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  1. New Details: Digital Music Startup Rdio Looks Promising

    June 03, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Still no Spotify and still no Apple. But the cloud music market now has yet another entrant in the form of Rdio, a slick social music subscription service that is sure to make waves in the ever-growing competitive landscape. Rdio is the latest com ...

  2. Thumbplay Lines Up iPhone App

    June 01, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The Thumbplay Music streaming music service is now available for the iPhone, making it yet another cloud-based music service operating on the iPhone before Apple has yet to introduce its own. Thumbplay Music launched in January in beta mode for th ...

  3. Sweden’s Carrot-and-Stick Digital Marketplace: A Model for Others?

    May 27, 2010 12:00 AM EDT It’s often said the music industry needs to show consumers a carrot while they give them the stick. Anti-piracy measures – the stick – have had mixed or no results in most countries. Legal alternatives to piracy – the carrot – exist but often fail ...

  4. LiveWire Mobile Plans For Download Service

    May 27, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Like pretty much every other ringtone aggregator that’s still in business today, LiveWire Mobile is getting into the full-song business. The company laid out plans for a DRM-free music download service that it says will be offered by two North Ame ...

  5. Analysis: Price Cuts No Solution to Apple's Dominance

    May 26, 2010 12:00 AM EDT "All they need to do is license their stuff at dirt cheap rates to all-you-can eat subscription services like Spotify and MOG." That was the advice given at MediaMemo to labels that may want to break Apple's stranglehold on digital ...

  6. CD Baby Flips Switch Digital Distro Service

    May 26, 2010 12:00 AM EDT CD Baby is getting into the digital distribution business. For a flat rate of $9 per track, CD Baby will make submitted songs available to all the major digital retailers it currently has relationships with. That includes iTunes, Amazon, Rhapsody, ...

  7. Business Matters: Twitter, LimeWire, Big Kenny, The Orchard and More

    May 26, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Follow Glenn Peoples on Twitter or e-mail him at gpeoples AT billboard.com. -- TubeMogul stats show Twitter is a growing force in online video. The service had a 28.2% increase in average number of streams referred. (TubeMogul did not offer stats ...

  8. Business Matters: Spotify, Levi, MySpace, 'Lost' and More

    May 25, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Follow Glenn Peoples on Twitter or e-mail him at gpeoples AT billboard.com. -- Spotify’s Android app has been updated to include the local file and social features that Spotify recently added to its service. I’ve been enjoying Spotify’s social fea ...

  9. Free Spotify App Goes Live At Nokia Store

    May 19, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The Spotify mobile app is now available for free at the Nokia Ovi Store. That makes it available for several of Nokia’s s60 TK handsets across Europe where the service is available. Nokia, of course, offers its own music service, albeit under a di ...

  10. Mobile Music Downloads Struggle To Make Headway

    May 19, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Fewer than 2% of mobile users in the United States and western Europe used their phone to download music in the first quarter, showing the uphill task facing Apple iTunes challengers like Nokia . Although 24% listened to music on their phone, the ...

  11. Analysis: Spotify's Dutch Launch Points To U.S. Strategy

    May 18, 2010 12:00 AM EDT For a clue on what the Spotify on-demand streaming music service might look like when it finally launches in the U.S., take a close look at what the company did in the Netherlands this week. In the process of launching there, Spotify launched two ...

  12. Spotify Launches In Netherlands, Offers New Services

    May 18, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Spotify launched in the Netherlands today (May 18). It's the seventh market where the ad-funded streaming music service is active, following launches in the U.K., France, Spain, Sweden, Norway and Finland. The Stockholm and London based compa ...

  13. @Great Escape: UMGI On Spotify, Freemium and More

    May 14, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Speaking at the Great Escape conference in Brighton, England, Universal Music Group International VP of digital Francis Keeling underlined his belief in the subscription model, lauded hot startup Spotify, backed the freemium business model and dec ...

  14. Great Escape Day One: U.K. Live Sector Thriving

    May 13, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The Great Escape music conference and festival in Brighton focused on the U.K.'s burgeoning live industry on its first day. U.K. live revenue - £1.39 billion ($2.04 billion) - moved ahead of the British retail value of recorded music - £1.31 ...

  15. Analysis: Subscription Model Takes Another Hit

    May 10, 2010 12:00 AM EDT If music subscription services were easy, everybody would be doing them and millions of Americans would be paying. Numbers from RealNetworks’ latest earnings show subscriptions are still one of music’s greatest paradox: so much potential but so fe ...

  16. New Service Puts Fresh Spin On Podcast Format

    May 10, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Remember podcasting? The ability to subscribe to audio programming sent to your desktop automatically was supposed to revolutionize radio. And while it certainly gained some traction—particularly after Apple created a podcasting section in iTunes— ...

