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  1. Drowning In Music: Whyd's Music Bookmarking App Hopes to Be Your Lifeboat

    June 23, 2014 11:04 AM EDT With the massive volume of music created and shared today, discovering a new song isn’t a problem -- remembering it is. Lucky for us, potentially, that music bookmarking service Whyd has released a free mobile app today to help listeners do just t ...

  2. Last.fm Pulls Out of Radio Streaming, Plugs in YouTube

    March 26, 2014 7:00 PM EDT Last.fm has been considered to be an online music pioneer since starting in 2002. But like many pioneers, it's gotten hit by a few arrows over the years as it tries to find the right business model for streaming music. The latest of those str ...

  3. Business Matters: Can Seth Goldstein's DJZ Disrupt As Well As Entertain?

    September 13, 2012 2:21 PM EDT That Seth Goldstein is aiming his new startup, the content and advertising-driven DJZ at the growing electronic dance music (EDM) scene is not a surprise. Goldstein is chairman at Turntable.fm, the DJ-minded music service that shot to fame in 2011 ...

  4. How Spotify and Rdio Are De-Socializing Music Streaming

    September 05, 2012 1:30 PM EDT In Rdio's advanced settings, users can now choose a privacy setting that will require approval before other users can view their collection, playlists, activity and full user profile. Streaming music is inherently more social than downloading ...

  5. Internet Radio: The Next Digital Underground

    July 19, 2012 6:35 PM EDT One is traded on the New York Stock Exchange. Another was recently launched by the world's leading on-demand music subscription service. And yet another has quietly accumulated 30 million monthly users. These three Internet services are part ...

  6. Live Nation Labs Acquires Music Sharing Startup Rexly

    July 16, 2012 5:39 PM EDT Live Nation Labs has acquired Rexly, the maker of a music sharing app for iPhone. The San Francisco-based startup will become the base of Live Nation Labs' San Francisco operations, according to a post on the Live Nation Labs blog . Terms of ...

  7. Business Matters: Ticketfly Launches Ticketfly Causes To Help Charities, Build a Better Workplace

    June 26, 2012 4:23 PM EDT Ticketfly Causes Works To Help Charities Ticketfly's new charitable initiative is not just an example of a corporation supporting good causes in its community and around the country. Ticketfly Causes is also an attempt to remain an attractive ...

  8. En Breve: Estela Rava's Death, Deezer Streaming Service, Marc Anthony and Obama

    June 21, 2012 4:30 PM EDT Argentine Singer Estela Raval Dead at 77 Estela Raval, the Argentine Latin jazz singer known for her romantic pop ballads, has died of cancer. She was 77. The songstress, who recorded more than 50 albums, was one of the best-known entertainers in ...

  9. Business Matters: Sonos Lands $135 Million for the Future of the Digital Living Room

    June 18, 2012 5:49 PM EDT Sonos Radises $135 Million For Digital Living Room Some major investors appear to be betting that living rooms are finally ready for digital music. Sonos , the maker of digital music listening equipment for the home, has raised $135 million in a r ...

  10. Business Matters: Access Models Peacefully Coexisting with Purchase Models

    June 11, 2012 4:35 PM EDT Spotify Accounting For Growing Distribution Revenue, But Not Replacing Downloads There is now a bit more evidence that Spotify has not lead to a reduction of music purchases. Contrary to some people's fears, it appears that many Spotify users ...

  11. Last.fm Users Latest Victims of Password Hacks

    June 07, 2012 1:26 PM EDT It seems that password hacks are the new hot trend gripping the internet. Following password hacks on websites such as LinkedIn and eHarmony in the past few days, music scrobbler/recommendation site Last.fm warned on its site today that they are i ...

  12. Business Matters: BPI's Q1 Numbers Suggest Subscription Services Aren't Hurting Purchases in U.K.

    May 31, 2012 3:43 PM EDT BPI Numbers Harm Subscription Service Cannibalization Theory Today there's even less evidence that subscription services cannibalize music purchases. Growth in digital revenue in the U.K. in the first quarter exceeded the loss of physical rev ...

  13. Music Apps For the Summer Time -- Last.fm Festivals, Blog DJs, Chart Playlists, More

    May 23, 2012 2:48 PM EDT As the thermometer consistently tops 70 degrees here in New England, it's safe to say summer is coming in . For music lovers, that means music festivals. This week's batch includes Last.Fm's Festivals app (available for Android, iPo ...

