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  1. Analysis: What Impact Will Google Music Search Have?

    October 29, 2009 12:00 AM EDT How successful will this the newly launched Google search be? It depends on (1) how difficult it was previously to find music on Google and (2) how good the partner services are at converting Google exposure to real business. Although Google will ...

  2. 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 ...

  3. Op-Ed: Working Together To Save The Music

    October 12, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Record labels took another shot to the gut Aug. 21, this time from the Second Circuit Court's ruling in Arista Records, et al. v. Launch Media. The court held that Yahoo's Launchcast wasn't an interactive service as defined by the C ...

  4. Business Matters: FM Radio, Music Sponsorships, Spotify

    October 08, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- A bill on low power FM radio will get a vote on Thursday in the House Subcommittee on Communications, Technology and the Internet. The Local Community Radio Act would allow the FCC to license hundreds of new low power, non-commercial stations. ...

  5. 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 ...

  6. 7digital Launches U.S. Store, BlackBerry App

    October 06, 2009 12:00 AM EDT digital CEO Ben Drury says the firm's new BlackBerry application can help it crack the American download market. U.K.-based 7digital -- which already operates stores in 12 European territories -- goes live with its U.S. store today at us.7di ...

  7. MP3 Pioneers Roll Out Recommendation, Multimedia System

    September 30, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The inventors of the MP3 format are offering an enhanced music recommendation and multimedia content system they claim will become just as universally accepted. With offices in Germany, Norway, China and India, Bach Technology's solution is c ...

  8. 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 ...

  9. 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 ...

  10. HMV Strikes 7Digital Deal

    September 03, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Entertainment retailer HMV Group is paying £7.7 million ($12.6 million) for a 50% stake in digital media company 7digital, which operates international download stores. The joint venture will combine London-based 7digital's technology, expert ...

  11. 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 ...

  12. 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 ...

  13. 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 ...

  14. 7Digital Opens In Sweden

    August 12, 2009 12:00 AM EDT U.K. based digital music store 7digital has launched in Sweden. The store, which sells MP3s from all the majors and various indies, is up and running at http://se.7digital.com from today (Aug. 12) and will offer 4 million tracks. Swedish independe ...

  15. Briefs: Spotify, Pandora, CMX, Zune

    August 10, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- Per Sundin, managing director of Universal Music Sweden, told the Swedish Wire that within five months of its launch Spotify had passed iTunes as the company's largest source of digital revenue. It's possible Swedes were nudged in tha ...

  16. Pan-European Deal For Warner, 7Digital

    August 03, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Warner Music has extended its existing partnership with U.K.-based music store 7digital to sell Warner's Music's catalog across Europe. Effective immediately, the new deal allows 7digital stores in France, Belgium, Netherlands, Italy and ...

  17. Sonos Launches New Multi-Room Controller

    July 28, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Sonos, a leading developer of wireless multi-room home music systems, has launched a new color touch-screen controller. The Sonos Controller 200 (CR200) has a 3.5-inch screen featuring text and graphics relating to the music being played such as a ...

  18. Briefs: Tenenbaum, Spotify, Qtrax

    July 27, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- Joel Tenenbaum will not be able to claim fair use in his file sharing case. The judge's order, handed down early Monday morning, found that Tenenbaum had proposed "a fair use defense so broad that it would swallow the copyright protec ...

  19. 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 ...

  20. London To Host 'Music Hack Day'

    July 10, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The inaugural Music Hack Day, an event for the international tech and digital music community, is to take place in London this weekend (July 11 to 12). Bringing together 200 delegates, the two-day event is believed to be the first 'hack' ...

  21. 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 ...

  22. MCPS Finances Hit By Interest Rate Slump

    June 26, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The sudden fall in interest rates has forced the U.K.'s Mechanical Copyright Protection Society (MCPS) to implement a far-reaching review of operations in order to cut costs. Speaking at the Music Publishers Association (MPA) annual general m ...

