Digital audio

  1. Watch Spotify's 'New Direction' Press Conference Livestream Here

    November 30, 2011 11:55 AM EST Last week, Spotify surpassed 2.5 million subscribers worldwide. That same week, the music service announced that it would be holding a global press conference (hosted by CEO Daniel Ek) in New York on November 30, teasing "special guests" ...

  2. Merlin CEO Charles Caldas on Growth of Indie Labels, Changing Music Industry in a Digital World (Video)

    November 29, 2011 9:15 AM EST Charles Caldas, CEO of global rights agency Merlin which works with independent record labels to protect their digital rights online, stopped by after his Billboard FutureSounds panel titled "Cost of Content" to share his views on the fu ...

  3. Spotify Reaches 2.5 Million Subscribers Worldwide

    November 23, 2011 11:57 AM EST Spotify has surpassed 2.5 million subscribers worldwide, the company announced in a blog post Wednesday . It has gained 500,000 subscribers since September and 1 million subscribers since June. Here's a timeline of Spotify's subscriber m ...

  4. Business Matters: What to Expect from Spotify's 'New Direction' Press Conference Next Week

    November 21, 2011 6:31 PM EST What to Expect from Spotify's 'New Direction' Press Conference -- Spotify sent out an announcement Monday morning for a "global press conference" that will take place on November 30 in New York. The event will be hosted by ...

  5. Backbeat: Billboard FutureSound With Songkick, Topspin, Myxer, Gracenote and More

    November 21, 2011 5:02 PM EST Billboard's inaugural FutureSound Conference, held in San Francisco late last week, was a complete success by any measure -- none other than Island Def Jam SVP, Digital Strategy & New Business Jon Vanhala tweeted on Saturday "#Future ...

  6. Billboard FutureSound Closes With Panels on Making Money in the Digital World, EMI and EchoNest's Developers' Sandbox

    November 19, 2011 6:24 PM EST SAN FRANCISCO, CA - NOVEMBER 18: SVP of Digital Strategy & New Business from Island Def Jam John Vanhala, CEO of The Echo Nest Jim Lucchese, VP of Digital Products at EMI Music Group Neil Tinegate, Founder of Muzine Jim Cannella and Founder of ...

  7. Billboard FutureSound: NMPA, Muve, SoundExchange, More Talk the Challenges of Music Licensing in the Digital Age

    November 18, 2011 5:34 PM EST President/CEO of NMPA David Israelite, SVP of Muve Music Jeff Toig, SVP of Business Affairs & Business Development of Music Reports Les Watkins, CEO of Wolfgang's Vault Bill Sagan, and FutureSound's Antony Bruno (Photo: Arnold Turner ...

  8. Video: This Week In Music With Sonos CEO John Macfarlane

    November 18, 2011 12:30 PM EST On this edition of This Week In Music, Ian Rogers sits down with Sonos CEO John Macfarlane to discuss the future of Sonos, streaming music, and subscription services. Sonos, with their wireless HiFi players and music systems, have meshed will subs ...

  9. Business Matters: U.K. Dance Labels Pull Out of Spotify, Other Subscription Services

    November 17, 2011 6:10 PM EST U.K. Dance Labels Pull Out of Spotify, Other Subscription Services -- Subscription services have so many millions of songs they are sure to satisfy most of the people most of the time. But for an avid music fan with underground tastes, the growing ...

  10. Business Matters: Digital Executives Excited, Optimistic About Google Music

    November 16, 2011 9:13 PM EST Digital Executives Excited, Optimistic About Google Music -- It's official: Google is in the digital music business. At an event in Los Angeles on Wednesday the company unveiled a new MP3 store that is integrated with its existing cloud stora ...

  11. Business Matters: Radical.fm Raises New Funding for Personalized Web-Streaming Service

    November 15, 2011 7:45 PM EST Radical.fm Raises New Funding -- In a year filled with Internet radio stories, it's no surprise that another startup has raised money to deliver a customized song playlist to music lovers. Personalized web streaming service Radical.fm has rai ...

  12. Nokia's Echo Nest-Powered MixRadio Shows Anyone Can Do Personalized Radio

    November 15, 2011 5:30 PM EST Pandora may have built its personalized radio service on its proprietary Music Genome Project, but falling barriers to entry mean the company is going to have plenty of competitors. (Whether or not those competitors can create an equally satisfyin ...

