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  1. Sony Music Sales Down 14.5% Last Quarter

    February 03, 2011 6:58 AM EST Sony reported operating income down 5.9 percent in the quarter ending December 31 on a slight drop in sales, as the strong yen and a poor quarter for Sony Pictures and LCD TVs hit earnings. Sales and revenue were down on the same quarter in 2009 t ...

  2. Omnifone & GEMA Announce Germany Deal @ MIDEM For Sony's Qriocity

    January 24, 2011 12:00 AM EST CANNES, France -- Omnifone, a provider of cloud-based music services announced a deal on Sunday, Jan. 23 with German collection society GEMA to license Sony's cloud based music service "Music Unlimited Powered by Qriocity." The new ...

  3. Exclusive MIDEM Video: mSpot CEO Daren Tsui Responds To Cloud Locker Licensing Controversy

    January 23, 2011 12:00 AM EST After being savaged by Sony Music's Thomas Hesse and others during yesterday's MIDEM panel, Digital Music Future - Going Cloud or Getting Cloudy , mSpot CEO Daren Tsui more fully addressed the controversy surrounding his digital locker s ...

  4. Nokia Pulls Plug on Free Music In Most Markets

    January 17, 2011 12:00 AM EST The world's top cellphone maker, Nokia, is ending its bundling of free music downloads with cellphones in 27 countries, where it has gained little traction since its 2008 launch. Nokia will continue to sell phones with 12-month subscription t ...

  5. Nokia To End Free Music Downloads In Most Countries

    January 17, 2011 12:00 AM EST The world's top cellphone maker, Nokia, is ending its bundling of free music downloads with cellphones in 27 countries, where it has gained little traction since its 2008 launch. Nokia will continue to sell phones with 12-month subscription t ...

  6. Nokia To End Free Music Downloads In Most Countries

    January 17, 2011 12:00 AM EST The world's top cellphone maker, Nokia, is ending its bundling of free music downloads with cellphones in 27 countries, where it has gained little traction since its 2008 launch. Nokia will continue to sell phones with 12-month subscription t ...

  7. Sony Lays Off 300 In Pitman Plant Closure

    January 12, 2011 12:00 AM EST Sony DADC announced Tuesday that it's closing its CD manufacturing plant in southern New Jersey and laying off about 300 employees by March 31. Another 50 or so employees could be transferred to nearby jobs with Sony, according to The Glouces ...

  8. Verizon to Begin Selling iPhone Next Month

    January 11, 2011 12:00 AM EST The rumors were true: Verizon Wireless today announced it will begin selling Apple's iPhone, ending rival AT&T's three-year exclusive on the iconic device. Verizon will carry the existing iPhone 4, not some new iPhone model. Pre-orde ...

  9. @CES 2011: Verizon Unveils Smartphones, Tablets & MiFi

    January 07, 2011 12:00 AM EST CES historically is not a big mobile industry conference. But with smartphones having now eliminated the line that once separated mobile phones from consumer electronics devices, mobile operators flocked to the conference this year to tout their n ...

  10. Update: FCC Passes Net Neutrality Rules

    December 21, 2010 12:00 AM EST The Federal Communications Commission Tuesday in Washington D.C. passed new rules that govern how providers treat web traffic. "Today, for the first time, we are adopting rules to preserve basic Internet values," FCC Chairman Julius Gena ...

  11. Peter Maffay Signs 12-Year Label Deal

    December 01, 2010 12:00 AM EST The German singer songwriter Peter Maffay has signed a 12-year contract with the Sony Music label Ariola until 2022. "Out of the long lasting and successful cooperation with Sony Music, a lot of real friendships have developed that are based ...

  12. FCC Proposes Wireless Use Of Broadcast Airwaves

    December 01, 2010 12:00 AM EST U.S. telecommunications regulators proposed freeing up more airwaves for wireless services to meet the expanding use of handheld devices. The Federal Communications Commission voted unanimously on Tuesday (Nov. 30) to seek public comment on propos ...

  13. PlayStation Portable's Streaming Service Close To Launch?

    November 30, 2010 12:00 AM EST Looks like Sony’s promised music streaming service for the PlayStation Portable is nigh. The company last week notified users that a pending update to the device’s software will prepare it for the “Music Unlimited, powered by Qriocity” service. Th ...

  14. Sean Rosenberg Exits Sony

    November 01, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Sony VP of global account management Sean Rosenberg has left the company. An e-mail sent to friends and contacts late Friday announced the move, and a followup e-mail early Monday pointed to his next venture. Rosenberg will assume the position of ...

  15. Shakira’s 'Sale el Sol' Tops Latin Albums Chart

    October 28, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Shakira’s “Sale el Sol” debuts at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Latin Albums chart this week, and also tops charts throughout Latin America. In the artist’s native Colombia, Sony Music is selling her Spanish language set album via an exclusive deal wit ...

  16. Broadcasters Prepared to Show Music Biz the Money

    October 26, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Broadcasters are expected to formally approve Tuesday (Oct. 26) a set of terms that could bring to a close the years-long fight between broadcasters and the music industry over royalty fees for music played on the air. The terms were voted on Mond ...

