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  1. EMI Names Piibe Global Head Of Digital Business Dev

    July 31, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Mark Piibe has been upped to global head of digital business development for EMI Music. He will continue to work from the New York office and will report to Douglas Merrill, president of digital business for the company. Most recently, Piibe was s ...

  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 Faces Proxy Battle From Three Shareholders

    June 27, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Three shareholders of digital music service Napster Inc are seeking election to the board, saying current management had not been aggressive enough in battling rival Apple Inc and Internet piracy. Perry Rod, Thomas Sailors and Kavan Singh are prep ...

  4. Sony Strikes Agreements With Napster, 7digital

    June 11, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Hardware giant Sony has struck separate deals with Napster and 7digital.com that enables free music to be bundled with certain Walkman-branded portable music devices. A video collaboration between Sony U.K. and digital media deliver firm 7digital ...

  5. MusicStation Claims U.K. Market-Leader Status

    June 09, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Omnifone, supplier of the pioneering all-you-can-eat mobile-music download service MusicStation, is boasting that its U.K. service is officially the country's "largest digital music subscription service." Although it declined to giv ...

  6. Napster Expands Mobile Reach

    May 27, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Napster expanded its mobile relationship with Japanese operator NTT DoCoMo with an over-the-air video service. DoCoMo is the only operator that offers a true all-you-can-eat music subscription service to its customers via the Napster Mobile partne ...

  7. Plugged & Unplugged: Napster Goes DRM-Free

    May 23, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Plugged: By the end of this year, virtually every digital music service that sells downloadable music will have to do so without DRM in order to remain a relevant competitor in the business. The transition won't be easy. Each major label has ...

  8. 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 ...

  9. NARM Panel Talks Digital Music Retail

    May 06, 2008 12:00 AM EDT During the Digital Landscape panel at the NARM convention, digital merchants sounded very much like their peers in the brick-and-mortar world as they wrestle with pricing issues, profit margins and competition from other forms of entertainment sof ...

  10. Analyst: Latin America Poised For Mobile Growth

    April 09, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Latin America holds tremendous promise for over-the-air mobile track sales, but not online music sales, according to a study presented at the Billboard Latin Music Conference today (Wednesday). "The potential is clearly in mobile, where a pay ...

  11. Napster Q4 Revenue Hits $31 Million

    April 03, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Shares of Napster Inc. jumped Thursday after the online music retailer said it expects its revenue for the fiscal fourth-quarter, which ended March 31, totaled about $31 million, beating analysts' predictions. Napster shares rose 24 cents, or ...

  12. 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 ...

  13. Commentary: Is The DRM Nightmare Finally Over?

    March 10, 2008 12:00 AM EDT could finally be the year most independent labels have been waiting for: At last we are starting to see a trend among the major labels to abandon the use of digital rights management, and it seems that we will hopefully be able to close the b ...

  14. Sharman Joins WMI In Digital Role

    March 03, 2008 12:00 AM EST Former Napster U.K. head Leanne Sharman has joined Warner Music International. In her new role as VP, business development, Europe, Middle East and Africa, Sharman is tasked with duties for developing and implementing the music major's digita ...

  15. Report: Online Music Radio Listening Up 26% In 2007

    February 21, 2008 12:00 AM EST Time spent listening to online music radio was up 26% last year, with the segment logging 4.85 billion listening hours in 2007, according to a research report out from AccuStream iMedia Research. AccuStream's "Net Music Radio 2007-2010: ...

  16. 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 ...

  17. Mobile Backstage: Mobile Music Future Is Bright

    February 13, 2008 12:00 AM EST User experience, subscription services and good, old-fashioned A&R are the key factors that will help the music industry build a successful mobile music business. That was the message from a panel of experts at Mobile Backstage, a GSMA/Nielsen ...

  18. U.K. Label Linn Inks Digital Deal

    February 12, 2008 12:00 AM EST Jazz, classical and Celtic specialist label Linn Records has signed a worldwide deal with RSK Entertainment to distribute the label's catalog via download services. The Glasgow-based indie's repertoire of 250 albums includes U.K. jazz ar ...

  19. Napster Mobile Launches In Chile

    February 04, 2008 12:00 AM EST Napster and Ericsson have teamed for the Napster Mobile music service launch in Chile. The deal is via Chilean operator Entel PCS and marks the first time Napster Mobile has been offered in Latin America. Under the agreement, Ericsson has end-to-e ...

  20. Yahoo Drops Subscription Service, Pacts With Rhapsody

    February 04, 2008 12:00 AM EST Yahoo is dropping its subscription music service and replacing it with Rhapsody America as part of a broad strategic partnership announced by the two companies today. As part of the deal, Yahoo will exclusively promote Rhapsody on its site and int ...

  21. Digital Briefs: Napster, Ericsson, Sunrise and Nokia

    January 28, 2008 12:00 AM EST - At the MIDEM conference in Cannes, Napster and Ericsson unveiled an Italian-based Napster Mobile music service with operator Telecom Italia. This is Napster's a la carte download service, not a mobile "all-you-can-eat" subscriptio ...

  22. Qtrax Launches Legal P2P Service

    January 27, 2008 12:00 AM EST Former illegal filesharing network Qtrax has announced the launch of what it says is the first legal, free peer-to-peer service at the MidemNet conference in Cannes, France. Qtrax says it has licenses in place with the major labels and publishers, ...

  23. 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 ...

  24. Napster To Sell Unprotected MP3s

    January 07, 2008 12:00 AM EST Napster Inc. said yesterday (Jan. 6) it will begin selling music downloads as unprotected MP3 files in the spring, joining other online retailers. The file format change will apply only to single tracks and album purchases, according to a company ...

