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  1. Rhapsody Adopts Music App Strategy, Partners With Echo Nest

    November 15, 2012 12:41 PM EST The Echo Nest today announced on its blog a partnership with Rhapsody in which the two companies will create APIs to make it easier than ever for developers to build music apps. The news follows a story (below) published in this week's Billbo ...

  2. HTC Sues To Block iPhone, iPad, iPod Sales

    May 13, 2010 12:00 AM EDT HTC Corp has fired back in its legal battle with Apple Inc , asking the U.S. International Trade Commission to ban sales of iPhones, iPads and iPods in the United States. In a complaint filed with the ITC and obtained by Reuters, HTC accused Apple ...

  3. Apple Questions Android Smartphone Surge

    May 12, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Apple Inc questioned recent data showing smartphones using Google's Android operating system surpassing iPhone sales in the United States, and said there are no signs that the competition is gaining in the smartphone market. Smartphones using ...

  4. U.S. Video Game Sales Down 19%: NPD

    November 13, 2009 12:00 AM EST Sales of video game equipment and software in the United States tumbled 19% in October to $1.07 billion, research group NPD said, troubling figures as the industry heads into the most important selling weeks of the year. Once thought to be relativ ...

  5. U.S. Video Game Sales Down

    August 14, 2009 12:00 AM EDT U.S. video game equipment and software sales fell 29% in July to $848.9 million, research group NPD said, as the gaming industry limps through the economic downturn. Hardware sales fell 37% from a year ago, while software sales slid 26%, NPD said. ...

  6. Analyst: Entertainment Spending To Slow In '08

    April 22, 2008 12:00 AM EDT New NPD Group data suggests that U.S. spending on entertainment products and devices is likely to slow down this year. According to the research firm, 37% of Americans say they will spend less on digital entertainment products this year than they ...

  7. Apple's iTunes Store Has Sold 4 Billion Tracks—But Is It Profitable?

    March 11, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Research group NPD recently named iTunes the second-largest U.S. music retailer, and the company has just revealed that its store has passed the 4 billion download mark. So Billboard decided to crunch some numbers to see whether the conventional w ...

  8. Toshiba Defiant After HD DVD Setback

    January 07, 2008 12:00 AM EST Toshiba Corp. executives had a tough moment Sunday, when they had to face reporters just two days after its HD DVD movie disc format was dealt a potentially fatal blow by the defection of Warner Bros. Entertainment to a rival technology. "It& ...

  9. NARM Coverage: Are Digital Music Service Discouraging Music Sales?

    April 30, 2007 12:00 AM EDT NPD analyst Russ Crupnick presented the results of a new focus group to NARM attendees that suggests various digital music service may actually be discouraging music sales. "Consumers are a little bit overwhelmed, and it's starting to in ...

  10. RIAA Pre-Lawsuit Letters Reach 1,218

    April 11, 2007 12:00 AM EDT In the third wave of pre-lawsuit letters targeting illegal file sharers on college campuses, the RIAA today sent 413 letters to 21 universities as part of its new anti-piracy initiative. Each letter informs the school of a forthcoming copyright in ...

  11. Guitar Hero Team Adds Partners For Rock Band

    April 02, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The developers behind hit interactive game "Guitar Hero" are launching a new franchise called "Rock Band" that targets virtual singers, bass players and drummers, as well as axemen. The game was created by Harmonix, a unit of V ...

  12. RIAA Targets More Students

    March 21, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The RIAA has sent a second wave of pre-litigation settlement letters for the major labels to universities where there is a high number of illegal file sharing today (March 21). As part of a new "deterrence and education" initiative begun ...

  13. Napster Explores Sale Of Company

    September 18, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Has hired investment banking firm UBS. Napster has put itself up for possible sale in response to what it claims is "recent third party interest in establishing strategic partnerships or potentially acquiring the company." The Los Angele ...

  14. EMI To Preload Videos On Microsoft's Zune

    August 18, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Seconds To Mars to be featured on player. EMI Group Plc said on Thursday (Aug. 17) it had signed a deal to provide preloaded music videos on Microsoft Corp.'s soon-to-launch Zune digital media player. The London-based company said the deal ...

  15. Microsoft's iPod Rival Out By Christmas

    July 06, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Microsoft will start selling a digital music and video player to compete with Apple's iPod by Christmas, sources close to the matter said on Wednesday (July 5). Microsoft will start selling a digital music and video player to compete with App ...

  16. Full Report From Day Two At NARM

    August 12, 2005 12:00 AM EDT CD sales, the digital biz and more. Struggling CD sales, a growing digital business and the industry's ongoing piracy fight dominated talk at day two of the National Assn. of Recording Merchandisers (NARM) convention in San Diego. In his open ...