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  1. What Does Twitter's IPO Mean To The Music Biz? Not A Whole Lot (Analysis)

    October 04, 2013 12:45 PM EDT Twitter is hoping to raise $1 billion in an initial public stock offering. What does it mean to the music business? Not a whole lot. An IPO is a confirmation of a company's revenue-generating capabilities and business model. Twitter would ...

  2. Spotify Goes Live in Argentina, Greece, Taiwan, Turkey

    September 24, 2013 6:34 AM EDT Digital music service Spotify has launched in  four new countries - Taiwan, Argentina, Greece and Turkey. The latest additions mean that the Sweden-based company has now made its music streaming service available in 32 countries. In Taiwan, Spot ...

  3. Business Matters: What Google Trends Says About Spotify, Deezer, iTunes and the State of Digital Music

    September 16, 2013 6:30 PM EDT Google Trends shows what we already know: subscription services are increasingly popular while interest in paid downloads has peaked. But Google Trends, a Google service that graphs the frequency of search terms, also shows the popularity of ...

  4. Morning Fix: P!nk Named Billboard's 2013 Woman of the Year; Rdio Partners With Cumulus Media; Maroon 5 Sign to Kobalt

    September 16, 2013 5:45 AM EDT Get the Morning Fix Delivered To Your Inbox HERE P!NK NAMED BILLBOARD'S 2013 WOMAN OF THE YEAR P!nk has been named Billboard's Woman of the Year and will be honored at the 2013 Billboard Women in Music event on Dec. 10 in New York City ...

  5. Twitter #Music is Now on Spotify

    September 13, 2013 2:23 PM EDT Twitter #Music is now on Spotify, the 140-character sharing network announced yesterday. Twitter #Music analyzes popular music based on the volume of tweets and mentions of that song on Twitter, and curates it in a playlist where users can easil ...

  6. Xbox Music Adds Freemium Option, Expands to iOS, Android As App

    September 09, 2013 12:01 AM EDT Xbox Music is breaking out of the Microsoft box. The on-demand music service will be available as apps on Apple's iOS and Google's Android devices starting Monday (Sept. 9), a move designed to broaden Xbox Music's distribution and ...

  7. Spotify Seeking Additional Funding at $5.27 Billion Valuation (Report)

    September 06, 2013 3:40 PM EDT Spotify is seeking cash to help fuel its global growth. According to a report at Swedish news outlet Dagens Industri , the world's largest music subscription company is seeking debt financing at a $5.27 billion valuation.   The report claim ...

  8. Pandora Says August Listener Hours Rose 16 Percent

    September 05, 2013 8:57 PM EDT Pandora managed to boost its listener numbers last month despite rising competition for online music lovers. Total listener hours rose 16 percent in August to 1.35 billion, from 1.16 billion hours in the same month a year ago. That's a 5 pe ...

  9. Ministry of Sound Launches Copyright Lawsuit Against Spotify

    September 04, 2013 6:22 AM EDT British dance music brand Ministry of Sound is taking the extraordinary step of suing Spotify for copyright infringement. London-based MoS launched proceedings Sept. 2 in the U.K.’s High Court, claiming the subscription service had refused to ...

  10. Business Matters: What If Musicians Went on Strike Against Digital Services Like Spotify? It’s Possible

    August 30, 2013 7:23 PM EDT What if musicians went on strike and refused to make their music available on the digital services that have attracted so much negative criticism in recent years? It's not an entirely pointless thought exercise. People go on strike all ...

  11. Our Startup Could Be Your Band’s Life: Dismemberment Plan’s Travis Morrison Launches Shoutabl

    August 30, 2013 4:30 PM EDT When the last Dismemberment Plan album came out in 2001, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and smartphones didn’t exist. But technology isn’t the only thing that’s changed; over the course of those same 12 years, band frontman Travis Morrison joined a ...

  12. Rdio Launches Ad-Supported Web Service in Australia

    August 23, 2013 10:58 AM EDT Music subscription service Rdio is expanding its "freemium" business model by launching an ad-supported web service in Australia. The service previously offered a limited amount of free listening without advertisements. "We want t ...

