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  1. Subscription-Music Wars: The Greatest Trick the Majors Have Ever Pulled Off: Guest Post by Jason Herskowitz

    March 21, 2013 4:05 PM EDT Jason Herskowitz is a core contributor and co-founder of Tomahawk , an open-source music platform that -- among other things -- creates a music aggregation and interoperability layer across music providers. He talks endlessly on Twitter about ...

  2. Business Matters: Digital Subscriptions Actually Kind of Working...At The New York Times

    July 21, 2011 6:23 PM EDT Paywalls Paying Off -- Some of the most encouraging news on digital subscription models is coming from the world of journalism. The New York Times had 281,000 digital subscriptions at the end of June, the company announced Thursday in its second-q ...

  3. RightsFlow Builds A Business Around Clearing Song Rights

    March 18, 2011 12:00 PM EDT When it launched in the fall of 2007, RightsFlow comprised four people working out of the living room of president/CEO Patrick Sullivan's apartment on Manhattan's Upper East Side.Today, the company has established itself as a disruptive ...

  4. The Antitrust Case Against Major Record Labels, in Perspective

    January 11, 2011 12:00 AM EST On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear a significant antitrust case brought against the major record labels , clearing the way for the lawsuit to proceed in federal court in New York. The class action suit alleges the labels conspired ...

  5. Supreme Court: Antitrust Case Against Record Labels Can Proceed

    January 10, 2011 12:00 AM EST The U.S. Supreme Court opted on Monday not to review an appeals court decision in an antitrust price-fixing lawsuit against record labels over the sale of digital downloads. In passing on the case, the Supreme Court has opened the door for a revie ...

  6. Zune Taps Music Reports

    February 18, 2010 12:00 AM EST Microsoft has tapped Music Reports to handle the publishing licensing activities for the Zune music service. Under the deal, Music Reports will administer all mechanical licensing and reporting responsibilities needed to allow Zune to sell and str ...

  7. Business Matters: Nokia, Vringo, TalkTalk, Deezer

    January 29, 2010 12:00 AM EST Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. Follow Billboard senior analyst Glenn Peoples on Twitter at twitter.com/billboardglenn . -- Nokia president and CEO Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo discussed ...

  8. The Billboard Q&A: MediaNet CEO Alan McGlade

    January 13, 2010 12:00 AM EST In the early days of digital music, MediaNet (then MusicNet) seemed to be in a great place. Big brands of all types were rushing into the market with digital music stores of their own, and MusicNet was there to provide all the back-end technology ...

  9. Analysis: Vevo Is A Necessary Experiment For Majors

    December 07, 2009 12:00 AM EST The launch of Vevo Tuesday (Dec. 8) is a necessary experiment for major labels aiming to take a more direct role in charting their digital destiny. After years of letting video sites build a business on their content, music companies must take new ...

  10. U.K. Study Claims Live Beats Recorded Music Revenue

    March 16, 2009 12:00 AM EDT This year's ILMC (International Live Music Conference), the annual confab for international promoters, agent and venue owners, kicked off with a positive outlook despite the global recession. The event, which took place March 13-15 at the Roy ...

  11. Tesco, MediaNet Strike Digital Deal

    June 16, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Digital music service provider MediaNet Digital has struck a deal to power Tesco's revamped online entertainment business, Tesco Digital. As reported in April, the British Tesco supermarkets giant had announced grand plans to overhaul its dow ...

  12. La Curacao's Digital Store Plans Launch

    May 08, 2008 12:00 AM EDT La Curacao's digital music store, Pasito Tunes, is set for a May 15 soft-launch with an official launch in July. The department store chain's business development sales and marketing manager Reuven Hayun says the soft-launch period will ...

  13. Plugged And Unplugged: Ringback Tones, Billy Bragg, Bebo

    March 28, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Plugged Ringback tones never really blew my skirt up. After the saturation of ringtones, I felt they were just another "me too" application that would just annoy a market already prepping for a backlash against ringtones. That, coupled w ...

  14. Publishers File Class Action Against MediaNet

    February 15, 2008 12:00 AM EST Music publishers have filed a class action lawsuit against MediaNet Digital for copyright infringement. Nine publishing companies under the umbrellas of Sony/ATV Music Publishing, Peer International and MBL Music claim that the digital music provi ...

  15. Sony/ATV Stops Future Licensing of Digital Services

    January 08, 2008 12:00 AM EST Sony/ATV Music Publishing has instructed the Harry Fox Agency today to stop all future licensing of any of the publisher's repertoire for streaming or limited downloads, Billboard.biz has learned. The instruction is expected to impact service ...

  16. DiMA, Publishers Clash Over Rights

    January 07, 2008 12:00 AM EST A major battle is erupting between some digital media companies and major music publishers, which may lead to federal litigation, Billboard.biz has learned. The Digital Media Assn. filed a brief late today in a royalty rate-setting proceeding argu ...

