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  1. 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 ...

  2. BMI Unveils Mobile Music Predictions

    March 30, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Performing rights group BMI has released 2009 sales predictions for the mobile music market. The organization predicts ringback tones will amass more than $235 million in U.S. sales by the end of the year, representing 15% growth over the $205 mil ...

  3. Sony Ericsson Warning Stuns Ailing Mobile Sector

    March 20, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Sony Ericsson sparked fresh fear of crumbling consumer demand on Friday (March 20) when the world's No 4 handset maker said it would sell barely half of the phones it sold last quarter. Shares across the wireless sector dropped sharply on the ...

  4. Argentina's Personal Launches Full-Track Store

    March 18, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Argentine wireless carrier Personal has begun selling full-track downloads through its digital store, Personal Musica. The store is available via mobile phone and online at personalmusica.com , and offers dual delivery of the same track to the pho ...

  5. Mobile Study Offers Insights For Advertisers

    February 17, 2009 12:00 AM EST A feasibility study by global mobile communication body GSMA and a task force of U.K. telecommunications companies has revealed insights into the behavior of mobile users that GSMA says can be used to develop more comprehensive advertising campaig ...

  6. Sony Ericsson Unveils New Mobile Phone Strategy

    February 17, 2009 12:00 AM EST Sony Ericsson unveiled a new strategy for its struggling mobile phone business in an attempt to share content on its handsets with other devices in the home. Called Entertainment Unlimited, the initiative seeks to integrate mobile phones with such ...

  7. Nokia To Cut Production

    February 11, 2009 12:00 AM EST Cellphone maker Nokia said on Wednesday it would cut production at its key Salo plant in Finland as demand for handsets has dropped. Cellphone sales are set to dive this year, affected by consumers' reluctance to spend on new gadgets in the m ...

  8. 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. ...

  9. Dell Plots Smartphone Foray, Eyes Apple: Report

    January 30, 2009 12:00 AM EST Dell Inc is plotting a foray into the cell phone arena as early as next month, making and selling smartphones to revitalize a business walloped by crumbling PC sales and pitting the firm against Apple, the Wall Street Journal reported. The world&# ...

  10. Nokia Misses Forecasts, Sees Weaker 2009

    January 22, 2009 12:00 AM EST Top cell phone maker Nokia reported a worse-than-expected dive in fourth-quarter profit, and warned market volumes would shrink 10 percent this year as the economic slowdown hits consumer spending. Analysts had forecast an 8-percent fall in the ha ...

  11. Mozes Links With Knitting Factory For Mobile Push

    January 16, 2009 12:00 AM EST Mobile phone texting service Mozes has partnered with the Knitting Factory to offer a mobile ticketing service to artists using the Mozes system. Fans who join an artist mobile fan club will be offered exclusive free concert tickets for shows taki ...

  12. MySpace Delivers Video To Mobiles

    December 03, 2008 12:00 AM EST MySpace users with mobile phones are about to find out if they can walk and watch TV at the same time. On Wednesday (Dec. 3), News Corp's online social network will make video clips from its members' pages available for viewing on mobile ...

  13. Analyst: Digital Sales Won't Stop Overall Slide

    December 02, 2008 12:00 AM EST A new report from Jupiter Research forecasts digital music will contribute 41 percent to total recording revenue in the U.S. by 2013, from the 18 percent it represents today. This is based on a compound annual growth rate of 17 percent over the ne ...

  14. The Mobile Long Tail

    October 17, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The notion that long tail music sales don't apply to the mobile phone is starting to get some traction. The CEO of mobile music provider 24/7 Entertainment told attendees at the Popkomm conference that less than 66% of the 4.5 million songs i ...

  15. Nokia Q3 Sales, Profits Fall

    October 17, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Nokia's third-quarter sales and profits fell from a year ago, hit by weaker cellphone demand in its European markets, but the world's top handset maker soothed growing fears about the fourth quarter. Handset makers have started to feel t ...

  16. Warner Music Nordic Makes Key Appointment

    October 15, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Jacob Key has been promoted to the position of business development director for Warner Music Nordic & Baltic, following the recent expansion into digital business at the Baltic arm of the major. The appointment is effective immediately and Ke ...

  17. News Analysis: SanDisk's SlotMusic

    September 22, 2008 12:00 AM EDT There are a lot of unanswered questions regarding SanDisk's slotMusic, mainly due to the limited details – like no info on content or pricing - as the product was unveiled today . While the reaction from analysts and the press is mixed, most ...

