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  1. Spotify CEO Confident For 2010 U.S. Launch

    November 20, 2009 12:00 AM EST Daniel Ek, founder and CEO of music streaming platform Spotify, has said that he is confident that the service will launch in the U.S. in the first half of 2010. Speaking at U.K. industry confab the Media Festival, where he was interviewed by medi ...

  2. MySpace Close To Acquiring Imeem

    November 17, 2009 12:00 AM EST MySpace reportedly is in the late stages of negotiating an acquisition of rival music streaming service imeem. Billboard has independently verified initial reports from tech blog TechCrunch and the Wall Street Journal’s AllThingsD , that the negot ...

  3. Business Matters: Spotify, Best Online Marketing Practices, Musicadium

    November 12, 2009 12:00 AM EST Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. -- Spotify has reportedly postponed its launch in the U.S. The company had often said it planned for a launch by the end of 2009. ( TechCrunch ) - ...

  4. Business Matters: BlueBeat.com, Qtrax, Choruss

    November 09, 2009 12:00 AM EST Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. -- A Q&A with Hank Risan, the CEO of BlueBeat.com . Risan explained the technology behind psychoacoustic simulation, the technology at the hea ...

  5. Business Matters: Spotify, Sirius XM, Journey and More

    November 06, 2009 12:00 AM EST Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. -- The Register has reported Spotify is doing a better job converting its free users to paid, premium subscribers. The service now has 116,000 pre ...

  6. France's Deezer Launches Premium Services

    November 06, 2009 12:00 AM EST Paris-based on-demand streaming service Deezer has unveiled premium offers to complement its free ad-supported service. For €4.99 ($7.44) a month, subscribers can access the on-demand service in a higher quality (up to 320 kbps) without any visual ...

  7. Business Matters: Google, ReverbNation, BlueBeat.com

    November 04, 2009 12:00 AM EST Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. -- TThe news on Google 's music search partnerships continues with five free tracks at Lala.com, MySpace and iLike by Tim McGraw, Phoenix, Ma ...

  8. Spotify To Preview Robbie Williams Set

    November 03, 2009 12:00 AM EST Spotify will be streaming the comeback album from Robbie Williams three days ahead of its U.K. release. The ad-funded free streaming service will make "Reality Killed The Video Star" (Virgin/EMI) available to users in the U.K. at midnigh ...

  9. Business Matters: Doug Morris, Rhapsody, EMI, The Beatles

    November 03, 2009 12:00 AM EST Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. -- According to BusinessWeek.com, Doug Morris, CEO of Universal Music Group, is "quietly making plans to bring in a successor" - Lucian ...

  10. Lala Deal Extends Believe’s International Presence

    November 02, 2009 12:00 AM EST European digital distribution service Believe Digital has partnered with music website www.Lala.com to provide its repertoire to Google's recently unveiled music service. The deal will also see Believe Digital provide its repertoire through L ...

  11. This Week's 10 Most Popular Stories On Billboard.biz

    October 30, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The following is a round-up of the 10 most popular stories on Billboard.biz during the past week. 1. Analysis: What Impact Will Google Music Search Have? How successful will this the newly launched Google search be? It depends on (1) how difficult ...

  12. Business Matters: Sony, RealNetworks, Google, Warner Music Nashville and More

    October 30, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. -- Sony Music reported revenue of $1.38 billion and an operating income of $96 million in Sony Corp’s fiscal Q2 ending September 30. That was a 3% ...

  13. Spotify Offers Lower U.K. Subscription

    October 27, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Sweden-based music streaming service Spotify has lowered its premium subscription rate in the United Kingdom from £9.99 ($16.30) a month to £6.49 ($10.60) for certain customers over a 6-month period. The reduced pricing structure is effective imme ...

  14. Business Matters: Sky Songs, The Pirate Bay, DJ Hero

    October 23, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. -- The European Parliament dropped from a Telecom bill an amendment that would have protected citizen’s right to Internet access. In doing away wi ...

  15. Business Matters: Ticketmaster, Vevo, Robbie Williams

    October 19, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. -- Ticketmaster CEO Irving Azoff said he "remains highly confident" the company's proposed merger with Live Nation "will happe ...

  16. 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 ...

  17. Spotify Revamps Music Purchase System

    October 15, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Spotify has given its music purchase system a makeover, allowing users of the ad-funded streaming service to purchase tracks with one click within Spotify, without interrupting the music. Spotify now has a closer integration with digital technolog ...

