Napster

  1. Business Matters: Ticketmaster, Disney, Asthmatic Kitty and more

    August 25, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Opinion and analysis of the day's music business news. -- Spend some time looking through Twitter comments about Ticketmaster’s new blog and initiatives and you’ll come to a few conclusions. First, many people say they care less about the tim ...

  2. Business Matters: Live Nation, EMI, CAA and more

    June 17, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Follow Billboard senior editorial analyst Glenn Peoples and Billboardbiz on Twitter. LIVE NATION CHATTER OFF TARGET -- Pop music critic De Rogatis is stretching when he tries to link this summer’s spate of cancelled concerts and weaker-than-expect ...

  3. Billboard Q&A: LimeWire CEO George Searle

    May 21, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Despite losing in court, the peer-to-peer executive says he still wants to work with labels. On May 12, the same day that LimeWire CEO George Searle turned 46, a federal judge found the peer-to-peer (P2P) file-sharing service and founder/chairman ...

  4. Analysis: Spotify's Dutch Launch Points To U.S. Strategy

    May 18, 2010 12:00 AM EDT For a clue on what the Spotify on-demand streaming music service might look like when it finally launches in the U.S., take a close look at what the company did in the Netherlands this week. In the process of launching there, Spotify launched two ...

  5. What Does The Limewire Judgment Mean For The Industry?

    May 14, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Now what happens? After the summary judgment against peer-to-peer file-sharing service LimeWire for copyright infringement, that's the big question. If the RIAA pursues its request for an injunction, LimeWire will almost certainly shut down. ...

  6. Analysis: Subscription Model Takes Another Hit

    May 10, 2010 12:00 AM EDT If music subscription services were easy, everybody would be doing them and millions of Americans would be paying. Numbers from RealNetworks’ latest earnings show subscriptions are still one of music’s greatest paradox: so much potential but so fe ...

  7. Best Buy Unveils First U.K. Store

    April 27, 2010 12:00 AM EDT U.S. retail giant Best Buy has opened the doors to its first U.K. store, marking the start of its ambitious European expansion plans, which it says will see eight to 10 U.K. superstores open in year one and the creation of approx 8,000 British job ...

  8. Plugged/Unplugged: How Facebook Will Change Digital Music

    April 22, 2010 12:00 AM EDT No longer just a popular social networking, Facebook's new mission is to become the underlying social engine powering the entire Internet. That's what became exceedingly apparent yesterday during CEO Mark Zuckerberg's keynote speech ...

  9. Rhapsody Lowers Mobile Fees, Unveils Android App

    April 06, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Rhapsody has completed its spinoff from RealNetworks, and is celebrating by unveiling an Android version of its mobile app and lowering the monthly subscription fee required for mobile access. According to the company, the new Rhapsody will focus ...

  10. Analysis: How Hard Is It To Find Legal Music?

    March 08, 2010 12:00 AM EST Consumer Focus, a UK statutory organization that acts as a consumer advocate, wants the record industry to do a better job promoting legal alternatives. Research by the group found that four in ten Great Britons are unable to name a single online ...

  11. Napster Japan To Close

    March 05, 2010 12:00 AM EST Napster Japan, a joint venture between the U.S.-based Napster and Tower Records Japan, will shut on May 31, drawing to a close the first digital music subscription service in Japan. Napster Japan released the information on its Web site, saying th ...

  12. Business Matters: Digital Music Forum, Lady Gaga, Sellaband, Napster and More

    February 25, 2010 12:00 AM EST -- After EMI was acquired by Terra Firma , artists began to hesitate signing with the record label. Now, The Financial Times says the company's debt load is a hindrance. "It would be very difficult to say to your client you should sign t ...

  13. Business Matters: UMPG, EMI, Seeqpod, President Obama and More

    February 05, 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 . -- David Renzer, Universal Music Publishing Group 's ...

  14. Money Clip: The Legality Of Fan-Created Music Videos

    January 19, 2010 12:00 AM EST Ben Sheffner is a copyright attorney who has represented movie studios, TV networks and record labels. Sheffner currently works as an attorney in the NBC Universal Television Group, which is 20% owned by Vivendi, the parent of Universal Music Grou ...

  15. Q&A: Napster ex-CEO Chris Gorog

    January 19, 2010 12:00 AM EST On January 6, the man who led the Napster digital music service for the last 10 years, Chris Gorog, announced he was leaving the company , along with president Brad Duea. There were conflicting reports at the time about whether his departure was v ...

  16. Napster CEO Steps Down

    January 06, 2010 12:00 AM EST Update: According to Best Buy, Napster president Brad Duea is also no longer with the company. Both positions were eliminated as part of a executive restructuring and not as voluntary a move as Gorog suggested in the original e-mail announcing the ...

  17. Napster Opens Service To Developers

    January 06, 2010 12:00 AM EST In its ongoing effort to integrate its streaming music service to as many devices and applications as possible, Napster today unveiled its Napster Access program - a web portal where third-party developers can download the tools needed to add Naps ...

