Digital audio

  1. How Spotify's Daniel Ek, Sprint's Dan Hesse Pulled a Deal Together in a Month

    April 30, 2014 8:00 AM EDT It may be hard to believe given the scale of their new partnership, but Sprint CEO Dan Hesse and Spotify CEO Daniel Ek met for the first time just a month ago in a “spontaneously planned” meeting at San Francisco Airport.  That both companies have ...

  2. Underwhelming Start to iTunes Radio Lights Fire Under Apple

    April 09, 2014 10:00 AM EDT The failure of iTunes Radio to halt the decline of music downloads has prompted Apple Inc. to consider the most dramatic overhaul of its iTunes music store in more than a decade, according to executives familiar with Apple’s internal delibera ...

  3. Beats Music Hires Ex-Gang of Four's Dave Allen as Artist Advocate (Exclusive)

    February 25, 2014 7:00 PM EST In an effort to address the critics of streaming music head on, Beats Music has hired Dave Allen, the former bass guitarist for the post-punk band Gang of Four, to be the company's public face and chief advocate. The newly created positi ...

  4. AT&T To Offer $15-A-Month Beats Music Family Plan

    January 12, 2014 1:10 PM EST AT&T says it will start offering customers a subscription to streaming service Beats Music in a package that gives as many as five family members unlimited streaming and song downloading for $15 a month. Ian Rogers: The Man Behind the Beats Be ...

  5. The Music Biz in 2013: In Flux, Disruptors Disrupted

    January 01, 2014 8:28 AM EST The week before Christmas, pondering a year-end music business essay, a litany of major stories jumped to mind, including: the Twitter and SFX IPOs; Sony and Vivendi investors’ calling for entertainment spin-offs; Live Nation’s record revenues ...

  6. Spotify Readying Free Streaming Mobile Service

    December 06, 2013 5:46 AM EST Spotify, the Swedish music streaming service, is set to announce a new feature that will allow users to pick specific tracks and listen to them on mobile devices for free. That's according to a person familiar with the matter who was not auth ...

  7. Spotify to Receive $250M Investment, Valued 'North' of $4B (Report)

    November 21, 2013 3:01 PM EST Spotify has secured a $250 million investment round led by Technology Crossover Ventures on a valuation "north" of $4 billion, according to a story from the Wall Street Journal . The news affirms, with slight tweaks, rumors from two week ...

  8. Business Matters: Free Music Marches Onward

    October 03, 2013 5:24 PM EDT Rdio’s announcement Thursday that its app users can enjoy free radio shows free music is an powerful force. From YouTube, the world’s biggest jukebox, to freemium subscription services and Apple’s free-of-charge iTunes Radio, digital music servi ...

  9. Spotify Launches Twitter-Style Follow Buttons

    October 02, 2013 1:34 PM EDT Spotify Launches Twitter-Style Follow Buttons Just about any website or artist page you go to these days features a prominent follow button , which typically leads to a Twitter account . As of this week, you'll start seeing Spotify buttons ...

  10. Business Matters: How Good Was iTunes Radio's Start? (Really Good)

    September 24, 2013 4:57 PM EDT Just how good was iTunes Radio's start? Pretty good. Apple announced Monday that iTunes Radio picked up 11 million listeners in its first five days of availability.   The news immediately made clear that iTunes Radio should be considered a ...

  11. Anghami, Middle East Music Streaming App, Reaches 2 Million Downloads

    June 25, 2013 1:25 PM EDT Middle Eastern music streaming application Anghami has just crossed the two million download mark, according to a release sent out by the Lebanon-based company.. Launched in 2012, the service is a mobile-only music application targeting markets ...

  12. Rdio Expands to Malaysia, Hong Kong and 5 Other Countries

    June 13, 2013 1:44 PM EDT On-demand music service Rdio has expanded to Asia for the first time in an expansion that covers seven countries. In addition to Malaysia and Hong Kong, Rdio is also available in Colombia, Chile, Poland, Czech Republic and Switzerland.   The ex ...

  13. Omnifone Adds 1.2 Million Subscribers In 6 Months

    June 07, 2013 12:52 PM EDT Omnifone has added 1.2 million subscribers to its cloud-based music services in the last six months. The London-based company, which also has a U.S. office in the Los Angeles area, provides licensing and backend services for a variety of digital ...