  14. New Spotify Apps Dive Into Online Dating Via Listening Preferences

    May 10, 2012 12:34 PM EDT Step aside, Chuck Woolery ! There's a new matchmaker in town -- actually, two. The latest round of Spotify apps -- Tastebuds.fm and Fellody -- offer to help people find romance through music. These are by no means the first apps to attempt to ...

  15. Backbeat: 'Digital Dinner' Brings Together Execs From TAG Strategic, Microsoft, Digitalmusic.org At NARM

    May 10, 2012 11:20 AM EDT Ted Cohen (left, Managing Partner, TAG Strategic) and Bill Wilson (right, VP, Digital Strategy and Business Development, digitalmusic.org) congratulate Rob McDermott (Mad Mac Entertainment) on winning the raffle for a Sonos sound system. (Photo: B ...

  16. Facebook Breaks Up With Grooveshark on Eve of IPO

    May 08, 2012 1:19 PM EDT You can't use Facebook to log in to Grooveshark anymore, and Grooveshark can no longer share your plays to Facebook. In our exclusive interview with Grooveshark CEO and co-founder Sam Tarantino a couple of weeks ago, he listed no fewer than e ...

  17. Business Matters: Deezer Opens API, Welcomes Developers to Make Really Cool Apps

    May 03, 2012 7:15 PM EDT Deezer Welcomes App Developers Deezer has opened its API and launched "Open Deezer" roughly five months after Spotify did the same. Open Deezer will allow developers to create applications and services that integrate Deezer's on-dem ...

  18. Snoop Dogg's Social 50 Chart Gain, Courtesy of Coachella

    April 26, 2012 8:21 PM EDT Tupac Shakur's virtual appearances at the Coachella Music Festival (April 15 and 22) spurs a gain for his on-stage duet partner, Snoop Dogg, on the Billboard Social 50 chart this week. Tupac's Virtual Coachella Appearance Spurs Huge Sale ...

  19. Business Matters: TuneUp Media Launches Music I.D. App With Approach Different from Shazam and SoundHound

    April 19, 2012 6:41 PM EDT TuneUp Recognizes Music, But Also Cleans Up Your Music Collection Apparently the market for music identification apps isn't too crowded for new competitor. TuneUp Media has released a song identification app for iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad to ...

  20. Business Matters: Spotify, Pandora, Google Music, Lady Antebellum Nominated for 2012 Webby Awards

    April 10, 2012 5:58 PM EDT Webby Awards Announce Nominations A handful of music sites and artists have been nominated for the 16th Annual Webby Awards organized by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Science to award excellent on the Internet. The awards show will ...

  21. Erica Farber Named President and CEO of Radio Advertising Bureau

    April 03, 2012 12:51 PM EDT Erica Farber, former publisher-CEO of Radio & Records, has been named president and chief executive officer of the Radio Advertising Bureau, effective April 16. Farber, who most recently served as the RAB's executive vice president, will ...

  22. Vevo Now Syndicating Content to Yahoo! Music

    March 21, 2012 5:11 PM EDT Yahoo! Music has become Vevo's latest syndication partner. The deal means Vevo's videos are now streamed through a Vevo video player at one of the most heavily trafficked websites in the country. Business Matters: ABC News Helps Yahoo! O ...

  23. Rdio Announces Major Changes At SXSW Event

    March 13, 2012 3:08 PM EDT AUSTIN, TEXAS -- Rdio, the music subscription service from Skype and Kazaa co-founders Janus Friis and Niklas Zennstrom, announced major changes to its music subscription service designed to "put music and people front and center," in an ...

  24. Music Apps Gone Wild: The Moderator's Notes

    March 12, 2012 5:40 PM EDT After my panel at SXSW today, several people asked for copies of my presentation about the wildest, wackiest music apps we've seen over the past year. The presentation went well, and I even got some laughs and applause, which is always sort o ...

  25. 'Data Mining Music' SXSWi Panel Shows How Data Can Lead to Better Playlists, Recommendations -- With Hilarious Results

    March 12, 2012 11:37 AM EDT People have 10 million songs in the pockets: What happens next? Paul Lamere, director of developer platform at the Echo Nest, thinks "big data" is the solution to better listening experiences, recommendations and playlist creation. " ...