  17. Nielsen: Teens Send 3339 Text Messages Per Month

    October 15, 2010 12:00 AM EDT That teens are glued to their mobile phones is no surprise. But new data fro Nielsen shows just how tight the connection is. According to the company’s analysis of monthly cell phones bills of more than 60,000 mobile subscribers from April to June ...

  18. Verizon's Plans With Apple

    October 14, 2010 12:00 AM EDT With rumors still swirling that Verizon will at some point begin carrying the iPhone, Apple and Verizon today revealed that the wireless operator will start selling the iPad as of Oct. 28. While some iPads come with wireless connections to the AT& ...

  19. BMI: Ringback Tone Market Declines In 2010

    October 05, 2010 12:00 AM EDT BMI estimates the U.S ringback tone market to be at $181 million for the year ended June 30, 2010. That represents a 7.2% decline from the $195 million (see graph) it calculated for a revised 2009 projection. A ringback is a musical work that play ...

  20. Sony Debuts Online Classical Store Ariama

    October 05, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Just when new ideas in digital downloads seemed to be dead, Sony Music Entertainment debuted a new consumer-oriented classical recorded music store called Ariama on Tuesday. Created to better serve classical consumers, the browser-based store has ...

  21. Study: Awareness, Usage of Apps Still Have A Ways To Go

    September 14, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Awareness and usage of mobile apps still have a long way to go according to a study being released tomorrow from The Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project, in conjunction with data gained from a Nielsen survey. While 35% of U. ...

  22. The New Apple iPod Lineup

    September 01, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Apple CEO Steve Jobs took the stage at its annual media event and introduced a completely new lineup of iPods, revamping every model it has on the market, in what he called “the strongest lineup of iPods we’ve ever had.” The Shuffle gets navigatio ...

  23. Sony Ericsson Sees Big Smartphone Growth In China

    September 01, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Mobile phone maker Sony Ericsson it expects half of all mobile phones sold in China to be smartphones by 2015, as prices for handsets fall amid growing popularity. Sony Ericsson, a joint venture between Sony Corp and Sweden's Ericsson, also a ...

  24. Sony Confirms Cloud-based Music Service

    September 01, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Sony Electronics introduced a new digital music service called Music Unlimited during a presentation at the IFA technology conference in Germany today. The service is part of the company’s new Qriocity (pronounced “curiosity”) entertainment networ ...

  25. NAB, MusicFirst Mull Possible Compromise On Performance Royalties

    August 17, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The consumer electronics industry is getting dragged into the ongoing battle over whether U.S. radio stations should pay a performance rights royalty to labels and artists. The National Association of Broadcasters is circulating among its members ...

  26. EMI Music Onboard With PlayStation 3's VidZone

    August 17, 2010 12:00 AM EDT EMI Music has signed a licensing deal with Sony Computer Entertainment Europe (SCEE) music video streaming service VidZone which is exclusively available to Sony PlayStation 3 users. VidZone users can now access more than 1,000 free music videos f ...

  27. Nokia Pulls Plug On Comes With Music

    August 17, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Nokia's highly criticized Comes With Music effort is no longer, at least in name. The service itself remains, but Nokia is ditching the Comes With Music brand and instead is folding the service into its broader Ovi entertainment services and ...

  28. Overheating iPod Delays Tokyo Rush-Hour Train

    August 16, 2010 12:00 AM EDT An overheating Apple iPod music player forced delays to a busy Tokyo commuter train during the morning rush hour after passengers complained of a strong burning smell, the rail line operator said today (Aug. 16). The train came to a halt for eight ...

  29. Study: 4 Million HD Radios to Hit Marketplace by Year's End

    August 13, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Consumer acceptance of HD Radio may have had a slow start, but that seems to be improving, according to a new study of digital radio by ABI Research. By the end of this year, ABI is forecasting that there will be about 4 million digital radios in ...

  30. Japan Satisfied By Apple Moves On Overheating iPods

    August 12, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Japan's trade ministry said that Apple Inc's Japan unit has satisfied its demands for improved safety notifications about overheating iPod nano portable music players. The ministry in a statement confirmed that the U.S. company, which it ...

  31. DEAG, Sony Germany Launch AC Promoter

    August 10, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Berlin-based promoter and music company DEAG Entertainment has partnered with Sony Music Entertainment Germany on Gold Entertainment, a new music promoter that will focus on folk and adult contemporary acts. Gold Entertainment is a 50-50 partnersh ...

  32. Apple Ordered To Publicize iPod Fix In Japan

    August 06, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Japan's trade ministry has ordered Apple Inc's Japan unit to state on its website that users who are concerned about their iPod nano portable music player catching fire can receive a replacement battery. The ministry ordered Apple to pub ...

  33. Japan Users To Have DoCoMo Option With iPhone 4

    August 06, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Apple Inc's iPhone could get a sales boost from this month as a Japanese wireless services provider plans to launch a service enabling users to use iPhone 4 on NTT DoCoMo's network. DoCoMo's smaller rival Softbank Corp is currently ...

