Information science

  1. 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. ...

  2. Access Over Ownership? It's Happening in Video

    August 09, 2011 11:31 AM EDT How important is it to own your favorite album or film? Habits are changing in the video market, where access is quickly overtaking ownership. In the first half of 2011, American consumers spent more money renting movies than purchasing them, acco ...

  3. China to Punish Baidu for Illegal Music Search Service

    April 25, 2011 7:37 AM EDT China's Ministry of Culture will punish Baidu Inc for providing illegal music downloads, a move that poses near-term risk to the firm's soaring stock price. Xinhua, China's official news agency, reported on Monday that the governmen ...

  4. Analysis: Labels Began Phasing Out CD Manufacturing Plants A Decade Ago

    January 13, 2011 12:00 AM EST Yesterday we reported that Sony Music is closing a CD manufacturing plant in New Jersey. This is more than just a reaction to the current woes of the CD format. Sony's move out of CD manufacturing is just the latest example of major music com ...

  5. Jay-Z's Life to Get 'Decoded' Through Bing Book Partnership

    October 18, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Jay-Z is teaming up with Microsoft's Bing search engine to promote his upcoming book, "DECODED." Every page of the book -- which details the meanings behind the rap icon's lyrics and traces the cultural forces that shaped both ...

  6. Value Vs. Price: Analysis From NPD's Russ Crupnick

    October 04, 2010 12:00 AM EDT More than ten million people stop buying music each year, Russ Crupnick told the Leadership Music Digital Summit last week, and two-thirds of non-digital buyers don’t have any interest in buying digital. They simply wanted good value in music and ...

  7. Music Sales Slump At New Zealand's Warehouse

    September 13, 2010 12:00 AM EDT New Zealand's home entertainment market leader the Warehouse has been hit by a slump in music and DVD sales. The mass merchant revealed 2.3% decline in full year-earnings to $83.2 million New Zealand ($68 million) for the year ending Aug. 2. ...

  8. Private Groups Acquire Alliance Ent.

    September 01, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Alliance Entertainment, the second largest music wholesaler in the United States, has been acquired by two private equity firms, Platinum Equity and the Gores Group. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Alliance Entertainment is ...

  9. Five for Fighting, Melissa Etheridge Among Acts Set For The Bing Lounge

    August 24, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Microsoft is hoping to draw more attention to its Bing search engine by sponsoring live performances at a newly-branded venue in Portland called the Bing Lounge. The venue is a partnership with Alpha Broadcasting, which owns several local radio st ...

  10. Regency Media Acquires Aussie Music Group Shock

    August 02, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Australian independent music company Shock has a new owner. Regency Media, one of the country's largest independent manufacturers and distributors of CDs and DVDs, has acquired the assets of Shock. Financial details were not disclosed. Melbou ...

  11. U.K. Music Sales Edge Up In 2010 First Half

    July 15, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The U.K. Entertainment Retailers' Association (ERA) issued first half figures for 2010 that show small year on year increases in unit and value sales. The trade group said sales of music and video products were "surprisingly resilient&qu ...

  12. Is G-Ticket Google's Answer To Ticketmaster?

    July 09, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Is G-Ticket Google's answer to Ticketmaster? Only if you believe the campaign contrived online and carried out through a litany of Google search queries. In a thread at website Reddit , people decided to voice their displeasure with Ticketmas ...

  13. German Societies Agree PC Copying Fee

    January 13, 2010 12:00 AM EST The German collection societies GEMA, GVL (German Collecting Society for Performers and Phonogram Producers), VG Wort (literature) and VG Bild-Kunst (pictures, artist) have come to an agreement via their common holding company ZPÜ (Central Organis ...

  14. Analysis: The Paradox of the CD

    January 07, 2010 12:00 AM EST The CD is the record industry's biggest problem and, yet, its biggest source of revenue - and it took another big hit in 2009. The format's sales dropped 17.9% from 2008. That's a predictable figure considering the previous two year ...

  15. Take That Lead U.K. Music DVD Sales Surge

    January 07, 2010 12:00 AM EST U.K. pop act Take That's "The Circus - Live" (Universal) was the biggest music DVD release of 2009 in Britain, moving 574,000 copies according to the Official Charts Company. Overall, music video sales ended the year up 14.1% compar ...

  16. Late Steven Gately Tops Google U.K. Search List

    December 03, 2009 12:00 AM EST Former Boyzone singer Stephen Gately, who died Oct 10, topped the list of most popular topics searched for over the past 12 months by U.K. Google users. The only other music artist to appear in the top 5 was Lady Gaga, who appeared at No. 5 in the ...

  17. Michael Jackson Doc Gets DVD Release Date

    November 30, 2009 12:00 AM EST Sony's Michael Jackson documentary "This Is It" has been set for release on DVD and Blu-ray Disc on Jan. 26. "This Is It" has rung up $71 million in domestic boxoffice since bowing in theaters Oct. 28, and the studio' ...

