Online music stores

  1. Product Test: Free All Music (Beta)

    January 13, 2010 12:00 AM EST Free All Music (FAM) is the latest online start-up to offer ad-supported music to price-sensitive consumers. FAM has signed up Universal Music Group and EMI. As any student of digital music knows, a new business model can achieve media attention f ...

  2. 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 ...

  3. WMG Signs Up To eMusic

    January 12, 2010 12:00 AM EST Warner Music Group has added part of its catalog to digital music subscription service eMusic. The agreement includes 10,000 catalog titles from Atlantic Records, Rhino Records and Warner Bros. Records, as well as from independent labels distribut ...

  4. UMG Licenses Catalog to Ad-Supported Start-up

    January 11, 2010 12:00 AM EST Labels don't have a whole lot of hope for ad-supported music service, but that doesn't mean they won't license to them still. Universal Music Group just reached an agreement to license music to the latest ad-supported foray FreeAllM ...

  5. Thumbplay Launches Streaming Music Service

    January 07, 2010 12:00 AM EST Seems there's a rush on to provide on-demand, streaming music apps for mobile phones before Spotify hits the market. This time it's Thumbplay , the mobile ringtone powerhouse that today launched a $10 a month streaming music service for ...

  6. Dada Flips Switch On Hybrid Subscription Service

    January 06, 2010 12:00 AM EST Mobile entertainment service provider Dada Entertainment is today launched a hybrid web-mobile music subscription service called Play.me . The Web-based service operates much like any other music subscription service, offering unlimited streaming ...

  7. Napster CEO Steps Down

    January 06, 2010 12:00 AM EST Update: According to Best Buy, Napster president Brad Duea is also no longer with the company. Both positions were eliminated as part of a executive restructuring and not as voluntary a move as Gorog suggested in the original e-mail announcing the ...

  8. RealNetworks Beefs Up Cloud Capabilities, Acquires Varia

    January 04, 2010 12:00 AM EST RealNetworks acquired mobile technology firm Varia Mobile in an effort to beef up its cloud computing capabilities. The news was confirmed by PaidContent and first reported by TechFlash . Varia's technology lets users sync content stored on a ...

  9. Business Matters: FreeAllMusic, WMG, Ford Motors

    December 30, 2009 12:00 AM EST Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. -- While FreeAllMusic is in private beta, the New York Times offers some details on the latest music service to tackle ad-supported downloads. The ...

  10. Holiday Sales Keep Retailers Optimistic

    December 28, 2009 12:00 AM EST Music merchants says the year is ending with relatively good cheer, thanks to a combination of factors in their Christmas stockings: a great release schedule, less aggressive music discounting, and comparisons to a disastrous 2008 Christmas season ...

  11. FreeAllMusic.com Offers Songs In Exchange For Ads

    December 28, 2009 12:00 AM EST An ad-sponsored digital music download service called FreeAllMusic.com began a private beta this week. The service's first sponsors include large brands like Coca-Cola, Warner Bros. Television, Zappos.com and LG, among others. The DRM-free di ...

  12. Briefs: EMI, Primary Wave, Smule, Thumbplay, NBA

    December 17, 2009 12:00 AM EST -- EMI's Capitol Records group is suing video sharing site Vimeo for copyright infringement. Vimeo, a division of online media powerhouse IAC, allows users to upload user-generated videos of all types. The complaint claims that the Vimeo staf ...

  13. DoubleTwist Deal Opens Amazon's Options

    December 16, 2009 12:00 AM EST Digital media management software firm DoubleTwist is aiming to take on iTunes through a partnership with Amazon.com's MP3 download store. According to the Wall Street Journal , the deal allows users to buy and download music from Amazon when ...

  14. 'MySpace For Mobile' Flips Switch On Artist Services

    December 15, 2009 12:00 AM EST Mobile ringtone and media provider Myxer is expanding into artist services with a new program called MobileStage. Dubbed the "MySpace for Mobile," MobileStage is a suite of mobile marketing tools and services for iPhone, BlackBerry and A ...

  15. Business Matters: Nokia, Spotify, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services

    December 11, 2009 12:00 AM EST Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. -- According to Visible Measures, nine of the ten top Internet videos of 2009 were music videos. The trailer for Twilight Saga: New Moon was the # ...

  16. HMV Sales Jump 12.8%

    December 11, 2009 12:00 AM EST HMV U.K. and Ireland increased sales by 12.8% to £470.7 million ($763.8 million) in the six months to Oct. 25, 2009 compared to the same period a year ago. The U.K. entertainment retailer was able to take advantage of the demise of rivals Zavvi an ...

  17. Business Matters: Tenenbaum Case, Apple, Lala, Vinyl Sales

    December 08, 2009 12:00 AM EST Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. -- The judge in the Joel Tenenbaum file sharing case issued a Memorandum and Order explaining the court's grant of summary judgment against t ...

