Online music stores

  1. Indies Exit eMusic

    November 17, 2010 12:00 AM EST Repertoire from Domino, Merge and the Beggars Group of labels will no longer be available on the eMusic subscription service from tomorrow (Nov. 18). The announcement was made via a statement published on eMusic's official message board and i ...

  2. Amazon Japan Launches MP3 Store

    November 12, 2010 12:00 AM EST The Amazon MP3 store has launched in Japan - a market where labels have been holding out on DRM-free music. Japan's iTunes store is still DRM-enabled with Apple's FairPlay DRM system. So far EMI Music Japan is the only major to license i ...

  3. Danish Telecom Co Racks Up 250 Million Downloads

    November 10, 2010 12:00 AM EST Danish telecom company TDC has delivered over 250 million music downloads since launching its range of music subscription services in April 2008. News that TDC had reached the 250 million download figure was announced today (Nov. 10) in a statemen ...

  4. With E-books Still Young, A Hit Novel Reaches 30% Digital Share

    November 09, 2010 12:00 AM EST Sales of John Grisham’s latest book, “The Confession,” have reached a digital mile marker far faster than digital albums. According to an article at the Wall Street Journal , 70,000 of the 230,000 units sold in the first week were e-book sales. Am ...

  5. 10,000 Sign Up To France's Digital Subsidy Scheme

    November 05, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The French government has revealed that music consumers have purchased 10,000 of the state-subsidized music cards for digital services, following the launch on Oct. 28. The "Carte Musique" offers young consumers the chance to get double ...

  6. Taylor Swift Sales Chain By Chain

    November 03, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Music merchants were waiting for a chance to pounce on a proven seller, after a tough year where many albums have not lived up to expectations. In fact, its been two years since they had a million seller in one week, since Lil' Wayne did it b ...

  7. Business Matter: Spotify, Rhapsody, Zune and more

    October 25, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Opinion and analysis of the day's music news. Two Issues Spotify, Music Services Must Overcome -- Speaking at the Daily Beast's Innovators Summit on Friday, Spotify investor Sean Parker (Founders Fun) explained the music service lures us ...

  8. Update: Is Tim Quirk Google's New Head of Music? Answer: No

    October 19, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Former Rhapsody VP of music programming Tim Quirk is heading to Google, according to a vague message he posted to Facebook and Twitter yesterday (Oct. 18). "First day at Google," it reads. Exactly what Quirk is doing at Google is not cle ...

  9. 7digital Bundled With iPad Rivals

    October 19, 2010 12:00 AM EDT U.K. digital entertainment company 7digital is going to be busy with various new partners in the months ahead, and it's covering all the bases for digital music from mobile apps and tablets to browser access and even image recognition. The co ...

  10. Business Matters: EMI, Jammie Thomas, 'Napster Moment' For Ebooks

    October 18, 2010 12:00 AM EDT -- The Terra Firma-Citigroup case starts in a New York City court today (Oct. 18). If the case is going to court, that means the two sides didn't reach the settlement that some in the media were painting as a real possibility before the trial ...

  11. eMusic To Add Universal Music Group, Change Pricing

    October 12, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music Group has licensed its catalog to eMusic, making it the third major record label available at the store. The addition of 250,000 UMG tracks will be available in November for U.S. subscribers only. Concurrent with the addition of UM ...

  12. Apple In Talks On Subscription Service: Report

    October 08, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Apple is in talks with major record labels to provide a subscription-based music service, allowing unlimited access to songs for a monthly fee, the New York Post said, citing unnamed sources. A few weeks ago, Apple VP of Internet services Eddy Cue ...

  13. Business Matters: What's The Potential For Access Models?

    October 07, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Opinion and analysis of the day's music news. What's The Potential For Access Models? -- So what's the potential for access models? Jon Healey's recap of a contentious discussion at the Digital Music Forum West conference under ...

  14. Business Matters: Majors Back Video Site, Android Gains Steam, Hulu CEO Offers Content Strategy and more

    October 06, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Opinion and analysis of the day's music news. Majors Onboard With Russian Video Portal -- All four majors have licensed their content to Russian online music video service iviMusic. The content of an additional 20 Russian music companies is a ...

  15. @MEL: Upstart Mog Snatches Best Music Streaming App

    October 05, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Mobile music subscription service upstart Mog from Berkeley, Calif. took home a Billboard Music App Award today for 'Best Music Streaming App' for its MOG Mobile app, amid competitors Rhapsody and Thumbplay Mobile. Mog mobile product lea ...

  16. Echo Nest, The Brains Behind Music Services, Raises $7 Million

    October 05, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The Echo Nest has raised $7 million in funding in a round led by Matrix Partners. Previous backer Commonwealth Capital Ventures also participated in the round. Remember those BASF commercials that said, “We make the products you buy better?” That’ ...

