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  1. Business Matters: Five Ways Sprint Will Help Spotify

    April 17, 2014 11:25 AM EDT The news this week that Sprint could be announcing a partnership with Spotify at its April 29 press event was just the latest in a multitude of pairings between streaming music services and telecommunications companies. Related Articles Is Beats M ...

  2. Freemium: Making Money by Giving Away the Goods (Research)

    May 21, 2013 6:36 PM EDT For years, music has operated on selling things -- vinyl, cassettes, CDs and now downloads. Then came advertising on radio and elsewhere. But there’s a third way -- freemium, a combination of free and premium offerings. Examples of this in music ...

  3. Exclusive: On-Demand Streams Now Count Toward RIAA Gold & Platinum

    May 09, 2013 10:00 AM EDT In an uncommon move to tinker with the formula used to certify Gold and Platinum awards, the Recording Industry Association of America on Thursday announced it has started to incorporate on-demand streams towards its calculations for certifying ...

  4. Slacker Redesign Helped Drive 100K New Subscribers

    May 08, 2013 6:45 PM EDT In February, San Diego-based Slacker broke away from catering just to core music fans and changing its service with mainstream consumers in mind, giving the service more visual elements, adding more personalized recommendations in order to appea ...

  5. Business Matters: Pandora Shares Down 6% - Is There Weakness in Mobile Advertising Market?

    February 20, 2013 5:51 PM EST Pandora shares were down 5.9% to $12.12 Wednesday after Millennial Media reported disappointing earnings and lowered its first-quarter guidance. Millennial Media is a mobile advertising firm that helps developers monetize their mobile application ...

  6. Video: CES 2013 -- In-Car Innovation, Audio Advertising Are Trends Again, But No Big Changes This Year

    January 11, 2013 6:45 PM EST Billboard tech reporter Alex Pham has tirelessly covered this year's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, hitting innumerable press events, product launches, keynotes, panels and parties (as well as a litany of celebrity headphone endorsem ...

  7. Songza Tops 1 Million Registered Users in Canada in 70 Days

    October 18, 2012 11:11 AM EDT With all the hubbub over Xbox Music, iHeartRadio and other music services associated with large companies, people may overlook a popular Internet radio service by a small company from New York City. Numbers released today might change all that for ...

  8. Lyor Cohen, Jon Irwin, Jason Flom, More To Speak at New Music Seminar

    April 10, 2012 11:58 AM EDT New Music Seminar today announced a new round of "players" who will be speaking at the two-and-a-half day-long conference June 17-19 in New York. Joining the previously-announced names are a laundry list of label heads, including Warner ...

  9. News You May Have Missed During the Annual SXSWi P.R. Barrage

    March 23, 2012 12:42 PM EDT Onesheet Mobile, like many tech companies, introduced it's latest product initiative during SXSWi If you were busy before, during and after SXSW, you may have missed some news items during the annual SXSW press release barrage from Onesheet, ...

  10. Business Matters: Vevo Opens Up on Super Bowl Piracy Blunder, RIAA Chief Slams Google

    February 10, 2012 5:07 PM EST Vevo In Hot Water Over Super Bowl Gaffe On Friday the International Intellectual Property Alliance released a report - its annual "Special 301" review -- that documents global copyright piracy. The IIPA calls for "swift action" ...

  11. Business Matters: Music Streaming Gets An Assist from Live Sports

    January 09, 2012 8:47 PM EST Music Streaming Gets An Assist from Live Sports -- ESPN and Slacker picked a good time to launch live streaming of ESPN audio shows and sporting events on the Slacker platform. The live broadcasts starts on Jan. 9 with the BCS Championship game be ...

  12. Slacker Drives Into Automobiles With Harman Aha Deal

    September 08, 2011 12:24 PM EDT Slacker Drives Into Automobiles With Harman Aha Deal By Antony Bruno (AntonyNBruno) Looks like the car is now the cool place to hang out if you're a digital music service. Slacker is pushing its way into the vehicle via a partnership with in- ...

  13. Business Matters: New Netflix Strategy Shows Demand for Physical Formats Still Alive

    July 13, 2011 5:20 PM EDT Let's Get Physical, Physical, Says Netflix -- For insight into the state of the CD, look to a recent decision by Netflix to unbundle its streaming and DVD rental plans . The 1% gain in U.S. album sales in the first half of 2011 has brought up ...

  14. Slacker VP Jonathan Sasse Says AOL Music Deal Will More Than Double Audience

    June 29, 2011 3:16 PM EDT Digital music is a numbers game: add listeners, attract advertisers for free listeners, lure paying customers and build enough scale to make the equation work. Slacker's new partnership with AOL Music to power its radio service is all about t ...

  15. Can Spotify and Hulu Move Forward Without Killing The Businesses They Rely On?

    June 14, 2011 11:24 AM EDT Traditional media wants to embrace streaming content. But for Spotify and Hulu , two leaders in on-demand music and TV, popularity with consumers often equals infamy with the media executives who rely on albums and primetime ads to make money. Str ...

  16. RightsFlow Builds A Business Around Clearing Song Rights

    March 18, 2011 12:00 PM EDT When it launched in the fall of 2007, RightsFlow comprised four people working out of the living room of president/CEO Patrick Sullivan's apartment on Manhattan's Upper East Side.Today, the company has established itself as a disruptive ...

  17. Slacker To Launch On-demand Feature

    September 16, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The Slacker personalized Internet radio service is poised to unveil its long-promised on-demand feature. The company is hosting a launch even in New York tonight to launch the service, which essentially turns Slacker from a Pandora competitor to a ...

  18. Hello Music Rolls Out New Dashboard Tool For Artists

    June 01, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Hello Music, a sort of digital DIY aggregator for unsigned artists which launched at MIDEM earlier this year, added a new dashboard tool that lets clients manage their content and information across all of the company’s partner sites. Hello Music ...

  19. Slacker To Launch On-demand Service

    March 15, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The Slacker customized Internet radio service reportedly plans to add a streaming on-demand subscription service in the coming months. Wired's Epicenter blog reports , and Billboard has confirmed, that the service will combine elements of Pan ...

  20. Funding Alert: Slacker Raises $2 Million

    February 03, 2010 12:00 AM EST Personalized Internet radio company Slacker has raised $2 million in a $6 million round of funding, according to a new SEC filing. In late 2009, the company's previous SEC filing revealed it had raised about $12.1 million of a $14.2 million r ...

  21. Slacker Goes Live in Canada with Paid-Only Offer

    January 14, 2010 12:00 AM EST The Slacker customized Internet radio service is now live in Canada, but with a much different offer than in the U.S. Slacker, if you remember, is the service that allows users to create their customized radio stations compiled automatically using ...

  22. Billboard Q&A: Alan Brenner, Research In Motion

    September 29, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The skyrocketing popularity of more media-capable smartphones has sparked a resurgence of interest in mobile music opportunities. As one of the leading smartphone manufacturers in the world, Research In Motion is aggressively targeting the mobile ...

  23. Digital Briefs: Mams Taylor, Verizon Wireless

    July 28, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- UK artist Mams Taylor is promoting his new album tHe R-eVoLuTiOn oF rUnK" by making it available as a free download exclusively on P2P service Mininova . The BitTorrent tracking service has emerged as one of the leading replacements to the ...