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  1. Digital Briefs: RealNetworks, Activision, Spotify

    August 07, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- RealNetworks laid off 12 employees from the Rhapsody music service. The company told reporters that it is refocusing on online and mobile applications, meaning less on its editorial and desktop client support. The layoffs represent about 9% of ...

  2. Publishing Briefs: Harry Fox, Extreme, Primary Wave

    August 05, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- The Harry Fox Agency has cut a deal to provide royalty administration services to Napster. HFA will calculate and distribute mechanical royalties to publishers for Napster's subscription music service and will provide copyright research se ...

  3. Briefs: Spotify, Entercom, Imeem, YouTube

    August 04, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- Three new investors have backed Spotify at a valuation of $250 million, according to paidContent. One of the investors is Li Ka-Shing, a Hong Kong-based investor that backed Facebook in 2007, according to reported TechCrunch. In addition, Spoti ...

  4. Briefs: Terra Firma, Joel Tenenbaum, Spotify

    July 30, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- Terra Firma investors have approved a £300 million ($495 million) equity injection into EMI . The injection may be part of a larger refinancing move, still months away, that would repay some of the debt owed to Citigroup. "Citi, which face ...

  5. 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 ...

  6. News Corp Sees MySpace As Place For Videogames

    July 24, 2009 12:00 AM EDT News Corp hopes to transform MySpace, which has been losing users to Facebook, into a stronger online videogaming platform as it works to reposition the six-year-old site as an entertainment destination. News Corp digital head Jonathan Miller said ...

  7. Kazaa Returns As Legal Subscription Service

    July 20, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Kazaa, the one-time rogue file-sharing application, is relaunched to the U.S. market today (July 20). Only this time it returns as an all-you-can eat legal subscription service, carrying a monthly rate of $20. It will initially offer one million m ...

  8. Analysis: The Stark Difference Between NPD, AIMS Surveys

    July 15, 2009 12:00 AM EDT According to the NPD Group, MySpace Music and Pandora are the most used music- focused social networks and community web sites. A Q1 2009 survey of 4,051 people aged 13 and over asked if the person was aware of the product and if he or she used th ...

  9. Web Music Category Tunes to Audio, Visual Ad Models

    July 06, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Michael Jackson's death continues to resonate in the world of online music as fans flock to the Web to purchase his music-and stream tons of it for free, often without many ads. That surge is seen as a boost to the fast-growing Web music sect ...

  10. Web Reaction: The Pirate Bay Sale To Swedish Firm

    June 30, 2009 12:00 AM EDT News that Global Gaming Factory X, a Swedish gaming company, had acquired The Pirate Bay has executives and experts around the world scratching their heads. The broad goal of the company is to create business models that ensures content providers ...

  11. Opinion: Spotify Succeeds On Simplicity, Not Discovery

    June 30, 2009 12:00 AM EDT P2P streaming music program Spotify is expected to launch in the US later this year - it is currently open to users in Sweden, Norway, Finland, the UK, France and Spain - but Billboard has been testing the service for the last few weeks. The servi ...

  12. Opinion: A Fresh Take On Napster

    June 26, 2009 12:00 AM EDT A deal with the original Napster was not possible, wrote the BPI's Geoff Taylor in an op-ed piece about Napster and file-sharing at BBC News . How very true . Such an admission is refreshing because it is all too rare. Taylor, BPI's chie ...

  13. Briefs: Spotify, Imeem, Mobile Piracy

    June 26, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- Spotify is earning a 14 pence per U.K. user per month in advertising revenue, The Register reports. The music streaming service has over half a million users in the U.K., but only 17,000 of them are said to have upgraded to the ad-free, premium ...

  14. Digital Briefs: ReverbNation, Shazam, Myxer

    June 24, 2009 12:00 AM EDT - ReverbNation is branching out into Web site creation and hosting services. The company has added a "site builder" option to its portfolio of DIY tools for artists, partnering with BandZoogle of Canada to do so. The option remains in a ...

  15. Televisa, hi5 Team For Web TV Play

    June 16, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Televisa's online division and the social networking site hi5 have partnered to launch a Spanish-language video channel that aims to reach millions of Internet users throughout Latin America. Under a commercial and distribution agreement anno ...

