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  1. Will Myspace Survive 2011?

    January 03, 2011 12:00 AM EST Myspace is becoming synonymous with "rumor" these days. With chatter still circulating about parent company NewsCorp considering selling the struggling social networking site, now comes new word that it may be preparing for a massive rou ...

  2. MySpace Drops New Mobile Site

    December 01, 2010 12:00 AM EST MySpace launched a new mobile site on Tuesday as part of its recent efforts to reposition itself as a one-stop entertainment destination. The site is formatted for Apple’s iOS, Android, Palm and “select Nokia and Blackberry devices.” An iPhone app ...

  3. Once-mighty MySpace Deepens Facebook Integration

    November 18, 2010 12:00 AM EST In a sign of the companies' divergent fortunes, MySpace says it will let its users log in to their Facebook accounts through their MySpace page. Doing so will port the likes and interests they have listed on their Facebook profiles to MySpace ...

  4. We7 Repositions With Focus On Radio

    November 10, 2010 12:00 AM EST The U.K. ad-funded streaming service We7 is to relaunch with a greater focus on radio, like automated recommendation services Last.fm and Pandora. Two years after its full launch as a streaming service - founder investors included Peter Gabriel, E ...

  5. 'New MySpace' Focuses On Entertainment

    October 27, 2010 12:00 AM EDT MySpace lifted the veil on its much-anticipated redesign today, reining in the Wild West approach the social networking pioneer took to date with a far cleaner design focused on young users and entertainment content. To be sure, the narrower focus ...

  6. MOG's Hyman to Imeem's Caldwell: You're Wrong

    October 22, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Is launching a new digital music service an exercise in futility or a shot at great opportunity? Depends who you talk to. Earlier this week Imeem founder Dalton Caldwell made headlines with a speech to the Y Combinator Startup School saying that l ...

  7. Guest Post: Girlilla's Digital Marketing Tips

    October 20, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Jennie Smythe is the CEO of Nashville-based Girlilla Marketing , a full service strategic digital marketing firm. In this post she talks about the trends and companies she's watching right now. APPS Geesh, that’s the keyword, isn’t it? You he ...

  8. Imeem Founder: Music Startups Destined To Fail

    October 18, 2010 12:00 AM EDT What's Imeem founder Dalton Caldwell been up to since MySpace acquired the company he started for $1 million last year, and then subsequently shuttered? Well, most recently he discussed his reflections on the Imeem experience to a group of st ...

  9. VIDEO: Highlights From The Billboard Mobile Music App Summit and Awards

    October 12, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The music, mobile, app and tech communities came together for the Billboard Mobile Entertainment Live! The Music App Summit on Oct. 5 in San Francisco. Check out the blow-by-blow, full coverage round-up here. For the top highlights, see below. Bil ...

  10. 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 ...

  11. @MEL: Purported Pandora Killer Makes Pitch At Innovators Showcase

    October 05, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Pandora reigns among the break-out music technology apps of the era, but now some upstarts think they can outdo the Oakland, Calif-based music service by making streaming radio more of a game. Songza Media CEO Elias Roman pitched his personalized ...

  12. Muzu.tv Joins Social Network Rush

    September 22, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Following the addition of social networking features to Spotify and iTunes and the launch of Twitter-style music service mflow, Muzu.tv is the latest music service to add such features. The free ad-funded site claims to have launched the first soc ...

  13. Business Matters: Live Nation, We7, RIAA and more

    September 20, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Opinion and analysis of the day's music news. Live Nation Pushing Back On Artist Guarantees -- Lower ticket prices appear likely in 2011, and artist guarantees will be pulled down in order achieve those lower prices. So said Live Nation CEO M ...

  14. Napster Releases iPhone App

    September 20, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Napster now has an iPhone app, allowing subscribers to stream songs to their mobile device. Like the other streaming services, it offers streaming access to its full catalog, cache songs on the device, create playlists and adds an automix feature ...

  15. Innovators Showcase To Spotlight Mobile Up-And-Comers

    September 14, 2010 12:00 AM EDT At our upcoming conference Mobile Entertainment Live: The Music App Summit , taking place Oct. 5 in San Francisco, we’ve got plenty of high-profile executives giving keynotes. But it’s not just about the names you know. Billboard also strives to i ...

  16. New Models Dominate Popkomm Day 1

    September 08, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Popkomm has a new venue, a new setting as part of Berlin Music Week, and much of the first day of the 2010 edition was spent discussing new business models. During a low-key first day of panels at the revamped conference, held for the first time s ...

  17. Amazon Acquires AmieStreet

    September 08, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Amazon.com has acquired the AmieStreet.com digital music service, for an undisclosed sum. The most immediate result of the acquisition is that the AmieStreet.com service will cease to exist as of Sept. 22. All AmieStreet.com links will forward to ...

  18. Sonos Signs Up Spotify

    September 02, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Sonos will release a free software update later this month that will enable users of the multi-room wireless music system to stream songs via Spotify. Spotify will be available for Sonos in Finland, France, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden a ...

