Electronics

  1. Sony To Roll Out Music Unlimited Service Across Europe

    January 11, 2012 10:49 AM EST Sony's Music Unlimited streaming service is to launch in four new European markets. Formerly called Qriocity, the cloud-based service underwent a name change last year, following the launch of Sony's unified online music, video and games ...

  2. CES Quick Hits: TDK Honors Mixtape Roots with Boombox, Headphones

    January 10, 2012 6:17 PM EST Steven Swenson, global brand manager for TDK, still hears it all the time. "Whenever we say 'TDK,' consumers will inevitably say 'cassettes,'" he told Billboard from TDK's booth at CES' Central Hall Tuesday. ...

  3. Will Smith, Barry Sonnenfeld, Kelly Clarkson Headline Sony CES Event

    January 10, 2012 8:01 AM EST LAS VEGAS -- Will Smith and director Barry Sonnenfeld showed up in Las Vegas on Monday for Sony's Consumer Electronics Show press conference, which included a sneak peek at their upcoming Men in Black 3. "We have a fantastic movie," ...

  4. Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer Hits Familiar Chord In CES Swan Song

    January 10, 2012 7:26 AM EST SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer struck a familiar chord Monday in his swan song at the International Consumer Electronics Show. Much of the 70-minute presentation revolved around Microsoft's work on software that Ballmer has ...

  5. Sony Names Dennis Kooker New President, Global Digital Business and U.S. Sales

    January 09, 2012 12:35 PM EST Sony Music Entertainment chairman/CEO Doug Morris announced this morning that Dennis Kooker has been named the company's new president of global digital business and U.S. sales. In this role, he will report to Morris and oversee all aspects o ...

  6. Cricket's Muve Music Quietly Passes 500,000 Subscribers

    January 09, 2012 9:05 AM EST Mobile carrier Cricket Communications announced Monday it surpassed 500,000 subscribers to Muve Music, the unlimited music service it bundles with mobile service. About one year after launch, Muve Music has quietly amassed about half the subscribe ...

  7. CES 2012: Here's What The Music Biz Will Be Watching For

    January 09, 2012 9:00 AM EST The International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, long the go-to event for the tech and mobile industries, is increasingly becoming a magnet for music-based services and media companies. With many of this year's announcements expected ...

  8. 2012's Consumer Electronics Show Biz Blog

    January 09, 2012 7:29 AM EST Jan 13, 2012 | Blog Post CES 2012: 8 Cool Things Andrew Hampp, Las Vegas The music industry was all over Las Vegas this week, from Will Smith and Kelly Clarkson at Sony's presentation, Justin Timberlake's cameo at MySpace's TV annou ...

  9. Consumer Electronics Show Curse? Gadget Show Has History of Products Falling Flat

    January 06, 2012 9:19 AM EST NEW YORK (AP) - The largest trade show in the Americas must be a great place to show off new products, right? Wrong. The International Consumer Electronics Show is quickly becoming a launch pad for products that fall flat. When the annual conclave ...

  10. SoundScan's Year-End Charts: The Numbers Behind the First Positive Album-Sales Year Since 2004

    January 04, 2012 6:04 PM EST Although U.S. sales were slightly less robust in the fourth quarter than they were in the preceding two quarters of this year , the market still managed to hold onto its first positive album sales growth year since 2004. Overall U.S. album sales r ...

  11. Juke, Cloud-Based Music Service, Launches in Austria

    December 13, 2011 4:48 PM EST Three and a half months after its launch in Germany, music subscription platform Juke has entered its second market. 24-7 Entertainment made the service available in Austria on December 13. As a subsidiary of Media-Saturn, a consumer electronics r ...

  12. Paula Kaminsky, Two Others Out at Sony Music Latin

    December 12, 2011 6:39 PM EST Sony Music Latin has let go of its longtime VP of marketing, Paula Kaminsky. The move, which took place late last week, was surprising to many, with some managers saying, off the record, that they were "shocked." Also let go from the mar ...

  13. Tim Schaff, Chief of Sony Digital Music: Eight Reasons to Be Optimistic

    December 09, 2011 2:43 PM EST Anyone paying attention to digital music over the past ten years might wonder why Sony would ever bother with digital music again. The company's past is littered with abject failure and spectacular catastrophe - everything from MP3 players th ...

