film documenting Napster's rise and fall, titled " ...

  15. Music in Devices: What is Working?

    March 14, 2012 5:00 PM EDT "The computer isn't the most natural listening experience for music- most people don't have a dedicated stereo anymore and all (digital) devices don't work together elegantly, but music lovers want that," said moderator Vi ...

  16. SXSWi Panel Explores How Phones Have Changed Concerts: 'At Jay-Z Show, Everyone Was Looking at Their Phones, Not Jay-Z'

    March 13, 2012 6:55 PM EDT "What's interesting to me," said Brenna Ehrlich of MTV Networks, who moderated the "Music 2.0: Engaging Fans with Mobile Social Apps" panel Tuesday afternoon, to kick things off, "is how the advent of the iPhone has c ...

  17. Michael Robertson Stands Up for Megaupload at SXSWi Cloud Panel

    March 13, 2012 5:08 PM EDT Michael Robertson of Mp3tunes.com -- and formerly of the infamously shut down MP3.com -- was outspoken during the "Gimme Shelter From The Storm Clouds" panel at SXSWi on Tuesday, calling out his fellow panelists, attorney Jon Simson, and ...

  18. Rdio Announces Major Changes At SXSW Event

    March 13, 2012 3:08 PM EDT AUSTIN, TEXAS -- Rdio, the music subscription service from Skype and Kazaa co-founders Janus Friis and Niklas Zennstrom, announced major changes to its music subscription service designed to "put music and people front and center," in an ...

  19. Google Play, Amazon Selling Select Digital Albums for 25 Cents

    March 09, 2012 4:15 PM EST Lady Gaga might finally stop getting flack for the infamous 99 cent Amazon sale of her "Born This Way" LP last year. Both AmazonMP3 and Google Play have seemingly set a new low for album pirces, listing digital albums like Lady Antebellu ...

  20. Business Matters: Finally Global? Turntable.fm Doing Deals with Labels (Report)

    March 08, 2012 6:31 PM EST Turntable.fm's Could Go Global With New Major Licensing Deals Turntable.fm has signed a licensing deal with EMI and is close to completing deals with Universal Music Group and Sony Music Entertainment, according to CNET. The status of discuss ...

  21. Songkick Gets Investment from Sequoia Capital

    March 08, 2012 12:54 PM EST In the latest deal involving a data-driven music company, music database startup Songkick has landed an investment from venture capital firm Sequoia Capital. Songkick, based in East London with an office in the San Francisco Bay area, has created ...

  22. Apple's Garageband Adds Real-Time Jamming, iCloud Sync

    March 08, 2012 6:15 AM EST Maybe it's time to get the band back together. On top of all the other stuff Apple announced yesterday (March 7), including a new iPad and Apple TV, the company demonstrated a new version of its Garageband music app that can sync tracks up an ...

  23. Business Matters: The Numbers Behind Vevo's Potential Facebook Move

    March 07, 2012 6:50 PM EST What If Facebook And Vevo Really Did Get Together? Facebook and Vevo are reported to be in early talks to move Vevo's catalog of popular music videos and original programming after its deal with YouTube expires in about a year. Whether or not ...

  24. Apple Unveils New iPad With Sharper Screen, Faster Processor

    March 07, 2012 2:01 PM EST SAN FRANCISCO -- Apple's new iPad model, with a sharper screen and a faster processor, will go on sale in the U.S. and six other countries next Friday, the company confirmed Wednesday. The new features mean the iPad will be slightly thicker a ...

  25. Apple iPad 3 Expected To Launch Today

    March 07, 2012 6:28 AM EST NEW YORK (AP) - Apple is holding an event Wednesday in San Francisco, and has hinted that it will reveal a new iPad model. Rumors speak of an updated tablet with a speedier processor, a sharper screen and an option for faster wireless broadband ac ...

  26. How Sabu, a 'Legendary' Anonymous Hacker Member, Turned Into an FBI Informant

    March 07, 2012 6:00 AM EST NEW YORK (AP) - The shadowy underworld of Internet hackers was rocked Tuesday by news that one of the world's most-wanted and most-feared computer vandals has been an FBI informant for months and helped authorities build a case against five p ...

