Electronic commerce

  1. Google to Unveil Mobile Payments Thursday: Source

    May 25, 2011 7:35 AM EDT Google Inc will take the wraps off a mobile payment system on Thursday that lets consumers pay at checkout with phones instead of cards, a source said, hoping to beat Visa and others to the punch. The Internet search and advertising leader will wo ...

  2. 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 ...

  3. Business Matters: The Numbers Inside the Latest Lawsuit Against Universal Music Group; Apple's Cloud and Music Publishers

    May 20, 2011 5:52 PM EDT The Numbers Inside The Latest Royalties Lawsuit Against Universal -- More artists have filed a class action lawsuit against Universal Music Group over a dispute about royalty calculations . According to the New York Times, Rob Zombie, White Zombie ...

  4. Business Matters: A Peek Into Live Nation's Ticketing Strategy

    May 19, 2011 8:05 PM EDT A Peek Into Live Nation's Ticketing Strategy -- Live Nation CEO Michael Rapino went into some detail about the company's efforts to improve ticket sales at a JP Morgan conference Wednesday. "The good news is the consumer will come i ...

  5. Early Word on Google's Music Beta: Good But Not Great

    May 12, 2011 3:05 PM EDT Just days after Google's Music Beta debuted , some hands-on reviews are giving the music service mostly good reviews. People liked using the service but often complained about the upload time - an encouraging sentiment for labels that want Go ...

  6. Business Matters: Is Amazon's 69-Cent Song an Act of Price War?

    May 03, 2011 6:23 PM EDT Is Amazon's 69-Cent Song Pricing an Act of Price War? -- Is Amazon really starting an MP3 price war, as some media reports have suggested? No, probably not. Instead, it appears Amazon has other priorities. Last week, Amazon lowered the price ...

  7. Rdio, Amazon Team on Subscription Payments

    April 28, 2011 1:01 PM EDT On-demand streaming music service Rdio is teaming up with Amazon to let new customers pay for the music subscription service via Amazon Payments. This lets anyone with an Amazon account sign up and pay for Rdio via that account, saving them the tr ...

  8. 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 ...

  9. 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 ...

  10. Business Matters: Warner Bidder Looking For New Way to Sell CDs/DVDs

    April 19, 2011 8:10 PM EDT Warner Bidder Looking For New Way to Sell CDs and DVDs -- Private equity firm Gores Group's Alec Gores said he would like to merge Alliance Entertainment Corp. with a Hollywood studio. "There are some great assets and great opportunities ...

  11. Amazon, Labels To Meet For Locker Talks: Sources

    April 13, 2011 8:38 PM EDT Amazon.com Inc is due to meet with music label executives on Thursday to hash out deals over the online retailer's controversial cloud-based media locker service that has sparked a music business uproar. Amazon launched the free digital locke ...

  12. Senate Considering Bill on Consumer Privacy Rights For Internet

    April 13, 2011 7:37 AM EDT A new Senate bill introduced Tuesday would establish a "privacy bill of rights" to set ground rules for companies that collect consumer data, including personal data amassed on the Internet and then mined to target online advertising. Th ...

  13. How Germany Overtook The U.K. To Become Europe's Largest Music Market

    April 11, 2011 2:58 PM EDT Having long played second fiddle to the United Kingdom, Germany now ranks as the largest music market in Europe, according to international music trade body IFPI. The reversal was announced last week with the publication of IFPI's annual &quo ...

  14. Business Matters: Do Teens Really Like Subscriptions Better Than Paid Downloads?

    April 07, 2011 4:45 PM EDT Do Teens Really Like Subscriptions More than Paid Downloads? When perusing the results of a Piper Jaffray survey of U.S. high school students , keep in mind there's a big difference between considering to buying a product and actually parting ...

  15. Hulu on Pace to Top 1 Million Subscribers

    April 05, 2011 11:46 AM EDT Internet video company Hulu is on track to nearly double its revenue to $500 million and bring its subscriber count to more than 1 million this year, its top executive wrote in a blog post on Monday. Hulu Chief Executive Officer Jason Kilar also s ...

  16. Business Matters: New York Times App Gets Poor Post-Paywall Reviews, Jay-Z Launches Lifestyle Website

    April 04, 2011 5:00 PM EDT New York Times App Gets Poor Post-Paywall Reviews -- If Americans are turned off at the idea of paying for good reporting, will they pay for unlimited access to music? It's the question of the moment, and reviewer feedback at the iTunes App S ...

  17. 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 ...

