Digital rights management

  1. Buma/Stemra, Nokia Sign Pan-European Deal

    November 26, 2009 12:00 AM EST The Netherlands' performing rights society Buma/Stemra has signed a pan-European licensing deal with Nokia, which will make the society's repertoire available on the mobile manufacturer's Comes With Music service. Comes With Music i ...

  2. Music Tops European Paid Digital Content, Says Study

    November 10, 2009 12:00 AM EST A new report by Forrester Research has found that music is leading the way in paid digital content across Europe. The report "Who Will Pay For Online Content?," by Nick Thomas with Mark Mulligan and Erik Hood, found that 14% of European ...

  3. MSN Music Returns To U.K.

    November 04, 2009 12:00 AM EST Microsoft has re-opened its MSN Music download store for U.K. users, although its streaming service has yet to be fully launched. The service, currently in beta, has more than 1 million tracks in DRM-free format from all the majors, and offers pre ...

  4. Tiscali Partners With EMusic

    October 29, 2009 12:00 AM EDT U.K. entertainment and media portal Tiscali.co.uk, part of the TalkTalk Group, is to launch a DRM-free download-to-own subscription service in partnership with digital retailer eMusic. Entitled Music For Life, the service launched in the United Ki ...

  5. EC Secures Digital Licensing Agreement

    October 20, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The European Commission's (EC) Online Roundtable on Music has resulted in a joint statement between the EC and music publishers, collecting societies and digital retailers pledging to improve online music opportunities for European consumers. ...

  6. Nokia Comes With Music Numbers Published

    October 16, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Global active user numbers for Nokia's all-you-can-eat Comes With Music Service amount to 107,000, according to a report. Music Ally said that it had obtained user details showing that a year after the DRM-enabled mobile and PC service launch ...

  7. BSkyB Launches Digital Music Service

    October 12, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Almost 15 months after first announcing the service with Universal as the first major on board, leading pay-TV provider and Internet Service Provider BSkyB is finally about to launching its digital music service. Sky Songs offers access to over 4 ...

  8. Napster Revamps U.K. Service

    October 07, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Napster is repositioning its U.K. service, with a £5 ($7.97) entry point for monthly access to unlimited streaming and five MP3 downloads to keep. The new version of Napster Unlimited, effective immediately, offers access to a catalog of 8 million ...

  9. Business Matters: P2P, Spotify, The Pirate Bay, Creed

    October 02, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. -- A story on Tuesday had some incorrect numbers on 2009-versus-2007 decline in album sales. The correct two-year decline in album sales are: 23.9 ...

  10. Vodafone Adds Warner To Mobile Music Store

    September 22, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Vodafone has signed up Warner Music to offer over-the-air access to DRM-free music from the major. It now has all four majors on board for its music download store, with a total catalog of 1 million tracks. The mobile phone network already offers ...

  11. 24-7 Entertainment Enters Canadian Market

    September 15, 2009 12:00 AM EDT European digital entertainment technology provider 24-7 Entertainment has entered the Canadian market in partnership with CD Warehouse/MyMusic.com. The first collaboration is the launch of a Rhino Records direct-to-consumer (D2C) store, www.rhinor ...

  12. Business Matters: Nokia, Pandora, Crosslink Capital

    September 04, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. -- Nokia says the U.S. launch of its Comes With Music service isn’t being delayed to 2010 because the U.S. launch never had a firm date in the fir ...

  13. Thumbplay Introduces Full Song Downloads Via Blackberry App World

    August 21, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Thumbplay, the leading off-deck ringtone provider for mobile phones, has introduced a full-song mobile music download store for the Blackberry App World. The free app allows users to browse, preview and download songs from supported devices. The a ...

  14. 7Digital, Imerge Partner On Touch-Screen Downloads

    August 10, 2009 12:00 AM EDT U.K.-based music store 7digital has partnered with technology manufacturers Imerge to deliver a fully integrated home entertainment download store. The deal will allow 7digital users in the United Kingdom to access and purchase high quality MP3 do ...

  15. Analysis: eMusic Upgrades Change User Experience

    July 13, 2009 12:00 AM EDT With eMusic's addition of Sony catalog titles, the emergence of album pricing and frequent restrictions, the music download store is, in a few key aspects, a very different place. Once marked by its independent nature and outsider attitude, e ...

  16. Orange Goes DRM-Free

    July 10, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The Orange Music Store is to offer music free of Digital Rights Management in the U.K. in partnership with Universal Music, EMI Music and a number of independent labels. The DRM-free catalog amounts to more than 700,000 tracks and it will be " ...

  17. Opinion: A Fresh Take On Napster

    June 26, 2009 12:00 AM EDT A deal with the original Napster was not possible, wrote the BPI's Geoff Taylor in an op-ed piece about Napster and file-sharing at BBC News . How very true . Such an admission is refreshing because it is all too rare. Taylor, BPI's chie ...

