Telephony

  1. Business Matters: Mobile Phone Study Brings Both Good and Bad News for Digital Music Services

    October 22, 2012 6:30 PM EDT Nearly half of the world's population has a mobile-phone subscription, according to a new study. The bad news? Just a fraction of those people can subscribe to the music services of Western markets. The world's mobile phone population is ...

  2. What Are Young Active Consumers of Digital Music Worth?

    April 11, 2011 2:50 PM EDT A new Nielsen report, produced in collaboration with MIDEM 2011, shows young consumers are especially active in purchasing downloads, streaming music and acquiring mobile apps. But it doesn't help answer the important question: How much are t ...

  3. The Lordz Tap Video Share Tech Thwapr

    July 28, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Brooklyn punk/hip hop outfit the Lordz have become the first band to utilize a relatively new video sharing technology called Thwapr. With it, the band can post videos to their website which fans can then send to their friends mobile phone. The “S ...

  4. mSpot's Cloud-based Service Opens

    June 28, 2010 12:00 AM EDT After a month in private beta , mSpot has opened its cloud-based music streaming service to the public. The service allows users to store DRM-free copies of any music in their library to mSpot’s online servers, from where they can then stream it t ...

  5. AT&T Revamps Mobile Music Services

    March 24, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Wireless operator AT&T is revamping its entire mobile music offerings by merging several new and existing services into a single application called AT&T Music. The move combines applications like Music ID, streaming radio services, lyrics ...

  6. RealNetworks, Sprint Forge Mobile Music Deal

    February 11, 2010 12:00 AM EST RealNetworks may have unloaded the struggling Rhapsody streaming music service, but that doesn't mean the company is out of the music business. RealNetworks just struck a deal with wireless operator Sprint to provide a variety of music servic ...

  7. Report: BMI Files Suit Against T-Mobile

    January 10, 2010 12:00 AM EST Performing rights organization BMI has filed a lawsuit in the U.S. Federal Court against mobile carrier T-Mobile USA for allegedly selling ringback tones without acquiring the proper licenses. A report in the Register says the lawsuit was filed on ...

  8. RealNetworks Powering SFR's Mobile Music Service

    November 18, 2009 12:00 AM EST SFR, France's second biggest wireless carrier with more than 20 million subscribers, has selected Seattle-headquartered RealNetworks to power its mobile music platform in a three-year agreement. The music service was previously powered by Fra ...

  9. 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 & ...

  10. Billboard MEL Q&A: Mobile Executive Jared Hoffman

    September 15, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Earlier in his career, as the CEO of the Knitting Factory Entertainment, Jared Hoffman focused heavily on how digital platforms could be leveraged to draw fans to concerts. Now a consultant, he’s helping companies utilize Web 2.0 and mobile servic ...

  11. Briefs: Polyphonic, FlyCast, WMG, Jack White

    July 23, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- David Pakman, former CEO/COO of eMusic and now a partner with venture capital fund Venrock, on the Polyphonic article in yesterday's NY Times. After discussing some scenarios for return on investment, which are low by most VC standards, Pa ...

  12. Argentina's Personal Launches Full-Track Store

    March 18, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Argentine wireless carrier Personal has begun selling full-track downloads through its digital store, Personal Musica. The store is available via mobile phone and online at personalmusica.com , and offers dual delivery of the same track to the pho ...

  13. Mobile Operator Cricket, LiveWire Mobile Ready Service

    February 10, 2009 12:00 AM EST Mobile operator Cricket is teaming up with LiveWire Mobile to launch an over the-air music download service. The mobile music store charges $2 for tracks downloaded directly to the mobile phone, and 99-cents for those purchased from the computer. ...

  14. MSN Mobile Launches U.K. Music Service

    January 21, 2009 12:00 AM EST Microsoft has launched a new music service that will offer U.K. consumers full-track, Realtones and music video downloads via its MSN Mobile portal. An exclusive partnership with digital music service provider, VidZone Digital Media will provide t ...

  15. Analyst: Digital Sales Won't Stop Overall Slide

    December 02, 2008 12:00 AM EST A new report from Jupiter Research forecasts digital music will contribute 41 percent to total recording revenue in the U.S. by 2013, from the 18 percent it represents today. This is based on a compound annual growth rate of 17 percent over the ne ...

  16. Digital Briefs: Samsung, Tickets.com, EMI

    October 01, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - Samsung Electronics will embed a music ID application from Shazam Entertainment in its line of music phones, including the Beatb and Beats models. UK operator T-Mobile will be the first to offer the devices, with the ID service integrated into i ...

  17. South African Collecting Society Sues Over Mobile Royalties

    September 17, 2008 12:00 AM EDT A war of words between one of South Africa's biggest mobile phone content providers and the territory's leading publishers' association is setting the scene for a court battle over digital royalties. The Johannesburg-based National ...