  16. Briefs: Bruce Springsteen, Jammie Thomas, Sugarland

    June 16, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- The New Jersey Star-Ledger used the Open Public Records Act to investigate the ticketing arrangements for the May 2009 Bruce Springsteen concert that prompted a Senate Judiciary hearing and much public outcry against Ticketmaster Entertainment. ...

  17. Facebook, Twitter Cut Into MySpace's User Time

    June 02, 2009 12:00 AM EDT News Corp. executives often present MySpace and Facebook as competing in different markets, with Facebook used as a communications vehicle and MySpace for entertainment. Whatever the case, a straight line can be drawn between more time spent on Fa ...

  18. Billboard.biz Q&A: Former RIAA CEO Rosen Talks Napster

    June 01, 2009 12:00 AM EDT When Napster first went live 10 years ago this month, the music industry didn't immediately notice. It wasn't until around September 1999 that the RIAA got wise, and not until December that a lawsuit was filed. Leading the organization a ...

  19. Briefs: UMG, Borders, Pandora, EMI, U2

    May 28, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- A New York Times article claims both Universal Music Group and Warner Music Group "relaxed" the terms of their licensing deals with Imeem to accommodate the music service's inability thus far to find a business model that does so ...

  20. MySpace Music Opens Doors On New Weekly Series

    May 27, 2009 12:00 AM EDT MySpace Music is introducing its first original programming feature called the MySpace Music Feed, a weekly series of short-form videos of exclusive performances, interviews and behind the scenes footage. The first installment will air tomorrow (M ...

  21. Digital Briefs: Tenenaum Case, RoyaltyShare, Last.fm

    May 26, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- Charles Nesson, the Harvard law school professor defending Joel Tenenaum in a file-sharing case against the RIAA , details what drove him to take the case in an op-ed for Ars Technica. In sum, he thinks the RIAA's litigation campaign is &q ...

  22. Project Playlist Acquires Total Music

    May 19, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Total Music lives once again. Embattled online playlist service Project Playlist has acquired the assets and employees of the defunct music platform, which it plans to use to offer streaming music and music downloads. The deal was announced via a ...

  23. Billboard Q&A: Napster COO Christopher Allen

    May 18, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Is there a mobile aspect to this new $5 streaming tier? Any Napster Mobile app for these new smartphones with app stores? Not at this time, other than the sideloading of MP3s. We are constantly evaluating different access points for the consumer. ...

  24. Napster Introduces $5 Unlimited Stream, Five Download Tier

    May 18, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The Napster subscription service introduced a new pricing tier that allows users to stream an unlimited number of songs and download five DRM-free tracks a month for $5. The offer does not require subscribers to download the Napster client, but ra ...

  25. Digital Briefs: Slacker, Top Music Sites, Shazam Suit

    May 15, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- Customized personal radio service Slacker raised $9.6 million in new venture funding in its fourth round, according to a recent regulatory filing. It is aiming for $10.2 million in total. Specific investors were not disclosed. -- comScore relea ...

  26. Spotify CEO Talks Portability, Premium Service Growth

    May 15, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Daniel Ek, founder and CEO of music streaming service Spotify, says he wants to build on the early popularity of the ad-supported free model by developing a portable service and attracting users to the premium service. Spotify launched in Stockhol ...

  27. Business Briefs: 'Free,' Obama, Napster, Apple

    May 11, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- Spurred by comments by Rupert Murdoch on the death of free online media, free music was a big topic in U.K. papers over the weekend. The Telegraph quoted Mike Smith, managing director of Columbia Records: "When you listen to streamed music ...

  28. Business Briefs: Last.fm, Rupert Murdoch, Live Nation

    May 07, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- This does not mean that people aren't going to discover and then purchase songs at sites like MySpace or Imeem , but this study on grocery shoppers' unplanned purchases may make you rethink how many of those affiliate sales were actua ...

  29. Digital Briefs: Kadoink, EMI, Twitter, Imeem

    May 06, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- Kadoink , a company that creates mobile widgets used to promote music and artist-fan interaction, has shut down service two weeks after it was taken over by its primary investor, Hercules Technology growth Capital. The company, which raised $7 ...

  30. Business Briefs: Seeqpod, iPhone, Rapidshare

    April 27, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- MP3 search engine/player Seeqpod is in acquisition talks, according to its CEO, by a large media company that is a competitor to Apple. Seeqpod is currently being sued by record labels and maintains its service is legal. Unlike a standard searc ...

