Napster

  1. NARM Coverage: Industry Group Adds Digital Reps To Board

    May 01, 2007 12:00 AM EDT In a move that illustrates the industry's landscape, the National Assn. of Recording Merchandisers expanded its board of directors by adding two digital music merchants, Napster chairman and CEO Chris Gorog and eMusic CEO David Pakman. In oth ...

  2. Warner Music Settles With Bertelsmann On Napster

    April 24, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Warner Music Group, the world's fourth largest music company, and Bertelsmann AG, the German media conglomerate, said on Tuesday they have agreed to settle claims related to Bertelsmann's relationship with the original Napster in 2000 an ...

  3. Napster Brings OTA Sub Service To Japan

    April 23, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Napster Japan says it will launch an over-the-air (OTA) music subscription service through a joint venture with Tower Records Japan. The service is being launched in cooperation with NTT DoCoMo, Japan's biggest mobile carrier, which is Tower ...

  4. 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 ...

  5. Napster Says Results Should Beat Forecast

    April 05, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Online music service Napster Inc. said on Tuesday its quarterly results should exceed its prior outlook, helped by the integration of more than 225,000 AOL Music Now paid subscribers into its service. The news saw shares move up more than 7 percen ...

  6. 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 ...

  7. Mobile Execs Agree On Three Things

    March 20, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The impact of the iPhone, ringtones and of course, DRM were all topics of discussion at the SXSW music festival last week. Panelists -- including executives from Motorola, Cingular, Verizon, Sony BMG and Napster -- in a discussion titled: "Co ...

  8. Labels, Publishers Hit Setback In Bertelsmann, Napster Suit

    March 15, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Bertelsmann won a partial victory yesterday (March 14) in its ongoing battle with labels and publishers over the German company's financial contribution to the original Napster. The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeal held that Bertelsmann does not ...

  9. The Most Recognized Digital Music Brands?

    March 14, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Napster and iTunes continue to top the list of most recognizable digital music brands, according to a recent Ipsos Insight report, while MySpace is coming on strong. Among U.S. music downloaders older than 12, iTunes brand recognition was at 66%, ...

  10. Sharman Exits As Napster Re-jigs Euro Ops

    February 26, 2007 12:00 AM EST Napster U.K. is whittling-down its executive team as part of a cost-saving decision to centralize its European sales, marketing and management in Frankfurt, Germany. As a result of the strategy, Napster U.K.'s VP and GM Leanne Sharman will le ...

  11. BBC Radio 2 Hires Napster's Jeff Smith

    February 19, 2007 12:00 AM EST BBC Radio 2 today (Feb. 19) confirmed that Napster's U.K. and international programming director Jeff Smith is to become its new head of music. Smith takes on the role at the British public broadcaster on 26 March 2007. He succeeds Colin Mart ...

  12. 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 ...

  13. Spiralfrog Chief Says Service Is Still Kicking

    January 25, 2007 12:00 AM EST Although the departure of several high-level executives from the yet-to-launch ad-supported music service Sprialfrog prompted widespread speculation that the company is in dire straits, company founder Joseph Mohen informs Billboard.biz that both ...

  14. Napster Japan Rolls Out KDDI Services

    January 25, 2007 12:00 AM EST Napster Japan has launched master ringtone and full-song download services on No. 2 Japanese telecom KDDI's "Ezweb" mobile Internet interface. The deal with KDDI, which boasts some 20 million subscribers, brings the total number of ...

  15. 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 ...

  16. 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 ...

  17. Virgin Digital Shutters In U.S.

    January 04, 2007 12:00 AM EST Like the short-lived Virgin Electronics MP3 player, the Virgin Digital subscription music service is no more, at least in the U.S. Over the holiday break, Virgin Digital U.S. emailed subscribers informing them the service would be shutting down. T ...

  18. Labels, VCs Agree To Settle Napster Suit

    December 13, 2006 12:00 AM EST EMI Music and Universal Music Group reached a conditional settlement with venture capital firm Hummer Winblad over the firm's $13 million investment in the original Napster. But whether the parties' agreement will actually resolve their ...

  19. Napster Mobile Comes To Ireland

    December 13, 2006 12:00 AM EST Napster Mobile has made its debut in the European market via Irish wireless carrier O2 Ireland. The move means O2 Ireland's 1.6 million subscribers will be able for the first time to access Napster's catalog of 3 million full-length song ...

  20. Napster Mobile To Make Debut In Ireland

    December 12, 2006 12:00 AM EST Napster's mobile music application Napster Mobile has found a foothold in Europe and is expected to go live in Ireland on Telefonica's O2 network. The Napster Mobile application is hosted by network provider Ericsson. It allows users to ...

  21. 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 ...

  22. 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 ...

  23. Napster 2Q Loss Narrows

    November 09, 2006 12:00 AM EST Company's revenues grow. Napster Inc. said Wednesday (Nov. 8) its second-quarter loss narrowed from a year ago, beating Wall Street estimates as the online music service saw a boost in revenue. The company, which said in September it was expl ...

  24. 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 ...

  25. 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 ...

