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  1. North American Amazon.Com Stores Experiencing Performance Issues

    June 29, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Amazon.com's North American stores are not functioning at this hour and there is no word when the stores will return to full operation. The sites allow product searches, but detailed information for music (albums don't list songs) and bo ...

  2. Amazon Outlook Disappoints

    April 23, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Amazon.com Inc forecast lower-than-expected earnings, raising concerns about the online retailer's future margins and sending its shares down about 7%. Like rival eBay Inc, Amazon disappointed investors who had sought greater acceleration in ...

  3. Amazon Blows By Estimates, Sees Strong Q1

    January 29, 2010 12:00 AM EST Amazon.com Inc blew past analysts' profit estimates in its closely watched holiday quarter and forecast revenue for early 2010 that topped already-high Wall Street expectations. The world's largest online retailer has been viewed as a wi ...

  4. Business Matters: Bandcamp, Vodafone, Copyright Policy Analysis and More

    January 26, 2010 12:00 AM EST Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. Follow Billboard senior analyst Glenn Peoples on Twitter at twitter.com/billboardglenn . -- The business models of personalized radio stations sto ...

  5. IFPI Members Lose Second Suit Against Baidu

    January 26, 2010 12:00 AM EST Baidu has welcomed a Chinese court's ruling against three major labels that had accused two of China's top search engines of linking to illegal music downloads. The Beijing No. 1 Intermediate Court found in favor of China's largest ...

  6. Baidu Sues Domain Name Server After Hacker Attack

    January 20, 2010 12:00 AM EST China's top search engine, Baidu Inc, filed a lawsuit against its U.S.-based domain name service provider on Wednesday (Jan. 20) after a cyber attack interrupted its Web services last week. Hackers calling themselves the Iranian Cyber Army br ...

  7. Google Threatens To Quit China

    January 13, 2010 12:00 AM EST Google Inc threatened to quit China, the world's biggest Internet market, warning it would no longer tolerate strict censorship of its Google.cn search engine. The threat by the world's leading Internet search provider may win it praise ...

  8. Baidu To Launch Ad-Funded Online Video Service

    January 06, 2010 12:00 AM EST Leading Chinese Internet search provider Baidu is to establish a new company to provide licensed online video content to Chinese users. In a statement, the Beijing-based firm said it will work closely with content providers to offer copyrighted pr ...

  9. Amazon Denies Plan To Open Bricks-And-Mortar Stores

    December 07, 2009 12:00 AM EST Amazon has denied reports that it has embarked on a "secret search for bricks-and-mortar stores" in the U.K., in what was thought to be a move to pick up on customer demand for "click and collect" services. The original report, ...

  10. Susan Boyle's First-Week U.S. Album Sales Projected At 550K+

    November 24, 2009 12:00 AM EST U.S. music retailers say they are realizing Susan Boyle’s dreams, as her album “I Dreamed A Dream” is blowing up way beyond sales expectations. Label and distribution executives, meanwhile, project that based on early sales returns at the big box ...

  11. Internet Censorship Seen Liable To WTO Challenge

    November 06, 2009 12:00 AM EST Censorship of the Internet is open to challenge at the World Trade Organization as it can restrict trade in services delivered online, a forthcoming study says. A censorship case at the WTO could raise sovereignty issues, given the clear right of ...

  12. Google's China Head To Leave Company: Source

    September 04, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Google's China head Lee Kai-Fu will be leaving the company, a Google source said on Friday, leading to uncertainty about the search giant's plans for the region. "Yes, we can confirm he is leaving us," a company source told Reu ...

  13. Business Matters: The Orchard, Moby, Zune HD, TVT

    August 14, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. -- The Orchard 's Q2 2009 earnings had two things common in the digital world: a deeper loss and higher revenue. As the company's scale ...

  14. Amazon U.K. Pricing Mishap

    June 18, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The U.K. Amazon service, Amazon.co.uk, has confirmed that a "pricing error" resulted in hit albums being sold for just 29p (47 cents). Although Amazon.co.uk has aggressively priced its new MP3 store, with albums as low as £3 ($4.88), the ...

  15. Play.com Named Best Online Retailer

    June 10, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Play.com has won the best online retailer category for the second year running at the U.K.'s third annual Which? Awards, which celebrate the companies and individuals best serving the interests of the consumer. At a ceremony held at London� ...

  16. Play.com Launches Credit, Reward Card

    May 20, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Online retailer Play.com has launched a credit card that doubles up as a reward scheme. The card is provided by banking partner MBNA and the holder be rewarded with two 'PlayPoints' for every £1 ($1.57) they spend at Play.com, while one ...