  19. Should Etsy Expand Its Music Footprint?

    August 30, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Etsy, the five year old online handmade goods marketplace, made the news last week when it closed a $20 round of funding, pushing its valuation up to $300 million. The New York-based company has grown 72% in the last year, and has 5.2 million memb ...

  20. Dave Stewart To Keynote Mobile Entertainment Live: The Music App Summit

    August 26, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Industry technology conferences can easily turn into bore-fests, with slide after PowerPoint slide of software architecture diagrams and panelists bantering tired clichés like “it’s all about the music.” We’re going to turn that on it’s head at Mo ...

  21. Business Matters: Playlist.com, Weezer, Pandora and more

    August 24, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Opinion and analysis of the day's music business news. -- The story of Playlist.com is far more interesting than the actual music service. CNET’s Greg Sandoval wrote a good article about the company’s recent Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing and i ...

  22. Users Eye Virtual Goods Tied To Brands

    August 20, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Virtual worlds may not have panned out as the cyber concert venues they were originally touted to be, but there’s still money to be made in selling virtual goods within today’s social networks. Snoop Dogg, for instance, has made $200,000 selling h ...

  23. Business Matters: Spotify, Napster, PayPal and more

    August 13, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Napster Co-Founder Invests In Spotify -- Sean Parker, former CEO of Facebook and co-founder of Napster, has invested $ €11.6 million ($US 14.9 million) in Spotify at a valuation of €230 million ($300 million), according to Trade Register of Luxemb ...

  24. Business Matters: Playlist.com, Ticketweb, Lollapalooza and more

    August 09, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Opinion and analysis on the day's music business news. Playlist.com Files For Chapter 11 -- Playlist.com (also known as Project Playlist) has filed for bankruptcy, according to a report by CNET. The company insists it will “conduct business a ...

  25. Last.fm To Use MXP4 To Engage Users With Ads

    August 05, 2010 12:00 AM EDT In an effort to increase engagement with both music and the ads placed around it, Last.fm is incorporating technology from MXP4 that lets users interact with songs in more ways than by simply listening to it. With the new apps, Last.fm users can n ...

  26. Songza Re-Emerges

    August 04, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The once much-hyped-then-forgotten Songza service has re-emerged as a customizable Internet radio service. Much like Pandora, Songza aims to let users create personalized radio stations by seeding a song and then voting up or down on the playlist ...

  27. Kazaa Relaunches In The Cloud

    August 04, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Kazaa is back . The former peer-to-peer music service has relaunched as a cloud-based streaming service with access to 1.6 million songs and 1 million song lyrics. There's not much that initially sets the new Kazaa apart from other services i ...

  28. Business Matters: Terra Firma, Last.fm, Clear Channel and more

    July 27, 2010 12:00 AM EDT TERRA FIRMA SUIT AGAINST CITI GOES FORWARD IN U.S. -- In case you were wondering why Citigroup wasn’t able to have Terra Firma’s lawsuit thrown out earlier this year, the judge released an opinion on Monday that outlined the reasons for his decisi ...

  29. New Social Gaming Opportunities Emerge For Music Industry

    July 13, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Social gaming on Facebook is a growing trend that is slowly starting to see more opportunities for the music industry. The most recent development is the official launch of Nightclub City, a game that lets users oversee virtual live music settings ...

  30. Is MySpace Music Planning A Music Subscription Service?

    July 08, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Is MySpace Music eyeing a possible music subscription service? That’s the question posed by a recent CNET article , on the heels of a similar story from music pub Side-Line . Both largely cite anonymous sources, though officials, including preside ...

  31. Business Matters: Freemium, 'Idol,' Twitter, MySpace and more

    July 07, 2010 12:00 AM EDT THE FREEMIUM DEBATE -- Writer/educator/consultant Clay Shirkey says sites with paywalls will underperform. Plus, he’s worried that content behind paywalls will not be part of public discourse. “When we talk about newspapers, we talk about them bei ...

  32. MySpace U.K. Traffic Slumps: Report

    July 07, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The number of visitors to MySpace U.K. has halved in the last six months, according to TechCrunch . The site reports that it has seen internal figures showing monthly figures down from 10 million at the beginning of 2010 to 5 million by the end of ...

  33. Five Hot Digital Music Companies to Watch

    July 07, 2010 12:00 AM EDT This summer, five mostly young online companies are setting themselves apart from all others in the music business. Each represents a different segment of the industry, but together they exemplify the entrepreneurship and innovation that is leadin ...

  34. Business Matters: Terra Firma, MySpace, Skyline and more

    July 02, 2010 12:00 AM EDT REPORT: TERRA FIRMA OKs FUTURE FUNDS -- A report says Terra Firma has approved a resolution on June 10 that would allow it to inject another £500 million ($759 million) into EMI Music. That resolution gives EMI parent company Maltby Capital the ri ...

