Online music stores

  1. Business Matters: Pandora, Zune, Roxanne Shante, eMusic

    September 03, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- Pandora has launched version 2.0 of its desktop application. New features: view your song history; the addition of a progress bar; faster transitions to the next song after giving a song a "thumbs down" rating; the application remembe ...

  2. The Billboard Q&A: David Pakman

    September 01, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Music startups used to get more attention from investors. But the graveyard of failed companies has become crowded, persuading would-be partners to shy away from putting money in new music ventures due to what they see as modest payoffs, high lice ...

  3. BandIt.fm Goes 'Live' Down Under

    August 26, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Sony Music Australia's BandIt.fm online music offering is going "live." A new function launched today (Aug. 26) on the digital portal which permits artists to upload and sell their recordings straight from the mixing desk, with roya ...

  4. Target Partners With iTunes For Exclusive Content

    August 25, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Target has partnered with iTunes to create its own section on the music store’s Web site that will give customers exclusive material for album releases. The retailer’s area can be accessed through the iTunes music store and Target.com. The first a ...

  5. RealNetworks Develops Rhapsody iPhone App

    August 24, 2009 12:00 AM EDT RealNetworks says it had developed an iPhone app for its Rhapsody subscription music service, and is submitting it for Apple's approval this week. An overview of the app, including a video demo, was posted over the weekend to the Rhapsody blo ...

  6. Business Matters: iLike, Qtrax, Georgia Theater

    August 19, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. -- Former eMusic president David Pakman , now a partner at venture capital firm Venrock, explains why iLike sold for "peanuts." Short ve ...

  7. Qtrax To Go Live In the Asia Pacific

    August 18, 2009 12:00 AM EDT On the heels of several lawsuits from the vendors it has yet to pay for services, ad-supported music service Qtrax unveiled plans to go live in the Asia Pacific region on Oct. 29, with a U.S and U.K. rollout expected by the end of the year. Specif ...

  8. 7Digital Opens In Sweden

    August 12, 2009 12:00 AM EDT U.K. based digital music store 7digital has launched in Sweden. The store, which sells MP3s from all the majors and various indies, is up and running at http://se.7digital.com from today (Aug. 12) and will offer 4 million tracks. Swedish independe ...

  9. 7Digital, Imerge Partner On Touch-Screen Downloads

    August 10, 2009 12:00 AM EDT U.K.-based music store 7digital has partnered with technology manufacturers Imerge to deliver a fully integrated home entertainment download store. The deal will allow 7digital users in the United Kingdom to access and purchase high quality MP3 do ...

  10. Publishing Briefs: Harry Fox, Extreme, Primary Wave

    August 05, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- The Harry Fox Agency has cut a deal to provide royalty administration services to Napster. HFA will calculate and distribute mechanical royalties to publishers for Napster's subscription music service and will provide copyright research se ...

  11. EMI Pan-European Deal For Napster Luxembourg

    August 05, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Digital music service Napster Luxembourg SARL has signed a pan-European licensing deal with CELAS, which represents EMI Music Publishing repertoire for online and mobile exploitation in Europe. The deal allows Napster to provide online users acros ...

  12. Pan-European Deal For Warner, 7Digital

    August 03, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Warner Music has extended its existing partnership with U.K.-based music store 7digital to sell Warner's Music's catalog across Europe. Effective immediately, the new deal allows 7digital stores in France, Belgium, Netherlands, Italy and ...

  13. Spotify Signs IODA Deal For 2 Million Tracks

    July 21, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Spotify has signed with IODA to bring the digital distributor's catalog to the ad-funded free streaming service. IODA will provide Spotify users with music drawn from a catalog of nearly 2 million tracks from over 50 countries. Artists covere ...

  14. Briefs: CTS Eventim, eMusic, MySpace

    July 20, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- CTS Eventim AG , the largest ticketing company in Europe, is planning to expand in Europe this year and intends to grow beyond Europe in five years. CTS handles Live Nation's ticket sales in Europe. ( Ticket News ) -- According to a Ruder ...

  15. Kazaa Returns As Legal Subscription Service

    July 20, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Kazaa, the one-time rogue file-sharing application, is relaunched to the U.S. market today (July 20). Only this time it returns as an all-you-can eat legal subscription service, carrying a monthly rate of $20. It will initially offer one million m ...

  16. Microsoft Talks Music Streaming Service

    July 14, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Microsoft plans to launch a music streaming service with a "similar principle to Spotify," according to a report by the U.K.'s Daily Telegraph. "Music is an important area for Microsoft. We are looking at launching a music stre ...

  17. Analysis: eMusic Upgrades Change User Experience

    July 13, 2009 12:00 AM EDT With eMusic's addition of Sony catalog titles, the emergence of album pricing and frequent restrictions, the music download store is, in a few key aspects, a very different place. Once marked by its independent nature and outsider attitude, e ...

