Electronic engineering

  1. Nokia To Cut Production

    February 11, 2009 12:00 AM EST Cellphone maker Nokia said on Wednesday it would cut production at its key Salo plant in Finland as demand for handsets has dropped. Cellphone sales are set to dive this year, affected by consumers' reluctance to spend on new gadgets in the m ...

  2. Mobile Operator Cricket, LiveWire Mobile Ready Service

    February 10, 2009 12:00 AM EST Mobile operator Cricket is teaming up with LiveWire Mobile to launch an over the-air music download service. The mobile music store charges $2 for tracks downloaded directly to the mobile phone, and 99-cents for those purchased from the computer. ...

  3. Zune Preps Comedy Shorts

    February 05, 2009 12:00 AM EST Microsoft's Zune division is launching a free, ad-supported original content series available on the Zune service. The first is a series of comedy shorts called Cinemash produced with the magazine Mean. Other Hollywood partnerships are expect ...

  4. Germany's GUN Records Shut Down

    February 05, 2009 12:00 AM EST Sony Music Germany has closed GUN Records in Bochum with immediate effect. The rock label GUN (Great Unlimited Noises) was founded in 1992 as a joint venture by Wolfgang Funk and BMG. Funk, who left his role as president of the company in December ...

  5. Sony Swings To Q3 Operating Loss As Demand Wilts

    January 29, 2009 12:00 AM EST Sony Corp swung to a quarterly operating loss and reiterated a forecast for its first annual loss in 14 years, battered by a firmer yen and weaker demand while highlighting deepening woes at the electronics conglomerate. The loss announcement was ...

  6. Digital Music Revenue Doubles In Brazil

    January 27, 2009 12:00 AM EST A recent report by international music trade group IFPI re-affirms Brazil as Latin America's top digital music market, with revenues doubling in 2008. According to IFPI's "Digital Music Report 2009," digital accounts for more t ...

  7. Nokia Misses Forecasts, Sees Weaker 2009

    January 22, 2009 12:00 AM EST Top cell phone maker Nokia reported a worse-than-expected dive in fourth-quarter profit, and warned market volumes would shrink 10 percent this year as the economic slowdown hits consumer spending. Analysts had forecast an 8-percent fall in the ha ...

  8. Sony Ericsson, Universal Promote New Talent

    January 18, 2009 12:00 AM EST Sony Ericsson is to partner with Universal Music Publishing to provide the publisher's emerging artists with a platform to promote their music to the mobile vendor's customers. The deal was announced during the MidemNet digital music bus ...

  9. Mozes Links With Knitting Factory For Mobile Push

    January 16, 2009 12:00 AM EST Mobile phone texting service Mozes has partnered with the Knitting Factory to offer a mobile ticketing service to artists using the Mozes system. Fans who join an artist mobile fan club will be offered exclusive free concert tickets for shows taki ...

  10. Price Cut On Nokia's Comes With Music

    January 16, 2009 12:00 AM EST Three months after its launch in the U.K., the price of Nokia’s unlimited music pre-licensed handset has been slashed from £127.10 ($189.90) to £82.18 ($122.79). The move comes amid speculation that the service, set for a roll out in other territo ...

  11. Sony May Post $1.1 Billion Operating Loss

    January 13, 2009 12:00 AM EST Japan's Sony Corp will likely suffer an annual operating loss of about $1.1 billion, its first such loss in 14 years, due to sluggish sales and a stronger yen, a person with knowledge of the matter said. Shares of Sony tumbled 9%, slicing $2 ...

  12. Biz Briefs: RIAA, Disney, Sony

    January 09, 2009 12:00 AM EST - RIAA voluntarily dismisses Atlantic Recording v. Brennan. [ Recordingindustryvspeople , via Slashdot ] - Disney Star Guitarist game uses an actual guitar with color-coded strings to teach aspiring guitarists to learn new songs. [ Wired ] - Risin ...

  13. U.K. Broadband Speeds Well Below Advertised Offer

    January 08, 2009 12:00 AM EST The average broadband speed for British consumers is 3.6 Megabits per second (Mbit/s), sufficient for many applications but well below advertised speeds, regulator Ofcom said on Thursday. According to research based on 10 million separate tests of ...

  14. Sony Ericsson CEO Preparing For Tough '09

    January 08, 2009 12:00 AM EST The chief executive of Sony Ericsson, a venture of Sony Corp and Ericsson, sees a tough cell phone market through the end of 2009, with unit sales down by about 5-6% as consumer demand slows in the weak global economy. But Hideki Komiyama, who pla ...

  15. Reports: 30GB Zune Players Malfunction

    December 31, 2008 12:00 AM EST Multiple reports of problems with Microsoft's 30GB Zune players are flooding tech blogs today (Dec. 31). The issue - which seemed to hit a sizable number of players in the market, all at once, early this morning - seems to be that the Zunes a ...

  16. Take That, Alexandra Burke Rule U.K. Charts

    December 29, 2008 12:00 AM EST The U.K.'s final weekly sales charts of 2008, published yesterday (Dec. 28), saw Alexandra Burke and Take That retain their singles and album crowns, respectively. "X Factor" winner Burke's "Hallelujah" (Syco Music/So ...

