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  1. Japanese Labels Relaxing Digital Rights Management Copyright Protections

    July 10, 2012 1:41 PM EDT The quickly evolving Japanese digital music market has taken another turn: Local labels are either removing or considering removing copy protection for digital downloads. According to reports, Victor Entertainment and Avex Group Holdings are plann ...

  2. iTunes Great for Apple, But Was It For Music Biz?

    October 10, 2011 7:30 AM EDT NEW YORK (AP) - When Apple rolled out iTunes for the masses in the spring of 2003, the music industry was at a point of transition - and chaos. Entering the new millennium, albums were enjoying blockbuster sales of several million units for its su ...

  3. iTunes: Music Retail's Friend or Foe?

    October 07, 2011 4:25 PM EDT Opinion in the music business is still split between those who think Apple saved record labels just when it looked like Internet piracy was about to overwhelm them and others who think the company did lasting damage to the music business by its in ...

  4. Read: Steve Jobs' Billboard 2004 Cover Story

    October 06, 2011 6:35 PM EDT On the occasion of the one year anniversary of the Apple iTunes store on May 1, 2004, Billboard ran a Q&A with Steve Jobs. Here the Apple co-founder and CEO, who seldom pulled his punches, called the legal music download market before iTunes & ...

  5. Steve Jobs Remembered by Edgar Bronfman Jr., Martin Bandier and Other Executives

    October 06, 2011 5:13 PM EDT Steve Jobs wasn't just a technological innovator - he created a role for himself and his business in the music industry that hadn't existed before. In these conversations and written remembrances from key executives in the music business ...

  6. Steve Jobs 1955-2011: The Father of Digital Music, and His Legacy

    October 05, 2011 9:06 PM EDT That a man who never played an instrument or so much as sang a note professionally could be considered one of the greatest rock stars of this generation speaks to the impact Steve Jobs had on the music industry, and the legacy on it he leaves behi ...

  7. Apple Seeks FairPlay Antitrust Lawsuit Dismissal

    April 19, 2011 1:32 PM EDT Apple is seeking to have the antitrust lawsuit filed against it over its FairPlay DRM technology dismissed. According to Bloomberg , which is following the court case, the presiding judge expects to make a decision on the request by May. Earlier i ...

  8. iTunes Monopoly? Apple's Jobs Ordered by Judge to Answer Anti-Competition Charges

    March 23, 2011 7:31 AM EDT Apple Inc. Chief Executive Steve Jobs, who is out on medical leave, has been ordered by a federal magistrate to answer questions from plaintiffs' lawyers in an antitrust lawsuit related to his company's iTunes business. U.S. Magistrate J ...

  9. Amazon Japan Launches MP3 Store

    November 12, 2010 12:00 AM EST The Amazon MP3 store has launched in Japan - a market where labels have been holding out on DRM-free music. Japan's iTunes store is still DRM-enabled with Apple's FairPlay DRM system. So far EMI Music Japan is the only major to license i ...

  10. This Might Sting: Analyst's Advice To EMI

    August 19, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Forrester Research Analyst Mark Mulligan has three things to say to EMI, who earlier this week voiced concern about iTunes’ dominance of the digital music marketplace: “I told you so; It’s your fault; Forget iTunes. From his blog post : I told you ...

  11. Apple Makes iTunes Switch

    January 29, 2009 12:00 AM EST Apple is changing the way iTunes users can replace their existing iTunes songs to the new DRM-free versions. Initially, the only option available was to convert every iTunes-purchased file to the new sans-Fairplay version, for 30 cents a track, us ...

  12. Web Reaction: Apple Drops DRM

    January 06, 2009 12:00 AM EST Apple iTunes' announcement that it will begin offering DRM-free music from all four major labels and will add a new pricing scheme for tracks today was, to say the least, covered extensively. Below, a round-up of reaction from around the Web ...

  13. Confirmed: iTunes Goes DRM-Free, Alters Pricing

    January 06, 2009 12:00 AM EST At the Macworld Expo today, Apple Inc. confirmed reports that all four majors were now onboard to deliver DRM-free music through iTunes, as originally reported by CNET. Apple has offered DRM-free music from EMI since May 2007; the new deals unveil ...

  14. Report: iTunes To Offer Variable Pricing, Expands DRM-Free Offering

    January 06, 2009 12:00 AM EST With the MacWorld conference kicking off today, rumors are swirling that Apple is poised to unveil new music licensing deals with the major labels that will allow it to sell DRM-free music at variable prices. Citing two unnamed sources, CNET is re ...

  15. Sony DRM-Free To iTunes?

    November 10, 2008 12:00 AM EST The Apple rumor du jour is that Sony Music Entertainment will license DRM-free tracks to iTunes, under the iTunes Plus program. The speculation began on Apple blog 9to5mac.com , which provides very little information other than hinting its more th ...