  17. In Pictures: Spotify’s New Social Features

    May 10, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Spotify started rolling out new social networking features that add a new layer to the music streaming service. Key among the features is users’ ability to link to their Facebook accounts and follow and share music with their friends. Users’ inbox ...

  18. Business Matters: Spotify, Fatsoma, Lala, Kenny Chesney and More

    May 06, 2010 12:00 AM EDT -- Spotify has confirmed a media report that the service will launch in the Netherlands. The company does not yet have a date set for the launch. Spotify is currently available in six markets: Sweden, Norway, Finland, the UK, France and Spain. ( M ...

  19. @Web 2.0 Expo: Web Community Discusses Freemium Model

    May 04, 2010 12:00 AM EDT We know how Warner Music Group's Edgar Bronfman Jr. feels about freemium music services like Spotify. But how does the Web 2.0 community view the model? Ranjith Kumaran, founder and CTO of the Web-based file transfer company YouSendIt, attack ...

  20. Analysis: A Look Beyond The Album Format

    May 04, 2010 12:00 AM EDT In 2007, the Northern Irish rock band Ash announced it was giving up the album format, which it called “contrived” and “outdated,” and instead decided to release only singles. Last year, it started to release a new digital track every two weeks. C ...

  21. 5 Things You Need To Know From The IFPI Industry Report

    April 28, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The IFPI’s 22-page “Recording Industry In Numbers 2010” report offers a great deal of information on global revenue trends, approaches for dealing with piracy and the business models of tomorrow. Here are five important takeaways: No bottom in sig ...

  22. Business Matters: We7, Rhino Records, Live Nation, Atlantic Records and More

    April 28, 2010 12:00 AM EDT -- One side note about We7 ’s announcement that it was able to cover all costs for its on-demand streaming from advertising on the site. Not to take away from the company’s success – because so many before it have failed – but a digital music comp ...

  23. 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 ...

  24. How Much $ Is Spotify Making?

    April 27, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Spotify CEO Daniel Ek says his company is one of the top four digital accounts in revenues for major record labels. Data released by the BPI on Monday shows the UK trade value of subscription and ad-supported services combined totaled £20 million ...

  25. Spotify Takes Aim At iTunes, Goes Social With Facebook

    April 27, 2010 12:00 AM EDT It may not yet be available in the U.S., but Spotify firmly planted its flag in the digital music landscape of tomorrow with a major upgrade that, yet again, positions it as the digital music service to beat. In what the company calls its "bi ...

  26. U.K. Recorded Music Revenues Inch Up In 2009

    April 26, 2010 12:00 AM EDT U.K. trade body the BPI said a strong fourth quarter and rising digital sales helped push the recorded music market into growth in 2009. The BPI reported a modest 1.4% year-on-year increase in trade income of £928.8 million ($1.44 billion), based ...

  27. UPDATED: Rhapsody Debuts Offline Song Plays On iPhone

    April 26, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Rhapsody released an upgraded version of its iPhone app that allows users to cache songs on the device so that they can be played even when the device is out of wireless coverage. That gives the company bragging rights for being the first to offer ...

  28. Curious About Spotify Payouts? Get Out Your Microscope

    April 21, 2010 12:00 AM EDT One U.S. band has found out that Spotify’s payouts are just fractions of a penny per play – and in one case so low it was rounded down to zero. With payouts so low, could artists and labels eventually become comfortable with the frustrating econom ...

  29. Spotify Teams With Metric, Responds To Gaga Reports

    April 16, 2010 12:00 AM EDT European streaming service Spotify has partnered with Canadian rock act Metric on a promotion for the band's album and tour. The promotion includes a 25% discount on Metric shows for Spotify users, and an offer to buy the current album " ...

  30. A MySpace Subscription Service?

    April 13, 2010 12:00 AM EDT On Tuesday a News Corp. exec said MySpace Music is likely to launch a subscription service before the end of 2010. While that may raise a few eyebrows, there’s no reason to think News Corp. was teasing an upcoming launch. Jonathan Miller, News Cor ...

  31. Business Matters: Obama, Grokster, Spotify, Hollywood Records and More

    April 13, 2010 12:00 AM EDT -- On President Obama ’s short list of candidates to fill the position of departing Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens is federal appeals court Judge Sidney Thomas. As Ben Sheffner pointed out, Thomas wrote the Ninth Circuit’s decision for MG ...

  32. 7digital, Imerge Launch Home Entertainment Service

    April 06, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Digital download retailer 7digital has launched its online music store for high-end entertainment systems in partnership with Imerge, the U.K. manufacturer of hard disk home entertainment servers. The Imerge XiVA Music Store has been developed wit ...

  33. Business Matters: iPad, Country Sales, Spotify, Gorilla vs. Bear and More

    March 31, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. -- How does the price of the iPad stack up to previous Apple products? Adjusted for inflation, it's actually one of the company's cheape ...