  13. Business Matters: Why Pandora's 2-Year High is Good for Music Business

    August 15, 2013 6:15 PM EDT Pandora shares reached their highest mark in over two years when they peaked at $21.00 on Tuesday. The company’s shares have not been that high since they hit $21.20 on July 1, 2011. The all-time high was $26 on the first day of trading, June 15 ...

  14. Business Matters: What is a Stream Worth? Not Much

    August 09, 2013 7:06 PM EDT Here's another way to think about the difference between purchases and streaming: value by MB. Much has been written about the small royalties artists and labels get for streaming media relative to purchased music. Less – if anything – has ...

  15. Business Matters: ABI's Optimistic Forecast Says Music Subscriptions Will Exceed $46 Billion by 2018 (Corrected)

    August 02, 2013 10:44 PM EDT Update: ABI Research reached out to Billboard to explain that its revenue forecast for 2018 was cumulative. In other words, ABI believes subscription services will generate $46 billion of consumer spending and about $32 billion of trade value ...

  16. Business Matters: Streaming Drives 12% Revenue Gain in Sweden

    July 22, 2013 8:46 PM EDT Scandinavia continues to be the place where digital music's future is best taking shape.    IFPI Sweden released figures Sunday that show gains in streaming led to a 12% gain in recorded music revenues in the first half of the year. A wee ...

  17. Beats Music Job Posts Offer Clues to Upcoming Service

    July 22, 2013 8:31 PM EDT Beats Music, a new streaming service with financing from Beats Electronics and billionaire Len Blavatnik's Access Industries among other investors, appears headed into deep development stage.  The Santa Monica, Calif., company, headed up b ...

  18. Business Matters: Muve Music Has Nearly 1.7 Million Subscribers, But is Spotify Bigger?

    July 18, 2013 7:47 PM EDT The most widespread music subscription service in the United States is not actually the biggest subscription service.   Muve Music has "nearly 1.7 million subscribers," a company spokesperson tells Billboard. That most likely makes it ...

  19. Business Matters: Less Piracy Through Better Products

    July 17, 2013 7:16 PM EDT Better products can help reduce digital piracy. That's one of the takeaways in the paper, " Adventures in the Netherlands ," released by Spotify on Wednesday.   A long-held belief has been that legal services need to be more conv ...

  20. Jay-Z's 'Magna Carta' Sets Spotify Streaming Record -- Despite Samsung Giveaway, Topping Album Chart

    July 17, 2013 10:25 AM EDT Jay-Z's "Magna Carta...Holy Grail" set a record for most streaming activity on Spotify in the United States. The album's songs were streamed over 14 million times in the United States during its first week of release. It al ...

  21. Why Radiohead Producer Nigel Godrich Trashed Spotify's Business Model

    July 15, 2013 12:05 AM EDT In a series of Tweets on Sunday, famed producer Nigel Godrich ( @nigelgod ) called Spotify "bad for new music" and said three of his projects had been pulled from the ad-supported subscription service.  Godrich takes issue with the eco ...

  22. Atoms For Peace Pull Album From Spotify, Take To Twitter

    July 14, 2013 11:34 PM EDT If you want to listen to Atoms For Peace, you can’t anymore on Spotify. In a string of tweets today from Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke and producer Nigel Godrich, both members of the group Atoms For Peace, the two revealed that their album AMOK ...

  23. Anghami, Middle East Music Streaming App, Reaches 2 Million Downloads

    June 25, 2013 1:25 PM EDT Middle Eastern music streaming application Anghami has just crossed the two million download mark, according to a release sent out by the Lebanon-based company.. Launched in 2012, the service is a mobile-only music application targeting markets ...

  24. Secretly Canadian, Ultra Music, Robbins Execs Talk Monetization at A2IM Indie Week

    June 20, 2013 5:34 PM EDT Discussion centered on maximizing revenue from streaming platforms and YouTube during day two of Indie Week, hosted by A2IM, the American Association of Independent Music. Representatives from 500 of the group’s member labels and organizations ...