  17. Japan's Columbia Builds On-Demand CD Service

    April 28, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The on-demand CD printing service by Columbia Music Entertainment, Japan's oldest record label, is picking up steam. The service allows customers to order long out-of-print titles and receive them with new packaging, images and information. H ...

  18. Amazon, Best Buy Execs Join NARM Board

    April 14, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The National Assn. of Recording Merchandisers has named to new directors to its board, Pete Baltaxe from Amazon and Ed Hogan from Best Buy. Baltaxe, Amazon's director of worldwide digital music, replaces Amazon's Peter Faricy who last fa ...

  19. 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 ...

  20. U.K. Consumers Most Satisfied With Play.com

    February 24, 2009 12:00 AM EST Online entertainment retailer Play.com has topped the National Consumer Satisfaction Index (NCSI-U.K.), an online customer survey evaluating goods and services purchased in the U.K. With a score of 87 out of 100, Play.com was the overall leader, b ...

  21. Holiday Sales Boost Amazon.com Results

    January 30, 2009 12:00 AM EST Amazon.com's success over the holiday sales period helped the online retailer achieve strong Q4 results in 2008, with net income up 9% on the previous year to $225 million for the period ending Dec. 31. The 2007 Q4 net income figure was $207 ...

  22. China Closes 91 Web Sites In Crackdown

    January 13, 2009 12:00 AM EST China has shut down 91 Web sites for pornographic and other "vulgar" content, as well as a political blog portal, since announcing its latest bid to ensure Internet morality, state media said. China's ruling Communist Party is wary ...

  23. Biz Briefs: Obama, Trans World, NIN

    January 07, 2009 12:00 AM EST - President-elect Barack Obama selects a lawyer who formerly represented the Recording Industry Association of America in file sharing cases to be the third in command at the Justice Department. [ CNET ] - Trans World Entertainment reports a 14% d ...

  24. U.K. Christmas Sales Up At Amazon, Play

    January 07, 2009 12:00 AM EST Internet retailers Amazon.co.uk and Play.com have both reported strong Christmas trading, led by home entertainment products, particularly sales of DVDs. Both Play.com and Amazon.co.uk reported that the DVD of "Mamma Mia!" was the top se ...

  25. Chinese Net Companies Apologize For Lewd Content

    January 07, 2009 12:00 AM EST Three Chinese Internet operators have apologised for failing to purge "vulgar" content following a government pledge this week to expose and shut down offending Web sites. China on Monday launched a renewed crackdown to stamp out vulgar ...

  26. China Targets Big Web Sites In Internet Crackdown

    January 05, 2009 12:00 AM EST China has launched a crackdown on websites as the country enters a politically sensitive year, with officials accusing search engines including Baidu and Google of spreading pornography and vulgarity. A report on an official news website (www.chin ...

  27. Online Retail Sales Dip

    January 02, 2009 12:00 AM EST If flat is the new up, then the 2008 holiday shopping season was still a disappointment. Consumer online retail spending declined 3 percent this year, according to comScore, which had previously predicted that online shopping would represent a bri ...

  28. Amazon Claims Record Holiday Orders

    December 29, 2008 12:00 AM EST Online retailer Amazon.com Inc reported its best holiday sales season yet, even as sales and traffic at U.S. store chains were the weakest in decades. Analysts have pointed to Amazon as a rare bright spot in this year's holiday shopping seaso ...

  29. Phones Lead U.K. Music Device Market

    November 25, 2008 12:00 AM EST Mobile phones with MP3 capability are outselling traditional CD players five-to-one and are now the most popular music devices in the U.K., according to figures released by the Entertainment Retailers Association (ERA) and compiled by market resea ...

  30. MP3 Logo To Raise U.K. Awareness

    November 04, 2008 12:00 AM EST Key digital music retailers in the U.K. have joined together in support of a new campaign to increase consumer awareness about the MP3 format. The home pages of seven companies -- 7digital.com, Digitalstores.co.uk, HMV.com, Play.com, Tescodigital. ...

  31. EMI Rebuffs Baidu Claims

    October 28, 2008 12:00 AM EDT EMI Music has denied that it has signed on with Beijing-based search engine Baidu’s ad-funded music streaming service that previews new releases. Baidu, which claims a 70% market share in China, announced that it had partnered with EMI for its &qu ...

