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  1. Australia's Songl Streaming Service To Shut Down

    August 26, 2014 5:38 AM EDT Australia’s crowded digital music market has one less player after Songl announced it would stop its subscription service next month. The major-label backed Songl informed its users with the announcement , "Unfortunately, we are not continuin ...

  2. Facebook Introduces Music, TV Audio Recognition Feature

    May 21, 2014 2:56 PM EDT For Shazam and SoundHound, audio recognition and identification is the core of their businesses. But for Facebook, it’s now a feature. Beginning today, the social network is rolling out a new functionality that will enable users to tag status up ...

  3. Rdio, Shaw Communications Form Strategic Alliance In Canada

    April 24, 2014 4:33 PM EDT Digital music service Rdio continues its global expansion with a newly announced strategic partnership with media company Shaw Communications, the companies announced on Thursday. The marketing, content and promotion pact that will aim to grow Rdi ...

  4. Echo Nest Scientist Paul Lamere Explains the Future of Pressing 'Play'

    March 12, 2014 3:56 AM EDT While hordes of musicians were landing or sorting out their hotels on the first day of the SXSW Music, Paul Lamere gave a presentation to a small room in downtown's convention center centered on his experiments with music and data and the ba ...

  5. Digital Notes: Music Apps Gain Revenue, Vevo Grows Views, Frank & Oak Leverages SoundCloud

    February 19, 2014 9:00 AM EST Music Apps Rock On -- While digital track sales may have fallen 5.7% last year, revenue generated by music apps grew 77% in 2013. This bit of good news comes from a report released Wednesday from App Annie and IHS. Among the biggest revenue-gene ...

  6. Beats Music: What Works and What Doesn’t

    January 21, 2014 4:15 PM EST The basic premise of Beats Music, which officially launched today, is that it’s the same as its many competitors‑‑see Spotify, Rhapsody, Slacker, Rdio, Sony Music Unlimited, Xbox Music, Muve, Google Music and, likely later this year, Deezer and ...

  7. Sony Music Unlimited Integrates with Bandsintown (Exclusive)

    January 17, 2014 9:00 AM EST Bandsintown, a concert listing service used by 40 million unique viewers a month, has integrated Sony's Music Unlimited subscription service into its apps.* Bandsintown and The Agency Group Announce Partnership Sony's Music Unlimited ...

  8. Rdio Debuts Free Web Listening in U.S.

    January 16, 2014 8:27 PM EST On-demand music subscription services are lining up on either side of advertising. Three-year-old Rdio, often overlooked in a market filled with well-known brands, is betting advertising is the key to its growth.   Starting Thursday, Rdio listener ...

  9. AT&T To Offer $15-A-Month Beats Music Family Plan

    January 12, 2014 1:10 PM EST AT&T says it will start offering customers a subscription to streaming service Beats Music in a package that gives as many as five family members unlimited streaming and song downloading for $15 a month. Ian Rogers: The Man Behind the Beats Be ...

  10. Deezer Coming to the United States In 2014

    November 14, 2013 7:58 PM EST On-demand subscription service Deezer is finally be headed to the world's biggest music market. The France-based service is expected to launch in the United States in 2014, according to a major label source. While a report at Digital Music ...

  11. Morning Fix: 2013 Digital Track Sales Down; Rdio Launches Free Internet Radio; Twitter Unseals IPO; Lorde's 'Royals' Debuts on Social 50

    October 04, 2013 8:45 AM EDT Get the Morning Fix Delivered To Your Inbox HERE 2013 DIGITAL TRACK SALES DOWN 3.4%, ALBUM SALES DROP 6.1% U.S. digital sales continue to be under pressure. In the third quarter, the digital track sales decline accelerated and now the slowdown o ...

  12. Business Matters: What Google Trends Says About Spotify, Deezer, iTunes and the State of Digital Music

    September 16, 2013 6:30 PM EDT Google Trends shows what we already know: subscription services are increasingly popular while interest in paid downloads has peaked. But Google Trends, a Google service that graphs the frequency of search terms, also shows the popularity of ...

