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  1. Business Matters: Legal MP3 Sites Are Still Buried by Google Search Results

    November 05, 2012 7:07 PM EST If most people simply want to do the right thing when it comes to downloading, the upcoming Copyright Alert System could help more than searching at Google. Over three months after Google implemented a system to lower the search ranking of domains ...

  2. Business Matters: 7digital, Amazon and Google Selling Taylor Swift's 'Red' at Deep Discounts

    October 30, 2012 7:45 PM EDT Buyers of the digital version of Taylor Swift's "Red" paid the full fare at iTunes last week -- and turned out in great numbers. Great bargains await those who didn't rush out and buy the artist's latest album. Taylor Swif ...

  3. Michael Paull Leaves Sony Music, Takes New Role at Amazon

    October 27, 2012 9:23 PM EDT Michael Paull, EVP of Sony Music's global digital business, has left the company for Amazon, a source confirmed to Billboard.biz. The source said Paull has already left the company and added that the parting was amicable. A report in All Thin ...

  4. Is Taylor Swift's 'Red' iTunes Exclusive a Play to Prevent Deep Discounting?

    October 23, 2012 8:00 PM EDT In a possible attempt to ensure that Google Play and Amazon don't use Taylor Swift's just-released Red album as a loss leader priced below $3.49, Big Machine Records has not serviced the album to those stores, a source confirmed to Billb ...

  5. Morning Fix: Beyonce Vs. Madge's Super Bowl; WMG Revenues; Apple Mini iPad Vs. MSFT Source; CMJ

    October 17, 2012 7:50 AM EDT Head HERE to subscribe to Billboard's free music-business newsletters WARNER MUSIC GROUP EXPECTS TO IMPROVE REVENUES IN Q3: When the Warner Music Group reports its financials for the three-month period ended Sept. 30, the company expects reve ...

  6. Gerry Kearby, Co-Founder of Liquid Audio, Remembered by Dick Wingate

    August 14, 2012 5:09 PM EDT Gerry Kearby -- co-founder of Liquid Audio, drummer, equipment designer for the Grateful Dead and others, and a man who turned down an offer from Steve Jobs to buy his company -- died last week when his truck crashed into a tree in a rural area so ...

  7. Amazon Planning to Add Physical CD Purchases to Cloud Player Accounts

    August 10, 2012 1:41 PM EDT Sources tell Billboard that Amazon is working to launch a feature that will populate its Cloud Player accounts with tracks from physical CDs purchased on Amazon. One estimate puts the new feature launching this fall. Cloud Player is Amazon's ...

  8. Amazon Improves Its Cloud Service

    August 09, 2012 7:25 PM EDT Amazon's Cloud Player gets a major-label upgrade Cloud music is getting smarter - and may soon get more mainstream. On July 31 Amazon launched a fully licensed scan-and-match cloud music service, giving it the same features as Apple's cl ...

  9. Amazon Sale Price Will Negatively Impact Frank Ocean's Chart Position This Week

    July 24, 2012 1:25 PM EDT Island Def Jam's surprise exclusive release of Frank Ocean's Channel Orange album for one week on iTunes is still angering other retailers. A week after Target refused to carry the album as a result of the digital exclusive, Amazon on Ju ...

  10. Frank Ocean Rocks Boat At Retail With iTunes Release

    July 19, 2012 7:40 PM EDT Island Def Jam's surprise exclusive release of Frank Ocean's "Channel Orange" album for one week on iTunes is still angering other retailers. A week after Target refused to carry the album as a result of the digital exclusive, ...

  11. Amazon's 99-Cent Deals Sends 20 Titles Soaring Up the Charts, But at What Cost?

    July 12, 2012 6:49 PM EDT Amazon picked last week -- July 3, to be exact -- to remind everyone that it is the low-price music retailer on the Internet, when it offered 20 current albums at 99 cents apiece. Those 20 titles, which included Katy Perry's "Teenage Dre ...

  12. Zac Brown Band's 'Uncaged' Heading for No. 1, Frank Ocean Selling Big

    July 11, 2012 9:02 PM EDT Zac Brown Band's "Uncaged" is aiming for No. 1 on next week's Billboard 200, while Frank Ocean's "Channel Orange" is selling faster than expected. The new Billboard 200 chart's top 10 will be revealed on the ...

