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  1. Spotify to Unveil 12 New Apps Thursday, Including Def Jam, Warner, Matador, Domino

    March 21, 2012 9:32 PM EDT Spotify will unveil a new slate of apps for its desktop client Thursday, adding to the first round of 15 apps that debuted Nov. 30 . Half of the 12 new apps -- maybe more -- are from record labels: Def Jam, Domino, Matador, [PIAS], the Warner Soun ...

  2. Is Beats Audio Acquiring Mog?

    March 19, 2012 8:34 PM EDT Is Beats Audio buying music-subscription service Mog? A report Monday at Business Insider has an unnamed source saying the deal was done last week, although a report Tuesday at All Things D said the deal has not yet closed. While at press time, ne ...

  3. Business Matters: Can Spotify Catch iTunes in Two Years? The Numbers Behind Sean Parker's Prediction

    March 16, 2012 10:20 PM EDT Can Spotify Catch iTunes in Two Years? The Numbers Behind Sean Parker's Prediction -- Sean Parker, entrepreneur and investor (in Spotify and other companies) predicted at SXSW that Spotify, at its current growth rate, will overtake iTunes wit ...

  4. Jez Bell, Peter Bradbury, Matt DeFlippis Discuss: Do We Need Music Collecting Societies in the Digital Age? @SXSW Panel

    March 16, 2012 4:53 PM EDT Jez Bell, Director of Licensing Omnifone; Matt DeFilippis VP New Media & Technology ASCAP; Peter Bradbury Head of Rights BBC (Photo: Jason Gross) Who cares about companies who collect royalties for songwriters and publishers (i.e. ASCAP, BMI)? ...

  5. Business Matters: SXSW Interactive Was Big on Parties and Celebrities, But Light on Breakthrough Products

    March 15, 2012 8:30 PM EDT SXSW Interactive Was Big on Parties and Celebrities, Light on Breakthrough Products -- During SXSW Interactive, commonly written as SXSWi, I asked 20 or more people -- music industry professionals, digital professionals, random people -- which tec ...

  6. A2IM's Rich Bengloff Chats About the Buzz In Austin

    March 15, 2012 6:10 PM EDT A2IM President Rich Bengloff paused to talk to Billboard.biz following the "How Stella Got Her Groove Back" panel at SXSW Music, where he was in town to attend the 7th annual A2IM member's breakfast Thursday morning. The breakfast b ...

  7. Sean Parker and Shawn Fanning on Spotify Carrying Napster's Mantle, Starting New Social Video Company @ SXSW

    March 14, 2012 6:25 PM EDT Former Napster founders Sean Parker and Shawn Fanning sat down for an interview conducted by actor/director Alex Winter at SXSW Music as part of the promotional campaign for the upcoming film documenting Napster's rise and fall, titled " ...

  8. GEMA's 2011 Earnings Drop

    March 14, 2012 7:30 AM EDT The German collection society GEMA in 2011 saw a decrease in its income of 4.3 percent and an increase in operating costs of 14.9 percent. The yearly report was announced today by GEMA CEO Dr. Harald Heker in Munich. In 2011, the rights organizati ...

  9. Spotify's Ken Parks @ SXSW Panel: No Reason Why Music Biz Can't be 'Multiples of Size' Larger

    March 13, 2012 8:19 PM EDT Left to right: Billboard editorial director Bill Werde and Spotify chief content officer Ken Parks. (Photo credit: Glenn Peoples) No other digital music company -- perhaps with the exception of Apple -- has been so closely covered in the last two ...

  10. Turntable.FM Signs Licensing Deals With All Four Major Labels -- It's Official

    March 13, 2012 1:33 PM EDT Turntable.fm now has licensing agreements with all four of the major labels in place. The announcement was made today at South By Southwest by Turntable.fm founder Billy Chasen and co-founder Seth Goldstein during the panel "Turntable.FM: The ...

  11. Music Apps Gone Wild: The Moderator's Notes

    March 12, 2012 5:40 PM EDT After my panel at SXSW today, several people asked for copies of my presentation about the wildest, wackiest music apps we've seen over the past year. The presentation went well, and I even got some laughs and applause, which is always sort o ...

  12. Dark Art of Digital Music Recommendations SXSWi Panel: The Music Discovery Solution Is People, Not Tech

    March 12, 2012 5:33 PM EDT Music discovery has long since been a hot topic in the music business. Next to music monetization it is probably the most important debate in the industry - how do we get more people to find and listen to our music? Today, with the rise of the Int ...

