Digital media

  1. YouTube Turns Six, Now Gets 3 Billion Views a Day

    May 31, 2011 1:56 PM EDT Billions and billions served video everyday As it turns six years old, YouTube is still growing at the rate of a young startup. The company revealed a couple big milestones in a recent blog post . First, more than 48 hours of video is uploaded eve ...

  2. This Week in Apps: Lady Gaga (x 2), Lokast, Spins.FM, Moodagent, SoundHound, RedLaser

    May 27, 2011 2:15 PM EDT -- Lady Gaga "Revenge" and "The Monster in You" (@ladygaga @taptaprevenge @appetizermobile) The all-out marketing blitz behind Lady Gaga's new album "Born This Way" wouldn't be complete without a few mobile ...

  3. Jimmy Buffet to Launch 3D 'Margaritaville' Game on Facebook, iOS

    May 26, 2011 7:00 AM EDT Beginning this fall, users will be able create their own bands and build island resorts; it will also be available in iPhone and iPad. THQ has partnered with Jimmy Buffett to bring Margaritaville Online to Facebook and iOS devices (iPhone, iPad, i ...

  4. Kickstarter Advice the Highlight of TechCrunch Disrupt's Day Three

    May 25, 2011 5:00 PM EDT Day three of TechCrunch Disrupt featured a panel on the " Kickstarter Economy," with founder Yancey Stricker and the creators of three Kickstarter-funded projects (Rafael Atijas, who created a three string guitar for kids; Dan Provost, w ...

  5. Zynga to File for IPO: Report

    May 25, 2011 7:19 AM EDT Zynga is set to file for its initial public offering as early as this week, All Things Digital reports. It would be the latest in recent IPOs of several Internet companies, including LinkedIn and Russian search giant Yandex. Zynga's valuation ...

  6. Take-Two Extends Rockstar Games Contract Amidst Weaker Earnings Report

    May 25, 2011 7:00 AM EDT Video game maker Take-Two Interactive Software on Tuesday reported a wider quarterly loss and said it has extended its employment agreements with key members of the creative team of publishing label Rockstar Games, which is responsible for its Gra ...

  7. Ashton Kutcher @TechCrunch Disrupt: Wants To Create 'Y Combinator for Media Companies'

    May 24, 2011 12:20 PM EDT Ashton Kutcher -- actor, celebrity and apparently something of a technologist -- took the stage this morning on the second day of TechCrunch Disrupt , and told Charlie Rose that he wants to create a "Y Combinator for media companies." Ku ...

  8. TechCrunch Disrupt Starts Off With a Bang With Fred Wilson, Dennis Crowley, Arianna Huffington

    May 23, 2011 12:44 PM EDT NEW YORK -- TechCrunch Disrupt started off with a bang at New York City's Pier 54, as venture capitalist Fred Wilson advised start-ups not to be "a Facebook bitch, a Google bitch, or a Twitter bitch," but to "be your own bitch. ...

  9. Justin Bieber Documentary Tops DVD Sales Chart

    May 18, 2011 4:15 PM EDT DVD buyers had Bieber fever last week; Blu-ray Disc fans, not so much. Paramount Home Entertainment topped the Nielsen VideoScan First Alert sales chart the week ending May 15 with "Justin Bieber: Never Say Never," while on the research ...

  10. Zynga's 'GagaVille': A Litmus Test for Music in Social Games

    May 17, 2011 3:01 PM EDT Social gaming powerhouse Zynga went live today with its most aggressive foray into the music space yet-" GagaVille ." It's a significant launch because the company will be closely watching how the Lady Gaga-themed game performs as a ...

  11. Business Matters: TuneCore Says Upgrades, Features Behind Its Price Increase

    May 09, 2011 7:59 PM EDT TuneCore Says Upgrades, Features Behind its Price Increase -- Digital distributor TuneCore has been getting some grief in the last few days about its increase in the fees it charges for digital distribution of an album. The annual fee for a single ...

  12. YouTube Adds 3,000 Movies for Rental Debut

    May 09, 2011 1:30 PM EDT YouTube is adding more than 3,000 movies for its users to rent starting on Monday, along with the millions of free user-created videos the popular website is best known for. Google Inc-owned YouTube is offering a mix of older Hollywood blockbuster ...

