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  1. Google Launches Free Licensed Scan-And-Match Music Locker in U.S.

    December 18, 2012 4:12 PM EST Google, which launched its scan-and-match locker service in Europe in November, today (Dec. 18) introduced the service in the U.S., having secured the necessary copyrights to do so from the three major labels, as well as some independent music lab ...

  2. Business Matters: New-Look MySpace Still Putting Heavy Emphasis on Music

    September 24, 2012 5:55 PM EDT The new Myspace from Myspace on Vimeo . MySpace has gone to art school. The social network's long-delayed remodel got a sneak peak at the MySpace home page Monday and was previewed in a 2:18 video. No specific launch date was given. In contra ...

  3. Spotify Introduces Free Mobile Radio for iPhone, iPad

    June 19, 2012 7:00 AM EDT Spotify today introduced free radio streaming for iPhone and iPad users, making the site more directly competitive with online radio leader Pandora. Using internal data from Spotify's database of 16 million tracks in the U.S., Spotify will cr ...

  4. Business Matters: MySpace, Pinterest Bump Up, Facebook Drops Slightly in Feb. comScore

    March 23, 2012 5:54 PM EDT MySpace Web Traffic Boosts, But Still Isn't Pretty; Facebook Drops Slightly -- MySpace gained more U.S. visitors and Facebook lost a few in February, according to new figures from comScore. MySpace jumped 8 spots to #42 in comScore's lis ...

  5. One Big Database Could Save the Music Business With Billions of Tiny Rivulets

    January 25, 2012 7:30 AM EST In 13-plus years of writing about digital music all day, one of my favorite pieces remains "4 Reasons Music Needs One Big Database," which argues that all of these MP3 blogs, music subscriptions, tweets, videos, streaming radio services, ...

  6. Business Matters: Another Indie Sours on Streaming Services, But How Solid Is the Math?

    September 28, 2011 6:45 PM EDT Another Indie Sours on Streaming Services, But How Solid Is the Math? -- Another indie label has announced it is leaving streaming services due to their low payouts from the music service. Projekt Records founder Sam Rosenthal explained at the Pro ...

  7. Cloud Music Funding -- Not Usage -- Surges; Germany's Simfy Raises $14 Million

    May 18, 2011 11:35 AM EDT German music service Simfy has raised €10 million (US $14.2 million) of funding from previous backers Earlybird, NRW Bank, Dumont Venture and Klaus Wecken. In a press release , CEO Gerrit Schumann says the funding will help it expand into other ma ...

  8. Google's Music Beta Launch Points Out Huge Gap Between Music and Tech Communities

    May 11, 2011 12:26 PM EDT This seems all too familiar. Google's decision to launch a cloud music locker without finalizing deals with the music industry illustrates just how large a gap remains between the music and tech communities. Who's at fault for this divid ...

  9. Google Acquires Pushlife Streaming Service, A Sign of Momentum or Struggle?

    April 11, 2011 12:09 PM EDT Google last week acquired another mobile content streaming service, this time in the form of Pushlife. The company's service allows users to stream their iTunes libraries to mobile devices. It also allows mobile operators to give their subscr ...

  10. The Week in Apps - SXSW Edition: Roqbot, SoundTracking, inConcert, More

    March 17, 2011 10:30 AM EDT Social music apps blending a mixture of location-based information, song sharing, and fan-to-artist interaction were all the rage at SXSW this week, as the interactive portion of the event spilled into the music part. The latest and greatest inclu ...

  11. Google Music: Meet The Executive Team

    February 15, 2011 5:04 PM EST The Google Music service that's become the worst-kept secret in the music industry may not be live yet, nor is it showing signs of launching anytime soon, but we are slowly getting clarity into who at Google is building the service. On Friday ...

  12. MySpace Drops New Mobile Site

    December 01, 2010 12:00 AM EST MySpace launched a new mobile site on Tuesday as part of its recent efforts to reposition itself as a one-stop entertainment destination. The site is formatted for Apple’s iOS, Android, Palm and “select Nokia and Blackberry devices.” An iPhone app ...

  13. We7 Repositions With Focus On Radio

    November 10, 2010 12:00 AM EST The U.K. ad-funded streaming service We7 is to relaunch with a greater focus on radio, like automated recommendation services Last.fm and Pandora. Two years after its full launch as a streaming service - founder investors included Peter Gabriel, E ...

  14. MOG's Hyman to Imeem's Caldwell: You're Wrong

    October 22, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Is launching a new digital music service an exercise in futility or a shot at great opportunity? Depends who you talk to. Earlier this week Imeem founder Dalton Caldwell made headlines with a speech to the Y Combinator Startup School saying that l ...

  15. Imeem Founder: Music Startups Destined To Fail

    October 18, 2010 12:00 AM EDT What's Imeem founder Dalton Caldwell been up to since MySpace acquired the company he started for $1 million last year, and then subsequently shuttered? Well, most recently he discussed his reflections on the Imeem experience to a group of st ...

