Digital audio

  1. Business Matters: Subscription Services Gone Global

    March 29, 2012 9:01 PM EDT Subscription Services Gone Global -- The days of the single-market subscription service are over and the land grab is upon us. From Spotify to Deezer, companies are looking for growth well beyond their countries of origin. Operating in more countr ...

  2. Spotify Lifts Limits on Free Listening in U.S.

    March 29, 2012 10:59 AM EDT The battle for American music lovers heated up Thursday as Spotify lifted listening limits on U.S. users of its free, ad-supported service. When it launched in the U.S. in July, Spotify said it would offer six months of free, unlimited listening t ...

  3. Spotify Integrates With The Echo Nest's API To Improve App Platform

    March 29, 2012 10:30 AM EDT The Echo Nest today announced that it will be integrating its API with Spotify, effectively allowing app developers to use the Echo Nest's vastly influential music intelligence algorithms in order to create apps within the Spotify model. All ...

  4. Spotify Tops Survey of U.K. Media Agencies

    March 28, 2012 12:17 PM EDT Spotify's "freemium" business model got some good news this week. The company has taken the top spot in its first appearance in the Online Media Owner Survey by the Institute of Practitioners in Advertising (IPA), a professional bod ...

  5. Gee Beyond Can Buy Beyond Oblivion Assets, But Not Existing DRM Contracts, Says Court

    March 27, 2012 1:39 PM EDT The bankruptcy court where the case was heard is not usually bedecked in a flag, as it is here Gee Beyond, the company headed by former Beyond Oblivion CEO Adam Kidron, can buy the assets of the bankrupt Beyond Oblivion, a judge ruled on Monday. T ...

  6. Madonna Teams Up With Spotify On 'MDNA' Promotional Streaming Campaign

    March 27, 2012 8:00 AM EDT Despite a career spanning three decades, with the release of her latest album Madonna has made it clear she is not going the traditional route that she may have gone promoting her past albums. Madonna Interviewed by Jimmy Fallon Live on Facebook ( ...

  7. Backbeat: Rdio Hosts Canadian Digital Music Tech Summit

    March 26, 2012 6:37 PM EDT (L-R): Jonas Woost, Executive Producer,CBC Radio 3, and Director of Programming, transmitNOW, Scott Bagby, VP, Strategic & International Partnerships, Rdio, and Rachel Noonan, Marketing & PR, Rdio pose at the Rdio function. (Photo: Sue Hol ...

  8. Black Keys Drummer Patrick Carney Calls Sean Parker an 'A--hole' for Exploiting Musicians

    March 26, 2012 5:15 PM EDT The Black Keys had one of the biggest albums of the past six months, were featured in Billboard Magazine, and headlined arenas like Madison Square Garden this month and will do the same at Coachella next month, yet Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney ...

  9. 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 ...

  10. A Timeline of Spotify's Attempted Journey Toward Becoming the 'OS of Music'

    March 22, 2012 5:26 PM EDT The HotOrNot app, which launched today on Spotify's music platform, runs on Warner Music Group's music. This causes more people to listen to that music within Spotify -- and money to flow to WMG and its artists Spotify recently rolled ou ...

  11. All 12 New Spotify Apps Come From Record Labels

    March 22, 2012 1:39 PM EDT Companies that stand to benefit the most from music discovery are creating the technologies to connect Spotify listeners with their music. Record labels created or backed all 12 of the apps unveiled for Spotify's desktop client Thursday. Spot ...

  12. 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 ...

  13. Spotify to Unveil 12 New Apps Thursday, Including Def Jam, Warner, Matador, Domino

    March 21, 2012 9:32 PM EDT Spotify will unveil a new slate of apps for its desktop client Thursday, adding to the first round of 15 apps that debuted Nov. 30 . Half of the 12 new apps -- maybe more -- are from record labels: Def Jam, Domino, Matador, [PIAS], the Warner Soun ...