  25. Business Matters: Pandora is not Walmart

    June 19, 2013 6:09 PM EDT A new paper disputes Pandora claims it pays too much in royalties. Written by Dr. Jeffrey Eisenach, "Understanding Webcasting Royalties" shines a light on Pandora's effort to lower its royalty costs. Eisenach is Managing Director ...

  26. Rdio Expands to Malaysia, Hong Kong and 5 Other Countries

    June 13, 2013 1:44 PM EDT On-demand music service Rdio has expanded to Asia for the first time in an expansion that covers seven countries. In addition to Malaysia and Hong Kong, Rdio is also available in Colombia, Chile, Poland, Czech Republic and Switzerland.   The ex ...

  27. Apple Debuts iTunes Radio

    June 10, 2013 3:27 PM EDT Apple finally introduced the world to its anticipated Internet radio service at its World Wide Developers Conference Monday. Called iTunes Radio, the service works on iPhones, iPod Touches, iPads, iTunes on Mac computers and AppleTV. It will ...

  28. Exclusive: Spotify, Coca-Cola Team-Up For PlaceLists, a New Global Locations-Based App

    June 07, 2013 1:40 PM EDT This exclusive story on Spotify and Coca-Cola's PlaceLists app is from the latest issue of Billboard magazine (cover date: June 15, 2013), which also includes stories on Apple's upcoming iRadio platform, how brands like the NFL and ...

  29. Rhapsody Expands to 14 European Countries

    June 03, 2013 5:57 PM EDT Rhapsody on Monday expanded its subscription music service to 14 additional European countries in a bid to accrue scale and more effectively compete with Spotify, Deezer and others in the burgeoning on-demand music market. The expansion brings ...

  30. Business Matters: Study Says Consumers More Willing to Pay for Music Streaming -- Except in Sweden

    May 31, 2013 4:26 PM EDT Consumers in some European countries are increasingly willing to pay for streaming services such as Spotify, Deezer and WiMP, the sponsor of the survey. The percentage of willing payers has risen to 48% from 33% in Norway. Willing payers rose to ...

  31. Exclusive: Pandora Paywall Pays Off, Research Shows

    May 30, 2013 8:30 AM EDT The conventional wisdom of digital business models states that it's a bad idea to start asking people to pay for something they're used to getting for free. Yet, that's exactly what Pandora did in February when it capped the amoun ...

  32. Daft Punk's 'Random Access Memories' Notches Record Streams on Spotify

    May 28, 2013 1:58 AM EDT Daft Punk's hugely-hyped “Random Access Memories” can now add “Spotify record holder” to its growing list of achievements. The French electronic music act’s fourth set has topped Mumford & Sons’ “Babel” as the most-streamed album in the ...

  33. 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 ...

  34. Exclusive: Merlin Unveils the Numbers Behind its Labels' Streaming Growth

    May 16, 2013 5:50 AM EDT Member labels of independent rights organization Merlin saw growth in both streaming and download revenue in 2012, according to numbers released by the organization Thursday. But the labels are doing the best at streaming services.   Over 92% of ...

  35. Sony's Music Unlimited Service Expands to Brazil

    May 15, 2013 3:30 PM EDT Sony Network Entertainment International’s Music Unlimited service is live in Brazil, according to a statement released today by the company. The cloud-based digital music subscription service is now available in 19 countries worldwide. The on-d ...

  36. Exclusive: Pandora's Plan to Share More Streaming Data With Artists

    May 14, 2013 7:59 PM EDT Stung by accusations that it doesn’t pay enough royalties to artists, Pandora Media has been quietly working on a tool that would demonstrate the company's value by giving artists more information on how their songs perform on its Interne ...

  37. Google Signs Universal, Sony for On-Demand Music Service

    May 14, 2013 6:50 PM EDT Google Inc. has landed licensing deals with Sony Music Entertainment and Universal Music Group to introduce an on-demand music streaming service that would compete with Spotify, Rhapsody and others, according to executives knowledgeable with the ...

  38. The Eagles Catalog Joins Rdio -- Then Disappears

    May 09, 2013 2:12 AM EDT The Eagles catalog became available for streaming at Rdio on Wednesday after being a longtime holdout from subscription services. No other subscription service in the U.S. had nabbed the Eagles catalog. A check at Deezer's U.K. site turned ...