  13. Spotify Launching In Germany Tuesday

    March 12, 2012 5:14 PM EDT COLOGNE, Germany - Swedish online music service Spotify will launch in Germany, the world's third-largest music market, just after midnight on Monday. The launch is Spotify's biggest since its U.S. bow last year and key for the company, ...

  14. The Wild - and Sometimes Productive - World of Music Apps

    March 12, 2012 2:40 PM EDT Music apps can be fun, serious and really strange. Some might prove useful for a few days while others could be entirely transformative. The entire spectrum could be found at an entertaining panel called "Music Apps Gone Wild," a recap o ...

  15. EMI Accidentally Posts Century Media Albums To Spotify

    March 12, 2012 11:39 AM EDT Soon after Spotify began sweeping the U.S. last July, a number of independent labels began to pull their content from the service, citing comically small per-stream payouts for artists and condemning the service as not beneficial for independents. ...

  16. Sony Music Unlimited Brings Offline Playback to Android App

    March 09, 2012 6:15 AM EST Sony Music Unlimited, the all-you-can-hear music subscription service that represents Sony's answer to Spotify, MOG, Rhapsody and so on, added a crucial new feature to its Android app on Thursday: the ability to store music on an Android smar ...

  17. Songkick Gets Investment from Sequoia Capital

    March 08, 2012 12:54 PM EST In the latest deal involving a data-driven music company, music database startup Songkick has landed an investment from venture capital firm Sequoia Capital. Songkick, based in East London with an office in the San Francisco Bay area, has created ...

  18. ASCAP Revenues Up, Operating Expenses Down

    March 08, 2012 9:55 AM EST ASCAP has posted a 5.3% increase in revenue to $985 million from the $935 million that the company reported in 2010. Moreover, the organization's operating expense ratio declined by two percentage points to 11.9%. That means the performance r ...

  19. Francis Keeling Named Universal Music's Global Head Of Digital Business

    March 07, 2012 6:14 AM EST Universal Music Group is once-again ramping up its digital operations with the promotion of Francis Keeling to the role of global head of digital business. Effective immediately, Keeling will report to Rob Wells, UMG president of global digital bu ...

  20. Songza Launches Concierge, Picks Free Music for Your Specific Situation

    March 06, 2012 9:26 AM EST Songza's home page concierge suggesting what music might work best for a Tuesday late morning. We music fans are large; we contain multitudes, to borrow from Walt Whitman. Sometimes we want to rock out. Sometimes we want to mellow out. Someti ...

  21. What AT&T's New Data Limits Mean for Music Fans

    March 05, 2012 11:04 AM EST Responding to complaints about its practice of limiting data plans it sold as "unlimited," AT&T clarified the amount of wireless data its smartphone customers can use before it starts throttling their bandwidth this week. The new lim ...

  22. SXSW Interactive What to Watch For: Apps, Panels, More

    March 05, 2012 6:00 AM EST While South by Southwest's Interactive (SXSWi) and Music festivals are essentially two separate events, they do have one major thing in common: music. Many music companies will be at both conferences, having meetings, speaking on panels and n ...

  23. Bruno Mars, Peter Frampton, Carly Simon Confirmed For ASCAP 'I Create Music' EXPO

    March 01, 2012 10:32 AM EST Master sessions by singer-songwriter Carly Simon and '70s guitar icon Peter Frampton, as well as a featured interview with The Smeezingtons (comprised of Bruno Mars, Philip Lawrence and Ari Levine) highlight the first round of announcements f ...

  24. Australian Recorded Music Market Down Slightly in 2011, Digital Surges

    February 29, 2012 7:36 AM EST Australia's digital music market is providing a huge shot in the arm to the country's recorded music industry, but the boost provided by new technologies and formats wasn't enough to spark the market into growth, new trade figures r ...

  25. Business Matters: Are Royalties and Windowing Legitimate Controversies for Subscription Services?

    February 28, 2012 7:50 PM EST Are Royalties and Windowing Legitimate Controversies for Subscription Services? -- The recurring theme -- or broken record -- of digital music in the last few months has been the "controversy" regarding artists' discontent with subs ...

  26. Swarm.fm Wins Grand Prize at Spotify's Music Hack Weekend

    February 27, 2012 5:19 PM EST Swarm.fm's Peter Watts accepts the $10,000 grand prize at the Spotify-conducted Music Apps Hack Weekend (photo: Paul Lamere). What if Spotify threw a weekend-long party for digital music hackers at a Manhattan ping pong club co-founded by Sus ...