  18. Opinion: On-Demand CDs Still Problematic

    June 30, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The new Cheap Trick album, "The Latest" , is current available at Amazon.com through the company's on-demand CD manufacturing as a one-month exclusive from the release date , but on-demand CDs are both the new wave and a failed expe ...

  19. Recession, Not Web, Is Why DVD Sales Are Off

    May 27, 2009 12:00 AM EDT It's mostly bad news, but there's a silver lining for DVD retailers: The recession, not the spread of digital video distribution, is what's driving notable declines in disc purchasing. Those are among key findings of a recent consum ...

  20. Scientists Create Discs Capable Of Holding 2,000 DVDs

    May 21, 2009 12:00 AM EDT A team of Australian scientists has developed a new data storage technology that can apparently hold the equivalent of 2,000 DVDs on a single disc, and could be on the market within a decade. The researchers, from Melbourne's Swinburne Univer ...

  21. Japan's Columbia Builds On-Demand CD Service

    April 28, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The on-demand CD printing service by Columbia Music Entertainment, Japan's oldest record label, is picking up steam. The service allows customers to order long out-of-print titles and receive them with new packaging, images and information. H ...

  22. Iron Maiden Heads To Blu-Ray

    April 15, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Iron Maiden is gearing up for a multi-format release for its "Flight 666" tour movie, on DVD and Blu-ray along with an accompanying live soundtrack album. The film, documenting the first leg of the U.K. metal band's "Somewhere ...

  23. U.K. Indie RSK Moves To Trilogy

    March 03, 2009 12:00 AM EST U.K. independent RSK Entertainment will move its distribution from Arvato to Trilogy Logistics, effective late April. In a statement, Newbury, Berkshire-based RSK's joint managing director Simon Carver cited "strategic" reasons that ...

  24. DVD, CD Retailers Still See A 'Shiny Disc World'

    February 05, 2009 12:00 AM EST Home entertainment retailers on Wednesday concluded a two-day pep rally staged to buck up sector spirits amid the challenging economic times. But in a sign of the times, participants in the Future of Packaged Media confab first had to reassure att ...

  25. Blu-ray Lights Up U.K. DVD Sales

    January 02, 2009 12:00 AM EST Demand for the high-definition Blu-ray format drove U.K. DVD volumes up in 2008, according to new figures from trade body the British Video Association. Total DVD sales rose 1.9% year-on-year to 252.9 million units. That included 3.7 million Blu-r ...

  26. Canadian Copyright Board Raises Tax

    December 08, 2008 12:00 AM EST The Canadian Copyright Board has announced it will raise the tax on blank compact discs to 29¢ (US$0.23), a 38% increase. Previously the tariff on blank recordable CDs was 21¢ (US$0.1679). The tariff is collected on behalf of the Canadian Private ...

  27. Zavvi Sales Up Despite CD Slump

    September 16, 2008 12:00 AM EDT U.K. entertainment retailer Zavvi says it has marked its first year of operations with a 10.2% like-for-like increase on the previous year for its store sales. The Zavvi group, which rebranded from Virgin Megastore in Sept. 2007 following a manage ...

  28. Opinion: Why Lowering Prices Could Save The Biz

    July 01, 2008 12:00 AM EDT At Hastings, we're convinced that the CD business can continue to be a good, slowly declining and profitable product, exposing new and established artists to the marketplace in concert with digital distribution. Our everyday interaction with ...

  29. Blu-ray Subjected To Japanese Copy Levy

    June 24, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The Japanese government has added Blu-ray Discs and Blu-ray Disc recorders to the list of products subject to private-copying levies. But copyright groups such as JASRAC and the RIAJ have expressed concern over the future of the copying-levy syste ...

  30. Spain Ignites 'Digital Canon'

    June 23, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Spanish consumers will from July 1 pay a special anti-piracy tax on all new gadgets capable of recording, copying or storing sound and images. The tax, known as the "digital canon", arrives 18 months after its scheduled date following so ...

  31. Peter Gabriel Backed Online Service Unveiled

    June 03, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The Filter, an online music and entertainment recommendation engine backed by music legend Peter Gabriel, officially launched today. The service has been in a beta mode for several months, compiling over 5 million songs, 330,000 movies and is avai ...

  32. Australia's Shock Restructures

    May 20, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Shock Entertainment, one of Australia's largest independent music and DVD companies, has merged its promo, marketing and online/digital departments. The 12 staffers in these divisions are now part of a new entity called the Media Department. ...

  33. NARM Panel Discusses CD Revitalization

    May 05, 2008 12:00 AM EDT At a late afternoon NARM session today (May 5), researchers from the NPD Group presented focus group feedback on ways to make the CD more appetizing to consumers. But the panel failed to address the larger issue: In an era where 80% of teens downl ...

