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  1. GSMA Mobile World Congress Launches in Barcelona

    February 28, 2012 6:15 AM EST MADRID - The wireless industry turns its attention to Barcelona this week as the Mobile World Congress kicked off Monday, promising potentially game-changing announcements and glimpses of flashy technology to shape how mobile devices are used. The ...

  2. Mobile Sales Plummet, Subscription Revenues Slip in RIAA 2010 Year-End Stats

    April 28, 2011 10:51 AM EDT Mobile sales experienced a big drop, subscription service revenue dipped slightly and digital track revenue had a healthy increase in 2010. These and other statistics are available in the RIAA's 2010 Year-End Shipment Statistics report at the ...

  3. Google Acquires Pushlife Streaming Service, A Sign of Momentum or Struggle?

    April 11, 2011 12:09 PM EDT Google last week acquired another mobile content streaming service, this time in the form of Pushlife. The company's service allows users to stream their iTunes libraries to mobile devices. It also allows mobile operators to give their subscr ...

  4. App Content Rating System Called For By Wireless Association

    March 23, 2011 10:30 AM EDT CTIA-The Wireless Association today introduced an initiative designed to apply a content rating system to mobile apps. The program calls for a voluntary self-certification of apps by app developers, but little else is defined at this time. The pla ...

  5. Business Matters: The Numbers Behind Vevo's Growth

    March 14, 2011 9:40 PM EDT The Numbers Behind Vevo's Growth -- Free, ad-supported videos are one of the few truly bright spots in digital music right now. YouTube has become a dominating force in listening, viewing and discovery. Vevo, the Universal Music Group/Sony Mu ...

  6. Kiss Concert To Stream Through Facebook Game

    September 21, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The Facebook game Nightclub City from developer Booyah is going to stream live a concert by Kiss, a first for the classic rockers. Nightclub City lets users create their own virtual clubs, choose what kind of music they want to stream in those clu ...

  7. Universal Music Latin Entertainment Launches Ringtone Service

    August 02, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music Latin Entertainment (UMLE) has partnered with mobile content technology company m-Wise to launch MOVIHITS, a new ringtone subscription service aimed at Spanish speaking and bilingual consumers. MOVIHITS, which launches today (Augus ...

  8. mSpot's Cloud-based Service Opens

    June 28, 2010 12:00 AM EDT After a month in private beta , mSpot has opened its cloud-based music streaming service to the public. The service allows users to store DRM-free copies of any music in their library to mSpot’s online servers, from where they can then stream it t ...

  9. Publishing Briefs: The Harry Fox Agency, SACEM Elects Board Of Directors

    June 18, 2010 12:00 AM EDT -- The Harry Fox Agency has entered into a ringtone licensing agreement to handle the rintone licensing for Zed , a mobile content provider that offers ringtones to 40 million wireless users in the United States. The agreement covers ringtones off ...

  10. Google’s Major Push Toward The Cloud

    May 21, 2010 12:00 AM EDT While the world waits for Apple to unveil its post-Lala acquisition cloud strategy for iTunes, rival Google is already in the mix. A late announcement from the company’s I/O conference yesterday pointed to a major push into cloud-based media deliv ...

  11. mSpot Turns To The Cloud

    May 19, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Mobile music company mSpot has been hanging in there for years as one of the first trying to bring music to mobile devices, morphing its offerings and business models to stay on track with changes in both technology and usage. Its latest move is i ...

  12. Universal Music Group, Mozes Engage Fans In Spanish

    April 26, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music Group is partnering with mobile marketing service provider Mozes for Spanish-language content and fan engagement tools. UMG is already a Mozes client, but will be using the Mozes Connect platform for direct-to-consumer promotions i ...

  13. TuneTribe Launches Ad-Funded Mobile Service

    February 23, 2010 12:00 AM EST Digital entertainment company TuneTribe has partnered with 3rd Space, a provider of global mobile entertainment and marketing services for brands and advertisers. TuneTribe is a content retailer and provider of digital marketing solutions to label ...

  14. RealNetworks, Sprint Forge Mobile Music Deal

    February 11, 2010 12:00 AM EST RealNetworks may have unloaded the struggling Rhapsody streaming music service, but that doesn't mean the company is out of the music business. RealNetworks just struck a deal with wireless operator Sprint to provide a variety of music servic ...

  15. Business Matters: Consumer Confidence Up, Jamendo Out Of Money?

    January 07, 2010 12:00 AM EST Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. -- Global consumer confidence inched up in Q4 2009, according to Nielsen. Opinions, however, were quite varied. Eight of the ten most confident ma ...

  16. Thumbplay Launches Streaming Music Service

    January 07, 2010 12:00 AM EST Seems there's a rush on to provide on-demand, streaming music apps for mobile phones before Spotify hits the market. This time it's Thumbplay , the mobile ringtone powerhouse that today launched a $10 a month streaming music service for ...

  17. Billboard MEL Keynote Q&A: AT&T's Rob Hyatt

    September 22, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The iPhone has sparked a number of changes in how the mobile industry approaches music and other entertainment content, and few operators are as intimately aware of the affect that device has had as AT&T--the exclusive provider of the iPhone i ...