  18. BET Ramps Up Interactive Services

    September 11, 2008 12:00 AM EDT BET has teamed up with its mobile commerce partner Single Touch Systems to offer new interactive entertainment services to viewers. The 4U2 Dedicate, lets users select a song to dedicate to a friend from a pre-defined list, and then record a perso ...

  19. 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 ...

  20. 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 ...

  21. Napster Expands Mobile Reach

    May 27, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Napster expanded its mobile relationship with Japanese operator NTT DoCoMo with an over-the-air video service. DoCoMo is the only operator that offers a true all-you-can-eat music subscription service to its customers via the Napster Mobile partne ...

  22. Nokia Confident Free Music Downloads Will Profit

    May 01, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Offering unlimited music downloads to phone buyers will make money for Nokia as well as record labels, the handset maker said, dismissing talk the move would come at the expense of profits. "We expect to make money both from our traditional d ...

  23. LG Launches Social Network, Online Competition

    April 21, 2008 12:00 AM EDT LG Mobile Phones unveiled a new online social network that aims to discover new artists. "LG: Rally for Music" is much like other social networks in that it allows members to set up profiles and connect with other like-minded members bas ...

  24. France Taxes Multi-Media Cell Phones

    April 07, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Music-enabled mobile phones will be taxed in France starting May 1 under the private copying regime. Mobile phones featuring audio and/or video functionalities with a memory of more than 128 MB, will be hit with the tax. Government officials repor ...

  25. AT&T Mobility Launches Ringtone, Remix Applications

    March 27, 2008 12:00 AM EDT AT&T Mobility is responding to the dip in ringtone sales and the sluggish pace of full-song downloads by offering a pair of new services that allow subscribers to access and customize their music libraries. Addressing the ringtone issue, AT&am ...

  26. 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 ...

  27. LiveWire Mobile Acquires Groove

    March 17, 2008 12:00 AM EDT LiveWire Mobile has acquired mobile music service provider Groove Mobile for $14.5 million. Groove Mobile powers the mobile music stores of such wireless operators as Sprint in the U.S., as well as Bell Mobility in Canada and 3 UK. LiveWire Mobile ...

  28. Nokia Opens Online Music Store In Germany

    March 04, 2008 12:00 AM EST Mobile phone manufacturer Nokia unveiled an online music store in Germany, its second such effort in Europe following its first in the UK last November. The service, branded under the Ovi name given to Nokia's broader Web and mobile services ...

  29. RealNetworks CEO: Mobile Penetration Will Hit 200%

    February 13, 2008 12:00 AM EST Consumer demand for mobile services will see many consumers own more than one cellphone, according to Real Networks CEO Rob Glaser. Speaking at Mobile Backstage, a GSMA/Nielsen production for the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, powered by Bill ...

  30. UMG Inks Mobile Merch Deal

    February 07, 2008 12:00 AM EST Universal Music Group has signed a merchandising deal with Modu Mobile, a maker of mobile phone devices set to debut later this year. Modu makes mini mobile phones that fit into different jackets, also made by the company. The interchangeable jack ...

  31. Live365 Goes Mobile

    December 12, 2007 12:00 AM EST Internet radio outfit Live365 is now streaming on mobile phones. The service is limited to Internet-connected handsets running Windows Mobile. Several models of such smartphones are available on operators like AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizo ...

  32. EMI Japan Presses Button On Mobile Download Site

    December 04, 2007 12:00 AM EST EMI Music Japan has launched a mobile download site on NTT's docomo i-mode and Softbank Mobile's Yahoo! Mobile (Y!keitai) service. The MOBAEMI mobile site will also be available on Japan's other main mobile phone service, KDDI' ...

  33. Nokia In Free Music Pact With UMG

    December 04, 2007 12:00 AM EST Handset giant Nokia said on Tuesday it has agreed with the world's largest music group Universal to offer free 12-month access to Universal artists' music for buyers of Nokia's music phones. The world's top cellphone maker said ...

  34. AT&T Adds Pandora’s Internet Radio Service

    November 08, 2007 12:00 AM EST AT&T has added Pandora's personalized Internet radio service to its wireless network, available from select AT&T mobile phones. The service works much like the online version of Pandora, allowing users to build a custom playlist aroun ...