  16. Napster Releases iPhone App

    September 20, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Napster now has an iPhone app, allowing subscribers to stream songs to their mobile device. Like the other streaming services, it offers streaming access to its full catalog, cache songs on the device, create playlists and adds an automix feature ...

  17. Business Matters: Spotify, Napster, PayPal and more

    August 13, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Napster Co-Founder Invests In Spotify -- Sean Parker, former CEO of Facebook and co-founder of Napster, has invested $ €11.6 million ($US 14.9 million) in Spotify at a valuation of €230 million ($300 million), according to Trade Register of Luxemb ...

  18. Billboard Q&A: Google’s New Music Attorney Elizabeth Moody

    July 22, 2010 12:00 AM EDT When word broke this week that Google had hired veteran music industry lawyer Elizabeth Moody to help it score licensing deals with the music industry, it helped make the rumors that Google is considering a cloud-based music service just that much ...

  19. Analysis: Spotify's Dutch Launch Points To U.S. Strategy

    May 18, 2010 12:00 AM EDT For a clue on what the Spotify on-demand streaming music service might look like when it finally launches in the U.S., take a close look at what the company did in the Netherlands this week. In the process of launching there, Spotify launched two ...

  20. Business Matters: Live Nation, Google, Lala, mFlow

    May 11, 2010 12:00 AM EDT -- Morgan Joseph maintained its “neutral” rating on Live Nation stock. Note the Morgan analyst believes artists could possibly have less, not more, leverage in the future. “We remain on the sidelines and look for more signs of positive free cash f ...

  21. We7 Makes Ad-Funded Pay

    April 28, 2010 12:00 AM EDT U.K. streaming service We7 says it is now able to cover all costs for its on-demand streaming from advertising on the site. The company had its first month where money owed to rights holders was paid for by display and audio commercials, suggestin ...

  22. Pandora Tops 50 Million Users

    April 02, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Internet radio service Pandora passed 50 million registered users late last week, co-founder Tim Westergren announced at the company blog. "The growth of mobile has clearly helped a ton,” wrote Westergren, adding that an increasing number of ...

  23. Business Matters: IFPI Sweden, Guvera, Virgin Media, Pemberton Festival

    January 19, 2010 12:00 AM EST -- Recorded music sales in Sweden posted a big turnaround in 2009. According to IFPI Sweden , music sales were up 10.2% -- the first increase since 2000. Digital sales rose 99%, but accounted for only 16% of total sales. Perhaps not coincidentally ...

  24. MIDEM 2010 Preview: Streaming Goes Mobile, World Cup, Key Start-Ups and More

    January 19, 2010 12:00 AM EST The MIDEM global trade fair and conference in Cannes remains an essential destination for many industry executives -- not least because of the opportunity to head to the south of France and escape the January freeze. But organizers say they had to ...

  25. Q&A: Napster ex-CEO Chris Gorog

    January 19, 2010 12:00 AM EST On January 6, the man who led the Napster digital music service for the last 10 years, Chris Gorog, announced he was leaving the company , along with president Brad Duea. There were conflicting reports at the time about whether his departure was v ...

  26. Business Matters: Thurston Moore, Sam Goody, Imeem, MySpace

    December 29, 2009 12:00 AM EST Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. -- The Times has a lengthy look at the cassette , a format it recently realized never really disappeared. The cassette is known for being a good f ...

  27. Digital Briefs: Snocap, Green Day, Google

    December 14, 2009 12:00 AM EST -- Fallout from MySpace Music's purchase of imeem continues. Artists and labels owed money from sales and streams on the now-defunct imeem won't get any money from the services new owners. Wired's Epicenter blog focuses on the more ...

  28. Business Matters: MySpace, Imeem, Virgin Media, Google

    December 09, 2009 12:00 AM EST Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. -- On the day MySpace Music closed its purchase of Imeem , the imeem.com domain was redirected to myspace.com/imeem and visitors were greeted with ...

  29. Done Deal: MySpace Music Acquires Imeem

    December 08, 2009 12:00 AM EST MySpace's acquisition of imeem is complete. The company officially announced the transaction on its blog after weeks of speculation. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but sources with knowledge of the transaction say it was for less than ...

  30. Analysis: Vevo Is A Necessary Experiment For Majors

    December 07, 2009 12:00 AM EST The launch of Vevo Tuesday (Dec. 8) is a necessary experiment for major labels aiming to take a more direct role in charting their digital destiny. After years of letting video sites build a business on their content, music companies must take new ...

  31. What Will It Take For Ad-supported Music To Work?

    November 30, 2009 12:00 AM EST One of the biggest questions of 2009 has been: What will it take for ad-supported music to work? The answers are pretty clear in this Q&A with Robin Kent , founder of consultancy Rebel Digital and former CEO of failed ad-supported music site S ...

  32. Brands Urged To Engage With Music Fans Via Social Networks

    November 25, 2009 12:00 AM EST Music is playing such a critical role on fast-growing social networks that brand owners can no longer ignore it for brand-awareness strategies, says a new report by Heartbeats International, the Sweden-based international marketing agency. Called ...

