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  1. 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 ...

  2. 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 ...

  3. Napster Goes DRM-Free

    May 20, 2008 12:00 AM EDT As promised, Napster has stripped DRM from all paid downloads on its digital music service in favor of unprotected MP3s. As of today (May 20) all six million songs in the Napster catalog are now available to purchase without DRM protection. The co ...

  4. Napster Mobile Arrives In U.K. Through O2, Ericsson

    March 14, 2008 12:00 AM EDT O2 has struck a deal with Napster that gives the wireless carrier's U.K. subscribers access to the online music firm's five million-plus track catalog. The partnership, unveiled today, is described by all involved parties as the largest ...

  5. 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 ...

  6. Sides Chosen In Royalty Tussle

    January 28, 2008 12:00 AM EST WASHINGTON -- Music publishers, the record labels and digital music distribution outlets began a three-way legal wrestling match today (Jan. 28) over just how much songwriters and the publishing houses should get paid for digitally delivered music ...

  7. 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 ...

  8. AT&T, Napster Extend Mobile Deal

    October 22, 2007 12:00 AM EDT AT&T extended it's partnership with Napster to include an over-the-air, full-song download service that provides the wireless operators’ customers to the entire Napster catalog of 5 million tracks. The Napster Mobile service looks very mu ...

  9. Napster Re-Launches Web Service

    October 16, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Napster is entering yet another new phase of existence, re-launching the Web-based Napster 4.0 service today. The main thrust of the re-launch is a completely web-based access to the Napster service. Previous versions required users to download a ...

  10. Spiralfrog Launches U.S. Service

    September 17, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Following months of delays, executive upheaval and more than $10 million spent, the Spiralfrog ad-supported free digital music service went live today in the United States, Billboard has learned. The U.S. launch is an important step in determining ...

  11. Plugged And Unplugged

    August 24, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Plugged: The upside of oppressing competition is that it sometimes forces a much-needed sense of reality onto a given market. That's exactly what happened this week with the partnership trifecta of MTV, RealNetworks and Verizon Wireless. Forg ...

  12. 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 ...

  13. NARM Coverage: Analyst Offers Retailers Digital Strategies

    May 01, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Retailers attending NARM were encouraged to embrace both the Internet and mobile service to maintain relevancy with music fans slowly abandoning the traditional record store at this morning's digital panel. During the session, Gartner analyst ...

  14. Circuit City Readies Download Store

    April 20, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Circuit City is getting into the digital music business through a deal with Napster. Under the agreement, Napster will operate a digital music service -- called Circuit City + Napster -- available through the Circuit City Web site. Essentially, th ...

  15. EMI, Bertelsmann Settle Napster Suit

    March 26, 2007 12:00 AM EDT EMI Group Plc and Bertelsmann AG have reached a settlement on litigation stemming from the German media company's investment in music file-sharing software company Napster, the two companies today (March 26). They did not release details of t ...

  16. Boucher Re-Introduces Fair Use Bill

    March 05, 2007 12:00 AM EST For the third time in as many Congressional sessions, Rep. Rick Boucher, D-Va., has introduced a bill that would expand the protection of fair use under copyright law. Like the other bills he introduced over the last four years, the new bill could ...

  17. Napster Posts Q3 Revenue Jump

    February 08, 2007 12:00 AM EST Napster says third quarter revenues increased 21% to $28.4 million while net loss for the period was cut to $9.5 million, down from a net loss of $17 million a year ago. The company recently reported that its subscribers downloaded 500 million son ...

  18. Update: Napster Nabs AOL Music Now Subscribers

    January 16, 2007 12:00 AM EST As previously reported on Billboard.biz , Napster acquired AOL Music Now's 350,000 subscribers just a week after landing the subscriber base of the now-defunct Virgin Digital subscription service. Further details have emerged via a Form 8-K f ...

  19. Napster Nabs AOL Music Now Subscribers

    January 12, 2007 12:00 AM EST Just a week after acquiring the subscriber base of the now-defunct Virgin Digital subscription service, Napster is taking over as the official music subscription service for AOL Music. AOL has dumped the Music Now service, which it acquired from C ...

