Digital rights management

  1. Plugged And Unplugged: Trent Reznor, UMG's Doug Morris, Wired Magazine

    November 30, 2007 12:00 AM EST Plugged: Trent Reznor's my kind of guy. Rather that waiting for permission or holding an endless series of conference calls to determine the "right" way to make his online remix site a reality, he just went and did it. Universal Mus ...

  2. A Tipping Point For MP3s

    November 30, 2007 12:00 AM EST The scope of a yearlong download promotion planned between Pepsi and Amazon, Billboard has learned, is among several developments forcing further consideration by Warner Music Group (WMG) and Sony BMG Music Entertainment to follow EMI and Universa ...

  3. Deutsche Grammophon Launches Classical Download Site

    November 27, 2007 12:00 AM EST Classical music giant Deutsche Grammophon will make the bulk of its catalog available online from tomorrow when it relaunches its Web site and presses the button on a new digital download store. At launch, the new DG Web Shop will offer nearly 2,5 ...

  4. Opera Singer Hendricks Takes Radiohead Route

    November 26, 2007 12:00 AM EST Opera singer Barbara Hendricks is taking a leaf out of Radiohead's book. In a development which has the hallmarks of Radiohead's recent "honesty box" initiative on "In Rainbows," the American soprano's label Arte ...

  5. France Acts To Tackle Internet Piracy

    November 23, 2007 12:00 AM EST The international recording industry has welcomed a ground-breaking agreement on tackling internet music and film piracy in France, endorsed by President Sarkozy at its launch in Paris this morning. The agreement provides for the setting up of a g ...

  6. U.K.'s ERA Throws Support Behind MP3

    November 21, 2007 12:00 AM EST Britain's Entertainment Retailers Assn. has entered into the debate on DRM-free music. The trade body's director general Kim Bayley has written a letter to the Financial Times newspaper in which she called on the music industry to drop D ...

  7. EMI, Hip Digital Team On Ad Campaigns

    November 12, 2007 12:00 AM EST EMI Music Group is now licensing its DRM-free music catalog to Hip Digital, a digital media agency that develops promotional campaigns for advertisers. Hip Digital has developed digital music programs for clients like Visa, Pepsi, Seagate, Dentyne ...

  8. Download Shop For Sub Pop

    November 09, 2007 12:00 AM EST Seattle-based indie label Sub Pop has launched a digital download store. The store is currently stocking 200 titles and the label hopes to eventually make its entire catalog available for download. At this point, Sub Pop is only selling full album ...

  9. FireFly Mobile Targets Tweens

    November 07, 2007 12:00 AM EST FireFly Mobile, a pay-as-you-go mobile service for the tween set, is prepping a mobile music service. The company is looking to offer more than 2 million "age appropriate" tracks for its 8-12-year-old target market. It tapped PassAlong N ...

  10. UCJ Strips DRM For Online Trial

    November 07, 2007 12:00 AM EST Universal Music Classics & Jazz is trialling DRM-free downloads. Visitors to UCJ's official download site, www.classicsandjazz.co.uk can sign up to the new "Dress Circle" section of the service, when enables consumers to buy any ...

  11. Digital Bits: INgrooves, Virgin Mobile, Groove Mobile, The Orchard

    October 24, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Mobile music distributor and "label" INgrooves partnered with technology provider Emdigo for a new set of 3D artist-based wallpaper images called "Music Screensavers. The next-gen wallpaper images feature animated images of various ...

  12. AT&T, Napster Extend Mobile Deal

    October 22, 2007 12:00 AM EDT AT&T extended it's partnership with Napster to include an over-the-air, full-song download service that provides the wireless operators’ customers to the entire Napster catalog of 5 million tracks. The Napster Mobile service looks very mu ...

  13. Report: Apple To Cut Price On DRM-Free Tracks

    October 16, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Apple confirmed it will indeed lower the price on its DRM-free tracks to 99 cents, from $1.29, on all iTunes Plus music. Apple CEO Steve Jobs confirmed the move in an interview with the Wall Street Journal . Jobs told the WSJ that the iTunes Plus ...

  14. Report: iTunes To Expand DRM-Free Offering

    October 16, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Apple continues to dip its toe with variable pricing. Citing sources close to Apple, tech blog Ars Technica reports that iTunes will expand its DRM-free music plan, iTunes Plus, with additional tracks from a variety of independent labels. However, ...

  15. Leaked Memo Reveals EMI's Digital Strategy

    October 08, 2007 12:00 AM EDT EMI's new top executive, Terra Firma's Guy Hands, told staff in a leaked memo that record labels have to get more creative with digital opportunities and rely less on CD sales if they are to survive. "Rather than embracing digitalis ...

  16. Plugged And Unplugged

    September 28, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Plugged: At first look, Amazon.com's digital music service has all the right pieces. I'll ignore a few glitches here and there in the interest of fairness -- not a full catalog, not all CD search results cross-link to the available digit ...