  14. Marty Bandier, Sony ATV CEO, Reveals Plans for EMI Music Publishing, Keeping Name: Report

    December 07, 2011 3:08 PM EST Sony/ATV CEO Marty Bandier recently revealed that EMI Music Publishing, which stands as the second biggest music publisher behind Universal Publishing, will in fact be keeping its name, according to a story in the most recent edition of Music Week ...

  15. 7digital Expanding U.S. Presence; Launches Windows Phone App

    December 07, 2011 9:09 AM EST U.K. download store 7digital is targeting sizeable global expansion in 2012, beginning with the launch of a Windows Phone app. The London-based music service has partnered with Microsoft to launch its mobile service on the new range of Windows Pho ...

  16. Linkin Park Partners With Flingo for Connect TV App

    November 30, 2011 4:07 PM EST Linkin Park has partnered with Flingo to create a branded app that delivers non-stop video and entertainment on connected TVs. "Linkin Park TV" is a video-centric app that offers on-demand content along with photos and tour dates, and pr ...

  17. Thomas Hesse Officially Leaving Sony Music For Bertelsmann

    November 30, 2011 7:56 AM EST As Billboard first reported yesterday, the Supervisory Board of Bertelsmann AG has officially appointed Thomas Hesse to the international media company's Executive Board where his responsibilities will include managing the corporation's ...

  18. Turntable.fm, Horn Group to Host Virtual-DJ Fundraiser 'Tech the Halls'

    November 29, 2011 5:15 PM EST Turntable.fm has teamed up with digital communications agency Horn Group, Inc., to host Tech the Halls , an online holiday fundraising campaign that will pit top media influencers against each other on the social music platform in a friendly DJ-of ...

  19. Thomas Hesse, Sony Music Global Digital President, Returning to Bertelsmann, Sources Say

    November 29, 2011 10:02 AM EST Thomas Hesse, 45, President of Global Digital Business at Sony Music Entertainment in New York -- who has managed Sony Music's worldwide digital business since 2004 and is in charge of corporate strategy -- is leaving Sony Music in New York t ...

  20. Facebook Partners With Cell Phone Maker HTC to Develop Smartphone: Report

    November 21, 2011 10:43 PM EST Facebook is looking to enter the cell phone business. The social networking site has partnered with Taiwan-based mobile phone maker HTC to build a smartphone that would run on its own version of Goodle's Android, All Things D reported . The p ...

  21. Exclusive: Music Mastermind Launches Zya, Which Bridges Gap Between Gaming and Music Creation

    November 17, 2011 6:18 PM EST Music Mastermind is hoping Zya , its cloud-based music creation and sharing platform, revolutionizes the way music is created, experienced and monetized. Officially announced Thursday, the service combines the look and feel of video games with the ...

  22. Video: Songkick CEO Ian Hogarth on Ways Social Media Can Change the Touring Industry

    November 14, 2011 3:38 PM EST After participating in a panel titled "How Exactly Will Social Sell Tickets?," Songkick CEO Ian Hogarth stuck around the Billboard Touring Conference " to give some more of his thoughts on the changes facing the concert industry. Bi ...

  23. Germany's Collection Societies Filing Lawsuits For Mobile Phone Tax, Win Christmas Market Litigation

    November 14, 2011 6:48 AM EST BERLIN - The eight German collection societies and the producers of mobile phones are likely on the verge of protracted lawsuits, with outcomes that could potentially change the price consumers pay for mobile phones while filling the coffers of th ...

  24. IMPALA Says It Expects EMI-Universal Deal to Be 'Blocked Outright'

    November 11, 2011 3:04 PM EST In the wake of this morning's announcement that Vivendi/Universal Music Group have signed with Citigroup a "definitive agreement" to purchase EMI's recorded-music division , IMPALA, Europe's Independent Music Companies Ass ...

  25. EMI Sale Intensifying As Citigroup Renews Negotiations With Sony, Gets Real With Universal

    November 09, 2011 7:13 PM EST In a turnaround from last week when nothing happened, Citigroup is not only making a renewed effort to sell EMI recorded music operations to Universal, but is also again actively engaging in discussions with Sony Corp., about EMI Music Publishing, ...