  13. China Sets Up New Agency to Tighten Grip on Internet

    May 05, 2011 7:00 AM EDT BEIJING (Reuters) - China announced a new State Internet Information Office on Wednesday to unify the squabbling agencies that oversee the Chinese Internet, which Beijing views as both a potential gold mine and a political threat. The State Intern ...

  14. SoundCloud Unveils Labs Site With APIs to Chart Future Course

    May 04, 2011 11:43 AM EDT Music sharing platform SoundCloud-which bills itself as a "YouTube for Music"-launched a new site called SoundCloud Labs designed to feature other apps built using its API. According to the site, the purpose is to "give you a place ...

  15. Rdio Partners With Echo Nest

    May 03, 2011 11:02 AM EDT Cloud music service Rdio has partnered with the Echo Nest so developers can create web applications that use Rdio's licensed catalog of eight million tracks. The Echo Nest's music intelligence allows developers to tap into the characteri ...

  16. Omnifone Eyes U.S. Expansion With 'Big Players' Following Qriocity Launch

    April 29, 2011 4:03 PM EDT Omnifone , the technology provider behind several music streaming services in the UK, is preparing for an aggressive entry into the U.S. market this year. The service already has a foothold here with Sony's Qriocity Music Unlimited service . ...

  17. Business Matters: Sony Networks Are Still Down, But Music Unlimited Promo Tour Rolls On

    April 25, 2011 5:20 PM EDT Sony Networks Are Still Down, But Music Unlimited Promo Tour Rolls On -- At the same time an Amazon Web Services outage wreaked havoc on websites and Internet services last week, Sony's PlayStation and Qriocity networks were experiencing unre ...

  18. Google Report on DVD's Decline, Not Death

    April 22, 2011 2:09 PM EDT Google can tell consumer interest in DVDs is waning because of how people use its search engine. DVD-related search terms have been on the decline at Google since late 2008 while Netflix has constantly grown. And that decline in search terms mirro ...

  19. Lady Gaga and Zynga; WMG and New Boyz Eye Social Gaming Strategies

    April 21, 2011 2:21 PM EDT News is breaking today about a pair of new social media efforts designed to merge the popularity of social games with music acts. The Wall Street Journal leads with a report that Lady Gaga and Zynga are discussing some sort of collaboration design ...

  20. Is the Future of Music Games Social?

    April 20, 2011 1:34 PM EDT Some interesting developments this week in the music game space points to a potential rebirth of the genre as a new form of social gaming. Making the most headlines was the shuttering of JamLegend. JamLegend was a Guitar Hero-like rhythm game that ...

  21. Business Matters: New Zealand Lawmakers Pass Strict Anti-Piracy Law

    April 14, 2011 6:52 PM EDT New Zealand Lawmakers Pass Strict Anti-Piracy Law -- New Zealand lawmakers have passed legislation that outlaws file sharing and threatens repeat offenders with disconnection of Internet service up to six months. The new law will go into effect Se ...

  22. YouTube: Growth In User-Generated Content Is Outpacing Official Videos

    April 14, 2011 6:27 PM EDT By now we've all heard YouTube's assertion that it doubled the amount it pays labels and publishers in music-licensing fees last year, now totaling millions of dollars a month. But while the focus of this figure is on official music vide ...

  23. Britney Spears Is a Social (50) Climber; Rebecca Black, Less So

    April 14, 2011 3:31 PM EDT Britney Spears continues her upward climb on the Social 50 chart as she rises 10-7 -- a new high for the pop diva. Chalk up her leap to a whopping 136% growth in week-over-week Vevo plays thanks to the premiere of her new video "Till the Worl ...

  24. YouTube Launches Live Streaming Page

    April 08, 2011 3:03 PM EDT YouTube, the video site owned by Google, on Friday unveiled a page highlighting live programming and said users have asked for more live streams. "With over 2 billion views a day, it's easy to think about YouTube as a place to watch vide ...

  25. Google Revamping YouTube, Creating Topic Channels

    April 07, 2011 8:24 AM EDT YouTube is planning changes to the homepage that would highlight a set of "channels" around specific topics, like arts and sports, the Wall Street Journal reports. The company, owned by Google, is positioning itself for the rise of Inter ...