  25. Napster Hikes Subscription Price

    January 04, 2008 12:00 AM EST Subscription music service Napster is raising monthly fees. According to an e-mail sent to subscribers, the non-portable subscription rate will jump 30% from $10 a month to $13 a month. The price change, its first in four years, takes affect Jan. ...

  26. Helio Bows Mobile Music Management Software

    December 19, 2007 12:00 AM EST Startup mobile operator Helio unveiled its Helio Player PC software package to allow customers to manage their digital music and other content across their home computers and mobile phones. The technology gives Helio Music members the ability to b ...

  27. Napster, Tower Align With New Mobile Channel

    December 05, 2007 12:00 AM EST Napster's Japan division has partnered with Tower Records to provide music and other content for a new music channel from mobile operator NTT DoCoMo. The channel will carry the Napster/Tower brand, and offer two programs a week comprising of ...

  28. Report: Digital Will Not Offset Physical Slide In Next 5 Years

    November 20, 2007 12:00 AM EST According to a new report from JupiterResearch, digital music sales will not offset falling CD sales anytime soon. In its "U.S. Music Forecast, 2007-2012," JupiterResearch analysts say that while digital spending will increase to $3.4 bi ...

  29. Plugged And Unplugged

    November 02, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Plugged: I love videogames. A good videogame is more fun and engaging to me than any CD, movie or TV show. That's because games are immersive. They're interactive. The good ones have great plot, good voice acting (yes, there is acting in ...

  30. U.K. To Chart Subscription Services

    November 01, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The Official U.K. Charts Co. (OCC) is to launch a new weekly chart which will rank the tracks streamed and downloaded most often by online users of U.K. music subscription services. It will launch later this year, according to the OCC, once the ch ...

  31. Sonos Rolls Out Upgrades To Service, Devices

    October 23, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The Sonos home digital music streaming system has added built-in support for the Napster music subscription service. The feature is part of an upgrade that also includes new software, new devices, and new services. Sonos users are able to access t ...

  32. 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 ...

  33. 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 ...

  34. Snocap To Cut Staff By 60%

    October 12, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Snocap, the online digital music registry that first promised to revolutionize P2P networks and then transform social networking sites into music stores, is facing some major changes. A company spokeswoman has confirmed reports that the company is ...

  35. Report: Teens Moving From P2P To Paid Services

    October 10, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The results of a teen survey, conducted by financial analyst firm Piper Jaffray, revealed young music fans are slowly accepting paid online music sources over P2P filetrading. P2P is still the primary way they acquire music, but its market share f ...

  36. 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 ...

  37. Pubs, Bertie Reach $130M Settlement Over Napster

    August 31, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Music publishing affiliates of the Harry Fox Agency have settled their lawsuit against Bertelsmann AG over the media conglomerate's early investment in the original peer-to-peer service Napster. Billboard.biz has learned that Bertelsmann agre ...

  38. 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 ...

  39. Plugged And Unplugged

    August 03, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Plugged: AT&T's full-song mobile music download partnership with eMusic almost has it right. Almost. I like the fact that the operator is partnering with companies that have expertise in digital music and I like the fact that it exposes a ...

  40. Napster Names COO

    August 03, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Napster has hired Christopher Allen as its new COO, replacing Laura Goldberg, who is leaving the company. Allen was most recently VP of product strategy, design and marketing for Blockbuster Online. He held similar titles at Yahoo Music and MusicM ...

  41. Napster Nails Toshiba Deal

    August 01, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Napster has struck a deal with Toshiba to install the Napster To Go digital music service in all new Toshiba Satellite and Qosmio notebook computers sold in the U.S. Napster is also offering anyone buying the new computers a 30-day free trial to t ...

  42. 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 ...

  43. Plugged And Unplugged

    July 13, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Plugged: This was one of those rare weeks that there were more "best of" contenders than "worst of." Atlantic Record's deal with Sprint to subsidize music distributed on P2P networks, Rhapsody's new search-by-lyrics f ...

  44. Napster Expands Mobile Service

    July 12, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Napster and Japanese wireless juggernaut DoCoMo have reached a deal that will expand Napster's over-the-air service to cover the entire line of DoCoMo's 904i handsets. DoCoMo, Japan's largest wireless carrier, is Napster's excl ...

  45. Rhapsody, LyricFind Pact

    July 09, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Joining the push for finding legally licensed, accurate lyrics online is Rhapsody, which has forged a deal with LyricFind to add free, searchable lyrics to more than 200,000 songs to the Rhapsody Online service. Rhapsody Online is the free version ...

  46. Friday Feature: Plugged and Unplugged

    June 15, 2007 12:00 AM EDT PLUGGED: Keep a close eye on this MusicStation subscription mobile music service that launched this week in Sweden. What a concept... for an extra $4 a month to your phone bill, you can download an unlimited amount of music to the mobile phones. S ...

  47. Swisscom Mobile Preps Napster Launch

    June 05, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Swiss mobile operator Swisscom Mobile is launching the Napster Mobile music service this week. Along with partner Ericsson, the Napster Mobile service allows users to search, browse, preview and purchase music tracks, as well as access the Napster ...

  48. Bertelsmann Takes Hit From Napster Lawsuits

    May 15, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Bertelsmann posted a first-quarter net loss as the German media giant felt the fallout over its support of the former Napster P2P service. The Guetersloh-based firm lost €117 million ($159 million) in first period, vs a profit of €60 million ($80 ...

  49. Napster, Motorola Partner

    May 15, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Napster and Motorola have teamed up on a co-marketing effort that in part will allow users to transfer, store, and play subscription music from Napster on their Motorola phones. To do so, Motorola is adding Windows Media DRM technology to select m ...

  50. 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 ...

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