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  1. Amazon Letter To Labels: Cloud Drive Locker Has Boosted MP3 Sales

    April 11, 2011 7:14 PM EDT In a letter to music labels, Amazon says its Cloud Drive locker has boosted Amazon MP3 sales. The company also reiterated the claim that its current setup doesn't need a license. The letter, signed from the Amazon Music Team, doesn't bac ...

  2. How Germany Overtook The U.K. To Become Europe's Largest Music Market

    April 11, 2011 2:58 PM EDT Having long played second fiddle to the United Kingdom, Germany now ranks as the largest music market in Europe, according to international music trade body IFPI. The reversal was announced last week with the publication of IFPI's annual &quo ...

  3. Business Matters: Do Teens Really Like Subscriptions Better Than Paid Downloads?

    April 07, 2011 4:45 PM EDT Do Teens Really Like Subscriptions More than Paid Downloads? When perusing the results of a Piper Jaffray survey of U.S. high school students , keep in mind there's a big difference between considering to buying a product and actually parting ...

  4. Rhapsody's Jon Irwin Talks Progress a Year After Spinning Off From Real Networks

    April 01, 2011 3:02 PM EDT Rhapsody's Jon Irwin A year ago today, Real Networks officially split off its Rhapsody music subscription service into a standalone company. Since then, the smaller, nimbler organization has added 100,000 net subscribers for a total of 750,00 ...

  5. Amazon Seeks Approval For Cloud Drive Service -- Will The Labels Play Ball?

    March 31, 2011 11:54 AM EDT Amazon's decision to unveil its new Cloud Drive music locker service without establishing licensing deals with record labels continues to reverberate. The move has elicited an overwhelmingly negative reaction major record labels and publisher ...

  6. Guest Blogger: Jay Frank on Breaking the Digital Oligopoly

    March 30, 2011 8:27 AM EDT (This was originally posted by Jay Frank ( @repojay ) at his blog, FutureHit.DNA . Jay is SVP of Music Strategy for CMT, author of the book Futurehit.DNA and a member of Billboard's Twitter 140 list of the most influential music industry blog ...

  7. Business Matters: Appreciate Amazon's Cloud Drive For What It Is, Not What It Isn't

    March 29, 2011 6:12 PM EDT Amazon's Cloud Drive is Not a Camel -- Two common themes underlie Tuesday's chatter about the launch of Amazon's Cloud Drive, its cloud-based storage service, and Cloud Player, the music player that's integrated with Cloud Driv ...

  8. Rhapsody Asking Labels for New Internet Radio Rules -- A2IM Disagrees

    March 29, 2011 5:52 PM EDT Streaming music service Rhapsody , which on Friday will be celebrating a full year of independence from former parent company Real Networks, is taking steps to augment its Internet radio features -- to the chagrin of some in the music industry. Th ...

  9. Amazon's Director Of Music Talks Cloud Drive: 'We Don't Believe We Need Licenses'

    March 29, 2011 2:02 PM EDT Amazon today launched a new music-locker service called Cloud Drive , sparking a new round of analysis over the potential impact of cloud music services and upsetting a number of major labels in the process. Amazon's director of music Craig P ...

  10. Amazon's 'Third-Rate,' Unlicensed Cloud Service 'Disappoints' Labels

    March 29, 2011 12:32 PM EDT The biggest question being asked about Amazon's new cloud music service is: "How did it beat Apple and Google to the punch? " The answer to some is: It didn't. To say that Amazon beat Apple and Google is simply unfair, because ...

  11. Amazon's Cloud Drive Test Drive: Service Is Simple, But Effective

    March 29, 2011 12:26 PM EDT It's not the second coming of iTunes or anything that drastic, but Cloud Drive , Amazon's new cloud storage service , is a good product with a narrow focus. If you're looking for bells and whistles -- recommendations, sharing with f ...

