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  1. Indies Band Together to Challenge Major Distribution Model

    April 21, 2014 1:42 PM EDT A powerful collective of five independent labels is ratcheting up the tug-of-war between indies and major-label-owned distribution companies with a new agreement that allows its members to keep their digital distribution rights. This article was ...

  2. Digital Notes: CD Baby's Sync Payout, De La Soul's J Dilla Tribute and Apps' Ad Economics

    March 26, 2014 3:57 PM EDT CD Baby serves up more than just CDs. The Portland, Ore., music distribution company on Wednesday announced it has paid out more than $1 million in YouTube sync licensing to its artists as of February. That amount has accelerated as CD Baby's ...

  3. Angel Haze Defies Label, Leaks 'Dirty Gold' Album

    December 19, 2013 6:39 AM EST Frustrated by the stalled release of her debut studio album "Dirty Gold," New York-based rapper Angel Haze took matters into her own hands this morning. Following a lengthy Twitter rant about her conflicts with Republic Records, the 22-y ...

  4. Business Matters: How Sagging PC Sales Will Impact the Music Business

    April 11, 2013 7:53 PM EDT The PC is taking a beating this week. IDC reported that worldwide PC shipments fell nearly 14% in the first quarter and posted the fourth-straight year-over-year decline. Gartner released similarly gloomy numbers for PC shipments. Three equity a ...

  5. Vevo Launches in Brazil

    August 14, 2012 11:03 AM EDT Music video network Vevo announced Tuesday that it has launched in Brazil with localized content and global hits from the catalogs of Universal Music Group, Sony Music Entertainment, EMI Music and other partner labels. The site will be localized i ...

  6. Samsung Launches U.S. Music Hub With Cloud Storage, Streaming, Radio, Store

    August 01, 2012 8:18 AM EDT LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Samsung launched its Music Hub service in the U.S. on Tuesday. It's an effort to capture some of the buzz around Spotify with a feature that combines a cloud music locker, unlimited song streaming, a radio player and a mus ...

  7. Beats Electronics Buys Back Shares, HTC No Longer Majority Owner

    July 23, 2012 11:07 AM EDT Beats Electronics, maker of Beats Audio and the popular Beats By Dr. Dre line of headphones, has bought back a quarter of the company from Taiwanese electronics company HTC. The repurchase increases Beats' ownership share to 74.9% from 49.9% ...

  8. Pandora, Rhapsody, Songza Among Apps Available For Amazon's $199 Kindle Fire Tablet

    November 10, 2011 2:51 PM EST Buyers of Amazon's Kindle Fire, the upcoming 7" color-screen tablet, will be able to download some of the most popular music and video apps. Combined with a low price and integration with Amazon's cloud services, the Kindle Fire wil ...

  9. Jimmy Iovine on Beats/HTC Deal: 'The Record Industry Must Make the Transition to Phones Globally'

    August 11, 2011 6:34 PM EDT Last night's news that mobile phone manufacturer HTC has taken a majority stake in Beats Electronics shows just how far the company has come since its original line of Beats By Dre headphones… and how far it's willing to go. Beats co-fou ...

  10. Apple Smashes Q3 Earnings Estimates With Record iPhone, iPad Sales

    July 19, 2011 6:00 PM EDT The iPhone is conquering Asia, the home of its strongest competitors. Sales there nearly quadrupled from a year ago and helped Apple Inc. trump analyst expectations for yet another quarter. Apple also said iPad sales worldwide nearly doubled from ...

  11. Android Outpaces iPhone in Marketshare, Mindshare -- But Developers Still Consider iPhone Tops

    April 26, 2011 1:40 PM EDT Google's Android platform continues to outpace that of the iPhone's iOS. This time, the focus is not on market share, but consumer demand. According to a report from Nielsen , 31% of consumers surveyed between January and March of this y ...

  12. Android Launches In-App Sales, Poised To Take Smartphone Crown

    March 30, 2011 12:51 PM EDT Google today issued an update that allows developers with apps on the Android operating system to sell content from within their apps for the first time. Apple's iOS system for iPhone and iPad has featured in-app billing since 2009, so this i ...

  13. Spanish Parliament Dismisses Anti-Download Law; Nation Continues To Be 'Haven for Pirates'

    December 22, 2010 12:00 AM EST After weeks of negotiations and 12 hours of last-minute haggling over amendments, the so-called anti-download law was shot down by the Spanish parliament late Tuesday night. The governing Socialist Party failed to find support from any other polit ...

  14. Spanish Online Piracy Remains Rampant

    November 03, 2010 12:00 AM EDT More than 97% of all music obtained via the Internet in Spain during the first six months of 2010 was downloaded illegally, according to a study by IDC Research. The confirmation of Spain's continuing piracy problem was confirmed by Internet ...

  15. RIM Unveils PlayBook Tablet To Compete With iPad

    September 28, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Research In Motion unveiled a tablet computer aimed at its core business customers, as it tries to gain a foothold in a fast-growing market dominated by Apple's consumer-friendly iPad. The BlackBerry PlayBook has a seven-inch (18 cm) touchscr ...

