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  1. Five Digital Startups to Watch in 2013

    December 14, 2012 7:05 AM EST has been a banner year for digital innovation in music, from Kickstarter's increasing visibility in the mainstream to Spotify's steadily growing influence over how its users consume music. But there are plenty of companies worth wat ...

  2. Business Matters: MySpace Relaunch Plan Is Optimistic -- Maybe Too Optimistic

    November 19, 2012 8:14 PM EST A PowerPoint presentation about MySpace posted at Business Insider shows the company has an incredibly ambitious plan to turn around the social network. But the plan may be too optimistic. According to the presentation given, while seeking $50 mil ...

  3. Rihanna 'SNL' Performance and 'Diamonds' Premiere Fuels Social 50 Chart Gain

    November 17, 2012 8:00 AM EST As the release of Rihanna's seventh album, "Unapologetic," nears its Nov. 19 release date, the diva has been in promotion overdrive. In turn, the singer soars up four slots on Billboard's Social 50 chart (7-3) with big gains ac ...

  4. Facebook to Music App Developers: You Need Us

    November 06, 2012 4:28 PM EST Facebook on Tuesday trumpeted its track record as a platform for music applications not named Spotify. In a post entitled, "Facebook Timeline Apps and Music, A Year Later," Facebook engineer Lincoln Hochberg singled out six music apps th ...

  5. Songza Tops 1 Million Registered Users in Canada in 70 Days

    October 18, 2012 11:11 AM EDT With all the hubbub over Xbox Music, iHeartRadio and other music services associated with large companies, people may overlook a popular Internet radio service by a small company from New York City. Numbers released today might change all that for ...

  6. SoundCloud Partners With Getty Images Music (Exclusive)

    October 09, 2012 6:00 AM EDT The Web made licensing music drastically more efficient. Now a small button on the ubiquitous SoundCloud streaming player makes licensing music even easier. SoundCloud, a music hosting and sharing platform with more than 20 million users, has part ...

  7. Business Matters: Microsoft and Rdio? That Would Make Sense

    October 04, 2012 8:15 PM EDT Microsoft is in acquisitions talks with music subscription service Rdio, according to various reports. First reported by the Next Web , the rumors bring together two companies connected by a recent acquisition. Rdio co-founders Friis Niklas and Ze ...

  8. Business Matters: New-Look MySpace Still Putting Heavy Emphasis on Music

    September 24, 2012 5:55 PM EDT The new Myspace from Myspace on Vimeo . MySpace has gone to art school. The social network's long-delayed remodel got a sneak peak at the MySpace home page Monday and was previewed in a 2:18 video. No specific launch date was given. In contra ...

  9. Business Matters: Songza Lands Investments from Troy Carter, William Morris Endeavor, Others

    August 15, 2012 11:22 AM EDT Songza Lands Investments from Troy Carter, William Morris Endeavor, Others Internet radio service Songza announced some encouraging listener metrics Wednesday, but its new celebrity investors will probably get more attention. SXSWi Q&A: Songza ...

  10. Internet Radio: The Next Digital Underground

    July 19, 2012 6:35 PM EDT One is traded on the New York Stock Exchange. Another was recently launched by the world's leading on-demand music subscription service. And yet another has quietly accumulated 30 million monthly users. These three Internet services are part ...

  11. Business Matters: Pandora Growth Stalls As Dog Days of Summer Begin

    July 10, 2012 6:19 PM EDT Pandora Listening Drops As Summer Advances The growth of Internet radio leader Pandora is practically taken for granted as digital music gobbles up time previously spent listening to other formats. So it's a big deal when Pandora's liste ...

  12. Business Matters: Will Japan Warm Up To Sony Music Unlimited?

    July 03, 2012 4:56 PM EDT Will Japan Warm Up To Sony Music Unlimited? -- Subscription services haven't had much success in Japan. Napster Japan, a joint venture between Napster and Tower Records, failed to grow subscribers to a profitable in three and a half years of ...

