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  1. Indiegogo Nets Investors Richard Branson, PayPal's Max Levchin Following $40M Funding Round

    May 21, 2014 12:24 PM EDT Crowdfunding site Indiegogo has netted a round of investors including business magnate Richard Branson, PayPal co-founder and former CTO Max Levchin, and Google X's Megan Smith, reports Business Insider . The investment's amount has not ...

  2. Facebook Testing New Mobile Payments Service

    August 16, 2013 1:00 PM EDT Facebook plans to test a mobile payments service that lets users make purchases inside mobile applications using payment information they have added to their account on the social network. Facebook Inc. said Thursday that it is working on a &quo ...

  3. Chirpify Adds Credit Card Payments

    June 11, 2013 10:43 AM EDT In a move that will save sellers money and encourage use of its platform, social commerce startup Chirpify now allows sellers to accept credit cards and send and accept automated clearing house (ACH) payments. The company had until Tuesday used ...

  4. Australian Crowd-Funding Service ZoshPit Focuses on Music

    June 11, 2013 4:55 AM EDT Australia has a new crowd-funding platform that targets its energies on music campaigns. ZoshPit has launched in a marketplace which has already delivered some success for the likes of creative industries platform Pozible , while PledgeMusic has ...

  5. Five Digital Startups to Watch in 2013

    December 14, 2012 7:05 AM EST has been a banner year for digital innovation in music, from Kickstarter's increasing visibility in the mainstream to Spotify's steadily growing influence over how its users consume music. But there are plenty of companies worth wat ...

  6. How Beatport Got 10 Million Monthly Uniques; Chirpify Sold 10K Amanda Palmer Tees With One Tweet @FutureSound

    November 17, 2012 10:59 AM EST Beatport CEO Matthew Adell discussing Context, Convenience and Serving a Community at the Billboard FutureSound Conference (Photo: Arnold Turner) Perfectly positioned for dance music's rise in the U.S., electronic music platform Beatport is b ...

  7. AEG, StubHub Partnership Brings Benefits Far Beyond Secondary Ticketing

    November 12, 2012 6:51 PM EST A deal that pairs the world's second-biggest concert promoter and the world's second-biggest e-commerce company could unlock value for artists, managers and the promoter -- and further legitimize secondary ticketing. AEG has partnered wi ...

  8. Hurricane Sandy Relief: iTunes, ebay, Other Ways to Donate

    November 01, 2012 3:55 PM EDT There are multiple ways you can donate to Hurricane Sandy relief efforts: As it did in the wake of the Haiti earthquake and the tsunami in Japan, iTunes has launched an easy-to-use donation page (just look for the Red Cross logo on the iTunes stor ...

  9. Bandcamp Kills It With New Web-Optimized Mobile Pages

    August 20, 2012 4:35 PM EDT Bandcamp has absolutely killed it with its new mobile-optimized web pages. Life just got a lot more difficult for MTV, which last week put Artist.MTV pages into public beta and will give it a mobile push later this year. MySpace might as well give ...

  10. Business Matters: Global iTunes Revenue Falls in Successive Quarters

    July 25, 2012 6:35 PM EDT iTunes Expanded, But Revenue Dropped in Fiscal Q3 iTunes started showing its age as its revenue dropped $100 million to $1.8 billion in Apple's fiscal third quarter from $1.9 billion in the fiscal second quarter. The decline occurred even tho ...

  11. Business Matters: YouTube Has Found Its Groove, Says Google

    July 20, 2012 5:34 PM EDT YouTube Has Found Its Groove, Says Google -- Google believes YouTube has reached a tipping point. "I think we can declare we found our model," said Nikesh Arora, Google's senior vice president and chief business officer, during Thur ...

  12. Business Matters: Pandora Growth Stalls As Dog Days of Summer Begin

    July 10, 2012 6:19 PM EDT Pandora Listening Drops As Summer Advances The growth of Internet radio leader Pandora is practically taken for granted as digital music gobbles up time previously spent listening to other formats. So it's a big deal when Pandora's liste ...

