SpiralFrog

  1. Business Matters: ABC News Helps Yahoo! Overtake Vevo for #2 in U.S. Online Video Traffic

    March 19, 2012 4:43 PM EDT Yahoo! Bumps Vevo To #3 In Online Video Rankings A deal to stream ABC News video helped Yahoo! overtake Vevo for second place in the U.S. online video rankings for February, according to comScore. Google sites had 16.7 billion video streams, Yahoo ...

  2. We7 Repositions With Focus On Radio

    November 10, 2010 12:00 AM EST The U.K. ad-funded streaming service We7 is to relaunch with a greater focus on radio, like automated recommendation services Last.fm and Pandora. Two years after its full launch as a streaming service - founder investors included Peter Gabriel, E ...

  3. We7 Makes Ad-Funded Pay

    April 28, 2010 12:00 AM EDT U.K. streaming service We7 says it is now able to cover all costs for its on-demand streaming from advertising on the site. The company had its first month where money owed to rights holders was paid for by display and audio commercials, suggestin ...

  4. MIDEM 2010 Preview: Streaming Goes Mobile, World Cup, Key Start-Ups and More

    January 19, 2010 12:00 AM EST The MIDEM global trade fair and conference in Cannes remains an essential destination for many industry executives -- not least because of the opportunity to head to the south of France and escape the January freeze. But organizers say they had to ...

  5. Analysis: Moving Beyond Current Billing Habits

    October 15, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Access or ownership? Or both? These questions dog a music industry that wants to leave behind the confusion and uncertainty of the last ten years. Ownership, represented by paid downloads and physical purchases, continue to wane. Access models, re ...

  6. Web Music Players Strike a New Chord

    August 17, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Back in June, things looked grim for ad-supported online music services. SpiralFrog, well-funded and heavily hyped, had already gone belly up. Pioneering Web radio outfit Pandora warned it would likely shut down. And in April, social music site im ...

  7. Billboard Q&A: Napster COO Christopher Allen

    May 18, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Is there a mobile aspect to this new $5 streaming tier? Any Napster Mobile app for these new smartphones with app stores? Not at this time, other than the sideloading of MP3s. We are constantly evaluating different access points for the consumer. ...

  8. That Deal With Napster? It Never Was Going to Happen

    April 20, 2009 12:00 AM EDT People love scapegoats. A target for blame makes for an easy explanation of unfortunate incidents. This is common in the music industry. A frequent claim in the many assessments of today's music industry is that it should have made a deal wit ...

  9. Qtrax Relaunches In The U.S.

    April 10, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Qtrax, the ad-supported P2P music download service, has finally relaunched in the U.S., more than a year after it originally proposed to go live. The subsidiary of Brilliant Technologies originally unveiled their service at the international music ...

  10. SpiralFrog Shuts Down

    March 20, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Ad-supported music service Spiralfrog has shuttered-a move many critics felt was inevitable from the very beginning. The company paid millions in upfront licensing fees to the major record labels which it hoped to pay off with advertising revenue ...

  11. RoyaltyShare Adds Digital Firms

    July 29, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Digital royalty solution provider RoyaltyShare is expanding its Content Management Service to include seven new digital services: AmieStreet.com, Hot Topic/ ShockHound.com, PassAlong Networks, Puretracks and SpiralFrog. Record label customers and ...

  12. EMI Music Group Adds Qtrax To List Of Partners

    June 03, 2008 12:00 AM EDT On the same day (June 3) that it announced a deal with ad-supported music service SpiralFrog, EMI Music Group added the controversial Qtrax to its list of new partners. Like Spiralfrog, Qtrax is also an ad-supported music service, using more of a ...

  13. Digital Briefs: Buzznet, Spiralfrog, Qloud

    June 03, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - Buzznet launched Celebuzz.com , a social networking and media site dedicated to celebrity news, gossip and photos. The site aggregates photos and blog postings of about a dozen existing celebrity blogs, as well as user-generated content. - Spira ...

  14. Spiralfrog Adds Rieger To Exec Team

    April 25, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Free ad-supported service SpiralFrog has appointed Russ Rieger to the newly created position of VP of strategic initiatives. In this role, Rieger will be responsible for securing and maintaining strategic partnerships within the music, media and a ...

  15. Plugged & Unplugged: MySpace Music, And Who's No. 1?

    April 04, 2008 12:00 AM EDT PLUGGED No matter how you spin it, the MySpace Music announcement is a net positive for the music industry. But not for the reasons most may think. Frankly, I don't give a hoot if the new MySpace service unseats iTunes or puts Napster out of ...

  16. Warner/Chappell, SpiralFrog Ink Deal

    March 31, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Warner/Chappell Music is making its publishing catalog available to free ad-supported service SpiralFrog. "We are continually seeking out new revenue streams for our artists and songwriters and want to support innovative new distribution meth ...

  17. Spiralfrog Touts Traffic

    January 25, 2008 12:00 AM EST The ad-based music service Spiralfrog says in the four months since it went live, it has attracted an average of 1 million unique monthly visitors, who spend an average of about 10 minutes at its site per visit. About 400,000 people have become re ...

  18. Ad-Supported Airtist Site Goes Live

    December 27, 2007 12:00 AM EST The French market has its own ad-supported free music download platform, Airtist. The new service went live in mid-December and is available for free, provided visitors complete a free registration process. Users can then download a DRM-free track ...

  19. MySpace To Move Into Ad-Supported Music

    November 20, 2007 12:00 AM EST MySpace is joining the search for a new business model for the music industry by enlisting the help of advertising. Next March, fans of punk band Pennywise can go to stores to buy the group's ninth album. Or they can go to the MySpace profile ...

