Jon Irwin

  1. Morning Fix: Rough Trade Store to Open in NYC; White House Postpones 'Musica Latina'; Restructuring at Rhapsody

    September 17, 2013 6:00 AM EDT Get the Morning Fix Delivered To Your Inbox HERE EXCLUSIVE: ROUGH TRADE WILL OPEN FLAGSHIP STORE NOV. 25 IN NEW YORK Rough Trade, the iconic London music retailer that spawned Rough Trade Records and served as a cradle for post-punk music in the ...

  2. New Music Seminar: Music Subscription Companies Talk Differentiation in a Crowded Field

    June 11, 2013 12:35 PM EDT A panel of representatives from the music subscription business tackled issues including market differentiation, how to expand internationally and what Appleā€™s entrance into the space means for competitors Monday at the New Music Seminar. Paneli ...

  3. Rhapsody Expands to 14 European Countries

    June 03, 2013 5:57 PM EDT Rhapsody on Monday expanded its subscription music service to 14 additional European countries in a bid to accrue scale and more effectively compete with Spotify, Deezer and others in the burgeoning on-demand music market. The expansion brings ...

  4. Does Streaming Cannibalize Albums?

    December 14, 2012 7:25 AM EST (Illustration by Jan Feindt) Meet Michael Acton. In many ways, he represents the past, present and future of the music business. As a teen growing up in Buckinghamshire, England, in the 1980s, Acton trawled record stores for vinyl. In his 20s, he ...

  5. Value of Music Streaming is Data, Says Artist Zoe Keating @FutureSound Conference

    November 18, 2012 9:16 AM EST From left: Ethan Diamond, CEO/Co-Founder, Bandcamp; David Marcus, SVP of Worldwide Artist Services, WMG; Emily White, Co-Founder, Whitesmith Entertainment; Zoe Keating, Artist; consultant Antony Bruno; Jon Irwin, President, Rhapsody International; ...

  6. Rhapsody Adopts Music App Strategy, Partners With Echo Nest

    November 15, 2012 12:41 PM EST The Echo Nest today announced on its blog a partnership with Rhapsody in which the two companies will create APIs to make it easier than ever for developers to build music apps. The news follows a story (below) published in this week's Billbo ...

  7. Business Matters: Century Media Was Destined to Return to Spotify

    July 30, 2012 8:53 PM EDT Century Media Was Destined to Return to Spotify -- Citing Spotify's promotional value and feedback from fans, metal label Century Media has returned its catalog to the on-demand subscription service . At the time, the label said Spotify' ...

  8. Lyor Cohen, Jon Irwin, Jason Flom, More To Speak at New Music Seminar

    April 10, 2012 11:58 AM EDT New Music Seminar today announced a new round of "players" who will be speaking at the two-and-a-half day-long conference June 17-19 in New York. Joining the previously-announced names are a laundry list of label heads, including Warner ...

  9. Business Matters: Are Royalties and Windowing Legitimate Controversies for Subscription Services?

    February 28, 2012 7:50 PM EST Are Royalties and Windowing Legitimate Controversies for Subscription Services? -- The recurring theme -- or broken record -- of digital music in the last few months has been the "controversy" regarding artists' discontent with subs ...

  10. Rhapsody Expands to UK, Germany With Acquisition of Napster International

    January 26, 2012 5:29 AM EST Rhapsody is extending its reach into Europe through acquisitions of Napster International. The deal means Rhapsody will own and operate the Napster service in the UK and Germany. Terms were not disclosed, The acquisition makes for an "ideal e ...

  11. CES Backbeat: Where Is Rhapsody President Jon Irwin's Hair? We Know ...

    January 12, 2012 10:32 AM EST Rhapsody president Jon Irwin is currently attending CES in Las Vegas with a buzz cut. Here's why: Irwin set a goal of reaching 1 million subscribers by the end of 2011 during a planning meeting for the year. When somebody asked Irwin what he ...

  12. Morning Heds: Spotify Says Bye to Free, Sony Goes iOS, Beatles Songs Sold

    January 12, 2012 6:11 AM EST Spotify no longer free for early US subscribers Music Week Early Spotify adopters in the US will see their no-strings, unlimited streaming experience cease next week when their promotional period comes to an end. Why Rhapsody Is (Probably) Bigger ...

  13. 2012's Consumer Electronics Show Biz Blog

    January 09, 2012 7:29 AM EST Jan 13, 2012 | Blog Post CES 2012: 8 Cool Things Andrew Hampp, Las Vegas The music industry was all over Las Vegas this week, from Will Smith and Kelly Clarkson at Sony's presentation, Justin Timberlake's cameo at MySpace's TV annou ...

  14. Streaming Services Are Cutting Big Checks for Rights Holders: Guest Post by Rhapsody President Jon Irwin

    October 25, 2011 9:00 AM EDT (The rise of the music-streaming market has brought with it apprehension about size of royalties paid to artists. People are simply concerned about the value of music, and it has been an increasingly common topic in news articles and blog posts in ...

  15. Rhapsody Doubles Down on Mobile with MetroPCS Bundling Deal

    August 17, 2011 7:00 AM EDT If subscription music services are going to have any impact on the digital music future, they'll need to be bundled into other more popular services. That's the strategy championed by Rhapsody CEO Jon Irwin -- and it's at the center ...

  16. Hey Spotify, Rhapsody Tops 800,000 Subscribers

    July 11, 2011 4:35 PM EDT Rhapsody announced Monday that it surpassed the 800,000 subscriber mark for its music subscription service. The company has added 150,000 subscribers since being spun off from RealNetworks in early 2010, according to a statement by Rhapsody presid ...

  17. Business Matters: The Orchard Reaches Profitability

    April 11, 2011 5:51 PM EDT The Orchard Is (Financially) Fertile -- Digital distributor The Orchard is now profitable and grew revenues 14.7% in 2010, according to information the company shared with Billboard. "We had a profitable Q4 and we expect to remain profitable, ...

  18. Rhapsody's Jon Irwin Talks Progress a Year After Spinning Off From Real Networks

    April 01, 2011 3:02 PM EDT Rhapsody's Jon Irwin A year ago today, Real Networks officially split off its Rhapsody music subscription service into a standalone company. Since then, the smaller, nimbler organization has added 100,000 net subscribers for a total of 750,00 ...

  19. Rhapsody Sales Up 10% On Strength Of Mobile App

    September 29, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Some interesting tidbits of information surfaced out of an otherwise ho-hum rehash of mobile music subscription services in USA Today , most notably that Rhapsody is seeing a 10% increase in subscribers as a result of their mobile app. From the ar ...