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  1. Apple Announces Whopping $6 Billion Profit, Record Growth

    January 18, 2011 12:00 AM EST News of Steve Jobs' second medical leave of absence was balanced by a record quarterly revenue and profit from Apple announced today . The company posted revenue of $26.74 billion in the quarter ended December 31, 2010, up 71% and the highest ...

  2. Sony & Universal Announce 'On-Air On-Sale' Release Policy

    January 18, 2011 12:00 AM EST Filed in the "better late than never" category is the decision by Sony Music Entertainment and Universal Music Group to start making singles available for sale the same day they're released to radio. Called "on air, on sale,&qu ...

  3. Business Matters: Will Amazon Bring Loss Leader Prices to Apps?

    January 18, 2011 12:00 AM EST Will Amazon Make Apps A Loss Leading Product, Too? -- Apps may soon get the same loss leader sale prices at Amazon that digital music has been getting for quite a while. As Business Insider points out, Amazon will have the final says on app prices ...

  4. Supreme Court: Antitrust Case Against Record Labels Can Proceed

    January 10, 2011 12:00 AM EST The U.S. Supreme Court opted on Monday not to review an appeals court decision in an antitrust price-fixing lawsuit against record labels over the sale of digital downloads. In passing on the case, the Supreme Court has opened the door for a revie ...

  5. Apple Launches App Store for Its Mac Computers and iPads

    January 06, 2011 12:00 AM EST Apple Inc is launching an applications store for Mac computers, replicating a model that proved wildly popular on its iPhones. Apple is hoping to capitalize on Macs' surging sales as it aims to change the way software is sold for its computer ...

  6. Beatles iTunes Deal Pays Royalties Directly to Band, Publisher, Sources Say

    January 04, 2011 12:00 AM EST Four decades since their breakup, the Beatles are still sticking with their trailblazing ways. It seems that the EMI/Beatles deal that finally brought the Fab Four's catalog to iTunes may be more groundbreaking than originally thought. Accord ...

  7. Business Matters: It's 2011, Where is Spotify?

    January 03, 2011 12:00 AM EST It's 2011, Where Is Spotify? -- 2011 is here and Spotify has not yet launched in the U.S. At the onset of 2011, writers are reviewing their January 2010 predictions that Spotify would soon launch in the U.S. They are thinking back to the many ...

  8. Business Matters: Xmas Digital Music Sales Up Slightly; iPad Not Magazine Industry's Savior

    December 30, 2010 12:00 AM EST Sales Up Over Christmas, But Down Year-Over-Year -- Digital sales were up slightly Christmas week 2010 but showed the same signs of a slowdown that has been evident throughout much of the year. Digital track sales were down 2% from the same week i ...

  9. Business Matters: iTunes & Tap Tap Revenge 4 Have Very Merry Christmas

    December 27, 2010 12:00 AM EST iTunes Page Sees Christmas Boost -- The iTunes download page was the eighth most popular web page on Christmas day, as ranked by Alexa.com. That rank is on pace with previous years -- it was No. 7 and No. 8 on Christmas in 2008 and 2009, respectiv ...

  10. The Apple TV Juggernaut: Sales Expected To Reach 1 Million This Week

    December 21, 2010 12:00 AM EST Apple Inc forecast sales of Apple TV would climb to 1 million this week and said that iTunes users are now renting and buying more than 400,000 TV shows and more than 150,000 movies per day. In September, Apple introduced a new version of Apple TV ...

  11. Business Matters: Vevo Leapfrogs Viacom in Online Video Rankings

    December 17, 2010 12:00 AM EST Vevo Leapfrogs Viacom in Online Video Rankings - comScore's U.S. online video rankings for November 2010 show that Vevo ranks Number 3 in total unique viewers with 50.3 million. Viacom Digital, which includes MTV.com, VH1.com and CMT.com, ran ...