  13. Business Matters: Twitter Now a Place to Debut New Music

    June 25, 2012 5:20 PM EDT Blur to Debut New Songs Via Twitter Feed Twitter is the new MySpace -- in a good way. Blur will debut two new songs live on Twitter when they perform two new songs via a worldwide live video stream on Monday 2nd July. The event will take place at ...

  14. Facebook Now Valued at Up to $95B in IPO Price Range

    May 04, 2012 6:15 AM EDT NEW YORK (AP) -- Facebook, the company that turned the social Web into a cultural and business phenomenon, is worth as much as $95 billion, according to the price range for its upcoming initial public offering of stock. Facebook's IPO, expect ...

  15. Chirpify Lands $1.3 Million For the Simplest Social Commerce Platform You've Ever Seen

    April 24, 2012 7:30 AM EDT Social commerce may not get any easier than Chirpify . The two-month-old startup allows people to buy and sell digital goods using nothing but tweets by linking Twitter and PayPal accounts. Now a new round of funding will help the company take its ...

  16. Business Matters: Is Music Still Core to Sony Corp's Mission?

    April 12, 2012 5:25 PM EDT Music May Be Losing Significance to Sony Sony Corp. wants to revitalize its electronics business, but how will it use music to get there? The company announced a transformation plan Thursday that includes shedding 10,000 jobs , or 6% of its global ...

  17. 'Homeless Hotspots' Garner Heated Criticism at SXSWi

    March 12, 2012 2:45 PM EDT An ad agency's use of some of Austin's homeless as wifi hotspots during the SXSW festival has become a hot topic itself in the first days of the event. As part of what it calls "a charitable innovation experiment," BBH Labs has ...

  18. Songkick Gets Investment from Sequoia Capital

    March 08, 2012 12:54 PM EST In the latest deal involving a data-driven music company, music database startup Songkick has landed an investment from venture capital firm Sequoia Capital. Songkick, based in East London with an office in the San Francisco Bay area, has created ...

  19. How Sabu, a 'Legendary' Anonymous Hacker Member, Turned Into an FBI Informant

    March 07, 2012 6:00 AM EST NEW YORK (AP) - The shadowy underworld of Internet hackers was rocked Tuesday by news that one of the world's most-wanted and most-feared computer vandals has been an FBI informant for months and helped authorities build a case against five p ...

  20. Yahoo Co-Founder Jerry Yang Leaving The Company

    January 17, 2012 5:52 PM EST Yahoo co-founder Jerry Yang is leaving the struggling company as it tries to revive its revenue growth and win over disgruntled shareholders under a new leader. The surprise departure, announced Tuesday, comes just two weeks after Yahoo Inc. hired ...

  21. Yahoo Names PayPal Exec Scott Thompson New CEO

    January 04, 2012 8:37 AM EST UPDATED: Yahoo Inc. has named Scott Thompson , the president of eBay Inc. 's PayPal division, as its new CEO, the company announced Wednesday morning. The struggling Internet company has been without a permanent CEO since early September, whe ...

  22. Business Matters: Spotify Rising, Now at 10.2 Million Monthly Average Users

    December 14, 2011 6:48 PM EST Spotify Rising, Now at 10.2 Million Monthly Average Users -- Spotify has added about 2.5 million global monthly average users (MAU) in the last month, according to figures available at AppData.com . On Tuesday Spotify's MAU stood at 10.2 mill ...

  23. Business Matters: Disappointing Best Buy Quarter Part of Technology Retail Slide

    December 13, 2011 6:44 PM EST Tech Retail In The Dumps -- Best Buy shares fell 15.5 percent Tuesday on heaving trading (five times the daily average) after the company released disappointing sales figures for its fiscal third quarter ending Nov.26, 2011. Revenue dropped 2 perc ...

