David Pakman

  1. Business Matters: How Many Subscribers Does a Digital Music Service Need to be Profitable?

    September 03, 2013 8:18 PM EDT How many subscribers does a music service need to be profitable? Rdio CEO Drew Larner recently told NPR the service would "absolutely be profitable" when it achieves "real scale" of 25 million to 30 million subscribers. Lar ...

  2. Business Matters: Streaming Services Pay Far Better Than Terrestrial Radio

    December 10, 2012 7:02 PM EST Some artists don't like what they're paid by streaming services. But the problem may stem from artists comparing streaming rates to purchases rather than what they get from terrestrial radio. Compared to terrestrial radio, by far the mos ...

  3. Internet Royalties Showdown in Washington Wednesday: What to Expect

    November 27, 2012 6:01 PM EST Major stakeholders are expected to make their case on Wednesday in a Congressional hearing that will set the stage for what is likely to be a long battle over Internet radio royalty rates. At stake are hundreds of millions of dollars in fees paid ...

  4. Business Matters: Where Venture Capital Money Is Flowing In Music

    August 10, 2012 8:40 PM EDT Where Venture Capital Money Is Flowing In Music -- It's ironic that Warner Music Group now gets 25% of its recorded music digital revenue from some of services that were supposedly off limits to venture capital. The company announced in its e ...

  5. Business Matters: Public Enemy, Digital Lockers, iPhone, Android and More

    June 07, 2010 12:00 AM EDT -- Public Enemy has cut its target at fan-funded site Selleband to $75,000 from $250,000. “We have learned that the fan funding model is still not fully developed,” says the band’s Sellaband page, “and, as a result, a $250,000 fund raising effort, ...

  6. How Will Live Nation Grow?

    April 26, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The New York Times nabbed interviews with Live Nation chiefs Irving Azoff and Michael Rapino for a lengthy Sunday article . Most of the piece is a re-cap of things we know - only 380 words of this 4,996-word article look into the future. But, this ...

  7. The Billboard Q&A: David Pakman

    September 01, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Music startups used to get more attention from investors. But the graveyard of failed companies has become crowded, persuading would-be partners to shy away from putting money in new music ventures due to what they see as modest payoffs, high lice ...

  8. Business Matters: iLike, Qtrax, Georgia Theater

    August 19, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. -- Former eMusic president David Pakman , now a partner at venture capital firm Venrock, explains why iLike sold for "peanuts." Short ve ...

  9. 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 ...

  10. Music & Money: VC Firms May Pull Back On Music Investments

    March 05, 2009 12:00 AM EST With digital service providers having a hard time making money and new start-ups still having difficulty affording licensing, venture capital firms may be on the verge of pulling back from investing in the music space. That was one of the conclusi ...

  11. Updated: eMusic CEO To Exit

    September 29, 2008 12:00 AM EDT eMusic's vocal president and CEO David Pakman is leaving the indie-focused digital retailer. He is exiting to become a partner at venture capital firm, which the company has not yet named. As a result, the company has retained executive searc ...

  12. NARM Panel Talks Digital Music Retail

    May 06, 2008 12:00 AM EDT During the Digital Landscape panel at the NARM convention, digital merchants sounded very much like their peers in the brick-and-mortar world as they wrestle with pricing issues, profit margins and competition from other forms of entertainment sof ...

  13. eMusic CEO Defends Company On Blog

    May 08, 2007 12:00 AM EDT eMusic CEO David Pakman has posted his thoughts on the state of digital music pricing on the company's blog , defending the company's pricing model as one that inspires fans to actually buy music. "We want musicians to be fairly com ...

  14. NARM Coverage: Industry Group Adds Digital Reps To Board

    May 01, 2007 12:00 AM EDT In a move that illustrates the industry's landscape, the National Assn. of Recording Merchandisers expanded its board of directors by adding two digital music merchants, Napster chairman and CEO Chris Gorog and eMusic CEO David Pakman. In oth ...

  15. Will The Other Majors Ditch DRM?

    April 02, 2007 12:00 AM EDT EMI is the only major label to pursue a DRM-free strategy so far , but the move places increased pressure on the other majors to offer their catalogs in a similar fashion. Apple CEO Steve Jobs says the company is reaching out to the other majors a ...

  16. EMusic Launches European Download Service

    September 12, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Presses button on pan-Euro service Sept. 12. After almost two years of groundwork, eMusic pressed the button today (Sept. 12) on a digital music operation servicing all 25 European Union member states. At launch, the online retailer offers 1.7 mil ...

  17. EMusic Launches European Download Service

    September 12, 2006 12:00 AM EDT After almost two years of groundwork, eMusic pressed the button today (Sept. 12) on a digital music operation servicing all 25 European Union member states. After almost two years of groundwork, eMusic pressed the button today (Sept. 12) on a digi ...