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  1. Spotify Submits iPhone App

    July 27, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Spotify has submitted its iPhone app to Apple for approval for the iTunes App Store. The app will only work for premium users of Spotify, who pay £9.99 ($16.50) in the U.K. for a higher quality, ad-free version of the free ad-funded streaming serv ...

  2. Spotify Signs IODA Deal For 2 Million Tracks

    July 21, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Spotify has signed with IODA to bring the digital distributor's catalog to the ad-funded free streaming service. IODA will provide Spotify users with music drawn from a catalog of nearly 2 million tracks from over 50 countries. Artists covere ...

  3. Microsoft Talks Music Streaming Service

    July 14, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Microsoft plans to launch a music streaming service with a "similar principle to Spotify," according to a report by the U.K.'s Daily Telegraph. "Music is an important area for Microsoft. We are looking at launching a music stre ...

  4. Digital Briefs: Pandora, Microsoft

    July 13, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- Personalized Internet radio service Pandora has raised $34 million in its latest funding round, bringing the total amount raised in it's nine-year existence to $64 million. While the news of the investment comes just days after the company ...

  5. Survey: File-Sharing Down In U.K.

    July 13, 2009 12:00 AM EDT A new survey of U.K. music fans suggests that fewer people are getting music via illegal file-sharing. According to the latest annual survey of more than 1,000 music fans by specialist media and technology research agency the Leading Question, in ...

  6. Lucian Grainge Delivers Bullish Keynote At BPI AGM

    July 07, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music International chairman and CEO Lucian Grainge gave an optimistic keynote address at the BPI's annual general meeting in London, as the U.K. trade body issued figures showing an increase of 7% year-on-year for record company re ...

  7. Briefs: Jack White, U2, Spotify

    July 06, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- Jack White 's record label Third Man Records is introducing a subscription content service to fans. The offer contains two tiers. The $7 a month option for access to first shot at concert tickets, exclusive streaming content, chat rooms an ...

  8. Briefs: Country Sales, EFF, Spotify, TuneUp

    July 02, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- Country album sales dropped 24% last week compared to an 8% drop for the market. But country continues its digital progress. Year to date, digital accounts for 11.4% of album sales. That's just more than half of the digital share of pop al ...

  9. Opinion: Spotify Succeeds On Simplicity, Not Discovery

    June 30, 2009 12:00 AM EDT P2P streaming music program Spotify is expected to launch in the US later this year - it is currently open to users in Sweden, Norway, Finland, the UK, France and Spain - but Billboard has been testing the service for the last few weeks. The servi ...

  10. Briefs: FCC Chairman, CDBaby, Spotify, EMI

    June 30, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- Julius Genachowski, the FCC’s new chairman , has been sworn in and has named his staff. Edward Lazarus, from he law firm of Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld, will be his chief of staff. Bruce Liang Gottlieb, who was legal advisor to Commis ...

  11. Analysis: Should Real Switch Strategy?

    June 29, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Is it time for RealNetworks to Switch Gears? That's the headline of an article at the New York Times that questions the strategies and relevancy of RealNetworks, which operates the Rhapsody music store and subscription service. In the piece, ...

  12. Briefs: Spotify, Imeem, Mobile Piracy

    June 26, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- Spotify is earning a 14 pence per U.K. user per month in advertising revenue, The Register reports. The music streaming service has over half a million users in the U.K., but only 17,000 of them are said to have upgraded to the ad-free, premium ...

  13. Spotify Offers CD Quality Streaming

    June 22, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Subscribers to the premium version of Spotify will get CD quality streaming this week. The service's stream of 160 kb/s will be upgraded to 320 kb/s, which is "equivalent to CD quality and the highest streaming rate for any digital music ...

  14. Briefs: FCC, Jazz Times, Nokia's Comes With Music

    June 19, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- The Senate Commerce Committee approved the confirmation of Julius Genachowski as the next chairman of the Federal Communications Commission . The committee also approved a second term for Commissioner Robert McDowell. ( Reuters ) -- After more ...