  18. 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 ...

  19. Business Matters: Appreciate Amazon's Cloud Drive For What It Is, Not What It Isn't

    March 29, 2011 6:12 PM EDT Amazon's Cloud Drive is Not a Camel -- Two common themes underlie Tuesday's chatter about the launch of Amazon's Cloud Drive, its cloud-based storage service, and Cloud Player, the music player that's integrated with Cloud Driv ...

  20. Amazon's Director Of Music Talks Cloud Drive: 'We Don't Believe We Need Licenses'

    March 29, 2011 2:02 PM EDT Amazon today launched a new music-locker service called Cloud Drive , sparking a new round of analysis over the potential impact of cloud music services and upsetting a number of major labels in the process. Amazon's director of music Craig P ...

  21. RCRD LBL, Topspin Launch Flash Sale Site RCRD DEALS

    March 18, 2011 4:00 PM EDT Music blog RCRD LBL has partnered with Topspin Media to create RCRD DEALS , a flash sale site that promises "essential music, epic discounts." Here's how it will work: RCRD LBL will use Topspin's direct-to-fan tools to market a ...

  22. 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 ...

  23. Business Matters: Who Will Soon Join Eminem in YouTube Billion-Airs Club?

    February 23, 2011 2:58 PM EST The YouTube Billion-Airs Club: Eminem, Bieber, Gaga and...Rhi Rhi? -- Who will follow Eminem to become the fourth artist to surpass one billion YouTube views? Rihanna, who currently has nearly 986 million YouTube views. Based on her daily average ...

  24. Business Matters: U.S. Retail e-Commerce Up 11% Last Quarter

    February 04, 2011 2:57 PM EST Ecommerce: Increasingly The Real Deal -- U.S. retail ecommerce reached $43.4 billion in the fourth quarter of 2010, according to comScore. That makes for an 11% increase over the fourth quarter of 2009. It was the second time in 2010 a quarter had ...

  25. MIDEM One-on-Ones: Online Ticketing, The Value of Music, Western Acts In Japan

    January 25, 2011 12:00 AM EST Between the music industry panel discussions at this year's MIDEM conference in Cannes, France, Billboard senior editorial analyst Glenn Peoples picks the brains of attendee executives to learn what's happening behind the scenes. Exiting ...

  26. Business Matters: Pandora Way Ahead of CBS Radio & Clear Channel's Internet Radio

    January 20, 2011 12:00 AM EST Pandora Way Ahead Of Terrestrial Radio's Streaming Efforts -- Pandora has a nearly 4-to-1 lead over CBS Radio in terms of unique streams, according to metrics quoted by AdAge. The personalized Internet radio service has over half a million pe ...

  27. Business Matters: Will Amazon Bring Loss Leader Prices to Apps?

    January 18, 2011 12:00 AM EST Will Amazon Make Apps A Loss Leading Product, Too? -- Apps may soon get the same loss leader sale prices at Amazon that digital music has been getting for quite a while. As Business Insider points out, Amazon will have the final says on app prices ...

  28. Study Shows Most Americans Have Paid for Online Content

    December 30, 2010 12:00 AM EST Most Americans have paid for online content in some form, according to a new Pew Internet report -- though they aren't spending very much. According to the report , 65% of Americans have paid for some type of online content. A third of consum ...

  29. Live Nation - SWAGG Partnership Allows Concertgoers To Purchase Merch Gift Cards With Mobile Phone

    December 29, 2010 12:00 AM EST Have you ever been to a concert with a loved one or friend and wished you could text them some cool concert merch? Well, we're not quite there yet, but thanks to a just-announced partnership between Live Nation Merchandise and SWAGG, a mobile ...

  30. Amazon, Ebay, Google Going Local

    December 03, 2010 12:00 AM EST Amazon.com and eBay Inc are investing in local Internet services, jumping aboard the increasingly popular and lucrative business of catering to local shoppers and stores. Amazon, the world's largest online retailer, plans to invest $175 milli ...

  31. Business Matters: WMG, Live Nation Ratings Downgraded

    December 01, 2010 12:00 AM EST Opinion and analysis of the day's music news. WMG, Live Nation Ratings Downgraded -- Both Warner Music Group and Live Nation have recently had their bond ratings downgraded by Standard & Poor’s Ratings Service. In other words, one of the ...

  32. Black Friday Leaves Music Retailers Optimistic For Holiday Season

    November 29, 2010 12:00 AM EST The holiday music sales season is off to a good start, music retails say. Black Friday (Nov. 26) has left many retailers optimistic about their sales prospects for the overall holiday selling season. In its weekly customer e-mail, Rochester, N.Y.- ...