  13. Apple Sued By US Department of Justice Over E-Book Price Fixing

    April 11, 2012 12:05 PM EDT NEW YORK (AP) -- The U.S. government filed an antitrust lawsuit against Apple Inc. and book publishers Wednesday, saying the publishers conspired with Apple to raise retail electronic-book prices to limit competition. The government also filed pap ...

  14. The Year In International Music Biz: Our New (Interconnected) World Order

    January 10, 2012 2:00 PM EST Perhaps nothing speaks more to our increasingly interconnected globe then a look back at the year in international music business news. Here, flash mobs in Rio sing K-Pop songs; a spirited debate at a music conference in Singapore is re-tweeted in ...

  15. Baidu, Chinese Search Engine, Removed From USTR's 'Notorious Markets' List

    December 21, 2011 1:25 PM EST The once-maligned Chinese search engine Baidu has gone legit, at least according to the Office of the United States' Trade Representative. Earlier this year, the Chinese search engine had made strides towards legitimizing its business, beginn ...

  16. Business Matters: Amazon Becomes a Book Publisher -- Is Music Next?

    October 17, 2011 8:20 PM EDT Amazon Becomes a Book Publisher -- Is Music Next? -- Amazon will publish 122 books in both physical and digital formats this fall, according to the New York Times. It won't just act as an exclusive distributor, however. The company is acting ...

  17. Amazon's Sales Tax Fight Inspires Calls For Boycott

    August 16, 2011 7:15 AM EDT SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - A coalition of nonprofit groups is calling on customers of Amazon.com Inc. to cancel their accounts unless the Internet retailer stops resisting a California law that requires more online retailers to charge a state sales ...

  18. Jay-Z and Kanye West's 'Watch the Throne' Exclusives Have Retailers Up in Arms

    July 28, 2011 6:00 PM EDT Jay-Z and Kanye West may be kings of hip-hop sales, but their decision to give iTunes and Best Buy exclusive windows to sell different editions of their "Watch the Throne" album has other music retailers in open revolt. Brick-and-mortar ...

  19. Chinese Search Giant Baidu's Major-Label Licensing Pacts Signal a Promising Shift

    July 22, 2011 1:46 PM EDT Can the piracy-ravaged Chinese market represent a sales opportunity for record labels after all? Sparking such hopes is a licensing agreement between One-Stop China, a joint venture of Universal Music Group, Sony Music Entertainment and Warner M ...

  20. China's Baidu Launches Online Muisc Service, Reaches Deal With 3 Major Labels

    July 19, 2011 7:32 AM EDT BEIJING (AP) - Baidu Inc., which operates China's most popular search engine, said Tuesday it will distribute music from three global labels in a deal that its partners say could help clean up China's piracy-plagued music market. Music c ...

  21. Amazon Gets Go Ahead For Calif Sales Tax Referendum

    July 19, 2011 7:12 AM EDT Amazon says gets OK for Calif sales tax referendum SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Amazon.com Inc. says the California Attorney General's Office has approved its petition for a referendum that would let voters decide whether to overturn a new law that f ...

  22. Chinese Online Music Providers Form Industry Association

    June 20, 2011 3:00 PM EDT The first instance of an industry-coordinating organization of online music operators and online music content providers has been established in Beijing. The organization, The Alliance of the Digital Music Industry (ADMI), consists of more than 20 ...

  23. How Lady Gaga's 99-cent 'Born This Way' Sale Hurt Interscope, Distributors

    June 11, 2011 3:47 PM EDT Let's get one thing straight. The Lady Gaga 99 cent sale for 'Born This Way' was a great thing for the artist, and for Amazon. On a short-term basis, you could even make the case that it was great for the industry. The 99 cent sale ...

  24. How Many Millions Did Amazon Lose on Two Days of 99 Cent Lady Gaga Sales?

    May 27, 2011 2:00 PM EDT Christmas came early for Lady Gaga fans this week, as Amazon sold downloads of the singer's brand-new LP, "Born This Way," for just 99 cents on Monday and Thursday of this week . Industry sources told Billboard.biz on Friday that Am ...