  15. Briefs: Capitol vs. Thomas-Rasset, YouTube, Spotify

    June 18, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- By all accounts, Julius Genachowski breezed through his hearing as President Obama 's nomination to be FCC chairman. Genachowski , a former executive at InterActive Corp. and a co-founder of LaunchBox Digital and Rock Creek Ventures, said ...

  16. Briefs: Ticketmaster, Obama, Bopaboo, Spotify

    June 10, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- Time magazine took a good look at the proposed Ticketmaster-Live Nation merger , what a former FTC assistant director called "the first test case in the Obama Administration." Luke Froeb of Vanderbilt University explained how the merg ...

  17. We7 Going Mobile

    June 05, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Ad-supported music streaming service We7 is set to launch mobile applications, CEO Steve Purdham has confirmed. An Apple iPhone application has been completed, while Android and Blackberry apps are also in development. It follows last month's ...

  18. Spotify Previews Mobile App

    May 28, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Music streaming service Spotify has shown off its new mobile service working with Google's Android platform. The company, based in London and Stockholm, has posted a demo online at YouTube . The company stressed that the app for Android-power ...

  19. IMS Day One: Evolution On The Dance Agenda

    May 28, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The opening day of the sophomore edition of the Ibiza International Music Summit (IMS) kicked off with a keynote speech by Marc Marot, a partner at management company SEG International. Marot, who has previously worked at Blue Mountain Music, used ...

  20. Seatwave Tops European Digital Growth List

    May 20, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Fan-to-fan ticket exchange Seatwave has won the fastest growing company and best management categories at the 2009 Media Momentum Awards. The announcement in London coincided with the release of the 2009 Media Momentum Top 50 league table, which r ...

  21. Business Briefs: WMG, Online Piracy, Wilco, Vitaminwater

    May 15, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- Pali Research has upgraded Warner Music Group as it sees the company well positioned relative to its peers. "While we expect the music industry's declines/troubles to continue for at least the next couple of years with total domestic ...

  22. Spotify CEO Talks Portability, Premium Service Growth

    May 15, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Daniel Ek, founder and CEO of music streaming service Spotify, says he wants to build on the early popularity of the ad-supported free model by developing a portable service and attracting users to the premium service. Spotify launched in Stockhol ...

  23. Business Briefs: 'Free,' Obama, Napster, Apple

    May 11, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- Spurred by comments by Rupert Murdoch on the death of free online media, free music was a big topic in U.K. papers over the weekend. The Telegraph quoted Mike Smith, managing director of Columbia Records: "When you listen to streamed music ...

  24. Business Briefs: Warner Music, Spotify, Apple

    April 29, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- David Lammy, the UK minister in charge of intellectual property does not endorse a three strikes plan for fighting illegal file-sharing. Lammy endorses commercial solutions and educating the public about copyright. "We are moving into an e ...

  25. HMV Sales Up 11.7% In 2009

    April 29, 2009 12:00 AM EDT U.K. entertainment retailer HMV has benefited from the closure of rival Zavvi and the Woolworths retail chain, recording a year-on-year sales volume increase of 11.7% for the 16 weeks ending April 25, 2009. During a conference call, HMV Group chie ...

  26. Business Briefs: Downloading Study, Echo, Dora, Bandcamp

    April 21, 2009 12:00 AM EDT A Norwegian study tracked 2,000 online music users over the age of 15 and found that those who downloaded free music, either legally or illegally, purchased ten times more music than people who did not download free music. Not ten times more likel ...

  27. Business Briefs: NPD, Spotify, MySpace, Lala, Rick Ross

    April 16, 2009 12:00 AM EDT - An NPD Group study has found U.S. consumers' entertainment spending will remain steady in 2009. Seventy-five percent of respondents said they will either hold steady or increase their spending on digital music, while 65% said the same of CD ...

  28. Business Briefs: Free Music, Google, Pirate Bay, Live Nation

    April 13, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- Free music will continue to exist on the Internet, but as some companies burn through cash it is clear some users are going to have to pay to subsidize those users who prefer the free version. Ad revenue and royalty rates are such that addition ...

  29. 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 ...

  30. Business Briefs: Spotify, Wal-Mart, Twitter, Nokia

    April 09, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- The Performing Rights Society, an organization of British songwriters, has agreed to commercial terms with music streaming site Spotify. ( Times Online ) -- Related: Spotify has opened up its application programming interface (API) to third-par ...

