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  1. Business Matters: Spotify, Levi, MySpace, 'Lost' and More

    May 25, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Follow Glenn Peoples on Twitter or e-mail him at gpeoples AT billboard.com. -- Spotify’s Android app has been updated to include the local file and social features that Spotify recently added to its service. I’ve been enjoying Spotify’s social fea ...

  2. Spotify Takes Aim At iTunes, Goes Social With Facebook

    April 27, 2010 12:00 AM EDT It may not yet be available in the U.S., but Spotify firmly planted its flag in the digital music landscape of tomorrow with a major upgrade that, yet again, positions it as the digital music service to beat. In what the company calls its "bi ...

  3. UPDATED: Rhapsody Debuts Offline Song Plays On iPhone

    April 26, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Rhapsody released an upgraded version of its iPhone app that allows users to cache songs on the device so that they can be played even when the device is out of wireless coverage. That gives the company bragging rights for being the first to offer ...

  4. Business Matters: Last.fm, Foursquare, Verve Music Group and more

    April 23, 2010 12:00 AM EDT -- Fan-funded platforms aren’t just for independent artists. Atlantic Records has teamed up with Pledge Music to offer an EP and a variety of extras –a signature on the EP, access to a rehearsal via Skype, a personal video message and a handwritte ...

  5. Last.fm's Music Discovery Put To Test

    April 20, 2010 12:00 AM EDT What would happen if a never-before-digitized song was quietly put online by a member of a long-disbanded rock band? Would people find and listen to the song, proving that long tail music will eventually find a listener? Or would it go unnoticed? ...

  6. Business Matters: Last.fm, Shazam, Jim DeRogatis and More

    April 20, 2010 12:00 AM EDT -- Music critic Jim DeRogatis has quit the Chicago Sun-Times and will become a blogger for Chicago Public Radio. ( Chicago Tribune ) -- Live Nation has announced it intends to offer a $250 million private notes offering. The company intends to use ...

  7. A MySpace Subscription Service?

    April 13, 2010 12:00 AM EDT On Tuesday a News Corp. exec said MySpace Music is likely to launch a subscription service before the end of 2010. While that may raise a few eyebrows, there’s no reason to think News Corp. was teasing an upcoming launch. Jonathan Miller, News Cor ...

  8. 7digital, Imerge Launch Home Entertainment Service

    April 06, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Digital download retailer 7digital has launched its online music store for high-end entertainment systems in partnership with Imerge, the U.K. manufacturer of hard disk home entertainment servers. The Imerge XiVA Music Store has been developed wit ...

  9. Business Matters: iPad, Country Sales, Spotify, Gorilla vs. Bear and More

    March 31, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. -- How does the price of the iPad stack up to previous Apple products? Adjusted for inflation, it's actually one of the company's cheape ...

  10. Slacker To Launch On-demand Service

    March 15, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The Slacker customized Internet radio service reportedly plans to add a streaming on-demand subscription service in the coming months. Wired's Epicenter blog reports , and Billboard has confirmed, that the service will combine elements of Pan ...

  11. Analysis: How Hard Is It To Find Legal Music?

    March 08, 2010 12:00 AM EST Consumer Focus, a UK statutory organization that acts as a consumer advocate, wants the record industry to do a better job promoting legal alternatives. Research by the group found that four in ten Great Britons are unable to name a single online ...

  12. Business Matters: Ear X-tacy, Microsoft Phone 7 Series, TuneWiki, Live Nation and More

    February 16, 2010 12:00 AM EST Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. Follow Billboard senior analyst Glenn Peoples on Twitter at twitter.com/billboardglenn . -- Louisville independent music retailer Ear X-tacy is in ...

  13. Shazam Adds Touring, Last.fm Services

    February 11, 2010 12:00 AM EST Music identification service Shazam continues to add new features thanks to its recent cash, undisclosed investment from the Kleiner Perkins iFund. Those using the $5 version of the app will now receive touring and ticketing information for any ar ...

  14. MiJay App Lets Users Share Playlists

    January 14, 2010 12:00 AM EST Another day, another iPhone app. This time its Austin-based MSDC Development offering a "Facebook for music" app called MiJay. According to a release, the app offers the following features: -- live view of what's playing on your fri ...

  15. Vevo Adds CBS Content In New Agreement

    December 03, 2009 12:00 AM EST In advance of its Dec. 8 scheduled launch date, the Vevo music video service struck a content partnership deal with CBS Interactive Music Group. The agreement adds music programming from a variety of CBS Interactive's properties, including La ...

  16. Business Matters: Last.fm, Xbox, SXSW

    November 25, 2009 12:00 AM EST Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. -- In light of yesterday's news that music sales have been in the increase in Sweden, it's worth looking at the country's Internet ...