  17. Amazon Launches Early Version Of Music Service

    September 25, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Amazon.com has finally unveiled a beta version of its much-discussed digital music service, called Amazon MP3, offering more than 2 million DRM-free songs. The service is almost entirely Web based, meaning no desktop application is needed to acces ...

  18. EMI Teams With Fairmont Hotels

    September 24, 2007 12:00 AM EDT EMI Music and Fairmont Hotel & Resorts have partnered to bring new music initiatives this fall to Fairmont's portfolio of North American hotels. As part of the deal, such hotels as the Fairmont San Francisco, Toronto's Fairmont Royal ...

  19. German C'right Law Passed

    September 24, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The new German copyright law has finally been approved. The law was accepted last Friday by the Bundestag's Upper House, and will come into effect on Jan. 1 2008. Private copies are fundamentally still permitted, but there are various restric ...

  20. Leighton-Pope Speaks, Popkomm Listens On Day 3

    September 21, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The booming international live music sector is still relatively untapped, veteran British artist manager and agent Carl Leighton-Pope told delegates today on the final afternoon of the Popkomm 2007 trade fair. The executive, who has guided the car ...

  21. EMI Acts Picked To Click (And Buy)

    September 20, 2007 12:00 AM EDT EMI Music U.K. has joined forces with the British arm of online-payment service provider Click and Buy to launch a DRM-free, download-only compilation album designed to promote the major's up-and-coming acts. The 10-track "Fresh Sounds 2 ...

  22. eMusic Launches DRM-Free Music Tool

    September 19, 2007 12:00 AM EDT eMusic introduced a new music management tool for it's DRM-free digital music service designed to let users more easily transfer tracks acquired through eMusic to existing music management software, such as iTunes, Winap or Windows Media Play ...

  23. MySpace Unveils New Ad System

    September 18, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Social networking giant MySpace unveiled a new targeted advertising technology today designed to let advertisers tailor their message to MySpace members based on information contained in their profiles. MySpace says the new system increased the ch ...

  24. James Blunt Album To Be Sold Via MySpace

    September 18, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Warner Music Group will sell the new James Blunt album "All the Lost Souls" on MySpace. And while it's not DRM-free, it will work with the iPod. WMG is tapping LaLa, which is creating a sales widget that will sell the album for $9.9 ...

  25. Radiohead Selling Full Albums Via 7digital Deal

    September 18, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Radiohead has begun selling full album downloads via U.K. retailer 7digital, including such classics as "The Bends" and "OK Computer." Only the full albums are available, not individual track downloads. The catalog also will be ...

  26. Download Site Offers Variable Ringtone Pricing

    September 18, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Indie music download site AmieStreet is taking its variable pricing model for digital downloads to ringtones, through a partnership with ringtone software provider Myxer. Like the full-song downloads available on AmieStreet, all ringtones will sta ...

  27. eMusic Offers Audiobooks

    September 17, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Digital music retailer eMusic today began offering audiobooks, which are in mp3 format and play on all devices, with no Digital Rights Management (DRM) restrictions. The vast majority of the books will be priced at $10 per book, with two initial s ...

  28. Gardiner Joins Download Firm We7

    September 14, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Former BMG executive Clive Gardiner has joined We7, the London-based ad-supported download community, as VP of digital content. Gardiner will head up the firm's content team, as it prepares for a consumer launch later in the year. "Clive ...

  29. Apple Thwarts Free iPhone Ringtones

    September 13, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Apple is attempting to stop iPhone users from loading free ringtones onto the device. The new version of iTunes that adds the new ringtone creation feature also addresses the vulnerabilities that let users create their own ringtones using third-pa ...

  30. Amazon To Launch Music Service Next Week?

    September 12, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The much-anticipated music service from Amazon could go live as early as Tuesday, Billboard.biz has learned. The company has been testing the service internally for the last several weeks, and is presenting the results to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos for ...

  31. NBC Universal Drops iTunes TV Deal

    August 31, 2007 12:00 AM EDT NBC Universal is following the footsteps of Universal Music Group and cancelling its contract with iTunes. The company informed Apple Thursday that it did not intend to renew the current agreement, which is set to expire in December. According to ...

  32. Sony To Shutter Connect Music Store In March

    August 30, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Sony Corp. will begin shuttering its Connect Music Store starting in March, the company confirmed today. Rumors of the impending shutdown began in June after the company laid off 20 people and allocated remaining staff and resources to the PlaySta ...

  33. Ringo Goes DRM-Free With 7Digital Deal

    August 30, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Digital media delivery company 7digital has followed last week's deal with EMI for its Rolling Stones catalog with another pact, this time featuring former Beatle Ringo Starr's solo material. Apple/Capitol's new "Very Best of R ...