  20. Fontana Preps Digital-Only Releases

    December 11, 2006 12:00 AM EST Fontana has launched the first in a series of digital initiatives focused on releasing international catalog in the United States. Catalog from UMG India will be released in a digital only format, available through major digital retailers such as ...

  21. Akamai Tracking Web Trends On Music Sites

    December 11, 2006 12:00 AM EST Akamai Technologies has launched a new service that tracks and benchmarks the global Web usage patterns of more than 40 digital music Web sites?including digital music retailers, music information sites and streaming Internet radio destinations. T ...

  22. Napster Japan Presses Button On Mobile Service

    November 06, 2006 12:00 AM EST Master ringtones, full-song downloads offered. Napster Japan today (Nov. 6) launched a mobile-based master ringtone and full-song download service in cooperation with Tokyo-based telecom operator NTT DoCoMo. The service, called Napster Tower Reco ...

  23. Napster Japan Presses Button On Mobile Service

    November 06, 2006 12:00 AM EST Napster Japan today (Nov. 6) launched a mobile-based master ringtone and full-song download service in cooperation with Tokyo-based telecom operator NTT DoCoMo. Napster Japan today (Nov. 6) launched a mobile-based master ringtone and full-song dow ...

  24. Cingular Unveils Mobile Music Strategy

    November 02, 2006 12:00 AM EST On Nov. 6, Cingular Wireless will become the first U.S. operator to provide mobile access to online digital music services such as Napster, eMusic and Yahoo Music. Unlike rivals Sprint and Verizon Wi On Nov. 6, Cingular Wireless will become the fi ...

  25. Cingular To Partner With Digital Services

    November 01, 2006 12:00 AM EST Carrier partnering with eMusic, Napster and Yahoo Music. Carrier partnering with eMusic, Napster and Yahoo Music. News ...

  26. Cingular To Partner With Digital Services

    November 01, 2006 12:00 AM EST Mobile operator Cingular Wireless is about to unveil its mobile music strategy, the details of which are expected tomorrow (Nov. 2). Unlike competitors Sprint and Verizon Wireless, who have built the Mobile operator Cingular Wireless is about to u ...

  27. 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. ...

  28. 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. ...

  29. 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 ...

  30. Mashboxx CEO Exits

    August 07, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Bebel leaves post after less than a year. Michael Bebel is bolting his post as Mashboxx CEO less than a year into his tenure to take the top job at Ruckus, a digital entertainment service for colleges and universities. Ruckus has also closed $13.7 ...

  31. Emmis Reveals iTunes For All Station Web Sites

    June 02, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Music store integration was piloted in May. Following the rollout of iTunes Music Stores onto the Web sites of two of its premiere radio properties, Emmis Communications has revealed the integration of the popular downloading service onto all of i ...

  32. Napster Coming To Japan This Fall

    May 30, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Napster said Monday (May 29) that it will launch its subscription-based music download service in Japan this fall. An offering of roughly 1.5 million songs will initially be available to download or Napster said Monday (May 29) that it will launch ...

  33. Napster Coming To Japan This Fall

    May 30, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Napster said Monday (May 29) that it will launch its subscription-based music download service in Japan this fall. An offering of roughly 1.5 million songs will initially be available to download or s Napster said Monday (May 29) that it will laun ...

  34. International Music Feed Appoints Exec

    May 01, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Kaino previously creative exec at Napster. Glenn Kaino has been named executive VP of creative and online for Universal Music Group's International Music Feed (IMF). Kaino reports to IMF's president Andy Schuon and will be based in Santa ...

  35. Koch Expands Digital Reach

    February 13, 2006 12:00 AM EST Pacts with IODA, RoyaltyShare. Independent music distributor Koch Entertainment Distribution has extended its reach through separate partnerships with the Independent Online Distribution Alliance and RoyaltyShare. The company also converted more t ...

  36. SST To Offer Catalog Through The Orchard

    January 11, 2006 12:00 AM EST Independent record label SST Records is making its catalog available for digital download for the first time through a distribution deal with The Orchard. Independent record label SST Records is making its catalog available for digital download fo ...