  13. Business Matters: Twitter Not A Common Activity After Music Discovery

    November 11, 2011 7:47 PM EST Twitter Not A Common Activity After Music Discovery -- Twitter gets tens of millions of U.S. visitors each month -- 32.3 million in September, according to comScore -- but not many of them are following up on a new artist or song they just discove ...

  14. Business Matters: Find Music Using Facebook's Search Function

    November 09, 2011 8:32 PM EST Find Music Using Facebook's Search Function -- As if people didn't spend enough time on Facebook, the catalogs of numerous music services can now be searched directly within the social network's interface. Which service will appear ...

  15. Facebook's Impact on Music Services: 1.5 Billion Shares in Six Weeks

    November 09, 2011 1:01 PM EST The integrations with music services that Facebook unveiled at its f8 developers conference in September were expected to boost consumer adoption and usage. Judging by the numbers Facebook released Tuesday, that's exactly what has happened. I ...

  16. Business Matters: Don't Bury the CD Just Yet -- Study Predicts a Slow, Graceful Demise

    November 08, 2011 6:45 PM EST Don't Bury the CD Just Yet… -- Technology research firm Gartner forecasts global digital music spending (by end customers) will be up to $6.3 billion in 2011, from $5.9 billion last year, and the company's analysts see global digital mus ...

  17. Spotify, Getty Images Music, Turntable.fm, Slacker Amongst NARM, Digitalmusic.org's Newest Members

    November 08, 2011 3:15 PM EST NARM, the nonprofit trade association for music business, and digitalmusic.org (DMO). the home for NARM's digital incentives, have announced six digital music companies have become the association's newest members. Don't miss Billbo ...

  18. This Week in Music: UMG's Rob Wells Says Coldplay Is Wrong Not To Put New Album On Spotify

    November 07, 2011 6:12 PM EST In the lastest "This Week In Music" installment, Topspin's Ian Rogers talks with Rob Wells, president of Universal Music Group's global digital business sector. Here Wells argues that music streaming sites like Spotify do not c ...

  19. MOG Grows Fastest Among Facebook's On-Demand Music Apps

    November 04, 2011 11:10 AM EDT Charts courtesy of AppData Facebook's recently-launched music features are not perfect , but in the past month-plus, the social network has already boosted usage of Facebook-connected unlimited music services significantly -- and none so much ...

  20. Deezer To Launch In 130 International Markets, U.S. No Time Soon

    November 03, 2011 11:52 AM EDT Having recently launched in the United Kingdom, French music subscription service Deezer is to expand into a further 130 international markets. The global rollout will see Deezer open in key European territories, including Germany, Spain and Italy ...

  21. Business Matters: Cricket's Muve Music Surpasses 250,000 Subscribers

    November 02, 2011 6:17 PM EDT Muve'ing On Up: -- Cricket's Muve Music subscription service doesn't get the media attention of its peers, but it has surpassed 250,000 subscribers and appears to paying dividends for the mobile carrier. Cricket parent company Leap ...

  22. Rdio Expands to Brazil

    November 01, 2011 11:54 AM EDT Music subscription service Rdio announced Tuesday it is launching in Brazil later this week. The expansion makes Brazil the third Rdio market after the U.S. and Canada. Brazil's recorded music industry has a reputation for rampant piracy and ...

  23. Business Matters: Grooveshark's Facebook Activity on the Rise

    October 31, 2011 6:38 PM EDT Grooveshark's Facebook Activity on the Rise -- Grooveshark's Facebook app has seen its number of daily users increase fourfold in the last two weeks. Numbers at AppData show the music service's Facebook app went from 100,000 daily a ...

  24. What's the Strategy Behind Coldplay, Tom Waits Bypassing Subscription Services?

    October 27, 2011 7:45 PM EDT As debate about the financial impact of streaming royalties heated up this week, albums released this week by Coldplay and Tom Waits are noticeably absent from leading subscription services. While it is not uncommon to see catalogs of legacy artis ...

  25. Business Matters: How Much Do Streaming Services Pay Artists? Ask the Labels

    October 27, 2011 4:30 PM EDT How Much Do Streaming Services Pay Artists? Ask the Labels -- How much do streaming services pay artists? It's a question that has been asked a lot lately of services such as Spotify, Mog, Rdio, Rhapsody and even iTunes. And it has led to som ...