  20. Popkomm Panelists: Music, Auto Industries Must Align

    September 19, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Vehicles will drive a viable revenue stream for record labels in the coming years, panelists said at the "Auto Mobile Music: The Dashboard Jukebox" session today, on day one of Popkomm , the international music and entertainment conferen ...

  21. Spiralfrog Launches U.S. Service

    September 17, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Following months of delays, executive upheaval and more than $10 million spent, the Spiralfrog ad-supported free digital music service went live today in the United States, Billboard has learned. The U.S. launch is an important step in determining ...

  22. Plugged And Unplugged

    September 14, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Plugged: So if all goes as planned, we could see as many as two new digital music services launch next week with some very unique business models. One of course is Amazon.com , which many see as the best potential iTunes competitor to come along i ...

  23. Digital Briefs: MyStrands, SpiralFrog, IODA, Groove Mobile

    September 05, 2007 12:00 AM EDT - Music recommendation app MyStrands introduced a free, personalized Internet music TV application called MyStrands TV. The service allows users to create customized video channels around specific artists or genres, and share that channel with fri ...

  24. SpiralFrog Inks Deals With UMPG, Universal Canada

    August 30, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Ad-supported free music service SpiralFrog landed music licensing deals with Universal Music Publishing and Universal Music Canada, adding to an existing relationship with Universal Music Group. SpiralFrog currently is in an invite-only beta mode, ...

  25. SpiralFrog Launches Beta Service

    August 08, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The ad-supported free digital music service SpiralFrog has taken a step closer to finally going live. The company this week initiated an invite-only beta launch in Canada and the U.S., inviting select media and other outlets to test the service an ...

  26. Spiralfrog 'To Launch Summer 2007'

    May 31, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Spiralfrog, the much-touted ad-supported online music service, will finally launch in the United States by the end of summer 2007, chairman and founder Joe Mohen told the CISAC Copyright Summit today. Speaking on the "New Revenue Streams... W ...

  27. Ad-Funded Music Services Are The Future, Says Jupiter

    May 09, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Advertising revenue could become a vital lifeline for European labels, according to a new Jupiter Research report. Based on a qualitative analysis of the current market, the report -- "The Future of Digital Music: Fighting Free with Free" ...

  28. Former Spiralfrog Execs Launch Ad Consulting Group

    April 23, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Two former executives from the Spiralfrog ad-supported music service have launched an advertising consulting group focused on digital media opportunities. The company, Rebel Digital, was created by former Spiralfrog CEO Robin Kent and chief sales ...

  29. Q&A: EMI Music Publishing's Roger Faxon and Clark Miller

    February 02, 2007 12:00 AM EST During MIDEMNet in Cannes, France, industry newcomers and veterans had the rare opportunity to hear points of view from very experienced executives running the world's largest music publisher. EMI Music Publishing's Roger Faxon, presiden ...

  30. Indies Up In Arms Over YouTube

    January 30, 2007 12:00 AM EST Key players in the independent label community are preparing for a legal skirmish with YouTube over content being used on the video-sharing site. Sources tell Billboard.biz that the independents are aggrieved with terms proposed by the giant socia ...

  31. Spiralfrog Chief Says Service Is Still Kicking

    January 25, 2007 12:00 AM EST Although the departure of several high-level executives from the yet-to-launch ad-supported music service Sprialfrog prompted widespread speculation that the company is in dire straits, company founder Joseph Mohen informs Billboard.biz that both ...

  32. Indies Cast Collective Digital Spell With Merlin

    January 20, 2007 12:00 AM EST A slew of top independent labels and trade groups have joined forces to launch Merlin, described at the MidemNet event in Cannes today (Jan. 20) as "the world's first global new-media rights licensing agency." Accounting for almost ...

  33. SpiralFrog, CSI Strike Licensing Pact

    December 15, 2006 12:00 AM EST New York-based SpiralFrog, an upcoming, advertiser-supported download store, has finalized a licensing agreement with CSI, a joint venture involving Canadian publishing collectives. CSI represents the Canadian Musical Reproduction Rights Agency (C ...

  34. SpiralFrog, BMI Sign Licensing Deal

    December 11, 2006 12:00 AM EST BMI has completed a licensing agreement with SpiralFrog, an advertising-based download service expected to launch in the U.S. in early 2007. The deal will give SpiralFrog the right to publicly perform more than 6.5 million songs represented by BMI ...

  35. RETAIL TRACK: FREE FALLIN'

    September 16, 2006 12:00 AM EDT The SpiralFrog deals could wind up costing merchants big-time--even ones that are now thriving. The SpiralFrog deals could wind up costing merchants big-time--even ones that are now thriving. News ...

  36. EMI Publishing Spawns Content Deal With SpiralFrog

    September 06, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Content pact follows Universal agreement. EMI Music Publishing has become the first major publisher to license its repertoire to SpiralFrog, the free-to-consumer, advertising-supported download service scheduled for launch later this year. The dea ...

  37. UMG Backs Free Music Download Service

    August 29, 2006 12:00 AM EDT SpiralFrog to launch in December. SpiralFrog to launch in December. News ...

  38. UMG Backs Free Music Download Service

    August 29, 2006 12:00 AM EDT SpiralFrog to launch in December. SpiralFrog, the music download destination scheduled to start its public testing phase this year, signed an agreement with Universal Music Group to make songs from the catalog of the world's largest record co ...