  18. Billboard MEL Q&A: Mobile Executive Jared Hoffman

    September 15, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Earlier in his career, as the CEO of the Knitting Factory Entertainment, Jared Hoffman focused heavily on how digital platforms could be leveraged to draw fans to concerts. Now a consultant, he’s helping companies utilize Web 2.0 and mobile servic ...

  19. Verizon's Ed Ruth Talks Mobile Strategy Ahead Of MEL

    September 09, 2009 12:00 AM EDT In July, Verizon Wireless launched an initiative designed to partner with application developers to jointly create new services, a huge step for a company with a reputation among developers as very difficult to work with. As director of strategic ...

  20. Digital Briefs: ReverbNation, Shazam, Myxer

    June 24, 2009 12:00 AM EDT - ReverbNation is branching out into Web site creation and hosting services. The company has added a "site builder" option to its portfolio of DIY tools for artists, partnering with BandZoogle of Canada to do so. The option remains in a ...

  21. Digital Briefs: Mobile Streams, Rock Band

    May 05, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- Mobile content provider Mobile Streams launched a version of its direct-to consumer online ringtone store in the U.S. Ringtones.com has more than 20,000 ringtones for sale, which mobile users can buy online and have sent to their mobile phones, ...

  22. Billboard Mobile Entertainment Live: Smartphones Driving Ad Revenue

    April 01, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Is advertising the key to making mobile content pay? That's the question that speakers and attendees of Billboard's Mobile Entertainment Live conference in Las Vegas were asking themselves March 31, where the hype over the mobile enterta ...

  23. Digital Briefs: Meloedo, Thumbplay, Spotify

    March 30, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- Mobile music service provider Meloedo has followed up on its streaming iPhone app for the Presidents of the United States of America with a similar full discography service for indie group State Radio. For $3, fans can buy the applications and ...

  24. mSpot Licenses Sony Catalog, All Majors Onboard

    February 23, 2009 12:00 AM EST Mobile media firm mSpot has licensed Sony Music Entertainment's catalog for its customizable ringtone service. The Make-UR-Tones app, available from operators like AT&T, Sprint and Verizon lets users select the clip of a song they want to ...

  25. Mobile Operator Cricket, LiveWire Mobile Ready Service

    February 10, 2009 12:00 AM EST Mobile operator Cricket is teaming up with LiveWire Mobile to launch an over the-air music download service. The mobile music store charges $2 for tracks downloaded directly to the mobile phone, and 99-cents for those purchased from the computer. ...

  26. The Orchard Branches Further Into Japan

    January 19, 2009 12:00 AM EST Digital music distributor The Orchard has formed an alliance with Japan's principal independent music company, Avex, which is a key shareholder in Japanese mobile content joint venture, Label Mobile. The news was announced today (Jan. 19) on ...

  27. Digital Briefs: iPhone, IBM, Ozzy, BitTorrent

    November 10, 2008 12:00 AM EST - The NPD Group released data showing Apple's iPhone 3G is the top-selling mobile phone of third quarter, overtaking the Motorola RAZR, which held the top slot for the last 12 quarters. - A judge presiding over a lawsuit brought by the former ...

  28. Digital Briefs: Aguilera, TuneCore, Sony BMG and more

    October 27, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - Christina Aguilera is debuting the music video for the song "Keeps Getting Better" on iLike. The video is coming out two weeks before her upcoming greatest hits album "Keeps Getting Better: A Decade of Hits" which is schedule ...

  29. UMG Onboard With Dada

    October 06, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music Group has inked a content deal with off-deck mobile content sales service Dada Entertainment. Starting today tracks from UMG's catalogue will be available for Dada.net users to download as DRM-free full-track MP3s and ringtone ...

  30. CTIA Day 1: Mobile Social Networking, Off-deck Sales

    September 10, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The CTIA Wireless I.T. & Entertainment trade show kicked off today in San Francisco. The event runs Sept. 10 - 12. Below, a round-up of music mobile news. - Mobile social networking is emerging as a key area of interest for both content provid ...

  31. Verizon Unveils New Applications

    September 09, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Verizon Wireless kicked off the CTIA Wireless I.T. & Entertainment conference with a series of music-related announcements. First, Verizon created a Facebook application called Ringback Buddies, which lets Verizon subscribers invite their frie ...

  32. Social Network MOG Flips Switch On Mobile Partner

    September 03, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Music-focused social network MOG has selected off-deck mobile content service Dada Entertainment as its exclusive mobile music partner. Under the deal, artists' MOG profiles will include a link to buy ringtones and MP3s for their mobile phone ...

  33. MisRolas.com Shuts Download Store

    August 29, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Online music download store MisRolas.com has closed operations beginning today (Aug. 29). The three-year-old store, which focused on independent Latin music, is shifting operations to mobile content in the U.S. and Latin America, with parent compa ...

