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  1. Business Matters: Misinterpreting The Size, Shape and Momentum of the Digital Music Marketplace

    July 29, 2013 7:01 PM EDT The data should create the narrative, not the other way around. A number of journalists have ignored this rule in recent weeks. If you stay current on music industry news, you may have read some articles that will give you the wrong impression a ...

  2. Business Matters: How Netflix Reduces Piracy

    May 06, 2013 5:15 PM EDT There has long been three opinions about how to beat piracy; through legislation and enforcement, through better legal services, or both. Although piracy continues to exist as numerous new music services have launched, there’s no doubt consumers ...

  3. SoundScan Q1: Track and Album Sales Down, Digital Album Sales Jump

    April 03, 2013 8:41 PM EDT For the second time since SoundScan started counting downloads in 2003, track sales suffered a sales decline, something that occurred in the first three quarters of 2010. So far this year, track sales are down 1.3% as of March 31, according to N ...

  4. Business Matters: Track Sales Down 2% in 2013, Not the First Deficit of the Digital Age

    March 21, 2013 6:54 PM EDT Track sales are down 2% through March 15, according to Nielsen SoundScan, suggesting the product has reached a mature stage as consumers are changing their behaviors. Digital albums are still growing, however, although their 9% year-over-year gr ...

  5. Business Matters: Can Copyright Alerts Work in U.S.? Hadopi Report Brings Promising Signs

    October 29, 2012 6:35 PM EDT The long-awaited Copyright Alert System, or CAS, is coming to the U.S. in the coming weeks through five major broadband providers and their partnership with the RIAA, MPAA and the Center for Copyright Information. The impact the alerts will have i ...

  6. Business Matters: What A Growing Digital Music Sales Market Really Means

    October 03, 2012 2:21 PM EDT Nielsen announced on Tuesday that digital track and album sales are on track to break new records. That's old news if you follow SoundScan numbers on a regular basis. Records in both categories were set in 2011 and both categories are up this ...

  7. Business Matters: Facebook's Not Alone in its Mobile Problems

    July 27, 2012 4:15 PM EDT Facebook's Numbers Normal, But Stock Dips Anyway Facebook is being punished for being normal. After the company released decent, entirely expected quarterly results Thursday afternoon, investors decided the company doesn't have a strong ...

  8. Business Matters: PreSonus Acquires Nimbit, Ushers in New Era in Direct-to-Fan Sales

    July 13, 2012 5:04 PM EDT PreSonus Acquires Nimbit, Shaking Up Direct-to-Fan Call it Direct to Fan 2.0: Nimbit, the Boston-based provider of direct-to-fan music services, announced Thursday it had been acquired by PreSonus, a maker of professional hardware and software equ ...

  9. Business Matters: Yahoo! Music Says 'Yoo-Hoo!'

    May 24, 2012 6:42 PM EDT Business Matters: Yahoo Music Says 'Yoo-Hoo!' (With 27 million Monthly Visitors) -- What has 27 million U.S. visitors each month and seems to get less attention in the music business than many music blogs? Yahoo! Music. Yahoo! Music did ...

  10. Deezer Signs Worldwide Licensing Deal With Merlin

    May 11, 2012 8:30 AM EDT Merlin CEO Charles Caldas spoke both on his organization's new agreement with Deezer and his disagreenment with the Universal merger. Streaming subscription service Deezer has signed a global licensing deal with independent rights agency Merl ...

  11. NARM's Jim Donio Details Organization's Future Plans, Presents Awards at Conference

    May 09, 2012 6:39 PM EDT In the last six years NARM has had to transform itself to "coincide and anticipate the needs and the reshaped profile of the evolving music industry," the organization's president Jim Donio, said at the beginning of his address this ...

  12. Business Matters: NARM Embraces Big Data -- Will Big Data Reciprocate?

    May 08, 2012 9:29 PM EDT NARM Embraces Big Data -- Will Big Data Reciprocate? -- Big Data invaded the NARM conference on Tuesday afternoon. Terms like "KPI" (key performance indicators) and "regression analysis" popped up in a setting more used to disc ...

