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  1. Business Matters: Reaction to Pandora's Mobile Listening Cap

    February 27, 2013 9:36 PM EST Pandora made it through one listening cap and it is likely going to make it through its second one. Founder Tim Westergren, who happened to be in Washington, D.C., a day earlier speaking out against the royalty system that resulted the listening ...

  2. Spotify Rolls Out Browser-Based Music Player in Beta

    November 15, 2012 3:36 PM EST Spotify is today rolling-out its first ever browser-based music player in beta, according to a report published on The Verge that was confirmed by the company. Spotify told Billboard it is looking to release the fully baked product "over the ...

  3. 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 ...

  4. 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 ...

  5. 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 ...

  6. 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 ...

  7. 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 ...

  8. 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 ...

  9. 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 ...

  10. 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 ...

  11. 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 ...

  12. 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 ...

  13. 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 ...

  14. Rdio Launches in Canada, Signs European Deal With PRS

    March 22, 2012 9:26 AM EDT Rdio has released a string of announcements in recent days, with a major cosmetic overhaul debuted at SXSW and the streaming service reaching the 15 million songs threshold. Rdio Announces Major Changes At SXSW Event Now Rdio has signed on to be t ...

  15. 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 ...

  16. 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 ...

  17. '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. " ...

  18. 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: ...

  19. 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 ...

  20. 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 ...

  21. 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 ...

  22. 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 ...

  23. 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 ...

  24. Spotify Usage Explodes After F8, Facebook Integration

    September 30, 2011 4:40 PM EDT Spotify usage exploded in September as the service added Facebook scrobbling (chart courtesy of AppData, link below). What's cooler than three million monthly active users? Five million monthly active users. Spotify, which launched in America ...

  25. Deezer, French Music Streaming Service, Launching In U.K.

    September 01, 2011 5:15 PM EDT French music streaming service Deezer is all set to launch in the United Kingdom having proved a big hit in its home market. Established in summer 2007 and currently only available in France, Deezer has over 20 million users and a repertoire of 13 ...

  26. 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 ...

  27. 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 ...

  28. 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 ...

  29. Spotify Quietly Adds Artist Radio Function

    July 27, 2011 8:44 PM EDT Spotify users in the United States can now enjoy an artist radio function that mimics personalized Internet radio services like Pandora. The function had long been a standard feature available to European users, and it is found in existing U.S. su ...

  30. 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 ...

  31. 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 ...

  32. 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 ...

  33. Biz's App of the Month: Hype Machine Radio

    June 01, 2011 12:32 PM EDT Action shots of the The Hype Machine Radio app. Sometimes you just don't know what music you want to listen to. Searching through your music library can be like scrolling through the hundreds of channels available on your premium cable TV pla ...

  34. 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 ...

  35. NPD: Mobile Music Usage Up, But Paid Services Still Lagging

    May 25, 2011 1:40 PM EDT The smartphone craze is having a notable, and positive, affect on mobile music usage, according to a new report from the NPD Group. According to the company's research, the number of active mobile music listeners increased by 9 million in the ...

  36. 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 ...

  37. 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 ...

  38. 'Love, Music & APIs' Panel @SXSW Settles Hipster Music Quarrels

    March 15, 2011 11:30 AM EDT The new Bragging Rights app, created during Music Hack Day, could effectively end hipster on hipster violence as we know it . As any hipster can attest, the question over who discovered a band first has sparked many a bar argument. But perhaps the ...

  39. Business Matters: Is the 'Tesco Model' Music Retail's Next Big Problem?

    March 07, 2011 5:20 PM EST Is the "Tesco Model" Music Retail's Next Big Problem? -- U.K. grocery chain Tesco, a major player in CD sales, is pushing record labels to accept small, upfront payments and the remainder of the cost after the CD sold. Tesco would l ...

  40. Last.fm To Listeners: Mobile Is A Premium Service

    February 07, 2011 11:48 AM EST Last.fm will charge for its radio service in mobile apps and home entertainment systems beginning February 15, the company announced on Monday . Last.fm listeners will continue to get free, web-based listening in the U.S., U.K. and Germany. U.S. a ...

  41. MIDEM's 2011 Startup Winners: Next Big Sound, Jammbox, Shuffler.fm

    January 25, 2011 12:00 AM EST CANNES, France -- Startup companies, investors, and interested attendees jammed the MidemNet Lounge here for three days to get a look the emerging companies shaping the digital music future. 150 startup companies were represented at the event, acc ...

  42. Business Matters: LimeWire Winding Down Legal Download Store, Nixes Subscription Service

    December 03, 2010 12:00 AM EST Opinion and analysis of the day's music news. LimeWire Winding Down Legal Download Store -- LimeWire’s legal problems appear to be affecting the legitimate side of its business . One indication is the company’s winding down of its LimeWire do ...

  43. 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 ...

  44. 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 ...

  45. Sonos Signs Up Spotify

    September 02, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Sonos will release a free software update later this month that will enable users of the multi-room wireless music system to stream songs via Spotify. Spotify will be available for Sonos in Finland, France, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden a ...

  46. Last.fm To Use MXP4 To Engage Users With Ads

    August 05, 2010 12:00 AM EDT In an effort to increase engagement with both music and the ads placed around it, Last.fm is incorporating technology from MXP4 that lets users interact with songs in more ways than by simply listening to it. With the new apps, Last.fm users can n ...

  47. Business Matters: Terra Firma, Last.fm, Clear Channel and more

    July 27, 2010 12:00 AM EDT TERRA FIRMA SUIT AGAINST CITI GOES FORWARD IN U.S. -- In case you were wondering why Citigroup wasn’t able to have Terra Firma’s lawsuit thrown out earlier this year, the judge released an opinion on Monday that outlined the reasons for his decisi ...

  48. Music Subscription Service MOG Unveils Mobile App

    July 20, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Music subscription service MOG finally unveiled its long-promised mobile app today, with support for both the iPhone and Android devices. The app itself is free, but using it requires signing up for MOG’s $10 a month premium subscription service t ...

  49. BETTER KNOW A PANELIST: Strike Up The Brand's Brad Gelfond

    June 09, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Name: Brad Gelfond Title: Principal, Strike Up The Brand Panel: Personal Agency: What Do Agencies Want From Artists?, Tues., June 15, 11:25am - 12:10pm. For more information visit Billboardevents.com . What's the last album you bought? I don& ...

  50. Jingle Punks Music Closes Round

    May 25, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Jingle Punks Music LLC, a music publishing and technology company founded in August, 2008 by Jared Gutstadt and Dan Demole, announced today that it has completed a substantial equity financing. A handful of private investors put together by Hammer ...

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