  35. MySpace Co-President To Depart Amid Challenges

    June 17, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The doors just keep swinging at MySpace. MySpace has confirmed a Techcrunch post that co-president Jason Hirschhorn is set to announce his departure tomorrow, nary four months after accepting the co-leadership role with Mike Jones. Jon Miller, chi ...

  36. NMP Chief Discusses Legal Success At Annual Convention Meeting

    June 17, 2010 12:00 AM EDT In the last five years, the National Music Publishers Assn. invested $39 million on legal fees and litigation to protect songwriters and music publishers’ copyrights and as a result of those efforts the music publishing community has received back ...

  37. Business Matters: Live Nation, EMI, CAA and more

    June 17, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Follow Billboard senior editorial analyst Glenn Peoples and Billboardbiz on Twitter. LIVE NATION CHATTER OFF TARGET -- Pop music critic De Rogatis is stretching when he tries to link this summer’s spate of cancelled concerts and weaker-than-expect ...

  38. Guvera Reveals User Numbers, Plans Expansion

    June 15, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Ad-supported digital music service Guvera has revealed some user-habits for the first time since its March launch. The service currently counts more than 75,000 users across both its U.S. and Australian operations, with a nudge over 40,000 hailing ...

  39. Business Matters: AT&T, Rdio, C-32, eMusic, Vevo and More

    June 04, 2010 12:00 AM EDT -- Much has been said about AT&T's plan to limit bandwidth of new mobile subscribers. Some have called it the end of young, innovative music services that have blossomed through mobile apps. But is AT&T really crippling these services ...

  40. Business Matters: Spotify, Levi, MySpace, 'Lost' and More

    May 25, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Follow Glenn Peoples on Twitter or e-mail him at gpeoples AT billboard.com. -- Spotify’s Android app has been updated to include the local file and social features that Spotify recently added to its service. I’ve been enjoying Spotify’s social fea ...

  41. Analysis: Spotify's Dutch Launch Points To U.S. Strategy

    May 18, 2010 12:00 AM EDT For a clue on what the Spotify on-demand streaming music service might look like when it finally launches in the U.S., take a close look at what the company did in the Netherlands this week. In the process of launching there, Spotify launched two ...

  42. What Does The Limewire Judgment Mean For The Industry?

    May 14, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Now what happens? After the summary judgment against peer-to-peer file-sharing service LimeWire for copyright infringement, that's the big question. If the RIAA pursues its request for an injunction, LimeWire will almost certainly shut down. ...

  43. Project Playlist Settles Suits With UMG, WMG

    May 12, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Project Playlist has cleared the last of its legal hurdles, having settled copyright infringement lawsuits against it by Universal Music Group and Warner Music Group. As first reported by CNET , and confirmed by Billboard, UMG’s settlement include ...

  44. Business Matters: Live Nation, Google, Lala, mFlow

    May 11, 2010 12:00 AM EDT -- Morgan Joseph maintained its “neutral” rating on Live Nation stock. Note the Morgan analyst believes artists could possibly have less, not more, leverage in the future. “We remain on the sidelines and look for more signs of positive free cash f ...

  45. Analysis: Subscription Model Takes Another Hit

    May 10, 2010 12:00 AM EDT If music subscription services were easy, everybody would be doing them and millions of Americans would be paying. Numbers from RealNetworks’ latest earnings show subscriptions are still one of music’s greatest paradox: so much potential but so fe ...

  46. Social Network Tagged Rolls Out Music Strategy, Offers Bon Jovi Exclusive

    May 10, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Coming in third isn’t so bad when you’re competing in the Olympics, where it earns you a place on the podium and a medal. But when you’re in third place among U.S. social networking sites, and the first two slots are taken by Facebook and MySpace, ...

  47. We7 Makes Ad-Funded Pay

    April 28, 2010 12:00 AM EDT U.K. streaming service We7 says it is now able to cover all costs for its on-demand streaming from advertising on the site. The company had its first month where money owed to rights holders was paid for by display and audio commercials, suggestin ...

  48. Spotify Takes Aim At iTunes, Goes Social With Facebook

    April 27, 2010 12:00 AM EDT It may not yet be available in the U.S., but Spotify firmly planted its flag in the digital music landscape of tomorrow with a major upgrade that, yet again, positions it as the digital music service to beat. In what the company calls its "bi ...

  49. Business Matters: Last.fm, Foursquare, Verve Music Group and more

    April 23, 2010 12:00 AM EDT -- Fan-funded platforms aren’t just for independent artists. Atlantic Records has teamed up with Pledge Music to offer an EP and a variety of extras –a signature on the EP, access to a rehearsal via Skype, a personal video message and a handwritte ...

  50. Plugged/Unplugged: How Facebook Will Change Digital Music

    April 22, 2010 12:00 AM EDT No longer just a popular social networking, Facebook's new mission is to become the underlying social engine powering the entire Internet. That's what became exceedingly apparent yesterday during CEO Mark Zuckerberg's keynote speech ...

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