Digital audio

  1. This Week In Music: D.A. Wallach on Chester French, Spotify's Roadblocks, 'Accommodationist Culture'

    June 14, 2012 3:17 PM EDT On this episode of This Week in Music live from Sonos' studios in Los Angeles, host Ian Rogers of Topspin sits down with D.A. Wallach of Chester French fame and Spotify's official artist in residence. Here, the technology-minded artist t ...

  2. Apple Shutting Down Ping, Source Confirms

    June 13, 2012 4:37 PM EDT Apple is shutting down Ping, its social network and music recommendation service in the next iTunes update, according to multiple media reports and confirmed to Billboard.biz by a source close to the situation. The attempt at a social network by t ...

  3. Business Matters: How Soundrop Is Helping Build the Spotify Economy

    June 12, 2012 6:58 PM EDT Soundrop Benefits From The Spotify Economy -- In a sign that at least one investor thinks Spotify is a valuable platform with longevity, Soundrop raised $3 million in funding from Northzone for its social listening app built specifically for the S ...

  4. Business Matters: Access Models Peacefully Coexisting with Purchase Models

    June 11, 2012 4:35 PM EDT Spotify Accounting For Growing Distribution Revenue, But Not Replacing Downloads There is now a bit more evidence that Spotify has not lead to a reduction of music purchases. Contrary to some people's fears, it appears that many Spotify users ...

  5. Business Matters: Deezer Launches in Latin America, Still Avoiding the U.S. and Japan

    June 07, 2012 5:35 PM EDT Deezer Extends into Latin America Music subscription service Deezer has expanded to 35 Latin American countries. Based in France, the service is now available in Mexico, Argentina, Colombia, Puerto Rico, Ecuador, Jamaica, Guetamala and other count ...

  6. Sean Parker, Shawn Fanning on Airtime, Spotify's Similarities to Napster, Working With the 'Legendary' Bob Pittman

    June 06, 2012 2:18 PM EDT "I don't think I've ever been this tired," Sean Parker said Tuesday afternoon. It was nearly three hours after he and Napster co-founder Shawn Fanning officially unveiled new social video-chat service Airtime at a technical-dif ...

  7. App Wrap: Spotimy, Gumroad, Pinzee More

    May 31, 2012 6:00 PM EDT It's a good sign that so many people email Evolver.fm with music apps news. We're not too surprised, given that we're attracting a growing audience not only here, but on other publications where our articles appear: Wired.com, Gizmo ...

  8. Rihanna, Radiohead, Thirty Seconds to Mars Grab Write-In Nominations at O Music Awards

    May 31, 2012 1:56 PM EDT The O Music Awards have yet to be officially doled out, but Thirty Seconds to Mars, Rihanna, Neon Hitch and Radiohead already have plenty of fan support on their side. The artists are among the freshly minted write-in nominees for this summer' ...

  9. Sean Parker: Apple Tried To Keep Spotify Out Of The U.S.

    May 31, 2012 7:46 AM EDT Spotify's long-delayed U.S. launch may have been due to pressure from Apple, shareholder Sean Parker said Wednesday at the D:All Things Digital conference. Parker was short on specifics, however. "There was some indication that that migh ...

  10. Business Matters: Facebook's IPO Could Have Just Killed Some Digital Music IPOs

    May 29, 2012 6:14 PM EDT Facebook IPO Issues May Deter Vevo and Spotify Facebook's problematic IPO has not only resulted in investor lawsuits and questions about the Nasdaq, it could have killed or postponed the IPO aspirations of Vevo and Spotify. Both companies hav ...

  11. Samsung Debuts Online 'Music Hub,' Challenges iTunes With 19 Million Tracks

    May 29, 2012 12:15 PM EDT Samsung is debuting an online music store called the Samsung Music Hub, which will be available initially via its new Samsung Galaxy S III in Germany, Italy, the U.K., France and Spain. The service will allow songs to be streamed through the cloud ...

  12. Exclusive: Rdio Working on Plan to Directly Compensate Artists

    May 24, 2012 9:32 AM EDT Music subscription service Rdio is formulating a plan to directly compensate recording artists for bringing it new subscribers, according to a source within the company and two managers who have discussed the program with Rdio. The plan comes at a ...

