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  1. MySpace To Develop Digital Music Player?

    November 07, 2008 12:00 AM EST MySpace, the popular online social network owned by Rupert Murdoch's News Corp, could develop a digital music player in the future, pitting it against Apple Inc's hot-selling iPod. But there are no immediate plans to make or sell such a ...

  2. MySpace, MTV Test Piracy-Profit Plan

    November 03, 2008 12:00 AM EST A new technology that essentially allows content owners to profit from piracy will get a high-profile test this month from MySpace and MTV Networks. Instead of triggering the usual take-down notices, copyright-infringing footage of select MTV Netw ...

  3. MTV Exec To Exit For MySpace Music?

    October 30, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Speculation over who may lead the new MySpace Music joint venture heated up after tech news site CNET reported that MTV digital executive Courtney Holt has been offered the position. Holt is executive VP of digital music and media, and formerly wa ...

  4. MySpace Music Adds IODA

    October 23, 2008 12:00 AM EDT MySpace Music added thousands of independent labels to its service today (Oct. 23) through a new deal with independent digital distributor IODA. Details of the agreement were not disclosed. MySpace Music has drawn criticism from some in the indie ...

  5. MySpace Relaunches Karaoke Service

    October 15, 2008 12:00 AM EDT On the heels of its new MySpace Music venture , the social networking site has relaunched its MySpace Karaoke service as well. Most notably, the service now includes a video recording function, where users can film themselves singing and post the ...

  6. MySpace Aims Ad Service at Bands

    October 13, 2008 12:00 AM EDT MySpace will announce today that its MyAds program is available to the public. One group MySpace is aggressively targeting the service towards is bands, which will be able to create their own banner ads and then select which MySpace users will see ...

  7. Editorial: MySpace Caters To Majors, Not Indies

    October 06, 2008 12:00 AM EDT As president of Koch Records, the No. 1 independent in the United States, it is my obligation to counter MySpace's effervescent statements that patronized the independent labels and informed us that we were being offered the same deal as the ...

  8. MySpace, Majors Make Adjustments For Joint Venture

    September 25, 2008 12:00 AM EDT As the dust settles from the Sept. 25 launch of MySpace's highly anticipated and somewhat controversial new music service, the broader implications of the initiative are becoming clearer. A joint venture of the News Corp. subsidiary and Unive ...

  9. Updated: MySpace Music Launch 'Unhealthy,' Says Merlin... Not So Says Orchard, MySpace

    September 25, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Merlin, the global rights body for independent labels, has described the launch of MySpace Music without its members' repertoire as "incredibly disappointing." However, the London-based trade association says it remains in negotiati ...

  10. MySpace Music Launches with Notable Upgrades, Glaring Omissions

    September 24, 2008 12:00 AM EDT MySpace will flip the switch on its long-anticipated MySpace Music service on Thursday, completely revamping every element of the music section of the social network and bringing several elements of the music industry to the table with the launch. ...

  11. iLike Unveils Music Syndication Platform

    September 17, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Social music discovery service iLike, with partner Rhapsody, introduced a new music syndication platform that lets Web developers add full-song streaming and other functions to their services. Essentially a widget, the platform enables users to ad ...

  12. MySpace Music To Start With Major Ad Sponsors

    September 15, 2008 12:00 AM EDT News Corp's MySpace, the world's largest social networking site, said on Sunday its long-expected MySpace Music joint venture with three major music labels will launch with four major sponsors underwriting the costs of streaming free mus ...

  13. Thievery Corporation Teams With iLike, Facebook

    September 15, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Thievery Corporation announced they would start streaming their new album, "Radio Retaliation," via iLike and Facebook on September 19, five days prior to the album's official September 23 release date. This event marks the first ti ...

  14. Ad-Supported Sites Navigate Tough Ad Market

    August 12, 2008 12:00 AM EDT When MySpace flips the switch on its long-awaited music service next month, advertising-supported free streaming is expected to play a big role. But the social networking bellwether will launch during an economic slowdown, joining an existing ad-s ...

  15. MySpace Records Lands First Headlining Tour Sponsor

    August 06, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Singer/songwriter Kate Voegele will be the first MySpace Records artist to land a sponsored headlining tour. The University of Phoenix is sponsoring the artist's 40-date North American "Back 2 School" trek, which launches Friday (Au ...

  16. Rawrip Goes Live

    July 28, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Rawrip, a new online music-discovery and retail service that promises to offer artists and labels 100% of the download royalties, launches today in the beta format. The MP3 platform's full commercial launch is scheduled for November. Its owne ...

  17. iLike Offers New Tools To Concert Promoters, Venues

    July 21, 2008 12:00 AM EDT iLike is reaching out to concert promoters with a new set of tools designed to transform its social music discovery service into a more overt advertising platform. The company has added new tools that let promoters, venue owners, booking agents an ...