  32. Baidu Signs Up 80 Labels For Ad-Funded Pre-Release Streaming

    October 27, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Beijing-based search engine Baidu has partnered with 80 labels on an ad-funded music streaming service that previews new releases. Baidu has been embroiled in legal battles with the majors over its music search engine, which provides "deep li ...

  33. Play.com Enters Secondary Ticket Market

    October 16, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Online entertainment retailer Play.com has launched a new secondary ticketing service, Play.com Tickets. The Jersey-based company says the service will guarantee all tickets purchased and no payments will be made to the seller until seven days aft ...

  34. Google Targets Baidu With New Search Service

    August 06, 2008 12:00 AM EDT As expected, Google has launched its free music search service in China, competing with the Baidu MP3 search service, which is the target of several music industry lawsuits. Google's service lets users search for music by Chinese artists by e ...

  35. Digital Briefs: Best Buy, Last.fm, iTunes

    August 05, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - BestBuy.com won exclusive rights to stream the final Police concert, being filmed at Madison Square Garden Aug. 7. - Last.fm launches in Japan. - New data from NPD Group has Apple iTunes as the top music retailer in the country, followed by Wal- ...

  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. Sony BMG, EMI Back Amazon On Demand Option

    May 05, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Sony BMG and EMI Music will reissue out-of-print albums on CD through Amazon.com's on demand publishing subsidiary, CreateSpace, according to a statement. Formerly out-of-print albums now available to Amazon customers include "Hatari Sou ...

  38. 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 ...

  39. Baidu Responds To Lawsuit

    April 11, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Popular Beijing-based search engine Baidu has responded to a copyright-infringement lawsuit filed against it on Feb. 4 by Universal Music, Sony BMG Music Entertainment Hong Kong and Warner Music Hong Kong. The Beijing No. 1 Intermediate People ...

  40. MCSC, R2G Fire Shots At Baidu

    February 28, 2008 12:00 AM EST Beijing-based Web portal Baidu has once again been accused of copyright violation -- this time by authors' group the Music Copyright Society of China (MCSC) and digital music distributor R2G. "Baidu has camouflaged its illegal activities ...

  41. U.K. Downloads To Soar In 2008, Says ERA

    February 19, 2008 12:00 AM EST British consumers will likely spend more than £160 million ($312 million) on digital downloads this year, up by roughly 50% from the previous year, according to new figures published by ERA Digital, a division of the Entertainment Retailers Associ ...

  42. Google To Enter China's Online Music Sector

    February 14, 2008 12:00 AM EST Google plans to enter the online music market in China for the first time, as it steps up its battle with local incumbent Baidu.com Inc, media reported on Thursday. Google is expected to announce a joint venture with Top100.cn, to allow users to l ...

  43. Universal Talks With Google, top100.cn On China Service

    February 06, 2008 12:00 AM EST Universal Music confirms that it is holding talks with Google and Beijing-based music-download service top100.cn to provide music via the Web in China. "Universal has expressed interest in participating in Google and top100.cn's legal mu ...

  44. Borders Eyes MP3 Download Service

    January 16, 2008 12:00 AM EST Borders Group Inc. is eyeing an MP3 music download service. According to a Reuters report , the company plans to relaunch its Web site in the coming months after its alliance with Amazon.com, which has been running Borders' online commerce se ...

  45. 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 ...

  46. Amazon, Pepsi Prep Massive MP3 Promotion

    January 09, 2008 12:00 AM EST Amazon and Pepsi are expected to finally announce their 11-month long promotion in which Pepsi customers can build up points by registering codes on bottle-caps and exchange them for merchandise and downloads from Amazon.com, sources say. The prom ...

  47. China Court Rejects Yahoo China's 'Deep Linking' Appeal

    December 20, 2007 12:00 AM EST The Beijing No. 2 Intermediate People's Court on Dec. 20 rejected an appeal by Yahoo China against an April ruling that found it guilty of copyright violation due to its practice of providing "deep links" to Web sites offering unaut ...

  48. 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 ...

  49. EDiMA Names New Pres

    September 05, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The European Digital Media Association (EDiMA) has a new president. Andrew Cecil, currently head of public policy at Yahoo Europe, has been appointed president, with immediate effect. At the same time, Paloma Castro, director public affairs at eBa ...

  50. Baidu, Rock Records Team For Chinese Music Service

    July 05, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Beijing-based Web portal Baidu and independent Taipei-based label Rock Records are launching an advertising-supported online music streaming service in China. Baidu users will be able to listen to songs from Rock's catalog free of charge whil ...

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