The New York Times

  1. Report: DOJ Investigating Apple's Digital Music Tactics

    May 26, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The Department of Justice has opened an antitrust inquiry into Apple practices in the digital music market, the New York Times reported on Wednesday (May 26). The early-stage conversations "have revolved broadly around the dynamics of selling ...

  2. Business Matters: Live Nation, LimeWire, Eircom, Isohunt and More

    May 24, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Follow Glenn Peoples on Twitter -- Live Nation shut down its music and entertainment news site LiveDaily on Friday, May 21. The Ticketmaster-owned site debuted in 1998. ( @livedaily ) -- The New York Times’ article “Man Behind the Service” takes a ...

  3. iPad Mania's Winners and Losers

    May 21, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Even with 1 million or so iPads out there, no print publishers can lay claim to huge numbers of downloads yet. But among the few that are giving out numbers, USA Today seems to be the big winner so far, with 371,213 downloads as of May 16. The pap ...

  4. Popular In Music, Pay-What-You-Want Model Tried at Restaurants

    May 21, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Since Radiohead's pay-what-you-want release of "In Rainbows" in 2007, allowing fans to name their price has been an increasingly popular tactic and one occasionally - and unrealistically - trumpeted as the future of music distributi ...

  5. Business Matters: SF Music Tech Conf, Cisco, Elena Kagan, Ticket Scalping and more

    May 19, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Follow Glenn Peoples on Twitter here -- “Wowza, still dealing with energy unleashed by panel yesterday,” wrote Cisco’s Dan Scheinman at his Twitter profile. “I generally think that it is easy to bash, hard to create value.” Scheinman was talking a ...

  6. How Will Live Nation Grow?

    April 26, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The New York Times nabbed interviews with Live Nation chiefs Irving Azoff and Michael Rapino for a lengthy Sunday article . Most of the piece is a re-cap of things we know - only 380 words of this 4,996-word article look into the future. But, this ...

  7. Business Matters: Apple, Lala, The Orchard, Live Nation, Radiohead and More

    April 15, 2010 12:00 AM EDT -- Is Apple is letting the Lala music service wither? ZDNet’s Ed Bott has noticed a few signs that point to yes. First, Lala has discontinued uploading songs through its Music Mover application (it finds music tracks and uploads to cloud storage). ...

  8. Teens' Music Choices Unlocked

    March 30, 2010 12:00 AM EDT A new study by Emory University, published in the new issue of NeuroImage, sheds light on how teen behavior can impact the music they discover and share . Kids aged 12 to 17 were asked to rate a song based on how much they liked it. Later, they we ...

  9. @SXSW: THE DAILY DIGEST: Twitter CEO Unveils Newest Feature, But Where’s The $?

    March 16, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Twitter was the undisputed king of SXSW three years ago when the service first broke out of obscurity during the multi-day event. Yesterday, the company’s CEO Evan Williams made his mark again, this time as a SXSW Interactive keynote, when he unve ...

  10. Google Says China Talks Continue, But Pullout Signs Grow

    March 15, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Google said on Monday (March 15) it remained in talks with the Chinese government about censorship of its Chinese-language search portal, despite mounting signs the company could soon shut the site. Google Inc, the world's biggest search engi ...

  11. OK Go Splits With EMI

    March 10, 2010 12:00 AM EST OK Go has left EMI and will re-release its latest album, "Of The Color of Blue Sky," on its own Paracadute Recordings label. The group has another viral video hit on its hands, but the latest came after a public flare-up over an EMI poli ...

  12. Analysis: How Hard Is It To Find Legal Music?

    March 08, 2010 12:00 AM EST Consumer Focus, a UK statutory organization that acts as a consumer advocate, wants the record industry to do a better job promoting legal alternatives. Research by the group found that four in ten Great Britons are unable to name a single online ...

  13. The Future Of Digital Content: Not All Will Be Free

    March 06, 2010 12:00 AM EST Andrew Zolli, a self-proclaimed futurist and executive director of the PopTech network and conference, has quite a mea culpa in the latest issue of Newsweek . Zolli preached the virtues of free digital content for many years. Upon reflection, he d ...

  14. Forrester Analyst Talks Access Models, Predicts Content Providers Will Get Squeezed

    March 02, 2010 12:00 AM EST During his presentation at paidContent2010 , Forrester analyst James McQuivey predicted access models would flourish but content providers will get squeezed during the process. Since the music industry is getting desperate to find a workable acces ...