  18. Rock The Vote, MySpace Launch Band Competition

    July 01, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Rock the Vote struck a deal with MySpace this week that combines grassroots voter registration drives with music promotion and live events. Through the DemROCKracy band competition, which runs from now through Aug. 14, any artist with a MySpace pr ...

  19. MySpace Latino Grows 'Colombianos'

    June 17, 2008 12:00 AM EDT MySpace Latino has launched a new community, "Colombianos," geared to Colombian-Americans and Colombians living in the United States. The site is teased on MySpace Latino's home page and currently features video of an acoustic perfo ...

  20. MySpace To Flip Switch On Redesign

    June 13, 2008 12:00 AM EDT MySpace says it will undergo a major site redesign beginning next week, including a new splash page, search functions, profile editor and overall site navigation. Although the much-heralded MySpace Music service will not go live as part of the Jun ...

  21. Industry Debates Role Of Online Focus

    June 10, 2008 12:00 AM EDT If artists want to break from the record label system and go it alone in today’s digital space, they’d better prepare to work for it, according to today's OnHollywood conference panel called “Breaking Away from the Music Label.” With Quincy J ...

  22. Digital Briefs: Buzznet, Spiralfrog, Qloud

    June 03, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - Buzznet launched Celebuzz.com , a social networking and media site dedicated to celebrity news, gossip and photos. The site aggregates photos and blog postings of about a dozen existing celebrity blogs, as well as user-generated content. - Spira ...

  23. Gnarls Barkley Tapped For 150th MySpace Secret Show

    May 15, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Soulful rock act Gnarls Barkley will perform at MySpace's 150th installment of its popular Secret Show franchise. The concert will be held on June 8 in New York at a venue to be announced. The upcoming Gnarls Barkley gig will be a homecoming ...

  24. Social Networks, Managers Discuss New Biz Models

    May 06, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Two panels held at NARM this afternoon (May 6) represented a significant departure from yesterday's programming, with speakers on the "Music and Social Networking" and "Artist Managers" panels declaring the old CD and majo ...

  25. MySpace Karaoke Goes Live

    April 29, 2008 12:00 AM EDT MySpace unveiled the beta launch of a new music service called MySpace Karaoke. The user-generated service allows members to sing, record and share recordings of themselves singing along to the songs of their choice. Each member can save up to 10 ...

  26. Labels Sue Project Playlist On Copyright

    April 28, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Nine major record labels filed suit against an online music provider on Monday, accusing Project Playlist Inc of a "massive infringement" of their copyrights to the songs of artists such as U2 and Gwen Stefani. Project Playlist enables i ...

  27. MySpace Launches In India

    April 18, 2008 12:00 AM EDT MySpace India, which has been operating since January and now claims half a million users, was officially launched April 17 in Mumbai. MySpace India has deals with partners such as Kolkata-based label Saregama India and Mumbai-based Star TV India ...

  28. PluggedIn Set For Launch

    April 16, 2008 12:00 AM EDT PluggedIn, a Web site focused on music videos and other music offerings, is expected to launch Wednesday in public beta with partnerships with Sony BMG, Universal Music Group and EMI and an investment from Will Smith's Overbrook Entertainment ...

  29. MySpace Goes Live In South Korea

    April 16, 2008 12:00 AM EDT A local version of MySpace launched April 15 in South Korea, where social networking services enjoy huge popularity. "MySpace is committed to support this by collaborating with Korea's culture creators and IT talents," said MySpace ...

  30. Ilike's Partovi To Keynote Digital Summit

    April 14, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Ali Partovi, CEO of iLike, an Internet social music discovery service, will keynote the fourth annual Leadership Music Digital Summit on April 22 at Belmont University in Nashville. U.S. Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn; Ted Cohen, managing partner, ...

  31. MoS, Brightcove Team For Web Content

    April 09, 2008 12:00 AM EDT U.K. multi-media and dance-music group Ministry of Sound (MoS) is to overhaul its online-video service to boost ad revenue after forming a partnership with Internet-TV company Brightcove, Billboard.biz has learned. U.S.-based Brightcove has alread ...

  32. MySpace Latino To Launch With New Communities

    April 08, 2008 12:00 AM EDT After a year in a beta testing phase, MySpace Latino will get its official launch this Friday (April 11) with several new communities directed at U.S. Latinos. The bilingual site, accessible via latino.myspace.com , has spent the last year getting ...

  33. Wiki Impact Further Revealed

    April 07, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Internet traffic analysis firm Hitwise is running with a story that first appeared in Billboard about Wikipedia's rise as the top choice of destination for Web searches on music acts, and supporting it with some additional custom data. The fi ...