  18. Business Matters: ASCAP, Spotify, Wolfgang's Vault

    October 15, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- In a summary judgment that is part of a larger case between ASCAP and mobile carriers, a federal court said ringtones played in public do not constitute public performances and therefore are not due performance royalties. The judgement states & ...

  19. Business Matters: iTunes LP, Sky Songs, Tunecore

    October 14, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- Apple has responded to a claim that it charges a $10,000 production fee for the creation of iTunes LP titles. Said an Apple spokesperson, "We're releasing the open specs for iTunes LP soon, allowing both major and indie labels to crea ...

  20. Business Matters: Live Nation, UMG Distribution, Rhapsody

    October 13, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- A report says the Ambassadors Theatre Group is the frontrunner to buy Live Nation 's theatrical division for up to £100 million ($158 million). The company plans to use the proceeds from this sale for debt reduction. Selling off non-core a ...

  21. Business Matters: Sky Songs, iTunes LP, We7

    October 12, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- British Sky Broadcasting will launch its long-awaited ISP-based music service next week. The specifics about the quality of the store and its user experience are still emerging, but details are out about the pricing structure. And they are unde ...

  22. Business Matters: Warner Music, Spotify, Digital Music Forum West

    October 09, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- AdAge.com has an in-depth piece on Warner Music Group 's Web strategy and its new deal with YouTube . What really stands out about the strategy is that it represents a market-driven solution to a complicated licensing problem. The incentiv ...

  23. Recap: Future Of Music Summit 2009

    October 08, 2009 12:00 AM EDT This year's Future of Music Summit, held from Sunday to Tuesday in Washington, D.C., had its usual mix of intelligence and meaningful discourse. The appearance of Senator Al Franken, who once drew a map of the lower 48 in under two minutes on ...

  24. Business Matters: FM Radio, Music Sponsorships, Spotify

    October 08, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- A bill on low power FM radio will get a vote on Thursday in the House Subcommittee on Communications, Technology and the Internet. The Local Community Radio Act would allow the FCC to license hundreds of new low power, non-commercial stations. ...

  25. Analysis: The Cost of Streaming Billions of Songs

    October 07, 2009 12:00 AM EDT How much does it cost to run a streaming music service? If you’re Spotify and you’re streaming billions of songs every month, as the company disclosed in a blog post on Wednesday , you’re spending millions in royalties while seeking to find the ri ...

  26. Zimbalam Expands Into Italy, Germany

    October 07, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Zimbalam, a French-based digital distribution service for unsigned artists, has extended its operations to Italy and Germany. The Zimbalam service was set up two months ago and forms part of Believe Digital, a Paris-based company that has been act ...

  27. 7digital Launches U.S. Store, BlackBerry App

    October 06, 2009 12:00 AM EDT digital CEO Ben Drury says the firm's new BlackBerry application can help it crack the American download market. U.K.-based 7digital -- which already operates stores in 12 European territories -- goes live with its U.S. store today at us.7di ...

  28. Business Matters: P2P, Spotify, The Pirate Bay, Creed

    October 02, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. -- A story on Tuesday had some incorrect numbers on 2009-versus-2007 decline in album sales. The correct two-year decline in album sales are: 23.9 ...

  29. Business Matters: Bruce Springsteen, Spotify, Cherry Lane

    September 23, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- A Bruce Springsteen concert in Greenville, S.C. - the Bi-Lo Center's first with paperless ticketing - ran into a few problems. It seems many people didn't know they needed to present two pieces of ID at the venue, and long lines preve ...

  30. German Market Set To Return To Growth In 2013

    September 18, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The German music market is set to grow again as of 2013 when digital revenues are expected to compensate for the losses made in physical sales, according to Stefan Michalk, CEO of the Federal Association of the Music Industry (BVMI) in Berlin. The ...

  31. Business Matters: Spotify, iTunes, Pandora

    September 18, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. -- A new era for iTunes ? Perhaps music will not be as important to Apple since it will not be the critical driver of future hardware sales. Needh ...

  32. Business Matters: YouTube, Spotify, Rhapsody

    September 14, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. -- Statistics revealed by TubeMogul show the dominance of music videos among YouTube ’s most-watched videos. Tracking all-time views for videos to ...

  33. Spotify Back To Invite Only In U.K.

    September 11, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Ad-funded free digital music streaming service Spotify has temporarily reinstated its invite system in the U.K. due to "huge demand" since the mobile service launched on Sept. 7. Spotify apps are available for mobile streaming for iPhone ...

