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  1. @SXSW: THE DAILY DIGEST: Mobile Emerges As A Major Music Platform

    March 17, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The discussion around mobile music no longer mentions ringtones, as both mainstream and indie acts see the advantages of mobile platforms for promotion and distribution. Devices have always been at the center of the digital music experience, most ...

  2. Analysis: How Hard Is It To Find Legal Music?

    March 08, 2010 12:00 AM EST Consumer Focus, a UK statutory organization that acts as a consumer advocate, wants the record industry to do a better job promoting legal alternatives. Research by the group found that four in ten Great Britons are unable to name a single online ...

  3. Business Matters: Spotify, MOG, Shazam, BTjunkie and More

    February 17, 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 . -- Spotify CEO Daniel Ek said the average Spotify user ha ...

  4. 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 ...

  5. 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 ...

  6. 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 ...

  7. 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 ...

  8. Q&A: Napster ex-CEO Chris Gorog

    January 19, 2010 12:00 AM EST On January 6, the man who led the Napster digital music service for the last 10 years, Chris Gorog, announced he was leaving the company , along with president Brad Duea. There were conflicting reports at the time about whether his departure was v ...

  9. 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 ...

  10. 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 ...

  11. 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 ...

  12. 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 ...

  13. 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% ...

  14. 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 ...

  15. 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 ...

  16. 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 ...

  17. 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 ...

  18. 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, ...

  19. 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 ...

  20. Ruckus Shuts Down, Total Music in Question

    February 09, 2009 12:00 AM EST Without explanation or fanfare, the Ruckus digital music service targeted at university networks has gone out of business. A posting on the company's Web site simply says "unfortunately the Ruckus service will no longer be provided." ...

  21. The Fray Partner With Rhapsody

    February 03, 2009 12:00 AM EST The Fray star in the latest campaign from online music service Rhapsody that launches this week. Timed to coincide with the release of the group's new album, "The Fray," (Epic) the campaign includes two TV spots, free album streamin ...

  22. 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 ...

  23. 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 ...

  24. Sony BMG, WMG Pull Content From iLike

    December 08, 2008 12:00 AM EST Sony BMG and Warner Music Group have blocked full-song streaming of their music from the iLike service. The move comes months after iLike struck a deal with Rhapsody, earlier this year, to let users stream a limited number of full songs from the s ...

  25. 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 ...

  26. 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 ...

  27. 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, ...

  28. Facebook Music Redux

    October 17, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Facebook doesn't seem ready to give up its music-service aspirations just yet. After first approaching the major labels with the idea back in March of this year, the company is now reportedly reaching out to existing streaming services as par ...

  29. Kid Rock Ends Digital Holdout

    October 03, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Kid Rock has ended his long holdout from making music available to digital music services by granting Rhapsody a four-month exclusive on his catalog. Available today, Kid Rock's music on Rhapsody is available for DRM-free purchase in full alb ...

  30. iLike Unveils Music Syndication Platform

    September 17, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Social music discovery service iLike, with partner Rhapsody, introduced a new music syndication platform that lets Web developers add full-song streaming and other functions to their services. Essentially a widget, the platform enables users to ad ...

  31. Rhapsody Launches New Campaign at VMAs

    September 08, 2008 12:00 AM EDT U.S. online music store Rhapsody launched its latest advertising campaign at this weekend's MTV Video Music Awards. The campaign, consisting of four 30-second spots, uses the theme "music without limits." Rhapsody was also promoted ...

  32. Disc Makers Acquires CD Baby

    August 05, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Independent CD and DVD manufacturer Disc Makers announced they have acquired independent music seller CD Baby, following a 7-year close strategic partnership between the two companies. Based in Portland, Oregon, CD Baby allows independent musician ...

  33. Rhapsody Links With Death Cab For Ads

    July 17, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Online music service Rhapsody will use the chart topping group Death Cab for Cutie in its next ad campaign, Billboard.biz has learned. One of the clips, touting the Rhapsody MP3 store, features an instrumental snippet from the song "I Will Po ...

  34. 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 ...

  35. 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 ...

  36. IODA Names Kartzman To Client Services Team

    April 14, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Ted Kartzman has been named VP of client services at indie digital distribution service IODA. Kartzman joins IODA from Rhapsody, the digital music service of RealNetworks, where he was director of independent labels business responsible for managi ...

