Digital rights management

  1. eMusic Launches In Canada

    April 30, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Specialist independent music e-tailer eMusic has launched its Canadian music site. Boasting content from 33,000 indie labels and audio book publishers, eMusic says its Canadian offering will provide "a superior selection of music from Canadia ...

  2. Coldplay Shifts 600,000 Downloads In 24 Hours

    April 30, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Coldplay's decision to offer its "Violet Hill" as a free download has unsurprisingly generated massive interest. According to EMI, the track has been downloaded more than 600,000 times in the 24 hours since it was made available on ...

  3. Plugged & UnPlugged: MSN Music, Would-Be Game Censors

    April 25, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Plugged Cited largely as further proof of how "evil" DRM is, Microsoft this summer will stop authorizing digital music files purchased from the old MSN Music service . Customers will have until the end of August to select which device th ...

  4. Digital Music Body Calls For Reforms

    April 17, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The digital arm of British retail trade body ERA is pushing for a series of reforms which it says are essential for continued growth in the market. ERA Digital, which represents digital music businesses under the auspices of the Entertainment Reta ...

  5. Analyst: Amazon Music Expanding Digital Market

    April 15, 2008 12:00 AM EDT New figures from NPD Group suggest that the Amazon DRM-free digital music service is doing more to grow the overall digital music market as opposed to simply stealing customers from iTunes. The research group says only 10% of Amazon customers had ...

  6. Plugged & Unplugged: Shoveling Snocap, Wal-Mart Madness

    April 11, 2008 12:00 AM EDT PLUGGED Snocap was an over-hyped tech play from the very beginning, primarily because of its association with the former Napster-era bad boy Shawn Fanning. It hinged its digital registry hopes on the mistiest of all vaporware that is/was Mashboxx, ...

  7. Last.fm Sees Sales Spike After Streaming Change

    April 10, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Last.fm released figures suggesting services that allow free full-song streaming can spur increased download sales. The company says that since it upgraded from 30-second song samples to full songs, CD and downloads sales through its links to part ...

  8. Plugged & Unplugged: MySpace Music, And Who's No. 1?

    April 04, 2008 12:00 AM EDT PLUGGED No matter how you spin it, the MySpace Music announcement is a net positive for the music industry. But not for the reasons most may think. Frankly, I don't give a hoot if the new MySpace service unseats iTunes or puts Napster out of ...

  9. Napster Q4 Revenue Hits $31 Million

    April 03, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Shares of Napster Inc. jumped Thursday after the online music retailer said it expects its revenue for the fiscal fourth-quarter, which ended March 31, totaled about $31 million, beating analysts' predictions. Napster shares rose 24 cents, or ...

  10. Sources: MySpace Music Service To Launch This Week

    April 02, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The much-anticipated digital music service from MySpace could go live as early as Thursday, but most likely Friday, Billboard.biz has learned. According to sources close to the discussions, UMG and WMG have either already signed agreements or are ...

  11. TDC Presses 'Play' On Unlimited Download Offering

    April 01, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Danish telecom TDC has unveiled a new service, "Play," which enables its broadband and mobile customers unlimited access to roughly one million tracks from over 30 labels, including three of the four majors. Play started at one minute pa ...

  12. Orange Starts Ad-Funded Download Trial

    March 25, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Telecoms giant Orange has launched this week an ad-supported music download trial for users of its mobile Internet platform in the U.K. Through the Orange World platform, 800,000 of Orange's 15.6 million registered mobile customers will have ...

  13. Digital Briefs: Hdtracks, Billy Bragg, Bebo

    March 24, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - Another outlet for high-bitrate digital music is launching -- Hdtracks, created by the founders of Chesky Records. The soft-launch version is offering 320 kbps files, contains no DRM, and offers PDF files of the complete liner notes and original ...

  14. SanDisk To Bundle Music With Devices

    March 19, 2008 12:00 AM EDT SanDisk is hoping to encourage sales of its new Sansa Fuze device by including up to 50 tracks on each device sold. The tracks will be DRM-free, and limited to newer or emerging artists, and will be loaded on a separate microSD card rather than em ...

  15. Start-Up Sets Sights On Music Fans

    March 17, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Fan-driven word of mouth has always been considered the most effective music marketing technique, and there is no shortage of Web 2.0 companies online hoping to help facilitate that process. Enter Surrge.com, the newest of this bunch was unveiled ...

  16. Fairmont Hotels Preps Music Service, EMI Onboard

    March 12, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Fairmont Hotels & Resorts luxury chain will launch a digital music retail service for guests at its various properties. It initially has licensed music only from EMI Music Group, taking advantage of the label's DRM-free strategy, which wi ...

  17. Download First For Iron Maiden Compilation

    March 11, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Heavy metal goliaths Iron Maiden will release an '80s best-of compilation "Somewhere Back In Time" as a free high-quality download. Available from the band's Web site, the PC-compatible 320 kbps WMA audio files will time-out af ...

