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  1. 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& ...

  2. 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 ...

  3. 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 ...

  4. Fate Of CD Debated At Confab

    October 14, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Panelists at the Media & Money conference agreed the music industry is on its way to new business models—but they had different opinions about what happens to the old model. There is optimism in the music industry because it used to be depende ...

  5. Indies On The Attack Over Digital Rights

    October 09, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The indie community has presented a united front over digital rights in a special Popkomm panel. Speaking under the "Impala Presents" banner, delegates flipped the subject of debate at the last minute. The panel had been due to discuss t ...

  6. 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 ...

  7. 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 ...

  8. 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 ...

  9. Ad-Supported Sites Navigate Tough Ad Market

    August 12, 2008 12:00 AM EDT When MySpace flips the switch on its long-awaited music service next month, advertising-supported free streaming is expected to play a big role. But the social networking bellwether will launch during an economic slowdown, joining an existing ad-s ...

  10. Digital Briefs: Best Buy, Last.fm, iTunes

    August 05, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - BestBuy.com won exclusive rights to stream the final Police concert, being filmed at Madison Square Garden Aug. 7. - Last.fm launches in Japan. - New data from NPD Group has Apple iTunes as the top music retailer in the country, followed by Wal- ...

  11. Social.fm No More

    August 04, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Self-styled "P2P radio" network Social.fm has gone out of business. A visit to it's Web page merely states "The Company is unfortunately no longer in business and therefore cannot continue its service to you." It closed Ju ...

  12. Plugged/Unplugged: iPhone, Last.fm, Merlin

    July 11, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Plugged: The early iPhone reviews are out and for a change the digerati is treating the launch with some degree of restraint (rare among the Apple-fanboy tech press corps). Most of the hesitation was due to AT&T's 3G network, which is val ...

  13. Merlin Cautions Members On Last.fm Program

    July 10, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Merlin, the global rights body for independent music, has alerted its 12,000-plus members to Last.fm's newly launched artist royalty program, warning some of its license terms and conditions appear "ambiguous" and "open to lega ...

  14. Digital Briefs: Last.fm, Buzznet

    July 09, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - Last.fm has "officially" launched its artist royalty program, originally unveiled in January. The program pays unsigned and independent artists for each time their music is played on the free streaming music service. Since January, mor ...

  15. Napster Faces Proxy Battle From Three Shareholders

    June 27, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Three shareholders of digital music service Napster Inc are seeking election to the board, saying current management had not been aggressive enough in battling rival Apple Inc and Internet piracy. Perry Rod, Thomas Sailors and Kavan Singh are prep ...

  16. UMG, Last.fm Strike Video Deal

    June 17, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music Group has agreed to license its music video catalog for streaming on Last.fm. Beginning today, thousands of UMG's artist videos from the likes of Jay-Z, Nirvana, Amy Winehouse, the Killers, Duffy, Snow Patrol and Kanye West wi ...

  17. Digital Briefs: Qtrax, Last.fm, Metallica

    June 12, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - As quiet as its original launch was loud , Qtrax unveiled a June 18 relaunch date for the beta version of its ad-supported music service. At present, it has licensing deals with EMI and Universal Music Group. - Last.fm and Pontiac have teamed on ...

  18. Merlin Indie Label Membership Tops 12,000

    June 10, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Merlin, the global rights body for the independent music community, has announced that their combined membership now represents an 8% market share, equal to that of major label EMI. Merlin now counts more than 12,000 independent labels from all ov ...

  19. Digital Briefs: Bonnaroo, XM, Squeezebox

    June 10, 2008 12:00 AM EDT -ATT’s Blue Room has won exclusive rights to webcast select performances from the Bonnaroo Music And Arts Festival June 13-15. Artists to be featured include Metallica, the Raconteurs, Les Claypool, Ozomatli and several others. The site will also ...

  20. Last.fm Loses Warner Music Group

    June 06, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Warner Music Group has pulled its music from Last.fm’s free on-demand music streaming service in an apparent dispute over compensation rates. Last.fm began removing Warner artists from its service earlier this week at the label’s request, accordin ...

  21. Last.fm, Bowery Presents Partner For Concerts

    June 06, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Free online streaming service Last.fm has joined forces with New York-based independent concert promoter the Bowery Presents to stage live music events for popular bands on Last.fm's Web site . Artists are chosen based on Last.fm's hype ...

