Electronic engineering

  1. Fernandez, Sony Agree To Shelve 'Diferente'

    September 23, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Alejandro Fernandez and his former label, Sony Music Mexico, have reached an agreement by which an album of unreleased songs Fernandez recorded while under contract with Sony won't be released. Sony had planned to release the songs as an albu ...

  2. Pre Helps Palm Narrow Loss, Unveils Share Sale

    September 18, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Robust sales of the Pre smartphone helped Palm Inc post a smaller-than-expected loss, but a tepid second-quarter sales forecast and a plan to sell more shares helped snuff out a rally and sent its shares down nearly 2% on Thursday. Palm, which has ...

  3. Business Matters: Zune HD, Michael Robertson, EMI, RIAJ

    September 15, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. -- U.K., shadow culture secretary Jeremy Hunt criticized Lord Mandelson's plans to step up anti-piracy measures. "Do we really want to p ...

  4. Morgan Stanley Raises RadioShack To Overweight

    September 10, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Morgan Stanley upgraded RadioShack Corp to "overweight" for the first time in six years, and said the electronics retailer's moves to revamp business should show results. The company -- which has about 4,450 company-operated stores, ...

  5. Sony Mexico 'Disappointed' By Police Raid

    September 07, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Sony Music says it is "surprised and disappointed" by a prosecutor's raid that seized thousands of discs from its Mexico City offices as part of a legal dispute with ranchera singer Alejandro Fernandez. Sony Music Entertainment Mexi ...

  6. Authorities Seize Alejandro Fernandez Recordings From Sony Music Mexico

    September 04, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The management office of Mexican singer Alejandro Fernández confirmed that Mexico’s Federal Public Ministry conducted a search of Sony Music’s Mexico offices and seized albums, master recordings and cover art of Fernández. The search and seizure w ...

  7. Billboard.biz Q&A: General Partner For VC Firm Norwest Venture Partners, Bob Abbott

    September 04, 2009 12:00 AM EDT As general partner for venture capital firm Norwest Venture Partners, Bob Abbott keeps a close eye on the intersection of technology and entertainment. Mobile is one area that has caused many VCs no small degree of grief, thanks to slim margins an ...

  8. Latin Briefs: T-Mobile, America Movil, Nokia's Ovi

    September 02, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- T-Mobile's Sidekick is sponsoring concerts by Kinky and Jesse & Joy as part of its "Grammy Celebration" tour. The two groups will play Houston's Warehouse Live Ballroom on Sept. 26 and New York City's Webster Hall o ...

  9. Nokia To Delay U.S. Music Service Launch: Report

    September 01, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Nokia has delayed to next year the launch of its music service in the United States, the world's largest music market, Forbes magazine reported online on Monday, quoting a Nokia spokeswoman. When the world's top cellphone maker Nokia lau ...

  10. BandIt.fm Goes 'Live' Down Under

    August 26, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Sony Music Australia's BandIt.fm online music offering is going "live." A new function launched today (Aug. 26) on the digital portal which permits artists to upload and sell their recordings straight from the mixing desk, with roya ...

  11. Comscore Ranks Sony Music Web Properties At No. 10

    August 25, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Sony Music Entertainment's Web properties now rank at No. 10 among worldwide online music destinations, according to from Web traffic monitoring firm Comscore. In June of this year, the combined network of artist Web sites collectively gained ...

  12. Briefs: Cablevision, 'Free,' Zune HD

    August 03, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- The Financial Times believes Cablevision's spin-off of Madison Square Garden Entertainment may lead to greater consolidation in the live events business and Pali's Richard Greenfield believes AEG may have interest in acquiring MSG. MS ...

  13. Briefs: Polyphonic, FlyCast, WMG, Jack White

    July 23, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- David Pakman, former CEO/COO of eMusic and now a partner with venture capital fund Venrock, on the Polyphonic article in yesterday's NY Times. After discussing some scenarios for return on investment, which are low by most VC standards, Pa ...

  14. Los Tigres del Norte Re-Up With Fonovisa

    July 01, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Los Tigres del Norte have renewed their contract with Fonovisa Records in advance of the release of their next album, "La Granja," due Sept. 8. The title track, written by Teodoro Bello, just went to radio as the first single off the alb ...

  15. TDC Play Wins Mobile Award

    June 24, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Unlimited music service TDC Play won the Mobile Entertainment Forum (MEF) honor for best music service at the global mobile trade body's 'Meffys' awards ceremony. TDC Play, which is available in Denmark, is powered by European mobil ...

  16. Nokia Signs With Germany's GEMA

    June 19, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Mobile handset manufacturer Nokia has concluded a Europe-wide licensing agreement with the German collecting society GEMA in Munich for its unlimited Comes With Music service. The agreement grants Comes With Music the right to use the GEMA reperto ...

  17. Austria Gets Unlimited Sony Ericsson Service

    June 09, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Sony Ericsson's unlimited music download service PlayNow Plus has launched in Austria. The service, powered by London-based Omnifone, is available on pre-licensed Sony Ericsson handsets in partnership with mobile network Orange, beginning wit ...