  14. Is Beats Audio Acquiring Mog?

    March 19, 2012 8:34 PM EDT Is Beats Audio buying music-subscription service Mog? A report Monday at Business Insider has an unnamed source saying the deal was done last week, although a report Tuesday at All Things D said the deal has not yet closed. While at press time, ne ...

  15. Business Matters: Can Spotify Catch iTunes in Two Years? The Numbers Behind Sean Parker's Prediction

    March 16, 2012 10:20 PM EDT Can Spotify Catch iTunes in Two Years? The Numbers Behind Sean Parker's Prediction -- Sean Parker, entrepreneur and investor (in Spotify and other companies) predicted at SXSW that Spotify, at its current growth rate, will overtake iTunes wit ...

  16. Jez Bell, Peter Bradbury, Matt DeFlippis Discuss: Do We Need Music Collecting Societies in the Digital Age? @SXSW Panel

    March 16, 2012 4:53 PM EDT Jez Bell, Director of Licensing Omnifone; Matt DeFilippis VP New Media & Technology ASCAP; Peter Bradbury Head of Rights BBC (Photo: Jason Gross) Who cares about companies who collect royalties for songwriters and publishers (i.e. ASCAP, BMI)? ...

  17. 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 ...

  18. SXSW Panel Tackles Questions, Perils of Royalty Contracts

    March 14, 2012 7:57 PM EDT Are any bands earning any money from the digital music biz? Only some are. So why isn't the rest being gobbled up by artists? Read All of Our SXSW Coverage Right Here That question and the perils of royalty contracts were addressed at this pa ...

  19. 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 " ...

  20. Spotify's Ken Parks @ SXSW Panel: No Reason Why Music Biz Can't be 'Multiples of Size' Larger

    March 13, 2012 8:19 PM EDT Left to right: Billboard editorial director Bill Werde and Spotify chief content officer Ken Parks. (Photo credit: Glenn Peoples) No other digital music company -- perhaps with the exception of Apple -- has been so closely covered in the last two ...

  21. 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 ...

  22. Turntable.FM Signs Licensing Deals With All Four Major Labels -- It's Official

    March 13, 2012 1:33 PM EDT Turntable.fm now has licensing agreements with all four of the major labels in place. The announcement was made today at South By Southwest by Turntable.fm founder Billy Chasen and co-founder Seth Goldstein during the panel "Turntable.FM: The ...

  23. Music Apps Gone Wild: The Moderator's Notes

    March 12, 2012 5:40 PM EDT After my panel at SXSW today, several people asked for copies of my presentation about the wildest, wackiest music apps we've seen over the past year. The presentation went well, and I even got some laughs and applause, which is always sort o ...

  24. Dark Art of Digital Music Recommendations SXSWi Panel: The Music Discovery Solution Is People, Not Tech

    March 12, 2012 5:33 PM EDT Music discovery has long since been a hot topic in the music business. Next to music monetization it is probably the most important debate in the industry - how do we get more people to find and listen to our music? Today, with the rise of the Int ...

  25. Spotify Launching In Germany Tuesday

    March 12, 2012 5:14 PM EDT COLOGNE, Germany - Swedish online music service Spotify will launch in Germany, the world's third-largest music market, just after midnight on Monday. The launch is Spotify's biggest since its U.S. bow last year and key for the company, ...

  26. The Wild - and Sometimes Productive - World of Music Apps

    March 12, 2012 2:40 PM EDT Music apps can be fun, serious and really strange. Some might prove useful for a few days while others could be entirely transformative. The entire spectrum could be found at an entertaining panel called "Music Apps Gone Wild," a recap o ...

  27. EMI Accidentally Posts Century Media Albums To Spotify

    March 12, 2012 11:39 AM EDT Soon after Spotify began sweeping the U.S. last July, a number of independent labels began to pull their content from the service, citing comically small per-stream payouts for artists and condemning the service as not beneficial for independents. ...