  17. Sony/ATV Launches Pan-Euro Latin & Spanish License

    December 23, 2008 12:00 AM EST Sony/ATV Music Publishing has partnered with Spanish authors' and publishers' society SGAE on a pan-European digital and online license. It will cover the rights to Spanish and Latin repertoire owned, controlled or administered by Sony/A ...

  18. Sony Corp. To Cut 8,000 Jobs

    December 09, 2008 12:00 AM EST Japan's Sony Corp. said it will cut about 4% of its workforce, curb investment and pull out of businesses to save $1.1 billion a year, as the financial crisis ravages demand for its electronics products. The 8,000 job cuts are the biggest ann ...

  19. Nokia: 2009 Handset Market Down 5%

    December 04, 2008 12:00 AM EST Global mobile phone industry sales volume will fall more than expected as consumers cut spending, the world's top cellphone maker Nokia said on Thursday (Dec. 4) in its second warning in three weeks. "The most recent incremental impact i ...

  20. Analyst: Digital Sales Won't Stop Overall Slide

    December 02, 2008 12:00 AM EST A new report from Jupiter Research forecasts digital music will contribute 41 percent to total recording revenue in the U.S. by 2013, from the 18 percent it represents today. This is based on a compound annual growth rate of 17 percent over the ne ...

  21. Hutchison 3G Austria Launches Download, Subscription Services

    November 28, 2008 12:00 AM EST Mobile multi-media provider Hutchison 3G Austria has launched a music store that gives consumers a choice between subscription and download-to-own platforms. The download-to-own store has a catalog of over 3.3 million audio tracks (in MP3 and WMA ...

  22. Sony BMG Preps Calling Card Give-A-Way

    November 20, 2008 12:00 AM EST In an effort to spur music sales during the holiday season, Sony BMG in Colombia and Colombian wireless carrier Comcel have launched a strategic alliance dubbed "Minutos Comcel" (Comcel Minutes), that gives free calling cards to customer ...

  23. Execs Offer Digital Strategies To Bolster Tours

    November 19, 2008 12:00 AM EST When it comes to fusing the digital industry with the live entertainment business, the process needs to be done "before, during and after" concerts, according to Verizon Wireless director of digital music Ed Ruth, who spoke today (Nov. 1 ...

  24. Digital Briefs: iPhone, IBM, Ozzy, BitTorrent

    November 10, 2008 12:00 AM EST - The NPD Group released data showing Apple's iPhone 3G is the top-selling mobile phone of third quarter, overtaking the Motorola RAZR, which held the top slot for the last 12 quarters. - A judge presiding over a lawsuit brought by the former ...

  25. Sony Music Gets Creative With Exposure

    November 06, 2008 12:00 AM EST Sony Music Entertainment has formed a pan-European creative agency with international marketing agency Exposure. The joint venture, named SBX, aims to develop artist endorsements, synch deals, product placement, live performances, ad-funded progra ...

  26. Sony Profit Plunges On Strong Yen

    October 29, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Sony Corp.'s quarterly profit plunged 72% as a surging yen wiped out perks from flat-panel TV and PlayStation 3 sales, as well as box office revenue from the movie "Hancock." Sony said Wednesday it posted a net profit of 20.8 billio ...

  27. Zune, Univision Online Partner For Downloads

    October 27, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Zune is now Univision.com's exclusive online music download provider, the companies announced today. The new service, Baja Zune Musica en Univision.com , is powered by Zune's catalog of 4 million songs. Artist profiles on Univision.com a ...

  28. Tech Test: Comes With Music On The 5310

    October 24, 2008 12:00 AM EDT A week after its launch, U.K. retailer the Carphone Warehouse says the Comes With Music 'unlimited music' package from Nokia is performing well. But, like Nokia, the company declined to give any figures in relation to the exclusive partn ...

  29. The Mobile Long Tail

    October 17, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The notion that long tail music sales don't apply to the mobile phone is starting to get some traction. The CEO of mobile music provider 24/7 Entertainment told attendees at the Popkomm conference that less than 66% of the 4.5 million songs i ...

  30. Nokia Q3 Sales, Profits Fall

    October 17, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Nokia's third-quarter sales and profits fell from a year ago, hit by weaker cellphone demand in its European markets, but the world's top handset maker soothed growing fears about the fourth quarter. Handset makers have started to feel t ...

  31. Warner Music Nordic Makes Key Appointment

    October 15, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Jacob Key has been promoted to the position of business development director for Warner Music Nordic & Baltic, following the recent expansion into digital business at the Baltic arm of the major. The appointment is effective immediately and Ke ...

  32. Sony BMG Ups Kooker

    October 06, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Dennis Kooker, Sony BMG Global Digital business and U.S. sales executive VP of operations has added GM stripes to his title and responsibilities. Kooker will continue to report to president of Global Digital Business and U.S. Sales Thomas Hesse an ...

  33. Grainge, will.i.am Support Comes With Music Launch

    October 02, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music International chairman/CEO Lucian Grainge and will.i.am from Black Eyed Peas were among those lending their support to Nokia's new all-you-can-eat music package Comes With Music at the launch in London. The service, rolling ou ...

