Technology

  1. Business Matters: Five Ways Sprint Will Help Spotify

    April 17, 2014 11:25 AM EDT The news this week that Sprint could be announcing a partnership with Spotify at its April 29 press event was just the latest in a multitude of pairings between streaming music services and telecommunications companies. Related Articles Is Beats M ...

  2. Despite Last-Minute Offer By Relativity, Maker Studios Says Disney Deal Already Approved

    April 14, 2014 8:08 PM EDT It was reported earlier today the Ryan Kavanaugh-led Relativity Media was looking to outbid Disney for the YouTube network, but Maker Studios says it is still going with Disney. In a statement, a Maker spokesperson says, "As per the announcem ...

  3. Neil Young’s PonoMusic Kickstarter Campaign Raises $5.75 Million

    April 10, 2014 9:28 PM EDT With five days left in their Kickstarter funding initiative, Neil Young and the PonoMusic team are now the third most funded campaign in Kickstarter history at $5.75 million as of today.  PonoMusic CEO John Hamm is thrilled about hitting the miles ...

  4. 84% of Content Consumed in Spain is Pirated

    April 10, 2014 6:55 PM EDT % of content consumed in Spain is illegal, according to new report that adds more fuel to fiery debate in piracy-plagued country. Eighty-four percent of all online content consumed in Spain is pirated, according to a study of 2013 Internet trend ...

  5. Dropbox Music? New Carousel Photo App Hints at Plans

    April 09, 2014 7:10 PM EDT Cloud storage and file management system developer Dropbox showed off its newest application, photo-sharing app Carousel, in a presentation and blog post Wednesday. The company says Carousel is part of a broad strategy to turn its utilitarian fold ...

  6. Underwhelming Start to iTunes Radio Lights Fire Under Apple

    April 09, 2014 10:00 AM EDT The failure of iTunes Radio to halt the decline of music downloads has prompted Apple Inc. to consider the most dramatic overhaul of its iTunes music store in more than a decade, according to executives familiar with Apple’s internal delibera ...

  7. Martin Garrix Makes an Ultra Debut on Social 50 Chart

    April 03, 2014 7:54 PM EDT EDM star Martin Garrix debuts on the Social 50 chart thanks to his breakout turn at the Ultra Music Festival over the March 28-30 weekend. The Social 50 ranks the most popular artists on YouTube, Vevo, Facebook, Twitter, SoundCloud, Wikipedia, Mys ...

  8. Business Matters: What's Behind YouTube Music Service's Delays

    April 03, 2014 3:58 PM EDT YouTube, which originally planned to launch its on-demand music streaming service late last year, has pushed its debut to the second quarter or beyond. Related Articles Last.fm Pulls Out of Radio Streaming, Plugs in YouTube YouTube Has Paid Out $1 ...

  9. Netflix, Hulu Plus, Dozens of Other Streaming Apps Available on Amazon's Fire TV

    April 02, 2014 8:20 PM EDT Online video providers are fired up about Amazon's new streaming video box, the Fire TV.  The device, which Amazon announced at a media event in New York on Wednesday morning, comes pre-loaded with dozens of apps including Netflix, Hulu Plus, ...

  10. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg's Pay Dropped 67 Percent in 2013

    March 31, 2014 8:08 PM EDT Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg earned $651,165 in 2013, down from $2 million one year prior, the social network company said in a filing Monday. Zuckerberg's compensation fell in part because he took just $1 in base salary, as opposed to $503,2 ...

  11. Pluto.tv Aims to Turn Online Video Into Lean-Back Experience

    March 31, 2014 5:55 PM EDT As pervasive as online video seems to be, the amount of time people spend with YouTube and other video platforms remains a fraction of how long they spend watching good, old-fashioned television.  Pluto.tv wants to change that. The West Hollywood ...

  12. Facebook Launches Lab To Bring Internet Everywhere

    March 27, 2014 9:37 PM EDT Facebook is giving more details about its effort to connect remote parts of the world to the Internet - and it involves drones, lasers and satellites. CEO Mark Zuckerberg said Thursday that Facebook is hiring "key members of the team" fr ...

  13. Netflix Nabs Rights to SXSW Documentary 'Print the Legend'

    March 26, 2014 8:05 PM EDT Netflix has acquired the rights to documentary Print the Legend after its award-winning debut at SXSW.  The film, which chronicles the rapid rise of 3D printing, will premiere exclusively on Netflix later this year and will be available to stream ...

  14. Zuckerberg on Facebook Spending Spree: Getting Ready for 'The Platforms of Tomorrow'

    March 26, 2014 7:26 PM EDT Facebook's latest multibillion dollar acquisition of virtual reality headset maker Oculus is prompting some people to wonder if CEO Mark Zuckerberg is already living in an alternate reality. Longtime technology analyst Roger Kay wonders wheth ...

  15. Last.fm Pulls Out of Radio Streaming, Plugs in YouTube

    March 26, 2014 7:00 PM EDT Last.fm has been considered to be an online music pioneer since starting in 2002. But like many pioneers, it's gotten hit by a few arrows over the years as it tries to find the right business model for streaming music. The latest of those str ...

