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  1. Business Matters: Facebook's Not Alone in its Mobile Problems

    July 27, 2012 4:15 PM EDT Facebook's Numbers Normal, But Stock Dips Anyway Facebook is being punished for being normal. After the company released decent, entirely expected quarterly results Thursday afternoon, investors decided the company doesn't have a strong ...

  2. 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 ...

  3. 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 ...

  4. Marissa Mayer Named Yahoo CEO

    July 16, 2012 3:00 PM EDT Yahoo named longtime Google executive Marissa Mayer its new CEO, replacing Ross Levinsohn, who has been interim CEO since May. The move took by surprise the many Wall Street analysts who had assumed Yahoo's board would stick with Levinsohn, a ...

  5. Trans World Entertainment Profitable For First Time Since 2007

    March 01, 2012 6:45 PM EST Trans World Entertainment's fourth quarter net profit of $16.5 million has helped the chain attain its first profitable year since 2007. Its fourth quarter profit translates into 51 cents per diluted share on sales of $193.1 million for the p ...

  6. Business Matters: Why Spotify Shouldn't Worry About Turning A Profit Right Now

    August 29, 2011 10:31 PM EDT Why Spotify Shouldn't Worry About Turning A Profit Right Now -- Did Spotify make a profit in 2010? It's a nice question, but ultimately one that doesn't matter much. The company is growing quickly and it no doubt has enough capital ...

  7. Do Investors Really Understand Pandora and Digital Music?

    June 27, 2011 2:56 PM EDT One reason for the wide swings in Pandora's stock price is due to wide differences in enthusiasm about the company. Investors with the greatest belief in the company purchased at $24 per share . Others waited until the price dropped below the ...

  8. Business Matters: Senate Approves Local Community Radio Act

    December 21, 2010 12:00 AM EST Senate Approves Local Community Radio Act, Low Power FM Stations To Increase -- The U.S. Senate passed the Local Community Radio Act on Friday. The House of Representatives had already passed the bill. It now awaits the president's approval. ...

  9. Business Matters: How To Handle Amazon Sale Prices

    October 21, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Opinion and analysis of the day's music news. Asthmatic Kitty: Don't Feel Guilty About Amazon Prices -- Recall when the Asthmatic Kitty label criticized Amazon.com's sale prices for devaluing music? The label's head of A&R, ...

  10. Business Matters: A Look At Apple's Q4 Numbers

    October 19, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Opinion and analysis of the day's music news. A Look At Apple's Q4 Sales Numbers -- Here's a quick look at the sales stats from Apple 's fiscal 2010 fourth quarter ended Sept. 25: 3.89 million Macs (up 27% from last Q4), 14.1 m ...

  11. Trans World Struggles Continue

    August 20, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Trans World Entertainment continues to struggle, posting a $15.8 million net loss, or 50 cents per diluted share, on $135.8 million in sales for its fiscal second quarter ended July 31. That slightly narrower than the $17.8 million loss, or 57 cen ...

  12. 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 ...

  13. Business Matters: Best Buy, Bamajam, LimeWire and more

    June 16, 2010 12:00 AM EDT BEST BUYS LOOKS TOWARD GAMING -- As Billboard already reported, Best Buy shares dropped 6% on weaker-than-expected quarterly profits. The company did not reveal much about music sales, but it did make clear the category was among the losers last q ...

  14. Business Matters: Sony, EMI, Village Voice and More

    May 10, 2010 12:00 AM EDT -- Sony Music Entertainment CEO Rolf Schmidt-Holtz was quoted by a German Sunday paper as saying, ”We are in a position that allows us to seize every opportunity in the market - including EMI .” Many in the press took that statement to mean Sony i ...

  15. Business Matters: The Price Debate, Rascal Flatts, Thumbplay

    February 10, 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 . -- Do higher prices equal slower sales? That's the w ...

  16. Business Matters: Nokia, Vringo, TalkTalk, Deezer

    January 29, 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 . -- Nokia president and CEO Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo discussed ...

  17. Business Matters: Ticketmaster-Live Nation Criticism, Apple Sales Predicitons

    January 28, 2010 12:00 AM EST -- Criticism of the Ticketmaster-Live Nation merger and the concessions accepted by the Department of Justice is compiled at the Wall Street Journal. Chicago concert promoter Jerry Mickelson makes a good point: there's more to a ticket price ...

  18. Business Matters: FreeAllMusic, WMG, Ford Motors

    December 30, 2009 12:00 AM EST Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. -- While FreeAllMusic is in private beta, the New York Times offers some details on the latest music service to tackle ad-supported downloads. The ...

  19. Business Matters: Wayne Rosso, Spotify, Cyber Monday

    December 01, 2009 12:00 AM EST Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. -- Global consumer confidence is on the rebound, according to the latest Economic Current by Nielsen. Of the 12 countries surveyed, only Germany s ...

  20. Business Matters: Apple, HMV, Band Metrics, EMI

    October 20, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- From the transcript of Monday's Apple fiscal Q4 earnings call is this lone excerpt that deals specifically with music: "We sold almost 10.2 million iPods, which was down from just over 11 million in the year-ago quarter. Our latest re ...

  21. Business Matters: Ticketmaster, AEG Live, Baidu

    September 11, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- According to one analyst, Ticketmaster 's plan to introduce dynamic pricing ( read more in Thursday's post at Billboard.biz has a lot of potential. In a research report, Thomas Weisel's Ben Mogil upgraded the company's ratin ...

  22. Business Matters: The Pirate Bay, Hot Topic, iTunes Pricing

    August 20, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. -- UPC Ireland , parent company of the NTL and Chorus Internet service providers, has refused to comply with requests from the four major music gr ...

  23. Notes On Live Nation, Warner Music Group Earnings Call

    August 07, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Live Nation reported its Q2 2009 earnings on Thursday afternoon while Warner Music Group started the day with its fiscal Q3 2009 earnings call. Both companies posted net losses as they scale back acquisitions and capital expenditures, manage costs ...

  24. Briefs: Joel Tenenbaum, Warner Music Group, Tablo

    August 07, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- Joel Tenenbaum, who recently lost a file-sharing lawsuit, talks to the New Yorker. "Most people want to pay for music when they know the revenue goes straight to the artist...When an entire generation has been raised without supervision on ...

  25. Briefs: UMG, Borders, Pandora, EMI, U2

    May 28, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- A New York Times article claims both Universal Music Group and Warner Music Group "relaxed" the terms of their licensing deals with Imeem to accommodate the music service's inability thus far to find a business model that does so ...

  26. Business Briefs: BitTorrent, Microsoft, Google, WMG

    May 13, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- BayTSP , which tracks file sharing and sends infringement notices to ISPs, has a list of top sources of recorded infringement. BitTorrent tops the list and eDonkey is second. Ares , a decentralized P2P network, is a very distant third. Spain to ...

  27. Business Briefs: EMI, Sony/ATV, YouTube, Apple

    April 24, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- EMI notified the city of Jacksonville, Ill., that it would lay off about 100 employees from its distribution center in June. The company plans to retain two dozen workers. ( State Register-Journal ) -- Reuters took a look at investments in musi ...