  18. Briefs: Twitter, BlackBerry, Morgan Stanley

    July 13, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- How did Rick Astley 's "Never Gonna Give You Up" get to the top of the Twitter chart at MP3 blog aggregator The Hype Machine? A single tweet by TechCrunch to its 916,735 followers. ( TechCrunch ) -- Research in Motion will launch ...

  19. Orange Goes DRM-Free

    July 10, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The Orange Music Store is to offer music free of Digital Rights Management in the U.K. in partnership with Universal Music, EMI Music and a number of independent labels. The DRM-free catalog amounts to more than 700,000 tracks and it will be " ...

  20. Briefs: Country Sales, EFF, Spotify, TuneUp

    July 02, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- Country album sales dropped 24% last week compared to an 8% drop for the market. But country continues its digital progress. Year to date, digital accounts for 11.4% of album sales. That's just more than half of the digital share of pop al ...

  21. Analysis: Should Real Switch Strategy?

    June 29, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Is it time for RealNetworks to Switch Gears? That's the headline of an article at the New York Times that questions the strategies and relevancy of RealNetworks, which operates the Rhapsody music store and subscription service. In the piece, ...

  22. Analysis: What the Virgin Media-UMG Deal Means

    June 22, 2009 12:00 AM EDT When Virgin Media, a UK Internet service provider, and Universal Music Group announced their plan to launch a music subscription service, the recording industry took major, positive steps in a new direction. The new service will feature UMG conten ...

  23. Amazon U.K. Pricing Mishap

    June 18, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The U.K. Amazon service, Amazon.co.uk, has confirmed that a "pricing error" resulted in hit albums being sold for just 29p (47 cents). Although Amazon.co.uk has aggressively priced its new MP3 store, with albums as low as £3 ($4.88), the ...

  24. Indie Survey: Friends, Live Shows Big Influencers

    June 08, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Four out of five independent music store customers cite a recommendation of a friend as being an important factor in a purchase, according to a survey conducted by the Association of Independent Music Stores (AIMS). The online survey queried 1,067 ...

  25. Briefs: eMusic, RIAA, 'The Beatles: Rock Band'

    June 04, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- eMusic has raised its rates, but it's possible per-track payouts might not increase at all or much. The addition of the well-known Sony catalog may reduce unused tracks that expire at the end of the month, or "breakage," as subsc ...

  26. Analysis: Recent Earnings Spotlight Ongoing Trends

    June 03, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The importance of ancillary revenue streams and continued consolidation - either within a company or between two companies - were some of the ongoing trends spotlighted in the most recent round of earnings reports. As companies manage the transiti ...

  27. Sony Signs Up To eMusic

    June 01, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Sony Music Entertainment catalog recordings that are at least two years old are being made available via digital subscription service eMusic. Beginning in the third quarter, eMusic will offer its U.S. subscribers recordings from all Sony Music lab ...

  28. Business Briefs: Target, Performance Royalties, Green Day

    May 21, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- Target said in its Q1 earnings call on Wednesday that it will soon overhaul the Target.com entertainment section. "As part of our continued commitment to multichannel integration, Target.com will completely reinvent our music, movies, book ...

  29. Analysis: What Can Replace Falling CD Revenues?

    May 18, 2009 12:00 AM EDT U.S. album sales are down 13% through May 10 and industry insiders and watchers are wondering what can close the gap and end the slide of recorded music revenue. CD sales are down 19.3% during this period, translating to roughly $270 million in lo ...

  30. U.K. Music Retail Sales Down 6%

    May 18, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The U.K. recorded music business held up reasonably well in 2008 with trade value down by 5.3% to £894 million ($1.368 billion) and retail value down by 6% to £1.308 billion ($2.002 billion), according to new figures from trade body the BPI. That ...

  31. Business Briefs: EMI, Hastings, Ingrid Michaelson

    May 18, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- A report says EMI is likely to sell off the Olympic recording studio in southwest London. ( Times Online ) -- Entertainment retailer Hastings reported net earnings of about $1.7 million for the three month period ended April 30, 2009. Revenues ...

  32. Billboard Q&A: Napster COO Christopher Allen

    May 18, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Is there a mobile aspect to this new $5 streaming tier? Any Napster Mobile app for these new smartphones with app stores? Not at this time, other than the sideloading of MP3s. We are constantly evaluating different access points for the consumer. ...

  33. Napster Introduces $5 Unlimited Stream, Five Download Tier

    May 18, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The Napster subscription service introduced a new pricing tier that allows users to stream an unlimited number of songs and download five DRM-free tracks a month for $5. The offer does not require subscribers to download the Napster client, but ra ...

  34. Microsoft Steps Up Value Attacks On Apple

    May 12, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Microsoft is continuing its attacks on Apple products as overpriced with a new Web campaign for its Zune portable media player. In a Web video, financial planner and former reality show star Wes Moss presents the case that the 120GB iPod would cos ...