  37. DEMX Awards Finalists Revealed

    November 11, 2005 12:00 AM EST Microsoft, Yahoo!, AOL, Napster lead noms. Billboard and Digital Media Wire today announced the finalists for the 2nd annual DEMX Awards. Winners will be revealed at an awards gala dinner that will be held on Thursday, December 1 from 7-10 PM at t ...

  38. College Music Subscriptions Erode Value of Music

    November 08, 2005 12:00 AM EST Encouraging colleges to offer low-price music subscriptions and downloads to their students may be as detrimental to the music industry's long-term health as the piracy that the business hopes to erad Barry Sosnick is president of Earful.info ...

  39. Napster To Revamp Web Site

    November 02, 2005 12:00 AM EST Hopes to generate new revenue streams. Napster is planning a major overhaul of its Web site early next year in order to tap a new source of revenue -- online advertising. During the company's fiscal second quarter earnings call, Napster CEO C ...

  40. Napster, Instant Live Form Pact

    November 02, 2005 12:00 AM EST Music service to offer live concert tracks. Download service Napster has partnered with Clear Channel Entertainment's Instant Live service to exclusively provide consumers with digital access to live music recordings. Instant Live—which distr ...

  41. Tower Inks Deal On Napster Japan

    October 25, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Tower Records Japan's joint venture with Napster has been formally established, the retailer said today (Oct. 25). Tower Japan says it hopes to have Napster Japan in operation by spring 2006. Tower Records Japan's joint venture with Naps ...

  42. Tower Inks Deal On Napster Japan

    October 25, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Tower Records Japan's joint venture with Napster has been formally established, the retailer said today (Oct. 25). Tower Japan says it hopes to have Napster Japan in operation by spring 2006. Tower Records Japan's joint venture with Naps ...

  43. Tower Inks Deal On Napster Japan

    October 25, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Tower Records Japan's joint venture with Napster has been formally established, the retailer said today (Oct. 25). Tower Japan says it hopes to have Napster Japan in operation by spring 2006. Tower Records Japan's joint venture with Naps ...

  44. EC Plans New Rules For Collective Licensing

    September 30, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Commission to unveil changes on Oct. 5. New rules for online collective licensing arrangements are due to be unveiled by the European Commission on Wednesday (Oct. 5). The Commission will demand a series of changes in the way collecting societies ...

  45. EC Plans New Rules For Collective Licensing

    September 30, 2005 12:00 AM EDT New rules for online collective licensing arrangements are due to be unveiled by the European Commission on Wednesday (Oct. 5). The Commission will demand a series of changes in the way collecting soc New rules for online collective licensing arra ...

  46. Mashboxx Names Bebel As President/CEO

    September 27, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Mashboxx appointed Mike Bebel as its president/CEO. He will take on the role immediately, replacing Wayne Rosso, who will remain chairman of Mashboxx. (Reuters) -- Mashboxx appointed Mike Bebel as its president/CEO. He will take on the role immedi ...

  47. Mashboxx Names Bebel As President/CEO

    September 23, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Industry veteran was chief executive of Pressplay. Mashboxx LLC, a company formed to establish a legal peer-to-peer music service, appointed yesterday (Sept. 22) Mike Bebel as its president and chief executive officer. Music industry veteran Bebel ...

  48. Napster Germany Hires Marketing Director

    August 19, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Digital download firm Napster has recruited Bettina Maul as marketing director for its German operation. Based at the German company's offices in Frankfurt, Maul will report to Napster VP & German Digital download firm Napster has rec ...

  49. Napster Germany Hires Marketing Director

    August 19, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Digital download firm Napster has recruited Bettina Maul as marketing director for its German operation. Based at the German company's offices in Frankfurt, Maul will report to Napster VP & German Digital download firm Napster has rec ...

  50. XM, Napster Team For New Digital Store

    July 27, 2005 12:00 AM EDT XM Satellite Radio and Napster have unveiled a version of Napster's digital music store and subscription service customized for XM subscribers. The design will give XM subscribers the ability to manag XM Satellite Radio and Napster have unvei ...

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