  26. Business Matters: April Fool's (Jay-Z, Beyonce Buy EMI) And Not (Live Nation's WMG Bid Impacts Stocks)

    April 01, 2011 5:35 PM EDT APRIL FOOLING: Spotify U.S Launches Monday -- April Fool's Day got off to an early start - for those of us in the U.S. - when a post at TechCrunch EU reported that Spotify was immediately ceasing its European operations in order to launch in ...

  27. Business Matters: Rebecca Black Continues To Rake In Cash

    March 30, 2011 6:10 PM EDT Rebecca Black Rakes It In (Modestly) -- In case you hadn't read about sudden teen sensation Rebecca Black lately, here's an update on her numbers. "Friday" sold 50,000 units last week, bringing its two-week total to 87,000, acc ...

  28. Rebecca Black's 'Friday' Disappears From YouTube, Returns Hours Later

    March 29, 2011 7:56 PM EDT After disappearing for a few hours, "Friday" was back at YouTube late Tuesday night. The YouTube page for Ark Music Factory , which posted the official "Friday" video, was up and running again as well. Although there is no evid ...

  29. Guest Post: Ethan Kaplan Wishes Death to the Shiny Disc

    March 28, 2011 5:43 PM EDT (Ethan Kaplan is the former senior VP of emerging technology for Warner Music Group. This post originally ran on his blog Blackrimglasses , which he describes as "Music + Technology + Random Nonsense from the Music Industry.") Death to S ...

  30. Muzak To Be Acquired By Mood Media For $345 Million

    March 25, 2011 11:26 AM EDT Mood Media , a Toronto-based in-store media provider, will acquire South Caroline-based Muzak for $345 million, the company announced Thursday . Muzak, often dismissed as the company behind elevator music, and Mood Media are leaders in the use of ...

  31. Rdio Service Outage: Bad News For The Music Cloud?

    March 21, 2011 11:19 AM EDT As Rdio subscribers found out on Saturday, customers of streaming services will have to deal with the occasional service outage. Listening to MP3 files carries no such uncertainty. But will this get in the way of consumers' adoption of cloud ...

  32. Top of the Charts in 2015: SXSW Panel Predicts Changes in Fame Game

    March 20, 2011 12:20 PM EDT The traditional path to fame for musicians is rapidly changing course--while major label marketing machines for sales and airplay are still moving artists to the top of the charts, technology and tools like social networking, YouTube and streaming ...

  33. ABI's Music Cloud Streaming Report: Presumptive?

    March 18, 2011 2:00 PM EDT Many in the music industry believe that cloud-based music services will "one day" become the mainstream method of consuming music. The question is just when. Proposing to answer that question is ABI Research, which in a new report pegs 2 ...

  34. Eat at SXSW 2011's CNN Grill for the Future of News, Music

    March 15, 2011 3:00 PM EDT Welcome to the CNN Grill - the SXSW headquarters for the cable news network, and a place for hungry reporters and guests to grab a bite, schmooze and today a presentation on the Future of News, led by KC Estenson, senior vice president and general ...

  35. Ubisoft Announces Rocksmith Game

    March 15, 2011 1:50 PM EDT Just weeks after Activision closed the book on Guitar Hero, rival videogame publisher Ubisoft announced plans to introduce a new band-based music game called Rocksmith. The new game hopes to set itself apart by using a real guitar as its controlle ...

  36. Zynga Unveils Rewards Program

    March 15, 2011 1:45 PM EDT Social game powerhouse Zynga officially debuted its rewards program for all games on its platform today, allowing users to earn credits that can be spent on virtual goods. Called RewardVille (sticking with the naming convention behind such hits as ...

  37. Rdio Opens Service to Developers with Bounty Incentives

    March 11, 2011 11:30 AM EST Cloud music subscription service Rdio is opening up its service to developers so that they can add on-demand streaming music capabilities to their apps. The open API program is good for Web apps and mobile apps that can now add the ability to sear ...