  12. Amazon Beats Apple and Google to the Cloud

    March 29, 2011 9:23 AM EDT Amazon has beaten Google and Apple to the cloud by launching a cloud music storage service that will allow people to remotely access their digital music collections from connected devices. Called Cloud Drive, the service is integrated into both th ...

  13. Amazon Launches Cloud, Online Music Storage Service

    March 29, 2011 7:30 AM EDT Amazon.com wants to be more than a destination for shopping online - it also dreams of being a place where you can store your music, photos and videos and access them any time, from any computer. The online retailer launched two new offerings late ...

  14. Business Matters: Is Groupon Sliding? What That Would Mean For The Music Biz

    March 25, 2011 4:22 PM EDT Is Groupon Sliding? What That Would Mean to the Music Biz -- Is Groupon having a difficult first quarter? If so, that would impact the venues, promoters and labels that use the service to move unsold inventory and new albums. But it may just be th ...

  15. Amazon Appstore's Conspicuous Absences: Pandora, Free MP3s

    March 24, 2011 11:03 AM EDT The Amazon Appstore is missing two things that Android users can get through Google's Android Market: Pandora and free MP3s. Pandora has long been one of the more popular free apps. The company boasts 80 million registered users. On Thursday ...

  16. Top of the Charts in 2015: SXSW Panel Predicts Changes in Fame Game

    March 20, 2011 12:20 PM EDT The traditional path to fame for musicians is rapidly changing course--while major label marketing machines for sales and airplay are still moving artists to the top of the charts, technology and tools like social networking, YouTube and streaming ...

  17. Business Matters: EMI/iTunes '69-Cent Songs' Promotion A Hit At iTunes

    March 18, 2011 4:00 PM EDT Lots Of Love For EMI/iTunes '69-Cent Songs' Promotion -- Usually it's rare to see a lot of songs priced under $1.29 on iTunes' list of its current top 200 tracks. Earlier this week, however, 32 songs priced at $0.69 were on the ...

  18. Cloud-based Music Streaming Will Be Dominant by 2016 (Study)

    March 18, 2011 7:45 AM EDT By 2016, cloud-based streaming services will become a more important form of access to music than owning albums, songs or tracks, forecasts ABI Research. "The number of subscribers to mobile music streaming services is expected to approach 5. ...

  19. Indie Label Bridge Nine Launches Own Music Subscription Service

    March 16, 2011 4:10 PM EDT While the rest of the digital music news takes place at SXSW this week, Bridge Nine Records, an indie punk label outside of Boston, launched a digital music subscription service exclusive to its roster. The service is a premium option for the labe ...

  20. Business Matters: Investor Enthusiasm for the Cloud Continues as Beyond Oblivion Secures $77 Million Funding

    March 08, 2011 8:39 PM EST Beyond Oblivion Secures $77 Million Funding -- Investments in new digital music companies are surprisingly large and frequent these days. The latest example is Beyond Obilvion . The most anticipated cloud-based music service you've never hear ...

  21. Qtrax Launches Internationally, Not U.S.

    March 08, 2011 11:45 AM EST It's official. Qtrax is back. After several confusing leaks suggested it had gained renewed short-term "trial" licenses from a handful of major labels, the ad-supported music download service has gone live in several countries. They ...

  22. Business Matters: Qtrax Inks Short Term Deal with EMI, But Could it Succeed in 2011?

    March 04, 2011 7:58 PM EST Qtrax Inks Short Term Deal with EMI, But Could it Succeed in 2011? -- After many false starts, is Qtrax on its way to a launch? And is it too late? The "free and legal" download service has completed a licensing deal with EMI and may hav ...

  23. Microsoft To Self: Why Aren't Xbox Owners Paying For Zune Music Service?

    February 25, 2011 12:20 PM EST Despite the popularity of Microsoft's Xbox games, its users are taking a pass on its Zune Pass Subscription services have one a big problem. It's not Apple's 30% cut of in-app subscription revenue. It's not the friction created ...

