Digital rights management

  1. IFPI Digital Report Urges Action On Music Piracy

    January 16, 2009 12:00 AM EST The IFPI has estimated that 95% of music downloads are illegal, according to its 2009 Digital Music Report. The estimation is the result of a three-year study in 16 countries, which also indicated more than 40 billion files were illegally file-sha ...

  2. Germany's Musicload Embraces MP3

    January 09, 2009 12:00 AM EST Following the Jan. 6 decision by Apple to make iTunes DRM-free, the German download platform Musicload will sell more than 95% of their songs without DRM from April 2009. Musicload, part of Deutsche Telekom, is the largest platform for legal downl ...

  3. Rhapsody Partners For TV Distribution

    January 08, 2009 12:00 AM EST Rhapsody, the music subscription joint venture between MTV and RealNetworks, has teamed up with several partners to bring the music service into the living room via new TVs and other products. The first is VIZIO's new "Connected HDTV&quo ...

  4. Warner Set To Go DRM-Free In France

    January 07, 2009 12:00 AM EST A day after the announcement of iTunes abandoning DRM with all the majors, Warner Music France unveiled its DRM-free offering with download stores FnacMusic and VirginMega. The move is described as an "experimentation" until the end of 2 ...

  5. Web Reaction: Apple Drops DRM

    January 06, 2009 12:00 AM EST Apple iTunes' announcement that it will begin offering DRM-free music from all four major labels and will add a new pricing scheme for tracks today was, to say the least, covered extensively. Below, a round-up of reaction from around the Web ...

  6. Confirmed: iTunes Goes DRM-Free, Alters Pricing

    January 06, 2009 12:00 AM EST At the Macworld Expo today, Apple Inc. confirmed reports that all four majors were now onboard to deliver DRM-free music through iTunes, as originally reported by CNET. Apple has offered DRM-free music from EMI since May 2007; the new deals unveil ...

  7. Report: iTunes To Offer Variable Pricing, Expands DRM-Free Offering

    January 06, 2009 12:00 AM EST With the MacWorld conference kicking off today, rumors are swirling that Apple is poised to unveil new music licensing deals with the major labels that will allow it to sell DRM-free music at variable prices. Citing two unnamed sources, CNET is re ...

  8. The Billboard Q&A: Universal Digital Chief Rio Caraeff

    January 05, 2009 12:00 AM EST Universal Music Group has never been shy about shaking things up in the digital music space. The company demanded a per-device payment from Microsoft before licensing music to the Zune Marketplace. It spearheaded efforts to monetize online music v ...

  9. Digital Briefs: UMG, Shazam, Musicane

    December 15, 2008 12:00 AM EST - Universal Music Group ranked among the top 10 most-visited music sites, according to data from Comscore, just making the list behind sites like AOL, Yahoo and MySpace. - Song recognition app Shazam has introduced a new version of the software fo ...

  10. Bopaboo CEO Opens Hood On 'Used' MP3 Beta

    December 09, 2008 12:00 AM EST A still in-development company called Bopaboo received a great deal of attention - mostly unwanted - after a story in The Guardian on Dec. 3 exposed its plans to create a digital music service that focused on selling "used" MP3s. In an i ...

  11. Amazon's U.K. MP3 Store Goes Live

    December 03, 2008 12:00 AM EST The long-anticipated Amazon.co.uk MP3 service has finally arrived, although the online retailer's download store had a low-key launch. The service went live today (Dec. 3) and boasts 3 million DRM-free tracks from all four majors and leading ...

  12. 6 Questions: Microsoft Exec Chris Stephenson

    November 21, 2008 12:00 AM EST Microsoft's Zune music player and subscription service have faced an uphill battle to capture a significant share of the Apple-dominated digital music market. But the company is nothing if not persistent. In an effort to draw more subscribers ...

  13. French Biz Falters, Digital Remains Strong

    November 17, 2008 12:00 AM EST The wholesale value of the French recorded music market in the first nine months of 2008 decreased to €382 million ($484 million), down 13.9% from the corresponding period last year, according to new figures issued by labels trade body SNEP. It fo ...

  14. Sony DRM-Free To iTunes?

    November 10, 2008 12:00 AM EST The Apple rumor du jour is that Sony Music Entertainment will license DRM-free tracks to iTunes, under the iTunes Plus program. The speculation began on Apple blog 9to5mac.com , which provides very little information other than hinting its more th ...

  15. French Senate Validates Three-Strike Scheme

    November 03, 2008 12:00 AM EST The French Senate has adopted the "Creation and Internet" law, only 24 hours after the debates began. While intense debates were anticipated, the draft gathered 297 votes in favor and only 15 against. The draft law, which now has to be v ...

  16. French Mobile Operator SFR Launches Unlimited MP3 Offer

    October 31, 2008 12:00 AM EDT France's second largest mobile operator SFR has announced the launch of a DRM-free all-you-can-eat download service from Nov. 19. The catalog is limited to a few thousands hits exclusively from the Universal Music Group catalog. Subscribers w ...