  18. Briefs: Sotomayor, Ticketmaster, Eminem, Zune HD

    May 29, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- More on the copyright decisions of Judge Sotomayor , President Obama 's choice for the soon-to-be-vacant seat on the Supreme Court. An example: "Congress's provision allowing for a greater award where willful infringements are fo ...

  19. Digital Briefs: Pandora, MTV Games, Project Playlist

    May 21, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- As part of their effort to turn a profit by next year , Pandora has introduced a premium service tier called Pandora One , which charges users $36 a year in return for an ad-free experience. This includes a specialized desktop Pandora music pla ...

  20. Sony Corp Reports Loss

    May 14, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Sony Corp reported a second straight quarterly loss hurt by a firmer yen, sluggish sales and restructuring costs, and it projected another year of red ink during which it will close eight factories worldwide. Consumer electronics makers around the ...

  21. Ericsson Says Sony Logical Buyer For SE Stake: Report

    May 07, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Ericsson chief executive Carl-Henric Svanberg said partner Sony would be a "logical buyer" for Ericsson's half of handset making joint venture Sony Ericsson, the Financial Times reported on Thursday (May 7). Steep losses from the ve ...

  22. Sony Music Entertainment To Bulk Up Artist Web Sites

    May 05, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Sony Music Entertainment is bulking up the content available on its artists' Web sites, adding on-demand streaming and lyrics. The on-demand streaming allows fans to stream any song from the entire roster of any participating Sony artist, as ...

  23. Digital Briefs: Pirate Bay, Sony Music, Variable Pricing

    May 04, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- Prosecutors in Italy are mulling charges against the same four Pirate Bay administrators that a Swedish court recently found guilty of copyright infringement. The Italian government briefly required ISPs in the country to block the Pirate Bay l ...

  24. Ericsson Q1 Core Profit Weak

    April 30, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Swedish telecom gear maker Ericsson posted weaker-than-expected underlying earnings, hit by a slumping global mobile phone market and cutbacks in investments by operators. The world's top mobile equipment maker, however, took a more optimisti ...

  25. Update: Apple, Verizon In iPhone Talks

    April 27, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Apple is discussing the possibility of bringing the iPhone to the nation's largest wireless operator, Verizon Wireless, according to USA Today . Negotiations are underway and if fruitful will lead to the device being available to Verizon user ...

  26. Los Tigres del Norte Onboard With Verizon

    April 23, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Verizon announced its first national partnership with a regional Mexican band, Los Tigres del Norte, at the Billboard Latin Music Conference. Flanked by Jorge and Hernan Hernández, founding members of the iconic norteño group, Ed Ruth, director of ...

  27. Comes With Music U.K. Sales Figure Claim

    April 22, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Nokia has declined to confirm a claim that U.K. sales of its Comes With Music unlimited offering have only reached 23,000. The figure emerged as Nokia rolls out the service in Sweden and Germany. The claim was made by digital music consultancy Mus ...

  28. Music Web site MUZU Signs Universal Deal

    April 21, 2009 12:00 AM EDT MUZU.TV, an Irish-based video Web site which has won plaudits from the music industry for the way it pays artists when their music is played online, has signed a deal with the world's largest label Universal. MUZU.TV, which has also signed de ...

  29. Report Spotlights Country Radio Listener Habits

    April 17, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Country Radio Broadcasters and Edison Research have released their 2009 study of U.S. country listeners that was originally presented on March 6 at the Country Radio Seminar. Edison conducted over 13,000 online interviews between January 30 and Ma ...

  30. Nokia Says Handset Market To Fall More

    April 17, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The struggling cellphone market has not yet touched bottom, the chief financial officer of top mobile phone maker Nokia was quoted as saying on Friday. "We don't believe that the mobile phone markets have touched the bottom of this reces ...

  31. Bushfire Benefit CD Sells Over 100,000

    April 17, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Sony Music Australia's bushfire-aid CD release has raised more than $1.6 million Australian ($1.15 million) after selling more than 100,000 units in the two months since its release, Billboard.biz has learned. Bruce Springsteen, Billy Joel, M ...

  32. Sony Ericsson Posts Heavy Q1 Loss

    April 17, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Mobile phone maker Sony Ericsson said on Friday it plans to cut one in five jobs this year in its battle to return to profit as a sluggish market brought a hefty first-quarter loss, as expected. The world no.4 handset manufacturer, owned by Sweden ...

  33. Personal Launches 'Plan Musica'

    April 15, 2009 12:00 AM EDT On the heels of launching its over-the-air full-track store , Argentine wireless carrier Personal has created a flat-rate music plan to introduce the Nokia 5800 Xpress handset into the market. Personal’s “Plan Musica” includes 200 text messages, 2 ...

