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  1. Business Matters: Hastings, A Brick-And-Mortar Retailer That's Actually Posting A Profit

    March 21, 2011 4:00 PM EDT Brick-And-Mortar Retailer Posts Profit (Yes, You Read That Right) -- Hastings has turned in numbers that show not all brick-and-mortar retailers are flailing these days. The company posted a profit of $3.9 million on revenues of $160.5 million in ...

  2. Rdio Service Outage: Bad News For The Music Cloud?

    March 21, 2011 11:19 AM EDT As Rdio subscribers found out on Saturday, customers of streaming services will have to deal with the occasional service outage. Listening to MP3 files carries no such uncertainty. But will this get in the way of consumers' adoption of cloud ...

  3. Netflix Data on Customer Viewing Habits Sparks Class Action Lawsuit

    March 17, 2011 7:35 AM EDT Netflix is contending with a new class action lawsuit that alleges the streaming service violates customer privacy by retaining viewing and payment records even after a customer cancels his or her service. Peter Comstock, a Virginia resident, file ...

  4. Business Matters: The Numbers Behind Vevo's Growth

    March 14, 2011 9:40 PM EDT The Numbers Behind Vevo's Growth -- Free, ad-supported videos are one of the few truly bright spots in digital music right now. YouTube has become a dominating force in listening, viewing and discovery. Vevo, the Universal Music Group/Sony Mu ...

  5. Business Matters: First-Week Sales Are Now One-Fourth Of An Album's First-Year Sales

    March 09, 2011 4:15 PM EST First-Week Sales Are Now One-Fourth of an Album's First Year Sales -- How important are an album's first-week sales? In the first calendar year of an album's release, first-week sales accounted for 24.5% of an album's sales in ...

  6. Microsoft's Kinect Gaming System Sells 10 Million, Sets World Record

    March 09, 2011 4:11 PM EST Microsoft not only has a hit on its hands with the Kinect motion-based gaming system: It's got a Guinness World Record. The company today revealed it has sold 10 million Kinect devices worldwide for the Xbox 360 system. Eight million of those ...

  7. Business Matters: Who Will Soon Join Eminem in YouTube Billion-Airs Club?

    February 23, 2011 2:58 PM EST The YouTube Billion-Airs Club: Eminem, Bieber, Gaga and...Rhi Rhi? -- Who will follow Eminem to become the fourth artist to surpass one billion YouTube views? Rihanna, who currently has nearly 986 million YouTube views. Based on her daily average ...

  8. Business Matters: Will Apple Face Antitrust Regulators Over In-App Subscriptions?

    February 22, 2011 7:54 PM EST Will Apple Face Antitrust Regulators Over In-App Subscriptions? -- Anti-Apple sentiment continues this week with a statement from French music service Deezer . The company, which offers a paid mobile service via an iPod app, believes regulators wi ...

  9. Sirius XM Radio Ends Year As Second Largest Media Subscription Service

    February 16, 2011 6:45 AM EST Sirius XM Radio said Tuesday it ended 2010 with 20.19 million subscribers, a company record, allowing it to finish the year as the second-largest media subscription business behind cable giant Comcast. Netflix, which is on a faster subscriber grow ...

  10. Business Matters: Even Higher-Priced Albums Enjoying Grammy Bump

    February 14, 2011 5:12 PM EST Even Reasonablys-Priced Albums by Mumford & Sons & Florence & The Machine Enjoying Grammy Bump -- On Monday morning, Grammy-driven demand was trumping the benefits of low prices. The morning after the Grammys telecast, Mumford & So ...

  11. Canada Reconsiders Usage-Based Billing For Internet Users

    February 04, 2011 6:55 AM EST Canada's Netflix debate is over, and so too is mandatory usage-based billing of Internet users. Well, nearly. The CRTC, the country's broadcast regulator, late Thursday bowed to pressure from Ottawa and signaled a retreat on plans to end ...

  12. Pandora Announces Two New Board Members

    February 04, 2011 6:50 AM EST Internet radio service Pandora announced on Thursday that Peter Chernin, founder of the Chernin Group and Chernin Entertainment, and former Netflix CFO Barry McCarthy were elected to Pandora's board of directors, effective immediately. Cherni ...