  13. Morning Fix: P!nk Named Billboard's 2013 Woman of the Year; Rdio Partners With Cumulus Media; Maroon 5 Sign to Kobalt

    September 16, 2013 5:45 AM EDT Get the Morning Fix Delivered To Your Inbox HERE P!NK NAMED BILLBOARD'S 2013 WOMAN OF THE YEAR P!nk has been named Billboard's Woman of the Year and will be honored at the 2013 Billboard Women in Music event on Dec. 10 in New York City ...

  14. Rdio Partners With Cumulus Media (Report)

    September 15, 2013 10:49 PM EDT On-demand music service Rdio and broadcast radio network Cumulus Media have entered into a partnership that will provide Rdio reach and resources and give Cumulus an additional online platform for its content.   The deal, first revealed by the ...

  15. Turntable.fm, at Critical Juncture, Shutters Piki and Plugs In Soundcloud

    September 12, 2013 2:08 PM EDT Turntable.fm, the social music service that enraptured hundreds of thousands of fans in 2011 when it came out, has switched off a feature that allowed its users to upload songs in a move to cut costs and "keep the service running." The ...

  16. Business Matters: How Many Subscribers Does a Digital Music Service Need to be Profitable?

    September 03, 2013 8:18 PM EDT How many subscribers does a music service need to be profitable? Rdio CEO Drew Larner recently told NPR the service would "absolutely be profitable" when it achieves "real scale" of 25 million to 30 million subscribers. Lar ...

  17. Rdio Launches Ad-Supported Web Service in Australia

    August 23, 2013 10:58 AM EDT Music subscription service Rdio is expanding its "freemium" business model by launching an ad-supported web service in Australia. The service previously offered a limited amount of free listening without advertisements. "We want t ...

  18. Rdio Partners with Live Nation, Boasts Listener Gains

    July 23, 2013 9:48 AM EDT Music subscription service Rdio is now a Live Nation sponsor and will power audio streaming at LiveNation.com. The partnership kicked off last weekend with the Faster Horses country music festival and will continue with the Watershed Music Fest ...

  19. Rdio Expands to Malaysia, Hong Kong and 5 Other Countries

    June 13, 2013 1:44 PM EDT On-demand music service Rdio has expanded to Asia for the first time in an expansion that covers seven countries. In addition to Malaysia and Hong Kong, Rdio is also available in Colombia, Chile, Poland, Czech Republic and Switzerland.   The ex ...

  20. Rdio CEO Drew Larner Stepping Down

    June 07, 2013 10:03 PM EDT Rdio CEO Drew Larner is leading a search for a new CEO at the streaming service, one who will expand its efforts to sell music and video subscriptions, according to Bloomberg . After his replacement is on board, Larner plans to remain with the c ...

  21. The Eagles Catalog Joins Rdio -- Then Disappears

    May 09, 2013 2:12 AM EDT The Eagles catalog became available for streaming at Rdio on Wednesday after being a longtime holdout from subscription services. No other subscription service in the U.S. had nabbed the Eagles catalog. A check at Deezer's U.K. site turned ...

  22. Spotify, Rdio, Xbox Music Reps Debates the Merits of Subscription Music Streaming at SXSW

    March 14, 2013 8:26 PM EDT With the rapid growth of platforms like Spotify and Deezer -- and white hot rumors of competing offerings emanating from the likes of Apple and Google -- it’s no surprise that the rise of music streaming subscription services is some of the most ...

  23. Business Matters: Rdio Gaining on Pandora on West Coast, Study says

    February 12, 2013 9:32 PM EST A new analysis by Fizziology, a company that uses social media like a focus group, shows Pandora losing momentum on the West Coast, while subscription service Rdio is gaining among West Coast trendsetters.    Any new innovation has to pass thro ...

  24. Business Matters: The Jury is Still Out on The Future of Music

    January 30, 2013 8:49 PM EST The news from the annual MIDEM conference indicated streaming is the future of music. Deezer expanded to new countries. Rdio launched free tiers in new countries. Online video is a growing portion of revenue for record labels and music publisher ...

  25. Business Matters: Where Were CD Revenues Up in 2012? Japan

    January 28, 2013 8:55 PM EST Subscription services are helping music industry rebounds in countries around the world -- except in Japan. But the market still has good news to share. Recording Industry Association of Japan (RIAJ) figures show the country’s CD shipments rose ...