  31. Co-Founder Heralds Value Of Spotify

    April 06, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Add Daniel Ek, the co-founder of music streaming service Spotify, to the list of people who think consumers will continue to pay for music. Making connections, however, could be a bigger calling card for the promising startup. From an article at T ...

  32. Analysis: Mixing Downloads With Streams

    March 31, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The new partnership between Spotify , the new darling of streaming music sites, and UK digital media delivery company 7digital will allow Spotify users to buy MP3 downloads of over six million tracks, but combining a streaming service with a paid ...

  33. Digital Briefs: Meloedo, Thumbplay, Spotify

    March 30, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- Mobile music service provider Meloedo has followed up on its streaming iPhone app for the Presidents of the United States of America with a similar full discography service for indie group State Radio. For $3, fans can buy the applications and ...

  34. 7digital Partners With Sweden's Spotify

    March 30, 2009 12:00 AM EDT U.K. download store 7digital.com has signed a deal with Sweden-based streaming service Spotify that will allow users across Europe to purchase MP3 downloads directly through the Spotify application. Effective immediately, links to 7digital.com ...

  35. 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 ...

  36. Black Sabbath Goes Digital

    March 27, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The Black Sabbath back catalog will be available digitally for the first time in the U.K. from Monday (March 30). Universal Music Catalogue U.K. said in a statement that 18 titles will be available from download retailers and on streaming partners ...

  37. Last.fm Opens Restricted App Progam

    March 27, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Last.fm is working on releasing a set of software tools that will let third-party developers create applications using its music streaming service. As a first step in that process, the company is banning any applications currently using the Last.f ...

  38. Last.fm Flips To Fee Model Outside US, UK, Germany

    March 24, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Last.fm is moving away from its free, ad-supported streaming music model in some parts of the world in favor of a monthly subscription fee. In all countries save the U.S., U.K., and Germany, it will now charge a 3-euro monthly fee for the Last.fm ...

  39. Digital Briefs: SendMe, Spotify, NPR

    March 05, 2009 12:00 AM EST - Mobile entertainment firm SendMe scored a $12 million series D funding round, led by Triangle Peak Partners, along with GrandBanks Capital, Spark Capital, True Ventures and Amicus Capital. The company has licensing deals with Universal Music Gro ...

  40. Spotify Claims 1 Million Users

    March 03, 2009 12:00 AM EST Music streaming operation Spotify claims it has registered one million users across Europe only two weeks after allowing the U.K. public full access to its service. The Sweden-based service launched in October with catalog from all four major labe ...

  41. Spotify Opens To U.K. Public

    February 11, 2009 12:00 AM EST Sweden-based streaming service Spotify has opened access to the U.K. public after operating on an invite-only basis since its launch in October. Users in the U.K. can now register for the ad-supported site for free while the premium, ad-free servi ...

  42. Digital Briefs: UMG vs. Veoh, Spotify, CD Baby

    February 06, 2009 12:00 AM EST - The judge overseeing Universal Music Group's lawsuit against Veoh ruled that the company's investors could not be included in the labels' copyright infringement claims. - On-demand music discovery service Lp33.tv added A&R exe ...

  43. Spotify Hit By Licensing Restrictions

    January 29, 2009 12:00 AM EST On-demand music streaming service Spotify has been forced to remove songs from its catalog and restrict access to some tracks in certain countries. The Swedish-based service has won plaudits for its smooth delivery of streamed tracks and user-frie ...

  44. 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 ...

  45. Pandora, Slacker Tweak Streaming Offers

    December 19, 2008 12:00 AM EST Personalized Internet radio services Pandora and Slacker are ending the year with new service offerings. Pandora is making its mobile version available for free to Sprint wireless customers. The company previously charged $3 a month for Sprint cus ...

  46. European Labels Back Streaming Service Spotify

    October 07, 2008 12:00 AM EDT New music streaming service Spotify launched today in Europe with the support of all four major labels, as well as independent rights body Merlin and independent digital music distributor The Orchard. The service is available in the United Kingdom ...

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