  28. VEVO Launches Redesign With Facebook in Mind

    March 09, 2012 9:50 AM EST VEVO is heading further down the social path, with new Facebook integrations, iTunes Matching, and collaborations with The Echo Nest transforming the company from a static service delivering music videos to a personalized music discovery device th ...

  29. Sony Music Unlimited Brings Offline Playback to Android App

    March 09, 2012 6:15 AM EST Sony Music Unlimited, the all-you-can-hear music subscription service that represents Sony's answer to Spotify, MOG, Rhapsody and so on, added a crucial new feature to its Android app on Thursday: the ability to store music on an Android smar ...

  30. Francis Keeling Named Universal Music's Global Head Of Digital Business

    March 07, 2012 6:14 AM EST Universal Music Group is once-again ramping up its digital operations with the promotion of Francis Keeling to the role of global head of digital business. Effective immediately, Keeling will report to Rob Wells, UMG president of global digital bu ...

  31. SXSW Interactive What to Watch For: Apps, Panels, More

    March 05, 2012 6:00 AM EST While South by Southwest's Interactive (SXSWi) and Music festivals are essentially two separate events, they do have one major thing in common: music. Many music companies will be at both conferences, having meetings, speaking on panels and n ...

  32. Australian Recorded Music Market Down Slightly in 2011, Digital Surges

    February 29, 2012 7:36 AM EST Australia's digital music market is providing a huge shot in the arm to the country's recorded music industry, but the boost provided by new technologies and formats wasn't enough to spark the market into growth, new trade figures r ...

  33. Business Matters: Are Royalties and Windowing Legitimate Controversies for Subscription Services?

    February 28, 2012 7:50 PM EST Are Royalties and Windowing Legitimate Controversies for Subscription Services? -- The recurring theme -- or broken record -- of digital music in the last few months has been the "controversy" regarding artists' discontent with subs ...

  34. Swarm.fm Wins Grand Prize at Spotify's Music Hack Weekend

    February 27, 2012 5:19 PM EST Swarm.fm's Peter Watts accepts the $10,000 grand prize at the Spotify-conducted Music Apps Hack Weekend (photo: Paul Lamere). What if Spotify threw a weekend-long party for digital music hackers at a Manhattan ping pong club co-founded by Sus ...

  35. The Most Important Music App Nobody's Talking About

    February 24, 2012 7:52 AM EST Tomahawk 0.3 from Jason Herskowitz on Vimeo . In order for a technology to take off these days, it has to be simple. Twitter, Facebook, iTunes, Spotify - each can be summed up in a sentence or so and readily understood from the very first time you ...

  36. Rdio Expands to Spain, But Can It Catch On There?

    February 23, 2012 4:48 PM EST Rdio, the subscription-based music streaming service, is taking on the bull by its horns (pun intended). It landed in Spain this week, defying the country's infamous track record with online piracy and blatant consumer unwillingness to pay to ...

  37. Spotify Gets More DJ Friendly, Launches Gapless Playback, Crossfade Features

    February 23, 2012 1:38 PM EST Spotify today announced it is launching gapless playback and crossfade features for its music streaming service which it will roll out this week as part of its latest desktop upgrade The gapless playback feature, as one might guess, allows songs t ...

  38. TuneCore Offers Royalty Collection Service in Canada

    February 22, 2012 12:05 PM EST Online distribution service TuneCore launched its service for Canadian acts last month and is now offering Canadian songwriters and music publishers an administrative service to collect any unpaid royalties from online sales and streaming. The pre ...

  39. Business Matters: Are Advances Hurting Digital Music?

    February 15, 2012 9:10 PM EST Are Advances Hurting Digital Music? -- Are the advances paid to rights owners by music startups hurting digital music or limiting rights owners' exposure? One view of advances is the one espoused by Larry Marcus of Walden Venture Capital. &qu ...