  22. Last.fm Unrolls 'Box' Offering

    June 04, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Last.fm introduced a new initiative called "Last.fm In A Box," designed to add its ad-supported streaming music service to a host of partner Web sites. Partners in the Last.fm distribution deal include social networks like Bebo, Ning and ...

  23. Last.fm Teams With CBS's 'Swingtown'

    June 03, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Last.fm has teamed with CBS summer series "Swingtown" to play songs featured on the show. Starting with the show's premiere on June 5, each song will receive a plug at the bottom of the screen directing viewers to listen to the trac ...

  24. Peter Gabriel Backed Online Service Unveiled

    June 03, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The Filter, an online music and entertainment recommendation engine backed by music legend Peter Gabriel, officially launched today. The service has been in a beta mode for several months, compiling over 5 million songs, 330,000 movies and is avai ...

  25. Last.fm Bullish On New Build Feature

    May 23, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Last.fm, the U.K.-originated international online-music platform acquired last year by CBS, has big wraps on its new Build.Last.fm feature. Ryan Regan, Last.fm's financial officer and chief digital offer, says the new offering will benefit th ...

  26. Last.fm Partners With Lollapalooza

    May 12, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Last.fm was named the official media partner for this summer's Lollapalooza festival. It is the first time the service has teamed with a live event. Through the partnership, Last.fm will power "Lolla Radio," an online radio station ...

  27. Clear Channel Expands Online Plan, Eyes Pandora Link

    May 12, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Following up on its erockster Internet radio initiative during Coachella , Clear Channel is expanding its online presence with a number of new services -- including a personalized radio player, lyrics page, and widget strategy, among others. Clear ...

  28. Coldplay's Play: Free For All?

    April 29, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Coldplay's decision to give away the lead track from its new album has paid off, with huge demand for the free download of "Violet Hill." According to the band's label EMI, fans downloaded the track more than 600,000 times in t ...

  29. Coldplay Download Freebie Proves A Hit

    April 29, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Coldplay's free download offering proved to be no shrinking violet when it went live on the band's Web site today. The site slowed to a halt soon after the track, "Violet Hill," which has a harder, more experimental sound than ...

  30. Last.fm Names Yeung VP of Marketing

    April 22, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Last.fm named Orlena Yeung VP of marketing. Yeung comes from Microsoft's Xbox division, where she was global brand manager. In her new position, she will oversee all aspects of Last.fm's marketing strategy. She will report to Last.fm co- ...

  31. Plugged & Unplugged: Shoveling Snocap, Wal-Mart Madness

    April 11, 2008 12:00 AM EDT PLUGGED Snocap was an over-hyped tech play from the very beginning, primarily because of its association with the former Napster-era bad boy Shawn Fanning. It hinged its digital registry hopes on the mistiest of all vaporware that is/was Mashboxx, ...

  32. Last.fm Sees Sales Spike After Streaming Change

    April 10, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Last.fm released figures suggesting services that allow free full-song streaming can spur increased download sales. The company says that since it upgraded from 30-second song samples to full songs, CD and downloads sales through its links to part ...

  33. CBS, Last.fm Merge Radio Resources

    April 01, 2008 12:00 AM EDT CBS Radio and Last.fm, both owned by CBS Corp, have teamed up for closer collaboration on their respective radio initiatives. Under the agreement, CBS Radio will stream all its stations to Last.fm's U.S. users. This includes KROQ in Los Angel ...

  34. Last.fm Establishes German Affiliate

    March 27, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Last.fm is building up its presence in Central and Northern Europe. The music recommendation site has hired former Google executive F. Scott Woods to the role as senior VP and managing director, Germany, with a remit to set-up an office in Hamburg ...

  35. Imeem Targets Developers

    March 25, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Imeem wants to see developers create applications for the Imeem platform and has released a software development kit to boost their efforts. The kit allows application creators to develop services integrating Imeem's music service, discovery ...

  36. Digital Briefs: 'Sofia's Diary,' DMX

    March 20, 2008 12:00 AM EDT -CBS' Last.fm and Bebo have teamed up to stream an Internet radio station inspired by the online drama "Sofia's Diary." Bebo will embed Last.fm's Superbands widget onto the Sofia's Diary profile page—as well as that o ...

