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  1. Billboard Power 100: Bob Pittman

    January 27, 2012 10:00 AM EST No. 23 Bob Pittman CEO Clear Channel Media Twitter: @PittmanRadio TV On The Radio... When it was announced last year that Clear Channel investor/chairman of media and entertainment platforms Bob Pittman was being promoted to CEO of the global comp ...

  2. Business Matters: Flaws in the Argument That Spotify Will 'Never' Be Profitable

    December 12, 2011 6:49 PM EST Flaws in the Argument That Spotify Will 'Never' Be Profitable After a few years of media infatuation, success is making Spotify a popular target for criticism. First, Spotify withstood months of criticism about payouts to artists - a fla ...

  3. Business Matters: Radical.fm Raises New Funding for Personalized Web-Streaming Service

    November 15, 2011 7:45 PM EST Radical.fm Raises New Funding -- In a year filled with Internet radio stories, it's no surprise that another startup has raised money to deliver a customized song playlist to music lovers. Personalized web streaming service Radical.fm has rai ...

  4. Business Matters: Why Bob Pittman Is A Good Clear Channel CEO

    October 03, 2011 6:15 PM EDT Why Bob Pittman Is A Good Clear Channel CEO -- The appointment of Bob Pittman as Clear Channel Outdoor CEO is not only a good move for the company but one that signals a new era in digital music. Clear Channel has long been called a dinosaur and t ...

  5. Clear Channel Debuts Revamped iHeartRadio Service

    September 08, 2011 4:26 PM EDT As announced earlier this week, Clear Channel has revamped its iHeartRadio service and added a new personalized Internet radio to its collection of online streams of radio broadcasts. In other words, the company just launched its Pandora killer. R ...

  6. Clear Channel, Echo Nest Team Up for IHeartRadio's 'Pandora Killer'

    September 06, 2011 9:50 AM EDT Clear Channel Radio is finally coming to market with its proposed "Pandora killer." The Echo Nest today announced it is providing Clear Channel with the technology necessary to let users of the iheartradio app create customized radio sta ...

  7. The biggest of Fall 2011 in Downloading, Streaming and Gaming

    July 25, 2011 9:12 AM EDT The biggest of fall 2011 in downloading, streaming and gaming. In a fall that's sure to be filled with eye-catching apps, talked-about music services and innovative videogames, these three are likely to make the most noise. ITunes Match , a ...

  8. Business Matters: Clear Channel's Personalized Radio Service Due In September

    July 11, 2011 8:15 PM EDT Clear Channel's Personalized Radio Service Due In September -- Pandora is going to get a new competitor this year -- and it's not Spotify. Clear Channel is bringing out the big guns later this year for the debut of its personalized Inter ...

  9. AOL, Slacker Team up for Radio & On-Demand Music

    June 28, 2011 11:35 AM EDT AOL Music is relaunching its AOL Radio feature with partner Slacker . Previously powered by CBS Radio, AOL Radio will now be fully powered by the Slacker personalized radio service. AOL will offer all three tiers of Slacker's service-the free ...

  10. Business Matters: Is Clear Channel Playing With Buying Playlist.com?

    March 24, 2011 6:30 PM EDT Is Clear Channel Playing With Buying Playlist.com? -- Clear Channel is said to be interested in the assets of Playlist.com, which filed for bankruptcy in August. From CNET: Details are few, but apparently Clear Channel, the media conglomerate with ...

  11. Spotify Tops 1 Million Paid Subscribers

    March 08, 2011 7:29 AM EST It's still not available in the U.S., but Spotify has a reason to celebrate: the music service has surpassed one million paying subscribers in the seven European markets in which it operates. The publicly known number of total users, which th ...

  12. Clear Channel's Purchase Of Thumbplay All About Forthcoming Personalized Radio Service, Bob Pittman Says

    March 02, 2011 5:42 PM EST Clear Channel didn't buy Thumbplay for its cloud-based, on-demand subscription service. It bought the company for a not-yet-launched personalized Internet radio service that could debut within "a couple months," Bob Pittman, a Clear ...

  13. Business Matters: What's The Potential For Access Models?

    October 07, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Opinion and analysis of the day's music news. What's The Potential For Access Models? -- So what's the potential for access models? Jon Healey's recap of a contentious discussion at the Digital Music Forum West conference under ...