  18. Analysis: What the Virgin Media-UMG Deal Means

    June 22, 2009 12:00 AM EDT When Virgin Media, a UK Internet service provider, and Universal Music Group announced their plan to launch a music subscription service, the recording industry took major, positive steps in a new direction. The new service will feature UMG conten ...

  19. Briefs: FCC, Jazz Times, Nokia's Comes With Music

    June 19, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- The Senate Commerce Committee approved the confirmation of Julius Genachowski as the next chairman of the Federal Communications Commission . The committee also approved a second term for Commissioner Robert McDowell. ( Reuters ) -- After more ...

  20. Nokia Signs With Germany's GEMA

    June 19, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Mobile handset manufacturer Nokia has concluded a Europe-wide licensing agreement with the German collecting society GEMA in Munich for its unlimited Comes With Music service. The agreement grants Comes With Music the right to use the GEMA reperto ...

  21. Virgin Media, Universal Offer 'World First' Unlimited MP3s

    June 15, 2009 12:00 AM EDT U.K. telco and cable TV company Virgin Media has partnered with Universal Music on an unlimited download service described as a "world first" in that users will be able to keep all the MP3 downloads forever. The announcement appears to p ...

  22. Billboard.biz Q&A: Former RIAA CEO Rosen Talks Napster

    June 01, 2009 12:00 AM EDT When Napster first went live 10 years ago this month, the music industry didn't immediately notice. It wasn't until around September 1999 that the RIAA got wise, and not until December that a lawsuit was filed. Leading the organization a ...

  23. Medici.tv Clocks Up 2.3 Million Concert Viewings

    June 01, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Classical music webcast service Medici.tv, which has just celebrated its first year of operation, has reported figures showing that the site has recorded 330,000 unique visitors and 2.3 million concert viewings since launching online. Medici.tv no ...

  24. Mexico's Mixup To Open MP3 Store Thursday

    May 18, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Mexico's premier music retail chain, Mixup, will launch its much-anticipated MP3 store Thursday. The store, called Mixup Digital , will launch with over 500,000 DRM-free tracks from all four majors, with independents to be added at a later da ...

  25. Billboard Q&A: Napster COO Christopher Allen

    May 18, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Is there a mobile aspect to this new $5 streaming tier? Any Napster Mobile app for these new smartphones with app stores? Not at this time, other than the sideloading of MP3s. We are constantly evaluating different access points for the consumer. ...

  26. Napster Introduces $5 Unlimited Stream, Five Download Tier

    May 18, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The Napster subscription service introduced a new pricing tier that allows users to stream an unlimited number of songs and download five DRM-free tracks a month for $5. The offer does not require subscribers to download the Napster client, but ra ...

  27. The New Music Seminar To Return This July

    April 26, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The New Music Seminar is returning as a one-day event this summer. It was an event that created the template for music conferences by combining business and shows. The New Music Seminar, to be held July 21 at the New York University Steinhardt’s S ...

  28. That Deal With Napster? It Never Was Going to Happen

    April 20, 2009 12:00 AM EDT People love scapegoats. A target for blame makes for an easy explanation of unfortunate incidents. This is common in the music industry. A frequent claim in the many assessments of today's music industry is that it should have made a deal wit ...

  29. Business Briefs: NPD, Spotify, MySpace, Lala, Rick Ross

    April 16, 2009 12:00 AM EDT - An NPD Group study has found U.S. consumers' entertainment spending will remain steady in 2009. Seventy-five percent of respondents said they will either hold steady or increase their spending on digital music, while 65% said the same of CD ...

  30. Vodafone Spain Adds Unlimited Music To Data Plan

    April 09, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Vodafone Spain is offering an all-you-can-eat subscription streaming music service without additional cost to subscribers, powered by RealNetworks, as well as making a-la-carte downloads available for purchase in DRM-free format. All four major la ...

  31. Amazon Launches German MP3 Store

    April 01, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Amazon.de is the latest Amazon online retail platform to offer digital downloads. The German service launched today (April 1) with a catalog of 5 million DRM-free tracks. Like the U.K. Amazon MP3 store, which launched in December, prices are compe ...

  32. Nokia's Comes With Music Reaches Italy, Sweden

    April 01, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Nokia's unlimited music offering Comes With Music has launched in Italy and will be rolling out in Sweden this week. The service debuted in the U.K. last October, followed by launches in Australia and Singapore earlier this year. Italy is the ...

  33. Report: iTunes Variable Pricing To Launch April 7

    March 27, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Apple's iTunes store is set to implement its variable pricing system, including an increase from 99 cents to $1.29 for popular tracks, on April 7 according to the L.A. Times. The company revealed plans on Jan. 6 to make its catalog DRM-free a ...

  34. SpiralFrog Shuts Down

    March 20, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Ad-supported music service Spiralfrog has shuttered-a move many critics felt was inevitable from the very beginning. The company paid millions in upfront licensing fees to the major record labels which it hoped to pay off with advertising revenue ...