  27. Cricket's Muve Music Has Over 600,000 Subscribers, International Expansion Plans (Report)

    February 27, 2012 12:07 PM EST Muve Music, the unlimited music service of mobile carrier Cricket Wireless, has reached 600,000 subscribers and is looking to expand to other markets, according to a report at The Guardian from the World Mobile Congress in Barcelona. The number is ...

  28. The Most Important Music App Nobody's Talking About

    February 24, 2012 7:52 AM EST Tomahawk 0.3 from Jason Herskowitz on Vimeo . In order for a technology to take off these days, it has to be simple. Twitter, Facebook, iTunes, Spotify - each can be summed up in a sentence or so and readily understood from the very first time you ...

  29. Business Matters: Innovation the Theme as Live Nation Posts Steady 2011 Financials

    February 23, 2012 9:38 PM EST Innovation the Theme as Live Nation Posts Steady 2011 Financials -- Live Nation is clearly intent on pushing forward rather than protecting what it has. In the company's fourth-quarter and full-year earnings call, the company's executive ...

  30. Rdio Expands to Spain, But Can It Catch On There?

    February 23, 2012 4:48 PM EST Rdio, the subscription-based music streaming service, is taking on the bull by its horns (pun intended). It landed in Spain this week, defying the country's infamous track record with online piracy and blatant consumer unwillingness to pay to ...

  31. Spotify Gets More DJ Friendly, Launches Gapless Playback, Crossfade Features

    February 23, 2012 1:38 PM EST Spotify today announced it is launching gapless playback and crossfade features for its music streaming service which it will roll out this week as part of its latest desktop upgrade The gapless playback feature, as one might guess, allows songs t ...

  32. The Cloud Is Running Out of Room: Here's How It Affects Spotify, Pandora and Others

    February 21, 2012 3:17 PM EST CNN Money's chart, which relies on data from the FCC, shows our wireless spectrum surplus becoming a deficit next year It's true what they say: Our digital lives are moving to the cloud. Whenever we fire up Facebook instead of a local em ...

  33. Business Matters: Are Advances Hurting Digital Music?

    February 15, 2012 9:10 PM EST Are Advances Hurting Digital Music? -- Are the advances paid to rights owners by music startups hurting digital music or limiting rights owners' exposure? One view of advances is the one espoused by Larry Marcus of Walden Venture Capital. &qu ...

  34. Business Matters: MySpace Adds 1 Million Users, Now at 25 Million

    February 13, 2012 5:35 PM EST MySpace Sees Growth Potential in Internet Radio Player MySpace says it has nabbed "over 1 million" new registered users since it debuted a new music player on December 19. A MySpace spokesperson tells Billboard.biz that MySpace now has & ...

  35. Spotify, Shazam, Turntable.fm Are Hot Topics at Grammy Social Media Summit

    February 11, 2012 11:30 AM EST The Grammys drew top-drawer names from the digital music world for this year's edition of their Social Media Rock Star Summit series, with Shazam CEO Andrew Fisher, Turntable.fm Chairman Seth Goldstein, GetGlue CEO Alex Iskold, and Spotify� ...

  36. Daniel Ek Talks Spotify's Growth at Entertainment Law Luncheon; John Branca Shares Priceless Michael Jackson Story

    February 10, 2012 9:02 PM EST (L-R)Ziffren Brittenham Partner John Branca, Recording Academy President/CEO Neil Portnow and Spotify CEO Daniel Ek outside the Entertainment Law Initiative Luncheon and Scholarship Presentation Friday. (Photo: Michael Underwood/PictureGroup) BEVE ...

  37. Paul McCartney Titles Pulled from Subscription Services

    February 08, 2012 3:14 PM EST Another legacy artist's music is unavailable for streaming after the Concord Music Group/Hear Music catalog of Paul McCartney was ordered removed from subscription services. The news was first reported at Digital Music News . The takedown aff ...

  38. Rdio Steps Up its Android App

    February 07, 2012 10:25 AM EST Subscription service Rdio has finally given Android users as good a mobile experience as iPhone users. Rdio unveiled the updated app on Monday. The new Rdio app for Android has the great home screen it was previously missing. The home screen has o ...