  18. Mobile Music Service For BlackBerrys Launches

    March 11, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Digital music provider Puretracks unveiled a DRM-free mobile music service designed specifically for BlackBerry smartphones, and includes content from all the major music labels. The company is previewing the device at the SXSW event this week, wi ...

  19. Commentary: Is The DRM Nightmare Finally Over?

    March 10, 2008 12:00 AM EDT could finally be the year most independent labels have been waiting for: At last we are starting to see a trend among the major labels to abandon the use of digital rights management, and it seems that we will hopefully be able to close the b ...

  20. Majors Sign Up With Euro Web Community

    March 05, 2008 12:00 AM EST Three of the four majors and various independents have signed deals with the online European music community MusicMakesFriends.com. Universal Music, Sony BMG Music and EMI Music have made their entire digital catalog available to the web platform, ...

  21. WMI, 7digital Strike Euro Download Deal

    March 03, 2008 12:00 AM EST Digital download store 7digital.com on Tuesday becomes the first major European service of it kind to offer Warner Music's repertoire in the MP3 format, through a new deal struck with Warner Music International. An online marketing campaign w ...

  22. Vivendi Posts Strong Sales; UMG Share Rises In All Markets

    February 29, 2008 12:00 AM EST French media and telecom group Vivendi's adjusted net income rose 8.3% in 2007 and will improve similarly in 2008, Vivendi chairman of the management board and CEO Jean-Bernard Levy announced today (Feb. 29) at a press conference in Paris. Un ...

  23. Digital Briefs: Pirate Bay, DoubleTwist, ARTISTdirect

    February 20, 2008 12:00 AM EST -Several tech sites are questioning whether Yahoo is filtering out search results for bitTorrent site Pirate Bay in cooperation with the major record labels. A search for Pirate Bay on Yahoo brings up links to a Wikipedia page and stories about th ...

  24. Report: Digital To Lead Music Sales In Five Years

    February 19, 2008 12:00 AM EST Digital music sales will surpass CD sales in five years, according to a new report from Forrester Research ominously titled "The End of Music As We Know It." Forrester predicts digital sales will grow by 23% a year through 2012, when the ...

  25. News Corp, Majors Prepping Download Site: Reports

    February 18, 2008 12:00 AM EST News Corp. is working on a joint venture music site between the four major labels and MySpace, according to PaidContent.org. The site would be similar to Hulu.com, the video venture backed by News Corp. and NBC Universal, which is now in beta. The ...

  26. Play.com Undercuts iTunes

    February 13, 2008 12:00 AM EST Play.com has launched a download store, PlayDigital, offering DRM-free tracks. The company, based in the British island of Jersey, got in ahead of Amazon.co.uk, which also plans to offer a download store with DRM-free tracks. Play.com boasts 1.3 m ...

  27. Jamba, EMI Team For DRM-Free Mobile Downloads

    February 13, 2008 12:00 AM EST Mobile entertainment provider Jamba has partnered with EMI Music on a deal that will offer DRM-free downloads on mobiles. The announcement was made today at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. Launching the service in Europe first, Jamba says ...

  28. MWC Debates DRM

    February 12, 2008 12:00 AM EST The digital rights management debate moved to the mobile space today, as delegates at the GSMA Mobile World Congress in Barcelona heard Larry Moores, senior VP global product management for Real Networks, call for DRM-free music to be made more wi ...

  29. MidemNet Day 2 - Quotes of the Day

    January 27, 2008 12:00 AM EST "It will create revenue where revenue is not being created. And it will create potentially enormous revenue," - QTRAX president and CEO Allan Klepfisz extolling the virtues of his new enterprise. "Every minute on the site we receive ...

  30. Qtrax Launches Legal P2P Service

    January 27, 2008 12:00 AM EST Former illegal filesharing network Qtrax has announced the launch of what it says is the first legal, free peer-to-peer service at the MidemNet conference in Cannes, France. Qtrax says it has licenses in place with the major labels and publishers, ...

  31. Upbeat Levy Says CD Format Will Play On

    January 26, 2008 12:00 AM EST Jean-Bernard Levy, CEO of Universal Music Group parent company Vivendi, the French media giant, today gave a candid, and hugely optimistic, view of the entertainment sector's future during a keynote Q&A at the MidemNet conference in Canne ...

  32. Plugged And Unplugged

    January 25, 2008 12:00 AM EST Plugged Despite the spin of the CBS PR machine, the re-launch of Last.fm as a free, ad-supported, on-demand music service is not new, unique or revolutionary. But it is pretty cool. For better or for worse, it takes the vision and financial commit ...

  33. Target Tests Digital Music Space

    January 22, 2008 12:00 AM EST After backing away from launching a music subscription service two years ago, big-box retailer Target is again dipping its toes in the digital music space. The company is selling John Legend's "Live From Philadelphia" album in a DRM ...

  34. PIAS Strikes DRM-Free iTunes Deal

    January 21, 2008 12:00 AM EST Brussels-based pan-European label group/distributor PIAS has struck a global deal with with Apple Inc.'s iTunes service that will see more than 44,000 tracks added to its DRM-free iTunes Plus service. The tracks come from PIAS' own label ...

