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  1. Sony Headed for Fourth Straight Year in the Red, Reports $346 Mil. Quarterly Loss

    November 02, 2011 8:16 AM EDT TOKYO (AP) - Sony reported a 27 billion yen ($346 million) loss for the latest quarter and downgraded its annual earnings forecast Wednesday to stay in the red for the fourth year straight, battered by the strong yen and poor sales of flat panel T ...

  2. Omnifone Eyes U.S. Expansion With 'Big Players' Following Qriocity Launch

    April 29, 2011 4:03 PM EDT Omnifone , the technology provider behind several music streaming services in the UK, is preparing for an aggressive entry into the U.S. market this year. The service already has a foothold here with Sony's Qriocity Music Unlimited service . ...

  3. SonicAngel: How a Lord of Acid Intends to Save the Music Industry

    February 17, 2011 3:15 PM EST Sonic Angels? Bart Becks (foreground) and Maurice Engelen (a.k.a. Praga Khan). Online music platform SonicAngel is crossing borders, signing distribution deals with the majors, and promoting and marketing musicians with an unusual business model. ...

  4. Sergio Lopes Replaces Diana Rodriguez At Capitol Latin; Camilo Lara Leaves EMI Mexico

    February 11, 2011 2:34 PM EST UPDATE: Late Friday more changes at EMI Latin took place when news broke that Camilo Lara, chairman of EMI Mexico, left his post. Lara had been named chairman in 2008 and also oversaw A&R for the region. Lara is also a DJ, producer and recordi ...

  5. Omnifone & GEMA Announce Germany Deal @ MIDEM For Sony's Qriocity

    January 24, 2011 12:00 AM EST CANNES, France -- Omnifone, a provider of cloud-based music services announced a deal on Sunday, Jan. 23 with German collection society GEMA to license Sony's cloud based music service "Music Unlimited Powered by Qriocity." The new ...

  6. Watch: Colbert Skewers Glut of Indie Rock Bands Licensing Music To Commercials, Officiates 'Sellout Off' Between Black Keys and Vampire Weekend

    January 12, 2011 12:00 AM EST If the best comedy contains a grain of truth, then a satirical sketch on last night's Colbert Report on the surfeit of indie rock bands licensing their music to TV commercials was like a documentary. The skit (video below) featured the Black ...

  7. Nokia To Cut 1,800 Jobs After Strong Q3

    October 21, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Nokia reported stronger-than-expected profits for the third quarter, boosted by solid demand for its cheap smartphones, and said on Thursday (Oct. 21) it would cut up to 1,800 jobs under its new chief executive. Third-quarter underlying earnings p ...

  8. Sony Ericsson Sees Big Smartphone Growth In China

    September 01, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Mobile phone maker Sony Ericsson it expects half of all mobile phones sold in China to be smartphones by 2015, as prices for handsets fall amid growing popularity. Sony Ericsson, a joint venture between Sony Corp and Sweden's Ericsson, also a ...

  9. Smartphones Boost Sony Ericsson Q2

    July 16, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Mobile phone maker Sony Ericsson posted a second consecutive quarterly profit on Friday (July 16) as sales of more expensive smartphones ramped up but it stuck to its view of only slight market growth this year. After a dismal 2009, when consumers ...

  10. Business Matters: Goldman Sachs, Bandcamp, TuneCore and more

    July 15, 2010 12:00 AM EDT - Goldman Sachs analysts are predicting Apple’s iPad will be a huge success and the main beneficiary of the transition to tablets. Their explanation is summed up in five bullet points: consumption (iPad is made for light tasks), content (tight int ...

  11. Muse Honored At O2 Silver Clef Awards

    July 02, 2010 12:00 AM EDT U.K. rock act Muse 's fearsome live reputation helped secure them the O2 Silver Clef Award in London today (July 2). The award was presented to Muse by Roger Taylor and Brian May of Queen . Taylor described the Warner-signed trio as "pro ...