  13. Business Matters: Homeland Security Shutters Sports Sites Before Super Bowl

    February 02, 2011 2:35 PM EST Homeland Security Shuts Down Sports Sites In Advance of Super Bowl -- With so much attention going to piracy of music, television and film content, it's easy to forget that sports are a heavily pirated good as well. The fact hasn't been ...

  14. A Glimpse At Future Livestreaming Services @MIDEM 2011

    January 23, 2011 12:00 AM EST CANNES, France -- Shows like MIDEM are full of companies looking to strike deals and make partnerships, but not yet ready to discuss on the record the details of their products. So we wind up having many meetings on background with companies plann ...

  15. Pick Your Battles & Your Market, Says Index Ventures' Saul Kelin @ MIDEM

    January 23, 2011 12:00 AM EST CANNES, France -- Index Ventures' Saul Klein threw cold water on the industry's burning love of global services at a Saturday discussion at MIDEM. "Pick your market," he told the audience. "Win big." In other words, s ...

  16. Business Matters: Pandora Way Ahead of CBS Radio & Clear Channel's Internet Radio

    January 20, 2011 12:00 AM EST Pandora Way Ahead Of Terrestrial Radio's Streaming Efforts -- Pandora has a nearly 4-to-1 lead over CBS Radio in terms of unique streams, according to metrics quoted by AdAge. The personalized Internet radio service has over half a million pe ...

  17. @CES 2011 Update: Time Warner CEO on Cord-Cutting; Rock Band For Smartphones, Home Video DRM

    January 07, 2011 12:00 AM EST Among the latest news coming out of CES are Time-Warner CEO Jeff Bewkes take on the theory of cord-cutting as well as new product announcements like Rock Band for smartphones, the Ultraviolet digital rights management system for home video and Son ...

  18. Business Matters: Why Spotify Still Hasn't Launched In the U.S.: $$$

    January 05, 2011 12:00 AM EST Why Spotify Still Hasn't Launched In the U.S.: $$$ Why has Spotify taken so long to launch? Money, sources tell The Telegraph. "Extremely high cash advances" demanded by record labels, an unnamed senior music executive says. (No ind ...

  19. Study Shows Most Americans Have Paid for Online Content

    December 30, 2010 12:00 AM EST Most Americans have paid for online content in some form, according to a new Pew Internet report -- though they aren't spending very much. According to the report , 65% of Americans have paid for some type of online content. A third of consum ...

  20. Business Matters: Xmas Digital Music Sales Up Slightly; iPad Not Magazine Industry's Savior

    December 30, 2010 12:00 AM EST Sales Up Over Christmas, But Down Year-Over-Year -- Digital sales were up slightly Christmas week 2010 but showed the same signs of a slowdown that has been evident throughout much of the year. Digital track sales were down 2% from the same week i ...

  21. Sears Holdings Introduces Netflix-Like Service

    December 28, 2010 12:00 AM EST Retail giant Sears Holdings--parent of Sears and Kmart--has tossed its hat into the online video arena with the launch of a new Netflix-like service called Alphaline Entertainment. The service is powered by Sonic Solutions' RoxioNow platform ...

  22. Business Matters: Senate Approves Local Community Radio Act

    December 21, 2010 12:00 AM EST Senate Approves Local Community Radio Act, Low Power FM Stations To Increase -- The U.S. Senate passed the Local Community Radio Act on Friday. The House of Representatives had already passed the bill. It now awaits the president's approval. ...

  23. The Apple TV Juggernaut: Sales Expected To Reach 1 Million This Week

    December 21, 2010 12:00 AM EST Apple Inc forecast sales of Apple TV would climb to 1 million this week and said that iTunes users are now renting and buying more than 400,000 TV shows and more than 150,000 movies per day. In September, Apple introduced a new version of Apple TV ...

  24. Hulu Puts IPO on Hold

    December 21, 2010 12:00 AM EST Hulu has put on hold plans to raise money through an initial stock offering, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing anonymous sources. One reason execs at the online video service have decided not to proceed with an IPO is that Hulu does not hav ...