  16. Linkin Park's Latest Music Video Is a Game

    March 25, 2014 12:35 PM EDT It's a music video. It's a game. It's Linkin Park's latest play on technology -- a six-minute video game debuting on Tuesday that's based on the band's latest single, "Guilty All the Same," featuring Rakim. ...

  17. Disney EVP on $500 Mil. Maker Purchase: 'Our Audience Spends a Lot of Time on YouTube'

    March 25, 2014 12:00 PM EDT When Disney bought social game developer Playdom in 2010, it was hailed as one of the hottest startups in Silicon Valley. The media giant paid $563 million for the service and promised up to $763 million if the company performed well. Does the sto ...

  18. Spotify Acquires the Echo Nest

    March 06, 2014 10:19 AM EST Spotify announced today that it has acquired the Echo Nest. The deal will allow the streaming platform to utilize the music intelligence platform's widely-used algorithms to enhance user experience and music discovery for Spotify's mil ...

  19. PledgeMusic Redesign De-Emphasizes Crowdfunding

    March 03, 2014 6:55 PM EST PledgeMusic on Monday rolled out a redesign that de-emphasizes the crowdfunding features of its platform, a sign that crowdfunding has potentially reached the limit of its utility for musicians as they seek new ways to generate revenue directly fr ...

  20. Warner Music's Shazam Deal: What It Means For Music

    February 20, 2014 8:02 PM EST Warner Music Group's announcement this week that it has entered into a strategic collaboration with Shazam is the latest example of traditional music labels embracing social data to reinvent the way they do business. The deal lets Warner a ...

  21. AT&T To Offer $15-A-Month Beats Music Family Plan

    January 12, 2014 1:10 PM EST AT&T says it will start offering customers a subscription to streaming service Beats Music in a package that gives as many as five family members unlimited streaming and song downloading for $15 a month. Ian Rogers: The Man Behind the Beats Be ...

  22. Pepsi’s Frank Cooper on Midemlab Sponsorship, 2014's Music Strategy, Using Big Data To Sell Soda

    January 08, 2014 3:00 PM EST Midemlab, the think-tank competition of startup ideas in the digital music space, which takes place as part of the annual Midem music business conference in Cannes, France (Feb 1-4), has announced its list of finalists , thirty in all, across th ...

  23. Artists Angry with TuneCore and INDmusic Over YouTube Claims

    December 19, 2013 3:10 PM EST Artists and gamers have taken issue with TuneCore and INDmusic over the companies' recent efforts to claim YouTube videos that contain copyrighted music.  The eruption of complaints on Twitter , Reddit and elsewhere  this week gives a glimpse ...

  24. TuneCore Taps INDmusic to Monetize YouTube

    November 20, 2013 9:00 AM EST TuneCore Inc., one of the world's largest digital music distribution companies, on Wednesday announced it has signed an agreement with INDmusic to better monetize its artists' music on YouTube . The deal calls for INDmusic to adminster ...

  25. The Echo Nest Integrates Getty Images (Exclusive)

    October 29, 2013 11:00 AM EDT What do images have to do with sound? A lot, it seems. The Echo Nest, a music technology company based in Somerville, Mass., will be integrating more than 27,000 photos from Getty Images into its database of artist information. Subscribers of Ec ...

  26. YouTube Close to Launching Subscription Music Service (Breaking)

    October 23, 2013 6:51 PM EDT YouTube is preparing a premium on-demand music service -- akin to a Spotify, but with video -- to launch later this year, according to several sources familiar with the plans. The service, designed with mobile listening in mind, will have ...

  27. The Orchard Serves Up Multi-Channel Network with a Side of BACON (From the Magazine)

    October 11, 2013 8:00 AM EDT The Orchard, a company that started 16 years ago as an independent record distribution shop on Orchard Street in New York, announced on Oct. 10 it has formed a YouTube multi-channel network, or MCN, with more than 1,000 channels across the g ...

  28. Blue Note and Panasonic Partner on In-Car Audio (Exclusive)

    September 26, 2013 9:00 AM EDT Blue Note Records has signed a licensing partnership with Panasonic to help develop and co-market a car audio system that would be tuned to the types of music featured in Blue Note's catalog, whose artists range from Norah Jones and Van ...

  29. Audiosocket Aims to Reduce YouTube Copyright Conflicts

    September 16, 2013 12:00 AM EDT Audiosocket, a music licensing company, has signed a deal to provide SourceAudio with a new fingerprinting technology aimed at reducing the growing number of conflicts over copyright ownership on YouTube. The conflicts have been characterized as ...

  30. Behind Matchbox Twenty's Techy Tour – One of the First Uses of 'Geofencing'

    August 09, 2013 4:38 PM EDT Matchbox Twenty may have been around since 1995, with its alt-rock grooves steeped in the post-grunge era, but their digital chops are firmly in the 21st Century. The band, currently on tour , is deploying a dizzying array of digital tools t ...