  40. Licensing Talk With TuneCore, BMI, SoundExchange Gets Fiery at SF MusicTech

    February 14, 2012 10:19 AM EST While most of the music industry basked in the Monday afterglow of a raucous Grammy Awards, a panel discussion with BMI, SoundExchange, TuneCore and others turned fiery Monday afternoon at the SF MusicTech Summit, over the heated issue of just how ...

  41. Spotify, Shazam, Turntable.fm Are Hot Topics at Grammy Social Media Summit

    February 11, 2012 11:30 AM EST The Grammys drew top-drawer names from the digital music world for this year's edition of their Social Media Rock Star Summit series, with Shazam CEO Andrew Fisher, Turntable.fm Chairman Seth Goldstein, GetGlue CEO Alex Iskold, and Spotify� ...

  42. Paul McCartney Titles Pulled from Subscription Services

    February 08, 2012 3:14 PM EST Another legacy artist's music is unavailable for streaming after the Concord Music Group/Hear Music catalog of Paul McCartney was ordered removed from subscription services. The news was first reported at Digital Music News . The takedown aff ...

  43. Rdio Steps Up its Android App

    February 07, 2012 10:25 AM EST Subscription service Rdio has finally given Android users as good a mobile experience as iPhone users. Rdio unveiled the updated app on Monday. The new Rdio app for Android has the great home screen it was previously missing. The home screen has o ...

  44. Music Apps To Look Forward To @ SXSW Accelerator

    February 06, 2012 10:35 AM EST With MIDEM out of the way, we're looking forward to the next big conference on Evolver.fm's docket: SXSW, where we'll represent at Music Apps Gone Wild and Social Music Strategies: Viral & the Power of Free alongside executives ...

  45. Amazon Removes TuneCore Music in E.U., U.K. Following Royalty Dispute

    February 01, 2012 5:11 PM EST All TuneCore-distributed music has been removed from the Amazon MP3 store in the European Union and the United Kingdom as of January 24 because of an ongoing dispute concerning non-payment of royalties, according to TuneCore CEO Jeff Price. In a T ...

  46. Warner Music's Edgar Bronfman Jr.: Steve Jobs Got the Best of Us

    January 31, 2012 10:06 PM EST The iTunes Store is great. But in the negotiations between music executives and Apple CEO Steve Jobs, the latter certainly came out on top, according to Warner Music Group chairman Edgar Bronfman, Jr. "If you look at the market cap increase i ...

  47. The Future of Cloud Music Debated by Publishers, Rights Holders, Digital Services @MIDEM

    January 31, 2012 11:49 AM EST From left: CISAC director general Olivier Hinnewinkel, who introduced the panel; moderator Emmanuel Legrand, a journalist and consultant; Scott Bagby, head of strategic partnerships at Rdio; Richard Conlon, BMI senior VP of corporate strategy, com ...

  48. Video: MIDEM Hack Day Highlights: MyNight, Badgify, JPC2000, More

    January 30, 2012 1:07 PM EST The submissions from MIDEM's Hack Day were unveiled today in Cannes, with 18 apps and programs uploaded to the Hack Day's wiki page . The event was introduced at MIDEM on Saturday by SoundCloud VP of business development Dave Haynes and ...

  49. Backbeat: Merlin, Spotify, Other Music Biz Execs Converge on Carlton Hotel Bar @ MIDEM

    January 30, 2012 12:06 PM EST The bar at the Carlton Hotel was bustling again Sunday night as MIDEM attendees returned from late meetings, dinners and MIDEM Festival performances, including the Ting Tings at Chapiteau Croisette. Read All Our MIDEM Coverage On Billboard.Biz ...

  50. Sony's Tim Schaaff Answers Five Questions @MIDEM

    January 29, 2012 12:05 PM EST Sony's Music Unlimited, a cloud-based music-streaming service, has been heavily scrutinized ever since its launch as Qrocity last year. Initially plagued by a hacking scandal that affected some 77 million accounts across Sony's PlayStati ...

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