  23. Indie Survey: Friends, Live Shows Big Influencers

    June 08, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Four out of five independent music store customers cite a recommendation of a friend as being an important factor in a purchase, according to a survey conducted by the Association of Independent Music Stores (AIMS). The online survey queried 1,067 ...

  24. E3 Briefs: Last.fm, Microsoft, Travis Barker, DJ AM

    June 02, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- Microsoft launched a major effort at the E3 conference to turn the Xbox 360 videogame console into an entertainment hub that spans well beyond videogames. The company will add access to Last.fm , to go live this fall, free of charge for Xbox Li ...

  25. Analysis: Live Nation, Sony Are Pricing for Profits, Not Margin

    June 02, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Live Nation 's decision to drop service fees on amphitheater lawn tickets purchased on select Wednesdays this summer is a classic case of a company pricing for profit, not for margin. So is Sony Music Entertainment's decision to license ...

  26. 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 ...

  27. Business Briefs: Don Law, Live Nation, YouTube

    May 22, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- Country album sales are down only 3.9% through May 17, compared to the overall decline of 13%. Just as country's numbers benefitted from the Eagles a few years ago, they look good this year because the "Hannah Montana" soundtrack ...

  28. 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 ...

  29. 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 ...

  30. U.K. Music Retail Sales Down 6%

    May 18, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The U.K. recorded music business held up reasonably well in 2008 with trade value down by 5.3% to £894 million ($1.368 billion) and retail value down by 6% to £1.308 billion ($2.002 billion), according to new figures from trade body the BPI. That ...

  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. Billboard Q&A: Lawyers Analyze Pirate Bay Case

    April 24, 2009 12:00 AM EDT A week after the court ruling in Stockholm against BitTorrent tracker the Pirate Bay, the case is still making headlines and generating huge coverage online, which looks set to continue as the four defendants plan to appeal the verdict of a one-ye ...

  37. Analysis: The Industry's Next 'Free' Battle

    April 23, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The music industry may have to face another battle against free music. Though the industry is looking to mobile as the bright spot for future growth, new signs point to limited interest of paid-for mobile music services. Instead, it seems, free mu ...

  38. 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, ...

  39. Study: 86% Would Pay For Legal P2P

    April 22, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Different study, similar results. The Swedish Performing Rights Society (STIM) has released a study titled "Pirates, File-Sharers and Music Users" ( download PDF here ) that reaffirms the lures of P2P and, for a change, attempts to put a ...

  40. The Billboard Q&A: MySpace Music Chief Courtney Holt

    April 08, 2009 12:00 AM EDT In November, when MySpace Music hired industry veteran Courtney Holt as president, the site had features that didn't add up into a comprehensive strategy. The former head of new media and strategic marketing at Interscope and executive VP of ...

  41. 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 ...

  42. 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 ...

  43. 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 ...

  44. 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 ...

  45. MTV Games, Warner: No 'Rock Band' Boycott Of WMG Artists

    March 02, 2009 12:00 AM EST MTV Games is not boycotting Warner Music Group artists from the “Rock Band” franchise, despite what an article in the current Wired magazine claims, according to sources from both camps. Rather, the impasse is best described as a stalemate. WMG CE ...

  46. 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' ...

  47. 6 Questions: Grammys Team Talks Digital Push

    February 05, 2009 12:00 AM EST In the run-up to the Feb. 8 Grammy Awards show, the Recording Academy has launched a number of initiatives designed to broaden the organization's footprint in the digital world. This includes an official Grammy Twitter feed - where performers ...

  48. 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 ...

  49. Winehouse Wins Grainge's Vote For Innovation

    January 16, 2009 12:00 AM EST Chief executive of Universal Music Group, Lucian Grainge has nominated Amy Winehouse's Grammy Awards performance as the most important creative innovation of the past year. He made the decision in his capacity as ambassador for The Creativity ...

  50. 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 ...

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