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  1. IFPI Germany Hits 5,000 Illegal Downloaders Per Month

    June 15, 2007 12:00 AM EDT In a nationwide crackdown on illegal music downloading, the German arm of IFPI claims to have taken criminal action against an astonishing 25,000 people in the past five months. From January through May this year the record industry body says it h ...

  2. EMI Inks New DRM-Free Deal

    June 13, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The EMI DRM-free train continues to roll, with PassAlong Networks becoming the latest digital music service to license the premium download offer. The deal enables all services using PassAlong's technology to offer the full EMI catalog at a h ...

  3. HMV Strengthens U.K. Content Team

    June 11, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Retail giant HMV U.K. and Ireland has promoted John Mitchell to E-commerce content controller, with immediate effect. John will be tasked with overseeing the music content team and the cross-site merchandising on the hmv.co.uk Web site, and act as ...

  4. Knitting Factory Ramps Up Digital Offerings

    May 29, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Knitting Factory Entertainment is ramping up is digital offerings. The company is launching a SMS text message ticketing system tomorrow, allowing consumers to purchase tickets to shows directly from their mobile devices. The service is powered by ...

  5. It's 'Digital First' For One Little Indian

    May 23, 2007 12:00 AM EDT San Francisco-based indie One Little Indian has launched a new online marketing division dubbed Digital First, in which albums will receive a heavy online marketing push before being released to physical retailers. Digital First releases will be s ...

  6. Berkowitz Named EMI N.A. Digital Senior VP

    May 22, 2007 12:00 AM EDT EMI Music North America has named Lauren Berkowitz as its new senior VP of digital for the North American region. She reports to EMI North American head Roger Ames and Barney Wragg, global head of digital. Berkowitz comes to EMI from Sony ATV Musi ...

  7. Aftermath, Interscope Sued Over Eminem Royalties

    May 21, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The Bass Brothers' FBT Productions and Joel Martin's Em2M filed a lawsuit Monday (May 21) against Aftermath Records, Interscope Records and others over the split of digital royalties due for Eminem's recordings. The suit claims that ...

  8. Police Shut Down Allofmp3.com Voucher Site

    May 21, 2007 12:00 AM EDT U.K. police have raided and shut down an online voucher system allegedly used by Russian Web site allofmp3.com. The system was an apparent attempt by the operators of the site to set up a way to charge consumers for music downloads after online pa ...

  9. Execs Discuss Amazon Store Details, DRM Challenges

    May 16, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Now that Amazon.com has confirmed it is developing an MP3 download store and has signed up EMI as its first major label partner, questions will now begin to swirl about launch timing and specifics of the new service. Amazon confirms that the store ...

  10. NARM Coverage: New Laws Threaten Used CD Market

    May 01, 2007 12:00 AM EDT New legislation aimed at curbing the sale of stolen goods could threaten the growing used CD marketplace in a number of states. The National Assn. of Recording Merchandisers outside counsel, John Mitchell, an attorney with Washington, D.C.-based I ...

  11. NARM Coverage: Opening Address

    May 01, 2007 12:00 AM EDT While music retailers continues to face what National Assn. of Recording Merchandisers president Jim Donio termed "seismic shifts in our business," the April 30-May 2 convention convened with music merchants and label partners resolved t ...

  12. NARM Coverage: Are Digital Music Service Discouraging Music Sales?

    April 30, 2007 12:00 AM EDT NPD analyst Russ Crupnick presented the results of a new focus group to NARM attendees that suggests various digital music service may actually be discouraging music sales. "Consumers are a little bit overwhelmed, and it's starting to in ...

  13. Nettwerk CEO: Drop DRM, Market Will Expand

    April 25, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Nettwerk Music Group head honcho Terry McBride gave the keynote speech at the Digital Summit in Nashville yesterday, reiterating his theme of giving control of music distribution to the fans. Music Row has a summary of the speech, which contains t ...

  14. Flycell Inks Deal With UMG, Launches New Mobile Store

    April 19, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music Group has licensed content to mobile content company Flycell, which just launched a new digital entertainment wireless application protocol (WAP) storefront. As an open standard similar to HTML, the WAP store can be access from any ...

  15. Amazon Launches Indie Promo Campaign

    April 18, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Online retailer Amazon.com has launched a massive indie music promotion in which approximately 150 titles will be sold for $9.99 for a limited time. As part of the "Go Indie" sales, Amazon has launched a mini-site that links off of its i ...

  16. Lyman To Keynote Billboard Mobile Conference

    March 13, 2007 12:00 AM EDT At Billboard's upcoming Mobile Entertainment Live! conference March 26, Warped Tour founder Kevin Lyman will be the featured keynote speaker in an exclusive Fireside Chat interview. So what is the founder of the Warped Tour doing at a mobile ...