  35. Argentina's Personal Launches Full-Track Store

    March 18, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Argentine wireless carrier Personal has begun selling full-track downloads through its digital store, Personal Musica. The store is available via mobile phone and online at personalmusica.com , and offers dual delivery of the same track to the pho ...

  36. Germany's Saturn Switches To MP3

    March 16, 2009 12:00 AM EDT German electronics and entertainment retailer Saturn has switched its download store catalog of 5 million tracks to MP3 format, with a €4.99 ($6.49) promotion on 250,000 albums until March 29. "All of the 5 million titles are offered without ...

  37. French Assembly Debates Web Piracy Law

    March 12, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Debates on the 'Creation and Internet' draft law have started in the French Assembly. The draft law would introduce a three-strike scheme, under which infringers could ultimately see their Internet access cut. The text, adopted by the Fr ...

  38. Vodafone Takes Lead On DRM-Free Mobile Music

    March 11, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Vodafone is claiming it will be the first global mobile network operator to offer music free of DRM when it makes the switch to a large proportion of its Vodafone Music Store catalog for mobile and PC by the summer. Universal Music Group, Sony Mus ...

  39. Billboard Q&A: Former UMG Exec Larry Kenswil

    March 04, 2009 12:00 AM EST A veteran of almost 25 years at Universal Music Group (UMG), Larry Kenswil has seen it all. As president of the label's eLabs digital division, and more recently executive VP of business strategy, he's had a front-row seat to the disrupt ...

  40. Nokia Halts Xpress Music Phone Sales

    March 02, 2009 12:00 AM EST Nokia over the weekend halted sales of its much-heralded Xpress Music phone just days after its Feb. 26 debut, citing technical glitches plaguing the device. Most notably, the devices were unable to connect to AT&T's 3G network, which is ...

  41. Omnifone Unveils Unlimited Music For ISPs

    February 17, 2009 12:00 AM EST London-based Omnifone, which powers various all-you-can-eat services with mobile vendors and operators around the world, has unveiled its latest unlimited offering during the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona and confirmed it is in talks with lea ...

  42. 'Grand Theft' Pack To Offer iTunes Tagging

    February 11, 2009 12:00 AM EST When the new "Grand Theft Auto IV" downloadable expansion pack is released next week, called "The Lost & The Damned," fans will be able to tag songs in the soundtrack to purchase from iTunes. This marks a shift in strategy ...

  43. Ruckus Shuts Down, Total Music in Question

    February 09, 2009 12:00 AM EST Without explanation or fanfare, the Ruckus digital music service targeted at university networks has gone out of business. A posting on the company's Web site simply says "unfortunately the Ruckus service will no longer be provided." ...

  44. Nokia Music Store Launches In Mexico

    February 05, 2009 12:00 AM EST Nokia has quietly opened its Nokia Music Store in Mexico. Though the handset maker has yet to launch its all-you-can-eat Comes With Music service in Mexico, a visit to the store reveals downloadable music from Warner, EMI and Sony. Albums sell for ...

  45. Digital Briefs: Songbeat, GoTV, iTunes

    February 05, 2009 12:00 AM EST - A collection of record labels is suing German digital music service provider Songbeat for copyright infringement. The service lets users search the Web for music, and download up to 25 songs a month for free. - Mobile media network GoTV has laun ...

  46. Mixup To Launch DRM-Free Store

    February 02, 2009 12:00 AM EST Mexican entertainment retail chain Mixup will launch a DRM-free digital download store this year, according to labels' trade group IFPI. The organization's Digital Music Report 2009 cited progress being made in digital music sales around ...

  47. Apple Makes iTunes Switch

    January 29, 2009 12:00 AM EST Apple is changing the way iTunes users can replace their existing iTunes songs to the new DRM-free versions. Initially, the only option available was to convert every iTunes-purchased file to the new sans-Fairplay version, for 30 cents a track, us ...

  48. MIDEM Numbers Down

    January 21, 2009 12:00 AM EST Attendance at MIDEM and MidemNet 2009 fell to around 8,000 participants, according to conference organizers. That represents a fall of around 12% on 2008's total of 9,100 and, while some delegates may have anticipated a steeper decline after ...

  49. 7Digital.com Reports Sales Spike, New European Territories

    January 19, 2009 12:00 AM EST U.K.-based MP3 delivery service, 7Digital.com has reported a 241% increase in year-on-year sales from 2007 - 2008 at Cannes music trade event, Midem. Comparative year-on-year figures for Q4 alone took the percentage growth to a massive 260%. Altho ...

  50. Legal Drama At MidemNet Opening Keynote

    January 17, 2009 12:00 AM EST It was a case of back to the future at the opening keynote debate at MidemNet in Cannes as one of the speakers from the digital business was unable to make the opening session because of litigation. MidemNet, the music conference focusing on the d ...

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