  13. Sony Music Unlimited, More Open Than Ever, Takes the iOS Plunge on Friday

    May 22, 2012 3:08 PM EDT Sony Music Unlimited for iOS, not pictured here, will likely have the same "offline mode" that allows this Android version to store music for playback without a data connection. When Sony Entertainment Network chief Tim Schaaf told Evolv ...

  14. Spotify to Launch in Australia and New Zealand Tuesday

    May 21, 2012 5:00 PM EDT Spotify will launch in Australia and New Zealand Tuesday, giving the leading on-demand music service its first presence outside Europe and the United States and its 14th and 15th overall markets. The service's catalog will have 16 million tra ...

  15. Donna Summer Dominates Social Networks After Death

    May 18, 2012 6:49 PM EDT Donna Summer died on the morning of May 17 and many people reacted by taking to the Internet and online music services. Radio Remembers Donna Summer: Songs Get Huge Airplay After News of Singer's Death According to data provided by Next Big S ...

  16. Spotify Raising Funding at $4 Billion Valuation: Report

    May 17, 2012 2:49 PM EDT Music subscription service Spotify is raising money at a $4 billion valuation, according to a report Thursday at the New York Times . The report says Goldman Sachs is set to invest $100 million and the round -- which will not close for "many ...

  17. Business Matters: Facebook Says Spotify Has Hit 20 Million Users; Spotify Says It Ain't So

    May 15, 2012 8:39 PM EDT Facebook Says Spotify Has Hit 20 Million Users; Spotify Says It Ain't So -- Spotify has reached 20 million monthly active users, according to a count seen at Facebook. Music industry analyst Mark Mulligan noted the mile market in a post at hi ...

  18. Exclusive: Muve Music Adds TuneCore, the Orchard and CD Baby

    May 15, 2012 12:05 AM EDT Muve Music, the music subscription of Cricket Wireless with 600,000 subscribers across the U.S., has added the catalogs of TuneCore, the Orchard and CD Baby. The deals will more than double Muve Music's catalog to over 10 million tracks, head ...

  19. Q&A: eMusic CEO Adam Klein on How Subscription Services Help His Download Business @NARM

    May 11, 2012 3:35 PM EDT You couldn't swing a dead cat at the NARM convention without hearing a conversation about subscription services. Most people have a "wait and see" attitude about upstart companies like Spotify with both paid and free streaming servi ...

  20. Deezer Signs Worldwide Licensing Deal With Merlin

    May 11, 2012 8:30 AM EDT Merlin CEO Charles Caldas spoke both on his organization's new agreement with Deezer and his disagreenment with the Universal merger. Streaming subscription service Deezer has signed a global licensing deal with independent rights agency Merl ...

  21. SoundCloud Gets A Redesign: We Take the Beta Version for a Test-Drive

    May 10, 2012 4:36 PM EDT Faster, better-looking, and with an indispensable set of new features, the next version of SoundCloud's web app debuted online Wednesday at 10 a.m. PST to 10,000 invited beta testers. Phased rollouts to the community will occur over the comin ...

  22. Spotify's Artist In Residence DA Wallach on Apps, Artist Services, and What His Job Title Means

    May 10, 2012 1:40 PM EDT DA Wallach, half of the pop-rock duo Chester French and Spotify's official artist in residence. As one of its many efforts to make itself a different kind of music-subscription service, Spotify brought in an official "artist in residence ...

  23. New Spotify Apps Dive Into Online Dating Via Listening Preferences

    May 10, 2012 12:34 PM EDT Step aside, Chuck Woolery ! There's a new matchmaker in town -- actually, two. The latest round of Spotify apps -- Tastebuds.fm and Fellody -- offer to help people find romance through music. These are by no means the first apps to attempt to ...

  24. Tech Types Tackle TV-Music Tie-Ins at NARM

    May 10, 2012 7:40 AM EDT Turning living rooms into virtual record stores guided by television shows and ads is just a few technological clicks away from becoming a reality. How to get there -- and who needs to play role in that development -- was the subject of a presenta ...