  17. Sony Debuts Online Classical Store Ariama

    October 05, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Just when new ideas in digital downloads seemed to be dead, Sony Music Entertainment debuted a new consumer-oriented classical recorded music store called Ariama on Tuesday. Created to better serve classical consumers, the browser-based store has ...

  18. What You Missed @Leadership Music Digital Summit Day 1

    September 30, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Experiments with digital products and business models may not have produced many winners, but it was clear from the discussions at the first day of the Leadership Music Digital Summit, that some people felt progress has been made. The event began ...

  19. Zune To Replace MSN Music In U.K.

    September 29, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Microsoft will move its music service to the Zune Marketplace when the platform launches in the U.K. later this year. Zune Marketplace, which will also roll out across Europe, is for PCs, the new Windows Phone 7 and Xbox 360 games console. The Zun ...

  20. Business Matters: Stock Spikes, Zune, Apple and more

    September 21, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Opinion and analysis of the day's music news. Stocks Spike On Economic News -- Entertainment stocks had a strong day on Monday as the market rose on news the recession ended in June 2009. The National Bureau of Economic Research agreed that a ...

  21. Napster Releases iPhone App

    September 20, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Napster now has an iPhone app, allowing subscribers to stream songs to their mobile device. Like the other streaming services, it offers streaming access to its full catalog, cache songs on the device, create playlists and adds an automix feature ...

  22. Will Anything Stick With Music Consumers In The Digital Age?

    September 17, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Will anything stick with music consumers in the digital age? That was the question posed at two panels at the Americana Music Conference earlier this month in Nashville. Two different groups of the music industry searched for answers and recounted ...

  23. Business Matters: Ping Followers, Apple, Lala, Verizon and more

    September 16, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Opinion and analysis of the day's music news. Ping Followers and What They Mean -- Here are a some artists with iTunes Ping profiles and the number of followers each had as of Wednesday evening: Lady Gaga 368,000, Coldplay 305,000, Katy Perry ...

  24. EMusic Nears Major Label Deals For Fall Relaunch

    September 16, 2010 12:00 AM EDT eMusic, the subscription digital music service, is close to wrapping up deals with the last two major labels in time for a planned relaunch in November, its chief executive said. The 12-year old start-up is working on deals with Vivendi's Uni ...

  25. 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 ...

  26. Amazon Acquires AmieStreet

    September 08, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Amazon.com has acquired the AmieStreet.com digital music service, for an undisclosed sum. The most immediate result of the acquisition is that the AmieStreet.com service will cease to exist as of Sept. 22. All AmieStreet.com links will forward to ...

  27. A 90-Second Song Sample For Apple Could Be Pricey

    September 02, 2010 12:00 AM EDT In trying to move to a 90-second song sample, iTunes may have to pay for the privilege, which is not out of line with the way things have been going lately in the music industry. Apple's move to a longer song clip was reported earlier this we ...

  28. Apple, Google To Clash In Music Space By Christmas

    September 02, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Google Inc. is in talks with music labels on plans for a download store and a digital song locker that would allow its mobile users to play songs wherever they are as it steps up its rivalry with Apple Inc, according to people familiar with the ma ...

  29. Echo Nest, 7digital Partner For New DIY Platform

    September 02, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The Echo Nest and UK music service 7digital have teamed up to give music app developers a comprehensive technology and music sales platform on which to build new services. The deal adds the ability to sell DRM-free MP3 files from 7digital to any a ...

  30. BILLBOARD MUSIC APP AWARDS FINALISTS

    September 01, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Music applications are among the most popular apps downloaded on today's smartphones. But which are the best of the best? Billboard set out to answer that question by soliciting applications from developers all summer long. What follows are t ...

  31. 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 ...

  32. Believe Digital To 'Upstream' Buzz Acts

    August 24, 2010 12:00 AM EDT European digital distributor and services provider Believe Digital is to roll out its premium service to unsigned buzz acts. Founded in 2004, Believe Digital claims to be the leading digital distributor and services provider to independent artists ...

  33. This Might Sting: Analyst's Advice To EMI

    August 19, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Forrester Research Analyst Mark Mulligan has three things to say to EMI, who earlier this week voiced concern about iTunes’ dominance of the digital music marketplace: “I told you so; It’s your fault; Forget iTunes. From his blog post : I told you ...

  34. 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 ...

  35. Pure Radio Launches Cloud-Based Music Service

    August 11, 2010 12:00 AM EDT U.K. radio manufacturer Pure has unveiled a cloud-based music service that will enable users to purchase songs they hear on the set at the touch of a button. The FlowSongs service was unveiled at a London launch today (Aug. 11) and attracted execu ...