  14. Morning Fix: Taylor Swift Dominates BBMAs; Yahoo! Buys Tumblr; Prince and Kobalt Partner

    May 20, 2013 8:12 AM EDT Get the Morning Fix Delivered To Your Inbox HERE TAYLOR SWIFT, GOTYE AND RIHANNA WIN BIG AT BILLBOARD MUSIC AWARDS Taylor Swift and her 3.7 million-selling Red dominated the 2013 Billboard Music Awards on Sunday night (May 19), taking home eight ...

  15. Sony's Music Unlimited Service Expands to Brazil

    May 15, 2013 3:30 PM EDT Sony Network Entertainment International’s Music Unlimited service is live in Brazil, according to a statement released today by the company. The cloud-based digital music subscription service is now available in 19 countries worldwide. The on-d ...

  16. Allegro Media Group to Acquire Canadian Label Somerset Entertainment

    May 09, 2013 10:15 AM EDT The Allegro Media Group has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Mood Media's Somerset Entertainment label, a publicly-traded Canadian company. While terms of the deal were not disclosed, Billboard estimates Somerset has about $40 milli ...

  17. Twitter #Music, Hands-On: The Good and the Bad

    April 18, 2013 6:35 PM EDT Twitter music was already a concept long before it was an application, so it comes as little surprise that Twitter’s new #music app is built top to bottom around how users already interact with music on Twitter.  #Music arrives with the potent ...

  18. Spotify and Rdio Expected to Launch in Japan in Coming Months (Report)

    January 11, 2013 2:08 PM EST Spotify and Rdio are expected to launch in Japan in the next few months, according to a report at Japanese music trade McClure Music.   "Rdio and Spotify will have a positive impact on the Japanese market because they're a great form of ...

  19. Business Matters: What Mattered -- and Didn't -- in Digital Music Startup Funding in 2012

    December 26, 2012 4:52 PM EST Was 2012 a good year for music startup fundraising? It probably depends on your definition of a music startup and how many companies you'd like to raise the millions of dollars required to operate a licensed, on-demand music service. But make ...

  20. Business Matters: Windows 8 Can't Be Helping Xbox Music

    December 24, 2012 1:57 PM EST Reports of a slow start for Windows 8 suggest a bumpy start for Xbox Music, Microsoft's new ad-supported subscription service that was supposed to get a big boost from its integration with its new operation system. Business Insider and the Ne ...

  21. PSY's 'Gangnam Style' Video Hits 1 Billion Views, Unprecedented Milestone

    December 21, 2012 10:05 AM EST PSYs "Gangnam Style" has just become the first video in the history of the Internet to reach and surpass one billion views. This morning (Dec. 21), Psy's mega-hit reached this unprecedented milestone just 27 days after surpassing Ju ...

  22. Business Matters: Joining Spotify Hasn't Been Good for Metallica's Sales

    December 20, 2012 8:18 PM EST Sales data suggests that the sales of Metallica's studio albums were negatively impacted after the band added its catalog to Spotify on Dec. 6. The world's leading subscription service has been a source of controversy in spite of a lack ...

  23. SoundTracking Integrates YouTube in Android Update

    December 20, 2012 5:07 PM EST SoundTracking, the application downloaded by 3 million people who use it to share virtual music postcards with their friends, has integrated YouTube for its latest Android version released Thursday. Developed by Schematic Labs in San Francisco, So ...

  24. Deezer Reaches 3 Million Subscribers, Launches Free Service, Adds Features

    December 19, 2012 5:59 PM EST The subscription marketplace is looking more and more like a two-horse race. French subscription service Deezer is launching a free, ad-supported version of its music service in more than 150 countries Thursday (Wednesday in the U.S.) and a host o ...

  25. The Ten Most Interesting Startups of 2012

    December 19, 2012 5:16 PM EST Unlike years past, 2012 lacked debuts by big music services that require tens of millions of dollars of venture capital. Rdio, Vevo and Guvera made the list in 2010. Turntable was on last year's list. In fact, this year's list doesn' ...

