Music Unlimited

  1. Sony Music Unlimited Integrates with Bandsintown (Exclusive)

    January 17, 2014 9:00 AM EST Bandsintown, a concert listing service used by 40 million unique viewers a month, has integrated Sony's Music Unlimited subscription service into its apps.* Bandsintown and The Agency Group Announce Partnership Sony's Music Unlimited ...

  2. Sony's Music Unlimited Updates iOS App with Offline Playback, High-Quality Audio

    June 25, 2013 6:31 AM EDT Sony is upping its game in the music streaming space. In a clear play to stay competitive with the likes of Spotify and Rdio, the entertainment and tech giant is updating its iOS Music Unlimited app to offer offline playback and high-quality aud ...

  3. Sony's Music Unlimited Service Expands to Brazil

    May 15, 2013 3:30 PM EDT Sony Network Entertainment International’s Music Unlimited service is live in Brazil, according to a statement released today by the company. The cloud-based digital music subscription service is now available in 19 countries worldwide. The on-d ...

  4. Morning Fix: One Direction & Rihanna Top Charts: Mog CEO Steps Down; Salaam Remi to Sony

    November 21, 2012 8:15 AM EST Head HERE to subscribe to Billboard's Morning Fix email and other music-business newsletters FREE ONE DIRECTION'S 'TAKE ME HOME' DEBUTS AT NO. 1 ON BILLBOARD 200 WITH 2012'S THIRD-BIGGEST SALES WEEK: One Direction scores i ...

  5. Unlimited Music Heats Up with Big New Spotify Challengers

    November 01, 2012 2:00 PM EDT It's no simple matter to make music fans happy enough to pay $10 per month, even for unlimited access to most of the music in the world, while also paying royalties to record labels, music publishers, and artists. As another indication of jus ...

  6. Spotify Planning Launches in Italy, Poland and (Reportedly) Japan: What Are the Challenges?

    October 12, 2012 1:31 PM EDT Spotify is planning launches in Italy and Poland, judging from job postings at its web site, and according to a report Friday it's considering a launch in Japan in early 2013. The company has recently posted job openings for growth managers i ...

  7. Business Matters: How to Detect Search Engine-Optimized, Bullsh-- Headlines

    September 05, 2012 6:05 PM EDT Writing a good headline is part art, part science and very important. In the age of online news, articles tend to be optimized for maximum traffic from search engines. Keywords, such as Apple or iPhone, are used in the headlines based on the likel ...

  8. Sony Introduces Inexpensive Tier for Music Unlimited Service

    August 29, 2012 4:22 PM EDT On Wednesday Sony Network Entertainment International announced a €4.99/US $4.99 per month tier, called "Access," to its Music Unlimited subscription service. Sony is employing a familiar marketing strategy by placing a premium on mobili ...

  9. Business Matters: Samsung's Music Hub Shows the Future of Digital Music

    August 01, 2012 6:24 PM EDT Samsung's Music Hub Shows the Future of Digital Music -- Samsung's new Music Hub isn't going to get much credit for being visionary, but the multi-faceted music service is ahead of its time. Music Hub's combination of services ...

  10. Japanese Labels Relaxing Digital Rights Management Copyright Protections

    July 10, 2012 1:41 PM EDT The quickly evolving Japanese digital music market has taken another turn: Local labels are either removing or considering removing copy protection for digital downloads. According to reports, Victor Entertainment and Avex Group Holdings are plann ...

  11. Business Matters: Nearly A Third of Consumers Using Streaming Services: Report

    July 09, 2012 5:27 PM EDT Nearly 1/3 of Consumers Use Music Streaming Services Nearly a third of consumers in 25 countries around the world now use a music streaming service. A report at Music Industry Blog , the site of former Forrester analyst Mark Mulligan, taps into EM ...

  12. Japan's Digital Music Services Leap Forward; Sony Music Unlimited Launches With All Four Majors

    July 03, 2012 11:37 AM EDT Sony Corporation announced the launch in Japan of Music Unlimited, a cloud-based music subscription service that will offer users over 10 million songs. The service will make tracks from Sony Music Entertainment (Japan), Universal Music LLC (Japan ...

  13. Samsung Debuts Online 'Music Hub,' Challenges iTunes With 19 Million Tracks

    May 29, 2012 12:15 PM EDT Samsung is debuting an online music store called the Samsung Music Hub, which will be available initially via its new Samsung Galaxy S III in Germany, Italy, the U.K., France and Spain. The service will allow songs to be streamed through the cloud ...