  26. Spotify and Rdio Expected to Launch in Japan in Coming Months (Report)

    January 11, 2013 2:08 PM EST Spotify and Rdio are expected to launch in Japan in the next few months, according to a report at Japanese music trade McClure Music.   "Rdio and Spotify will have a positive impact on the Japanese market because they're a great form of ...

  27. SoundTracking Integrates YouTube in Android Update

    December 20, 2012 5:07 PM EST SoundTracking, the application downloaded by 3 million people who use it to share virtual music postcards with their friends, has integrated YouTube for its latest Android version released Thursday. Developed by Schematic Labs in San Francisco, So ...

  28. Bits & Briefs: Rdio Now on Nook

    November 19, 2012 12:39 PM EST Rdio now on Nook Music subscription service Rdio is now available on Barnes & Noble' Nook tablet, including the HD and HD+. It's not unusual for a subscription service to have an app for the Nook; Rhapsody, MOG and Grooveshark all ...

  29. Business Matters: Microsoft and Rdio? That Would Make Sense

    October 04, 2012 8:15 PM EDT Microsoft is in acquisitions talks with music subscription service Rdio, according to various reports. First reported by the Next Web , the rumors bring together two companies connected by a recent acquisition. Rdio co-founders Friis Niklas and Ze ...

  30. Rdio Embarks on Experiment to Gain Subscribers Through Artists

    October 02, 2012 9:24 AM EDT Music subscription service Rdio has launched a program Tuesday that pays artists directly for the new subscribers they bring to the service. The program is a creative attempt to solve two of subscription service's biggest problems: lack of su ...

  31. Business Matters: If Smartphone Is Stepping Stone to Subscription Growth, U.S. Doing Well

    September 10, 2012 5:53 PM EDT If the smartphone is the gateway to digital music growth, the United States has got a ton of potential. Data from mobile analytics company Flurry show 165 million iOS and Android devices in the U.S. in July. The country's 78% smartphone penet ...

  32. Spotify Preparing Browser-Based Version: Report

    September 09, 2012 10:12 AM EDT Spotify may be following its competitors to the Web. The company is planning on launching a browser-based version of its subscription streaming service, according to a report at TechCrunch . A Spotify spokesperson declined to comment when reached ...

  33. Spotify to Launch in Canada: Report

    August 22, 2012 12:33 PM EDT Spotify is planning to launch in Canada, according to a Wall Street Journal report citing accounts filed by the company's Luxembourg-based holding company, Spotify Technologies SA. The company added it may also expand into "countries in ...

  34. Rdio Licenses 3 Million Tracks from CD Baby, TuneCore

    August 16, 2012 9:00 AM EDT Rdio announced Thursday it has added the catalogs of distributors CD Baby and TuneCore. Rdio CEO Drew Larner tells Billboard.biz the deal increases Rdio's catalog by 3 million tracks to over 18 million. Rdio, currently working on a program to ...

  35. Business Matters: Ignore the Telegraph, Here's the Real State of Streaming Revenue

    August 02, 2012 4:46 PM EDT Most Musicians Don't Get More From Streaming Than Other Revenue Don't be suckered into believing a Telegraph headline, possibly rehashed without thought by a blog, that musicians are getting more from online streaming than other revenue ...

  36. 40 Under 40: Jim Lucchese

    August 02, 2012 2:50 PM EDT Jim Lucchese CEO, The Echo Nest Website: The.Echonest.com Twitter: @echonest Central Intelligence Jim Lucchese, 39, is leading the growth of "big data" in the music business. But the CEO of the Echo Nest, a music intelligence company bas ...

  37. Business Matters: Vevo Says UK Departures Will Not Impact US Operations

    July 17, 2012 5:51 PM EDT VEVO's Upside of UK Management Changes -- The recent departures of two top executives at Vevo U.K. will not impact U.S. operations, a company spokesperson tells Billboard.biz. A press release issued by Vevo last Friday announced that Nic Jone ...

  38. Sweden's Unique Music Story Continues: Subscriptions Up Big, CDs Flat in First Half of 2012

    July 13, 2012 2:31 PM EDT Music revenues are quite healthy in the land where streaming rules. Figures released this week by the Swedish Recording Industry Association say recorded music revenues grew 30% in the first half of 2012, according to a report at the Swedeish Engl ...