  26. Billboard.Biz Readers' Survey Results, Part 1: Most Important Event of 2012

    December 19, 2012 7:00 AM EST As part of our year-end special, we asked you, the audience three specific questions about 2012 - and we got dozens of thoughtful, intelligent, well-considered responses. Rather than dropping all of that knowledge in one big pile, we're publi ...

  27. Music Biz 2012: A Look Back at a Tumultuous Year

    December 14, 2012 8:13 AM EST In what has to be the most memorable quote about our industry in recent memory, David Geffen -- during an event for the recent documentary about his towering career -- said "I'd kill myself" rather than get into the music business t ...

  28. Does Streaming Cannibalize Albums?

    December 14, 2012 7:25 AM EST (Illustration by Jan Feindt) Meet Michael Acton. In many ways, he represents the past, present and future of the music business. As a teen growing up in Buckinghamshire, England, in the 1980s, Acton trawled record stores for vinyl. In his 20s, he ...

  29. Five Digital Startups to Watch in 2013

    December 14, 2012 7:05 AM EST has been a banner year for digital innovation in music, from Kickstarter's increasing visibility in the mainstream to Spotify's steadily growing influence over how its users consume music. But there are plenty of companies worth wat ...

  30. Warner Music Bullish on Downloads, Subscriptions as Digital Revenue Grows

    December 13, 2012 9:00 PM EST Warner Music Group believes digital music is helping bring growth back to the music business. The company's fiscal year-end numbers show it has benefitted from the surge in subscription services, growth in Internet radio and the continued ris ...

  31. Business Matters: Spotify, Beats/Mog Bringing Us Music Discovery 2.0

    December 11, 2012 6:34 PM EST Upcoming changes to Spotify's music recommendations and improvements coming to Beats-owned Mog - or whatever it will be called in the future - show music services understand it's time to stop boasting about the size of their catalogs and ...

  32. 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 ...

  33. Trent Reznor Reveals Details About Beats by Dre's New Streaming Service

    December 10, 2012 4:19 PM EST Trent Reznor, who recently added the title of Chief Creative Officer for Beats Electronics Inc. to his resume, hinted that the company's forthcoming digital music service, code-named "Daisy," will create a recommendation platform in ...

  34. Spotify: What the Press Is Saying About Yesterday's Event

    December 07, 2012 2:55 PM EST Along with headline-grabbing items like a Lars Ulrich/Sean Parker public reconciliation, a performance from Frank Ocean and, of course, the recruitment of Metallica's catalog, yesterday's Spotify press conference announced some important ...

  35. Spotify Now With 5 Million Paying Subs; Adds Metallica

    December 06, 2012 1:56 PM EST Daniel Ek, the chief executive of Spotify, came a little closer to his ambitious goal of having all the music in the world on his digital service Thursday when he announced that it now had the entire Metallica catalog available for on-demand music ...

  36. Morning Fix: Live Nation Going to Russia; Pandora Stocks Plummet; UMG/EMI Outline Germany Plans

    December 05, 2012 8:45 AM EST Head HERE to subscribe to Billboard's Morning Fix email and our other free music-business newsletters LIVE NATION EXPANDING TO RUSSIA: Like Apple iTunes , Live Nation Entertainment has announced it plans to expand operations to the Russian li ...

  37. Video: Donald Passman on 'All You Need to Know About the Music Business,' and Digital Advice for New Artists

    December 04, 2012 3:58 PM EST For more than two decades, Don Passman has watched a number of business models come and go as he built up a legal practice guiding artists through an ever-changing thicket of licensing deals and other contractual arrangements. Passman, who represe ...

  38. The Importance Of Album Track Order In The Digital Age

    December 04, 2012 12:30 PM EST The sequencing of tracks on an album may have long been subject to artists' creative muses, but, according to A&R and streaming services decision-makers, the order in which songs appear on a set can have far-reaching effects on an acts� ...

  39. Apple Releases iTunes 11

    November 29, 2012 1:00 PM EST With just a day to spare before its second deadline, Apple debuted the newest version of iTunes today, one that gives users the ability to stream their entertainment from the Internet via iCloud. The release came after the Cupertino, Calif., techn ...