  34. Spotify Q3 Launch? Maybe, Maybe Not.

    March 29, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Contrary to what was reported by Bloomberg last week, Spotify says it is not targeting a U.S. launch in the third quarter. A company spokesperson told Music Ally the official estimate is "later this year." Although it did not quote an ex ...

  35. Spotify Set For Q3 U.S. Launch

    March 26, 2010 12:00 AM EDT European streaming music service Spotify plans to launch its U.S.-based service in the third quarter, according to details shared in a recent interview. Senior VP Paul Brown made the statement to Bloomberg in an interview , where he reiterated the ...

  36. The Orchard CEO Supports Free, On-Demand Services

    March 25, 2010 12:00 AM EDT During the Orchard's fourth-quarter earnings call on Thursday, CEO Brad Navin threw his company's support behind on-demand business models. The overall pie is growing because of these new services, he said. "Early indicators are the ...

  37. SXSW Recap: What Worked, What Didn't

    March 22, 2010 12:00 AM EDT -- Interactive and Music Need to Overlap . Music industry people would benefit from spending time at SXSW during the conference’s interactive portion – and vice versa. There are stark differences between the two conferences. At the interactive con ...

  38. 6 Questions: Max Hole

    March 22, 2010 12:00 AM EDT As the new COO of Universal Music Group International (Billboard.biz, March 15), Max Hole will be a serious contender for the title of "most powerful label executive outside America." He'll take over UMGI's central functions fr ...

  39. @SXSW: Spotify’s Daniel Ek Sits For Keynote

    March 16, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Panel : Keynote Interview with Spotify’s Daniel Ek Participants : Daniel Ek (Spotify), Eliot Van Buskirk (Wired.com) A next generation of streaming services are the newest hope for the digital music business. Will they attract mass adoption or fiz ...

  40. @SXSW: MOG Showcases iPhone, Google Android Apps

    March 15, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Coming in Q2 will be MOG's apps for the iPhone and Google Android platform, which were debuted at SXSW today. The apps take an excellent product -- the MOG online service -- and put it in an easy-to-use, feature-rich mobile version. CEO David ...

  41. 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 ...

  42. VC Watch: The Hottest Music-Based Startups

    March 12, 2010 12:00 AM EST With so much music being created and licensed, there is a growing need for companies that add organization and context to it all. Because of this, service-based companies, not streaming or download music services, have emerged as the hottest music ...

  43. France’s Zimbalam Plants Flag In North America

    March 11, 2010 12:00 AM EST Digital music distribution network Zimbalam is launching in the U.S. and Canada. Owned by indie music distributor Believe Digital, Zimbalam places clients’ music on 25 different digital music services, including iTunes and Spotify for a flat rate ...

  44. Spotify Debuts Live Set From Amy Macdonald

    March 08, 2010 12:00 AM EST European streaming service Spotify has moved into live concert footage, launching Amy Macdonald's sophomore album with a live set from the Scottish singer songwriter. Spotify last month premiered a promo video for Jimi Hendrix's "Bl ...

  45. MOG Vs. Spotify

    March 05, 2010 12:00 AM EST The UK is getting a first taste of MOG through a hyped “MOG vs. Spotify” matchup. MOG hopes to launch in the UK by June. CEO David Hyman explained to The Guardian his company’s advantage over Spotify: “Where ad-funded services like Spotify end up ...

  46. Business Matters: U2 Manager Paul McGuinness, EMI, Gretchen Wilson

    March 01, 2010 12:00 AM EST -- In an article at the Times about falling recorded music revenue and its impact on new label signings, the potential of streaming music is briefly discussed. U2 manager Paul McGuinness said "falling CD sales can - hopefully - be made up for ...

  47. Analysis: Where's The Money?

    March 01, 2010 12:00 AM EST Terra Firma’s troubled investment in EMI receives most of the headlines, but there has been much more to music investments over the last two-plus years and the state of music-related deals will be discussed at the Music & Money Symposium on Ma ...

  48. Spotify Fires Back

    February 26, 2010 12:00 AM EST The latest debate in digital music is music streaming services’ impact on paid download purchases. In response to new data shared by NPD Group’s Russ Crupnick, Spotify says on-demand music services do not cannibalize music sales. “There is other d ...

  49. Spotify Snags Jimi Hendrix Video Exclusive

    February 25, 2010 12:00 AM EST European streaming service Spotify has secured the global exclusive of the new Jimi Hendrix music video for his previously unreleased cover of blues song "Bleeding Heart." The video, now available on Spotify's free ad-funded service ...

  50. We7 Joins Spotify With Premium Mobile Streaming App, Neither Yet in U.S.

    February 24, 2010 12:00 AM EST UK-based digital music service we7 has a mobile app out for the iPhone, expected on March 1. The Premium Plus app works much like that from competitor Spotify. For 10 pounds a month, users can stream any song in we7's catalog of more than 5 m ...

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