  12. Nokia Unveils New Flagship Phone

    April 28, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Nokia unveiled details of its first phone with new Symbian 3 software, designed to challenge the iPhone and Blackberry at the high-end of the market. Last week Nokia cut its profit outlook and delayed the sales launch of Symbian 3 phones until the ...

  13. Mobile World Congress: Smartphones A Problem For Networks

    February 17, 2010 12:00 AM EST The chief executive of Vodafone Group Plc, the world's largest mobile network operator, expressed the fears of many when he said Google Inc should not be allowed to dominate the mobile space. Vittorio Colao, speaking ahead of a keynote speech ...

  14. Mobile World Congress: MusicStation Launches On Android

    February 15, 2010 12:00 AM EST Digital music service provider Omnifone has demonstrated its MusicStation platform working on Android handsets during the GSMA Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. Android vendors, application developers and mobile network operators can utilize the ...

  15. Mobile World Congress: Operators Challenge Apple's App Store

    February 15, 2010 12:00 AM EST Twenty-four telecom operators have formed an alliance to build an open platform that will deliver applications to all mobile phone users in an effort to compete with Apple's successful apps store. The move is supported by three of the world&# ...

  16. Mobile World Congress Preview: 4 Things To Watch

    February 12, 2010 12:00 AM EST Expect a host of new phones, services and other advancements to be unveiled in the next week as the first major mobile industry conference of the year kicks off. The Mobile World Congress takes place Feb. 15 - 18, hosted by the GSM Association in ...

  17. Google, Apple Pile Pressure On Phone World

    February 12, 2010 12:00 AM EST At next week's mobile trade show in Barcelona you can find a program that measures how high you can throw a Nokia smartphone, an apt metaphor for Nokia's efforts to raise its game. But gravity might not favor the world's biggest mak ...

  18. The Rise of Lucian Grainge

    February 10, 2010 12:00 AM EST Lucian Grainge was once described by Doug Morris, the man Grainge will replace as CEO of Universal Music Group (UMG) on Jan. 1, 2011, as a "killer shark." "He is so deceptive with that little kind face and those little glasses," ...

  19. Latin Briefs: Sony Ericsson, Diana Reyes, Capitol Latin

    December 18, 2009 12:00 AM EST -- Sony Ericsson 's Latin America office in Miami is closing and moving its operations to Atlanta, where it will be part of Sony Ericsson Americas. There was no immediate information on when the Miami offices will close but all Latin American ...

  20. Sony Ericsson To Host Shakira Chat

    December 14, 2009 12:00 AM EST Sony Ericsson will host a live chat with Shakira tonight (Dec. 14) in Miami. The chat can be accessed via prodigy.msn.cyloop.com/sonyericsson and is part of Sony Ericsson's partnership with Shakira for Latin America tied to the release of her ...

  21. PlayNow Plus Debuts In Brazil

    December 11, 2009 12:00 AM EST Sony Ericsson has launched its PlayNow Plus music service in Brazil. Aliado Digital reports that the service, available on W508 Walkman phones via wireless operator Vivo, includes 1,000 pre-loaded songs and unlimited DRM-protected track downloads ...

  22. Business Matters: Warner Music, Robbie Williams, Topspin

    November 23, 2009 12:00 AM EST Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. -- Expectations for Warner Music Group 's fiscal Q4, according to Thomson Reuters, is a 2% drop in revenue (to $836 million) and a 50% increa ...

  23. Sony Ericsson Q3 Loss Narrows On Cost Cuts, Margin

    October 16, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Mobile phone maker Sony Ericsson posted a smaller than expected third-quarter pretax loss on Friday, boosted by big cost cuts, but said it expected the market to remain tough for the rest of the year. The global handset market has been slammed by ...

  24. Katy Perry To Return As MTV EMAs Host

    October 02, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Katy Perry will host the 2009 MTV Europe Music Awards (EMAs) in Berlin next month. Perry is the first to be asked to host two successive shows in the 15-year history of the awards. She presented the 2008 event in Liverpool. The 2009 awards ceremon ...