  37. Facebook To Launch Music Service?

    March 04, 2008 12:00 AM EST Facebook is reaching out to the major labels and scheduling meetings to discuss the potential implementation of a music acquisition service with the popular social networking site, Billboard.biz has learned. Sources at multiple major labels say di ...

  38. Last.fm Promotes Web Widgets

    February 29, 2008 12:00 AM EST Last.fm has begun promoting the various Web sites and other online services that use its free music streaming feature via a section of the site called Build.last.fm . The section organizes and showcases the various Last.fm widgets and applications ...

  39. Digital Briefs: LimeWire, Last.fm, Musicbrigade

    February 22, 2008 12:00 AM EST -File-sharing site Lime Wire has inked a deal with Redeye Distribution to offer more than 20,000 tracks through its digital music store. The deal will add music from 200 independent labels distributed by Redeye and include in-house labels Yep Roc ...

  40. Last.fm, PPL Strike Web Radio License Pact

    February 06, 2008 12:00 AM EST Last.fm, the music-based social network, and neighboring rights collecting society PPL have forged a performance royalty agreement. Through the U.K. licensing deal, unveiled today, artists and labels represented by PPL will be able to collect roya ...

  41. Plugged And Unplugged

    January 25, 2008 12:00 AM EST Plugged Despite the spin of the CBS PR machine, the re-launch of Last.fm as a free, ad-supported, on-demand music service is not new, unique or revolutionary. But it is pretty cool. For better or for worse, it takes the vision and financial commit ...

  42. Last.fm, Majors Finalize Deals

    January 23, 2008 12:00 AM EST Last.fm, the music-based social network now owned by CBS, has finalized licensing agreements with all four major record labels, as well as a number of independents labels and their aggregators. The service now allows free, on-demand streaming of u ...

  43. MOG, Rhapsody Link For Streaming Deal

    December 12, 2007 12:00 AM EST Music social networking site MOG has added the ability to stream full songs listed on members’ profiles thanks to a partnership with Rhapsody. The MOG service reads the music libraries of members and posts them to the profile of each, along with a ...

  44. The Pirate Bay Taps Last.fm

    November 30, 2007 12:00 AM EST Popular torrent tracker The Pirate Bay rolled out its expected new music feature, tapping data from Last.fm to show more detailed artist info, easier search tools and tour dates. According to a rundown on TorrentFreak , the feature is designed mor ...

  45. Snocap Launches BoomShuffle Widget

    November 13, 2007 12:00 AM EST Down but not out, Snocap introduced a new program called BoomShuffle -- a playlist creation and sharing service. BoomShuffle allows users to create playlists using any of the 6 million songs in Snocap's digital registry, and post them either ...

  46. Bebo Opens Virtual Doors To Media Groups

    November 13, 2007 12:00 AM EST Bebo is tuning in to a new cross-promotional platform, Open Media, which enables media groups to feed content into the youth-oriented social networking service's user-base. Each content partner on Open Media can create a channel through Bebo, ...

  47. France's SPPF Pacts With Deezer For SmartPlaylist

    October 17, 2007 12:00 AM EDT French independent labels collecting society SPPF has forged a content deal with Paris-based on-demand streaming company Deezer for its SmartPlaylist interactive Web casting service. SmartPlaylist allows users to stream music programs based on the ...

  48. Microsoft Unveils New Zune Devices And Service

    October 03, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Showing no signs of backing off its effort to be the No. 2 in the digital music wars, Microsoft has a new line of Zune devices and upgrades to the Zune Marketplace service. The new devices, unveiled today (Oct. 3), include two flash-based devices ...

  49. Last.fm Rallies Artists To Make 'Better Music'

    September 26, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Last.fm, the music recommendation site and social network, is encouraging artists to mine the various free tools available on the Internet as part of its "campaign for better music," which launched today. The Web service is pitching its ...

  50. Last.fm Enters The Live Arena

    August 31, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Last.fm, the music recommendation site and social network, is moving into live performances with a Sept. 11 fundraising concert for the Spitz venue, which is having to re-locate from its East London location. Mercury Music Prize nominated British ...

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