  18. UMG Launches New Portals Aimed At Unsigned Artists

    November 11, 2009 12:00 AM EST Three Universal Music Group labels today launched new Web portals designed to provide extended digital distribution and marketing support for unsigned artists. The newly launched sites are powered by TuneCore's technology under a deal between ...

  19. HBO Adapting Record Biz's 'Self-Destruction'

    November 03, 2009 12:00 AM EST The rise and fall of the U.S. record industry could be the subject of an HBO film. HBO Films is developing a movie based on the book "Appetite for Self-Destruction: The Spectacular Crash of the Record Industry in the Digital Age" by musi ...

  20. Napster Revamps U.K. Service

    October 07, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Napster is repositioning its U.K. service, with a £5 ($7.97) entry point for monthly access to unlimited streaming and five MP3 downloads to keep. The new version of Napster Unlimited, effective immediately, offers access to a catalog of 8 million ...

  21. Dell To Bundle Napster With Laptops

    October 02, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Dell and Napster have struck a deal to include a year’s worth of Napster’s streaming music subscription service into various models of Inspiron and Studio laptop computers for no extra cost. It’s a $60 value that also include 60 free downloads fro ...

  22. German Market Set To Return To Growth In 2013

    September 18, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The German music market is set to grow again as of 2013 when digital revenues are expected to compensate for the losses made in physical sales, according to Stefan Michalk, CEO of the Federal Association of the Music Industry (BVMI) in Berlin. The ...

  23. Digital Briefs: Live365, CRB, Napster, Live Nation

    September 01, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- Internet radio provider Live365 , one of the few webcasters to turn down the recent SoundExchange compromise agreement for streaming royalty rates, is taking a decidedly different approach to the ongoing dispute - by challenging the constitutio ...

  24. Harry Fox Grows Digital Base

    August 21, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The Harry Fox Agency, Inc. says online music services such as Microsoft, RealNetwork's Rhapsody, la la, Last.fm, and Slacker are choosing HFA as their primary mechanical licensing provider for interactive streams and limited and permanent dow ...

  25. Publishing Briefs: Harry Fox, Extreme, Primary Wave

    August 05, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- The Harry Fox Agency has cut a deal to provide royalty administration services to Napster. HFA will calculate and distribute mechanical royalties to publishers for Napster's subscription music service and will provide copyright research se ...

  26. EMI Pan-European Deal For Napster Luxembourg

    August 05, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Digital music service Napster Luxembourg SARL has signed a pan-European licensing deal with CELAS, which represents EMI Music Publishing repertoire for online and mobile exploitation in Europe. The deal allows Napster to provide online users acros ...

  27. Global Gaming Rejects Pirate Bay Bid

    August 03, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Swedish software company Global Gaming Factory X said it has rejected an informal $10 million bid for notorious file-sharing site the Pirate Bay from John Fanning, the former CEO of Napster and uncle of its founder, Shawn Fanning. The company said ...

  28. The Pirate Bay: The Next Chapter

    July 06, 2009 12:00 AM EDT While Swedish gaming company Global Gaming Factory X bought The Pirate Bay with intentions of turning it into a legitimate enterprise, don't expect the notorious file sharing service to simply go away. What Global Gaming Factory X bought was ...

  29. Web Reaction: The Pirate Bay Sale To Swedish Firm

    June 30, 2009 12:00 AM EDT News that Global Gaming Factory X, a Swedish gaming company, had acquired The Pirate Bay has executives and experts around the world scratching their heads. The broad goal of the company is to create business models that ensures content providers ...

  30. Opinion: A Fresh Take On Napster

    June 26, 2009 12:00 AM EDT A deal with the original Napster was not possible, wrote the BPI's Geoff Taylor in an op-ed piece about Napster and file-sharing at BBC News . How very true . Such an admission is refreshing because it is all too rare. Taylor, BPI's chie ...

  31. Billboard.biz Q&A: Former RIAA CEO Rosen Talks Napster

    June 01, 2009 12:00 AM EDT When Napster first went live 10 years ago this month, the music industry didn't immediately notice. It wasn't until around September 1999 that the RIAA got wise, and not until December that a lawsuit was filed. Leading the organization a ...

  32. Briefs: RIAA, Seatwave, Napster

    June 01, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- In response to an op-ed from Charles Nesson, the Harvard Law professor who is representing Joel Tenenbaum in a file-sharing case, the general counsel to the RIAA , Steven Marks, lays out a fair and well-written defense of the RIAA's anti-p ...

  33. Briefs: UMG, Borders, Pandora, EMI, U2

    May 28, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- A New York Times article claims both Universal Music Group and Warner Music Group "relaxed" the terms of their licensing deals with Imeem to accommodate the music service's inability thus far to find a business model that does so ...