  35. The Charlatans Continue Free Experiment

    November 01, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The Charlatans are continuing their experiment with free digital content by launching an Internet site that allows fans to download ringtones, full songs, photos, video, news and concert updates to their mobile phones at no charge. The site is the ...

  36. Plugged And Unplugged

    October 26, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Plugged: This week saw the entrance of yet another major wireless operator fully committing to a mobile music download service. AT&T's launch of Napster Mobile not only puts the nation's No. 1 carrier on par with competitors Sprint a ...

  37. Beyonce-Phone Among New Devices Hitting The Market

    October 11, 2007 12:00 AM EDT A host of new multimedia mobile phones are poised to hit retail shelves, just in time for the holiday sales season. Just a week after Verizon unveiled a touch-screen iPhone competitor as part of its fall device lineup, Sprint pulled the curtain ba ...

  38. mSpot Debuts 'Make-A-Ringer'

    October 08, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Mobile content firm mSpot introduced its Make-A-Ringer ringtones service, allowing users to create their own ringtone from a selection of licensed songs. Unlike other services that let users create their own ringtone from a song of their choice, m ...

  39. Digital Payment Firms Team

    October 04, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Digital payment firms Javien and Digonex have teamed up to offer clients access to the others e-commerce systems. The Javien platform lets consumers charge items to their mobile phone bill, landline phone bill or other alternative accounts like Pa ...

  40. Pocket Group Pouches CD Baby, INgrooves Deals

    September 04, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Mobile phone entertainment supplier Pocket Group is boasting a catalog of 1.5 million tracks available to license following new deals signed with CD Baby and INgrooves. The British company, which supplies music, TV, film and celebrity content to m ...

  41. Phone Face-Off

    September 02, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The cold war has gone hot. Although their relationship is highly symbiotic, the companies that make mobile phones have for years sought to gain the upper hand in brand awareness and customer control from those that run wireless networks. That long ...

  42. Nokia Launches Music Service, iPhone Rival

    August 29, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Nokia launched its much anticipated digital music service today, a move designed to both expand the company's mobile entertainment footprint and turn up the heat on Apple's iTunes and iPhone. The service works on both music-specialized m ...

  43. Nokia Devices To Use PlayReady DRM

    August 06, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Mobile phone manufacturer Nokia unveiled plans to use Microsoft's PlayReady DRM technology for its upcoming mobile entertainment devices. The PlayReady technology allows mobile phone users to share content like music, games and videos in a pr ...

  44. GreeeeN Sets Mobile Sales Record For UMG

    August 06, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music Group claims to have set the record for the most over-the-air full song downloads to mobile phones by a single track. Japanese act GreeeeN reportedly sold more than 1 million copies of the single "Aiuta" on mobile phones ...

  45. Txttunes Expands Scope, Cohen Joins Board

    July 24, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Mobile text-message-based music service Txttunes has expanded service to the U.S. and has added former EMI exec Ted Cohen to its board of directors. Txttunes allows artists and labels to sell music directly to fans via their mobile phone without t ...

  46. Vringo Rings Up UMGI Deal

    July 09, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music Group International has sealed an experimental deal in which Vringo, an Israeli-based video-ringtone developer, will offer its subscribers video ringtones centered on UGMI's catalog. Using their mobile handsets or a PC, Vringo ...

  47. Samsung, MusicNet Team

    July 05, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Mobile phone manufacturer Samsung has teamed with MusicNet to offer a portable music subscription service designed specifically for select handsets. Compatible phones must have the Samsung Media Studio software installed to access the service. The ...

  48. T-Mobile Launches Mobile Jukebox In U.K.

    July 03, 2007 12:00 AM EDT T-Mobile International, the European wireless carrier, has embarked on a creative campaign to coincide with its relaunched Mobile Jukebox. The new à la carte service allows subscribers to download to both Windows-operated PCs and mobile handsets f ...

  49. China Unicom Tests Music Service

    July 03, 2007 12:00 AM EDT China Unicom Ltd., the country's No. 2 mobile phone carrier, said Tuesday it has started testing a music download service offering subscribers songs from 23 record companies. The move comes as music and telecommunications firms try to raise s ...

  50. WMG, Qualcomm Develop Mobile Themes

    June 21, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Warner Music Group has teamed with wireless technology Qualcomm to create artist-branded themes for mobile devices. Each theme, or "skin," allows fans to customize the look and feel of their mobile phone display with the WMG artist of th ...

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