  24. Spotify, Google Music Rumors Heat Up

    February 17, 2011 6:39 PM EST The EMI Music Group's reportedly "almost there" U.S. licensing deal with Spotify may now be complete. AllThingsD , citing "multiple sources" reported today that the deal is complete. If true, that would make the second maj ...

  25. Google Music: Meet The Executive Team

    February 15, 2011 5:04 PM EST The Google Music service that's become the worst-kept secret in the music industry may not be live yet, nor is it showing signs of launching anytime soon, but we are slowly getting clarity into who at Google is building the service. On Friday ...

  26. Apple's New Subscription Rules Could Kill Streaming Music Services

    February 15, 2011 3:37 PM EST Apple today introduced the ability to let app developers charge for in-app content on a subscription basis. While this development is a major boon for developers looking for new ways to monetize their products, it could have devastating affects on ...

  27. 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 ...

  28. EMI Signs International Licensing Deal With Beatport

    February 09, 2011 9:54 AM EST Dance music download site Beatport has struck an international licensing deal with EMI that covers the label's dance and electronic music and mixes. The deal covers North America, Europe and Australia. The first release through the partnershi ...

  29. Biz Matters: Spain's Music Sales Dropped 21% In 2010

    January 31, 2011 1:52 PM EST Spain's Recorded Music Dropped 21% Last Year -- Spain's recorded music market dropped 21.1% to €167 million (U.S. $228 million), according to figures released by Promusicae, the country's recorded music industry trade group. The dec ...

  30. Billboard Demos Sony Qriocity Music Unlimited Service @ MIDEM, iTunes Latest Challenger

    January 24, 2011 12:00 AM EST As Billbaord.biz reported yesterday , Sony is giving its new Qriocity cloud-based media platform a big push at this year's MIDEM. They launched in the U.K. last week and Germany this week and is expected to arrive in the U.S. in the first qua ...

  31. MIDEM 2011 Keynotes: Lots of Discussion About What is Wrong With Digital Music, But Few Answers

    January 22, 2011 12:00 AM EST CANNES, France -- It's ten years into the digital music revolution started by Napster, but what has the music industry to show for it? Sales of digital singles have not yet made up for the lost revenue created by falling CD sales, which still ...

  32. Rhapsody Gets A Makeover

    January 19, 2011 12:00 AM EST Rhapsody is getting a makeover and that's good news for the music service as well as labels, artists and consumers alike. "[W]e are preparing to launch a wholly new online experience that is fast, sleek, modern and makes music discovery ...

  33. Sony & Universal Announce 'On-Air On-Sale' Release Policy

    January 18, 2011 12:00 AM EST Filed in the "better late than never" category is the decision by Sony Music Entertainment and Universal Music Group to start making singles available for sale the same day they're released to radio. Called "on air, on sale,&qu ...

  34. Business Matters: Will Amazon Bring Loss Leader Prices to Apps?

    January 18, 2011 12:00 AM EST Will Amazon Make Apps A Loss Leading Product, Too? -- Apps may soon get the same loss leader sale prices at Amazon that digital music has been getting for quite a while. As Business Insider points out, Amazon will have the final says on app prices ...

  35. The Antitrust Case Against Major Record Labels, in Perspective

    January 11, 2011 12:00 AM EST On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear a significant antitrust case brought against the major record labels , clearing the way for the lawsuit to proceed in federal court in New York. The class action suit alleges the labels conspired ...

  36. Supreme Court: Antitrust Case Against Record Labels Can Proceed

    January 10, 2011 12:00 AM EST The U.S. Supreme Court opted on Monday not to review an appeals court decision in an antitrust price-fixing lawsuit against record labels over the sale of digital downloads. In passing on the case, the Supreme Court has opened the door for a revie ...

  37. Business Matters: Amazon Preps Android App Store; 2010 Country Music Sales Better Than Overall Music Sales

    January 06, 2011 12:00 AM EST Amazon Preps Android App Store -- Amazon is prepping an Android app store of its own, TechCrunch reported on Wednesday just as Apple today announced it was launching an app store for its Macintosh computers and iPads. The lure is obvious beyond th ...