  27. The Only Tools You'll Need For SXSW 2012

    March 07, 2012 5:45 AM EST Evolver.fm's Eliot Van Buskirk (Right) with Spotify's Daniel Ek in a keynote interview at SXSW 2010 (Photo: Jim Merithew/Wired.com) Each year, those of us lucky enough to attend the SXSW festival in Austin, Texas face the same questions: ...

  28. Google Play Launches, Consolidates Music, Movies, Books In Central Marketplace

    March 06, 2012 6:46 PM EST Google is overhauling its cloud-based offerings by consolidating Google Music, the Google eBookstore and the Android Market into Google Play, a digital hub that will offer storage, a marketplace of music, movies, books and games, and its entire li ...

  29. Pandora Shares Drop After Fourth-Quarter Earnings Report

    March 06, 2012 5:03 PM EST Shares of Pandora where free-falling 15 percent in after-hours trading on Tuesday after the digital music company reported uninspiring quarterly earnings results. The provider of online music reported revenue and profit that missed the expectation ...

  30. Audiogalaxy Jumps Into Internet Radio

    March 06, 2012 2:34 PM EST Audiogalaxy jumped into the Internet radio game Tuesday with Mixes, a free web-based service that plays personalized streams of songs. Internet radio is an increasingly crowded market, but Audiogalaxy does it a bit differently. The web-based Inter ...

  31. Live Nation Dives Deeper Into Data, Acquires Setlist.fm

    March 06, 2012 10:09 AM EST Live Nation continues its technology spree with its acquisition of Setlist.fm , a wiki-like service that allows individuals to add and edit concert set lists to its database. The addition of Setlist.fm to Live Nation's consumer-facing propert ...

  32. Business Matters: Analyst Upgrade Boosts Pandora Shares Day Before Earnings Release

    March 05, 2012 7:54 PM EST Analyst Upgrade Boosts Pandora Shares Day Before Earnings Release -- An upgrade from a Stifel Nicolaus & Co. analyst a day prior to Pandora's earnings call helped push the company's stock up 5.5% Monday and gave the company a market ...

  33. How Beyond Oblivion's Music Startup Model Tanked Before Takeoff

    March 05, 2012 4:50 PM EST Beyond Oblivion was supposed to save the music industry. Instead, it lived up to its name, collapsing in dramatic fashion at the end of 2011 when investors lost their patience with a company that kept promising and never delivering. Years of caree ...

  34. Business Matters: Without SOPA, Are There Other Tools in Copyright Holders' Toolkits?

    March 02, 2012 5:12 PM EST Without SOPA, Are There Other Tools Are There in Copyright Holders' Toolkit -- Even without an anti-piracy law like the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), the U.S. government has gone after a foreign-based Internet company. Rather than block acce ...

  35. What Pinterest's Skyrocketing Social Network Means For Artist Marketing

    March 02, 2012 11:42 AM EST One of Lady Antebellum's Pinterest boards entitled Lady A'ers features links to articles, pictures, merch, contests and much more. Pinterest could be the next big social media tool for artists, labels and music brands-especially if they& ...

  36. Business Matters: Vevo Tightens Facebook Partnership, Kim Dotcom Rails Against Copyright Law

    March 01, 2012 5:16 PM EST Vevo Moves Closer To Facebook, But Won't Jump Yet Starting March 9, Vevo users can log into the service using only Facebook. News of the change was sent to Vevo users and a copy of the email was posted at Digital Music News . A Vevo spokesper ...

  37. Grooveshark Files for Dismissal of Copyright-Infringement Case, Blasts Major Labels' Lawsuit

    March 01, 2012 2:56 PM EST Music streaming service Grooveshark has reacted strongly to the copyright infringement lawsuit filed by three major labels. In an 18-page motion to dismiss, filed Thursday in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, Groovesha ...

  38. Exclusive: Merlin Reaches Out-of-Court Settlement With LimeWire

    February 29, 2012 10:58 PM EST Independent rights group Merlin has reached an out-of-court settlement with LimeWire, the P2P file-sharing company that was shut down by a federal court in October 2010 due to a "massive scale of infringement." The amount of the settleme ...