  13. Japan's Digital Music Services Leap Forward; Sony Music Unlimited Launches With All Four Majors

    July 03, 2012 11:37 AM EDT Sony Corporation announced the launch in Japan of Music Unlimited, a cloud-based music subscription service that will offer users over 10 million songs. The service will make tracks from Sony Music Entertainment (Japan), Universal Music LLC (Japan ...

  14. Business Matters: Ticketfly Launches Ticketfly Causes To Help Charities, Build a Better Workplace

    June 26, 2012 4:23 PM EDT Ticketfly Causes Works To Help Charities Ticketfly's new charitable initiative is not just an example of a corporation supporting good causes in its community and around the country. Ticketfly Causes is also an attempt to remain an attractive ...

  15. YouTube Seeks Label Aid to Secure Artists' Publishing Rights for Videos

    June 21, 2012 7:20 PM EDT YouTube seeks label aid to secure artists' publishing rights for videos YouTube's appearance at the "Indie Week" convention recently held by the American Assn. of Independent Music (A2IM) in New York was the meet's best-at ...

  16. Songza Reaches One Million iOs Downloads in Ten Days, But Is It The Next Big Thing?

    June 19, 2012 7:49 AM EDT The tech press loves next big things. Last summer it was Turntable.fm. Now it looks like Internet radio service Songza is this summer's next big thing in digital music. On Monday news spread that the service topped one million iOS downloads i ...

  17. Business Matters: Sonos Lands $135 Million for the Future of the Digital Living Room

    June 18, 2012 5:49 PM EDT Sonos Radises $135 Million For Digital Living Room Some major investors appear to be betting that living rooms are finally ready for digital music. Sonos , the maker of digital music listening equipment for the home, has raised $135 million in a r ...

  18. Business Matters: Songza Takes a Bite Out of Pandora

    June 13, 2012 9:06 PM EDT Songza Takes a Bite Out of Pandora -- An upstart Internet radio company has caused Pandora Media, the leading Internet radio service, to drop 11.2% over the last two trading days and shed $208 million of market value. If you haven't heard of ...

  19. Business Matters: Access Models Peacefully Coexisting with Purchase Models

    June 11, 2012 4:35 PM EDT Spotify Accounting For Growing Distribution Revenue, But Not Replacing Downloads There is now a bit more evidence that Spotify has not lead to a reduction of music purchases. Contrary to some people's fears, it appears that many Spotify users ...

  20. MySpace Relaunch Will Revive Company's Status in Online Music, Sources Say

    June 08, 2012 12:30 PM EDT MySpace has some big plans in store for its forthcoming relaunch. Multiple sources have told Billboard.biz they have been very impressed with the new MySpace platform and say the company wants once again to be music fans' favored place on the ...

  21. Sean Parker, Shawn Fanning on Airtime, Spotify's Similarities to Napster, Working With the 'Legendary' Bob Pittman

    June 06, 2012 2:18 PM EDT "I don't think I've ever been this tired," Sean Parker said Tuesday afternoon. It was nearly three hours after he and Napster co-founder Shawn Fanning officially unveiled new social video-chat service Airtime at a technical-dif ...

  22. Napster Co-Founders Sean Parker, Shawn Fanning Launch Social Video Network Airtime

    June 05, 2012 2:39 PM EDT Napster co-founders Sean Parker and Shawn Fanning reunited Tuesday at a star-studded event to launch Airtime, a new live social video platform. The presentation was made at Milk Studios in New York and included references to the days when the two ...

  23. Music Apps For the Summer Time -- Last.fm Festivals, Blog DJs, Chart Playlists, More

    May 23, 2012 2:48 PM EDT As the thermometer consistently tops 70 degrees here in New England, it's safe to say summer is coming in . For music lovers, that means music festivals. This week's batch includes Last.Fm's Festivals app (available for Android, iPo ...