  25. Germany and the UK Launch Music Streaming Charts

    May 10, 2012 7:15 AM EDT Much like Billboard did in March when it launched its On-Demand Songs chart with Nielsen and DigitalMusic.org, the UK and Germany have followed suit, announcing the launch of national digital music streaming tallies. Billboard, Nielsen, DigitalMus ...

  26. NARM Announces New Board Members

    May 09, 2012 3:13 PM EDT NARM announced today its slate of new officers at the organization's annual convention, with the election of iTunes senior marketing manager Brent Muhle as vice chairman; Amazon's director of digital music content acquisition Craig Pape ...

  27. Rdio Hosts Hack Day For In-House Team, Produces RSS, Shazam Apps

    May 08, 2012 12:47 PM EDT At its San Francisco headquarters, Rdio recently held its first-ever hack day -- a marathon event where coders build stuff that works, fast. Most hack days , including the one our editor just attended in Sydney , are open to the public and consist ...

  28. ShareMyPlaylists Launches iOS App For iPhone, iPad

    May 07, 2012 3:37 PM EDT ShareMyPlaylists homepage featuring mixes of Notorious B.I.G. samples and another of Drum 'n Bass ShareMyPlaylists.com has announced the launch of a new music discovery iOS app based around curated Spotify playlists. Since its launch in 2009, ...

  29. Business Matters: Deezer Opens API, Welcomes Developers to Make Really Cool Apps

    May 03, 2012 7:15 PM EDT Deezer Welcomes App Developers Deezer has opened its API and launched "Open Deezer" roughly five months after Spotify did the same. Open Deezer will allow developers to create applications and services that integrate Deezer's on-dem ...

  30. Spotify Introduces First iPad App, Aims To Become 'Home Stereo'

    May 02, 2012 7:00 AM EDT Spotify's rumored iPad app screen grab that sent tech bloggers into a frenzy last week. Spotify's iPad app is finally here. After tech bloggers speculated wildly two weeks ago over an early screen-grab , many assumed it would be the subj ...

  31. Business Matters: What it Means For Spotify's Daniel Ek to be Worth $308 Million

    April 30, 2012 6:01 PM EDT Daniel Ek Is Worth $308 Million Because The Market Values Spotify So Highly It may surprise some people that Spotify CEO and co-founder Daniel Ek is worth $308 million (£190 million), according to a list of richest British people in music at the S ...

  32. Australia's iTunes Music Store to be Probed on Pricing Points

    April 30, 2012 10:41 AM EDT Australia's iTunes Music Store is to be probed on its pricing points, according to reports. Apple Computer and Microsoft will be among technology companies asked to explain to Australia's Parliament why consumers pay considerably more fo ...

  33. Business Matters: Social Media Isn't All That - But You Still Want It

    April 26, 2012 4:30 PM EDT Social Media Is Ubiquitous, But Overhyped Social media is a tough nut to crack. Its benefit is hard to measure but it's become a focal point in sales and marketing efforts. Market research says it plays a minor role relative to traditional me ...

  34. Rethink Music Hackathon Winners: Having 'The Talk,' Dancing to Make Music, Concert Playlists

    April 25, 2012 8:56 AM EDT This week's Rethink Music conference kicked off with a weekend Hackathon, where participants built and presented 25 music "hacks," or hastily-created apps, at Microsoft's New England Research and Development Center (a.k.a. N.E. ...

  35. Deezer Expands to Canada, Australia & New Zealand

    April 25, 2012 8:41 AM EDT French music streaming service Deezer is debuting in Canada, Australia and New Zealand, marking the company's first forays into those regions in the world. Previously, Deezer had been operational in France, the U.K., and Belgium, but had told ...

  36. Business Matters: Why Concert Listing Sites Like Songkick, Bandsintown Matter in Today's Increasingly Fragmented Market

    April 24, 2012 4:26 PM EDT Why Concert Listing Sites Matter In Today and Tomorrow's Market -- There are far more ways to discover concerts than existed just a few years ago. But are more concert tickets being purchased? Probably not. But that doesn't mean the indu ...

  37. Business Matters: Official.fm Targets Business Users for its Music Platform

    April 23, 2012 5:40 PM EDT Official.fm Simplifies Management For Artists Artists and labels have no shortage of tools for promoting music online. Official.fm wants to simply the process. "Official.fm aims to provide a single place for artists, labels and managers to ma ...