  16. Business Matters: Smartphone Forecast For 2014, Google, IODA and more

    September 09, 2010 12:00 AM EDT WHAT THE SMARTPHONE MARKET WILL LOOK LIKE IN 2014 -- Apple is making a few moves to help app developers. First, it has decided to lift restrictions that prevented developers from using third-party tools to rewrite the code from another platform. T ...

  17. Spanish Online Piracy Rate Nears 96%

    June 02, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Almost 96% of all recorded music acquired online in Spain is pirated, according to a new report from the Spanish division of U.S. consultant IDC Research. The report, published June 1, covers the second half of 2009 and was commissioned by the Coa ...

  18. HTC Sues To Block iPhone, iPad, iPod Sales

    May 13, 2010 12:00 AM EDT HTC Corp has fired back in its legal battle with Apple Inc , asking the U.S. International Trade Commission to ban sales of iPhones, iPads and iPods in the United States. In a complaint filed with the ITC and obtained by Reuters, HTC accused Apple ...

  19. Apple Questions Android Smartphone Surge

    May 12, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Apple Inc questioned recent data showing smartphones using Google's Android operating system surpassing iPhone sales in the United States, and said there are no signs that the competition is gaining in the smartphone market. Smartphones using ...

  20. Apple Smashes Forecasts, Stock Hits Record

    October 20, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Apple Inc's profits and sales streaked past Wall Street forecasts as iPhone and Mac sales hit quarterly records, sending its shares rocketing to all-time highs. Sales of Mac computers -- the largest single contributor to Apple's revenue ...

  21. Web Music Players Strike a New Chord

    August 17, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Back in June, things looked grim for ad-supported online music services. SpiralFrog, well-funded and heavily hyped, had already gone belly up. Pioneering Web radio outfit Pandora warned it would likely shut down. And in April, social music site im ...

  22. Dell Plots Smartphone Foray, Eyes Apple: Report

    January 30, 2009 12:00 AM EST Dell Inc is plotting a foray into the cell phone arena as early as next month, making and selling smartphones to revitalize a business walloped by crumbling PC sales and pitting the firm against Apple, the Wall Street Journal reported. The world&# ...

  23. Apple U.S. Mac Sales Flat In November

    December 16, 2008 12:00 AM EST Apple Inc witnessed flat year-over-year overall sales in the United States for its Macs in November, while sales of rival Microsoft Corp's Windows PCs were up 7%, according to research firm NPD Group Inc, which tracks retail sales. Sales of d ...

  24. Plugged And Unplugged: Ringback Tones, Billy Bragg, Bebo

    March 28, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Plugged Ringback tones never really blew my skirt up. After the saturation of ringtones, I felt they were just another "me too" application that would just annoy a market already prepping for a backlash against ringtones. That, coupled w ...

  25. Report: Ringback Tones Poised For Growth

    March 06, 2008 12:00 AM EST Ringback tones today are not much more than an interesting incremental area of revenue for record labels. But according to research group IDC, they will overtake ringtones as the primary source of mobile revenue by 2010. A recent IDC report pegs t ...

  26. Lala Rolls Out Free Streaming Site, WMG On Board

    June 05, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Lala.com, a Silicon Valley-based digital music start-up, is launching an iPod-compatible online music service that offers free streaming song play in a bid to get customers to buy music downloads. The start-up is launching the service with Warner ...

  27. Report: Majority Of Consumers Snub Mobile Content

    December 11, 2006 12:00 AM EST While the entertainment and wireless industries remain bullish on the potential for mobile entertainment content, consumers are still slow to jump on the bandwagon, according to a report released today by IDC. Nearly 75% of U.S. mobile subscribers ...

  28. Aussie Biz Up 5.8% In H1

    August 30, 2006 12:00 AM EDT The Australian recorded music market generated sales of A$224 million ($170.2 million) in the six months to June 2006, up 5.8% compared to the corresponding period last year, according to figures rele The Australian recorded music market generated ...

  29. Oz Market Down 9.5% In Value

    March 27, 2006 12:00 AM EST ARIA plans digital chart. Australia's overall recorded music market in 2005 declined by 4% in volume to 63 million units and by 9.5% in value to A$547 million (US$382.9 million) from 2004's figures, according to statistics released today ...

  30. Blu-ray Consortium Launches New DVD Security Features

    August 16, 2005 12:00 AM EDT The Blu-ray Disc Assn. plans to fight piracy by rolling out the next generation of DVDs with new security features. SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- One of the two groups vying to produce the next generation of DVDs rolled out new security features Aug. 9 to ...

  31. Survey: CD's, Radio Still The Way To Get Music

    July 06, 2005 12:00 AM EDT % of U.S. citizens own CD player. A survey by IDC Audio has found that despite interest in emerging digital audio technologies U.S. consumers still rely on CDs and FM radio as their primary sources of new music. The company's study, 2004 Co ...

  32. Apple Stock Up On Low-End iPod Talk

    December 06, 2004 12:00 AM EST Shares of Apple Computer Inc. rose 4.9% today (Dec. 6) after some analysts said they expect the company to introduce a smaller, cheaper iPod digital music player in January that would boost profits. Shares of Apple Computer Inc. rose 4.9% today (D ...