  17. U.K.'s Virgin Retail To Revamp Website

    February 26, 2007 12:00 AM EST Giant U.K. music and entertainment merchant Virgin Retail is to undergo a "complete revamp" of its online offering. The new Virgin Retail Web site at virginmegastores.co.uk will be developed with "simplicity" and "usabilit ...

  18. Norah Jones Sets Amazon.com Record

    January 30, 2007 12:00 AM EST Norah Jones' third album, "Not Too Late," had the largest pre-order in Amazon.com's history, according to the online retailer. While Amazon didn't specify how many copies were ordered, sources say that the figure is in the ...

  19. Nielsen SoundScan Releases Year-End Sales Data

    January 04, 2007 12:00 AM EST While overall album sales dipped 5% to 588.1 million units in 2006, the combined total with digital tracks reached nearly 1.2 billion units, a 20.8 increase from last year's 1 billion units of various music configurations ( For a breakdown of ...

  20. Consumers Downloading More Sheet Music

    December 08, 2006 12:00 AM EST Musicnotes, which offers sheet music to purchase online, reported a 48% year-over-year increase in digital sheet music sales during the first two weeks following Thanksgiving. Sales of digital sheet music, now the majority of the Madison, Wisc.-ba ...

  21. RIAJ Reports Q3 Download Gains

    November 28, 2006 12:00 AM EST PC, mobile delivery soars in July-Sept quarter. PC-based music downloads in Japan increased by 144% in volume terms to 5.7 million units in the July-September quarter compared to the third quarter of 2005, according to data released Nov. 28 by lab ...

  22. Indie Labels Look To Post-Tower World

    November 11, 2006 12:00 AM EST Labels rethinking marketing, staffing in wake of chain's closure. With independent labels slowing down their releases for the fourth quarter, the long-term effects of Tower Records' closing may not be realized for a while in the indie re ...

  23. EMI's Levy Crowns Consumer As King

    October 27, 2006 12:00 AM EDT On today's digital-entertainment superhighway, the consumer is in the driving seat, dictating how far an artist can go. On today's digital-entertainment superhighway, the consumer is in the driving seat, dictating how far an artist can g ...

  24. Court Orders ISP To Block Access To Allofmp3.com

    October 26, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Site allegedly sells unlicensed music. A Danish court has ordered Internet provider Tele2 to block its subscribers' access to the Russian Web site allofmp3.com, which allegedly sells unlicensed music. The decision in a case filed by IFPI Denm ...

  25. Court Orders ISP To Block Access To Allofmp3.com

    October 26, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Site allegedly sells unlicensed music. A Danish court has ordered Internet provider Tele2 to block its subscribers' access to the Russian Web site allofmp3.com, which allegedly sells unlicensed music. The decision in a case filed by IFPI Denm ...

  26. New Startxt Mobile Service Shines For Indie Labels

    October 26, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Service allows indies to handle mobile services. Service allows indies to handle mobile services. News ...

  27. New Startxt Mobile Service Shines For Indie Labels

    October 26, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Service allows indies to handle mobile services. Startxt Label, a new Web-based technology designed for helping small independent labels launch direct-to-consumer mobile-music services, goes live today (Oct. 26). It is an offshoot of a generic pla ...

  28. Amazon Launches Movie Download Service

    September 08, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Amazon.com on Thursday (Sept. 7) unveiled a widely anticipated Internet service offering movies and TV shows that can be downloaded to personal computers, moving it into a nascent and higher-margin bu Amazon.com on Thursday (Sept. 7) unveiled a wi ...

  29. Amazon Launches Movie Download Service

    September 08, 2006 12:00 AM EDT 'Unbox' went live Sept. 7. Amazon.com on Thursday (Sept. 7) unveiled a widely anticipated Internet service offering movies and TV shows that can be downloaded to personal computers, moving it into a nascent and higher-margin business. Th ...

  30. NARM News: Warning From Top Research Firm

    August 04, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Physical goods buisness, kiosks and more. Retailers must look to a mix of new product innovations and more aggressive consumer marketing strategies to counteract a slumping physical goods business, according to a new study from research firm NPD. ...

  31. Who Purchases Tickets Online

    July 24, 2006 12:00 AM EDT More than one-third of online consumers purchased an event ticket online in the past year. Gender has little influence on who purchased tickets, but consumers younger than 35 are more likely to purcha More than one-third of online consumers purcha ...

  32. Who Purchases Tickets Online

    July 10, 2006 12:00 AM EDT More than one-third of online consumers purchased an event ticket online in the past year. Gender has little influence on who purchased tickets, but consumers younger than 35 are more likely to purcha More than one-third of online consumers purcha ...

  33. Tower Records Preps Download Store

    June 23, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Site to launch June 27. Tower Records is adding a digital download store to its retail offerings, with the launch of tower.com/digital on Tuesday June 27. The store will offer 1.2 million tracks, all encrypted with Windows Media Audio at a higher ...