  25. NBC's Late Night Fiasco Tops Associated Press 2010 Entertainment Stories Of The Year

    December 20, 2010 12:00 AM EST NEW YORK - What began as a grand, highly promoted experiment in late-night, ended in a fiasco that made NBC a laughing stock and captivated the country. In January 2010, NBC sought to displace their newly crowned "Tonight Show" host, Con ...

  26. Calls For U.S. Antitrust Officials To Require Unfettered Internet Access In Comcast-NBC Universal Deal

    December 17, 2010 12:00 AM EST Level 3 Communications Inc asked U.S. antitrust officials to set conditions on Comcast Corp's planned acquisition of NBC Universal that would assure "unfettered access" to all internet content. The move represents Level 3's lat ...

  27. Business Matters: Harvard Student Paper Joins Fight Against Piracy

    December 16, 2010 12:00 AM EST Harvard Student Paper Joins Fight Against Piracy -- A staff-written op-ed at The Harvard Crimson, the university's student-run paper, calls for a "sensible compromise" with content owners in the fight against piracy. It seems the Mo ...

  28. Business Matters: Best Buy Shares Sink After Disappointing Earnings Results

    December 14, 2010 12:00 AM EST Best Buy's Comp Store Revenue Drops -- U.S. retail sales fared well in November, but Americans aren't rushing to big screen TVs at big box retailers like they did last year. Best Buy's comp store revenue dropped 5% in the quarter en ...

  29. Amazon to Launch Rival to Netflix

    December 06, 2010 12:00 AM EST Entertainment and technology companies are exploring new online services that would offer film and TV content to rival Netflix's streaming service, the Wall Street Journal reported Monday. The moves come amid concern that Netflix could end up ...

  30. Business Matters: Supreme Court Refuses To Hear File Sharing Case

    November 30, 2010 12:00 AM EST Opinion and analysis of the day's music news. Supreme Court Refuses To Hear File Sharing Case -- The U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear a case brought against a Texas teen for illegally acquiring 37 songs through a file-sharing service. Whitn ...

  31. Business Matters: Spotify, eMusic, DVD Sales, Hulu

    November 29, 2010 12:00 AM EST Opinion and analysis of the day's music news. Should Spotify Launch Without All The Majors? -- The latest rumor – just a rumor – about Spotify has the company considering a U.S. launch without one or more of the four major record labels. The ...

  32. Business Matters: Comcast, Holiday Sales Forecast, Spotify and more

    October 28, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Opinion and analysis of the day's music news. Changes In Consumer Behavior -- Comcast’s latest earnings provide a few telling examples of the changes in how consumers are consuming entertainment. The company lost 265,000 video customers in th ...

  33. Business Matters: How To Handle Amazon Sale Prices

    October 21, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Opinion and analysis of the day's music news. Asthmatic Kitty: Don't Feel Guilty About Amazon Prices -- Recall when the Asthmatic Kitty label criticized Amazon.com's sale prices for devaluing music? The label's head of A&R, ...

  34. Microsoft Unveils Windows Phone 7 Rollout Plans

    October 11, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Microsoft today unveiled the rollout plans for its long-promised smartphone platform Windows Phone 7. There will be nine different phone models featuring the software for sale starting Nov. 8. Participating manufacturers include LG, Samsung, HTC a ...

  35. Business Matters: Pandora, Net Neutrality Bil, Liz Phair and more

    September 30, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Opinion and analysis of the day's music news. 'Staggering' Pandora Fact of the Day -- One in five people aged 12 to 24 have listened to Pandora in the past month, according to a new study by Edison Research. Eleven percent has liste ...

  36. Business Matters: Chuck Klosterman, Google, VIP Packages Examined and more

    September 17, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Opinion and analysis of the day's music news. Klosterman Essays Priced At 99 Cents -- Following the lead of iTunes’ 99 cents-per-track model, book publisher Scribner has begun offering 69 essays by pop culture writer Chuck Klosterman for 99 c ...

  37. Business Matters: Zune, Jonas Brothers, Redbox and more

    September 10, 2010 12:00 AM EDT ZUNE SERVICE TO LAUNCH IN UK? -- Rumors are circulating that Microsoft will launch the Zune Pass music service in the U.K. in a few weeks. WMPoweruser posted a screen shot of a Zune Pass sign-up page that shows pricing options in British pounds st ...