  26. Sony Headed for Fourth Straight Year in the Red, Reports $346 Mil. Quarterly Loss

    November 02, 2011 8:16 AM EDT TOKYO (AP) - Sony reported a 27 billion yen ($346 million) loss for the latest quarter and downgraded its annual earnings forecast Wednesday to stay in the red for the fourth year straight, battered by the strong yen and poor sales of flat panel T ...

  27. Rdio Expands to Brazil

    November 01, 2011 11:54 AM EDT Music subscription service Rdio announced Tuesday it is launching in Brazil later this week. The expansion makes Brazil the third Rdio market after the U.S. and Canada. Brazil's recorded music industry has a reputation for rampant piracy and ...

  28. Sony Music Germany Focuses on Domestic Talent, Catching Up To Universal at 'Laut in Munchen'

    October 27, 2011 8:30 AM EDT Sony Music Entertainment highlighted its development of new domestic artists as the key to catching up with market leader Universal Music at Germany's annual "Laut in München" ("Loud in Munich") presentation October 20. Ni ...

  29. 'X Factor' Adds Twitter Voting

    October 26, 2011 10:39 AM EDT On the heels of Tuesday's reveal of The X Factor's top 12 finalists, Fox announces that in association with production companies, Syco Television and Freemantle Media, and official voting sponsor, Verizon, viewers can now vote for their ...

  30. Epic Sheds Another High-Level Exec: Kevin Lawrie

    October 25, 2011 7:33 PM EDT L.A. Reid has shed another senior Sony executive in his new assignment as chairman and CEO of Epic Records. Sources say that Kevin Lawrie--who had been operating as the label's chief operating officer, although his appointment was never offic ...

  31. How Siri, the Apple iPhone 4S's 'Virtual Personal Assistant,' Could Transform Music

    October 19, 2011 11:58 AM EDT The launch of the Apple iPhone 4S has people raving about Siri, the talking-assistant app. It lets users speak into their devices and the app fulfills requests like scheduling plans or replying to text messages. But it also works with music. In th ...

  32. Pandora Hires Its First CMO

    October 17, 2011 3:24 PM EDT Pandora Media announced Monday (Oct. 17) that it has hired its first chief marketing officer, the first C-level since the company's June IPO : Simon Fleming-Wood. He was a marketing executive at Cisco Consumer Products and Pure Digital Techno ...

  33. Backbeat: Black Keys Rock New York for T-Mobile Event

    October 14, 2011 6:30 AM EDT The brains behind the Big Fuel (pictured L-R): Ben Luntz (Group Director, Distribution), Distribution Managers David Chiatt and Davis Cox, Billboard reporter Jillian Mapes. (Photo: Katie Morse) The Roots' ?uestlove followed the Black Keys wit ...

  34. Universal Music's Digster.fm Playlists Now Available on Rdio

    October 13, 2011 2:07 PM EDT Digster.fm , the music playlist service created by Universal Music Group Distribution, is now integrated with music subscription service Rdio. The service launched in late July and initially made its playlists available at Spotify. Don't miss ...

  35. Business Matters: Spotify Users Get TV Access Through Western Digital

    October 07, 2011 9:08 PM EDT Spotify Users Get TV Access Through Western Digital -- Spotify is now available through Western Digital TV media players. For those of you unfamiliar with Western Digital, the company makes set-top boxes that connect a TV to the Internet (think Ap ...

  36. Steve Jobs Vigil Held at New York City's Apple Store

    October 06, 2011 11:55 AM EDT Metadata: Over a hundred people turned up at NYC's Apple flagship store on Fifth Avenue and 59th Street to pay their respects to the late Steve Jobs. (Photo: Andrew Burton/Getty Images) More than a hundre people flocked to Apple's flagsh ...

  37. Steve Jobs: Fond Memories and Insights From President Obama, Mark Zuckerberg, and More

    October 06, 2011 12:32 AM EDT The Internet had no shortage of great articles on Steve Jobs at press time. Aside from the run-of-the-mill news articles and obituaries, there are some standout articles and blog posts from people with special insight and personal experiences with ...

  38. Steve Jobs Remembered by Coldplay, Will.I.Am, Guy Oseary, Many More

    October 05, 2011 12:30 AM EDT Twitter was inundated with condolences and remembrances Wednesday night as soon as word broke that Apple co-founder and chairman Steve Jobs had passed away. The remarks, many of them heartfelt, give a hint at the vast variety of people from all wa ...