  14. Sony Music Unlimited, More Open Than Ever, Takes the iOS Plunge on Friday

    May 22, 2012 3:08 PM EDT Sony Music Unlimited for iOS, not pictured here, will likely have the same "offline mode" that allows this Android version to store music for playback without a data connection. When Sony Entertainment Network chief Tim Schaaf told Evolv ...

  15. Business Matters: What it Means For Spotify's Daniel Ek to be Worth $308 Million

    April 30, 2012 6:01 PM EDT Daniel Ek Is Worth $308 Million Because The Market Values Spotify So Highly It may surprise some people that Spotify CEO and co-founder Daniel Ek is worth $308 million (£190 million), according to a list of richest British people in music at the S ...

  16. Business Matters: Is Music Still Core to Sony Corp's Mission?

    April 12, 2012 5:25 PM EDT Music May Be Losing Significance to Sony Sony Corp. wants to revitalize its electronics business, but how will it use music to get there? The company announced a transformation plan Thursday that includes shedding 10,000 jobs , or 6% of its global ...

  17. Sony's Tim Schaaff Answers Five Questions @MIDEM

    January 29, 2012 12:05 PM EST Sony's Music Unlimited, a cloud-based music-streaming service, has been heavily scrutinized ever since its launch as Qrocity last year. Initially plagued by a hacking scandal that affected some 77 million accounts across Sony's PlayStati ...

  18. Apps Reshaping Digital Media Consumption At 2012 CES

    January 13, 2012 8:50 AM EST App -titude test: The floor of the 2012 CES Convention Hall in Las Vegas Las Vegas -- The annual International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas is all about gadgets. But as this year's confab demonstrated, some of the most excitin ...

  19. Business Matters: Sony's Music Unlimited Coming to iOS Devices

    January 12, 2012 6:54 PM EST Business Matters: Sony's Music Unlimited Coming to iOS Devices -- Sony's Music Unlimited subscription service will be available for the iOS platform this quarter. Tim Schaaff, head of Sony Entertainment Network, broke the news at CES Wed ...

  20. Morning Heds: Spotify Says Bye to Free, Sony Goes iOS, Beatles Songs Sold

    January 12, 2012 6:11 AM EST Spotify no longer free for early US subscribers Music Week Early Spotify adopters in the US will see their no-strings, unlimited streaming experience cease next week when their promotional period comes to an end. Why Rhapsody Is (Probably) Bigger ...

  21. Sony To Roll Out Music Unlimited Service Across Europe

    January 11, 2012 10:49 AM EST Sony's Music Unlimited streaming service is to launch in four new European markets. Formerly called Qriocity, the cloud-based service underwent a name change last year, following the launch of Sony's unified online music, video and games ...

  22. Will Smith, Barry Sonnenfeld, Kelly Clarkson Headline Sony CES Event

    January 10, 2012 8:01 AM EST LAS VEGAS -- Will Smith and director Barry Sonnenfeld showed up in Las Vegas on Monday for Sony's Consumer Electronics Show press conference, which included a sneak peek at their upcoming Men in Black 3. "We have a fantastic movie," ...

  23. 2012's Consumer Electronics Show Biz Blog

    January 09, 2012 7:29 AM EST Jan 13, 2012 | Blog Post CES 2012: 8 Cool Things Andrew Hampp, Las Vegas The music industry was all over Las Vegas this week, from Will Smith and Kelly Clarkson at Sony's presentation, Justin Timberlake's cameo at MySpace's TV annou ...

  24. Business Matters: Spotify Rising, Now at 10.2 Million Monthly Average Users

    December 14, 2011 6:48 PM EST Spotify Rising, Now at 10.2 Million Monthly Average Users -- Spotify has added about 2.5 million global monthly average users (MAU) in the last month, according to figures available at AppData.com . On Tuesday Spotify's MAU stood at 10.2 mill ...

  25. Tim Schaff, Chief of Sony Digital Music: Eight Reasons to Be Optimistic

    December 09, 2011 2:43 PM EST Anyone paying attention to digital music over the past ten years might wonder why Sony would ever bother with digital music again. The company's past is littered with abject failure and spectacular catastrophe - everything from MP3 players th ...

  26. Rhapsody to Acquire Napster From Best Buy

    October 03, 2011 3:42 PM EDT Rhapsody announced Monday it has signed an agreement to acquire Napster, a competing music subscription service owned by retail giant Best Buy. The value of the was not been announced. Under the terms of the agreement, Rhapsody will get Napter ...

  27. Business Matters: Sony Rebrands Qriocity Music Service as Music Unlimited

    September 01, 2011 6:59 PM EDT Sony Rebrands Qriocity Music Service as Music Unlimited -- Say goodbye to the Qriocity brand name and one of the oddest product names in recent memory. Sony has unified its online music, video and game services under a division called Sony Enterta ...