  25. How Many Millions Is Amazon Losing On Its 99 Cent Lady Gaga Sales?

    May 26, 2011 9:51 AM EDT Amazon is selling Lady Gaga's "Born This Way" album for .99 cents again Thursday (May 26) taking a loss on each sale in order to drive traffic to its site. The company offered the same promotion on the album's release day Monda ...

  26. Amazon's 99-Cent Lady Gaga 'Born This Way' Promotion Hits Technical Difficulties

    May 23, 2011 1:15 PM EDT Today only, Amazon's MP3 store is selling Lady Gaga's new 14-track album, "Born This Way," for just 99 cents . The title had already become the store's top digital album by 9am ET, but Amazon's network appears to have ...

  27. Amazon Selling New Lady Gaga Album for 99 Cents -- Today Only

    May 23, 2011 11:17 AM EDT Amazon's MP3 store is selling Lady Gaga's new 14-track album, "Born This Way," for just 99 cents -- today only. Not surprisingly, the title had already become the store's top digital album by 9 a.m. ET. The same album is s ...

  28. Business Matters: Amazon's Motivation for Selling Hit Songs at 69 Cents

    April 29, 2011 4:54 PM EDT Amazon's Motivation for Selling Hit Songs for 69 Cents -- It's not the signal of all-out price war, but Amazon has dropped the price of 204 hit songs to 69 cents. Among the select group of songs are Katy Perry's "E.T.," Je ...

  29. Amazon Apologizes for Server Outage, Offers Credit

    April 29, 2011 2:27 PM EDT Amazon.com Inc. apologized Friday for a data-center outage that brought down major websites including Foursquare and Reddit and offered Web services customers a 10-day credit.0 The company isn't disclosing how much the credit will cost it. Am ...

  30. A Slightly Smaller Cloud: Amazon Says 0.07% of Lost Data Not 'Fully Recoverable'

    April 27, 2011 11:56 AM EDT Amazon says a small amount of data will be lost due to its Web Services outage that began last Thursday . According to a report at The Register , about 0.07% of the EBS storage volumes in the East Region of its Web Services infrastructure are not ...

  31. Amazon.com's Profit Tumbles More Than Expected

    April 26, 2011 8:12 PM EDT Amazon.com said Tuesday that its net income fell 33 percent in the latest quarter, a steeper drop than Wall Street expected as the online retailer poured more money into expanding its operations. While Amazon's profit was a disappointment, it ...

  32. Amazon Betting on Cloud Computing, Sacrificing Some Profit

    April 26, 2011 8:20 AM EDT Amazon.com Inc is thinking long-term when it spends heavily on "the cloud," but investors may see a little more short-term rain when the online retailer reports its earnings on Tuesday. The company has been willing to sacrifice some prof ...

  33. China to Punish Baidu for Illegal Music Search Service

    April 25, 2011 7:37 AM EDT China's Ministry of Culture will punish Baidu Inc for providing illegal music downloads, a move that poses near-term risk to the firm's soaring stock price. Xinhua, China's official news agency, reported on Monday that the governmen ...

  34. Business Matters: ScoreBig $14 Million Funding Shows Investors Still Bullish on Discounting

    April 21, 2011 7:46 PM EDT ScoreBig $14 Million Funding Shows Investors Still Bullish on Discounting -- ScoreBig has raised $14 million in second-round funding led by U.S. Venture Partners. Previous investor Bain Capital also participated in the round. This brings ScoreBig& ...

  35. Baidu to Launch Licensed Music Service in May

    April 06, 2011 7:23 AM EDT Baidu Inc, China's top search engine, will launch a licensed music search service in May, in a move to legitimize its current music search that critics say enables music piracy. Baidu will launch Baidu Ting sometime in May, said Kaiser Kuo, a ...

  36. Music Sales Increase Six Weeks in a Row, First Time Since 2004

    March 31, 2011 8:04 AM EDT Something wonderful is happening in the U.S. Music sales have posted a year-on-year increase for six weeks in a row, according to Nielsen SoundScan. In fact, this is the first time since 2004 that U.S. sales have enjoyed a sales gain of this lengt ...