  24. Used Download Store ReDigi Gets Cease-and-Desist Letter From RIAA

    November 15, 2011 12:44 PM EST Given the business model, it was only a matter of time before "used" download store ReDigi was contacted by rights owners. On November 10, the RIAA sent a cease-and-desist letter to the company on behalf of the four of its members: Unive ...

  25. Business Matters: MySpace's U.S. Visitors Dropped 8% Last Month

    October 21, 2011 6:15 PM EDT MySpace's U.S. Visitors Dropped 8% Last Month -- MySpace's U.S. traffic is dropping while the company retools under new ownership. The social network had 30.5 million unique U.S. visitors in September, down 7.6 percent from 33 million in ...

  26. Business Matters: Will Facebook Announce Spotify Partnership At Developer Conference?

    August 26, 2011 7:40 PM EDT Will A Spotify Partnership Be Announced At Facebook's Developer Conference? -- If Facebook is going to announce any sort of music product or partnership, it could come at the company's just-announced f8 developer conference on Sept. 22. ...

  27. Google Unveils Smartphone Wallet, PayPal Files Lawsuit

    May 27, 2011 7:19 AM EDT NEW YORK - Google Inc. hopes to nudge consumers and merchants into a world where the smartphone has replaced the wallet as the container for credit cards, coupons and receipts. While it tackles that challenge, Google also will have to spar with th ...

  28. Carey Kolaja of PayPal on the Looming Battle Beyond Digital Music Distribution

    April 25, 2011 4:18 PM EDT Carey Kolaja is the Senior Director of Digital Goods Operations at PayPal. The Looming Battle Beyond Digital Music Distribution By Carey Kolaja With the music festival season now in full swing I wanted to share a few thoughts on what is turning ou ...

  29. Business Matters: Hulu Mulls Music Biz Approach to Free Videos

    January 28, 2011 1:48 PM EST Hulu Mulls Music Biz Approach to Free Videos -- The free vs. paid debate so common in the music industry is being played out with online video. Wary of giving away too much content, the companies in the Hulu joint venture are considering a transfo ...

  30. Business Matters: Pandora Way Ahead of CBS Radio & Clear Channel's Internet Radio

    January 20, 2011 12:00 AM EST Pandora Way Ahead Of Terrestrial Radio's Streaming Efforts -- Pandora has a nearly 4-to-1 lead over CBS Radio in terms of unique streams, according to metrics quoted by AdAge. The personalized Internet radio service has over half a million pe ...

  31. Business Matters: Spotify Says No Truth To Apple Rumor

    October 27, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Opinion and analysis of the day's music news. Spotify: No Truth To Apple Rumor -- Spotify tells Billboard there is no truth in the rumor posted at TechCrunch that Apple is in very early, “on-again, off-again discussions” with the company. “We ...

  32. @Digital Hollywood Day 2: Tablets, Communities, Seeking More Than Ads

    October 20, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Tablets Are Here to Stay Tablets such as the iPad many not revolutionize computing and entertainment, but they're here to stay, a panel of mobile technology experts said at the Digital Hollywood conference on Tuesday (Oct. 19). Chris Hoerenz, ...

  33. 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 ...

  34. 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 ...

  35. Business Matters: Spotify, Napster, PayPal and more

    August 13, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Napster Co-Founder Invests In Spotify -- Sean Parker, former CEO of Facebook and co-founder of Napster, has invested $ €11.6 million ($US 14.9 million) in Spotify at a valuation of €230 million ($300 million), according to Trade Register of Luxemb ...

  36. Business Matters: Lucian Grainge, Live Nation, Les Savy Fav and more

    July 28, 2010 12:00 AM EDT GRAINGE SHIFTS TO LA -- Lucian Grainge, the new co-CEO of Universal Music Group, will be based in Los Angeles rather than New York. The chief executives of the other major music groups tend to be based in New York – although Warner Music Group’s E ...