  28. Will Sony's New Walkman MP3 Player Win big? Or Fall Flat?

    August 05, 2011 1:40 PM EDT As brand names go, Sony's Walkman is the ultimate survivor. The brand that virtually defined the portable music market back in the days of the cassette has since endured multiple format changes through the years?from the CD, to the short-li ...

  29. Sony's Qriocity Music Unlimited Now Available on Android Devices

    June 15, 2011 1:34 PM EDT Sony's Qriocity Music Unlimited music subscription service is finally available on the mobile phone. Both the basic and premium tiers of the service are now available via an Android app in all markets where it is operational. Previously, the ...

  30. Business Matters: Are Consumers Ready to Spend This Summer?

    May 31, 2011 7:30 PM EDT Are Consumers Ready to Spend This Summer? -- While economic indicators are mixed, it appears investors may be feeling better about this summer's concert season. Live Nation shares rose 4.44% on twice the average daily trading volume Tuesday. ...

  31. Business Matters: Sony Networks Are Still Down, But Music Unlimited Promo Tour Rolls On

    April 25, 2011 5:20 PM EDT Sony Networks Are Still Down, But Music Unlimited Promo Tour Rolls On -- At the same time an Amazon Web Services outage wreaked havoc on websites and Internet services last week, Sony's PlayStation and Qriocity networks were experiencing unre ...

  32. Sony's Qriocity Music Service Launches in U.S.

    February 17, 2011 10:27 AM EST Sony Network Entertainment had promised to launch its Qriocity Music Unlimited subscription service in the U.S. before the end of the first quarter, and today that promise was met. The U.S., in addition to New Zealand and Australia, now have acces ...

  33. Billboard Demos Sony Qriocity Music Unlimited Service @ MIDEM, iTunes Latest Challenger

    January 24, 2011 12:00 AM EST As Billbaord.biz reported yesterday , Sony is giving its new Qriocity cloud-based media platform a big push at this year's MIDEM. They launched in the U.K. last week and Germany this week and is expected to arrive in the U.S. in the first qua ...

  34. @MIDEM 2011: Sony's Qriocity Turns Up The Volume

    January 23, 2011 12:00 AM EST CANNES, France -- When Sony launched its oddly named Qriocity music service last month, it did so rather quietly and with few details. Here at MIDEM, they've turned the volume way up. In addition to announcing an expansion of the cloud-based ...

  35. Sony Launches Subscription Music Streaming Service

    December 22, 2010 12:00 AM EST Sony Corp went live with its previously announced Qriocity music service today, debuting in the U.K. and Ireland. "Music Unlimited powered by Qriocity" is a subscription streaming service with access to about 6 million songs for 10-pound ...

  36. PlayStation Portable's Streaming Service Close To Launch?

    November 30, 2010 12:00 AM EST Looks like Sony’s promised music streaming service for the PlayStation Portable is nigh. The company last week notified users that a pending update to the device’s software will prepare it for the “Music Unlimited, powered by Qriocity” service. Th ...

  37. Sony Confirms Cloud-based Music Service

    September 01, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Sony Electronics introduced a new digital music service called Music Unlimited during a presentation at the IFA technology conference in Germany today. The service is part of the company’s new Qriocity (pronounced “curiosity”) entertainment networ ...

  38. Rhapsody Goes DRM-Free

    June 30, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Add Rhapsody to the ever-growing list of digital music retailers who have stripped DRM from their catalogs. The joint venture between RealNetworks and MTV Networks today (June 30) converted its entire database of five million songs to the unprotec ...

  39. Mobile Backstage: Mobile Music Future Is Bright

    February 13, 2008 12:00 AM EST User experience, subscription services and good, old-fashioned A&R are the key factors that will help the music industry build a successful mobile music business. That was the message from a panel of experts at Mobile Backstage, a GSMA/Nielsen ...

  40. MTV Waxes Lyrical For Search Tool

    October 29, 2007 12:00 AM EDT MTV is getting into the lyrics game, both online and on TV. The music TV broadcaster is adding a music lyrics search tool using data from Gracenote, which also powers the Yahoo Music lyrics page launched earlier this summer. MTV's version wil ...

  41. Yahoo!, Pepsi Revive TV Show For Online

    June 02, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Future segments to include Kanye West, Gwen Stefani. Yahoo! is bringing back a revamped version of former TV show "Pepsi Smash" to its Yahoo! Music service to provide subscribers with on-demand video segments of band performances, interv ...