  15. Business Matters: The Vitality Of The Album Format, 'American Idol,' EMI Christian and more

    February 24, 2010 12:00 AM EST Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. Follow Billboard senior analyst Glenn Peoples on Twitter at twitter.com/billboardglenn . -- Don't look now, but a few people are recognizing ...

  16. OK Go Singer Not Loving EMI's Video Policy

    February 23, 2010 12:00 AM EST OK Go lead singer Damien Kulash hit the New York Times op-ed section to opine on EMI’s policy that prevents embedding of its YouTube videos. Kulash discussed how his label's policy has negatively impacted the promotion of the latest OK Go rec ...

  17. Leaked ACTA Draft Doesn't Call for Three-Strike Penalties

    February 22, 2010 12:00 AM EST A leaked draft of a section of the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) shows no intention to install the type of draconian punishment for digital piracy expected by many of its critics. Rather, the Internet section of the multilateral trade ...

  18. Business Matters: Live Nation, MySpace Music, Gibson and More

    February 09, 2010 12:00 AM EST Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. Follow Billboard senior analyst Glenn Peoples on Twitter at twitter.com/billboardglenn . -- The Live Nation-Ticketmaster merger "should not h ...

  19. UPDATE: It's the iPad! Liveblogging The Apple Announcement

    January 27, 2010 12:00 AM EST :32 p.m. - That's a wrap. Check back today for insight and analysis of today's announcements . Below, the new Apple iPad, which will go on sale in March starting at $499. 2:30 p.m. - Jobs in closing: More than 75 million people already ...

  20. Marks Named Editor of Billboard

    January 20, 2010 12:00 AM EST Industry veteran Craig Marks has been named editor of Billboard, where he will oversee the editorial operations of the print magazine, the industry-focused Web site Billboard.biz and the company's digital newsletters. Marks will be based in N ...

  21. OK Go Runs Into Label Policy - Again.

    January 19, 2010 12:00 AM EST OK Go has a knack for attracting attention on the Internet. First it was their innovative, cheaply produced videos . Now, the band is running into problems promoting its innovative, cheaply produced videos. In a post at the OK Go forum , singer Da ...

  22. Analysis: Artist Compensation, Pricing Debate Heats Up

    January 08, 2010 12:00 AM EST Though not a new topic, how artists and labels are compensated for their works continues to gain momentum as countries pass (or consider to pass) anti-piracy laws, and everybody from musicians to label executives to music publishers ponder how to ...

  23. U.K. ISP Hits Back At Bono

    January 06, 2010 12:00 AM EST U.K. Internet Service Provider (ISP) Talk Talk has described Bono as "seriously misguided" following his comments about ISPs in the New York Times. The U2 singer warned the film industry that it risks suffering from piracy in the same wa ...

  24. Business Matters: Bono, Google, Lala, Three-Strikes Law

    January 04, 2010 12:00 AM EST Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. -- France's three-strikes law was to be implemented on January 1, but a report says the country's commission on computer science and fre ...

  25. Business Matters: FreeAllMusic, WMG, Ford Motors

    December 30, 2009 12:00 AM EST Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. -- While FreeAllMusic is in private beta, the New York Times offers some details on the latest music service to tackle ad-supported downloads. The ...

  26. Business Matters: Tenenbaum Case, Apple, Lala, Vinyl Sales

    December 08, 2009 12:00 AM EST Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. -- The judge in the Joel Tenenbaum file sharing case issued a Memorandum and Order explaining the court's grant of summary judgment against t ...

  27. Court Rules In Favor In WMG Chairman Bronfman

    November 23, 2009 12:00 AM EST Warner Music Group chairman Edgar Bronfman Jr. scored another legal victory on Monday. The New York State Court of Appeals upheld a previous court ruling dismissing a $100 million lawsuit filed against Bronfman two years ago by Simon & Schuste ...

  28. Business Matters: Rdio, Keith Urban, Sky Songs

    November 10, 2009 12:00 AM EST Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. -- See the first screenshots or Rdio , the on-demand music streaming service created by the founders of Kazaa and Skype . The pictures are of Rdio ...

  29. Business Matters: Lala, Geoff Ralston, CMJ and More

    October 26, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. -- A Forbes.com article on music streaming services has some important information on Lala : the service/store gets 20 purchases for every 100 fre ...

  30. Business Matters: Google, Apple, Pandora and More

    October 21, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. -- It is expected that iLike and Lala will announce their involvement in the new Google music service at an event next Wednesday (Oct. 28) in Holl ...