  39. A2IM's Indie Week Day Two: Label Execs Warn About Getting Digital Transactions In Order

    June 20, 2012 9:20 PM EDT The "Get Your Digital House In Order" panel on the second day of A2IM's indie week looked at a Kill Rock Stars/Redeye promotion with subscription service Rdio. From left to right: Kills Rock Stars' Portia Sabin explains how the ...

  40. Rihanna, Radiohead, Thirty Seconds to Mars Grab Write-In Nominations at O Music Awards

    May 31, 2012 1:56 PM EDT The O Music Awards have yet to be officially doled out, but Thirty Seconds to Mars, Rihanna, Neon Hitch and Radiohead already have plenty of fan support on their side. The artists are among the freshly minted write-in nominees for this summer' ...

  41. Exclusive: Rdio Working on Plan to Directly Compensate Artists

    May 24, 2012 9:32 AM EDT Music subscription service Rdio is formulating a plan to directly compensate recording artists for bringing it new subscribers, according to a source within the company and two managers who have discussed the program with Rdio. The plan comes at a ...

  42. Spotify to Launch in Australia and New Zealand Tuesday

    May 21, 2012 5:00 PM EDT Spotify will launch in Australia and New Zealand Tuesday, giving the leading on-demand music service its first presence outside Europe and the United States and its 14th and 15th overall markets. The service's catalog will have 16 million tra ...

  43. Deezer Signs Worldwide Licensing Deal With Merlin

    May 11, 2012 8:30 AM EDT Merlin CEO Charles Caldas spoke both on his organization's new agreement with Deezer and his disagreenment with the Universal merger. Streaming subscription service Deezer has signed a global licensing deal with independent rights agency Merl ...

  44. Rdio Hosts Hack Day For In-House Team, Produces RSS, Shazam Apps

    May 08, 2012 12:47 PM EDT At its San Francisco headquarters, Rdio recently held its first-ever hack day -- a marathon event where coders build stuff that works, fast. Most hack days , including the one our editor just attended in Sydney , are open to the public and consist ...

  45. Branded Artist Apps Could Make Money and Please Fans

    April 17, 2012 9:59 AM EDT Wahwah.fm already lets you turn the MP3s on your iPhone into a radio station. This would evolve that concept into a real moneymaker for artists, and excellent apps for fans. Say you're a big fan of Sleigh Bells (the band, not the wintertime e ...

  46. Business Matters: Subscription Services Gone Global

    March 29, 2012 9:01 PM EDT Subscription Services Gone Global -- The days of the single-market subscription service are over and the land grab is upon us. From Spotify to Deezer, companies are looking for growth well beyond their countries of origin. Operating in more countr ...

  47. Backbeat: Rdio Hosts Canadian Digital Music Tech Summit

    March 26, 2012 6:37 PM EDT (L-R): Jonas Woost, Executive Producer,CBC Radio 3, and Director of Programming, transmitNOW, Scott Bagby, VP, Strategic & International Partnerships, Rdio, and Rachel Noonan, Marketing & PR, Rdio pose at the Rdio function. (Photo: Sue Hol ...

  48. All 12 New Spotify Apps Come From Record Labels

    March 22, 2012 1:39 PM EDT Companies that stand to benefit the most from music discovery are creating the technologies to connect Spotify listeners with their music. Record labels created or backed all 12 of the apps unveiled for Spotify's desktop client Thursday. Spot ...

  49. Rdio Launches in Canada, Signs European Deal With PRS

    March 22, 2012 9:26 AM EDT Rdio has released a string of announcements in recent days, with a major cosmetic overhaul debuted at SXSW and the streaming service reaching the 15 million songs threshold. Rdio Announces Major Changes At SXSW Event Now Rdio has signed on to be t ...

  50. Business Matters: SXSW Interactive Was Big on Parties and Celebrities, But Light on Breakthrough Products

    March 15, 2012 8:30 PM EDT SXSW Interactive Was Big on Parties and Celebrities, Light on Breakthrough Products -- During SXSW Interactive, commonly written as SXSWi, I asked 20 or more people -- music industry professionals, digital professionals, random people -- which tec ...

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