Ringtone

  1. Pandora Expands Beyond U.S. for First Time, Launches in Australia, New Zealand

    December 10, 2012 8:01 PM EST Pandora Media on Monday officially expanded outside of its home territory in the United States, bringing its streaming radio service to Australia and New Zealand. The Oakland, Calif.-based Internet radio company announced in a filing with the Secu ...

  2. Beatles Songs Released As Ringtones on iTunes

    February 22, 2012 2:18 PM EST The Beatles have a history of making people wait for digital access to their music; long after just about every band had succumbed to the digital age by making their catalogs available online, the Beatles finally signed a contract - and an exclusi ...

  3. Public Enemy's Chuck D Sues Universal Over Digital-Download Royalties

    November 02, 2011 5:41 PM EDT Universal Music Group is now facing a fresh lawsuit that alleges the underpaying of royalties on digital downloads. Today, Chuck D of Public Enemy stepped up to bring his own class action against the major record label. Judge Declines Universal Mu ...

  4. Supreme Court Rejects ASCAP Download Appeal

    October 03, 2011 6:07 PM EDT The U.S. Supreme Court declined Monday to hear the appeal of a case in which the download of a musical work does not constitute a public performance. As a result, the membership of the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) ...

  5. BMI: Ringback Tone Market Declines In 2010

    October 05, 2010 12:00 AM EDT BMI estimates the U.S ringback tone market to be at $181 million for the year ended June 30, 2010. That represents a 7.2% decline from the $195 million (see graph) it calculated for a revised 2009 projection. A ringback is a musical work that play ...

  6. Study: Awareness, Usage of Apps Still Have A Ways To Go

    September 14, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Awareness and usage of mobile apps still have a long way to go according to a study being released tomorrow from The Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project, in conjunction with data gained from a Nielsen survey. While 35% of U. ...

  7. Business Matters: Live Nation, MySpace, Jamba and more

    August 05, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Opinion and analysis on the day's music business news. Live Nation Earnings Coming Today -- Live Nation’s second quarter earnings call is after the bell on Thursday. The company’s stock has been inching up all week and closed at $9.72 on Wedn ...

  8. Universal Music Latin Entertainment Launches Ringtone Service

    August 02, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music Latin Entertainment (UMLE) has partnered with mobile content technology company m-Wise to launch MOVIHITS, a new ringtone subscription service aimed at Spanish speaking and bilingual consumers. MOVIHITS, which launches today (Augus ...

  9. mSpot's Cloud-based Service Opens

    June 28, 2010 12:00 AM EDT After a month in private beta , mSpot has opened its cloud-based music streaming service to the public. The service allows users to store DRM-free copies of any music in their library to mSpot’s online servers, from where they can then stream it t ...

  10. Publishing Briefs: The Harry Fox Agency, SACEM Elects Board Of Directors

    June 18, 2010 12:00 AM EDT -- The Harry Fox Agency has entered into a ringtone licensing agreement to handle the rintone licensing for Zed , a mobile content provider that offers ringtones to 40 million wireless users in the United States. The agreement covers ringtones off ...

  11. LiveWire Mobile Plans For Download Service

    May 27, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Like pretty much every other ringtone aggregator that’s still in business today, LiveWire Mobile is getting into the full-song business. The company laid out plans for a DRM-free music download service that it says will be offered by two North Ame ...

  12. 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 ...

  13. EMI Publishing Wins German Mastertone Case

    March 18, 2010 12:00 AM EDT EMI Music Publishing Germany has won a guiding lawsuit against the German mobile network T-Mobile at the Federal High Court (BGH) in Karlsruhe. The court decided that T-Mobile is not allowed to offer mastertones or ringtones with works from the EM ...

  14. 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 ...

  15. Australian Music Market Up 4.8% In 2009

    February 03, 2010 12:00 AM EST The record business down under is on the ascent. Full-year 2009 trade figures issued today (Feb. 3) by labels body ARIA show a 4.8% gain in wholesale revenue to $446.1 million Australian ($395 million), powered by a booming digital music sector an ...

  16. Report: BMI Files Suit Against T-Mobile

    January 10, 2010 12:00 AM EST Performing rights organization BMI has filed a lawsuit in the U.S. Federal Court against mobile carrier T-Mobile USA for allegedly selling ringback tones without acquiring the proper licenses. A report in the Register says the lawsuit was filed on ...

  17. Japan To Tackle Music Piracy On Cell Phones

    November 20, 2009 12:00 AM EST The telecom and music industry bodies in Japan will reportedly implement a system to automatically check cell phone Web sites for illegal music files, in order to prevent the files from being uploaded or downloaded in breach of copyright law. The ...