  39. Business Matters: 700,000 French ISP Subscribers Have Received an Infringement Warning

    October 04, 2011 8:48 PM EDT K French ISP Subscribers Have Received an Infringement Warning -- Nearly 700,000 ISP accounts in France have received at least one copyright infringement warning as part of the country's anti-piracy efforts. Sixty ISP account holders in Fr ...

  40. Web Trends: Watch The New Trash Talk Video

    October 04, 2011 4:00 PM EDT Trash Talk - Burn Alive (music video) from High5Collective on Vimeo . Google Trends: No new music trends Twitter Music Trends: iPod Nano : Apple announced a new iPod Nano today iTunes Match : Apple's new iTunes feature will launch at the end ...

  41. Sprint to Buy More Than 30 Million iPhones (Report)

    October 04, 2011 7:15 AM EDT NEW YORK (AP) -- Sprint Nextel Corp. has committed to buying more than 30 million iPhones over the next four years, imposing a heavy burden on an already cash-strapped company, according to a report published Monday. The Wall Street Journal's ...

  42. Billboard's Women In Music 2011: Julie Swidler

    October 01, 2011 12:00 AM EDT No. 11 Julie Swidler Executive VP of business affairs/general counsel, Sony Music Entertainment Website: Sonymusic.com Twitter: @sonymusicglobal Julie Swidler has been Sony Music Entertainment executive VP of business affairs/general counsel since ...

  43. Sony Might No Longer Have Right To Distribute Meat Loaf Albums

    September 30, 2011 8:19 PM EDT Meat Loaf's "Bat Out Of Hell" was released in 1977 and has sold approximately 43 million copies, making it the fifth best selling album of all time. The album continues to sell well, but Sony Music's control over this album as ...

  44. Business Matters: Why 2011 Is the Year Digital Music Broke, by the Numbers

    September 29, 2011 6:52 PM EDT Why 2011 Is the Year Digital Music Broke 2011 could end being the year digital music broke. Yes, the iTunes Music Store launched back in 2003. But 2011 has been a truly incredible year for digital music. Perhaps most important is the big improveme ...

  45. MOG Now Available on Samsung TVs

    September 27, 2011 12:44 PM EDT Barely a week after unveiling an innovative new free usage tier , streaming music service MOG is now available on a range of Samsung-made smart TVs and Blu-ray players, expanding its interest into the living room. The service makes its way to thes ...

  46. Arizona Student Charged in LulzSec Sony Hacking Case

    September 23, 2011 8:58 AM EDT LOS ANGELES (AP) - An Arizona college student was arrested and charged Thursday in a breach of computers at Sony Pictures Entertainment early this summer where more than 37,000 customers had their information stolen. An indictment unsealed in Los ...

  47. Cricket Rides Muve Music Success to Nationwide Rollout

    September 22, 2011 11:36 AM EDT Cricket Communications, the wireless operator behind the surprise hit Muve Music service, is going national. The pre-paid carrier to date has operated only in select markets nationwide, 35 states and amassed some 5.7 million customers. The plan no ...

  48. Apple Planning Oct. 4 Press Event, iPhone 5 Announcement Expected (Report)

    September 21, 2011 11:20 AM EDT For the past several years, Apple has held a special event in September to announce some new type of product or service, usually music related. Not this year. Instead, according to a report in AllThingsD , the event will take place Oct. 4. The lik ...

  49. Backbeat: Sebastian Bach Wows Crowd at Trans World Conference & Awards

    September 19, 2011 7:30 AM EDT Trans World Entertainment held its annual conference in Saratoga Springs, New York earlier this month and presented vender awards at the event. For its music suppliers, Sony almost swept the awards. Sony was named vendor of the year; RED was tappe ...

  50. Business Matters: Music Videos Great for Pre-Roll Ads, Study Finds

    September 16, 2011 6:15 PM EDT Music Videos Are Great for Pre-Roll Ads, Study Finds -- Preroll ads shown before music videos perform quite a bit better than prerolls shown before other types of videos, according to numbers shared by TubeMogul , the video advertising platform fo ...

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