  40. Radical.fm, Swedish Streaming Start-up, Takes Aim at Spotify's Crown

    November 19, 2012 11:55 PM EST Sweden, the country that brought the world Spotify, is spawning another free on-demand music service via Radical.fm. The Stockholm-based company, which launched last year as a radio streaming service in Sweden , on Tuesday is adding an unlimited o ...

  41. TuneCore Opens In Japan, Keeps Founder's Vision

    November 19, 2012 12:58 PM EST The departure of Tune-­Core CEO Jeff Price this summer, just months after the exit of co-founder Peter Wells, shocked the music industry, but the online distribution company insists it remains on course and retains its grand vision as it prepare ...

  42. Michael Simon of Harry Fox Agency: Digital Music's Slingshot

    November 19, 2012 12:55 PM EST Michael Simon, the new president/CEO of the Harry Fox Agency, says he has a simple goal for HFA: combine his deep love of music with his desire to build the industry's digital infrastructure to help young people discover musicians like Hal ...

  43. AC/DC Finally Joins iTunes

    November 19, 2012 10:51 AM EST Just a few weeks after longtime digital holdout Kid Rock announced that his new album will be available on iTunes , another holdout has made the move: in a release Monday morning, Columbia Records and Apple announced that AC/DC's entire catal ...

  44. Morning Fix: Bieber, Minaj Win Big at AMAs; Internet Radio Fairness Opponents Unite; AC/DC Joins iTunes

    November 19, 2012 8:30 AM EST Head HERE to subscribe to Billboard's Morning Fix email and other free music-business newsletters AMERICAN MUSIC AWARDS 2012: JUSTIN BIEBER, NICKI MINAJ TOP EXUBERANT NIGHT: Justin Bieber took home Artist of the Year at the American Music Awa ...

  45. Value of Music Streaming is Data, Says Artist Zoe Keating @FutureSound Conference

    November 18, 2012 9:16 AM EST From left: Ethan Diamond, CEO/Co-Founder, Bandcamp; David Marcus, SVP of Worldwide Artist Services, WMG; Emily White, Co-Founder, Whitesmith Entertainment; Zoe Keating, Artist; consultant Antony Bruno; Jon Irwin, President, Rhapsody International; ...

  46. From This Week's Billboard: TuneCore Opens In Japan, COO Scott Ackerman Discusses Company's Vision

    November 16, 2012 3:43 PM EST COO Scott Ackerman is currently running TuneCore. Below is a story from the new Billboard on the international expansion of TuneCore, the online distribution company and its vision for the future under COO Scott Ackerman who has run the company si ...

  47. Startups GetMixxd, Playground.fm, Swarm.fm, Tixie and Tunezy Vie for Title at Billboard's Innovators Showcase

    November 16, 2012 1:00 PM EST The five finalists who presented at Billboard FutureSound Conference's Innovators Showcase (from left): Derrick Fung, Tunezy; Mehul Trivedi, Playground.fm; Jeff Foster, Tixie; Peter Watts, Swarm.fm; Andrew Dever, Swarm.fm, before Innovators s ...

  48. Don Was On Blue Note's 'Radical' Spotify App, OpenEMI, Revitalizing Label at FutureSound Keynote

    November 16, 2012 10:10 AM EST Was, Not Was: Don Was (left) being interviewed by Steve Jang: Co-Founder/CEO, Soundtracking at Billboard's FutureSound Conference. (Photo: Arnold Turner) Blue Note Records president Don Was told San Francisco technologists that the label' ...

  49. Fred Wilson Wary on Music Investments; Questions Spotify's Valuation, Apple's Music Leadership

    November 15, 2012 6:52 PM EST Billboard's Bill Werde interviews investor Fred Wilson during the Billboard FutureSound Conference today in San Francisco. (Photo: Arnold Turner) Investor Fred Wilson ( @fredwilson ) loves music but he's still "relatively cautious&q ...

  50. Spotify Rolls Out Browser-Based Music Player in Beta

    November 15, 2012 3:36 PM EST Spotify is today rolling-out its first ever browser-based music player in beta, according to a report published on The Verge that was confirmed by the company. Spotify told Billboard it is looking to release the fully baked product "over the ...

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