  39. Spotify Acquires Music Discovery Service Tunigo

    May 03, 2013 12:08 PM EDT Spotify has acquired music recommendation service Tunigo for an undisclosed sum. The Swedish startup helps listeners find playlists, provides music news and editorial, and offers lists of new releases. The Tunigo app for Spotify has been a Top ...

  40. Spotify to Launch in Mexico, 5 Other Markets Tuesday

    April 15, 2013 6:01 PM EDT Spotify will launch in Mexico, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Singapore, the Baltics and Iceland at 1am ET Tuesday, a source tells Billboard. The news of Tuesday's launch was first reported by CNET . As Billboard noted earlier this month, job posti ...

  41. Rock Block: When Employers Ban Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, Pandora, Spotify

    April 05, 2013 2:37 PM EDT Don’t assume your music or social media messages are always making an impression during working hours. That’s the takeaway of a survey of more than 500 IT departments around the country by Modis, an IT staffing and recruiting agency. A telephone ...

  42. Spotify Staffing Up For Launches in Asia, Latin America

    April 03, 2013 4:15 PM EDT Spotify has yet to launch in an Asia or Latin America market but is hiring the staff required to operate in two markets in each regions. The company currently has job openings posted at its website for numerous positions in Hong Kong, Singapore, ...

  43. Younger Listeners Ditching AM/FM For Internet Radio (Study)

    April 02, 2013 8:55 PM EDT Internet radio and streaming services accounted for nearly four out of 10 minutes heard by young listeners in the fourth quarter, according to new figures released by the NPD Group.   Internet radio services like Pandora and iHeartRadio accounte ...

  44. Business Matters: Why Would Spotify Get Into The Video Business?

    March 25, 2013 6:13 PM EDT Spotify wants to create a video streaming service and is seeking a partner to help fund and create original programming, according to a report Monday. A lot of things are printed about Spotify. Some of them are pretty odd, frankly. This one i ...

  45. Spotify Debuts First TV Commercial During NBC’s ‘The Voice’ As Part of $10M Ad Campaign

    March 25, 2013 5:16 PM EDT Nearly two years after launching in the U.S. primarily via word-of-mouth, Spotify will air its first in a series of U.S. TV ad commercials on NBC’s “The Voice” Monday night as part of a larger branding campaign valued at over $10 million in me ...

  46. SXSW Q&A: Merlin CEO Charles Caldas on Distribution, Streaming, BBQ and Music

    March 15, 2013 5:20 PM EDT =A gathering of thousands of musicians is a good place to find the CEO of a global rights agency that represents independent music companies in over 25 countries. Charles Caldas is CEO of Merlin, the nearly five-year-old network that represents ...

  47. Amanda Palmer, Adam Tudhope, More Discuss Spotify, Album Sales at SXSW Panel

    March 15, 2013 4:53 PM EDT With Spotify's influence on the music industry solidifying by the day, the question of ownership and the viability of selling albums has come increasingly under the spotlight. The issue was addressed at a SXSW Music panel Friday morning ca ...

  48. Spotify, Rdio, Xbox Music Reps Debates the Merits of Subscription Music Streaming at SXSW

    March 14, 2013 8:26 PM EDT With the rapid growth of platforms like Spotify and Deezer -- and white hot rumors of competing offerings emanating from the likes of Apple and Google -- it’s no surprise that the rise of music streaming subscription services is some of the most ...

  49. Google In Talks For Music Streaming Service

    February 23, 2013 5:16 AM EST Google is in the process of negotiating licensing fees for a music streaming service akin to Spotify, Mog, Deezer and others, according to several published reports and first reported by the Financial Times.   The news comes as Google is in t ...

  50. Business Matters: Spotify Seeks Help Tweaking Its Business Model

    February 21, 2013 7:25 PM EST Spotify will ask record labels for help in turning a profit. And the labels just might grant it.   Major label sources have confirmed to Billboard the points in a recent report at the Verge : Spotify will seek lower licensing rates and an extensio ...

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