  34. Digital Briefs: T-Pain, MOG

    August 12, 2008 12:00 AM EDT -Fresh on the heels of launching his new digital-only record label—Nappy Boy Digital—hip-hop singer/producer T-Pain has tapped mobile content company Zed (formerly 9 Squared) as the label’s exclusive mobile distributor. Under the deal, Zed will pl ...

  35. MTV Pacts With Thumbplay For Mobile Store

    August 11, 2008 12:00 AM EDT MTV has chosen off-deck mobile content distribution firm Thumbplay to manage its mobile content store. Under the deal, Thumbplay will develop personalized content for the MTV Mobile service, which includes ringtones, games, images and so on. Fans ...

  36. India's One97, Vringo Pact For Video Ringtones

    August 06, 2008 12:00 AM EDT New York-based video ringtone customization service Vringo has pacted with New Delhi-based mobile services company One97 to offer the Vringo video application service in India. Vringo claims to be the first viral mobile application allowing users ...

  37. WMG Expands Mobile Offering With SendMe Deal

    July 16, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Warner Music Group is licensing its catalog to SendMe Mobile, a direct-to-consumer mobile content distributor. The deal includes the standard content—ringtones, video ringers and images—as well as an expected series of exclusive content that will ...

  38. Jay-Z Exclusives Hit Thumbplay

    July 07, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Some of Jay-Z's biggest hits are today available as mobile phone ringtones, but only exclusively through provider Thumbplay. Universal Music Group struck a deal with the service for 10 Jay-Z tracks that were previously unavailable as ringtone ...

  39. Report: Apple, Labels In Talks Over More Mobile Music

    May 19, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The next iteration of the iPhone, expected to be unveiled next month, may have a whole lot more music if record labels and Apple can learn to play nice. According to the New York Times , Apple is negotiating with the music industry to expand its c ...

  40. Sony BMG In DRM-Free Deal With Dada

    May 13, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Sony BMG is providing DRM-free full song downloads to Dada Entertainment, a mobile entertainment joint venture between the label and Dada USA. At this time, only Sony BMG's catalog is available via the service, but it hopes to add content fro ...

  41. Plugged and Unplugged: erockster, Madonna, Verizon

    May 02, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Plugged I have to admit, when I first read the details about Clear Channel's new erockster initiative I was skeptical. But after actually checking it out, I have to give props to what looks to be an excellent music resource. To be sure, it� ...

  42. Digital Briefs: Sony BMG, AOL, RealNetworks and more

    April 01, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - Sony BMG has licensed its catalog to the PlayPhone mobile content service, which includes ringtones, voice tones games and images. PlayPhone powers the mobile media services of such outlets as Wal-Mart Mobile, RealArcade Mobile, ABC Television, ...

  43. BMI Eyes Ringback Tones For Mobile Growth

    March 27, 2008 12:00 AM EDT BMI expects ringback tones to lead the way in mobile music growth this year as ringtone revenues begin to decline. The performing rights organization projects ringback tones will exceed $210 million in U.S. sales in 2008, a 50% increase over 2007 ...

  44. Clear Channel To Add Thumbplay Store To Web Sites

    March 24, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Clear Channel Radio is adding access to direct-to-consumer mobile content service Thumbplay to more than 650 local radio station Web sites. Each station will feature a customized version of the Thumbplay mobile content store that offers format-app ...

  45. Plugged And Unplugged

    March 21, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Plugged M:Metrics revealed some staggering data this week about the iPhone. It found that while 6.7% of overall mobile users listened to music in some form or another on their phone, and 27.9% of smartphone users did the same, iPhone users blew th ...

  46. Update: Thumbplay Secures $18M In Financing

    March 14, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Mobile content retailer Thumbplay raised $18 million in series E fundraising provided by Brookside Capital Partners and Cross Creek Capital. The company said the funds would be used to develop additional tools provided to partners licensing conten ...

  47. Florida AG Cracks Down On Ringtone Companies

    March 03, 2008 12:00 AM EST If it sounds too good to be true, that's because it usually is. AT&T Mobility is just the first of several wireless operators fined by the Florida Attorney General's office as part of a massive crackdown on fraudulent ringtone compan ...

  48. Downloads Boost Digital Growth In Japan, Says RIAJ

    February 25, 2008 12:00 AM EST Digital music downloads continued to show substantial growth in Japan in 2007, according to data released Feb. 21 by local labels body the Recording Industry Assn. of Japan. Downloads totaled 465 million units, up 26% over 2006, for a value of ¥75 ...

  49. IDJ, Flycell Partner For Mobile Service

    February 20, 2008 12:00 AM EST Island Def Jam Music Group has launched the first-ever label-centric mobile subscription service in a deal with mobile and online media company Flycell. IDJ Mobile will offer subscribers exclusive online and mobile content, including ringtones, gr ...

  50. Digital Briefs: SendMe, EMI, Myxer, Muze

    January 25, 2008 12:00 AM EST —Direct-to-consumer mobile content retailer SendMe has added EMI Music Group to its roster of label with which it has music licensing deals. The company can now sell ringtones from the EMI catalog. Earlier this month, SendMe finalized agreements w ...

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