  39. Business Matters: Ticketmaster Debuts iPhone App

    February 29, 2012 7:42 PM EST Ticketmaster Debuts iPhone App -- Ticketmaster released on app for iPhone Tuesday that allows consumers to quickly and easily buy tickets on their Apple mobile device. While the new app is fairly similar to the Live Nation app that debuted in Nove ...

  40. Mog Not 'Actively' Shopping Itself, CEO Says (Report)

    February 28, 2012 9:01 PM EST David Hyman, the CEO of subscription service Mog, says the company has not "actively" been shopping itself, contradicting a report on Tuesday by CNET that the company was struggling and has been seeking a buyer. Speaking to Reuters , Hym ...

  41. Apple Expected to Unveil iPad 3 at Event Next Week

    February 28, 2012 4:19 PM EST NEW YORK (AP) -- Apple is expected to unveil a new version of the iPad at an event in San Francisco next week. Apple sent out invitations to news media on Tuesday with an image showing part of an iPad screen. The company had been widely expected t ...

  42. Country Radio 'Has to Change': The Takeaway From CRS 2012

    February 28, 2012 6:30 AM EST Historically, new technologies have frequently been used to replace people in the workplace. But if country radio wants to successfully weather a difficult transitional decade, the medium will need to come to grips with new tech while maintaining ...

  43. Business Matters: 850,000 Androids Activated Every Day -- What Does That Mean to You?

    February 27, 2012 8:12 PM EST ,000 Android Devices are Activated Every Day -- What Does That Mean to You? -- More than 850,000 Android phones are now activated each day, according to a tweet on Monday by Google senior VP Andy Rubin, who heads the company's mobile divis ...

  44. Business Matters: When is it Safe to Say Google Music Has Failed?

    February 24, 2012 4:28 PM EST When is it Safe to Say Google Music Has Failed? -- Google's giant footprint was to give Google Music unparalleled access to music lovers. But according to a report by CNET's Greg Sandoval, Google Music has disappointed industry executive ...

  45. Apple Vs. Proview iPad Trademark Lawsuit Comes To U.S.

    February 24, 2012 7:48 AM EST SHANGHAI (AP) -- Apple Inc. is facing yet another challenge to its use of the iPad trademark in China - this time in a court in California. Proview Electronics Co., a unit of Proview International Holdings, which claims it owns the iPad name, file ...

  46. Obama Administration Proposes New Online Privacy Rules

    February 23, 2012 7:47 AM EST NEW YORK (AP) -- The Obama administration is calling for stronger privacy protections for consumers as mobile gadgets, Internet services and other tools are able to do a better job of tracking what you do and where you go. Administration officials ...

  47. Apple Defends Use of iPad Trademark in China During Heated Court Battle

    February 22, 2012 7:54 AM EST SHANGHAI (AP) - Apple defended its right to use the iPad trademark in China in a heated court hearing Wednesday that pitted the electronics giant against a struggling company that denies it sold the mainland China rights to the tablet's name. ...

  48. Business Matters: Pirate Bay Could Get Blocked in U.K., Grooveshark May Be Out in Denmark

    February 21, 2012 6:10 PM EST Pirate Bay Could Leave UK, Grooveshark May Be Out in Denmark The music industry's collective effort to reduce digital piracy made some progress in recent days. Most notable is a UK court's judgment that could end up getting file-sharing ...

  49. Web Trends: A$AP Rocky Preaches Equality For Everyone

    February 21, 2012 4:20 PM EST Google Trends: 1. The Voice - A new episode airing last night has lead to the show trending on Google. Twitter Music Trend: 1. Rihanna:D -Discussion over her new singles with Chris Brown and the Brit Awards have trended the songstress Digg Music N ...

  50. The Cloud Is Running Out of Room: Here's How It Affects Spotify, Pandora and Others

    February 21, 2012 3:17 PM EST CNN Money's chart, which relies on data from the FCC, shows our wireless spectrum surplus becoming a deficit next year It's true what they say: Our digital lives are moving to the cloud. Whenever we fire up Facebook instead of a local em ...

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