  13. Exclusive: Merlin Settles With Sirius for $1.6 Million

    April 04, 2012 5:00 PM EDT Independent rights group Merlin has settled its copyright-infringement lawsuit against Sirius Satellite Radio for $1.6 million. The class action lawsuit stemmed from Stiletto, a hand-held receiver that allowed Sirius subscribers to record audio br ...

  14. Exclusive: Merlin Reaches Out-of-Court Settlement With LimeWire

    February 29, 2012 10:58 PM EST Independent rights group Merlin has reached an out-of-court settlement with LimeWire, the P2P file-sharing company that was shut down by a federal court in October 2010 due to a "massive scale of infringement." The amount of the settleme ...

  15. U2 Manager Paul McGuinness On Spotify, Piracy & Tech: His Five Best @MIDEM Quotes

    January 29, 2012 9:11 AM EST Lightning Rod: U2 manager Paul McGuinness (right), pictured next to entertainment lawyer Pierre-Marie Bouvery, made his first speaking appearance at MIDEM since his famous rant against ISPs in 2008. (Photo: Andrew Hampp) The last time U2 manager P ...

  16. Billboard Power 100: Cary Sherman

    January 26, 2012 9:05 PM EST No. 76 Cary Sherman Chairman/CEO RIAA Your man in Washington ... At a time when major-label groups are struggling to defend and monetize their intellectual property, it helps that their chief advocate on Capitol Hill is a veteran IP attorney. RIAA ...

  17. 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 ...

  18. RIAA Comments On Megaupload Shutdown

    January 24, 2012 4:14 PM EST Last week, after years of effort, the Justice Department led the shutdown of the controversial file-sharing site Megaupload and the arrest of founder Kim "Dotcom" Schmitz and several others . While the site had long been a point of conte ...

  19. Cyberlockers Implement Changes After Megaupload Arrests

    January 23, 2012 2:07 PM EST Cyberlockers reacted quickly to Friday's Justice Department action against Megaupload Thursday . While the arrests and shutdown of Megaupload has alarmed some people, major content owners must be warmed by the events' chilling effects. F ...

  20. Megaupload Launches Megabox Online Locker and Store

    December 23, 2011 12:03 PM EST Megaupload has launched Megabox , a web-based, online music locker and player with an integrated music store. Megaupload is a controversial file-hosting service that has over 50 million daily users and accounts for 4 percent of global Internet tra ...

  21. Business Matters: Would You Buy Pandora Stock at $18 a Share?

    October 14, 2011 5:44 PM EDT Would You Buy Pandora Media for $18 a Share? -- Barrington Research initiated coverage on shares of Pandora Media (NYSE:P) this week. Its analysts set a price target of $18 and gave the stock an "outperform" rating. The note to investors ...

  22. Read: RIAA CEO Mitch Bainwol's Farewell Letter to Music Execs

    August 08, 2011 5:56 PM EDT Earlier today it was confirmed that, as expected, Mitch Bainwol is leaving his post at the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) to become CEO of the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers. Cary Sherman will become RIAA Chairman & CEO ...

  23. Cary Sherman Named RIAA Chairman & CEO

    August 08, 2011 3:41 PM EDT As expected , the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) announced today that its Board of Directors has named Cary Sherman as RIAA Chairman & CEO, effective September 1, 2011. Sherman succeeds Mitch Bainwol, who has resigned his pos ...

  24. Business Matters: The Real Story in Warner Music's Earnings Report: Diversity, Digital Growth

    August 04, 2011 5:26 PM EDT The Real Story in Warner Music's Earnings Report: Diversity, Digital Growth Two things get the headlines in coverage of Warner Music Group's fiscal third quarter ended June 30: Spotify and LimeWire. But dig deeper and you'll find fa ...

  25. Warner Music Group's Quarterly Loss Narrows, Revenues Increase 6%

    August 04, 2011 8:43 AM EDT NEW YORK - Warner Music Group on Thursday reported a narrowed loss for its latest quarter. The loss of $46 million for what is the company's fiscal third quarter, compared to a loss of $55 million in the year-ago period. A settlement with Lim ...

  26. Business Matters: Sony Music Revenue Up; UK Court Orders ISP to Block Web Site

    July 28, 2011 3:25 PM EDT Sony Music Revenues Up -- Sony Music Entertainment revenue increased 7% to $1.35 billion in the quarter ended June 30, although the company's earnings release shows a 0.6% decline in yen-denominated revenue due to the currency's apprecia ...