  31. 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 ...

  32. 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 ...

  33. Carly Simon Sues Starbucks Over Album Deal

    October 13, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Singer Carly Simon is suing Starbucks Corp., saying the coffee company's now-defunct music venture didn't adequately promote her 2008 album, dooming the record before it was even released. The singer, whose biggest success came during th ...

  34. 'New' Michael Jackson Single Written In 1983

    October 13, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Michael Jackson didn't do it his way after all. Hours after the pop singer's first posthumous single "This Is It" was released amid great hype on Monday, it emerged that the tune had been recorded 18 years ago by an obscure P ...

  35. 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 ...

  36. Business Matters: Lala, Viacom, YouTube, EMI

    October 07, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. -- Lala has some pretty incredible sale prices for the Top 200 Albums of the 2000s feature at Pitchfork. Radiohead 's "Kid A" is $1 ...

  37. Business Matters: Great American Music Hall, Vinylmania

    October 01, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. -- The Great American Music Hall in San Francisco beat a year-old legal challenge by state regulators that the venue was violating the terms of it ...

  38. Mary Travers Of Peter, Paul And Mary Dead At 72

    September 16, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Mary Travers, one-third of the hugely popular 1960s folk trio Peter, Paul and Mary, has died. The band's publicist, Heather Lylis, says Travers died at Danbury Hospital in Connecticut on Wednesday. She was 72 and had battled leukemia for seve ...

  39. 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 ...

  40. Jay-Z To Play Madison Square Garden On Sept. 11

    August 24, 2009 12:00 AM EDT As originally reported on Billboard, Jay-Z is expected to announce today (August 24) that he will give a benefit concert at New York's Madison Square Garden on September 11, the same day his eleventh studio album, "The Blueprint 3," ...

  41. Business Matters: The Pirate Bay, Audible Magic, Miley Cyrus, Marty Bandier

    August 24, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. -- The largest ISP in Sweden has been told by a Swedish district court to block access to the Pirate Bay , according to numerous reports on Monday ...

  42. Business Matters: Guy Hands, EMI, Sony Music, Rhapsody

    August 17, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. -- The Wall Street Journal’s Aaron O. Patrick wrote a very thorough overview of Terra Firma 's struggles with EMI . Notably, the private equi ...

  43. Briefs: U2, Sugarland, Radiohead

    August 11, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- Copyright attorneys William Patry and Ben Sheffner provide a point-counterpoint on Patry's new blog, Moral Panics and the Copyright Wars . In the first post of the series, Patry addressed Sheffner's view that file sharers' court ...

  44. Editorial: The New Revolution

    July 27, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Billboard's Antony Bruno wrote an April 25 column called "No Distribution Without Compensation" (yes, I did pay for my subscription, thank you very much), talking about the state of the publishing business. Since that column was wri ...

  45. Analysis: How Much $ Is In The Middle?

    July 22, 2009 12:00 AM EDT New music venture Polyphonic, the creation of music industry veterans Brian Message, Adam Driscoll and Terry McBride, aims to re-write the artist contract and blaze a new trail in the music business based on a model of less risk and more modest po ...

  46. Inquiries Into Jackson Estate's Sony/ATV Holding

    July 20, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Major financial firms have made inquiries into buying the 50 per cent share of Sony/ATV Music Publishing owned by the estate of Michael Jackson, according to the New York Times. The Times names Colony Capital, Kohlberg Kravis Roberts, Plainfield A ...

  47. 'Long Tail' Author Tackles 'Free' As Industry Experiments With Pricing

    July 07, 2009 12:00 AM EDT "Free: The Future of a Radical Price," a new book from Wired Magazine editor Chris Anderson tackles the idea of zero price in the digital age. Anderson wrote "The Long Tail," an era-defining book, and just as that book found bo ...

  48. 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, ...

  49. Briefs: Piracy, Increased Rates, Twitter

    June 02, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- A wide-ranging study from the Strategic Advisory Board for Intellectual Property (SABIP) puts a £10 billion (US $ 16.6 billion) price tag on UK digital piracy and estimates between 44% and 79% of global Internet traffic is due to file sharing. ...

  50. Sony Signs Up To eMusic

    June 01, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Sony Music Entertainment catalog recordings that are at least two years old are being made available via digital subscription service eMusic. Beginning in the third quarter, eMusic will offer its U.S. subscribers recordings from all Sony Music lab ...

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