  12. From Apple to EMI: Former iTunes Exec Joins Capitol & Virgin Label Group

    December 16, 2010 12:00 AM EST Seems like Apple and the major labels won't stop trading execs anytime soon. This time it's iTunes director of global music initiatives Alex Luke jumping ship to EMI, where he will serve as executive VP of A&R at Capitol & Virgin ...

  13. Analysis: Here's Why Kanye West’s New Album Was $3.99 at Amazon

    December 03, 2010 12:00 AM EST Last week the Village Voice picked up on a thought-provoking topic: using music as a loss-leader. This was a big topic in the ‘00s as mass merchants, freed from labels’ minimum advertised price rules, used cheap CDs to lure customers who would ost ...

  14. Business Matters: WMG, Live Nation Ratings Downgraded

    December 01, 2010 12:00 AM EST Opinion and analysis of the day's music news. WMG, Live Nation Ratings Downgraded -- Both Warner Music Group and Live Nation have recently had their bond ratings downgraded by Standard & Poor’s Ratings Service. In other words, one of the ...

  15. Quarterly Earnings Recap: Apple Stuns, Music Companies Stumble

    November 30, 2010 12:00 AM EST While consumers continued to opt for less expensive digital music and shied away from live events in the third quarter of 2010, one company found a way to entertain and thrill its customers: Apple. Although Apple does not create musical content, p ...

  16. Business Matters: Supreme Court Refuses To Hear File Sharing Case

    November 30, 2010 12:00 AM EST Opinion and analysis of the day's music news. Supreme Court Refuses To Hear File Sharing Case -- The U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear a case brought against a Texas teen for illegally acquiring 37 songs through a file-sharing service. Whitn ...

  17. Business Matters: Spotify, eMusic, DVD Sales, Hulu

    November 29, 2010 12:00 AM EST Opinion and analysis of the day's music news. Should Spotify Launch Without All The Majors? -- The latest rumor – just a rumor – about Spotify has the company considering a U.S. launch without one or more of the four major record labels. The ...

  18. 'Abbey Road' Tops Beatles Albums Sales

    November 24, 2010 12:00 AM EST The much-hyped arrival of the Beatles catalog on iTunes helped move a total of 144,000 units in the U.S., or about seven times the scans generated by the catalog in the prior week, when the total was 20,000 units, according to Nielsen Soundscan. T ...

  19. Beatles Sales On iTunes Top 450K

    November 23, 2010 12:00 AM EST The initial Beatles sales figures are in: More than 450,000 albums and 2 million individual songs were sold on iTunes worldwide, according to Apple, since the Beatles catalog was made available Tuesday (Nov. 16). In U.S. the best-selling album was ...

  20. Emusic Adds Major Labels, Higher Price Tiers

    November 19, 2010 12:00 AM EST Digital music subscription club eMusic launched a new pricing plan this week that charges more for new music but adds tunes from major labels in an effort to broaden its appeal. In the past, the site focused on indie labels and offered discounts o ...

  21. Business Matters: EMI, The Beatles, Rhapsody, Girl Talk and more

    November 17, 2010 12:00 AM EST Opinion and analysis of the day's music news. EMI: Beatles Exclusive With iTunes Into 2011 -- EMI says the Beatles "are exclusive with iTunes into 2011." Taken literally, that could mean the exclusive ends in about six weeks. In any ...

  22. Five Things Missing From The Beatles/iTunes Deal

    November 16, 2010 12:00 AM EST One striking aspect of the newly available Beatles albums on iTunes is that they weren't accompanied by the release of more digital bells and whistles. When EMI Music reissued all of the band's albums on CD last year, every title boasted ...

  23. Five Reasons Why The Beatles' Arrival On iTunes Still Matters

    November 16, 2010 12:00 AM EST It's tempting to dismiss the Beatles' long-delayed arrival on iTunes as a non-event. After all, it's been more than seven years since iTunes began selling music. And EMI Music reissued the band's entire discography on CD barely ...