  17. EMI, Warner Sign Up To Unlimited MP3 Package

    October 30, 2008 12:00 AM EDT EMI Music and Warner Music have signed up to an all-you-can-eat download service run by Datz.com, which will provide access to unlimited music in MP3 format for £99.99 ($164.45) a year. The service will allow fans to keep the music when the year i ...

  18. Wal-Mart Relaunches Digital Music Store, Drops Prices

    October 28, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Wal-Mart has relaunched its struggling digital music store, which will feature DRM-free music at lower prices than what iTunes charges for songs. The company made the switch to DRM-free sales earlier this year, but as a result had a limited catalo ...

  19. Thumbplay Unveils Full-Song Mobile Music Service

    October 28, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The music industry's bid to sell full-song downloads from ringtones gained an ally today with the unveiling of Thumbplay's new full-song mobile music service. Hoping to do for full-song music downloads what it did for ringtones, Thumbpla ...

  20. UMG Bundles Tunes With Dell

    October 23, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music Group is teaming with Dell to give customers the option of adding pre-loaded MP3s from the label's catalog to new computers purchased from the company. The deal does not provide access to the full UMG catalog, but rather a col ...

  21. Lala Introduces 'Virtual Ownership' Pricing Model

    October 20, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Lala , a digital music service that has experimented with several unique business models in the past, relaunched again this week with a new strategy that has won the backing and content of all four major labels as well as a host of independents. L ...

  22. U.K.’s Play.com Adds Majors’ Catalogs

    October 09, 2008 12:00 AM EDT U.K. online entertainment retailer Play.com has increased its weight in the competitive digital music market, confirming today that it has struck content deals which mean it is now supported by all four major record companies. PlayDigital launched ...

  23. UMG Onboard With Dada

    October 06, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music Group has inked a content deal with off-deck mobile content sales service Dada Entertainment. Starting today tracks from UMG's catalogue will be available for Dada.net users to download as DRM-free full-track MP3s and ringtone ...

  24. Kid Rock Ends Digital Holdout

    October 03, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Kid Rock has ended his long holdout from making music available to digital music services by granting Rhapsody a four-month exclusive on his catalog. Available today, Kid Rock's music on Rhapsody is available for DRM-free purchase in full alb ...

  25. MusicStation Service 'Exceeds Forecasts' Says Vodafone NZ

    October 02, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Vodafone New Zealand has rung the changes at its online music services - and according to the company it is already starting to pay dividends. Last month saw the launch of Vodafone MusicStation, which provides unlimited music downloads to mobiles ...

  26. Digital Briefs: Samsung, Tickets.com, EMI

    October 01, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - Samsung Electronics will embed a music ID application from Shazam Entertainment in its line of music phones, including the Beatb and Beats models. UK operator T-Mobile will be the first to offer the devices, with the ID service integrated into i ...

  27. Norwegian Consumer Agency Threatens Apple Over iTunes Restrictions

    October 01, 2008 12:00 AM EDT A Norway consumer agency said it aims to take computer group Apple to court over what it calls unfair barriers to playing music from the iTunes store on devices other than Apple's iPod. Consumer Ombudsman Bjoern Erik Thon said he hoped other ...

  28. EMI Australia Launches MP3 Store

    September 29, 2008 12:00 AM EDT EMI Music Australia has launched its mp3 store www.musicheadmp3.com.au. The major says it is the first in Australia to offer the format direct to consumers. Half a million tracks are available ranging from its international artists, including Robb ...

  29. 7digital Signs Sony BMG To MP3

    September 16, 2008 12:00 AM EDT U.K. download service 7digital.com has signed a deal with Sony BMG to sell around 250,000 tracks from its catalog in high quality MP3 format. 7digital says it is now the largest DRM-free store in the U.K., with a total of four million tracks. It h ...

  30. PIAS Pacts With We7

    September 09, 2008 12:00 AM EDT PIAS Digital, part of the Brussels-based European indie labels company PIAS Entertainment Group, is to make its repertoire available to We7, the soon-to-launch digital music destination co-founded by Peter Gabriel. The songs, from the more than 25 ...

  31. All That Remains Links With Video Game League

    September 09, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Major League Gaming, the professional video game league, will give away online "Chiron," the first single from metal act All That Remains on Tuesday (Sept. 9), one week before the group's fourth studio album, "Overcome," i ...

  32. EMI Onboard With We7

    September 02, 2008 12:00 AM EDT UK ad-supported digital music service We7 has added content from EMI Music Group under a new licensing deal. Like it's deals with Sony BMG and Warner Music Group, the pact allows We7 to stream full songs supported by audio ads, and lets fans ...

  33. The Orchard Licenses Catalog To Limewire

    August 27, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The Orchard is licensing its music to the DRM-free a la carte music download service operated by file-sharing network LimeWire. The store, launched earlier this year, has existing content from Redeye Distribution, Nettwerk Music Group, and IRIS. T ...