  26. Billboard.biz's 2012 SXSW Blog

    March 09, 2012 2:42 PM EST March 13, 2012 | EXCLUSIVE Exclusive: Ginger Baker Documentarian To Next Tackle Bill Laswell "Beware of Mr. Baker" director Jay Bulger (center) and producer Fisher Stevens (right) are interviewed during the film's press day on Sunda ...

  27. The Only Tools You'll Need For SXSW 2012

    March 07, 2012 5:45 AM EST Evolver.fm's Eliot Van Buskirk (Right) with Spotify's Daniel Ek in a keynote interview at SXSW 2010 (Photo: Jim Merithew/Wired.com) Each year, those of us lucky enough to attend the SXSW festival in Austin, Texas face the same questions: ...

  28. Video: MIDEM Hack Day Highlights: MyNight, Badgify, JPC2000, More

    January 30, 2012 1:07 PM EST The submissions from MIDEM's Hack Day were unveiled today in Cannes, with 18 apps and programs uploaded to the Hack Day's wiki page . The event was introduced at MIDEM on Saturday by SoundCloud VP of business development Dave Haynes and ...

  29. Why Young Music Fans Buy Vinyl -- and the Apps That Can Help Them

    January 26, 2012 5:00 AM EST As someone who spends lots of time thinking about the future of music as an app phenomenon, it might surprise you that I do a lot of my listening on vinyl records. I'm not alone - reports abound of vinyl's surging sales numbers over the ...

  30. With Updated iOS App, Herd.fm Wants to Change Mobile Music Discovery

    January 25, 2012 6:01 PM EST Music discovery abounds on PCs, but what about mobile devices? A new update to the Herd.fm iOS app aims to help people find music better suited to their tastes. Herd.fm originally used location as the basis for providing music recommendations. The ...

  31. Tips on Finding Your Next Favorite Band with SXSW, Last.fm, Spotify

    January 06, 2012 9:43 AM EST The holidays are over, leaving us with 356, 339, and 357 shopping days until Christmas, Hannukkah, and Kwanzaa respectively. Let's use that time productively, shall we? You might not want to think about this now, having recently braved the cr ...

  32. Business Matters: Spotify Rising, Now at 10.2 Million Monthly Average Users

    December 14, 2011 6:48 PM EST Spotify Rising, Now at 10.2 Million Monthly Average Users -- Spotify has added about 2.5 million global monthly average users (MAU) in the last month, according to figures available at AppData.com . On Tuesday Spotify's MAU stood at 10.2 mill ...

  33. Spotify's New Direction: A Big Step Forward for the App Movement

    November 30, 2011 5:20 PM EST At a press conference in New York today, Spotify announced that it is moving in a "new direction" - one that is said to be a "game-changer" for digital music. CEO Daniel Ek announced that the streaming-music service has now bec ...

  34. Turntable.fm's Seth Goldstein, Glassnote's Daniel Glass Talk Business Models, Major-Label Resistance to Digital at Billboard FutureSound

    November 18, 2011 4:40 PM EST Turntable.fm's Seth Goldstein with Topspin's Ian Rogers at Billboard's FutureSound Conference in San Francisco Friday . (Photo: Arnold Turner/A. Turner Archives) Opening day two of Billboard's FutureSound conference in San Fran ...

  35. The (Unofficial, But Still Amazing) Billboard Tumblr Top 30

    October 20, 2011 7:25 PM EDT BILLBOARD ON TUMBLR Over on our new Tumblr, we'll point you in the direction of the features over on our fan-focused site Billboard.com - as well as to selected content from our music industry-focused print magazine - but you can also expect ...

  36. Five Key Features Missing From Facebook Music

    September 23, 2011 5:00 PM EDT First, some perspective: Even after yesterday's big Facebook F8 hullabaloo, people will still listen to and discover music without Facebook, as hard as that might be to believe right now, given all the attention paid to the social network ...

  37. CHARTS LEGEND

    September 19, 2011 7:07 AM EDT GENERAL INFORMATION SALES Data for Billboard's sales charts, which include all album charts, are compiled by Nielsen SoundScan from a universe of retailers that represents more than 90% of the U.S. music retail market. The sample includes not ...

  38. This Week In Music Apps: Mufin Player, Geo-Playlists, iPhone MP3 Downloader

    August 26, 2011 4:00 PM EDT This Week In Music Apps serves up the latest music apps for iPhone, Android, and your now-more-capable web browser every week. You could set your… calendar by it. We'll start with a round-up of music apps and services we've put to the te ...