  25. Green Day, Leona Lewis To Perform At MTV EMAs

    September 21, 2009 12:00 AM EDT MTV Networks International has unveiled the nominations for the MTV Europe Music Awards (EMAs) and the first three confirmed performers at the Berlin ceremony - Green Day, Leona Lewis and Tokio Hotel. The EMAs take place at the O2 World, Berlin on ...

  26. MTV Reveals Best U.K. New Act Nominations

    September 02, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Alt-rock band Florence and the Machine, rapper Tinchy Stryder and pop act La Roux have been named nominees in the 2009 best U.K. and Ireland new act category for the MTV Europe Music Awards (EMAs). Girl group the Saturdays and pop act Pixie Lott a ...

  27. Virgin Media, Universal Offer 'World First' Unlimited MP3s

    June 15, 2009 12:00 AM EDT U.K. telco and cable TV company Virgin Media has partnered with Universal Music on an unlimited download service described as a "world first" in that users will be able to keep all the MP3 downloads forever. The announcement appears to p ...

  28. Austria Gets Unlimited Sony Ericsson Service

    June 09, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Sony Ericsson's unlimited music download service PlayNow Plus has launched in Austria. The service, powered by London-based Omnifone, is available on pre-licensed Sony Ericsson handsets in partnership with mobile network Orange, beginning wit ...

  29. Ericsson Says Sony Logical Buyer For SE Stake: Report

    May 07, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Ericsson chief executive Carl-Henric Svanberg said partner Sony would be a "logical buyer" for Ericsson's half of handset making joint venture Sony Ericsson, the Financial Times reported on Thursday (May 7). Steep losses from the ve ...

  30. Ericsson Q1 Core Profit Weak

    April 30, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Swedish telecom gear maker Ericsson posted weaker-than-expected underlying earnings, hit by a slumping global mobile phone market and cutbacks in investments by operators. The world's top mobile equipment maker, however, took a more optimisti ...

  31. 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 ...

  32. Hong Kong First To Get New Omnifone Unlimited Service

    April 02, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Omnifone is launching its interoperable unlimited music service for PC users in Hong Kong, where it has partnered with mobile network 3. London-based Omnifone, which powers unlimited services around the world for companies including Sony Ericsson, ...

  33. Analysis: As CD Falls at Best Buy, Look to Mobile

    March 27, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Even though CD and DVD sales continue to fall at Best Buy, the music industry had reason to be happy with Best Buy's Q4 and fiscal 2008 earnings release earlier today . The health of the company and its engagement of the mobile sector will pr ...

  34. Business Briefs: Borders, Gibson, Live Nation, INgrooves

    March 27, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Tales from a Borders CD and DVD clearance sale. "Almost all CDs and DVDs are 30% off. The liquidation does not include new releases, but everything else is fair game." ( LA Music Shopping Examiner ) Gibson Guitar announced it will lay of ...

  35. 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 ...

  36. Sony Ericsson Unveils New Mobile Phone Strategy

    February 17, 2009 12:00 AM EST Sony Ericsson unveiled a new strategy for its struggling mobile phone business in an attempt to share content on its handsets with other devices in the home. Called Entertainment Unlimited, the initiative seeks to integrate mobile phones with such ...

  37. Nokia Unveils Online Software Shop

    February 16, 2009 12:00 AM EST The world's top cell phone maker Nokia unveiled on Monday its new online software and media store, hoping to follow the runaway success of Apple's App Store. The focus of the cell phone market has been shifting to software development si ...

  38. Digital Music Revenue Doubles In Brazil

    January 27, 2009 12:00 AM EST A recent report by international music trade group IFPI re-affirms Brazil as Latin America's top digital music market, with revenues doubling in 2008. According to IFPI's "Digital Music Report 2009," digital accounts for more t ...

