Online music stores

  1. Rumblefish To Sell Music Through YouTube

    June 25, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Online music licensing service Rumblefish has struck a deal with Google to sell music in its catalog on YouTube. For $2, YouTube users can buy any song hosted by Rumblefish, and with it comes the rights to use that music in any video they subseque ...

  2. Google Set To Launch Download, Subscription Service

    June 22, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Google will launch a music download service tied to its search engine later this year followed by a subscription service in 2011, according to the Wall Street Journal. There has been speculation about Google's music plans for several months. ...

  3. Thumbplay Lines Up iPhone App

    June 01, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The Thumbplay Music streaming music service is now available for the iPhone, making it yet another cloud-based music service operating on the iPhone before Apple has yet to introduce its own. Thumbplay Music launched in January in beta mode for th ...

  4. Analysis: Price Cuts No Solution to Apple's Dominance

    May 26, 2010 12:00 AM EDT "All they need to do is license their stuff at dirt cheap rates to all-you-can eat subscription services like Spotify and MOG." That was the advice given at MediaMemo to labels that may want to break Apple's stranglehold on digital ...

  5. CD Baby Flips Switch Digital Distro Service

    May 26, 2010 12:00 AM EDT CD Baby is getting into the digital distribution business. For a flat rate of $9 per track, CD Baby will make submitted songs available to all the major digital retailers it currently has relationships with. That includes iTunes, Amazon, Rhapsody, ...

  6. Business Matters: Twitter, LimeWire, Big Kenny, The Orchard and More

    May 26, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Follow Glenn Peoples on Twitter or e-mail him at gpeoples AT billboard.com. -- TubeMogul stats show Twitter is a growing force in online video. The service had a 28.2% increase in average number of streams referred. (TubeMogul did not offer stats ...

  7. Report: DOJ Investigating Apple's Digital Music Tactics

    May 26, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The Department of Justice has opened an antitrust inquiry into Apple practices in the digital music market, the New York Times reported on Wednesday (May 26). The early-stage conversations "have revolved broadly around the dynamics of selling ...

  8. Thumbplay Teams With Cellular South

    May 24, 2010 12:00 AM EDT To reach true scale services need to partner directly with wireless operators and that’s what Thumbplay has done with its Thumbplay Music streaming service. The company has teamed up with Cellular South to bring the cloud to subscribers using Andr ...

  9. Google’s Major Push Toward The Cloud

    May 21, 2010 12:00 AM EDT While the world waits for Apple to unveil its post-Lala acquisition cloud strategy for iTunes, rival Google is already in the mix. A late announcement from the company’s I/O conference yesterday pointed to a major push into cloud-based media deliv ...

  10. Analysis: Spotify's Dutch Launch Points To U.S. Strategy

    May 18, 2010 12:00 AM EDT For a clue on what the Spotify on-demand streaming music service might look like when it finally launches in the U.S., take a close look at what the company did in the Netherlands this week. In the process of launching there, Spotify launched two ...

  11. Spotify Launches In Netherlands, Offers New Services

    May 18, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Spotify launched in the Netherlands today (May 18). It's the seventh market where the ad-funded streaming music service is active, following launches in the U.K., France, Spain, Sweden, Norway and Finland. The Stockholm and London based compa ...

  12. What Does The Limewire Judgment Mean For The Industry?

    May 14, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Now what happens? After the summary judgment against peer-to-peer file-sharing service LimeWire for copyright infringement, that's the big question. If the RIAA pursues its request for an injunction, LimeWire will almost certainly shut down. ...

  13. Great Escape Day One: U.K. Live Sector Thriving

    May 13, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The Great Escape music conference and festival in Brighton focused on the U.K.'s burgeoning live industry on its first day. U.K. live revenue - £1.39 billion ($2.04 billion) - moved ahead of the British retail value of recorded music - £1.31 ...

  14. RIAA Wins Big In LimeWire Lawsuit

    May 12, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The music industry scored a major victory today when a federal judge granted a summary judgment against peer-to-peer file-sharing service LimeWire for copyright infringement. The ruling faults both the parent company, Lime Group, and its founder M ...

  15. Analysis: Subscription Model Takes Another Hit

    May 10, 2010 12:00 AM EDT If music subscription services were easy, everybody would be doing them and millions of Americans would be paying. Numbers from RealNetworks’ latest earnings show subscriptions are still one of music’s greatest paradox: so much potential but so fe ...

  16. Study: Australian File Sharers Will Pay For Music, But Not Much

    May 07, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Yet another study indicates most digital pirates will pay for music – if the price is right. News.com.au and market research firm CoreData surveyed over 5,700 people who said they had illegally downloaded or streamed music in the previous 12 month ...

  17. In Memory of Lala’s Web Song

    April 30, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Lala’s surprisingly controversial web song experiment is coming to an end. The music service announced today it will cease operations on May 30th. Nothing is known yet about how Apple, which acquired Lala in late 2009, plans to incorporate Lala in ...