  34. Former EMI Australia Exec David Snell Dies

    April 15, 2009 12:00 AM EDT David Snell, former managing director of EMI Music Australia and chairman of EMI Australasia, has passed away after a 16-month fight with pancreatic cancer at the age of 72. The executive took the reigns of EMI's Australian affiliate in 1986 ...

  35. AT&T In Talks To Extend iPhone Deal: Report

    April 15, 2009 12:00 AM EDT AT&T Inc is in talks with Apple Inc to extend its exclusive U.S. agreement to sell the iPhone from 2010 to 2011, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal. AT&T Chief Executive Randall Stephenson said in an interview that he plans t ...

  36. Sony Music Launches Touring Division Down Under

    April 08, 2009 12:00 AM EDT While the live return of Simon and Garfunkel rightly hogged the headlines in recent days, Sony Music Entertainment's Australian affiliate quietly launched one of the engines that will drive the tour. Sony Music Entertainment Australia has unv ...

  37. Nokia's Comes With Music Reaches Italy, Sweden

    April 01, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Nokia's unlimited music offering Comes With Music has launched in Italy and will be rolling out in Sweden this week. The service debuted in the U.K. last October, followed by launches in Australia and Singapore earlier this year. Italy is the ...

  38. BMI Unveils Mobile Music Predictions

    March 30, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Performing rights group BMI has released 2009 sales predictions for the mobile music market. The organization predicts ringback tones will amass more than $235 million in U.S. sales by the end of the year, representing 15% growth over the $205 mil ...

  39. Sony Ericsson Warning Stuns Ailing Mobile Sector

    March 20, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Sony Ericsson sparked fresh fear of crumbling consumer demand on Friday (March 20) when the world's No 4 handset maker said it would sell barely half of the phones it sold last quarter. Shares across the wireless sector dropped sharply on the ...

  40. Argentina's Personal Launches Full-Track Store

    March 18, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Argentine wireless carrier Personal has begun selling full-track downloads through its digital store, Personal Musica. The store is available via mobile phone and online at personalmusica.com , and offers dual delivery of the same track to the pho ...

  41. Sirius XM To Roll Out iPhone App In Q2

    March 13, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Sirius XM Radio Inc looks to expand the reach of its satellite radio service with the second-quarter launch of an iPhone application as it explores a potential marketing partnership with satellite TV provider DirecTV Group. The company, which had ...

  42. Nokia Continues Music Push

    March 11, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Nokia is continuing its push to establish itself as a major player in the mobile music market with an expansion of its Comes With Music service to new countries and the introduction of several new music phones. Comes With Music - a service under w ...

  43. Music & Money: The Future Music Revenue Driver

    March 05, 2009 12:00 AM EST The music business may be fighting for its life but the growing mobile component could become the industry's revenue driver as application software technology is embraced by mobile phone users, according to panelists at the Billboard Music &a ...

  44. Nokia Halts Xpress Music Phone Sales

    March 02, 2009 12:00 AM EST Nokia over the weekend halted sales of its much-heralded Xpress Music phone just days after its Feb. 26 debut, citing technical glitches plaguing the device. Most notably, the devices were unable to connect to AT&T's 3G network, which is ...

  45. Consultant Spills On Warner Music's ISP Plan

    February 27, 2009 12:00 AM EST A few more details about Warner Music Group’s proposal to issue blanket music licenses to ISPs trickled out at the Digital Music Forum East conference this week, where industry consultant Jim Griffin—the man behind the plan—was a featured speaker. ...

  46. Sony Music Latin Adds To Promotion Team

    February 25, 2009 12:00 AM EST Sony Music U.S. Latin has appointed Karina Puente and Manuel Prado as national promotions directors. The two will oversee Sony's promotional efforts in pop, urban and regional Mexican formats. Puente will be based out of Texas and will overse ...

  47. Bushfire Relief Compilation Scores Huge Sales

    February 23, 2009 12:00 AM EST Sony Music Australia's bushfire relief compilation was the biggest-selling album in the country last week, raising more than $300,000 Australian ($195,000) for victims of Victoria's destructive bushfires, Billboard.biz can reveal. Bruce ...

  48. Sony Ericsson Unveils New Mobile Phone Strategy

    February 17, 2009 12:00 AM EST Sony Ericsson unveiled a new strategy for its struggling mobile phone business in an attempt to share content on its handsets with other devices in the home. Called Entertainment Unlimited, the initiative seeks to integrate mobile phones with such ...

  49. Nokia Continues European Rollout

    February 13, 2009 12:00 AM EST Nokia is expanding its mobile music services worldwide. The mobile operator has launched a Nokia Music Store in Austria and Switzerland, part of its European rollout that has been adding new countries every few months since late last year. The ser ...

  50. Sirius XM in talks with DirecTV, Liberty - Reports

    February 12, 2009 12:00 AM EST Sirius XM Radio Inc's chief executive Mel Karmazin has approached DirecTV Group Inc and Liberty Media in an effort to fend off bankruptcy as well as a bid by EchoStar Corp's Charlie Ergen, media reports said. The reports come as Sirius X ...

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