  14. How Apple Will Change The Cloud-Based Music Space

    July 27, 2010 12:00 AM EDT A good prediction in this Q&A with Thumbplay CEO Evan Schwartz on Apple’s entry into cloud music services: “When they launch they'll put a lot of marketing and a lot of money behind it and it'll educate all consumers about the value ...

  15. VC Watch: The Hottest Music-Based Startups

    March 12, 2010 12:00 AM EST With so much music being created and licensed, there is a growing need for companies that add organization and context to it all. Because of this, service-based companies, not streaming or download music services, have emerged as the hottest music ...

  16. WMG Got $9 Million in Lala Deal

    January 11, 2010 12:00 AM EST Financial details of Apple's acquisition of Lala, Lala's annual revenue and insight into bonuses paid were revealed thanks to a proxy statement filed today by Warner Music Group. The proxy statement offers a few clues on Lala's acqu ...

  17. Briefs: EMI, Primary Wave, Smule, Thumbplay, NBA

    December 17, 2009 12:00 AM EST -- EMI's Capitol Records group is suing video sharing site Vimeo for copyright infringement. Vimeo, a division of online media powerhouse IAC, allows users to upload user-generated videos of all types. The complaint claims that the Vimeo staf ...

  18. The Billboard Q&A: David Pakman

    September 01, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Music startups used to get more attention from investors. But the graveyard of failed companies has become crowded, persuading would-be partners to shy away from putting money in new music ventures due to what they see as modest payoffs, high lice ...

  19. Thumbplay Introduces Full Song Downloads Via Blackberry App World

    August 21, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Thumbplay, the leading off-deck ringtone provider for mobile phones, has introduced a full-song mobile music download store for the Blackberry App World. The free app allows users to browse, preview and download songs from supported devices. The a ...

  20. 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 ...

  21. Flick Exits UMG

    January 16, 2009 12:00 AM EST Universal Music Group's VP of marketing Adam Flick has left the company, being replaced by Mitch Rotter. Rotter formerly was senior VP of content acquisition and strategy at off-deck mobile content provider Thumbplay. Antony Bruno News Adam F ...

  22. Billboard Partners With Thumbplay

    December 11, 2008 12:00 AM EST Mobile entertainment company Thumbplay and Billboard have partnered to offer Billboard.com visitors direct access to Thumbplay's catalog. Links to mobile music previews and downloads will be available on all Billboard.com chart and artist pag ...

  23. Mobile Firm Thumbplay To Cut Staff

    November 13, 2008 12:00 AM EST Mobile entertainment company Thumbplay said it will lay off an undisclosed number of employees as a preemptive measure against an expected "prolonged economic downturn." The company just launched a full-track downloads service in the U.S ...

  24. Thumbplay Unveils Full-Song Mobile Music Service

    October 28, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The music industry's bid to sell full-song downloads from ringtones gained an ally today with the unveiling of Thumbplay's new full-song mobile music service. Hoping to do for full-song music downloads what it did for ringtones, Thumbpla ...

  25. 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 ...

  26. Thumbplay Unveils 'Open' Service

    September 10, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Off-deck ringtone service Thumbplay unveiled a beta program called Thumbplay Open that allows unsigned artists and indie labels the ability to upload and sell ringtones and other content through the Thumbplay platform. Rather than negotiating indi ...

  27. MTV Pacts With Thumbplay For Mobile Store

    August 11, 2008 12:00 AM EDT MTV has chosen off-deck mobile content distribution firm Thumbplay to manage its mobile content store. Under the deal, Thumbplay will develop personalized content for the MTV Mobile service, which includes ringtones, games, images and so on. Fans ...

  28. Kanye, No I.D. At Work On New Jay-Z Album

    August 11, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Although it's unclear if they will produce the entire album, Kanye West and Dion "No I.D." Wilson are hard at work making tracks for Jay-Z's "Blueprint 3," according to West's management. West and Jay-Z debuted o ...

  29. Update: Thumbplay Secures $18M In Financing

    March 14, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Mobile content retailer Thumbplay raised $18 million in series E fundraising provided by Brookside Capital Partners and Cross Creek Capital. The company said the funds would be used to develop additional tools provided to partners licensing conten ...

  30. Thumbplay Inks Distribution Deal With Sony BMG

    February 21, 2008 12:00 AM EST Mobile entertainment Web site Thumbplay has signed a distribution deal with Sony BMG Music Entertainment for ringtones, music videos and other mobile content from Sony artists. The Sony deal, announced today (Feb. 21), will add 7,000 pieces of mus ...

  31. 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 ...