  17. Spotify CEO Confident For 2010 U.S. Launch

    November 20, 2009 12:00 AM EST Daniel Ek, founder and CEO of music streaming platform Spotify, has said that he is confident that the service will launch in the U.S. in the first half of 2010. Speaking at U.K. industry confab the Media Festival, where he was interviewed by medi ...

  18. Amsterdam Dance Event A Sell-Out

    October 22, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Day one of the 14th Amsterdam Dance Event, held for the first time on the Wednesday with a full day and evening program, provided solid proof that the event is thriving despite the economic downturn. A mixture of geographic convenience and, accord ...

  19. Analysis: The Cost of Streaming Billions of Songs

    October 07, 2009 12:00 AM EDT How much does it cost to run a streaming music service? If you’re Spotify and you’re streaming billions of songs every month, as the company disclosed in a blog post on Wednesday , you’re spending millions in royalties while seeking to find the ri ...

  20. Digital Briefs: Nettwerk, Last.fm

    September 28, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Nettwerk Music Group has chosen the FUGA digital distribution platform from Dutch firm Independent IP to manage its digital catalog across all digital retailers. More veteran Last.fm employees are set to depart the digital music service. Head of m ...

  21. Last.fm To Launch As Broadcast Stations In Four Markets

    September 11, 2009 12:00 AM EDT CBS Interactive Group is turning the Last.fm music service into a broadcast radio station. Starting Oct. 5, the Last.fm station will be multicast on CBS's high-definition radio channels in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and San Francisco-as w ...

  22. RealNetworks Develops Rhapsody iPhone App

    August 24, 2009 12:00 AM EDT RealNetworks says it had developed an iPhone app for its Rhapsody subscription music service, and is submitting it for Apple's approval this week. An overview of the app, including a video demo, was posted over the weekend to the Rhapsody blo ...

  23. 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 ...

  24. Harry Fox Grows Digital Base

    August 21, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The Harry Fox Agency, Inc. says online music services such as Microsoft, RealNetwork's Rhapsody, la la, Last.fm, and Slacker are choosing HFA as their primary mechanical licensing provider for interactive streams and limited and permanent dow ...

  25. Analysis: The Stark Difference Between NPD, AIMS Surveys

    July 15, 2009 12:00 AM EDT According to the NPD Group, MySpace Music and Pandora are the most used music- focused social networks and community web sites. A Q1 2009 survey of 4,051 people aged 13 and over asked if the person was aware of the product and if he or she used th ...

  26. 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 ...

  27. Opinion: Spotify Succeeds On Simplicity, Not Discovery

    June 30, 2009 12:00 AM EDT P2P streaming music program Spotify is expected to launch in the US later this year - it is currently open to users in Sweden, Norway, Finland, the UK, France and Spain - but Billboard has been testing the service for the last few weeks. The servi ...

  28. Digital Briefs: Tenenaum Case, RoyaltyShare, Last.fm

    May 26, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- Charles Nesson, the Harvard law school professor defending Joel Tenenaum in a file-sharing case against the RIAA , details what drove him to take the case in an op-ed for Ars Technica. In sum, he thinks the RIAA's litigation campaign is &q ...

  29. Analysis: MySpace Album Premieres Lack 'Stickiness'

    May 20, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Album premieres have been a common event at MySpace, which in the recent past has debuted exclusives from artists such as Coldplay, Oasis and Guns N' Roses . But, judging from numbers recorded over many months, MySpace users care less about l ...

  30. Digital Briefs: Last.fm, 'Guitar Hero 5,' Crystal Method

    May 18, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- Mobile music service mSpot has added content from CBS Radio and Last.fm to its streaming music channels it delivers for various wireless operators. mSpot's mobile application lets users stream participating radio channels through their pho ...

  31. Digital Briefs: Slacker, Top Music Sites, Shazam Suit

    May 15, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- Customized personal radio service Slacker raised $9.6 million in new venture funding in its fourth round, according to a recent regulatory filing. It is aiming for $10.2 million in total. Specific investors were not disclosed. -- comScore relea ...

  32. Spotify CEO Talks Portability, Premium Service Growth

    May 15, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Daniel Ek, founder and CEO of music streaming service Spotify, says he wants to build on the early popularity of the ad-supported free model by developing a portable service and attracting users to the premium service. Spotify launched in Stockhol ...

  33. Business Briefs: Last.fm, Rupert Murdoch, Live Nation

    May 07, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- This does not mean that people aren't going to discover and then purchase songs at sites like MySpace or Imeem , but this study on grocery shoppers' unplanned purchases may make you rethink how many of those affiliate sales were actua ...

  34. Q&A: CBS Interactive Music President David Goodman

    May 06, 2009 12:00 AM EDT CBS Corp. this week merged its music-related businesses into a new unit, called the CBS Interactive Music group. It consists of the on-demand streaming music service Last.fm along with the interactive websites of every CBS radio station that offer ...