  24. Beatles On iTunes: The Story Behind the Deal

    November 16, 2010 12:00 AM EST From the day iTunes launched nearly 10 years ago, the questions started over when the Beatles catalog would be added to the digital music store. As iTunes influence grew in scope and power -- eventually becoming the world's largest digital re ...

  25. Beatles Arrival at iTunes Prompts Mixed Web Reaction

    November 16, 2010 12:00 AM EST It wasn’t exactly an appearance on “The Ed Sullivan Show,” but the Beatles’ debut at iTunes made waves on Tuesday. The news brought out commentary all across the Internet, much of it negative. Many people dismissed the value of adding vintage -- a ...

  26. Beatles Finally Arrives On iTunes

    November 16, 2010 12:00 AM EST The Beatles ' catalog is now available on iTunes . As expected , Apple today (Nov. 16) announced the addition of music from the Beatles a day after posting a cryptic message on its website promising that today will be "just another day. ...

  27. Best Bet: Apple To Announce Addition of Beatles Catalog to iTunes

    November 15, 2010 12:00 AM EST The smart money on tomorrow's mysterious iTunes announcement is that Apple will finally be adding the Beatles catalog to the digital music store. That's not fully confirmed, but after a day of phone calls, e-mails and cryptic messages, B ...

  28. Highly Anticipated Apple Announcement Coming Tomorrow

    November 15, 2010 12:00 AM EST So what does Apple have in store now? A visit to the Apple website cues up this cryptic message: "Tomorrow is just another day. That you'll never forget. "Below the message are a number of clocks tuned to different time zones that a ...

  29. 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 ...

  30. With E-books Still Young, A Hit Novel Reaches 30% Digital Share

    November 09, 2010 12:00 AM EST Sales of John Grisham’s latest book, “The Confession,” have reached a digital mile marker far faster than digital albums. According to an article at the Wall Street Journal , 70,000 of the 230,000 units sold in the first week were e-book sales. Am ...

  31. 10,000 Sign Up To France's Digital Subsidy Scheme

    November 05, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The French government has revealed that music consumers have purchased 10,000 of the state-subsidized music cards for digital services, following the launch on Oct. 28. The "Carte Musique" offers young consumers the chance to get double ...

  32. Apple Poised To Extend Song Clips on iTunes

    November 03, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Better late than never. One of the expected announcements that didn’t make it in Apple’s September music event was lengthening the iTunes song samples played from 30 to 90 seconds. But according to a recent communication to Apple’s record label pa ...

  33. Taylor Swift Sales Chain By Chain

    November 03, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Music merchants were waiting for a chance to pounce on a proven seller, after a tough year where many albums have not lived up to expectations. In fact, its been two years since they had a million seller in one week, since Lil' Wayne did it b ...

  34. Faithless Returns To Music Retailers

    November 01, 2010 12:00 AM EDT U.K. dance music veterans Faithless has issued a new version of its recent album "The Dance" (Nates Tunes) for a much wider retail release. The original CD version in May 2010 was an exclusive with mass merchant Tesco, while iTunes got t ...

  35. French Youth Can Double Their Money With Music Card

    October 29, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The French government has unveiled its promised music card initiative, which offers discounted streaming service access and cheap downloads to consumers aged 12-25. The "Carte Musique" was officially unveiled yesterday (Oct. 28) at a pre ...

  36. Atomic Tom: iPhone Subway Concert Video 'Was Intentional'

    October 18, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Atomic Tom has made music for roughly three years, but the Brooklyn four-piece only started making headlines over the past three days. In a video posted to YouTube last Friday (Oct. 15), the group performed its single "Take Me Out" on a ...

  37. Business Matters: Google To Help Fight Piracy?

    October 13, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Opinion and analysis of the day's music news. Google To Help Fight Piracy? -- Google has told two music industry trade groups it would have to charge a small fee to to help them track down pirated material more efficiently, reports CNET’s Gre ...