  18. Best Buy Unveils First U.K. Store

    April 27, 2010 12:00 AM EDT U.S. retail giant Best Buy has opened the doors to its first U.K. store, marking the start of its ambitious European expansion plans, which it says will see eight to 10 U.K. superstores open in year one and the creation of approx 8,000 British job ...

  19. Analysis: CD and Downloads Are Toast? Not If You Want To Make Money Today

    April 16, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Some discouraging numbers on the economics of digital music have generated a good online discussion about the future of business models. The numbers from the chart came from a January 2010 post at The Cynical Musician blog that claims "the am ...

  20. Business Matters: WMG, WaTunes, Beatport and More

    April 12, 2010 12:00 AM EDT -- Warner Music Group has signed up to download store WaTunes . This comes just as WaTunes winds down its digital distribution service in order to focus on its Facebook Music Store , a new download store built into a Facebook app. Universal Music ...

  21. More Digital Blues, Rhapsody Edition

    April 06, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Had Rhapsody been a standalone entity in 2009, it would have reported a net loss of about $26 million and an operating loss of $54 million, according to pro forma financial statements released by RealNetworks on Tuesday. Though Rhapsody has about ...

  22. WaTunes Shifts Focus To Facebook

    April 06, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Digital music service WaTunes has created a music download application for Facebook that allows users to buy and download songs without having to leave the social network. WaTunes originated as a digital distributor, placing artists songs for sale ...

  23. Rhapsody Lowers Mobile Fees, Unveils Android App

    April 06, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Rhapsody has completed its spinoff from RealNetworks, and is celebrating by unveiling an Android version of its mobile app and lowering the monthly subscription fee required for mobile access. According to the company, the new Rhapsody will focus ...

  24. Bandit.fm Expands Into Streaming Service

    April 01, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Sony Music Australia has leapt into the online subscription business via its Bandit.fm music portal. Bandit first went live as a download-only MP3 store in November 2008, and currently has more than 187,000 members, according to Sony Music Austral ...

  25. Business Matters: iPad, Microsoft, RealNetworks and More

    April 01, 2010 12:00 AM EDT -- The iPad is unlikely to launch with a streaming music service, according to CNET. Not that record labels and music consumers were holding their breaths. With the exception of the iTunes LP, a format that has been quiet since being launched in S ...

  26. HMV Targets New Products, Live Music Market

    March 26, 2010 12:00 AM EDT British entertainment retailer HMV is targeting earnings growth over the medium term by increasing sales of new products in music, visual and games and raising its presence in live music and ticketing. In a strategy update, the firm pledged a turn ...

  27. The Orchard Posts Record Revenue in Fourth Quarter

    March 25, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Digital distributor The Orchard reported a 9% increase in revenue in 2009, but a $14.1 million impairment of goodwill in the third quarter left the company with a loss of $17.8 million. Without the impairment, net loss would have been $3.7 million ...

  28. Virgin Media's Delayed Subscription Service Still On Track

    March 23, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Virgin Media 's music subscription service is late but still on track. The company's head of media relations said the service is "well progressed" but added the company is "still working" on licensing deals with conte ...

  29. Business Matters: Tenenbaum, Nielsen, Thumbplay

    March 22, 2010 12:00 AM EDT -- In a decision that could help record labels, a federal court in the Northern District of California has said the constitutional limits on statutory damages in BMW of North America, Inc. v. Gore do not apply to awards of copyright statutory dama ...

  30. HMV, Orange Partner On Mobile Gaming

    March 19, 2010 12:00 AM EDT U.K. entertainment retailer HMV is adding mobile gaming to its increasingly diverse business set-up. In the past 14 months HMV - which has become dominant in that market following the demise of music retail rivals Zavvi and Woolworths - has taken ...

  31. Updated: UMG To Launch U.S. Pricing Test

    March 18, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The Universal Music Group could rewrite U.S. music pricing when it tests a new frontline pricing structure, which is designed to get single CDs in stores at $10, or below. Beginning in the second quarter and continuing through most of the year, th ...

  32. VC Watch: The Hottest Music-Based Startups

    March 12, 2010 12:00 AM EST With so much music being created and licensed, there is a growing need for companies that add organization and context to it all. Because of this, service-based companies, not streaming or download music services, have emerged as the hottest music ...

  33. France’s Zimbalam Plants Flag In North America

    March 11, 2010 12:00 AM EST Digital music distribution network Zimbalam is launching in the U.S. and Canada. Owned by indie music distributor Believe Digital, Zimbalam places clients’ music on 25 different digital music services, including iTunes and Spotify for a flat rate ...

  34. Analysis: How Hard Is It To Find Legal Music?

    March 08, 2010 12:00 AM EST Consumer Focus, a UK statutory organization that acts as a consumer advocate, wants the record industry to do a better job promoting legal alternatives. Research by the group found that four in ten Great Britons are unable to name a single online ...