  27. Business Matters: Former EMI Exec Says File-Sharers Are Good Customers

    July 26, 2011 2:56 PM EDT Ex-EMI Exec Says File-Sharers Purchase Music; Will Targeting Broadband Users Hurt Sales? -- Former EMI executive Douglas Merrill has reiterated what many studies and surveys over the years have showed: file-sharers are also good music customers. M ...

  28. Spotify's Media Metrics: How Much Attention Did the Site's U.S. Launch Get Last Week?

    July 19, 2011 2:10 PM EDT For Spotify to revitalize the U.S. music-subscription market , it needs a lot of media awareness and word-of-mouth buzz from consumers. The company's plan for the U.S. service is to let the media do the heavy lifting, according to marketing m ...

  29. Merlin Sues LimeWire, Seeking at Least $5 Million

    July 15, 2011 3:40 PM EDT Merlin has filed a lawsuit against LimeWire, charging that the shuttered peer-to-peer software company has failed to fulfill an agreement to reach a settlement with the indie international music rights group. It is seeking at least $5 million. Ear ...

  30. Lawsuit Against CBS Interactive Naming CNET, Limewire Dropped, For Now

    July 06, 2011 7:42 AM EDT Alki David has dropped his lawsuit against CBS Interactive for offering P2P programs like Limewire on its subsidiary websites. But the legal dispute may not be over. In a notice of voluntary dismissal submitted to a California federal court, the p ...

  31. Business Matters: Groupon Files for IPO -- A Look at the Numbers

    June 02, 2011 8:34 PM EDT Groupon Files for IPO. A Look at the Numbers. -- Daily deal company Groupon, soon to be a major player in concert tickets, has filed for an IPO. The company's S-1, filed with the SEC Thursday, reveals that Groupon has real -- not potential -- ...

  32. Business Matters: Is the Groupon Model Sustainable?

    May 27, 2011 3:15 PM EDT Is the Groupon Model Sustainable? -- Group buying site Groupon has its share of believers and nonbelievers. Live Nation believes in the company enough to start a partnership called GrouponLive , a service that offers bargains on tickets to concert ...

  33. RIAA Files Legal Action Against Box.Net

    May 19, 2011 2:15 PM EDT The Recording Industry Association of America, fresh off a proclaimed "milestone" in securing $105 million in settlement money from file-sharing service LimeWire , has set its sight on the burgeoning cloud-computing world. On Wednesday, ...

  34. Business Matters: CDs Down 9% This Year And Getting Cheaper All the Time

    May 17, 2011 5:56 PM EDT CD's Downward Spiral: Declining Sales, Prices -- The year-to-date decline in CD sales may be smaller than the sales drop of years past, but the drop is actually larger when you factor in declining sale prices. The most official information on ...

  35. Business Matters: What the Economist's Analysis of the Warner Acquisition Missed

    May 16, 2011 5:26 PM EDT Three Things Missing from The Economist's Take on Warner Acquisition --While it's great that The Economist would chime in on Access Industries' acquisition of Warner Music Group, the article doesn't actually say anything of sub ...

  36. LimeWire, Labels Settle Lawsuit for $105 Million

    May 12, 2011 6:29 PM EDT As had been rumored, multiple record labels on Thursday settled their copyright lawsuit against Lime Wire LLC and its founder, Mark Gorton out of court for $105 million, according to a statement from the RIAA. "We are pleased to have reached ...

  37. @Narm 2011 Kicks Off on Upbeat Note: Music Sales Increase 1.6%

    May 12, 2011 7:12 AM EDT The NARM convention kicked off on an upbeat note this morning in Los Angeles at the Century City Hyatt Regency, as delegates basked in the glow of a 1.6% U.S. sales increase , the first time since 2004. During his keynote address, BMG North Americ ...

  38. Business Matters: Microsoft's Acquisition of Skype Means Nothing for Us, Rdio Says

    May 11, 2011 8:21 PM EDT Microsoft's Acquisition of Skype Means Nothing for Us, Rdio Says -- What does Microsoft's $8.5 billion acquisition of Skype mean for upstart music service Rdio? Recall the two companies are closely related. Prior to founding Rdio, Niklas ...