  38. eMusic To Add Universal Music Group, Change Pricing

    October 12, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music Group has licensed its catalog to eMusic, making it the third major record label available at the store. The addition of 250,000 UMG tracks will be available in November for U.S. subscribers only. Concurrent with the addition of UM ...

  39. Business Matters: Majors Back Video Site, Android Gains Steam, Hulu CEO Offers Content Strategy and more

    October 06, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Opinion and analysis of the day's music news. Majors Onboard With Russian Video Portal -- All four majors have licensed their content to Russian online music video service iviMusic. The content of an additional 20 Russian music companies is a ...

  40. Music Attorney Jeff Liebenson Opens Practice

    October 05, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Music attorney Jeff Liebenson has launched his own law practice, Liebenson Law. Liebenson is president of the International Association of Entertainment Lawyers. He has previously worked at BMG International, Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP and Herrick ...

  41. FULL COVERAGE: Billboard Mobile Entertainment Live Music App Summit in San Francisco #MEL2010

    October 05, 2010 12:00 AM EDT WATCH: Smule Co-founder Talks Apps, Acquisitions, The Majors and More October 06, 2010 Smule co-founder Ge Wang sat with Billboard at the Billboard Mobile Entertainment Live The Music App Summit - Smule took home the best artist app award for &quo ...

  42. What You Missed @Leadership Music Digital Summit Day 1

    September 30, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Experiments with digital products and business models may not have produced many winners, but it was clear from the discussions at the first day of the Leadership Music Digital Summit, that some people felt progress has been made. The event began ...

  43. Business Matters: Reuters Sales Report, Animal Collective, Interscope and more

    September 28, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Opinion and analysis of the day's music news. A Second Look At Reuters' Sales Report -- If you read a Reuters article on Monday about flat U.S. digital sales, keep reading to get the full picture. The article had a number of problems tha ...

  44. Will Anything Stick With Music Consumers In The Digital Age?

    September 17, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Will anything stick with music consumers in the digital age? That was the question posed at two panels at the Americana Music Conference earlier this month in Nashville. Two different groups of the music industry searched for answers and recounted ...

  45. Business Matters: Ping Followers, Apple, Lala, Verizon and more

    September 16, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Opinion and analysis of the day's music news. Ping Followers and What They Mean -- Here are a some artists with iTunes Ping profiles and the number of followers each had as of Wednesday evening: Lady Gaga 368,000, Coldplay 305,000, Katy Perry ...

  46. EMusic Nears Major Label Deals For Fall Relaunch

    September 16, 2010 12:00 AM EDT eMusic, the subscription digital music service, is close to wrapping up deals with the last two major labels in time for a planned relaunch in November, its chief executive said. The 12-year old start-up is working on deals with Vivendi's Uni ...

  47. A 90-Second Song Sample For Apple Could Be Pricey

    September 02, 2010 12:00 AM EDT In trying to move to a 90-second song sample, iTunes may have to pay for the privilege, which is not out of line with the way things have been going lately in the music industry. Apple's move to a longer song clip was reported earlier this we ...

  48. The New Apple iPod Lineup

    September 01, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Apple CEO Steve Jobs took the stage at its annual media event and introduced a completely new lineup of iPods, revamping every model it has on the market, in what he called “the strongest lineup of iPods we’ve ever had.” The Shuffle gets navigatio ...

  49. Report: Music Tops Apps On iTunes

    August 31, 2010 12:00 AM EDT While iTunes’ App Store is certainly a groundbreaking initiative that has changed the mobile content landscape, music still rules in the iTunes world. According to a new report from NPD Group, 82% of iPhone and iPod Touch users have bought music f ...

  50. Business Matters: UMG, Ellen DeGeneres, Google and more

    August 30, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Opinion and analysis of the day's music business news. UMG SPENT $840K LOBBYING IN Q2 Universal Music Group spent $840,000 in Q2 to lobby the federal government, up from the $700,000 spent in the same period a year ago, according to BusinessW ...

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