  34. Sony Ericsson Launches DRM-Free Music Store

    August 22, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Sony Ericsson has rolled out its PlayNow arena, an over-the-air download service that will sell DRM-free music as well as games and applications. The expanded mobile music service will go live in Sweden, Denmark, Finland and Norway on Aug. 25. Eac ...

  35. BigPond First Aussie Store To Offer MP3s

    August 14, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Telecommunications giant Telstra's internet service provider BigPond has become the first Australian online music store to offer download tracks in DRM-free MP3 format. It has struck deals with all the four Australian-based majors plus leadin ...

  36. China Bound R2G, IODA To Launch Subscription Service

    August 01, 2008 12:00 AM EDT In an effort to provide an alternative to pirated music, Beijing-based digital distribution service R2G is launching an online music subscription service in China that will feature songs from U.S.-based independent digital distributor Independent ...

  37. MP3 Sales Soar For 7digital

    July 07, 2008 12:00 AM EDT British-based digital music service provider 7digital.com registered a 300% spike in first half sales of MP3-format tracks, thanks largely to the roll-out of Warner Music and EMI's libraries as DRM-free downloads. "High-quality, DRM-free ...

  38. 7digital's Tricky Giveaway

    July 01, 2008 12:00 AM EDT U.K.-based digital music service provider 7digital is giving away a free track from the new Tricky album, "Knowle West Boy" (Domino). The track, "Bacative," will be available as a high-quality DRM-free MP3 from www.7digital.com ...

  39. Rhapsody Goes DRM-Free

    June 30, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Add Rhapsody to the ever-growing list of digital music retailers who have stripped DRM from their catalogs. The joint venture between RealNetworks and MTV Networks today (June 30) converted its entire database of five million songs to the unprotec ...

  40. Norway's NetCom Launches Unlimited Free Music Trial

    June 10, 2008 12:00 AM EDT NetCom, the Norwegian unit of Swedish telecom giant Telia Sonera, is planning to steal Nokia's thunder with NetCom FreeMusic, a three-month trial to offer free unlimited mobile-music downloads. NetCom FreeMusic, which launched June 2, is simi ...

  41. Radiohead Catalog Appears On iTunes

    June 03, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Radiohead's back catalog became available for sale via Apple's iTunes Music Store this morning (June 3) in DRM-free files, removing the band from the ever-dwindling list of major holdouts from the digital download service. The band previ ...

  42. I See You Baby, Shakin' Those Rights

    May 30, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Ad-funded music, eh? Without even touching the regrettable Qtrax at Midem episode, there's clearly a major lump in the road to success. Not that the trajectories of music and advertising are not due to collide and create new forms of consumer ...

  43. EU's McCreevy Calls For Forum On Copyright Levy

    May 28, 2008 12:00 AM EDT A forum should be set up to resolve a long-running spat over levies on recording equipment to compensate performers for lost royalties, EU Internal Market Commissioner Charlie McCreevy said on Tuesday. Big electronics companies such as Philips, No ...

  44. Plugged & Unplugged: Napster Goes DRM-Free

    May 23, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Plugged: By the end of this year, virtually every digital music service that sells downloadable music will have to do so without DRM in order to remain a relevant competitor in the business. The transition won't be easy. Each major label has ...

  45. Movistar Chile Introduces Unlimited Downloads

    May 21, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Movistar in Chile has introduced what it says are Latin America's first unlimited mobile music downloads. The catalog contains music from Universal and Warner for "dual delivery" to both cell phone and computer, for a fixed monthly ...

  46. Ipeer Goes Live In Taiwan

    May 20, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Taipei-based Ipeer Multimedia International, which already operates a mobile based music download service in mainland China, has launched its service in Taiwan. To prevent illegal file sharing, downloaded songs are embedded with traceable digital ...

  47. Napster Goes DRM-Free

    May 20, 2008 12:00 AM EDT As promised, Napster has stripped DRM from all paid downloads on its digital music service in favor of unprotected MP3s. As of today (May 20) all six million songs in the Napster catalog are now available to purchase without DRM protection. The co ...

  48. Sony BMG In DRM-Free Deal With Dada

    May 13, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Sony BMG is providing DRM-free full song downloads to Dada Entertainment, a mobile entertainment joint venture between the label and Dada USA. At this time, only Sony BMG's catalog is available via the service, but it hopes to add content fro ...

  49. Digital Briefs: WMG, Wal-Mart, Hearst Magazines

    May 07, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - Warner Music Group has cleared Wal-Mart to begin selling DRM-free copies of its entire digital catalog. Wal-Mart removed content from Sony BMG and WMG when it switched over to an MP3-only format. - Hearst Magazines is adding music widgets to the ...

  50. NARM Panel Talks Digital Music Retail

    May 06, 2008 12:00 AM EDT During the Digital Landscape panel at the NARM convention, digital merchants sounded very much like their peers in the brick-and-mortar world as they wrestle with pricing issues, profit margins and competition from other forms of entertainment sof ...

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