  18. Amazon Denies Plan To Open Bricks-And-Mortar Stores

    December 07, 2009 12:00 AM EST Amazon has denied reports that it has embarked on a "secret search for bricks-and-mortar stores" in the U.K., in what was thought to be a move to pick up on customer demand for "click and collect" services. The original report, ...

  19. Business Matters: Pandora, MOG, Zune

    December 02, 2009 12:00 AM EST Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. -- These graphs at the Web site FlowingData show segments of consumer spending over the last 25 years. Entertainment spending remained incredibly ...

  20. Business Matters: Wayne Rosso, Spotify, Cyber Monday

    December 01, 2009 12:00 AM EST Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. -- Global consumer confidence is on the rebound, according to the latest Economic Current by Nielsen. Of the 12 countries surveyed, only Germany s ...

  21. 7digital Continues Euro Expansion

    December 01, 2009 12:00 AM EST U.K. download service 7digital.com has launched two new stores in Finland and Norway. The two new stores increase the number of countries that 7digital operates in to 16. Of those, 14 are in Europe, with digital stores already operating in the Uni ...

  22. Real Networks, MTV Plan Rhapsody Reorganization

    November 20, 2009 12:00 AM EST RealNetworks disclosed in a regulatory filing that it is negotiating a reorganization of the Rhapsody America joint venture with MTV Networks. According to the filing , the intent is to let Rhapsody operate "more independently" of either ...

  23. Digital Pricing: How Low Can It Go?

    November 11, 2009 12:00 AM EST Not all artists and labels may want to compete based on price, but in some cases aggressive pricing is having an real impact on the sales of titles that traditionally haven’t sold well. Hits have demand and can carry a higher price. Some music sim ...

  24. UMG Launches New Portals Aimed At Unsigned Artists

    November 11, 2009 12:00 AM EST Three Universal Music Group labels today launched new Web portals designed to provide extended digital distribution and marketing support for unsigned artists. The newly launched sites are powered by TuneCore's technology under a deal between ...

  25. HMV Canada Flips Switch On Beta Music Site

    November 05, 2009 12:00 AM EST Music retailer HMV Canada has launched a beta version of its digital music Web site. HMV's Canadian president Humphrey Kadaner said the Web site launch was abrupt as details of the technology were still being resolved until Tuesday night. The ...

  26. MSN Music Returns To U.K.

    November 04, 2009 12:00 AM EST Microsoft has re-opened its MSN Music download store for U.K. users, although its streaming service has yet to be fully launched. The service, currently in beta, has more than 1 million tracks in DRM-free format from all the majors, and offers pre ...

  27. Apple Unveils Music-Themed Movie Push

    November 03, 2009 12:00 AM EST Apple today will launch a new marketing and promotional effort designed to drive music buyers to music-themed movies in its video store. The most visible change to the iTunes service will be a Music Movies landing page dedicated to music films suc ...

  28. Business Matters: Doug Morris, Rhapsody, EMI, The Beatles

    November 03, 2009 12:00 AM EST Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. -- According to BusinessWeek.com, Doug Morris, CEO of Universal Music Group, is "quietly making plans to bring in a successor" - Lucian ...

  29. Business Matters: Sony, RealNetworks, Google, Warner Music Nashville and More

    October 30, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. -- Sony Music reported revenue of $1.38 billion and an operating income of $96 million in Sony Corp’s fiscal Q2 ending September 30. That was a 3% ...

  30. Tiscali Partners With EMusic

    October 29, 2009 12:00 AM EDT U.K. entertainment and media portal Tiscali.co.uk, part of the TalkTalk Group, is to launch a DRM-free download-to-own subscription service in partnership with digital retailer eMusic. Entitled Music For Life, the service launched in the United Ki ...

  31. Spotify Revamps Music Purchase System

    October 15, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Spotify has given its music purchase system a makeover, allowing users of the ad-funded streaming service to purchase tracks with one click within Spotify, without interrupting the music. Spotify now has a closer integration with digital technolog ...

  32. Business Matters: iTunes LP, Sky Songs, Tunecore

    October 14, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- Apple has responded to a claim that it charges a $10,000 production fee for the creation of iTunes LP titles. Said an Apple spokesperson, "We're releasing the open specs for iTunes LP soon, allowing both major and indie labels to crea ...

  33. Ash Debuts 'A-Z' Singles Series

    October 12, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Irish rock band Ash has debuted a long-planned subscription model that represents one of the clearest examples of a band’s rejection of the traditional album format and release cycle. Subscriptions are often considered to be the future of recorded ...

