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  1. Zahavah Levine

    November 28, 2012 5:21 PM EST Director of content partnerships, Google Play/Android (Photo: Annie Tritt) Work And Play Zahavah Levine, director of content partnerships at Google Play/Android, has long been at the forefront of new digital business models. Early on, she helped R ...

  2. Rhapsody Adopts Music App Strategy, Partners With Echo Nest

    November 15, 2012 12:41 PM EST The Echo Nest today announced on its blog a partnership with Rhapsody in which the two companies will create APIs to make it easier than ever for developers to build music apps. The news follows a story (below) published in this week's Billbo ...

  3. RealNetworks to Lay Off 160 in 'Streamlining' Effort

    August 28, 2012 8:54 PM EDT RealNetworks revealed today that it plans to cut 160 jobs -- 14 percent of its workforce -- in an effort to reduce operating expenses, according to AllThingsD and other media reports. Half of the layoffs immediate, with another 80 within the next ...

  4. Business Matters: How Rhapsody Got to 1 Million Subscribers

    December 22, 2011 4:32 PM EST Rhapsody Continues Rapid Subscription Expansion -- Music subscription service Rhapsody announced Thursday it surpassed 1 million subscribers, just one week after its tenth anniversary. This latest milestone shows the company has increased subscrib ...

  5. Business Matters: Walmart Shutters MP3 Store

    August 09, 2011 9:15 PM EDT Walmart Shutters MP3 Store -- Need more evidence that the digital music world is moving to an access-over-ownership future? Walmart is shuttering its seven-year-old MP3 store, according to a report in the New York Times . The store's last day ...

  6. Hey Spotify, Rhapsody Tops 800,000 Subscribers

    July 11, 2011 4:35 PM EDT Rhapsody announced Monday that it surpassed the 800,000 subscriber mark for its music subscription service. The company has added 150,000 subscribers since being spun off from RealNetworks in early 2010, according to a statement by Rhapsody presid ...

  7. 'Rinse' Your Music Library Before Storing in the Cloud

    April 25, 2011 1:03 PM EDT The problem with many digital music libraries is that they're a disorganized mess, compiled from multiple sources over the years. Ripped from CDs. Downloaded from dodgy P2P services, bought from iTunes, Amazon, etc. And as we're approach ...

  8. iTunes Monopoly? Apple's Jobs Ordered by Judge to Answer Anti-Competition Charges

    March 23, 2011 7:31 AM EDT Apple Inc. Chief Executive Steve Jobs, who is out on medical leave, has been ordered by a federal magistrate to answer questions from plaintiffs' lawyers in an antitrust lawsuit related to his company's iTunes business. U.S. Magistrate J ...

  9. Business Matters: Qtrax Inks Short Term Deal with EMI, But Could it Succeed in 2011?

    March 04, 2011 7:58 PM EST Qtrax Inks Short Term Deal with EMI, But Could it Succeed in 2011? -- After many false starts, is Qtrax on its way to a launch? And is it too late? The "free and legal" download service has completed a licensing deal with EMI and may hav ...

  10. Rhapsody Extends Free Trials To 60 Days For March

    March 01, 2011 10:24 AM EST This month Rhapsody is bumping up the length of a free trial to its music streaming service from 14 days to 60 days, the company announced today . The "60 Day Free-For-All" campaign embeds the Rhapsody experience throughout MTV Networks& ...

  11. Business Matters: Spotify, Spotlight, WMG and more

    October 29, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Opinion and analysis of the day's music news. Ad Firm Must Pay Studios In Infringement Settlement -- A federal judge has approved the settlement reached between online advertising firm Triton Media of Scotsdale, Arizona (not to be confused wi ...

  12. Update: Is Tim Quirk Google's New Head of Music? Answer: No

    October 19, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Former Rhapsody VP of music programming Tim Quirk is heading to Google, according to a vague message he posted to Facebook and Twitter yesterday (Oct. 18). "First day at Google," it reads. Exactly what Quirk is doing at Google is not cle ...

  13. Legal Matters Column: Ruling A Download Doesn't Constitute A Performance, Court Deals Blow To ASCAP

    September 30, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Setting the licensing rates for music copyrights is usually the domain of high-priced lawyers, managers and business executives. But in the early '40s, a federal court in New York decided that, left to its own devices, ASCAP would behave as a ...

  14. The Quarter Financial Wrap: WMG, UMG, Live Nation, Hastings, Trans World and much more

    June 10, 2010 12:00 AM EDT You hear a lot of grim music business news but recent performances of publicly traded music and music-related companies had enough positive aspects to overlook – at least for a few moments – the industry’s broad decline. Overall, falling physical ...

  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. 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 ...

  17. 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 ...

  18. 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 ...

  19. Former Sony Chief's Startup Launches Social Content Player

    March 24, 2010 12:00 AM EDT IMHO, the early-stage company led by Don Ienner, unveiled a new social media-based content player on Wednesday. Ienner is the former chairman and CEO of Sony Music Label Group and Columbia Records. He is also a board member of OurStage. The player ...

  20. AT&T Revamps Mobile Music Services

    March 24, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Wireless operator AT&T is revamping its entire mobile music offerings by merging several new and existing services into a single application called AT&T Music. The move combines applications like Music ID, streaming radio services, lyrics ...

  21. Business Matters: RealNetworks, Thumbplay, Rock Band And More

    March 04, 2010 12:00 AM EST -- RealNetworks has dropped its appeal and reached a settlement with movie studios over the copyright protection issues in its RealDVD technology. Real will pay $4.5 million for the studios’ fees and litigation expenses and also agrees to cease di ...