  35. CBS Corp. Creates Interactive Music Group

    May 05, 2009 12:00 AM EDT CBS Corp. said Tuesday it is combining its CBS Radio online assets and music discovery site Last.fm to create the CBS Interactive Music Group. It includes CBS Radio’s more than 100 music Websites and audio streams, related mobile applications, as ...

  36. Business Briefs: Last.fm, Trans World, AOL, Duff McKagan

    April 23, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- In an LA Times article about the Canadian band Metric, a few interesting facts are given about the band's latest album. "Fantasies" has sold 9,000 digital albums in its first three weeks of release, and has sold an additional 15, ...

  37. Business Briefs: Music Row, Pirate Bay, CD Baby And More

    March 31, 2009 12:00 AM EDT - One word you will hear a lot in 2009 is "metric." Here's a profile of RockDex, an online service that lets bands track their online buzz and the latest in a growing line of band metrics providers. RockDex provides easy-to-understa ...

  38. Analysis: Ad-Supported Music And Moral Hazard

    March 31, 2009 12:00 AM EDT As ad-supported music services increase in popularity and falter financially, content owners need to consider the consequences of their negotiations. Lowering rates may provide short-term relief, but doing so may limit the creation of better produ ...

  39. Last.fm Opens Restricted App Progam

    March 27, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Last.fm is working on releasing a set of software tools that will let third-party developers create applications using its music streaming service. As a first step in that process, the company is banning any applications currently using the Last.f ...

  40. Last.fm Flips To Fee Model Outside US, UK, Germany

    March 24, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Last.fm is moving away from its free, ad-supported streaming music model in some parts of the world in favor of a monthly subscription fee. In all countries save the U.S., U.K., and Germany, it will now charge a 3-euro monthly fee for the Last.fm ...

  41. Editorial: Last.fm, RIAA Allegation Highlights Larger Issues

    February 23, 2009 12:00 AM EST The RIAA and Last.fm were busy denying a rumor over the weekend that alleged that the personalized Internet radio firm provided the music industry trade group with data on the listening habits of users who were streaming leaked music from U2' ...

  42. Digital Briefs: Pirate Bay, Mobile Music, Last.fm, ISPs

    January 23, 2009 12:00 AM EST -Danish Internet service provider TDC is blocking access to The Pirate Bay, becoming the second to do so after the country’s High Court ordered rival Tele2 to block the same service last year. TDC took the action on its own, as the court-order for ...

  43. Digital Briefs: Last.fm, YouTube, Apple

    January 15, 2009 12:00 AM EST - Last.fm says it experienced explosive growth last year, up 204% in unique visitors, 147% in site visits, 219% in page views and 141% in time spent on site over 2007 levels. - YouTube is letting users opt to have the audio in their videos muted r ...

  44. The Year In Music & Touring: Five iPhone Apps That Will Help The Music Business

    December 30, 2008 12:00 AM EST This was not a good year for mobile music. Ringtones sales are declining, over-the-air downloads are still little more than a blip on the radar, and the potential of ambitious initiatives like Nokia's Comes With Music is still unknown. There& ...

  45. Pandora, Slacker Tweak Streaming Offers

    December 19, 2008 12:00 AM EST Personalized Internet radio services Pandora and Slacker are ending the year with new service offerings. Pandora is making its mobile version available for free to Sprint wireless customers. The company previously charged $3 a month for Sprint cus ...

  46. Reports: Layoffs Hit Epic Records, Last.FM

    December 11, 2008 12:00 AM EST The rumored layoffs at Epic have begun, with word that Texas/Oklahoma/Arkansas promotion regional Brett Greenberg and Denver regional Jen Dalton have been let go. Dalton has been in her post for the past three and a half years and came to Epic fro ...

  47. Last.fm Partners With Billboard

    November 05, 2008 12:00 AM EST Billboard has joined forces with global music platform Last.fm, making it possible to listen to tracks from Billboard's All-Time Hot 100 chart online. The ad-supported initiative is in celebration of the Hot 100's 50th Anniversary. Using ...

  48. Mufin Enters Crowded Music Recommendation Field

    October 08, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Mufin, a new music recommendation service, began a private beta today. Mufin - which is short for Music Finder - bases its recommendations on 40 different characteristics in a song such as tempo, rhythm and mood. It then searches its database for ...

  49. Spanish Streaming Service Launches

    September 16, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Spain's first online streaming-only music service has been launched, claiming to offer 2 million songs by 50,000 artists from major and independent labels. Yes.fm compares itself to other services such as Last.fm in the United Kingdom or Pand ...

  50. German Aggregator Warns Last.fm

    September 09, 2008 12:00 AM EDT German digital-music aggregator Finetunes is threatening to sue online-music platform Last.fm for alleged copyright infringement. Finetunes alleges that London-based Last.fm has broken German copyright law by streaming music legally licensed to Fi ...

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