  26. Are We in a New Age of Licensing?

    October 24, 2011 4:37 PM EDT Something great has happened in 2011. After almost stagnating in the last half of the 2000s, digital music is once again a hotbed of ideas, investment and consumer interest. A new crop of entrepreneurs is working with new technologies - such as sm ...

  27. Google+ Social Network to Play Big Role in Company's Music Store: Sources

    October 24, 2011 3:17 PM EDT Google's music-download store could launch within weeks, as several media reports have said, but if it does, it would not be a fully formed product with the involvement of all four major labels , sources tell Billboard.biz. But regardless of ...

  28. Dollars From Heaven: CMJ Panel Ponders How Industry Can Monetize The Cloud

    October 21, 2011 2:15 PM EDT A discussion of new cloud-based models of music consumption kicked off Day Three of CMJ. Patrick Sullivan, president and CEO of licensing company Rightsflow, moderated a Thursday planed titled "That Cloud is Shaped Like a $." Sitting wit ...

  29. CMJ 2011 'Make It Work And Make It Pay' Panel Looks at New Money-Making Methods as Technology Shifts

    October 20, 2011 5:40 PM EDT CMJ's panels continue to explore the best ways to use new technology to make money. Day Two's "Make It Work and Make It Pay" panel, moderated by Roadrunner Records Senior VP of New Media Jon Satterley, focused on changing ways ...

  30. Spotify, Elektra Execs Make Fortune's '40 Under 40' List

    October 20, 2011 3:17 PM EDT Spotify, Eleketra Execs Make Fortune's "40 Under 40" List Music Executives representing Spotify and Elektra Records make a strong showing on Fortune's new "40 Under 40" list . That's a change from last year' ...

  31. Beatport Launches Baseware, Will Begin Selling Music Through iTunes, Spotify, Rdio, Mobile Apps

    October 19, 2011 12:50 PM EDT Yesterday (Oct. 18), Beatport - a digital music store with one of the largest collections of electronic music - announced the creation of Baseware, a new digital music distribution company that will simplify the process of packaging, distributing ...

  32. Business Matters: Spotify's 2.4 Million September Visitors Were Mostly Male, Young and Pretty Well Off

    October 18, 2011 3:55 PM EDT Spotify's 2.4 Million September Visitors, Analyzed -- Spotify users are young and fairly well off financially, according to numbers released by comScore Tuesday. And while the service has experienced fantastic growth in just three months, it ...

  33. Spotify Has 250,000 U.S. Subscribers: Report

    October 14, 2011 3:29 PM EDT Spotify has reached 250,000 paying customers in the U.S. since its mid-July launch, according to a Reuters report . By just about any measure, that is a strong performance over just a three-month period. In addition, the service is said to have &q ...

  34. Universal Music's Digster.fm Playlists Now Available on Rdio

    October 13, 2011 2:07 PM EDT Digster.fm , the music playlist service created by Universal Music Group Distribution, is now integrated with music subscription service Rdio. The service launched in late July and initially made its playlists available at Spotify. Don't miss ...

  35. How 'The Holy Grail - Universal Song ID' Could Vastly Improve Facebook Music

    October 13, 2011 10:30 AM EDT Facebook's big push into digital music could be a boon to music services, artists, and the fans, because it can provide the " connective tissue " that has been sorely missing from the industry for well over 10 years. Microsoft' ...

  36. Spotify Launches In Denmark, Its Ninth Country

    October 12, 2011 12:14 PM EDT Music streaming service Spotify launched in Denmark on Wednesday, becoming the ninth country to receive the service. Danish customers can choose between the three levels of service available to U.S. users: Spotify free (the ad-supported version), ...

  37. Talib Kweli and Res' Idle Warship Project Debuts on Spotify Three Weeks Before Release

    October 11, 2011 5:18 PM EDT Today, Spotify U.S. launched the album stream to Idle Warship's album, "Habits of the Heart," a full three weeks before the debut project from the group -composed of rapper Talb Kweli and singer / songwriter Res - is set to arrive a ...