  36. Business Matters: Hastings, Gigaboxx, 'Physical Is Dead' and more

    August 10, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Hastings To Buy Back Stock -- Entertainment retailer Hastings has announced a stock repurchase of up to $10 million. Previously announced stock repurchase programs amount to $27.5 million. Chairman and CEO John H. Marmaduke says in the press relea ...

  37. Kazaa Relaunches In The Cloud

    August 04, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Kazaa is back . The former peer-to-peer music service has relaunched as a cloud-based streaming service with access to 1.6 million songs and 1 million song lyrics. There's not much that initially sets the new Kazaa apart from other services i ...

  38. Connecticut AG Probes Apple, Amazon Over E-books

    August 03, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal is investigating deals struck by Amazon.com Inc and Apple Inc to offer low prices on electronic books, saying the agreements may block rivals from providing attractive pricing. Earlier this year, Ama ...

  39. Rdio Launches To Public, Adds More Content

    August 03, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Music streaming service Rdio opened to the public on Tuesday with an additional distributor’s content and availability in Canada. It had been in private beta release since early June. Rdio has added IODA to the content it has already licensed from ...

  40. HMV Digital Re-Launches With Price Cuts

    July 26, 2010 12:00 AM EDT HMV, the U.K.'s leading high street entertainment retailer, officially re-launched its music download service hmvdigital.com today (July 26) with a price-cutting initiative. To mark the re-emergence of the download store, which HMV closed dow ...

  41. Analysis: The Numbers Behind An Apple Cloud-Based Service

    July 15, 2010 12:00 AM EDT As reported yesterday, the NPD Group estimates that up to eight million people are willing to pay $10 or more per month for an Apple cloud-based music service -- if one actually launches at some point. Here's what makes that number so stagger ...

  42. HMV To Launch Digital Service This Month

    July 15, 2010 12:00 AM EDT HMV will roll out its digital service at the end of July as the U.K. entertainment retailer makes a concerted attempt to grab market share in music downloads. The hmvdigital.com site is currently in beta. It is selling the new MIA album for £7.99 ...

  43. Is Amazon Overhauling Its Digital Music Store?

    July 14, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Is Amazon planning an overhaul of its digital music store? Possibly, according to a post at TechCrunch , which cites one anonymous source as saying that a relaunch is in the cards for the first quarter of next year. The story says Amazon is asking ...

  44. Business Matters: MP3Tunes, We7, Live Nation, Sonfile and more

    July 13, 2010 12:00 AM EDT -- MP3Tunes has launched an initiative called “Buy Anywhere, Listen Anywhere.” This means MP3Tunes will allow its users to buy music from the download store of their choice and play the tracks on MP3Tunes software on any device. So, for example, y ...

  45. Five Hot Digital Music Companies to Watch

    July 07, 2010 12:00 AM EDT This summer, five mostly young online companies are setting themselves apart from all others in the music business. Each represents a different segment of the industry, but together they exemplify the entrepreneurship and innovation that is leadin ...

  46. RightsFlow, Rhapsody Ink Deal

    July 06, 2010 12:00 AM EDT RightsFlow will provide bulk mechanical licensing and administration and reporting support for online music subscription service Rhapsody. “This partnership further enhances our ability to efficiently clear the mechanical rights for our catalog, e ...

  47. BuzzDeck Tracking Service Goes Global

    July 02, 2010 12:00 AM EDT BuzzDeck, an online buzz-tracking and analytics platform from London-based digital distributors AWAL, is to roll out globally, having been successfully utilized by a number of major label U.K. artists. Developed over the past two years, the servic ...

  48. HMV Year Profit Up 18%

    June 30, 2010 12:00 AM EDT HMV Group has revealed an 18% increase in pre-tax profits for the year ending April 24, 2010 to £74.2 million ($111 million). However, like for like sales at U.K. entertainment retailer HMV (including Ireland) were down 2.4% compared to the prior ...

  49. mSpot's Cloud-based Service Opens

    June 28, 2010 12:00 AM EDT After a month in private beta , mSpot has opened its cloud-based music streaming service to the public. The service allows users to store DRM-free copies of any music in their library to mSpot’s online servers, from where they can then stream it t ...

  50. Business Matters: CRB, Ringtone Royalties, Vevo, Zune and more

    June 28, 2010 12:00 AM EDT COURT UPHOLDS CRB DECISION -- Last week, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit upheld a 2009 decision by the Copyright Royalty Board that set the mechanical royalty rate for ringtones at 24 cents. The judges found that the CRB’s decision ...

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