  39. Business Matters: LimeWire Founder Understood Legality of P2P, Attorney Says

    May 10, 2011 6:18 PM EDT LimeWire Founder Understood Legality of P2P, Attorney Says -- A pie chart and a letter could help determine the financial penalties levied upon LimeWire owner Mark Gorton. The two items were among the pieces of evidence presented on the day Gorton ...

  40. YouTube Accounts for 12% of U.S. Bandwidth, According to Arbor Networks

    April 29, 2011 12:19 PM EDT YouTube accounts for 12% of U.S. bandwidth and is a factor in falling P2P traffic, according to Arbor Networks . Netflix is tops with 20% of U.S. bandwidth. HTTP (world wide web) sites are second with 19%. P2P has declined to 8% of North American ...

  41. LimeWire Founder Mark Gorton to Reveal Net Worth in Court

    April 25, 2011 1:11 PM EDT At a trial next month to determine how much LimeWire owes record companies for infringing copyrighted songs on its file-sharing platform, the plaintiffs will get a chance to investigate LimeWire founder Mark Gorton's net worth and whether he ...

  42. Business Matters: Shouldn't Usage Drop After LimeWire Goes Down?

    March 23, 2011 9:16 PM EDT Shouldn't Usage Drop After LimeWire Goes Down? -- What does NPD's study on LimeWire usage tell us about file sharing? Not enough, says Eric Garland, CEO of media measurement company BigChampagne. NPD noticed a 24 percentage-point drop in ...

  43. LimeWire Closure Leads To Drop in Music Piracy

    March 23, 2011 12:50 PM EDT The October 2010 shuttering of P2P service LimeWire had a noticeable affect on the rate of music piracy in this country. According to new data released by the NPD Group, music filesharing activity fell from 12% of U.S. Internet users in the third ...

  44. LimeWire Wins Limit on Damages to Record Labels

    March 10, 2011 6:07 PM EST A federal judge limited the potential financial liability facing the operator of LimeWire, a once-popular file-sharing service found liable for copyright infringement, at an upcoming damages trial. U.S. District Judge Kimba Wood agreed with Lime G ...

  45. LimeWire Settles With Music Publishers, Labels Next?

    March 08, 2011 12:11 PM EST At least one legal battle over the damages the music industry seeks from the P2P service LimeWire has come to an end. According to a document filed yesterday to the court overseeing the case, a group of publishers settled with Lime Wire for an und ...

  46. Spotify Staffing Up for U.S. Launch: Who's On The Team?

    March 01, 2011 5:02 PM EST Spotify may still be missing two key major label licensing deals needed to launch. But it appears to be confident enough in its progress to staff up a U.S. team in preparation for bringing the popular European streaming music service to domestic s ...

  47. Business Matters: Motorola Gets Cloud Fever, Invests in Catch Media

    February 25, 2011 4:52 PM EST Get the lowdown (below) on the music offerings at this week's Launch conference in San Francisco. Business Matters: Motorola Gets Cloud Fever, Invests in Catch Media -- Motorola has made a strategic investment in cloud storage and playback se ...

  48. Business Matters: Will Apple Face Antitrust Regulators Over In-App Subscriptions?

    February 22, 2011 7:54 PM EST Will Apple Face Antitrust Regulators Over In-App Subscriptions? -- Anti-Apple sentiment continues this week with a statement from French music service Deezer . The company, which offers a paid mobile service via an iPod app, believes regulators wi ...

  49. Record Labels Seek To Disqualify LimeWire's Law Firm For Ethical Conflict

    January 19, 2011 12:00 AM EST The ongoing legal efforts by record companies to collect more than $1 billion from LimeWire for copyright violations has taken another strange twist. Now the labels are seeking to disqualify the law firm, Willkie Farr & Gallagher, that represe ...

  50. LimeWire Trying to Drag Amazon, Apple Into Record Labels' $1 Billion Copyright Damages Claim

    January 03, 2011 12:00 AM EST LimeWire isn't going quietly to its death. The veteran file-sharing service is looking to get court-ordered subpoenas that require third parties to open up about their dealings with the record industry. After U.S. District Court Judge Kimba W ...

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