  39. Nokia Misses Forecasts, Sees Weaker 2009

    January 22, 2009 12:00 AM EST Top cell phone maker Nokia reported a worse-than-expected dive in fourth-quarter profit, and warned market volumes would shrink 10 percent this year as the economic slowdown hits consumer spending. Analysts had forecast an 8-percent fall in the ha ...

  40. MIDEM Numbers Down

    January 21, 2009 12:00 AM EST Attendance at MIDEM and MidemNet 2009 fell to around 8,000 participants, according to conference organizers. That represents a fall of around 12% on 2008's total of 9,100 and, while some delegates may have anticipated a steeper decline after ...

  41. UMPG, SACEM Unveil Digital Deals

    January 19, 2009 12:00 AM EST The Universal Music Publishing Group and Society of Authors, Composers and Publishers Of Music (SACEM) celebrated their one-year old Pan-European licensing agreement by christening it: "D.E.A.L" (Direct European Administration and Licens ...

  42. Sony Ericsson, Universal Promote New Talent

    January 18, 2009 12:00 AM EST Sony Ericsson is to partner with Universal Music Publishing to provide the publisher's emerging artists with a platform to promote their music to the mobile vendor's customers. The deal was announced during the MidemNet digital music bus ...

  43. Price Cut On Nokia's Comes With Music

    January 16, 2009 12:00 AM EST Three months after its launch in the U.K., the price of Nokia’s unlimited music pre-licensed handset has been slashed from £127.10 ($189.90) to £82.18 ($122.79). The move comes amid speculation that the service, set for a roll out in other territo ...

  44. IFPI Digital Report Urges Action On Music Piracy

    January 16, 2009 12:00 AM EST The IFPI has estimated that 95% of music downloads are illegal, according to its 2009 Digital Music Report. The estimation is the result of a three-year study in 16 countries, which also indicated more than 40 billion files were illegally file-sha ...

  45. Omnifone, Gracenote Partner On Integrated Unlimited Music

    January 08, 2009 12:00 AM EST London-based Omnifone, which powers various mobile unlimited music services, has partnered with data services company Gracenote on a new offering that will extend all-you-can-eat platforms to consumer electronics devices in the home and car. Omnif ...

  46. Sony Ericsson CEO Preparing For Tough '09

    January 08, 2009 12:00 AM EST The chief executive of Sony Ericsson, a venture of Sony Corp and Ericsson, sees a tough cell phone market through the end of 2009, with unit sales down by about 5-6% as consumer demand slows in the weak global economy. But Hideki Komiyama, who pla ...

  47. Sony Ericsson, Vodafone Back Google's Android

    December 10, 2008 12:00 AM EST Fourteen of the world's largest mobile phone and chip makers, including Sony Ericsson, Vodafone Group Plc and ARM Holdings Plc, joined the Open Handset Alliance to support the Android mobile device platform developed by Google Inc. The new me ...

  48. MTV EMAs Web Traffic Revealed

    December 01, 2008 12:00 AM EST MTV Networks International has unveiled its figures for Web traffic, online voting and mobile downloads for last month's MTV Europe Music Awards. The event was staged in Liverpool on Nov. 6 and performers included Pink, The Killers, Beyonce a ...

  49. Berlin To Host 2009 MTV EMAs

    November 26, 2008 12:00 AM EST MTV Networks International has unveiled Berlin as the city that will host the 2009 MTV Europe Music Awards (EMAs) on Nov. 5. It will be the fourth time that the awards ceremony, which is broadcast on MTV across Europe and screened in the U.S., has ...

  50. Sony BMG Preps Calling Card Give-A-Way

    November 20, 2008 12:00 AM EST In an effort to spur music sales during the holiday season, Sony BMG in Colombia and Colombian wireless carrier Comcel have launched a strategic alliance dubbed "Minutos Comcel" (Comcel Minutes), that gives free calling cards to customer ...

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