  16. WMG Strips DRM For Amazon Downloads

    December 27, 2007 12:00 AM EST Warner Music Group has begun selling DRM-free downloads through Amazon.com. With effect from today, WMG has ended its MP3 hold-out by offering works from its digital audio catalog to buy from Amazon MP3, the online retailer's DRM-free downloa ...

  17. Report: Apple To Cut Price On DRM-Free Tracks

    October 16, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Apple confirmed it will indeed lower the price on its DRM-free tracks to 99 cents, from $1.29, on all iTunes Plus music. Apple CEO Steve Jobs confirmed the move in an interview with the Wall Street Journal . Jobs told the WSJ that the iTunes Plus ...

  18. Plugged & Unplugged

    August 17, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Plugged: Ahh, the dog days of August . . . the slow news cycle is both a blessing and a curse for journalists seeking compelling content to fill their pages. So it is in that context that we award Sirius’ deal with Sonos the "Plugged" aw ...

  19. iTunes Crosses 3 Billion Mark

    July 31, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Apple's iTunes music store has sold more than 3 billion songs since it launched, the company announced today. In addition, it added that the iTunes catalogue now contains more than 5 million songs, 550 TV shows and 500 movies. Antony Bruno Ne ...

  20. EC Extends iTunes Anti-trust Deadline

    June 05, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The European Commission has extended until June 20 its deadline for Apple and major record companies to respond to its anti-trust concerns over iTunes pricing. It comes two months after the Commission -- the European Union's anti-trust author ...

  21. Apple Unveils DRM-Free iTunes

    May 30, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Apple today introduced its DRM-free, higher-quality digital music store in an update to the iTunes service, called iTunes Plus. The new iTunes tier will feature music with no DRM protection technology and 256 kbps file sizes for $1.29 per track, c ...

  22. Friday Feature: Plugged and Unplugged

    May 18, 2007 12:00 AM EDT PLUGGED: Attack of the Amazons It's a simple equation -- make digital music interoperable and more people will sell it. That's the message coming out of Amazon.com's long-expected revelation that it will soon launch a digital music ...

  23. 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 ...

  24. WMG To Sell Music On MySpace Via Snocap

    April 30, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Warner Music Group will begin selling music on MySpace via a deal with the social networking giant's digital commerce partner Snocap. Fans looking to purchase WMG tracks from MySpace will be able to download content without leaving the artist ...

  25. Majors Pressuring Apple On Subscription Service?

    April 13, 2007 12:00 AM EDT More on the rumored Apple subscription music service . The major record labels are believed to be pressuring Apple to add a subscription service tier as part of the renegotiation process for licensing music to the iTunes store. According to a Fina ...

  26. Analysts: Apple Poised For Mobile Growth

    April 11, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Research Group Strategy Analytics says that EMI's recent decision to sell music sans DRM on iTunes could position Apple to take a leadership role in the emerging mobile music space. The group notes that 60% of the music-capable phones introdu ...

  27. EC Issues Anti-Trust Statement Naming Apple, Majors

    April 03, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The European Commission says Apple Inc. and the major record companies may be guilty of violating competition regulations on Apple's iTunes Music Store. The Commission -- the European Union's anti-trust authority -- confirmed today (Apri ...

  28. Confirmed: EMI, Apple Offer DRM Free Music

    April 02, 2007 12:00 AM EDT EMI Music has agreed to make all its current digital repertoire available free of digital rights management (DRM) restrictions with immediate effect. The move is groundbreaking for a major multinational music company, as all four majors had previo ...

  29. Record Execs Question Jobs' DRM Position

    February 12, 2007 12:00 AM EST Record industry executives and lawyers in Los Angeles for the Grammy Awards responded with skepticism to the call by Steve Jobs, Apple Computer CEO, to get rid of digital rights management (DRM) for music. While talking about online services durin ...

  30. 'Plugged/Unplugged' - Digital's Best And Worst Weekly Developments

    February 09, 2007 12:00 AM EST "Plugged/Unplugged" - The best and worst digital developments of the week Plugged: NY Senator Proposes iPod Pedestrian Ban A New York State senator is proposing a bill that would find pedestrians $100 for mindlessly crossing streets whil ...

  31. Apple CEO Pushes For Labels To Drop DRM

    February 06, 2007 12:00 AM EST Apple CEO Steve Jobs released an open letter on the company's Web site calling for the major labels to abandon digital rights management. "DRMs haven't worked, and may never work, to halt music piracy," Jobs writes. Apple' ...

  32. German, French Groups Push For iTunes Interoperability

    January 24, 2007 12:00 AM EST German and French consumer groups have backed a Scandinavian campaign to force Apple Inc. to make its iTunes online store compatible with digital music players that compete with its iPod. Songs bought and downloaded on iTunes work with iPods playe ...

  33. Apple Loosening DRM Reins?

    January 19, 2007 12:00 AM EST Apple may be close to loosening the reins on its FairPlay digital rights management system -- the technology responsible for restricting iTunes purchased files to only other Apple products. According to a UK technology blog -- citing unnamed sourc ...