  34. Tower Records Preps Download Store

    June 23, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Tower Records is adding a digital download store to its retail offerings, with the launch of tower.com/digital on Tuesday June 27. Tower Records is adding a digital download store to its retail offerings, with the launch of tower.com/digital on Tu ...

  35. France's SNEP Adopts Digital Sales Reporting Tool

    June 16, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Tracks online, mobile sales in real time. Tracks online, mobile sales in real time. News ...

  36. Amazon Japan Launches Indie Delivery Service

    June 13, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Rights holders can sell CDs, videos, DVDs. Digital retailer Amazon Japan June 12 unveiled the start of its "E-taku Hanbai Service" (E-Delivery Service), which offers artists, producers and labels the means of promoting and selling their ...

  37. EMI, PayPal Partner In U.K. For Text-To-Buy CDs

    June 07, 2006 12:00 AM EDT EMI has forged a partnership to trial a mobile shopping system with online payment specialist PayPal, a unit of Internet auction giant eBay. EMI has forged a partnership to trial a mobile shopping system with online payment specialist PayPal, a un ...

  38. EMI, PayPal Partner In U.K. For Text-To-Buy CDs

    June 07, 2006 12:00 AM EDT EMI has forged a partnership to trial a mobile shopping system with online payment specialist PayPal, a unit of Internet auction giant eBay. EMI has forged a partnership to trial a mobile shopping system with online payment specialist PayPal, a un ...

  39. WHITE PAPER: Who Purchases Tickets Online

    June 01, 2006 12:00 AM EDT More than one-third of online consumers purchased an event ticket online in the past year. Gender has little influence on who purchased tickets, but consumers younger than 35 are more likely to purcha More than one-third of online consumers purcha ...

  40. HMV Warns Of Tough Times Ahead

    May 09, 2006 12:00 AM EDT HMV Group plc is predicting a slump in profits of up to £36 million ($67 million) for the year ended April 29, 2006. The music retail giant issued a pre-close statement today (May 9), ahead of th HMV Group plc is predicting a slump in pro ...

  41. HMV Warns Of Tough Times Ahead

    May 09, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Analysts say figures 'worse than expected.' HMV Group plc is predicting a slump in profits of up to £36 million ($67 million) for the year ended April 29, 2006. The music retail giant issued a pre-close statement today (May 9), ahead of ...

  42. Verizon Extends Shakira Partnership

    April 28, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Mobile tickets, video invites to boost sales. Mobile tickets, video invites to boost sales. News ...

  43. Who Purchases Tickets Online?

    April 14, 2006 12:00 AM EDT More than one-third of online consumers purchased an event ticket online in the past year. Gender has little influence on who purchased tickets, but consumers younger than 35 are more likely to purcha More than one-third of online consumers purcha ...

  44. UMG Readies New Short Messaging Service

    April 13, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Scheduled to launch in May. Universal Music Group plans to sell ringtones and other mobile music products via a new premium short-message service (SMS) starting next month. Rio Caraeff VP/GM for Universal Music Mobile says the offering will allow ...

  45. Retail Track

    March 27, 2006 12:00 AM EST Even as consumers switch to digital music and physical sales decline, a study finds that physical product is still important to shoppers. The study shows that even teenagers increased their purchases Even as consumers switch to digital music and p ...

  46. Retail Track

    March 27, 2006 12:00 AM EST Even as consumers switch to digital music and physical sales decline, a study finds that physical product is still important to shoppers. The study shows that even teenagers increased their purchases Even as consumers switch to digital music and p ...

  47. Retail Track

    March 27, 2006 12:00 AM EST Even as consumers switch to digital music and physical sales decline, a study finds that physical product is still important to shoppers. The study shows that even teenagers increased their purchases Even as consumers switch to digital music and p ...

  48. Analyst: Web Sales To Hit $10.7 billion In 2010

    March 16, 2006 12:00 AM EST Also expects digital to outpace physical by 2007. Research and analyst firm In-Stat predicts online music sales will grow from $1.5 billion in 2005 to $10.7 billion in 2010 worldwide. The prediction includes digital downloads, subscriptions and ph ...

  49. Sprint's Wireless Music Service Makes Gains

    March 08, 2006 12:00 AM EST Recently averaging 250,000 songs per week. Sprint’s full-song wireless music download service seems to be getting some momentum, recently reporting a weekly download average of 250,000 songs. According to financial analyst Rich Greenfield of Pali ...

  50. Download Giant Arrives In China

    February 17, 2006 12:00 AM EST Beijing-based digital entertainment network services company Orca Digital launched on Wednesday (Feb. 15) what it claims to be mainland China's biggest legitimate digital music store. Orca Digital is Beijing-based digital entertainment networ ...

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