  38. 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 ...

  39. Beatles iTunes Deal Pays Royalties Directly to Band, Publisher, Sources Say

    January 04, 2011 12:00 AM EST Four decades since their breakup, the Beatles are still sticking with their trailblazing ways. It seems that the EMI/Beatles deal that finally brought the Fab Four's catalog to iTunes may be more groundbreaking than originally thought. Accord ...

  40. Business Matters: It's 2011, Where is Spotify?

    January 03, 2011 12:00 AM EST It's 2011, Where Is Spotify? -- 2011 is here and Spotify has not yet launched in the U.S. At the onset of 2011, writers are reviewing their January 2010 predictions that Spotify would soon launch in the U.S. They are thinking back to the many ...

  41. Business Matters: iTunes & Tap Tap Revenge 4 Have Very Merry Christmas

    December 27, 2010 12:00 AM EST iTunes Page Sees Christmas Boost -- The iTunes download page was the eighth most popular web page on Christmas day, as ranked by Alexa.com. That rank is on pace with previous years -- it was No. 7 and No. 8 on Christmas in 2008 and 2009, respectiv ...

  42. Sony Launches Subscription Music Streaming Service

    December 22, 2010 12:00 AM EST Sony Corp went live with its previously announced Qriocity music service today, debuting in the U.K. and Ireland. "Music Unlimited powered by Qriocity" is a subscription streaming service with access to about 6 million songs for 10-pound ...

  43. Analysis: Here's Why Kanye West’s New Album Was $3.99 at Amazon

    December 03, 2010 12:00 AM EST Last week the Village Voice picked up on a thought-provoking topic: using music as a loss-leader. This was a big topic in the ‘00s as mass merchants, freed from labels’ minimum advertised price rules, used cheap CDs to lure customers who would ost ...

  44. Business Matters: WMG, Live Nation Ratings Downgraded

    December 01, 2010 12:00 AM EST Opinion and analysis of the day's music news. WMG, Live Nation Ratings Downgraded -- Both Warner Music Group and Live Nation have recently had their bond ratings downgraded by Standard & Poor’s Ratings Service. In other words, one of the ...

  45. 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 ...

  46. Amazon Opens In Italy

    November 24, 2010 12:00 AM EST Amazon.com, which made its first sale to an Italian customer in 1995, has finally opened a separate Amazon.it store. The Italian site launched at midnight on Nov. 22. It does not yet have an Amazon MP3 store, nor has the company signed any agreeme ...

  47. Report: Spotify Lost $26.5 Million In 2009

    November 22, 2010 12:00 AM EST European streaming music service Spotify, which is still hoping to launch here in the U.S. before the end of the year, reported a net loss in 2009 of $26.5 million, according to a report in Music Ally. That’s on revenues of $7.2 million from adver ...

  48. Amazon Introduces MP3 Gifting Feature

    November 19, 2010 12:00 AM EST Just in time for the holidays, Amazon is giving users the ability to give the gift of music. The company's new "MP3 Gifting" feature lets users buy any track in the services digital library and have it sent to anyone by simply enter ...

  49. Emusic Adds Major Labels, Higher Price Tiers

    November 19, 2010 12:00 AM EST Digital music subscription club eMusic launched a new pricing plan this week that charges more for new music but adds tunes from major labels in an effort to broaden its appeal. In the past, the site focused on indie labels and offered discounts o ...

  50. Analysis: eMusic Gains Universal and Sony Frontline, Loses Three Indie Heavyweights

    November 17, 2010 12:00 AM EST Late Tuesday night, digital retailer eMusic sent an e-mail to its subscribers, alerting them to the fact that content from indie heavyweights Domino, Beggars and Merge will be gone from the site effective Nov. 18. While providing the basic factual ...

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