  37. Existing Clouds: mSpot Responds to Amazon Locker Service With Lowered Pricing

    March 30, 2011 4:14 PM EDT Watching a behemoth like Amazon suddenly muscle into your turf the way music locker service mSpot did this week must be a chilling experience. But the small digital music company responded quickly today by unveiling a new pricing structure designe ...

  38. Amazon's 'Third-Rate,' Unlicensed Cloud Service 'Disappoints' Labels

    March 29, 2011 12:32 PM EDT The biggest question being asked about Amazon's new cloud music service is: "How did it beat Apple and Google to the punch? " The answer to some is: It didn't. To say that Amazon beat Apple and Google is simply unfair, because ...

  39. Illinois 'Amazon Law' Would Raise Online Music Prices

    March 14, 2011 5:58 PM EDT A new law is making its way through the Illinois capital building that would raise prices of Internet purchases. Like similar laws in other states, this hints at the changes that could face digital media as well as physical media sold online. The ...

  40. Business Matters: Amazon Preps Android App Store; 2010 Country Music Sales Better Than Overall Music Sales

    January 06, 2011 12:00 AM EST Amazon Preps Android App Store -- Amazon is prepping an Android app store of its own, TechCrunch reported on Wednesday just as Apple today announced it was launching an app store for its Macintosh computers and iPads. The lure is obvious beyond th ...

  41. Amazon Opens In Italy

    November 24, 2010 12:00 AM EST Amazon.com, which made its first sale to an Italian customer in 1995, has finally opened a separate Amazon.it store. The Italian site launched at midnight on Nov. 22. It does not yet have an Amazon MP3 store, nor has the company signed any agreeme ...

  42. Amazon Brings Black Friday To U.K.

    November 24, 2010 12:00 AM EST Amazon's U.K. store has launched a Black Friday Deals Week promotion in the U.K., although there has been some backlash from consumers in response to the limited quantities on offer. Amazon's importation of the Black Friday concept for N ...

  43. Amazon Introduces MP3 Gifting Feature

    November 19, 2010 12:00 AM EST Just in time for the holidays, Amazon is giving users the ability to give the gift of music. The company's new "MP3 Gifting" feature lets users buy any track in the services digital library and have it sent to anyone by simply enter ...

  44. IFPI Hopeful About Performance Rights In China

    November 18, 2010 12:00 AM EST IFPI chief executive Frances Moore has called for stronger "deterrent penalties" for repeat copyright infringers who are hampering the development of China's music industry. Speaking at a World Intellectual Property Organization (WI ...

  45. Amazon Q3 Profit Jumps 16%

    October 22, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Amazon.com Inc. saw earnings grow in the third quarter as shoppers bought more goods and services, yet costs also rose because the company is having to build new centers to fulfill those orders. Shares fell in extended trading. For the July-Septem ...

  46. Business Matters: Barry Diller, Live Nation, Android, Dr. Dre and more

    October 01, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Opinion and analysis of the day's music news. Diller's Impact On Live Nation Stock Price -- Live Nation’s stock has been surprisingly quiet since news broke that Barry Diller will resign as the company’s chairman. The company’s stock clo ...

  47. Connecticut AG Probes Apple, Amazon Over E-books

    August 03, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal is investigating deals struck by Amazon.com Inc and Apple Inc to offer low prices on electronic books, saying the agreements may block rivals from providing attractive pricing. Earlier this year, Ama ...

  48. Amazon Q2 Profit Jumps 45%, Misses Wall Street

    July 23, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Amazon.com Inc. said that its second-quarter net income jumped, bolstered by shoppers who spent more with the online retailer even as consumer confidence fell overall. But the Seattle-based company's earnings fell below analyst expectations, ...

  49. Is Amazon Overhauling Its Digital Music Store?

    July 14, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Is Amazon planning an overhaul of its digital music store? Possibly, according to a post at TechCrunch , which cites one anonymous source as saying that a relaunch is in the cards for the first quarter of next year. The story says Amazon is asking ...

  50. Clampdown Rumored As China Twitter-style Sites Down

    July 14, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Chinese social networking websites that provide Twitter-like services have suddenly reverted to testing mode and access has been spotty amid reports of a government clampdown. Although Twitter has been banned for more than a year in China, Chinese ...

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