  34. France's Fnac, Virgin Make Declare Stance On DRM

    January 18, 2007 12:00 AM EST Three months after having begun selling tracks without digital rights management protection, leading online French retailers FnacMusic and VirginMega have taken the next step. The online stores this week released a significant catalog available in ...

  35. Apple Faces Suit Over iPod-iTunes Link

    January 02, 2007 12:00 AM EST As if its options woes weren't trouble enough, Apple Computer Inc. said Friday (Dec. 29) it is facing several federal lawsuits, including one alleging the company created an illegal monopoly by tying iTunes music and video sales to its market ...

  36. Nordic Regulators Consider iTunes Legal Action

    August 16, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Nordic consumer regulators will meet in Iceland this month to discuss possible legal action against iPod-maker Apple Computer Inc. if the company does not ease restrictions that prevent songs bought a Nordic consumer regulators will meet in Icelan ...

  37. Nordic Regulators Consider iTunes Legal Action

    August 16, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Nordic consumer regulators will meet in Iceland this month to discuss possible legal action against iPod-maker Apple Computer Inc. if the company does not ease restrictions that prevent songs bought a Nordic consumer regulators will meet in Icelan ...

  38. Digital Rights Management (DRM) News And Analysis

    August 06, 2006 12:00 AM EDT U.K.'s ERA Throws Support Behind MP3 Britain's Entertainment Retailers Assn. has entered into the debate on DRM-free music. Nov 21, 2007 - Billboard.Biz - By Lars Brandle UCJ Strips DRM For Online Trial Universal Music Classics & Jaz ...

  39. France Poised To Soften iTunes Bill

    June 21, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Leading lawmakers have agreed to water down a draft law that could have threatened the future of the iPod in France. Leading lawmakers have agreed to water down a draft law that could have threatened the future of the iPod in France. The National ...

  40. Apple Renews Flat-rate iTunes Music Contracts

    May 02, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Apple Computer has renewed contracts with the world's four largest music companies to sell songs through its iTunes Music Store, after blocking their attempts to end iTunes' flat-rate pricing scheme, Apple Computer has renewed contracts ...

  41. Apple Japan's iTunes, iPod On The Rise

    November 18, 2005 12:00 AM EST Apple Computer now has a 60% volume share of Japan's portable digital music-player market, according to data from industry publication WebBCN Ranking. Apple Computer now has a 60% volume share of Japan's portable digital music-player mar ...

  42. MP3tunes Hires Hacker DVD Jon

    October 19, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Infamous Johansen working on secret project. Michael Robertson, founder of MP3tunes, has hired infamous hacker Jon Lech Johansen to work on a new digital music project with the code name Oboe. Johansen, also known as DVD Jon, is the software progr ...

  43. Apple Unveils Video iPod

    October 12, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Apple Computer unveiled its much-anticipated video iPod device at an event in San Jose today. The new series features a 20GB model for $300 and a 60GB model for $400, in line with the pricing for exi Apple Computer unveiled its much-anticipated vi ...

  44. iTunes Debuts In Japan

    August 04, 2005 12:00 AM EDT As expected, Apple Computer today (Aug. 4) launched its iTunes Music Store in Japan, the world's second biggest recorded music market. As expected, Apple Computer today (Aug. 4) launched its iTunes Music Store in Japan, the world's secon ...

  45. iTunes Coming to Japan?

    July 28, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Apple Computers' iTunes Music Store may soon be available in Japan, the world's second-largest music market. The company would not comment, but has sent invitations to an Aug. 4 event in Tokyo where t Apple Computers' iTunes Music S ...

  46. European iTunes Passes 50M Download Milestone

    June 23, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Worldwide sales top 430M tracks. The European version of iTunes Music Store has pushed past the 50 million paid-download milestone in its first year of operation, Apple Computer said today (June 23). The computer giant simultaneously launched its ...

  47. European iTunes Passes 50M Download Milestone

    June 23, 2005 12:00 AM EDT The European version of iTunes Music Store has pushed past the 50 million paid-download milestone in its first year of operation, Apple Computer said today (June 23). To date, roughly 430 million trac The European version of iTunes Music Store has ...

  48. Report: One Record In Three Is Fake

    June 23, 2005 12:00 AM EDT A total of 1.2 billion pirate music discs were sold in 2004, accounting for 34% of all discs sold worldwide, according to a report unveiled today (June 23) by the International Federation of the Phono The European version of iTunes Music Store has ...

  49. Stop Throwing Stones: Dueling DRM Does Not Help Digital Market

    April 26, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Apple Computer recently has been waging a back-and-forth battle with the hackers who created PyMusique, a solution that strips Apple's FairPlay digital-rights-management technology from any track boug Antony Bruno is senior writer/digital for ...

  50. Stop Throwing Stones: Dueling DRM Does Not Help Digital Market

    April 19, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Apple Computer recently has been waging a back-and-forth battle with the hackers who created PyMusique, a solution that strips Apple's FairPlay digital-rights-management technology from any track boug Antony Bruno is senior writer/digital for ...

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