  17. Time Warner Kicks Off New Service

    October 04, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Cable operator Time Warner introduced a new music subscription service for its Internet customers called Road Runner Music. MusicNet is the technology and music catalog provider. Like other subscription services, Road Runner Music allows users unl ...

  18. Department Store Chain La Curacao To Launch Digital Store

    September 12, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Department store chain La Curacao will launch a digital music store by the end of the year called Pasito Tunes. Powered by digital entertainment provider MusicNet, the bilingual service will offer Latin music downloads in genres such as salsa, cum ...

  19. DMX, MusicNet Team For New Music Service

    August 01, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Cable TV music service provider DMX has teamed with MusicNet to create a new digital music service called Sonic Tap. The service will offer subscription music plans, a la carte downloads, and online access to users' personal music collections ...

  20. MediaNet DRM-Free Catalog Hits Million Mark

    July 24, 2007 12:00 AM EDT MediaNet, a provider of backend technology that powers many of today's digital music services and formerly known as MusicNet, now has more than 1 million tracks available for purchase without DRM protection. The company has DRM-free licensing ...

  21. Copyright Tribunal Endorses Online Royalty Settlement

    July 16, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The U.K. Copyright Tribunal has endorsed the settlement agreement for online and mobile royalty rates reached between the MCPS-PRS Alliance and a string of online music companies. According to the Alliance, the Tribunal decision confirms an agreem ...

  22. MusicNet Expands Scope, Re-Brands

    July 12, 2007 12:00 AM EDT MusicNet, which provides the technology behind many of today's digital music subscription services, unveiled a plan to expand its content and technology portfolio to include music videos, TV and film -- changing its name to MediaNet Digital i ...

  23. 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 ...

  24. Trans World Reports 28% Sales Boost Post-Musicland Acquisition

    March 02, 2007 12:00 AM EST Trans World posted a net income of $36.5 million, or $1.12 a diluted share on sales of $586.7 million, in its fiscal fourth ended Feb. 3. That's nearly double the $20 million, or 64 cents per diluted share, the company made in the prior year& ...

  25. HFA Halts Negotiations With MusicNet

    December 12, 2006 12:00 AM EST In a letter obtained by Billboard.biz, the Harry Fox Agency notified MusicNet late yesterday (Dec. 12) that it is withdrawing its proposed license for interactive streams from the service, which supplies music for Microsoft, MTV, Yahoo! and others ...

  26. Sony Connect Settles With MCPS-PRS

    October 11, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Sony Connect is the latest digital music firm to reach settlement with U.K. authors' rights society the MCPS-PRS Alliance with regards to the fracas over online and mobile royalty rates. Sony Connect is the latest digital music firm to reach ...

  27. Sony Connect Settles With MCPS-PRS

    October 11, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Three online companies continue with Tribunal action. Sony Connect is the latest digital music firm to reach settlement with U.K. authors' rights society the MCPS-PRS Alliance with regards to the fracas over online and mobile royalty rates. A ...

  28. MusicNet, Napster Settle With MCPS-PRS

    October 09, 2006 12:00 AM EDT BPI, MusicNet, Napster now removed from Tribunal process. BPI, MusicNet, Napster now removed from Tribunal process. News ...

  29. MusicNet, Napster Settle With MCPS-PRS

    October 09, 2006 12:00 AM EDT MusicNet and Napster have reached a settlement with the U.K.'s MCPS-PRS Alliance over online and mobile royalty rates. MusicNet and Napster have reached a settlement with the U.K.'s MCPS-PRS Alliance over online and mobile royalty rates. ...

  30. MusicNet, Napster Settle With MCPS-PRS

    October 09, 2006 12:00 AM EDT MusicNet and Napster have reached a settlement with the U.K.'s MCPS-PRS Alliance over online and mobile royalty rates. MusicNet and Napster have reached a settlement with the U.K.'s MCPS-PRS Alliance over online and mobile royalty rates. ...

  31. Partial Settlement Reached Over Digital Royalty Rates

    September 28, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Groups agree on rates for mobile and online uses. A partial settlement over publishers' royalty rates for digital uses was reached today (Sept. 29) as U.K. Copyright Tribunal proceeding were scheduled to begin in London. British labels' ...

  32. Singer To Split With U.K.'s MCPS-PRS

    September 19, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Adam Singer has tendered his resignation as group CEO of Britain's MCPS-PRS Alliance, just 18 months after joining the collecting society. Adam Singer has tendered his resignation as group CEO of Britain's MCPS-PRS Alliance, just 18 mont ...

  33. Singer To Split With U.K.'s MCPS-PRS

    September 19, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Adam Singer has tendered his resignation as group CEO of Britain's MCPS-PRS Alliance, just 18 months after joining the collecting society. Adam Singer has tendered his resignation as group CEO of Britain's MCPS-PRS Alliance, just 18 mont ...

  34. Samsung, MusicNet Ready European Music Store

    September 01, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Samsung Electronics is teaming with MusicNet to launch a new online music store in Europe, as a companion to a forthcoming line-up of portable media players from the consumer electronics giant. Samsung Electronics is teaming with MusicNet to launc ...