  18. CTIA Day 1: Mobile Social Networking, Off-deck Sales

    September 10, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The CTIA Wireless I.T. & Entertainment trade show kicked off today in San Francisco. The event runs Sept. 10 - 12. Below, a round-up of music mobile news. - Mobile social networking is emerging as a key area of interest for both content provid ...

  19. Verizon Unveils New Applications

    September 09, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Verizon Wireless kicked off the CTIA Wireless I.T. & Entertainment conference with a series of music-related announcements. First, Verizon created a Facebook application called Ringback Buddies, which lets Verizon subscribers invite their frie ...

  20. LiveWire, Virgin Mobile Bundle Ringback Tones

    August 06, 2008 12:00 AM EDT LiveWire Mobile and Virgin Mobile USA have teamed up to offer pre-selected ringback playlists - similar to a music recommendation service for ringback tone customers. Rather than setting a single track, the playlist cycles through five different t ...

  21. India's One97, Vringo Pact For Video Ringtones

    August 06, 2008 12:00 AM EDT New York-based video ringtone customization service Vringo has pacted with New Delhi-based mobile services company One97 to offer the Vringo video application service in India. Vringo claims to be the first viral mobile application allowing users ...

  22. EMI, Infospace Settle Suit

    July 07, 2008 12:00 AM EDT EMI Music settled a $100 million lawsuit against InfoSpace over underpaid royalties. Terms of the settlement were not disclosed. The suit was files last year and amended in August, which also alleged that InfoSpace and its subsidiaries were sellin ...

  23. Nielsen RingScan Adds AT&T Mobility As Data Provider

    June 17, 2008 12:00 AM EDT After a long holdout, AT&T Mobility has finally agreed to provide Nielsen RingScan with point-of-sale data on its mobile music sales. The deal means AT&T will now provide both ringtone and ringback tone sales data, which will be included i ...

  24. AT&T Mobility Settles Suit

    June 04, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Following a similar settlement earlier this year in Florida, AT&T Mobility has settled a class action lawsuit in Georgia targeting the company's involvement with placing unauthorized content charges on subscribers phone bills. The complai ...

  25. Sony BMG In DRM-Free Deal With Dada

    May 13, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Sony BMG is providing DRM-free full song downloads to Dada Entertainment, a mobile entertainment joint venture between the label and Dada USA. At this time, only Sony BMG's catalog is available via the service, but it hopes to add content fro ...

  26. France Taxes Multi-Media Cell Phones

    April 07, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Music-enabled mobile phones will be taxed in France starting May 1 under the private copying regime. Mobile phones featuring audio and/or video functionalities with a memory of more than 128 MB, will be hit with the tax. Government officials repor ...

  27. Digital Briefs: Sony BMG, AOL, RealNetworks and more

    April 01, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - Sony BMG has licensed its catalog to the PlayPhone mobile content service, which includes ringtones, voice tones games and images. PlayPhone powers the mobile media services of such outlets as Wal-Mart Mobile, RealArcade Mobile, ABC Television, ...

  28. AT&T Mobility Launches Ringtone, Remix Applications

    March 27, 2008 12:00 AM EDT AT&T Mobility is responding to the dip in ringtone sales and the sluggish pace of full-song downloads by offering a pair of new services that allow subscribers to access and customize their music libraries. Addressing the ringtone issue, AT&am ...

  29. LiveWire Mobile Acquires Groove

    March 17, 2008 12:00 AM EDT LiveWire Mobile has acquired mobile music service provider Groove Mobile for $14.5 million. Groove Mobile powers the mobile music stores of such wireless operators as Sprint in the U.S., as well as Bell Mobility in Canada and 3 UK. LiveWire Mobile ...

  30. Florida AG Cracks Down On Ringtone Companies

    March 03, 2008 12:00 AM EST If it sounds too good to be true, that's because it usually is. AT&T Mobility is just the first of several wireless operators fined by the Florida Attorney General's office as part of a massive crackdown on fraudulent ringtone compan ...

  31. Jamba, EMI Team For DRM-Free Mobile Downloads

    February 13, 2008 12:00 AM EST Mobile entertainment provider Jamba has partnered with EMI Music on a deal that will offer DRM-free downloads on mobiles. The announcement was made today at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. Launching the service in Europe first, Jamba says ...

  32. Groove Mobile Adds 70,000 Indie Tracks

    February 13, 2008 12:00 AM EST Mobile music service provider Groove Mobile has bolstered its music catalog after signing a worldwide licensing deal with Indie Mobile. Works by the likes of Editors, Armand Van Helden, the Pigeon Detectives, Laurent Garnier and Royksopp make up t ...

  33. iLike Adds Ringtones with Thumbplay

    December 13, 2007 12:00 AM EST iLike is adding a "get ringtone" link to songs listed on the music discovery application. The iLike app allows users to post their favorite artists and songs, and share music recommendations and playlists. Users can listen to song sample ...