  35. Napster Japan To Close

    March 05, 2010 12:00 AM EST Napster Japan, a joint venture between the U.S.-based Napster and Tower Records Japan, will shut on May 31, drawing to a close the first digital music subscription service in Japan. Napster Japan released the information on its Web site, saying th ...

  36. Business Matters: Digital Music Forum, Lady Gaga, Sellaband, Napster and More

    February 25, 2010 12:00 AM EST -- After EMI was acquired by Terra Firma , artists began to hesitate signing with the record label. Now, The Financial Times says the company's debt load is a hindrance. "It would be very difficult to say to your client you should sign t ...

  37. RealNetworks Losses $13 Million In Q4

    February 11, 2010 12:00 AM EST Investors reacted well to news that RealNetworks' will spin off Rhapsody unit. Shares rose 5.5% on Wednesday and increased another 4.1% on Thursday, closing at $4.57. Before the end of the trading day on Thursday, RealNetworks announced it ex ...

  38. RealNetworks, Sprint Forge Mobile Music Deal

    February 11, 2010 12:00 AM EST RealNetworks may have unloaded the struggling Rhapsody streaming music service, but that doesn't mean the company is out of the music business. RealNetworks just struck a deal with wireless operator Sprint to provide a variety of music servic ...

  39. Business Matters: The Price Debate, Rascal Flatts, Thumbplay

    February 10, 2010 12:00 AM EST Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. Follow Billboard senior analyst Glenn Peoples on Twitter at twitter.com/billboardglenn . -- Do higher prices equal slower sales? That's the w ...

  40. RealNetworks To Spin Off Rhapsody

    February 09, 2010 12:00 AM EST RealNetworks today unveiled plans to spin off the Rhapsody America music subscription service into an independent company. Rhapsody America is a joint venture between RealNetworks and MTV Networks, formed after MTV shuttered its URGE music service ...

  41. 24-7 Entertainment Claims Record Download Distribution

    January 29, 2010 12:00 AM EST European B2B digital distribution provider 24-7 Entertainment has announced that download volumes reached 150 million tracks in 2009. According to a statement issued by the company, which has offices in the U.K., Germany, Spain and Denmark, it ser ...

  42. Downloads Too Expensive?

    January 28, 2010 12:00 AM EST Digital music prices are too high and consumers prefer a-la-carte downloading to bundled pricing schemes. Those are the two key findings in new research by Wharton marketing professor Raghuram Iyengar . The study is detailed in an article at Knowl ...

  43. Downloads Drop Again At Verizon Wireless

    January 27, 2010 12:00 AM EST In another sign of shifting mobile music consumption, over-the-air downloads at Verizon Wireless were flat last quarter even though wireless subscribers grew. Tucked away in Verizon’s earnings report on Tuesday was a mention that audio and video d ...

  44. Business Matters: Bandcamp, Vodafone, Copyright Policy Analysis and More

    January 26, 2010 12:00 AM EST Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. Follow Billboard senior analyst Glenn Peoples on Twitter at twitter.com/billboardglenn . -- The business models of personalized radio stations sto ...

  45. @MIDEM: Spotify & YouTube Share Streaming Spotlight

    January 24, 2010 12:00 AM EST The importance of streaming services to the music business in 2010 was rammed home at a packed house for the Spotify/YouTube MidemNet double-header keynote. Spotify CEO Daniel Ek and YouTube director of video partnerships for EMEA Patrick Walker c ...

  46. Virgin Media: What Does 'Unlimited Music' Mean?

    January 21, 2010 12:00 AM EST Seven months after Universal Music signed up to Virgin Media's proposed all-you-can-eat MP3 service, the UMG exec behind the U.K. deal admitted there was a "philosophical debate" in the biz about the meaning of unlimited downloads. ...

  47. Business Matters: Sirius XM, Tower Records, Joel Tenenbaum and More

    January 20, 2010 12:00 AM EST Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. Follow Billboard senior analyst Glenn Peoples on Twitter at twitter.com/billboardglenn . -- Sirius XM ’s subscribers and free cash flow were both ...

  48. Q&A: Napster ex-CEO Chris Gorog

    January 19, 2010 12:00 AM EST On January 6, the man who led the Napster digital music service for the last 10 years, Chris Gorog, announced he was leaving the company , along with president Brad Duea. There were conflicting reports at the time about whether his departure was v ...

  49. Confirmed: EMI Onboard with FreeAllMusic

    January 14, 2010 12:00 AM EST EMI has licensed its content to ad-supported music site Free All Music, according to sources and evidence on the site, making it the second major label to come to terms with the Atlanta-based startup. EMI has not yet announced the licensing deal. ...

  50. RealNetworks CEO Glaser Resigns

    January 13, 2010 12:00 AM EST Rob Glaser has resigned his position as CEO of Rhapsody parent company RealNetworks. He will retain his role as chairman of the board. Taking his place is Robert Kimball, who will serve as president and acting CEO. Kimball was most recently genera ...

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