  18. Business Matters: ASCAP, Spotify, Wolfgang's Vault

    October 15, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- In a summary judgment that is part of a larger case between ASCAP and mobile carriers, a federal court said ringtones played in public do not constitute public performances and therefore are not due performance royalties. The judgement states & ...

  19. Business Matters: Rhino Records, Verizon, A2IM

    September 25, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. -- Rhino Records laid off 30-40 employees on Thursday, according to a report. Jobs were cut from all departments, according to the report. In a st ...

  20. Digital Sales Offer Hope Down Under

    September 21, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Australia's recorded music market has begun to show signs of recovery. New analysis of wholesale figures from labels body ARIA reveals the recorded music business grew slightly in the first half of 2009, its booming digital market outpacing t ...

  21. Billboard.biz Q&A: General Partner For VC Firm Norwest Venture Partners, Bob Abbott

    September 04, 2009 12:00 AM EDT As general partner for venture capital firm Norwest Venture Partners, Bob Abbott keeps a close eye on the intersection of technology and entertainment. Mobile is one area that has caused many VCs no small degree of grief, thanks to slim margins an ...

  22. Sources: iTunes To Add Pre-cut Ringtones

    September 03, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The Apple iTunes Music Store is gearing up to add pre-cut ringtones to its inventory and the pricing for the configuration could change the dynamics of the game. Major label sources say that while Apple will announce ringtones at its Sept. 9 iTune ...

  23. Thumbplay Introduces Full Song Downloads Via Blackberry App World

    August 21, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Thumbplay, the leading off-deck ringtone provider for mobile phones, has introduced a full-song mobile music download store for the Blackberry App World. The free app allows users to browse, preview and download songs from supported devices. The a ...

  24. Briefs: Polyphonic, FlyCast, WMG, Jack White

    July 23, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- David Pakman, former CEO/COO of eMusic and now a partner with venture capital fund Venrock, on the Polyphonic article in yesterday's NY Times. After discussing some scenarios for return on investment, which are low by most VC standards, Pa ...

  25. ASCAP Brief Pushes Royalty For Ringtones

    June 22, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Should wireless operators have to pay performance royalties for ringtones? According to a brief filed by ASCAP (.pdf), in support of an ongoing lawsuit against AT&T Mobility, the answer is yes. The collecting society is arguing that ringtones ...

  26. Digital Briefs: Mobile Streams, Rock Band

    May 05, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- Mobile content provider Mobile Streams launched a version of its direct-to consumer online ringtone store in the U.S. Ringtones.com has more than 20,000 ringtones for sale, which mobile users can buy online and have sent to their mobile phones, ...

  27. Sony Ericsson Posts Heavy Q1 Loss

    April 17, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Mobile phone maker Sony Ericsson said on Friday it plans to cut one in five jobs this year in its battle to return to profit as a sluggish market brought a hefty first-quarter loss, as expected. The world no.4 handset manufacturer, owned by Sweden ...

  28. BMI Unveils Mobile Music Predictions

    March 30, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Performing rights group BMI has released 2009 sales predictions for the mobile music market. The organization predicts ringback tones will amass more than $235 million in U.S. sales by the end of the year, representing 15% growth over the $205 mil ...

  29. Sony Ericsson Warning Stuns Ailing Mobile Sector

    March 20, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Sony Ericsson sparked fresh fear of crumbling consumer demand on Friday (March 20) when the world's No 4 handset maker said it would sell barely half of the phones it sold last quarter. Shares across the wireless sector dropped sharply on the ...

  30. Harry Fox To Deliver Payments May 15

    March 10, 2009 12:00 AM EDT With the new statutory rates now in effect, the Harry Fox is gearing up to collect digital mechanical royalties from digital service providers and then send payment to members on May 15. That date represents 45 days after the end of the quarter, w ...

  31. mSpot Licenses Sony Catalog, All Majors Onboard

    February 23, 2009 12:00 AM EST Mobile media firm mSpot has licensed Sony Music Entertainment's catalog for its customizable ringtone service. The Make-UR-Tones app, available from operators like AT&T, Sprint and Verizon lets users select the clip of a song they want to ...

  32. Mobile Operator Cricket, LiveWire Mobile Ready Service

    February 10, 2009 12:00 AM EST Mobile operator Cricket is teaming up with LiveWire Mobile to launch an over the-air music download service. The mobile music store charges $2 for tracks downloaded directly to the mobile phone, and 99-cents for those purchased from the computer. ...

  33. The Orchard Branches Further Into Japan

    January 19, 2009 12:00 AM EST Digital music distributor The Orchard has formed an alliance with Japan's principal independent music company, Avex, which is a key shareholder in Japanese mobile content joint venture, Label Mobile. The news was announced today (Jan. 19) on ...