  26. 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 ...

  27. 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 ...

  28. 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 ...

  29. EMI, UMG Win Sanctions Against Hummer Winblad

    October 26, 2006 12:00 AM EDT EMI Music and Universal Music Group won court sanctions yesterday (Oct. 25) against venture capital firm Hummer Winblad for deleting e-mails related to the original Napster. EMI Music and Universal Music Group won court sanctions yesterday (Oct. 2 ...

  30. EMI Pacts With France's MusicMe Streaming Service

    October 18, 2006 12:00 AM EDT French music search service MusicMe has struck a content deal that brings 250,000 EMI Music titles to its streaming facility MusicMe Illimité. French music search service MusicMe has struck a content deal that brings 250,000 EMI Music tit ...

  31. MusicNet, Napster Settle With MCPS-PRS

    October 09, 2006 12:00 AM EDT BPI, MusicNet, Napster now removed from Tribunal process. BPI, MusicNet, Napster now removed from Tribunal process. News ...

  32. 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. ...

  33. 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. ...

  34. Napster Japan Goes Live

    October 03, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Napster Japan, the territory's first subscription-based music download service, launched today (Oct. 3). Napster Japan, the territory's first subscription-based music download service, launched today (Oct. 3). Some 1.9 million tracks -- ...

  35. Napster Japan Goes Live

    October 03, 2006 12:00 AM EDT New service offers 1.8m titles. Napster Japan, the territory's first subscription-based music download service, launched today (Oct. 3). Some 1.9 million tracks -- of which international repertoire comprises 90% -- will be available via the N ...

  36. 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 ...

  37. Napster Japan Readies For Launch

    September 14, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Compatible digital players unveiled. Napster Japan on Thursday (Sept. 14) introduced a series of "Napster-compatible" portable digital music players in cooperation with several leading electronic hardware makers in the run-up to the subs ...

  38. Napster Japan Readies For Launch

    September 14, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Napster Japan on Thursday (Sept. 14) introduced a series of "Napster-compatible" portable digital music players in cooperation with several leading electronic hardware makers in the run-up to the subs Napster Japan on Thursday (Sept. 14) ...

  39. Napster Offers Free MP3 Players

    September 12, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Device offered to those signing up for Napster-To-Go. Device offered to those signing up for Napster-To-Go. News ...

  40. Napster Offers Free MP3 Players

    September 12, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Device offered to those signing up for Napster-To-Go. Napster, Inc. is giving away MP3 players. The company launched a promotion today (Sept. 12) that offers a free 512MB flash-based MP3 player to anyone purchasing a three-month subscription to Na ...

  41. Bertelsmann Pays UMG $60m In Napster Settlement

    September 06, 2006 12:00 AM EDT EMI the lone label chasing Napster lawsuit. EMI the lone label chasing Napster lawsuit. News ...

  42. Bertelsmann Pays UMG $60m In Napster Settlement

    September 06, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Bertelsmann AG and Universal Music Group have settled litigation over the German media company's $85 million investment in the original peer-to-peer service Napster. Bertelsmann will pay UMG $60 milli Bertelsmann AG and Universal Music Group ...

  43. Napster Launches Cell Phone Service

    August 10, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Napster has launched its new cell phone music service, Napster Mobile, with its initial distribution partner, southeastern regional carrier SunCom Wireless. It is the first mobile music download servi Napster has launched its new cell phone music ...

  44. 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 ...

  45. Napster Readies Mobile Download Service

    August 03, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Will launch with 2 million tracks available. During Napster's first quarter earnings call Aug. 3, the company's CEO, Chris Gorog, revealed that its full song mobile music download service will go live next week with southeastern regional ...

  46. Napster Posts Q1 Loss Of $9.8 million

    August 02, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Music service reports record revenues. Napster Inc. reported Wednesday (Aug. 2) that its fiscal first-quarter loss narrowed from the year-ago period as the online music service posted record revenues and boosted its subscriber rolls during the qua ...

  47. Napster Posts Q1 Loss Of $9.8 million

    August 02, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Music service reports record revenues. Napster Inc. reported Wednesday (Aug. 2) that its fiscal first-quarter loss narrowed from the year-ago period as the online music service posted record revenues and boosted its subscriber rolls during the qua ...

  48. Snocap Quietly Reveals New Technology

    July 26, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Allows indie artists to sell music on Web sites. Snocap has quietly rolled out a new technology that allows independent artists to sell music through Myspace and other Web sites. At least one band with a MySpace page is selling tracks in the MP3 f ...

  49. Metallica, iTunes Strike Deal

    July 26, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Band ends holdout, catalog available on music store. After a long-running holdout from digital distribution services that allow users to purchase individual songs, Metallica has finally made its catalog available online in North America via an exc ...

  50. Coke To Close U.K. Music Download Site

    June 20, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Mycokemusic.com to shut down July 31. Coca-Cola Co. said on Tuesday (June 20) it will close its British online music service mycokemusic.com on July 31, after losing market share to Apple Computer Inc.'s iTunes Music Store. Mycokemusic launch ...

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