  38. eMusic Rolls Out Record Store Day Heat Map App

    April 20, 2012 2:36 PM EDT Saturday is official Record Store Day, which means it's almost time to implement your H2BB (home-to-business bicycle) to purchase vinyl music, if you're the type, as even relatively young digital music consumers appear to be . Record Sto ...

  39. Spotify Announces Global Deal With Coca-Cola

    April 18, 2012 10:40 AM EDT Spotify CEO Daniel Ek announced a global partnership with Coca-Cola at Ad Age's Digital Conference this morning, according to multiple reports . "I can't reveal more details now," Elk said, "but I'm really excited abo ...

  40. Will Spotify Debut an iPad App Wednesday?

    April 17, 2012 11:06 AM EDT An image of a Spotify iPad app captured in the wild has exploded across the Internet this week, raising expectations the company will finally launch its first app created specifically for the iPad device. The picture was reportedly taken by a Swed ...

  41. Branded Artist Apps Could Make Money and Please Fans

    April 17, 2012 9:59 AM EDT Wahwah.fm already lets you turn the MP3s on your iPhone into a radio station. This would evolve that concept into a real moneymaker for artists, and excellent apps for fans. Say you're a big fan of Sleigh Bells (the band, not the wintertime e ...

  42. Business Matters: Analysis of Martin Mills' Harsh Words on Universal-EMI Merger

    April 16, 2012 6:22 PM EDT Martin Mills of Beggars Group Says EMI-Universal Music Kills Niche Artists Martin Mills, chairman and founder of the Beggars Group, has lodged a complaint with European regulators regarding the Universal Music Group acquisition of EMI's recor ...

  43. Spotify May Seek More Funding, But No IPO

    April 13, 2012 2:13 PM EDT Spotify will lose a projected $60 million this year, despite a massive growth in revenue to $889 million, but that's not fazing CEO Daniel Ek. "Our focus is entirely on growth," he told Swedish paper Dagens Industri ( via TechCrunch ...

  44. Business Matters: Is Music Still Core to Sony Corp's Mission?

    April 12, 2012 5:25 PM EDT Music May Be Losing Significance to Sony Sony Corp. wants to revitalize its electronics business, but how will it use music to get there? The company announced a transformation plan Thursday that includes shedding 10,000 jobs , or 6% of its global ...

  45. Spotify Play Button Launches, Aims For Ubiquity

    April 11, 2012 8:25 AM EDT Spotify wants to be the world's music player. Its new streaming music widget, called the Play Button, is a step in that direction. Unveiled Tuesday, the Play Button allows listeners to stream music on the Spotify desktop client via the widget ...

  46. Germany Up, Switzerland Down, Austria Mixed in 2011 BVMI Revenue Numbers

    April 06, 2012 7:00 AM EDT In the three countries of the German language music market, Germany, Switzerland and Austria, the economic turnover from 2010 to 2011 was full of contrasts. While the official figures will be reported on April 19 in Berlin, Dr. Florian Drücke, man ...

  47. 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 ...

  48. Editor's Note: What Role Did Bundling and Exclusives Play in Madonna and Justin Bieber's Big Debuts?

    April 04, 2012 2:17 PM EDT Madonna has the no. 1 album on this week's Billboard 200. She sold 359,000 copies of MDNA compared to Lionel Richie's Tuskegee , which opens with a really impressive 199k first week. But many of Madonna's sales came through a bundle ...

  49. Facebook Claims That 17.5 Million People Use Spotify Each Month

    April 03, 2012 6:29 PM EDT It's clear that Spotify is the most popular on-demand music subscription in the world. Less clear is how many people actually use it. Let's start with Spotify's latest numbers as of March, which a spokeswoman sent Evolver.fm yesterd ...

  50. 10 Cool Things on Spotify's 'History of Music' Timeline

    March 30, 2012 5:30 PM EDT Spotify launched its new Facebook Timeline today, with the added wrinkle being that they have compiled a "History of Music," transporting users from the present all the way back to 1000 A.D. and the beginning of "popular music." ...

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