  34. Billboard.biz Q&A: Neil Smith, VP of Business Management, Rhapsody

    September 10, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Apple has approved Rhapsody’s on-demand music streaming application, marking the second time in a week that the company has given the nod to a potentially competing music service on the iPhone and iPod Touch platforms. The Rhapsody app—available i ...

  35. Analysis: New Forrester Report Highlights Music Release Strategies

    September 09, 2009 12:00 AM EDT In a new study from research firm Forrester, titled “Music Release Windows: The Product Innovation That The Music Business Can't Do Without,” the company has taken an old concept and made it a rallying cry for greater change in the music indu ...

  36. Business Matters: eMusic, Sony, Perez Hilton, Apple

    September 09, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. -- How many file sharers are there in the U.K. and where does that number come from? Ars Technica explains the investigation by a BBC Radio 4 show ...

  37. Business Matters: Spotify, DMCA, Geffen Records

    September 08, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- Reviews of Spotify's iPhone app are appearing just a week after Apple gave its approval. Reviews range from insanely positive to positive with reservations. The Spotify app is free to people in the UK, Sweden, France, Spain, Norway and Fin ...

  38. Seatwave Named No. 1 Tech Media Company

    September 08, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Fan-to-fan ticket exchange Seatwave has been named the No. 1 Tech Media 100 Company for 2009 in a new study of the sector. Coordinated by business intelligence company Europe Unlimited, in association with the Guardian, Price Waterhouse Coopers an ...

  39. Spotify Launches For iPhone, Android

    September 07, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Digital music service Spotify has launched its mobile app for the iPhone and iPod Touch and Android-powered phones. The app is available today (Sept. 7) for free from Android Market and the iTunes App store for Spotify's premium users in the ...

  40. Business Matters: Nokia, Pandora, Crosslink Capital

    September 04, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. -- Nokia says the U.S. launch of its Comes With Music service isn’t being delayed to 2010 because the U.S. launch never had a firm date in the fir ...

  41. Business Matters: Pandora, Zune, Roxanne Shante, eMusic

    September 03, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- Pandora has launched version 2.0 of its desktop application. New features: view your song history; the addition of a progress bar; faster transitions to the next song after giving a song a "thumbs down" rating; the application remembe ...

  42. Analysis: Are VCs Eyeing Music Investments Again?

    September 01, 2009 12:00 AM EDT News arrived last week that Mog and Rightsflow landed additional rounds of equity. One may wonder if investors are being lured into music again. The answer is both yes and no. Except for Spotify, few listening-based music startups have recently ca ...

  43. The Billboard Q&A: David Pakman

    September 01, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Music startups used to get more attention from investors. But the graveyard of failed companies has become crowded, persuading would-be partners to shy away from putting money in new music ventures due to what they see as modest payoffs, high lice ...

  44. Business Matters: Vevo, SanDisk, Eircom, Apple

    September 01, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. -- Vevo , the video streaming joint venture between Universal Music Group and YouTube , is raising capital at a $300 million valuation, according ...

  45. Apple Approves Spotify App

    August 28, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Spotify says its iPhone app has been approved by Apple and will be available for its premium subscribers. The app will be available "soon" from the App Store for customers in the U.K., Sweden, France, Spain, Norway and Finland. The Spoti ...

  46. Business Matters: Global Gaming Factory, Live Nation, Spotify

    August 27, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. -- Global Gaming Factory , the Swedish company that planned to buy The Pirate Bay and transform it into a legitimate company with a bold business ...

  47. Digital Briefs: Facebook, Spotify, Outside Lands Fest

    August 26, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- A status update by Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg reading simply " Spotify is so good" has sparked a rash of speculation that the social networking site may be in partnership talks with the ad-supported streaming music service. Face ...

  48. RealNetworks Develops Rhapsody iPhone App

    August 24, 2009 12:00 AM EDT RealNetworks says it had developed an iPhone app for its Rhapsody subscription music service, and is submitting it for Apple's approval this week. An overview of the app, including a video demo, was posted over the weekend to the Rhapsody blo ...

  49. C/O Pop Claims 20% Rise In Delegates

    August 21, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Cologne's c/o pop convention recorded a 20% increase in delegate attendance, according to figures released by the organisers. The number of music industry representatives attending the event grew from 1,000 in 2008 to 1,200 for this year' ...

  50. 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 ...

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