  34. Sharp Plans To Launch 3D Smartphone This Year

    August 04, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Sharp Corp plans to take on Apple's iPhone by the end of the year, with the international launch of a smartphone featuring a 3D panel that can be viewed without special glasses. The new phone will also likely have a 3D capable camera, the spo ...

  35. Report: Mobile Video Advertising Set to Take Off

    August 03, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Back in 2005, the measurement firm M: Metrics (now owned by comScore) estimated that just 1 percent of mobile phone users had watched any form of mobile video—around 2 million people. Needless to say, the ad market for mobile video was virtually n ...

  36. Apple's White iPhone 4 Delayed, In Latest Headache

    July 23, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Customers will not be able to get their hands on Apple Inc's white iPhone 4 until later this year, the company said on Friday (July 23), conceding that making the model has proven surprisingly difficult. Apple, in a brief statement, said that ...

  37. Nokia Declines Comment On Board Support For CEO

    July 22, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Nokia declined comment on Thursday (July 22) when asked if embattled chief executive Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo still enjoys the support of the board. "Nokia's official comment is that we never comment on any market rumors or speculation," ...

  38. FCC Report: Broadband Access Lacking

    July 20, 2010 12:00 AM EDT A new study from the Federal Communications Commission found that between 14 and 24 million Americans lack access to broadband and aren't about to get access any time soon. The study released Tuesday (July 20) was conducted in response to a C ...

  39. Nokia On The Prowl For New CEO: WSJ

    July 20, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Nokia has begun looking for candidates to replace chief executive Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo, who has struggled to keep up with nimbler rivals Apple Inc and Google Inc, the Wall Street Journal reported. Kallasvuo may be ousted as early as the end of Jul ...

  40. Smartphones Boost Sony Ericsson Q2

    July 16, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Mobile phone maker Sony Ericsson posted a second consecutive quarterly profit on Friday (July 16) as sales of more expensive smartphones ramped up but it stuck to its view of only slight market growth this year. After a dismal 2009, when consumers ...

  41. Apple To Hold iPhone Press Conference Friday

    July 15, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Apple Inc has called a surprise press conference for Friday (July 15) to talk about the iPhone 4, as the company continues to deal with fallout from reported reception problems on its popular smartphone. Apple spokesman Steve Dowling said the comp ...

  42. Report: Cloud Streaming Unlikely To Spur Multiple Device Use

    July 09, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The promise of the much-heralded “cloud” music model is the ability for users to access their music anywhere, from any device. But a new report from Forrester Research pokes holes in that selling point, noting that most music fans tend to stick wi ...

  43. Business Matters: Guvera, Google, EMI, Pitchfork and more

    July 08, 2010 12:00 AM EDT GUVERA, THE ORCHARD INK DEAL -- Ad-supported download site Guvera has inked a licensing deal with The Orchard , giving the startup a much-needed boost in its catalog. Currently, the Guvera website has a note about its catalog: “What you can't ...

  44. Business Matters: Sony, Jonas Bros, 'Idol,' HMV and more

    July 06, 2010 12:00 AM EDT A LOOK AT SONY'S STRATEGY, REVENUE AND PROFIT -- The 360 deal is on a publicity tour. A week after Fast Company highlighted Warner Music Group ’s adaptation to a changed music industry through multi-rights deals, the New York Times does the s ...

  45. Consumers Sue Apple Over iPhone Antenna Problems

    July 02, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Apple Inc has been sued by iPhone customers in at least three complaints related to antenna problems on its newest model. Apple launched the iPhone 4 last week to a huge groundswell of demand. But the launch was also plagued by complaints from som ...

  46. Will Verizon Soon Be Selling The iPhone?

    June 30, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The will-they-or-won’t-they dance between Apple and Verizon Wireless continues with renewed speculation that the mobile operator will soon begin selling the popular iPhone. This time, the reports come from Bloomberg , which cites unnamed sources & ...

  47. Apple Boasts 1.7 Million iPhone 4 Sales

    June 29, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Apple Inc had sold 1.7 million units of the iPhone 4 worldwide by Saturday, June 26, its most successful product launch yet, the company said. Sales of the touchscreen smartphone, which competes with devices from Nokia, Research In Motion, and Mot ...

  48. VIDEOS: iPhone 4 Reception Problems?

    June 24, 2010 12:00 AM EDT First day sales will be staggering from the looks of the lines at Apple stores worldwide , but there's already a big complaint bubbling up on the Web about the iPhone 4. So far, the main issue is that reception drops for some users when the l ...

  49. Sony CEO's $4.5 Million Pay Stirs Shareholders

    June 18, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Sony Corp CEO Howard Stringer took home $4.5 million plus stock options in the past financial year -- when the electronics giant lost close to $450 million -- making him one of the highest paid executives at a Japanese company. The size of the Wel ...

  50. Nokia Warns On Key Phone Unit

    June 17, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Nokia warned that profitability at its key phones unit would be weaker than expected this quarter and in 2010 as it struggles to compete against high-end rivals like Apple. "Investors are worried about Nokia's long-term market position. ...

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