  35. Plugged And Unplugged

    January 18, 2008 12:00 AM EST Plugged The downloadable music sales figures for videogames "Rock Band" and "Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock" should open a few eyes in the music industry. In just eight weeks, "Rock Band" sold 2.5 million songs as n ...

  36. Hodgkinson Takes On Digital Brief

    January 18, 2008 12:00 AM EST Mark Hodgkinson, London-based executive VP of global marketing at EMI Music, has taken over the responsibilities of Barney Wragg, who Billboard revealed left his role as head of digital at the major this week. Then move comes as EMI consolidates v ...

  37. Wragg Exits EMI

    January 15, 2008 12:00 AM EST EMI’s head of digital Barney Wragg has left EMI. According to multiple sources, Wragg departed today, but no official announcement has yet been made. While Wragg's exit does not appear to be part of the major layoffs EMI announced this week , ...

  38. Alltel Lauches Steaming, Download Service

    January 15, 2008 12:00 AM EST Wireless operator Alltel introduced a new music service that allows customers to stream and download DRM-free digital music files from their home computer to their mobile phone. The service is called "Music, powered by Celltop" which is ...

  39. Pepsi, Amazon Unveil Long-Expected Promotion

    January 14, 2008 12:00 AM EST Pepsi and Amazon.com unveiled their long-expected digital music promotion, to kick off during a Super Bowl commercial starring Justin Timberlake. The promotion, called Pepsi Stuff, is designed to introduce the new Amazon digital music service to t ...

  40. 7digital Posts Sales Surge

    January 10, 2008 12:00 AM EST U.K. download retailer 7digital has credited a 188% year-on-year growth in sales during 2007 to the removal of digital rights management (DRM) from tracks and the availability of high-quality MP3s. The London-based company also benefited from an e ...

  41. Sony BMG Signs On With Amazon MP3 Store

    January 10, 2008 12:00 AM EST Sony BMG Music Entertainment is joining Amazon's MP3 party, and will allow its music to be sold via the unprotected format on the digital download store. The move comes on the heels of Sony BMG's announcement that it will sell album spec ...

  42. 7digital Posts Sales Surge

    January 10, 2008 12:00 AM EST U.K. download retailer 7digital has credited a 188% year-on-year growth in sales during 2007 to the removal of digital rights management (DRM) from tracks and the availability of high-quality MP3s. The London-based company also benefited from an e ...

  43. WMG Strips DRM For Amazon Downloads

    December 27, 2007 12:00 AM EST Warner Music Group has begun selling DRM-free downloads through Amazon.com. With effect from today, WMG has ended its MP3 hold-out by offering works from its digital audio catalog to buy from Amazon MP3, the online retailer's DRM-free downloa ...

  44. Ad-Supported Airtist Site Goes Live

    December 27, 2007 12:00 AM EST The French market has its own ad-supported free music download platform, Airtist. The new service went live in mid-December and is available for free, provided visitors complete a free registration process. Users can then download a DRM-free track ...

  45. Nonesuch Launches Download Store

    December 18, 2007 12:00 AM EST Nonesuch Records is launching its own download store, designed to sell new releases from its artists directly to fans. The store allows fans to buy CDs online, and have the option of instantly downloading the full album digitally at no extra charg ...

  46. Digital Briefs: Koch, Zedge, Amoeba, 'Guitar Hero III'

    December 17, 2007 12:00 AM EST - Indie label Koch Records is providing its catalog DRM-free to Apple's iTunes Plus music service. The unprotected, higher-bitrate MP3s join that of EMI Music Group and a handful of other independent labels participating in the program. - Zed ...

  47. Microsoft Rebrands PlaysForSure

    December 13, 2007 12:00 AM EST Adding to the confusion surrounding Microsoft's PlaysForSure DRM campaign, the company has now rebranded the effort "Certified for Windows Vista." The DRM technology itself is unchanged. It's still the most common technology us ...

  48. AmieStreet.com Launches Japanese Service

    December 11, 2007 12:00 AM EST AmieStreet.com launched a version of its dynamic pricing digital music service in Japan via a joint venture with Linux software distributor TurboLinux. The AmieStreet model changes the price of music sold based on the number of people buying it. T ...

  49. EMI Strikes Deal For BoxOffice365 On-Demand Video Site

    December 07, 2007 12:00 AM EST EMI Music U.K. will make DRM-free audio and video content available through British Internet Broadcasting Co.'s (BiBC) downloadable virtual store, the music major said today. Works from EMI artists including Coldplay, The Spice Girls, Queen, ...

  50. Telecom Italia Launches AliceMusic In France

    December 06, 2007 12:00 AM EST Telecom Italia, which operates France's fourth ISP under the Alice brand, has launched an "all-you-can-eat" music service, AliceMusic. The service is available at no additional charge to subscribers of Alicebox, Alice's integra ...

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