  39. Business Matters: A New Look at an Old Survey Finds P2P Hurts Music Purchases

    February 02, 2012 9:11 PM EST A New Look at An Old Survey Finds P2P Hurts Music Purchases -- A controversial 2007 paper on P2P's impact on CD purchases has got a second look -- with conclusions the music industry will like. A new paper based on the same survey data used i ...

  40. The Message of Facebook's IPO Filing: Social is Your Future

    February 02, 2012 11:17 AM EST Screen shot from Facebook's 188-page Securities Exchange Commission IPO filing . Reading through Facebook's IPO filing is like an episode of "This Is Your Life." This is where you and your artist's fans spend a good chunk ...

  41. Business Matters: Is Facebook Filing a $5 Billion IPO Wednesday?

    January 31, 2012 9:44 PM EST Is Facebook Filing a $5 Billion IPO Wednesday? -- Facebook may file with the SEC on Wednesday to raise $5 billion through an initial public stock offering, according to a report at International Financing Review. A $5 billion IPO is lower than rec ...

  42. Facebook's Dan Rose Talks Music, App Economy, Skrillex @MIDEM Keynote Q&A (VIDEO)

    January 31, 2012 8:23 AM EST Watch live streaming video from midem at livestream.com In just four months, Facebook has become a major player in music streaming. Since the launch of Facebook Music in September, the social-networking giant has helped Spotify skyrocket to over 3 ...

  43. Video: MIDEM Hack Day Highlights: MyNight, Badgify, JPC2000, More

    January 30, 2012 1:07 PM EST The submissions from MIDEM's Hack Day were unveiled today in Cannes, with 18 apps and programs uploaded to the Hack Day's wiki page . The event was introduced at MIDEM on Saturday by SoundCloud VP of business development Dave Haynes and ...

  44. Backbeat: Merlin, Spotify, Other Music Biz Execs Converge on Carlton Hotel Bar @ MIDEM

    January 30, 2012 12:06 PM EST The bar at the Carlton Hotel was bustling again Sunday night as MIDEM attendees returned from late meetings, dinners and MIDEM Festival performances, including the Ting Tings at Chapiteau Croisette. Read All Our MIDEM Coverage On Billboard.Biz ...

  45. U2 Manager Paul McGuiness Calls Google a 'Monopoly,' Spotify 'Ultimately a Good Thing' @MIDEM

    January 29, 2012 12:17 PM EST U2 manager Paul McGuinness picked up the copyright cudgel once again at MIDEM, this time directing his energies at Google. It was the Irishman who in 2008 used the platform of MIDEM to demand ISPs counter illegal file movements on their networks, ...

  46. Sony's Tim Schaaff Answers Five Questions @MIDEM

    January 29, 2012 12:05 PM EST Sony's Music Unlimited, a cloud-based music-streaming service, has been heavily scrutinized ever since its launch as Qrocity last year. Initially plagued by a hacking scandal that affected some 77 million accounts across Sony's PlayStati ...

  47. U2 Manager Paul McGuinness On Spotify, Piracy & Tech: His Five Best @MIDEM Quotes

    January 29, 2012 9:11 AM EST Lightning Rod: U2 manager Paul McGuinness (right), pictured next to entertainment lawyer Pierre-Marie Bouvery, made his first speaking appearance at MIDEM since his famous rant against ISPs in 2008. (Photo: Andrew Hampp) The last time U2 manager P ...

  48. Coca-Cola's Emmanuel Seuge, Billboard's Most Powerful Branding Exec, On Music Biz @MIDEM

    January 29, 2012 8:12 AM EST Coca-Cola's Emmanuel Seuge, head of music and entertainment marketing, talks Spotify and Music Dealers at MIDEM; Petter Wesslander (right), drummer for You Say France & I Whistle. (Photo: Andrew Hampp) Will 50% of the music industry event ...

  49. Spotify Up to 3 Million Subscribers Globally

    January 27, 2012 12:15 PM EST Spotify now has 3 million subscribers across its 12 markets. Chief content officer Ken Parks revealed the latest number at an event at the Universal Music UK offices, according to media reports . It's safe to say Spotify is on something of a ...

  50. Billboard Power 100: Daniel Ek

    January 27, 2012 12:28 AM EST No. 29 Daniel Ek CEO Spotify Twitter: @eldsjal Disruptor... Daniel Ek has given hope to the subscription model. For much of the 2000s, the record industry faced a conundrum: People thought access would someday replace ownership, but access-based s ...

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