  39. Business Matters: What HP's Bargain Tablet Sale Means to Music Companies

    August 22, 2011 8:45 PM EDT What HP's Bargain Tablet Sale Means to Music Companies -- Consumers love cheap tablet PCs, if the price is right. HP's move to chop prices on its tablets -- the company wants to get out of the consumer hardware business and needed to mov ...

  40. Onesheet Goes Public, Signs Up Over 10,000 Artists

    August 16, 2011 1:50 PM EDT Onesheet, the new service that allows artists to create a web presence in just a few minutes, has exited its private beta mode and is now open to the public. Over 10,000 artists have already signed up to use the service, including major label arti ...

  41. This Week In Music Apps: Smart Guitar, Digital Accordion and iTunes for Android

    August 11, 2011 12:00 PM EDT Each week, our "This Week in Music Apps" series whets your app-etite (sorry, couldn't resist) with a satisfying slice of the most promising music app releases for Android, iOS, and your web browser. (For a taste, sample last week� ...

  42. Business Matters: Ticketfly Adds Venues Union Transfer (Philly), The Foundry (Phoenix)

    August 10, 2011 8:50 PM EDT Ticketfly Adds Union Transfer (Philly), The Foundry (Phoenix) -- Ticketmaster may be resigning its top ticketing clients, but other ticketing companies are actively picking up smaller venues and promoters. San Francisco-based Ticketfly has recentl ...

  43. Vevo Adds New Syndication Partners: Artist Direct, Batanga, Gorilla Leak, Others

    August 03, 2011 12:26 PM EDT Vevo, the online music video service backed by Sony Music Entertainment and Universal Music Group, has added several new syndication partners for its network. The company struck syndication deals with ArtistDirect.com, Hispanic music news site Bat ...

  44. Germany's Digital Music Revenues Increased 25% In First Half of 2011

    July 26, 2011 12:10 PM EDT BERLIN - In the first half of 2011 digital music download revenue in Germany increased 25%. This according to the market research institutes Media Control in Baden Baden and GfK in Nuremberg on behalf of the German music industry association (BVMI ...

  45. Nielsen Paper Says Audio Streaming Lacks Growth in U.S., Europe

    July 22, 2011 3:40 PM EDT A new Nielsen white paper shows that audio streaming services in the U.S. -- and four European countries - have potential but lack growth. However, the scope of the company's survey may have led to results that are at odds with generally acce ...

  46. Universal Music Strikes Direct Licensing Deal With Last.fm

    July 15, 2011 10:55 AM EDT Universal Music Group is to license its repertoire direct to streaming service Last.fm - sidestepping its previous arrangement with collection societies such as United Kingdom organization PPL. The news follows the announcement earlier this year t ...

  47. This Week in Apps: Songify, Radio Soulwax, Last.fm Festivals, MTV Push, Qello

    July 08, 2011 12:02 PM EDT Songify Khush, the developers behind the LaDiDa reverse-karaoke app, have introduced a new angle on their technology with a speech-to-song app called Songify. Whereas LaDiDa turned your singing into a song, Songify just asks you to speak regularly ...

  48. 'Born This Way' Media Blitz A Boon for Lady Gaga's Social Stats, Mostly

    June 02, 2011 3:09 PM EDT The media blitz that coincided with the release Lady Gaga's "Born This Way" gave her a social media boost in every way but one-Myspace. Enjoying the publicity around the album release, Gaga gained 3.32 million new fans on Facebook i ...

  49. Business Matters: Napster Co-Founder Sean Parker Now Believes In Record Industry

    May 25, 2011 5:30 PM EDT Now He Tells Us: Sean Parker Believes In The Record Industry -- Sean Parker, co-founder of Napster and investor in music service Spotify, believes the record industry is "on the verge of being fixed." Parker made the comment Wednesday at ...

  50. Business Matters: Digital Album Sales Way Up in 2011 (Thanks Adele!); More Shareholders Sue WMG

    May 24, 2011 5:19 PM EDT Thanks Adele: Digital Album Sales Way Up in 2011 -- Led by Adele's hit "21", this year's best selling new albums are putting up great digital numbers. The top 5 digital albums have sold 1.81 million units through May 15, accord ...

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