  38. Here's All You Need To Know From The Apple Announcement

    September 01, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Beyond the big news about the Ping social network and the new lineup of iPods , here are the other interesting bits from the company's annual media event today in San Francisco: - Apple has shipped 120 million devices running the iOS operatin ...

  39. Business Matters: UMG, Ellen DeGeneres, Google and more

    August 30, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Opinion and analysis of the day's music business news. UMG SPENT $840K LOBBYING IN Q2 Universal Music Group spent $840,000 in Q2 to lobby the federal government, up from the $700,000 spent in the same period a year ago, according to BusinessW ...

  40. Business Matters: Ticketmaster, Hulu, Apple and more

    August 23, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Opinion and analysis of the day's music business news. -- Ticketmaster now has more pricing transparency in its ticket search process , Live Nation executive chairman Irving Azoff revealed in a Twitter post. It’s not all-in pricing, but it’s ...

  41. Wall Street Lukewarm To Hulu IPO Plans

    August 17, 2010 12:00 AM EDT News that Hulu is talking to investment banks about an IPO that could value it at more than $2 billion is a mouth-watering prospect for bankers. After all, the last huge, true Hollywood IPO was that of DreamWorks Animation in 2004. But the news of ...

  42. Business Matters: MySpace, Grooveshark, Netflix and more

    August 12, 2010 12:00 AM EDT MySpace Redesign -- MySpace users’ home pages are getting a redesign. Some users got the new page on Wednesday but the broader rollout isn’t until Monday, August 16. The new page looks a lot like a Facebook page, with a feed (called a stream) domi ...

  43. MOG Music Service Links With Roku

    June 29, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The MOG music service is coming to a living room near you, thanks to a just-announced deal with Roku. The deal makes the MOG subscription service available to owners of Roku’s streaming media devices. See the overview here . The Roku device is des ...

  44. Business Matters: AEG + Majors?, Bronfman Trial, A Look at Rdio and more

    June 18, 2010 12:00 AM EDT MAJORS BUYING INTO AEG? -- According to the New York Post, AEG is in talks with major record labels about taking a minority stake in the company. The talks could result in either a sale to one of the major music companies or possibly a consortium ...

  45. Business Matters: Public Enemy, Digital Lockers, iPhone, Android and More

    June 07, 2010 12:00 AM EDT -- Public Enemy has cut its target at fan-funded site Selleband to $75,000 from $250,000. “We have learned that the fan funding model is still not fully developed,” says the band’s Sellaband page, “and, as a result, a $250,000 fund raising effort, ...

  46. More Online Unique Video Viewers In March

    April 27, 2010 12:00 AM EDT More US consumers watched online videos in March, according to figures released on Tuesday by Nielsen , but they watched fewer videos than in the year-prior period. Unique viewers grew 1.3% year-over-year to 131.7 million but the number of views d ...

  47. Apple's Jobs Says Cash Hoard Allows For Bold Moves

    February 26, 2010 12:00 AM EST Steve Jobs defended Apple Inc's decision to maintain a $40 billion cash pile and said it was better to save the money for bold risks, like acquisitions, than to spend it on stock buybacks or cash dividends. Faced with shareholders' quest ...

  48. Business Matters: eMusic, WMG, the Indies and More

    January 12, 2010 12:00 AM EST -- In Reuters' article about eMusic's addition of Warner Music Group catalog , CEO Danny Stein says the music site is looking to include streaming in its product offering in 2010. Currently, eMusic offers only MP3 downloads. A streaming ...

  49. Business Matters: EMI, The Beatles, Kill Rock Stars

    November 05, 2009 12:00 AM EST Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. -- A panel at Ad:tech NY talked about free online content. Paul Jelinek , senior VP, Digital Media at A&E Television Networks , said it doesn& ...

  50. Academic Research Conflicts With 'Long Tail'

    September 21, 2009 12:00 AM EDT According to paper by a pair of Wharton researchers, Netflix data shows trends that conflict with some of the main themes of the 2006 book "The Long Tail." The paper, titled "Is Tom Cruise Threatened: Using Netflix Prize Data to Exa ...

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