  34. Digital Briefs: Veoh, YouLicense, ID Interactive

    January 06, 2009 12:00 AM EST - Online video service Veoh won a slight reprieve when the judge presiding over Universal Music Group's copyright infringement lawsuit against the company refused to grant the label's request for a summary judgment. - Music licensing pla ...

  35. Latin Album Sales Slip In 2008

    December 31, 2008 12:00 AM EST Latin album sales dropped 21.1% in 2008, according to Nielsen SoundScan's year-end report, from 31.9 million units in 2007 to 25.1 million in 2008. Only country and classical albums experienced a worse decline, with drops of 24% and 26%, resp ...

  36. German Ringtone Ruling

    December 22, 2008 12:00 AM EST Germany's Federal Court of Justice (Bundesgerichtshof) in Karlsruhe has delivered a ruling on the licensing of music as a ringtone for mobile phones. According to a Dec. 18 decision, as a rule a simple license from the collecting society GEMA ...

  37. Digital Briefs: INgrooves, Rhino, Zazzle

    November 12, 2008 12:00 AM EST - Digital label/distributor INgrooves is licensing its roster to indie-focused ringtone provider Myxer. Users will be able to customize their ringtones using whatever portion of the song they like best. - Rhino Entertainment has teamed up with wir ...

  38. Digital Briefs: iPhone, IBM, Ozzy, BitTorrent

    November 10, 2008 12:00 AM EST - The NPD Group released data showing Apple's iPhone 3G is the top-selling mobile phone of third quarter, overtaking the Motorola RAZR, which held the top slot for the last 12 quarters. - A judge presiding over a lawsuit brought by the former ...

  39. Thumbplay Unveils Full-Song Mobile Music Service

    October 28, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The music industry's bid to sell full-song downloads from ringtones gained an ally today with the unveiling of Thumbplay's new full-song mobile music service. Hoping to do for full-song music downloads what it did for ringtones, Thumbpla ...

  40. Digital Briefs: Aguilera, TuneCore, Sony BMG and more

    October 27, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - Christina Aguilera is debuting the music video for the song "Keeps Getting Better" on iLike. The video is coming out two weeks before her upcoming greatest hits album "Keeps Getting Better: A Decade of Hits" which is schedule ...

  41. 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 ...

  42. Digital Briefs: Samsung, Tickets.com, EMI

    October 01, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - Samsung Electronics will embed a music ID application from Shazam Entertainment in its line of music phones, including the Beatb and Beats models. UK operator T-Mobile will be the first to offer the devices, with the ID service integrated into i ...

  43. South African Collecting Society Sues Over Mobile Royalties

    September 17, 2008 12:00 AM EDT A war of words between one of South Africa's biggest mobile phone content providers and the territory's leading publishers' association is setting the scene for a court battle over digital royalties. The Johannesburg-based National ...

  44. BET Ramps Up Interactive Services

    September 11, 2008 12:00 AM EDT BET has teamed up with its mobile commerce partner Single Touch Systems to offer new interactive entertainment services to viewers. The 4U2 Dedicate, lets users select a song to dedicate to a friend from a pre-defined list, and then record a perso ...

  45. CTIA Day 1: Mobile Social Networking, Off-deck Sales

    September 10, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The CTIA Wireless I.T. & Entertainment trade show kicked off today in San Francisco. The event runs Sept. 10 - 12. Below, a round-up of music mobile news. - Mobile social networking is emerging as a key area of interest for both content provid ...

  46. Thumbplay Unveils 'Open' Service

    September 10, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Off-deck ringtone service Thumbplay unveiled a beta program called Thumbplay Open that allows unsigned artists and indie labels the ability to upload and sell ringtones and other content through the Thumbplay platform. Rather than negotiating indi ...

  47. Verizon Unveils New Applications

    September 09, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Verizon Wireless kicked off the CTIA Wireless I.T. & Entertainment conference with a series of music-related announcements. First, Verizon created a Facebook application called Ringback Buddies, which lets Verizon subscribers invite their frie ...

  48. Radio/TV Host Don Cheto Lines Up Ringtones

    September 03, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Liberman Broadcasting personality Don Cheto has recorded ringtones to be sold via AT&T. The series of voicetones, in which the radio and TV host pleads with the phone's owner to answer by way of various humorous riffs, was conceived by mo ...

  49. Japanese Labels Deny Master-Ringtone Monopoly

    August 26, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Four Japanese labels have filed lawsuits seeking nullification of a July 24 ruling by the government's Fair Trade Commission that they violated the Antimonopoly Law by allegedly preventing other companies from entering the master-ringtone bus ...

  50. LiveWire, Virgin Mobile Bundle Ringback Tones

    August 06, 2008 12:00 AM EDT LiveWire Mobile and Virgin Mobile USA have teamed up to offer pre-selected ringback playlists - similar to a music recommendation service for ringback tone customers. Rather than setting a single track, the playlist cycles through five different t ...

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