  33. Analysis: Hulu, Vevo And The Rise Of Streaming Video

    November 19, 2009 12:00 AM EST While talk about free, ad-supported music streaming sites dominated the tech and music industries in 2009, who would have thought that ad-supported video streaming sites would finish the year with more optimism? As Billboard reported on Wednesday, ...

  34. Business Matters: Teamsters, MySpace, Imeem

    November 19, 2009 12:00 AM EST Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. -- Composers and lyricists in Hollywood are considering joining the Teamsters , Local 399. According to the Los Angeles Times, about 400 such prof ...

  35. Reports: MySpace Signs Agreement To Acquire Imeem

    November 18, 2009 12:00 AM EST MySpace has reportedly signed an agreement to acquire ad-supported on-demand music service imeem. According to reports at TechCrunch and PaidContent , a letter of intent has been signed. The TechCrunch report lists the price at $1 million in cash, ...

  36. MySpace Close To Acquiring Imeem

    November 17, 2009 12:00 AM EST MySpace reportedly is in the late stages of negotiating an acquisition of rival music streaming service imeem. Billboard has independently verified initial reports from tech blog TechCrunch and the Wall Street Journal’s AllThingsD , that the negot ...

  37. France's Deezer Launches Premium Services

    November 06, 2009 12:00 AM EST Paris-based on-demand streaming service Deezer has unveiled premium offers to complement its free ad-supported service. For €4.99 ($7.44) a month, subscribers can access the on-demand service in a higher quality (up to 320 kbps) without any visual ...

  38. Analysis: Google To Boost The Music Biz In Three Ways

    October 29, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Google has given the music industry a big push forward with the launch of its expansive new music search capabilities . The connection the new search makes between consumers and content owners - finding and listening to music has never been easier ...

  39. Google Unveils New Music Search Capabilities

    October 28, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Search engine giant Google has unveiled expansive new music search capabilities designed to not only facilitate music discovery, streams and sales, but also drive traffic to several digital music services selected as content providers for the newl ...

  40. Analysis: Are VCs Eyeing Music Investments Again?

    September 01, 2009 12:00 AM EDT News arrived last week that Mog and Rightsflow landed additional rounds of equity. One may wonder if investors are being lured into music again. The answer is both yes and no. Except for Spotify, few listening-based music startups have recently ca ...

  41. Apple Approves Spotify App

    August 28, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Spotify says its iPhone app has been approved by Apple and will be available for its premium subscribers. The app will be available "soon" from the App Store for customers in the U.K., Sweden, France, Spain, Norway and Finland. The Spoti ...

  42. RightsFlow Closes Round Of Funding

    August 26, 2009 12:00 AM EDT RightsFlow, a provider of mechanical licensing, accounting and royalty payment services for companies that sell or distribute music worldwide, has completed a $1.5 million Series A financing round with Originate Ventures of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania ...

  43. Court: Internet Radio Services Don't Need To License From Labels

    August 21, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Internet radio services that don’t let users play tracks on demand don’t need to strike content licensing deals with record labels, according to the verdict in the ongoing dispute between Yahoo’s Launchcast and the music industry. The U.S. Second ...

  44. 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 ...

  45. Digital Briefs: RealNetworks, Activision, Spotify

    August 07, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- RealNetworks laid off 12 employees from the Rhapsody music service. The company told reporters that it is refocusing on online and mobile applications, meaning less on its editorial and desktop client support. The layoffs represent about 9% of ...

  46. Briefs: BT, Melodis, The Pirate Bay, Schuba's

    August 05, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- BT , Britain's largest ISP, plans to launch a music subscription service and is reported to be in early talks with the four major music groups. BT's entry would be the third such service. Sky has planned a service, which may be out la ...

  47. Briefs: Spotify, Entercom, Imeem, YouTube

    August 04, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- Three new investors have backed Spotify at a valuation of $250 million, according to paidContent. One of the investors is Li Ka-Shing, a Hong Kong-based investor that backed Facebook in 2007, according to reported TechCrunch. In addition, Spoti ...

  48. Web Music Category Tunes to Audio, Visual Ad Models

    July 06, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Michael Jackson's death continues to resonate in the world of online music as fans flock to the Web to purchase his music-and stream tons of it for free, often without many ads. That surge is seen as a boost to the fast-growing Web music sect ...

  49. Briefs: Spotify, Imeem, Mobile Piracy

    June 26, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- Spotify is earning a 14 pence per U.K. user per month in advertising revenue, The Register reports. The music streaming service has over half a million users in the U.K., but only 17,000 of them are said to have upgraded to the ad-free, premium ...

  50. Briefs: Bruce Springsteen, Jammie Thomas, Sugarland

    June 16, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- The New Jersey Star-Ledger used the Open Public Records Act to investigate the ticketing arrangements for the May 2009 Bruce Springsteen concert that prompted a Senate Judiciary hearing and much public outcry against Ticketmaster Entertainment. ...

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