  34. Koch Taps 9 Squared For Ringtone Deal

    December 11, 2007 12:00 AM EST Koch Entertainment has licensed its music to mobile media firm 9 Squared to use as ringback tones. The company will create and distribute ringback tones based on Koch artists through its various wireless operator partners, including AT&T, Allt ...

  35. Verizon Users Score Floyd Freebies

    November 20, 2007 12:00 AM EST Pink Floyd's David Gilmour is giving away three tracks from his "Remember That Night-Live At The Royal Albert Hall" DVD to Verizon Wireless users. The live versions of "Shine On You Crazy Diamond," "Wish You Were Here ...

  36. Jamba MD Berger-de León Exits

    October 15, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Markus Berger-de León, co-managing director and chief sales officer of Berlin-based mobile phone content provider Jamba, is to leave the company after five years. Jamba co-managing director and chief operating officer Lee Fenton will take the helm ...

  37. mSpot Debuts 'Make-A-Ringer'

    October 08, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Mobile content firm mSpot introduced its Make-A-Ringer ringtones service, allowing users to create their own ringtone from a selection of licensed songs. Unlike other services that let users create their own ringtone from a song of their choice, m ...

  38. Marley Ringtones Strike Discord

    September 14, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The lawsuits haven't even been filed yet, but already the dispute over Bob Marley's ringtones is heating up. Last month, Verizon Wireless struck an exclusive licensing deal with Universal Music Group for the entire Bob Marley catalog. Th ...

  39. UMG Licenses Music Catalog To Ringboxx

    September 04, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music Group is licensing its music catalog to the Ringboxx Home Phone Tunes service. The Ringboxx device is basically a caller ID box users can connect to their home telephone lines, which will also play music in place of the standard ri ...

  40. Plugged And Unplugged

    August 31, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Plugged: You've got to give Nokia points for ambition. The phone manufacturer's new Ovi Web services which includes a digital music store and games download service is exactly the kind of structure the mobile entertainment industry needs ...

  41. Wind-Up Records Makes Mobile Push

    July 09, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Wind-Up Records has tapped mobile media firm Airborne Entertainment to create a line of ringtones, ringback tones and an over-the-air full-song download service for its top acts, including Evanescence, Seether and Finger Eleven. Wind-Up has been p ...

  42. Samsung, MusicNet Team

    July 05, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Mobile phone manufacturer Samsung has teamed with MusicNet to offer a portable music subscription service designed specifically for select handsets. Compatible phones must have the Samsung Media Studio software installed to access the service. The ...

  43. Wind-Up Licenses Catalog To Verizon

    June 18, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Wind-Up Records has licensed its entire catalog to the Verizon Wireless V Cast Music service. The V Cast full-song download service to date has struck deals with the four major labels and digital aggregators of independent music like IODA and The ...

  44. Analyst: Carriers Boosting Mobile Music Market

    June 06, 2007 12:00 AM EDT A new NPD report suggests the increase of music on mobile phones is more a factor of carriers seeding the market with music capable devices than of a demand for music as a feature. The group reports that sales of music enabled mobile phones have g ...

  45. Asian Digital Tastes Explored At Music Matters Confab

    May 30, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Asian consumers are as passionate about the digital technology they use to access and play music as they are about music itself, according to the results of a survey released May 30 at the Music Matters conference in Hong Kong. Fifty-one percent o ...

  46. Verizon Boosts Song ID Service

    May 18, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Verizon Wireless is introducing an evolution of its Song ID service which will now allow subscribers to immediately purchase products related to the track identified. Verizon is offering the Song ID service as a free download, hoping it will spur ...

  47. EMI Forges Mobile Deal In Vietnam

    May 04, 2007 12:00 AM EDT EMI says it has become the first major label to sign a mobile-content deal in Vietnam. Effective immediately, Ho Chi Minh City-based mobile-content distributor and aggregator Mobile Solutions Services (MSS) becomes EMI's exclusive mobile serv ...

  48. Phish Goes Mobile

    April 23, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Hippie fav jam-band Phish has given 9 Squared the exclusive rights to distribute its ringtones and ringback tones through its MosterMob service. As part of the deal, Phish content is available on Verizon Wireless' network though a deal betwee ...

  49. Japan's KDDI Plans U.S. Launch

    April 10, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Japanese wireless operator KDDI is planning to launch service in the U.S. The company will lease Sprint's network to offer its service to Japanese residents of the U.S., and later offer prepaid services for visiting tourists, according to a J ...

  50. Arbitron Rearches Mobile Usage

    March 29, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Arbitron has struck a deal with mobile research firm Telephia to conduct joint research on the audio content usage on mobile phones. Initial findings from the Arbitron/Telephia Mobile Audio Media Study show that about 6% of mobile subscribers say ...

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