  38. Vevo Wants To 'Help Reinvent Music Videos,' CEO Says At Canadian Music Week

    March 11, 2011 11:09 AM EST The opening day of Canadian Music Week Thursday included a keynote by Vevo president and CEO Rio Caraeff about how its "audience business" is monetizing music video views on YouTube with advertising and revealed new information about the ...

  39. Microsoft's Kinect Gaming System Sells 10 Million, Sets World Record

    March 09, 2011 4:11 PM EST Microsoft not only has a hit on its hands with the Kinect motion-based gaming system: It's got a Guinness World Record. The company today revealed it has sold 10 million Kinect devices worldwide for the Xbox 360 system. Eight million of those ...

  40. Activision Reportedly Developing 'Dance Hero' Game

    March 09, 2011 11:09 AM EST Activision may have killed the Guitar Hero franchise , but it remains interested in some elements of the music game genre. Gaming blog Kotaku reports that the company is working on a dance-based game called "Dance Hero." Activision appli ...

  41. The Social (TV) Network: 80% of Kids Use Social Media While Watching TV

    March 09, 2011 7:00 AM EST Young Britons have taken to a new television and social media trend which could have far-reaching consequences for the worlds of broadcasting and advertising, according to a new study. Specialist digital marketing agency Digital Clarity on Tuesday ...

  42. MOG Moves to the Living Room, Automobile

    March 08, 2011 11:10 AM EST Subscription music service MOG is making aggressive moves to insert itself into a variety of Internet-connected appliances, unveiling today integrations with a series of TV sets, home entertainment systems and even a car. A deal with LG Electronic ...

  43. Echo Nest, Columbia University Launch Million Song Dataset

    March 04, 2011 10:52 AM EST It just got a whole lot easier to deconstruct a million songs. The Echo Nest, a music intelligence platform and Columbia University's LabROSA (Laboratory for the Recognition and Organization of Speech and Audio) today announced the launch of ...

  44. Chinese File-Sharing Site Xunlei Plans U.S. IPO

    March 04, 2011 8:26 AM EST Google-backed Chinese video and music file-sharing firm Xunlei, once sued by six Hollywood studios for film piracy, hopes to raise $200 million in a U.S. initial public offering and is hiring JPMorgan Chase and Deutsche Bank to get ready. The comp ...

  45. Guitar Center Announces 'Your Next Record With Travis Barker' Contest

    March 03, 2011 10:25 AM EST Following successful campaigns with Slash and Keith Urban, Guitar Center is teaming up with Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker for its next installment of "Your Next Record With." The contest allows unsigned artists a chance to perform with ...

  46. Business Matters: Even Obscure Titles Still Selling Mostly CDs and LPs

    March 02, 2011 12:25 PM EST Even Obscure Titles Still Selling Mostly CDs and LPs -- The digital shares of new releases rose in 2010, according to Nielsen SoundScan, but across all sales strata the numbers show physical formats are still vital. At the top of the list, new rel ...

  47. Florence + the Machine Lend Reimagined Track to Dragon Age II Video Game

    February 28, 2011 11:43 AM EST Florence & the Machine is contributing an exclusive song to the upcoming videogame Dragon Age II. The track is a re-imagined version of "I'm Not Calling You a Liar" produced by composer Inon Zur and retitled "I'm Not C ...

  48. Harmonix CEO Alex Rigopulos' First Interview Since MTV Sold Rock Band

    February 28, 2011 12:05 AM EST About two months ago, MTV and parent company Viacom sold off its Harmonix subsidiary-the videogame development unit responsible for the Rock Band and Dance Central franchises that it acquired in 2006 for $175 million. It's been a difficult ti ...

  49. DAR.fm Launches, 'TiVo for Music Streaming'

    February 24, 2011 4:44 PM EST Michael Robertson, the entrepreneur behind MP3.com and MP3Tunes -- both of which drew music industry lawsuits for copyright infringement -- is at it again, today launching a new service that will let users record and save music from streaming Inte ...

  50. Make 'Way' For Lady Gaga on Social 50, Selena Gomez, Wiz Khalifa Jump Up

    February 17, 2011 12:34 PM EST Lady Gaga has simply overtaken the Billboard charts this week. First, her "Born This Way" was crowned the 1,000th No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 with splashy debuts on the Radio Songs and Digital Songs chart. Then her grand Grammy entran ...

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