  38. Spotify's Big Losses in 2010 Are Evidence Freemium Models Need Time to Grow

    October 10, 2011 2:31 PM EDT Spotify's 2010 financial statements show a company with huge growth and far more expenses than profit. The losses are to be expected - the company is most concerned with changing how music is experienced - and are no cause for concern right n ...

  39. Q&A: U2 Manager Paul McGuinness Reflects on Steve Jobs' Passing

    October 07, 2011 10:36 PM EDT The Kitchen Debate: (From left) Interscope-Geffen-A&M Chairman Jimmy Iovine, U2's Bono, Apple founder and CEO the-late Steve Jobs and U2 guitarist The Edge holdeing the black-and-red U2-branded iPod, the plan for which was first negotiate ...

  40. Business Matters: Spotify Users Get TV Access Through Western Digital

    October 07, 2011 9:08 PM EDT Spotify Users Get TV Access Through Western Digital -- Spotify is now available through Western Digital TV media players. For those of you unfamiliar with Western Digital, the company makes set-top boxes that connect a TV to the Internet (think Ap ...

  41. iTunes: Music Retail's Friend or Foe?

    October 07, 2011 4:25 PM EDT Opinion in the music business is still split between those who think Apple saved record labels just when it looked like Internet piracy was about to overwhelm them and others who think the company did lasting damage to the music business by its in ...

  42. Business Matters: Rdio Unveils Free Listening Option

    October 06, 2011 6:43 PM EDT Rdio Unveils Free Listening Option -- The freemium business model took another step forward Thursday when subscription service Rdio officially unveiled its free, advertising-free level of service. Rdio also offers web-only access ($4.99 per month) ...

  43. Read: Steve Jobs' Billboard 2004 Cover Story

    October 06, 2011 6:35 PM EDT On the occasion of the one year anniversary of the Apple iTunes store on May 1, 2004, Billboard ran a Q&A with Steve Jobs. Here the Apple co-founder and CEO, who seldom pulled his punches, called the legal music download market before iTunes & ...

  44. Steve Jobs Remembered by Edgar Bronfman Jr., Martin Bandier and Other Executives

    October 06, 2011 5:13 PM EDT Steve Jobs wasn't just a technological innovator - he created a role for himself and his business in the music industry that hadn't existed before. In these conversations and written remembrances from key executives in the music business ...

  45. Steve Jobs & Apple: 10 Pitch-Perfect Music Ads

    October 06, 2011 12:23 PM EDT When Steve Jobs died on Wednesday, the Apple co-founder left behind a major mark on the music industry. Since the launch of iTunes and the iPod a decade ago, Jobs and Apple's impact cannot be overestimated -- and his legacy goes beyond techno ...

  46. Exfm Converts Web into Music Library with New Platform Debut

    October 05, 2011 6:30 PM EDT Social music discovery platform exfm has revamped its offerings-which previously included a free Google Chrome extension and iOS app-to now include support for Firefox and Safari browsers along with a new website and a site player designed specifi ...

  47. Business Matters: Pandora Shares Closes the Week up 36%

    September 30, 2011 5:42 PM EDT Pandora Shares Closes the Week up 36% -- While most stocks were having a difficult week, Pandora Media (NYSE:P) bucked the trend and rose an astounding 10.3% Friday (to $14.65) to finish the week up 36.3%. The Nasdaq finished the week down 2.7% wh ...

  48. Spotify Launches 'Private' Mode in Response to Facebook Backlash

    September 29, 2011 11:09 AM EDT For all the praise Spotify's integration with Facebook received from music industry chin-strokers over its benefits to music discovery, it received no shortage of complaints from users concerned with the privacy implications of automatically ...

  49. Business Matters: Another Indie Sours on Streaming Services, But How Solid Is the Math?

    September 28, 2011 6:45 PM EDT Another Indie Sours on Streaming Services, But How Solid Is the Math? -- Another indie label has announced it is leaving streaming services due to their low payouts from the music service. Projekt Records founder Sam Rosenthal explained at the Pro ...

  50. Spotify Brings Radio Feature to US Users--Finally

    September 27, 2011 11:42 AM EDT Over two months after its US launch, Spotify has quietly added a radio feature that has been available to European users. Radio is available only on the Spotify desktop client and cannot be accessed on the mobile app. Spotify's radio feature ...

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