  34. CD Baby Adds DRM-Free Option

    August 28, 2007 12:00 AM EDT CD Baby ramped up its digital music service with a DRM-free digital download option. While customers in the past could buy music from CD Baby acts via links to iTunes, Rhapsody and other services, a recent redesign added a direct download option a ...

  35. Wal-Mart Selling Digital Music Free Of Copy Curbs

    August 21, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Wal-Mart Stores Inc said on Tuesday that it was now selling digital music downloads on its Web site without the customary copy-protection technology that limits where consumers can play the songs. Wal-Mart, the world's largest retailer, said ...

  36. Rolling Stones Roll Out DRM-Free Albums

    August 21, 2007 12:00 AM EDT London-based 7digital has become the first digital media delivery company to make available EMI's Rolling Stones catalog as DRM-free MP3s. The 24 albums are delivered at the high-quality 320 kbps rate, and for the next four weeks will exclusi ...

  37. Plugged & Unplugged

    August 17, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Plugged: Ahh, the dog days of August . . . the slow news cycle is both a blessing and a curse for journalists seeking compelling content to fill their pages. So it is in that context that we award Sirius’ deal with Sonos the "Plugged" aw ...

  38. LimeWire To Launch Legit Music Store

    August 15, 2007 12:00 AM EDT P2P music network LimeWire is closer to launching a legit digital music store. The company announced plans to launch a stand-alone Web site accessible from links in its popular file-sharing network that eventually will let users buy music from dir ...

  39. Plugged & Unplugged

    August 10, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Plugged: Now it really gets interesting. Universal Music Group’s decision to test DRM-free digital sales on a widespread basis is a much-needed complement to EMI’s catalog-wide maneuver, allowing the music industry to finally have a rational discu ...

  40. Plugged & Unplugged

    August 10, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Plugged: Now it really gets interesting. Universal Music Group’s decision to test DRM-free digital sales on a widespread basis is a much-needed complement to EMI’s catalog-wide maneuver, allowing the music industry to finally have a rational discu ...

  41. UMG Ramps Up DRM-Free Testing

    August 09, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music Group is testing the non-DRM waters. The label, which has the largest market share of all the major labels at 26%, unveiled a plan to test selling digital music without digital-rights management on a massive scale. UMG will begin s ...

  42. SpiralFrog Launches Beta Service

    August 08, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The ad-supported free digital music service SpiralFrog has taken a step closer to finally going live. The company this week initiated an invite-only beta launch in Canada and the U.S., inviting select media and other outlets to test the service an ...

  43. Study: Consumers Prefer DRM-Free Tracks

    August 06, 2007 12:00 AM EDT A recent study suggests that digital music sold with DRM technology may not sell as well as unprotected files. Law firm Olswang and Entertainment Media Research conducted a survey of more than 300,000 music fans in the UK in which 68 percent of re ...

  44. EMI Links With Canada's Puretracks

    August 02, 2007 12:00 AM EDT EMI has added Canada's Puretracks service to its roster of DRM-free digital music outlets. Puretracks is the first Canadian digital music store to sell EMI's unrestricted catalogue. Like other similar EMI deals, the DRM-free tracks are h ...

  45. EMI, Mixalbum.com Forge Deal

    August 01, 2007 12:00 AM EDT EMI Music has struck an agreement to deliver DRM-free, a la carte downloads to a new online DJ-mixing service, Mixalbum.com. Through the agreement, unveiled today, EMI will make available DRM-free dance content through its Positiva dance imprint a ...

  46. Survey: Downloaders Still Look For Free Option

    July 31, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Sales of legal digital music in the United Kingdom are well-behind expectations, according to the findings of new report from European research consultancy Entertainment Media Research. The illegal downloading of music has "reached an all-tim ...

  47. AT&T, eMusic Partner On Full-Song Mobile Downloads

    July 31, 2007 12:00 AM EDT AT&T Wireless unveiled its first over-the-air, full-song music download service today (July 31) through a partnership with eMusic. Unlike rival wireless operators Sprint and Verizon, AT&T is not launching its own branded services, keeping ...

  48. Plugged and Unplugged

    July 27, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Plugged: EMI's decision in April to sell digital music without DRM sent shockwaves through the music industry -- garnering headlines, praise, and criticism for the move. But we are just now starting to see the real method behind the madness. ...

  49. Popkomm Searches For Online Music Innovators

    July 25, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Popkomm is seeking out the "MySpaces of tomorrow" to enter its fourth annual Innovation In Music And Entertainment Award (IMEA), taking place on the opening day of the Sept. 19-21 music trade conference in Berlin. Jurors for this year� ...

  50. MediaNet DRM-Free Catalog Hits Million Mark

    July 24, 2007 12:00 AM EDT MediaNet, a provider of backend technology that powers many of today's digital music services and formerly known as MusicNet, now has more than 1 million tracks available for purchase without DRM protection. The company has DRM-free licensing ...

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