  34. Business Briefs: EMI, Hastings, Ingrid Michaelson

    May 18, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- A report says EMI is likely to sell off the Olympic recording studio in southwest London. ( Times Online ) -- Entertainment retailer Hastings reported net earnings of about $1.7 million for the three month period ended April 30, 2009. Revenues ...

  35. Billboard Q&A: Napster COO Christopher Allen

    May 18, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Is there a mobile aspect to this new $5 streaming tier? Any Napster Mobile app for these new smartphones with app stores? Not at this time, other than the sideloading of MP3s. We are constantly evaluating different access points for the consumer. ...

  36. Napster Introduces $5 Unlimited Stream, Five Download Tier

    May 18, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The Napster subscription service introduced a new pricing tier that allows users to stream an unlimited number of songs and download five DRM-free tracks a month for $5. The offer does not require subscribers to download the Napster client, but ra ...

  37. Business Briefs: 'Free,' Obama, Napster, Apple

    May 11, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- Spurred by comments by Rupert Murdoch on the death of free online media, free music was a big topic in U.K. papers over the weekend. The Telegraph quoted Mike Smith, managing director of Columbia Records: "When you listen to streamed music ...

  38. That Deal With Napster? It Never Was Going to Happen

    April 20, 2009 12:00 AM EDT People love scapegoats. A target for blame makes for an easy explanation of unfortunate incidents. This is common in the music industry. A frequent claim in the many assessments of today's music industry is that it should have made a deal wit ...

  39. Web Reaction: The Pirate Bay Verdict

    April 17, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The Internet is rife with opinions on today's ruling by a Swedish court to send four operators of the Pirate Bay Web site to jail for one year and fine them collectively $3.6 million. Here are some samples. Mike Masnick from TechDirt : " ...

  40. Amazon, Best Buy Execs Join NARM Board

    April 14, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The National Assn. of Recording Merchandisers has named to new directors to its board, Pete Baltaxe from Amazon and Ed Hogan from Best Buy. Baltaxe, Amazon's director of worldwide digital music, replaces Amazon's Peter Faricy who last fa ...

  41. Analysis: As CD Falls at Best Buy, Look to Mobile

    March 27, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Even though CD and DVD sales continue to fall at Best Buy, the music industry had reason to be happy with Best Buy's Q4 and fiscal 2008 earnings release earlier today . The health of the company and its engagement of the mobile sector will pr ...

  42. Black Sabbath Goes Digital

    March 27, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The Black Sabbath back catalog will be available digitally for the first time in the U.K. from Monday (March 30). Universal Music Catalogue U.K. said in a statement that 18 titles will be available from download retailers and on streaming partners ...

  43. Ruckus Shuts Down, Total Music in Question

    February 09, 2009 12:00 AM EST Without explanation or fanfare, the Ruckus digital music service targeted at university networks has gone out of business. A posting on the company's Web site simply says "unfortunately the Ruckus service will no longer be provided." ...

  44. NARM Adds Board Members

    December 11, 2008 12:00 AM EST The National Assn. of Recording Merchandisers adds Nokia director of global digital music Adam Mirabella to its board of directors, replacing the seat vacate by Napster's Chris Gorag, who resigned following Best Buy's acquisition of the ...

  45. Napster Judge Calls For Copyright Reform

    November 12, 2008 12:00 AM EST The judge who presided over the case that shut down the original Napster proposed Monday to reform copyright for the digital age. Judge Miriam Hall Patel, according to Wired , recommended creating a new public/private organization with authority o ...

  46. Bertelsmann Triples Profit

    November 11, 2008 12:00 AM EST Bertelsmann AG, the Germany media company, has reported figures for the first nine months of 2008 including a tripling of its net profits to €387 million ($493 million). The figure to the end of September was up 193% from €132 million ($168 millio ...

  47. ReverbNation Moves To Digital Distribution

    October 14, 2008 12:00 AM EDT ReverbNation is getting into the digital distribution business. The online music service that, to date, has limited itself to providing artists with online marketing, promotion and measurement tools is now taking on TuneCore, by offering to post m ...

  48. Best Buy To Buy Napster For $121 Million

    September 15, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Consumer electronics retailer Best Buy Co. Inc said on Monday it plans to buy digital music service Napster Inc for $121 million in cash. Best Buy said it will $2.65 per share, nearly double the amount of Friday's closing price. Included in t ...

  49. Judge Rules In Favor Of Veoh

    August 28, 2008 12:00 AM EDT On Aug. 27, U.S. District Judge Howard Lloyd ruled that online video-sharing service Veoh isn't liable for copyright infringement for material uploaded to its Web site by users, dismissing a lawsuit brought by adult entertainment production c ...

  50. Disc Makers Acquires CD Baby

    August 05, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Independent CD and DVD manufacturer Disc Makers announced they have acquired independent music seller CD Baby, following a 7-year close strategic partnership between the two companies. Based in Portland, Oregon, CD Baby allows independent musician ...

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