  34. Updated: MySpace Announces Music Service

    April 03, 2008 12:00 AM EDT As expected, MySpace today officially announced its MySpace Music service. The move clears up much of the speculation and conflicting reports surrounding the much-rumored launch, but not all. Set in stone are the participants. All major labels sav ...

  35. Sources: MySpace Music Service To Launch This Week

    April 02, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The much-anticipated digital music service from MySpace could go live as early as Thursday, but most likely Friday, Billboard.biz has learned. According to sources close to the discussions, UMG and WMG have either already signed agreements or are ...

  36. Digital Summit Line-up Takes Shape

    April 01, 2008 12:00 AM EDT U.S. Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn; Ted Cohen, managing partner, TAG Strategic; Richard Conlon, VP of marketing and business development, BMI; Russ Crupnick, VP/senior industry analyst, the NPD Group; Ali Partovi, CEO, iLike; Dorrian Porter, foun ...

  37. Social Networking Sites For Major Artists

    March 31, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Cent has more than 1 million friends on MySpace, but if he ever decides to leave the social network, he'll be leaving behind those friends, too. So like a growing number of artists, he's started his own social networking site, Thisis5 ...

  38. Imeem Targets Developers

    March 25, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Imeem wants to see developers create applications for the Imeem platform and has released a software development kit to boost their efforts. The kit allows application creators to develop services integrating Imeem's music service, discovery ...

  39. AOL To Buy Bebo Social Network

    March 13, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Time Warner Inc's AOL Internet division said on Thursday it will buy social network Bebo for $850 million in cash, bolstering its consumer Internet offerings even as the media conglomerate mulls splitting off the business. Bebo, which claims ...

  40. Digital Briefs: Qtrax, Sony BMG, MySpace

    March 10, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - Qtrax continues its efforts to sign deals with the labels it said it already had in place prior to its launch-that-wasn't, this time adding UK indie aggregator Beggars Group. - Sony BMG licensed its catalog to free, ad-supported online musi ...

  41. Peermusic Signs La La

    March 05, 2008 12:00 AM EST Independent publisher peermusic has signed a worldwide publishing deal with bilingual singer/songwriter and MySpace sensation La La. The Mexican-American artist is signed to Melee Entertainment for the release of her debut album this year. Her son ...

  42. Facebook To Launch Music Service?

    March 04, 2008 12:00 AM EST Facebook is reaching out to the major labels and scheduling meetings to discuss the potential implementation of a music acquisition service with the popular social networking site, Billboard.biz has learned. Sources at multiple major labels say di ...

  43. Dolls, Simpson, Disturbed Lead Operation MySpace

    February 28, 2008 12:00 AM EST The Pussycat Dolls, Jessica Simpson, Disturbed, Filter, DJ Z-Trip and comedian Carlos Mencia will perform for U.S. troops at an undisclosed military base in Kuwait on March 10 as part of Operation MySpace, a three-hour concert that will also be br ...

  44. Wharton Study Examines Music Discovery Service

    February 14, 2008 12:00 AM EST Users of Internet music discovery service iLike add more music to their song libraries each month than they did before joining the service, according to new research out from the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School of business. The Wh ...

  45. Report: Imeem To Acquire Snocap

    February 14, 2008 12:00 AM EST Music streaming site Imeem will reportedly acquire Snocap, the digital music-licensing site co-founded by Shawn Fanning of Napster. TechCrunch reports the deal will be finalized this week, citing an unnamed source. Snocap launched in 2002 in an at ...

  46. Facebook Speaks Spanish for First Time

    February 08, 2008 12:00 AM EST Facebook Inc. unveiled a Spanish-language version of its popular online social network Thursday, hoping to expand its audience and catch up to rival MySpace.com. It marks the first time Facebook has been available in a language besides English sin ...

  47. Rhino Website Goes Live

    January 23, 2008 12:00 AM EST The Rhino label has launched its own music site, primarily to promote its U.K. releases. The site, at www.rhino.tv, offers some 2,000 free-to-access videos, exclusive content, artist interviews and information. Rhino claims that the free, high qua ...

  48. iLike Adds Ringtones with Thumbplay

    December 13, 2007 12:00 AM EST iLike is adding a "get ringtone" link to songs listed on the music discovery application. The iLike app allows users to post their favorite artists and songs, and share music recommendations and playlists. Users can listen to song sample ...

  49. Artists, Mozes Team For U.S. Troops

    December 10, 2007 12:00 AM EST Several artists are teaming up with mobile fan club provider Mozes to leave holiday messages for U.S. troops serving overseas. The new program, "Voices from America," allows bands to leave voice messages to servicemen and women, which ca ...

  50. MySpace Launches 'Unplugged' Service

    December 04, 2007 12:00 AM EST MySpace has begun selling exclusive "unplugged" music performances via a new service dubbed Transmissions. The new platform features videos of artist inteviews and performances in the MySpace studios, which the social network has the exc ...

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