  34. Business Matters: Sky Songs, iTunes LP, We7

    October 12, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- British Sky Broadcasting will launch its long-awaited ISP-based music service next week. The specifics about the quality of the store and its user experience are still emerging, but details are out about the pricing structure. And they are unde ...

  35. Analysis: Recorded Music Revenue In Catch-22

    October 09, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Recorded music is caught in a catch-22. As products have become more innovative, revenue declines. Streaming services offer legal alternatives to piracy. Downloads offer an inexpensive way to enjoy digital music. Track prices top out at an afforda ...

  36. Napster Revamps U.K. Service

    October 07, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Napster is repositioning its U.K. service, with a £5 ($7.97) entry point for monthly access to unlimited streaming and five MP3 downloads to keep. The new version of Napster Unlimited, effective immediately, offers access to a catalog of 8 million ...

  37. 7digital Launches U.S. Store, BlackBerry App

    October 06, 2009 12:00 AM EDT digital CEO Ben Drury says the firm's new BlackBerry application can help it crack the American download market. U.K.-based 7digital -- which already operates stores in 12 European territories -- goes live with its U.S. store today at us.7di ...

  38. Business Matters: 'The Long Tail,' Perez Hilton, Rhapsody

    October 05, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- Chris Anderson talked about the "coat-tailing" critics of his book "The Long Tail" at the Commonwealth Club on September 23. "The academics are wrong," he told the audience. "They're just confused. They&# ...

  39. Dell To Bundle Napster With Laptops

    October 02, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Dell and Napster have struck a deal to include a year’s worth of Napster’s streaming music subscription service into various models of Inspiron and Studio laptop computers for no extra cost. It’s a $60 value that also include 60 free downloads fro ...

  40. Digital Briefs: Nettwerk, Last.fm

    September 28, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Nettwerk Music Group has chosen the FUGA digital distribution platform from Dutch firm Independent IP to manage its digital catalog across all digital retailers. More veteran Last.fm employees are set to depart the digital music service. Head of m ...

  41. Business Matters: U2, Blackberry, Mitch Bainwol

    September 22, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- Technology blog Boy Genius Report skewers the U2-Blackberry marketing partnership at the band's recent Soldier Field concert in Chicago. Here's the gist of the report from the event: "Sure, there were a couple banners strewn abou ...

  42. Amie Street To Offer Sony Catalog

    September 22, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Online music retailer Amie Street will begin selling music from Sony Music. The deal covers both current and catalog tracks. Unlike other tracks on Amie Street, the Sony songs will not be priced using the site's dynamic pricing model. Instead ...

  43. Analysis: eMusic Positions Itself In The New Album Era

    September 16, 2009 12:00 AM EDT After six years that were dominated by track and ringtones sales, attention is now shifting to the digital album. Last week, iTunes launched the iTunes LP, a deluxe digital, interactive album. New releases by Jay-Z and Dave Matthews Band have been ...

  44. U.K. Digital Service Datz Shuttered

    September 16, 2009 12:00 AM EDT While U.K. artists and trade bodies argue over how to tackle illegal downloading, one potential commercial solution has closed after failing to meet demands for staged advances to major labels. The Datz Music Lounge, an all-you-can-eat unlimited M ...

  45. Business Matters: Zune HD, Michael Robertson, EMI, RIAJ

    September 15, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. -- U.K., shadow culture secretary Jeremy Hunt criticized Lord Mandelson's plans to step up anti-piracy measures. "Do we really want to p ...

  46. Microsoft Launches New Zune To Rival Apple iPod

    September 15, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Microsoft Corp launched a slimmer, revamped version of its Zune handheld music and video player on Tuesday as the software giant makes its latest attempt to compete with Apple Inc's ubiquitous iPod. The touch-screen Zune HD, which features a ...

  47. Business Matters: YouTube, Spotify, Rhapsody

    September 14, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. -- Statistics revealed by TubeMogul show the dominance of music videos among YouTube ’s most-watched videos. Tracking all-time views for videos to ...

  48. Billboard.biz Q&A: Neil Smith, VP of Business Management, Rhapsody

    September 10, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Apple has approved Rhapsody’s on-demand music streaming application, marking the second time in a week that the company has given the nod to a potentially competing music service on the iPhone and iPod Touch platforms. The Rhapsody app—available i ...

  49. Analysis: The Digital Revenue Slowdown

    September 08, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Digital music sales in the U.S. are stagnating. You won't read much about this in the news, and analysts tend to gloss over this recent trend in favor of reporting companies' year-over-year digital growth or digital's share of total ...

  50. Sources: iTunes To Add Pre-cut Ringtones

    September 03, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The Apple iTunes Music Store is gearing up to add pre-cut ringtones to its inventory and the pricing for the configuration could change the dynamics of the game. Major label sources say that while Apple will announce ringtones at its Sept. 9 iTune ...

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