  35. Samsung, MusicNet Ready European Music Store

    September 01, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Samsung Electronics is teaming with MusicNet to launch a new online music store in Europe, as a companion to a forthcoming line-up of portable media players from the consumer electronics giant. Samsung Electronics is teaming with MusicNet to launc ...

  36. Digital Rights Management (DRM) News And Analysis

    August 06, 2006 12:00 AM EDT U.K.'s ERA Throws Support Behind MP3 Britain's Entertainment Retailers Assn. has entered into the debate on DRM-free music. Nov 21, 2007 - Billboard.Biz - By Lars Brandle UCJ Strips DRM For Online Trial Universal Music Classics & Jaz ...

  37. Casey Joins MusicNet

    July 10, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Named senior VP of business development. Ted Casey, formerly the head of Verizon Wireless' music initiatives, has left the company to join MusicNet. His new position is senior VP of business development and partner relations. According to Mus ...

  38. Wireless Music Player, Service Goes Live

    June 14, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Music Gremlin player retails for $300. The Music Gremlin wireless music player and service is now live, available for sale via Amazon.com and the company’s own Web site. Music Gremlin is a portable MP3 player that connects directly to it’s own onl ...

  39. MTV's 'Urge' Set For Launch

    May 15, 2006 12:00 AM EDT To kick off with 2 million tracks. The underperforming digital subscription business has a new would-be savior: MTV. The music and lifestyle giant on Wednesday (May 17) will unveil its long anticipated digital music service, Urge. MTV tapped Micro ...

  40. U.S. Judge Orders Labels To Reveal Documents

    April 24, 2006 12:00 AM EDT A U.S. federal judge has ordered major record labels to turn over privileged documents after finding they may have used misleading information to convince the government to abandon a major antitrust p A U.S. federal judge has ordered major record ...

  41. U.S. Judge Orders Labels To Reveal Documents

    April 24, 2006 12:00 AM EDT A U.S. federal judge has ordered major record labels to turn over privileged documents after finding they may have used misleading information to convince the government to abandon a major antitrust p A U.S. federal judge has ordered major record ...

  42. Copyright Tribunal To Hear BPI, MCPS-PRS Dispute

    March 21, 2006 12:00 AM EST Month-long hearing starts Sept. 25. The U.K. Copyright Tribunal has set aside a four-week period from Sept. 25 to hear the ongoing online dispute between U.K. labels body the BPI and collecting society the MCPS-PRS Alliance. As previously reported ...

  43. Suit Filed Against Major Labels

    March 10, 2006 12:00 AM EST Claims they hampered online music growth. A consumer class action lawsuit has been brought against the major record labels for antitrust violations, claiming that the companies hampered the growth of online music to protect their high-profit CD ma ...

  44. Vital:PIAS, Union Square Forge Digital Deal

    February 14, 2006 12:00 AM EST Catalog includes Miles Davis, Stan Getz. Digital music services firm Vital:PIAS Digital has stuck an agreement to distribute content from catalog specialist Union Square Music. USM represents such labels as Stiff, Savoy Jazz, Denon Classics and Eg ...

  45. Vital:PIAS, Union Square Forge Digital Deal

    February 14, 2006 12:00 AM EST Digital music services firm Vital:PIAS Digital has stuck an agreement to distribute content from catalog specialist Union Square Music. USM represents such labels as Stiff, Savoy Jazz, Denon Classics Digital music services firm Vital:PIAS Digital ...

  46. iMesh Expands P2P To Canada

    February 02, 2006 12:00 AM EST Service been in beta mode in U.S. since Oct. iMesh has expanded its label-authorized peer-to-peer digital music download and subscription service into Canada. The service, powered in part by MusicNet and using audio fingerprinting and filtering te ...

  47. The Orchard Launches Video Service

    January 19, 2006 12:00 AM EST Will market to services including iTunes. The Orchard, the online independent music distributor and marketer, has launched a new digital video distribution service. In addition to the videos from the labels which the Orchard represents, additional ...

  48. MusicGremlin To Debut At CES

    December 15, 2005 12:00 AM EST Wireless player been in dev for over a year. MusicGremlin, a wireless digital audio player that's been under development for more than a year, will debut at the coming 2006 International Consumer Electronics Show Jan. 5. The MusicGremlin devi ...

  49. Nielsen Adds Tethered Digital Tracking

    September 26, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Nielsen Entertainment's Broadcast Data Systems (BDS) will begin tracking tethered digital music downloads, in reponse to the growing business of on-demand music subscription services. Nielsen Entertainment's Broadcast Data Systems (BDS) ...

  50. AIM, eMusic Sign Licensing Pact

    September 21, 2005 12:00 AM EDT U.S. digital music firm eMusic has entered into a licensing collaboration with British trade group the Assn. of Independent Music. It will initially make available 10,000 titles to download via the Am U.S. digital music firm eMusic has entered int ...

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