  24. SoundCloud Gets A Redesign: We Take the Beta Version for a Test-Drive

    May 10, 2012 4:36 PM EDT Faster, better-looking, and with an indispensable set of new features, the next version of SoundCloud's web app debuted online Wednesday at 10 a.m. PST to 10,000 invited beta testers. Phased rollouts to the community will occur over the comin ...

  25. Business Matters: Deezer Opens API, Welcomes Developers to Make Really Cool Apps

    May 03, 2012 7:15 PM EDT Deezer Welcomes App Developers Deezer has opened its API and launched "Open Deezer" roughly five months after Spotify did the same. Open Deezer will allow developers to create applications and services that integrate Deezer's on-dem ...

  26. Deezer Expands to Canada, Australia & New Zealand

    April 25, 2012 8:41 AM EDT French music streaming service Deezer is debuting in Canada, Australia and New Zealand, marking the company's first forays into those regions in the world. Previously, Deezer had been operational in France, the U.K., and Belgium, but had told ...

  27. Facebook's New Listen Button Plays Artist Catalogs From Spotify, Rdio, MOG

    April 17, 2012 5:46 PM EDT Application Programming Interface, thy name be "awesome!" Excuse the geek-out, if you're not up on your API ABC's, but how else are we to react to the fact that Facebook just added a Listen button to its artist pages that lets ...

  28. If Spotify's Reported 600K U.S. Subscribers Is Disappointing, You Expected Too Much Too Soon

    April 04, 2012 8:48 PM EDT Spotify has amassed three million U.S. users and 600,000 subscribers since its July launch, according to figures reported Wednesday by the New York Post . A major label source tells Billboard.biz that the 600,000 threshold won't be reached fo ...

  29. Plug.dj Throws Video Into Turntable.fm-Style Social DJ App Mix

    March 26, 2012 4:56 PM EDT Here I am in the most populous room in Plug.dj... with four other people. What an original idea: A bunch of rooms where cute little avatars can DJ music to each other! That's what we said last May, before breaking the news ( we think ) about ...

  30. Business Matters: MySpace, Pinterest Bump Up, Facebook Drops Slightly in Feb. comScore

    March 23, 2012 5:54 PM EDT MySpace Web Traffic Boosts, But Still Isn't Pretty; Facebook Drops Slightly -- MySpace gained more U.S. visitors and Facebook lost a few in February, according to new figures from comScore. MySpace jumped 8 spots to #42 in comScore's lis ...

  31. News You May Have Missed During the Annual SXSWi P.R. Barrage

    March 23, 2012 12:42 PM EDT Onesheet Mobile, like many tech companies, introduced it's latest product initiative during SXSWi If you were busy before, during and after SXSW, you may have missed some news items during the annual SXSW press release barrage from Onesheet, ...

  32. Rdio Launches in Canada, Signs European Deal With PRS

    March 22, 2012 9:26 AM EDT Rdio has released a string of announcements in recent days, with a major cosmetic overhaul debuted at SXSW and the streaming service reaching the 15 million songs threshold. Rdio Announces Major Changes At SXSW Event Now Rdio has signed on to be t ...

  33. 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 " ...

  34. SXSWi Panel Explores How Phones Have Changed Concerts: 'At Jay-Z Show, Everyone Was Looking at Their Phones, Not Jay-Z'

    March 13, 2012 6:55 PM EDT "What's interesting to me," said Brenna Ehrlich of MTV Networks, who moderated the "Music 2.0: Engaging Fans with Mobile Social Apps" panel Tuesday afternoon, to kick things off, "is how the advent of the iPhone has c ...

  35. Rdio Announces Major Changes At SXSW Event

    March 13, 2012 3:08 PM EDT AUSTIN, TEXAS -- Rdio, the music subscription service from Skype and Kazaa co-founders Janus Friis and Niklas Zennstrom, announced major changes to its music subscription service designed to "put music and people front and center," in an ...