  37. RealNetworks Forecasts Lower Revenues, Shares Fall

    February 08, 2008 12:00 AM EST Digital media company RealNetworks Inc forecasts first-quarter and full-year 2008 revenue below Wall Street expectations partly due to slower growth in its Rhapsody America music business. The news sent shares down as much as 3.3 percent in extend ...

  38. Yahoo Drops Subscription Service, Pacts With Rhapsody

    February 04, 2008 12:00 AM EST Yahoo is dropping its subscription music service and replacing it with Rhapsody America as part of a broad strategic partnership announced by the two companies today. As part of the deal, Yahoo will exclusively promote Rhapsody on its site and int ...

  39. A2IM Taps Cohen For Digital Role

    January 16, 2008 12:00 AM EST The American Association of Independent Music (A2IM) has hired Ted Cohen to serve as a digital business development consultant for the organization. In the role, Cohen will assist the members of the independent record label trade organization in n ...

  40. Napster Hikes Subscription Price

    January 04, 2008 12:00 AM EST Subscription music service Napster is raising monthly fees. According to an e-mail sent to subscribers, the non-portable subscription rate will jump 30% from $10 a month to $13 a month. The price change, its first in four years, takes affect Jan. ...

  41. Helio Bows Mobile Music Management Software

    December 19, 2007 12:00 AM EST Startup mobile operator Helio unveiled its Helio Player PC software package to allow customers to manage their digital music and other content across their home computers and mobile phones. The technology gives Helio Music members the ability to b ...

  42. Rhapsody Extends Full-Song Streams To Facebook

    December 17, 2007 12:00 AM EST Rhapsody has beta-launched a Facebook widget designed to extend full-song music streaming into the popular social network. The application allows Facebook users to recommend songs, and lets visitors to their profiles stream the full versions of so ...

  43. MOG, Rhapsody Link For Streaming Deal

    December 12, 2007 12:00 AM EST Music social networking site MOG has added the ability to stream full songs listed on members’ profiles thanks to a partnership with Rhapsody. The MOG service reads the music libraries of members and posts them to the profile of each, along with a ...

  44. Report: Digital Will Not Offset Physical Slide In Next 5 Years

    November 20, 2007 12:00 AM EST According to a new report from JupiterResearch, digital music sales will not offset falling CD sales anytime soon. In its "U.S. Music Forecast, 2007-2012," JupiterResearch analysts say that while digital spending will increase to $3.4 bi ...

  45. Haier America Launches Ibiza Rhapsody

    November 20, 2007 12:00 AM EST Rhapsody is now accessible from a new device that allows subscribers to access all aspects of the music service using WiFi wireless Internet access. The Ibiza Rhapsody, manufactured by Haier America, connects directly to the Rhapsody service when ...

  46. Rhapsody, Wendy’s Partner For Music Giveaway

    November 12, 2007 12:00 AM EST Fast food chain Wendy’s is teaming up with digital music service Rhapsody to give away 100 million songs to customers. Beginning this week, anybody buying a medium or large-sized combo meal at participating Wendy’s outlets will receive a unique co ...

  47. RealNetworks Reports Healthy Earnings

    October 30, 2007 12:00 AM EDT RealNetworks quarterly earnings report revealed healthy advances in the company various music service, which include Rhapsody. Overall, the company now claims more than 2.75 music service subscribers, up from 1.65 million for the same period last ...

  48. Sonos Rolls Out Upgrades To Service, Devices

    October 23, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The Sonos home digital music streaming system has added built-in support for the Napster music subscription service. The feature is part of an upgrade that also includes new software, new devices, and new services. Sonos users are able to access t ...

  49. AT&T, Napster Extend Mobile Deal

    October 22, 2007 12:00 AM EDT AT&T extended it's partnership with Napster to include an over-the-air, full-song download service that provides the wireless operators’ customers to the entire Napster catalog of 5 million tracks. The Napster Mobile service looks very mu ...

  50. Plugged And Unplugged

    October 12, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Plugged: Rhapsody's deal to extend its service to TiVo is exactly the kind of effort that is needed on a much larger scale for the music subscription model to have a chance at survival. Subscription services just aren't much of a portabl ...

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