  34. Nokia Unveils Comes With Music Service

    October 02, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Nokia has unveiled its all-you-can-eat Comes With Music package for the U.K., although the scope of its "unlimited access to millions of tracks" offer has some potential restrictions. It launches Oct. 16. Nokia has partnered with the Car ...

  35. Sony BMG Buys Majority Stake in Denmark's Kick Music

    October 01, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Sony BMG has bought a majority stake in the Copenhagen-based Kick Music label for an undisclosed sum. Kick, one of the oldest and biggest indies in Denmark, will continue to operate independently out of its present HQ. Michael Quvang will remain a ...

  36. Nokia Music Store Opens Doors In Spain

    September 29, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Following the launch of music stores in Ireland, Netherlands and Australia, among others, Nokia has announced the launch of its Nokia Music Store in Spain. The store, which already has a catalog of over four million songs, can be accessed via comp ...

  37. Sony Ericsson Unveils Unlimited Music Service

    September 24, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Mobile phone manufacturer Sony Ericsson introduced an all-you-can eat music subscription service called PlayNow Plus in a bid to compete against rival Nokia's pending Comes With Music service. The PlayNow Plus offer is simply a repackaged ver ...

  38. Sony Ericsson To Roll Out Music Service In Weeks

    September 23, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Sony Ericsson will launch a mobile phone service with unlimited music downloads within weeks, Lennard Hoornik, head of marketing at the firm, said on Tuesday. Play Now Plus, which will compete with Nokia's Comes with Music service, will give ...

  39. W Hotels Drops Sixth CD

    September 18, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The W Hotels Worldwide, part of Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide, this week began selling "The Sound of Wonderlust: W Hotels Worldwide Tour," the sixth time the brand has put out an collection of music. Available on at W Hotels and ...

  40. Obermann Named Senior VP At Sony BMG

    September 17, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Ole Obermann has been named senior VP of international digital business development for global digital business at Sony BMG Music Entertainment. He reports to Michael Paull, executive VP of global digital business for the company, and is based in ...

  41. Digital Briefs: Sony BMG, Tesco, IODA, RoyaltyShare

    September 17, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - Sony BMG's Commercial Music Group unveiled a licensing Web site for filmmakers called MovieTunes. The site allows filmmakers to submit the music criteria they need, which a Sony BMG staffer will then use to help find the right song. - Warne ...

  42. BET Ramps Up Interactive Services

    September 11, 2008 12:00 AM EDT BET has teamed up with its mobile commerce partner Single Touch Systems to offer new interactive entertainment services to viewers. The 4U2 Dedicate, lets users select a song to dedicate to a friend from a pre-defined list, and then record a perso ...

  43. CTIA Day 1: Mobile Social Networking, Off-deck Sales

    September 10, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The CTIA Wireless I.T. & Entertainment trade show kicked off today in San Francisco. The event runs Sept. 10 - 12. Below, a round-up of music mobile news. - Mobile social networking is emerging as a key area of interest for both content provid ...

  44. Nokia Set For "Comes With Music" Launch

    September 02, 2008 12:00 AM EDT After months of speculation, Nokia has finally disclosed that the United Kingdom will be the first territory to offer its all-you-can-eat "Comes With Music" digital music service. The actual launch date of the service, designed to be in ...

  45. MisRolas.com Shuts Download Store

    August 29, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Online music download store MisRolas.com has closed operations beginning today (Aug. 29). The three-year-old store, which focused on independent Latin music, is shifting operations to mobile content in the U.S. and Latin America, with parent compa ...

  46. Sony Ericsson Launches DRM-Free Music Store

    August 22, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Sony Ericsson has rolled out its PlayNow arena, an over-the-air download service that will sell DRM-free music as well as games and applications. The expanded mobile music service will go live in Sweden, Denmark, Finland and Norway on Aug. 25. Eac ...

  47. O2 Launches Sony BMG Mobile Music Store

    August 07, 2008 12:00 AM EDT U.K. mobile operator O2 is partnering with Sony BMG on what it claims is the first operator-supported major label mobile music store. My Play will be available exclusively through the web portal O2 Active and it will offer videos, full track audio ...

  48. LiveWire, Virgin Mobile Bundle Ringback Tones

    August 06, 2008 12:00 AM EDT LiveWire Mobile and Virgin Mobile USA have teamed up to offer pre-selected ringback playlists - similar to a music recommendation service for ringback tone customers. Rather than setting a single track, the playlist cycles through five different t ...

  49. Sanyo Energy Inches Into Music Business

    August 04, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Sanyo Energy, a subsidiary of Sanyo Electric, on Monday said it would become a sponsor of two AEG venues in Texas. The move, the first time the company has sponsored a music venue, is being viewed a test. Should it prove successful Sanyo Energy wo ...

  50. RealNetworks To Push Ringtones Via Film, TV

    July 29, 2008 12:00 AM EDT One of the challenges record labels face with the growth of ringback tones is a lack of cohesive marketing. Since each wireless operator gives their ringback tone service a different name, labels say developing a quick and easy consumer message fo ...

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