  36. 'Data Mining Music' SXSWi Panel Shows How Data Can Lead to Better Playlists, Recommendations -- With Hilarious Results

    March 12, 2012 11:37 AM EDT People have 10 million songs in the pockets: What happens next? Paul Lamere, director of developer platform at the Echo Nest, thinks "big data" is the solution to better listening experiences, recommendations and playlist creation. " ...

  37. 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 ...

  38. 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 ...

  39. Mog Not 'Actively' Shopping Itself, CEO Says (Report)

    February 28, 2012 9:01 PM EST David Hyman, the CEO of subscription service Mog, says the company has not "actively" been shopping itself, contradicting a report on Tuesday by CNET that the company was struggling and has been seeking a buyer. Speaking to Reuters , Hym ...

  40. Eminem's Digital Royalties Lawsuit: Leaked Audit Highlights Huge Stakes for Music Biz

    February 23, 2012 8:05 AM EST Over the last few months, the music industry has been rocked by multiple lawsuits alleging that artists such as Kenny Rogers, Sister Sledge, Rob Zombie and others have been cheated out of substantial money from the improper calculation of revenues ...

  41. 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 & ...

  42. Kenny Rogers Sues Capitol Over Royalties

    February 13, 2012 3:00 PM EST Kenny Rogers is the latest artist to sue a record label for not paying a 50% royalty for music sold through downloads or as a ringtone. In a suit filed in the U.S. District Court of Tennessee in Nashville, the complaint alleges that Capitol Record ...

  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. Rhapsody Expands to UK, Germany With Acquisition of Napster International

    January 26, 2012 5:29 AM EST Rhapsody is extending its reach into Europe through acquisitions of Napster International. The deal means Rhapsody will own and operate the Napster service in the UK and Germany. Terms were not disclosed, The acquisition makes for an "ideal e ...

  45. With Updated iOS App, Herd.fm Wants to Change Mobile Music Discovery

    January 25, 2012 6:01 PM EST Music discovery abounds on PCs, but what about mobile devices? A new update to the Herd.fm iOS app aims to help people find music better suited to their tastes. Herd.fm originally used location as the basis for providing music recommendations. The ...

  46. Video: Justin Timberlake Announces MySpace TV at CES

    January 10, 2012 8:05 AM EST MySpace got CES off to an early start Monday night by using its trump card - co-owner Justin Timberlake - to announce the company's new initiative, MySpace TV. "We're ready to take television and entertainment to the next step by up ...

  47. BITKOM, GEMA Reach Licensing Agreement For Online Music Platforms

    December 16, 2011 1:58 PM EST After nearly ten years of negotiations, a licensing agreement for Internet music platforms was reached last week between Munich-based German performance rights organization GEMA and IT industry association BITKOM, in Berlin. Internet portals now a ...

  48. Napster Laid To Rest...Inside Rhapsody

    December 01, 2011 5:30 PM EST Digital music's most disruptive brand, Napster, closed down yesterday, swallowed up by nine-year-old, music subscription service Rhapsody. It marks a symbolic end to the notorious file-sharing brand, which tried but failed to turn into a legi ...

  49. Spotify's New Direction: A Big Step Forward for the App Movement

    November 30, 2011 5:20 PM EST At a press conference in New York today, Spotify announced that it is moving in a "new direction" - one that is said to be a "game-changer" for digital music. CEO Daniel Ek announced that the streaming-music service has now bec ...

  50. Turntable.fm's Seth Goldstein, Glassnote's Daniel Glass Talk Business Models, Major-Label Resistance to Digital at Billboard FutureSound

    November 18, 2011 4:40 PM EST Turntable.fm's Seth Goldstein with Topspin's Ian Rogers at Billboard's FutureSound Conference in San Francisco Friday . (Photo: Arnold Turner/A. Turner Archives) Opening day two of Billboard's FutureSound conference in San Fran ...

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