  35. Business Briefs: 'Free,' Obama, Napster, Apple

    May 11, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- Spurred by comments by Rupert Murdoch on the death of free online media, free music was a big topic in U.K. papers over the weekend. The Telegraph quoted Mike Smith, managing director of Columbia Records: "When you listen to streamed music ...

  36. eBay To Launch Spanish MP3 Store

    May 07, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Trading Web portal eBay is poised to launch an a-la-carte MP3 download store in Spain, Billboard.biz has learned. It will be powered by French firm Starzik, which operates its own MP3 download platform as well as providing white label services to ...

  37. People's Music Store Signs Universal Deal

    April 28, 2009 12:00 AM EDT People's Music Store, a new London-based digital download platform that allows fans to market music online, has signed a deal with Universal Music to license more than 300,000 tracks including songs by Amy Winehouse, Duffy, U2, Kanye West, Ja ...

  38. Record Store Day Boosts Indie Stores' Sales

    April 22, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The numbers are in and Record Store Day produced a nearly 1% gain -- to 566,000 for the week versus 561,000 from the corresponding week of the prior year -- in U.S. album sales for the indie store sector, according to Nielsen SoundScan. While that ...

  39. Study: 86% Would Pay For Legal P2P

    April 22, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Different study, similar results. The Swedish Performing Rights Society (STIM) has released a study titled "Pirates, File-Sharers and Music Users" ( download PDF here ) that reaffirms the lures of P2P and, for a change, attempts to put a ...

  40. Business Briefs: Downloading Study, Echo, Dora, Bandcamp

    April 21, 2009 12:00 AM EDT A Norwegian study tracked 2,000 online music users over the age of 15 and found that those who downloaded free music, either legally or illegally, purchased ten times more music than people who did not download free music. Not ten times more likel ...

  41. Business Briefs: NPD, Spotify, MySpace, Lala, Rick Ross

    April 16, 2009 12:00 AM EDT - An NPD Group study has found U.S. consumers' entertainment spending will remain steady in 2009. Seventy-five percent of respondents said they will either hold steady or increase their spending on digital music, while 65% said the same of CD ...

  42. Business Briefs: Live Nation-Ticketmaster, Passalong, WMG

    April 15, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- The proposed Live Nation-Ticketmaster merger was sharply criticized in a report by the American Antitrust Institute, a not-for-profit advocacy group. The report was written by a retiree of the Federal Trade Commission. An excerpt: "If the ...

  43. Amazon, Best Buy Execs Join NARM Board

    April 14, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The National Assn. of Recording Merchandisers has named to new directors to its board, Pete Baltaxe from Amazon and Ed Hogan from Best Buy. Baltaxe, Amazon's director of worldwide digital music, replaces Amazon's Peter Faricy who last fa ...

  44. Vodafone Spain Adds Unlimited Music To Data Plan

    April 09, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Vodafone Spain is offering an all-you-can-eat subscription streaming music service without additional cost to subscribers, powered by RealNetworks, as well as making a-la-carte downloads available for purchase in DRM-free format. All four major la ...

  45. Labels Bet Flexibility Boosts iTunes Sales

    April 07, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Apple Inc and major music labels are betting that the launch of three-tier pricing at the iTunes Music Store will boost music sales with a new mix of song-based packages and give consumers more options. Apple will announce its new three-tier price ...

  46. Amazon U.K. MP3 Sale, iTunes Launches Variable Pricing

    April 07, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The Amazon.co.uk MP3 store is offering 100 top-selling tracks for 29 pence (42 cents), reduced from 59 pence (86 cents), to coincide with the launch of variable pricing on the iTunes store in the U.K. The iTunes pricing in the U.K. now varies betw ...

  47. Amazon Launches German MP3 Store

    April 01, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Amazon.de is the latest Amazon online retail platform to offer digital downloads. The German service launched today (April 1) with a catalog of 5 million DRM-free tracks. Like the U.K. Amazon MP3 store, which launched in December, prices are compe ...

  48. Analysis: Mixing Downloads With Streams

    March 31, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The new partnership between Spotify , the new darling of streaming music sites, and UK digital media delivery company 7digital will allow Spotify users to buy MP3 downloads of over six million tracks, but combining a streaming service with a paid ...

  49. Digital Briefs: Meloedo, Thumbplay, Spotify

    March 30, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- Mobile music service provider Meloedo has followed up on its streaming iPhone app for the Presidents of the United States of America with a similar full discography service for indie group State Radio. For $3, fans can buy the applications and ...

  50. 7digital Partners With Sweden's Spotify

    March 30, 2009 12:00 AM EDT U.K. download store 7digital.com has signed a deal with Sweden-based streaming service Spotify that will allow users across Europe to purchase MP3 downloads directly through the Spotify application. Effective immediately, links to 7digital.com ...

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