  37. Business Matters: Terra Firma, MySpace, Skyline and more

    July 02, 2010 12:00 AM EDT REPORT: TERRA FIRMA OKs FUTURE FUNDS -- A report says Terra Firma has approved a resolution on June 10 that would allow it to inject another £500 million ($759 million) into EMI Music. That resolution gives EMI parent company Maltby Capital the ri ...

  38. Analysis: Yes, 30,000 People Could Be Using Spotify in the U.S.

    June 04, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Does Spotify actually have 30,000 U.S. users, as was reported by TechCrunch on Thursday? Spotify told TechCrunch it doesn't have 30,000 users in the United States and said its report was "completely factually incorrect." But that nu ...

  39. Gaming Company Scores With Pay-What-You-Want

    May 11, 2010 12:00 AM EDT An independent video game company has found success with marketing tactics often found in the music industry. Wolfire Games is offering a pay-what-you-want download bundle from its web site. The Humble Indie Bundle consists of five classic indie g ...

  40. Forrester Analyst Talks Access Models, Predicts Content Providers Will Get Squeezed

    March 02, 2010 12:00 AM EST During his presentation at paidContent2010 , Forrester analyst James McQuivey predicted access models would flourish but content providers will get squeezed during the process. Since the music industry is getting desperate to find a workable acces ...

  41. Business Matters: Google Vs. iTunes, WaTunes, Reverb Nation and More

    February 23, 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 . -- Google 's past, present and future music strategy ...

  42. Viagogo Refunds Jackson Fans

    July 02, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Viagogo, the official secondary ticket partner for the Michael Jackson O2 arena shows in London, has begun the process of refunding fans who paid for tickets via the online platform. It is understood that tens of thousands of tickets were sold on ...

  43. Latin Conf. Day 2: The Evolving Digital World

    April 21, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Independent Latin artists have lost their right to complain about labels not signing them, according to "The Evolving Digital World" panel at the Billboard Latin Music Conference in Miami. Before the digital age, "the biggest hurdle ...

  44. 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 ...

  45. PayPal Taps Celebs For Online Campaign

    December 04, 2008 12:00 AM EST Would you take a fruit cake from Fall Out Boy? The rockers are part of an online advertising campaign for PayPal from digital agency EVB San Francisco that is meant to raise money for charities. Fall Out Boy, along with musicians such as Joel Madd ...

  46. Regional Mexican Summit: Tackling The Digital Market

    October 07, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Selling regional Mexican music digitally has been a catch-22 of sorts: customers are less likely to download music online, and carriers and online retailers are often unwilling to take a risk on a market whose digital sales have lagged. But paneli ...

  47. EMI Australia Launches MP3 Store

    September 29, 2008 12:00 AM EDT EMI Music Australia has launched its mp3 store www.musicheadmp3.com.au. The major says it is the first in Australia to offer the format direct to consumers. Half a million tracks are available ranging from its international artists, including Robb ...

  48. Ex-Rogue Wave Member Evan Farrell Dies

    December 27, 2007 12:00 AM EST Former Rogue Wave multi-instrumentalist Evan Farrell died over the weekend in Oakland, Calif., from injuries suffered in an apartment fire caused by a space heater. Details are still coming together, but Farrell succumbed from massive smoke inhala ...

  49. TuneCore Preps Free Compilation

    November 12, 2007 12:00 AM EST Digital distribution service TuneCore announced that it plans to give away seven million copies of a compilation entitled "34 Stars" via its Web site and iTunes. The compilation will be available Tuesday, Nov. 12 and features a number of ...

  50. Cops Stop Illegal OiNK Music Service

    October 23, 2007 12:00 AM EDT An international law enforcement collaboration today brought down OiNK, described by the IFPI as the world's biggest source of pirated pre-release chart albums. A 24-year-old-man in the Middlesbrough area of north England was arrested during ...

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