  31. 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 ...

  32. Google Stumbles in 2Q as Slump in Ad Rates Deepens

    July 18, 2013 5:48 PM EDT Google views the computing shift to smartphones and tablets as a golden opportunity, but the Internet search leader's second-quarter performance served as an unsettling reminder that it poses a nagging financial challenge, too. The report r ...

  33. Backbeat: Billboard/Samsung Galaxy Film & TV Music Conference Advisory Board Luncheon at the W Hotel Hollywood

    June 27, 2013 11:03 AM EDT Billboard and THR hosted an exclusive luncheon for its Film & TV Conference Advisory Board members on Wednesday, June 26 at the W Hotel Hollywood. The event, powered by Samsung Galaxy and led by Billboard editorial director Bill Werde and se ...

  34. Omnifone Adds 1.2 Million Subscribers In 6 Months

    June 07, 2013 12:52 PM EDT Omnifone has added 1.2 million subscribers to its cloud-based music services in the last six months. The London-based company, which also has a U.S. office in the Los Angeles area, provides licensing and backend services for a variety of digital ...

  35. Twitter Hiring Head of Music Partnerships

    May 28, 2013 3:59 PM EDT Help Wanted: Seasoned executive who can build bridges between Silicon Valley microblogging platform Twitter and movers and shakers of the music industry. In a continued effort to woo artists and their fans, Twitter has posted an opening for Head ...

  36. Twitter Adds Security Measure to Logins

    May 23, 2013 1:39 PM EDT Twitter is adding an extra security measure to users' accounts in an effort to prevent unauthorized logins. Twitter said in a blog post Wednesday that users will be able to enroll in a login verification program. For those who sign up, Twit ...

  37. 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 ...

  38. Google's Vice President of Content, Jamie Rosenberg, Talks All Access: Q&A

    May 15, 2013 5:48 PM EDT Google, which on Wednesday unveiled its All Access music streaming service as part of its I/O conference for developers, continues to expand its music offerings, in spite of heavy competition. The service, initially available only in the U.S., o ...

  39. 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 ...

  40. 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 ...

  41. Jack Conte’s Patreon: Anyone Can Be a Patron of the Arts

    May 10, 2013 9:00 PM EDT You don’t have to be a scion of the Medici or Guggenheim family to be a patron of the arts. Jack Conte’s Patreon site will let anyone become a benefactor for as little as $1. Tapping into an ancient human instinct to support culture, Conte is le ...

  42. Slacker Redesign Helped Drive 100K New Subscribers

    May 08, 2013 6:45 PM EDT In February, San Diego-based Slacker broke away from catering just to core music fans and changing its service with mainstream consumers in mind, giving the service more visual elements, adding more personalized recommendations in order to appea ...

  43. The Connected Car: Can It Drive the Industry Forward?

    May 08, 2013 3:37 PM EDT Imagine a day when you can sidle into your car, tell it where to go and, as the car drives itself to your chosen destination,  catch up on your Facebook feeds as you  enjoy a playlist that's personalized for whatever mood you happen to be ...

  44. Blue Note Records, ArtistShare Create Crowdfunding Label

    May 08, 2013 1:19 PM EDT Jazz label Blue Note Records has joined with crowdfunding platform ArtistShare in a new partnership called Blue Note/ArtistShare committed to discovering and nurturing up-and-coming young jazz talent. Inside Blue Note Records' Dazzling Spot ...

  45. Music Executives Tackle Metadata's 'Toothbrush Syndrome' at Music Biz 2013

    May 06, 2013 4:44 PM EDT 0 false 18 pt 18 pt 0 0 false false false Metadata is not one of those sexy topics you bring up at a cocktail party -- unless, perhaps, it’s directly tied to your livelihood and how much money you stand to earn. That was one conclusion from a pa ...

  46. YouTube Subscription's Split with Content Creators Likely to be Less than 30%

    May 06, 2013 3:51 PM EDT Content creators will likely receive less than 30% of any subscription dollars flowing to YouTube via a subscription plan that the Silicon Valley company will launch in the coming weeks, according to an executive familiar with the product. YouTu ...

  47. 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 1 ...

  48. iTunes 10-Year Anniversary: 12 Best iTunes Ads

    April 26, 2013 2:37 PM EDT The iTunes Store launched on April 28, 2003, as an industry-supported alternative to combatting online music piracy, starting a revolution for companies and customers alike. Their first customers received a free download of The Fray's " ...

  49. What Is iTunes Today?

    April 26, 2013 11:22 AM EDT This article first appeared in the May 4, 2013 issue of Billboard magazine, which also features our cover story on Rod Stewart's return to rock, an in-depth look at the 10th anniversary of the iTunes Music Store, our incomparable charts and ...

  50. Updated: Twitter #Music App Launches

    April 18, 2013 8:21 AM EDT 0 false 18 pt 18 pt 0 0 false false false Twitter, which released its music application to a handful of celebrities last week, announced today on "Good Morning America" and via a blog post that the rest of the world can now pile in. ...

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