  34. WMI, Odyssey Strike Ukraine Pact

    April 29, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Warner Music International has struck an exclusive licensing agreement with Odyssey that will see the Ukrainian distributor import, manufacture and distribute the music major's CD and DVD product. Through the agreement, effective from today, ...

  35. Digital Briefs: UK Industry, IBM Breakthrough, Williams' Sales

    April 14, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - The UK music industry is gunning for a cut of MP3 device sales in return for a license that would authorize the practice of ripping CDs to devices . - IBM has developed new technology would allow MP3 players to store as much as 500,000 songs. - ...

  36. Report: Videogame Spending Tripled Last Year

    March 11, 2008 12:00 AM EDT It's a good time to be in the videogame business. While spending on music fell 10% in 2007, according to new data from the NPD Group, videogame spending tripled in the same period, and DVD sales were largely flat. Retail sales of videogames j ...

  37. Canadian Biz Hails 'Biggest-Ever' Piracy Raid

    March 07, 2008 12:00 AM EST A police raid on an alleged music piracy operation in Winnipeg, Manitoba has resulted in what the Canadian record business claims is the largest counterfeit bust in Canadian history. According to the Canadian Recording Industry Association, a firm ...

  38. Warner Home Video Drops HD DVD Support

    January 04, 2008 12:00 AM EST Warner Home Video on Friday announced it is casting its lot exclusively with the Blu-ray Disc format, leaving rival HD DVD with just two studios. The move, which had been both widely expected and publicly denied, comes on the eve of the Consumer E ...

  39. Spanish Parliament OKs 'Digital Canon'

    December 21, 2007 12:00 AM EST The Spanish music industry received a belated $46 million Christmas present on Thursday when Parliament approved a new digital tax in its last full session before the general elections on March 9. The so-called "digital canon" will apply ...

  40. Nellymoser Introduces Music Companion Service

    November 09, 2007 12:00 AM EST Nellymoser has introduced a Music Companion service for mobile operators looking to offer personalized music content and information to their subscribers. According to the company, the Music Companion service filters large music catalogs into resu ...

  41. Dutch Cops Bust DVD Gang

    September 14, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Dutch Fiscal and Economic Police officials are disassembling a pirate disc factory in the city of Velddriel after a raid on Tuesday yielded illicit CDs and copying hardware. The FIOD-ECD raid followed forensic investigations led by the IFPI, and a ...

  42. New Line To Issue First High Def Release

    September 11, 2007 12:00 AM EDT New Line Home Entertainment has become the latest studio to jump into high-definition disc waters, announcing Tuesday that its first next-generation release will be the 2007 musical version of "Hairspray." The film, which grossed $107.3 ...

  43. Mail On Sunday Follows Prince Campaign With DVD First

    September 06, 2007 12:00 AM EDT British newspaper the Mail on Sunday will back-up its controversial Prince "covermount" CD campaign with a groundbreaking DVD release. The Sept. 16 issue will premiere the DVD of Brendan Foley-directed film "The Riddle," which ...

  44. Dave Matthews Blu-Ray To Feature Dolby TrueHD

    August 28, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The upcoming "Dave Matthews & Tim Reynolds: Live at Radio City" Blu-ray release will be Sony BMG's first offering that features Dolby TrueHD, according to High-Def Digest . The next-generation lossless technology was developed f ...

  45. Brit Retailer Choicesuk Hits The Wall

    August 21, 2007 12:00 AM EDT British DVD and music retailer ChoicesUK has called in the administrators and suspended trading in its shares on the AIM section of the London Stock Exchange. ChoicesUK has 170 outlets focusing on DVD and computer games for sale and rental. The co ...

  46. Malaysia Honors Anti-Piracy Canines

    August 20, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Labradors Lucky and Flo became the first four-legged recipients of commendation medals conferred by the Malaysian government for outstanding service. The medals were conferred for five months of exception sniffing services for Malaysian anti-pirac ...

  47. Koch Teams With Coming Home Media

    July 17, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Koch Entertainment Distribution has signed a distribution agreement with Coming Home Media. The deal gives Koch exclusive physical and digital distribution rights in North America. Koch will be distributing Coming Home Media's fourth quarter ...

  48. Video Competition Extends Lifespan Of Alleycats' Songs

    July 03, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Technology and art have formed a symbiotic relationship to ensure that the songs of popular Malaysian recording group the Alleycats live on through a video competition. The Alleycats have recorded 29 albums with Universal Music since their 1969 de ...

  49. MyStrands Wins $25 Million Backing

    June 22, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Spanish online music recommendation company MyStrands has received $25 million-worth of funding from 25-year-old Spanish media mogul, Antonio Asensio. Asensio is CEO of the country's third biggest media group, Grupo Zeta. MyStrands, formed in ...

  50. U.K. Fans World’s No. 1 CD Buyers

    June 15, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Music fans in the U.K. are top of the world CD buying charts for the fourth year in a row, despite the inroads being made by downloading songs from the Internet. Figures produced by the IFPI for international CD sales point to the U.K. population ...

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