  22. 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 ...

  23. 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 ...

  24. 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 ...

  25. 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 ...

  26. 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 ...

  27. Business Matters: Five-year Sales Outlook, Octone Records, Muzak

    January 13, 2010 12:00 AM EST Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. -- eMarketer reports tend to get a lot of coverage online and actually carry a bit of weight. So one has to wonder if people will take to heart it ...

  28. 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 ...

  29. Q3 Earnings: Industry Financial Snapshot

    December 07, 2009 12:00 AM EST Dour financial results have never looked so good. With a few exceptions, Q3's earnings results offered a snapshot of repeated losses and turnaround plans bearing little fruit. But in today’s environment, survival is a marker of success. Music ...

  30. 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 ...

  31. RealNetworks Powering SFR's Mobile Music Service

    November 18, 2009 12:00 AM EST SFR, France's second biggest wireless carrier with more than 20 million subscribers, has selected Seattle-headquartered RealNetworks to power its mobile music platform in a three-year agreement. The music service was previously powered by Fra ...

  32. 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% ...

  33. 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 ...

  34. Briefs: MSG, OurStage, Don Ienner, CMX, Spotify

    August 12, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- Madison Square Garden Entertainment is looking for a venue in Washington D.C. "According to sources close to the company, MSG would open a venue of a 6,000 seats or more, requiring up to 100,000 square feet near shopping and public transit ...

  35. Digital Briefs: Rhapsody, ArtistData, AFI

    July 31, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- RealNetworks' Rhapsody music subscription service lost 50,000 subscribers in the second quarter, to 750,000. That's after a 75,000 dip the previous quarter, but still up from the 600,000 total subscribers it had a year ago. Music reve ...

  36. 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, ...

  37. RealNetworks Music Revenues Climb 16%

    May 08, 2009 12:00 AM EDT RealNetworks reported first-quarter earnings that showed an increase in music revenues to $44.1 million, 16% more than the same period last year. That's more revenue than any other business unit in the company. Helping drive this growth is an ...

  38. 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 ...

  39. Business Briefs: RealNetworks, MediaDefender, Ticketmaster, Live Nation And More

    April 03, 2009 12:00 AM EDT - Vodafone and RealNetworks have launched an unlimited music service in Spain that is bundled with an unlimited data plan. The service costs 16 euros ($21.50) per month and offers both streams and over-the-air downloads (which are locked to the de ...

  40. Rhapsody Revenue Up 14%

    February 13, 2009 12:00 AM EST RealNetworks released fourth quarter 2008 earnings that show music revenues for the company increased 8% from the same period last year, to $43.9 million. The company does not break down specific revenues for the Rhapsody subscription service, but ...

  41. Rhapsody America Sees Valuation Decline

    February 03, 2009 12:00 AM EST In advance of its quarterly earnings call, RealNetworks pre-released financial details that, among other things, suggest the Rhapsody America subscription service is not worth as much as it once was. RealNetworks sold 49% of the Rhapsody service t ...

  42. Rhapsody Partners For TV Distribution

    January 08, 2009 12:00 AM EST Rhapsody, the music subscription joint venture between MTV and RealNetworks, has teamed up with several partners to bring the music service into the living room via new TVs and other products. The first is VIZIO's new "Connected HDTV&quo ...

  43. Rhapsody Ads Tap Up and Coming Artists

    December 05, 2008 12:00 AM EST Rhapsody, the online music service whose ads in the past have raised the profiles of The Cool Kids and Sara Bareilles, today launched a campaign with four up and coming artists. The spots, by New York ad agency Droga5, use the music of Erin McCarl ...

  44. RealNetworks To Cut 130 Jobs

    December 05, 2008 12:00 AM EST RealNetworks is planning to lay off over 7% of its workforce, or about 130 jobs, according to a post in the company's blog . The cuts are called a cost-cutting measure taken in response to the current economic climate. The company did not def ...

  45. CELAS Secures Digital Partners

    November 05, 2008 12:00 AM EST CELAS has reported steady progress in the licensing of digital and mobile music rights across Europe. It offers a "one-stop shop" for pan-European licensing. The organization, which operates from offices in London and Germany, was set up ...

  46. RealNetworks Signs Pan-Euro Licensing Deal With CELAS

    October 30, 2008 12:00 AM EDT RealNetworks has signed a pan-European licensing deal for its Real Music services with CELAS, the company set up to represent EMI Music Publishing's repertoire for online and mobile in Europe. The partnership covers the digital entertainment ...

  47. RealNetworks' Q3 Music Revenues Up

    October 29, 2008 12:00 AM EDT RealNetworks released its third-quarter earnings report today, boasting a 10% year-over-year growth in music revenues to $41.6 million for the period. The company does not break down subscriber figures for Rhapsody versus its other music services, ...

  48. Rhapsody Goes DRM-Free

    June 30, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Add Rhapsody to the ever-growing list of digital music retailers who have stripped DRM from their catalogs. The joint venture between RealNetworks and MTV Networks today (June 30) converted its entire database of five million songs to the unprotec ...

  49. Commentary: Court's Decision Is A Landmark For The Digital Age

    May 12, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York recently handed down a landmark decision upholding the rights of music creators in the Digital Age. By setting compensation rates for the public performance of music on three Internet s ...

  50. Bloom Exits Rhapsody

    May 09, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Michael Bloom has left his position as GM of the Rhapsody America joint venture, Billboard.biz has learned. Bloom was originally head of MTV's Urge music service, and became GM of the Rhapsody unit when the two merged late last year. He will ...

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