  33. E-commerce Gets A Boost As Online Deals Spread

    November 29, 2010 12:00 AM EST Online retailers could see their best Thanksgiving weekend ever this year, as deep online discounts, once reserved for Cyber Monday, were offered more broadly throughout the weekend. The term Cyber Monday was coined five years ago for the day many ...

  34. U.S. Shoppers Back In Black Friday Binge

    November 26, 2010 12:00 AM EST U.S. shoppers were back in a Black Friday bargain-binging mood, snapping up hoodies and computer laptops at stores, in a turnout that could give the economic recovery more steam. In contrast to the past two years, shoppers said they were buying mo ...

  35. 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 ...

  36. 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 ...

  37. Groupon Promotes Rihanna's 'Loud'

    November 23, 2010 12:00 AM EST We’ve pretty extensively covered the opportunities Groupon offers the music industry in the touring and ticketing space. But as the holiday sales season approaches we’re now starting to see some examples of Groupon being used to sell recorded musi ...

  38. 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 ...

  39. Amazon Japan Launches MP3 Store

    November 12, 2010 12:00 AM EST The Amazon MP3 store has launched in Japan - a market where labels have been holding out on DRM-free music. Japan's iTunes store is still DRM-enabled with Apple's FairPlay DRM system. So far EMI Music Japan is the only major to license i ...

  40. With E-books Still Young, A Hit Novel Reaches 30% Digital Share

    November 09, 2010 12:00 AM EST Sales of John Grisham’s latest book, “The Confession,” have reached a digital mile marker far faster than digital albums. According to an article at the Wall Street Journal , 70,000 of the 230,000 units sold in the first week were e-book sales. Am ...

  41. 10,000 Sign Up To France's Digital Subsidy Scheme

    November 05, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The French government has revealed that music consumers have purchased 10,000 of the state-subsidized music cards for digital services, following the launch on Oct. 28. The "Carte Musique" offers young consumers the chance to get double ...

  42. Taylor Swift Sales Chain By Chain

    November 03, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Music merchants were waiting for a chance to pounce on a proven seller, after a tough year where many albums have not lived up to expectations. In fact, its been two years since they had a million seller in one week, since Lil' Wayne did it b ...

  43. Business Matters: Spotify Says No Truth To Apple Rumor

    October 27, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Opinion and analysis of the day's music news. Spotify: No Truth To Apple Rumor -- Spotify tells Billboard there is no truth in the rumor posted at TechCrunch that Apple is in very early, “on-again, off-again discussions” with the company. “We ...

  44. 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 ...

  45. Peter Gabriel Catalog Available At Retail

    October 05, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The full Peter Gabriel album catalog is now available once again at retail, via EMI Label Services. Many of the artist's studio albums had been unavailable on CD for the last few years, although those albums appear to have been available digi ...

  46. How Consumers React To Different Kinds Of Ads Online

    September 29, 2010 12:00 AM EDT An Advertising Week session on Wednesday morning at the Times Center gave a glimpse at a couple of studies commissioned by AOL about consumers' engagement with online content, including online advertising. Here's a detailed look at one o ...

  47. 4 Strategies To Kickstart The Music Biz

    September 01, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The music industry’s recent challenges are well documented at this point – sales are down, piracy abounds and the business models of tomorrow are still being developed. But, amidst these challenges are new opportunities to develop fresh talent, ne ...

  48. 6 Tips For Effective Tour Marketing

    August 25, 2010 12:00 AM EDT After a challenging summer concert season, one of the perennially bright revenue spots for the music industry—touring—is now limping into the fall season. Here are six strategies that everyone connected to live entertainment should embrace to boos ...

  49. Business Matters: Spotify, Napster, PayPal and more

    August 13, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Napster Co-Founder Invests In Spotify -- Sean Parker, former CEO of Facebook and co-founder of Napster, has invested $ €11.6 million ($US 14.9 million) in Spotify at a valuation of €230 million ($300 million), according to Trade Register of Luxemb ...

  50. Business Matters: MySpace, Grooveshark, Netflix and more

    August 12, 2010 12:00 AM EDT MySpace Redesign -- MySpace users’ home pages are getting a redesign. Some users got the new page on Wednesday but the broader rollout isn’t until Monday, August 16. The new page looks a lot like a Facebook page, with a feed (called a stream) domi ...

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