  31. News Corp Names Van Natta As MySpace CEO

    April 24, 2009 12:00 AM EDT MySpace has named former Facebook executive and current CEO of Project Playlist Owen Van Natta as the new CEO of the company, effective immediately. Natta will be based in Los Angeles and will report directly to Jonathan Miller, NewsCorp CEO of di ...

  32. Web Reaction: The Pirate Bay Verdict

    April 17, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The Internet is rife with opinions on today's ruling by a Swedish court to send four operators of the Pirate Bay Web site to jail for one year and fine them collectively $3.6 million. Here are some samples. Mike Masnick from TechDirt : " ...

  33. Business Briefs: Live Nation-Ticketmaster, Passalong, WMG

    April 15, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- The proposed Live Nation-Ticketmaster merger was sharply criticized in a report by the American Antitrust Institute, a not-for-profit advocacy group. The report was written by a retiree of the Federal Trade Commission. An excerpt: "If the ...

  34. Qtrax Relaunches In The U.S.

    April 10, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Qtrax, the ad-supported P2P music download service, has finally relaunched in the U.S., more than a year after it originally proposed to go live. The subsidiary of Brilliant Technologies originally unveiled their service at the international music ...

  35. The Billboard Q&A: MySpace Music Chief Courtney Holt

    April 08, 2009 12:00 AM EDT In November, when MySpace Music hired industry veteran Courtney Holt as president, the site had features that didn't add up into a comprehensive strategy. The former head of new media and strategic marketing at Interscope and executive VP of ...

  36. Business Briefs: Music Row, Pirate Bay, CD Baby And More

    March 31, 2009 12:00 AM EDT - One word you will hear a lot in 2009 is "metric." Here's a profile of RockDex, an online service that lets bands track their online buzz and the latest in a growing line of band metrics providers. RockDex provides easy-to-understa ...

  37. Analysis: Ad-Supported Music And Moral Hazard

    March 31, 2009 12:00 AM EDT As ad-supported music services increase in popularity and falter financially, content owners need to consider the consequences of their negotiations. Lowering rates may provide short-term relief, but doing so may limit the creation of better produ ...

  38. Last.fm Opens Restricted App Progam

    March 27, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Last.fm is working on releasing a set of software tools that will let third-party developers create applications using its music streaming service. As a first step in that process, the company is banning any applications currently using the Last.f ...

  39. EMI Withdraws From Project Playlist Lawsuit

    March 25, 2009 12:00 AM EDT EMI Music Group has withdrawn from a lawsuit against Project Playlist and is now licensing music to the service. The label becomes the second major to strike a deal with the popular online playlisting service, following Sony Music Entertainment. B ...

  40. Last.fm Flips To Fee Model Outside US, UK, Germany

    March 24, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Last.fm is moving away from its free, ad-supported streaming music model in some parts of the world in favor of a monthly subscription fee. In all countries save the U.S., U.K., and Germany, it will now charge a 3-euro monthly fee for the Last.fm ...

  41. SpiralFrog Shuts Down

    March 20, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Ad-supported music service Spiralfrog has shuttered-a move many critics felt was inevitable from the very beginning. The company paid millions in upfront licensing fees to the major record labels which it hoped to pay off with advertising revenue ...

  42. Digital Briefs: Chuck D, 'Idol', Dada

    March 10, 2009 12:00 AM EDT - Public Enemy frontman Chuck D has signed on to be a spokesman, or "ambassador" for SellaBand, the music social network that has fans investing in their favorite artists. - "American Idol" has released an iPhone app, developed ...

  43. Digital Briefs: Imeem, Eminem, Comcast, U2

    February 24, 2009 12:00 AM EST - Imeem introduced an upgraded version of its mobile application for the Android operating system. The new version includes the new MyMusic feature, which allows users to stream their personal Imeem music library through the mobile phone. It also ...

  44. Editorial: Last.fm, RIAA Allegation Highlights Larger Issues

    February 23, 2009 12:00 AM EST The RIAA and Last.fm were busy denying a rumor over the weekend that alleged that the personalized Internet radio firm provided the music industry trade group with data on the listening habits of users who were streaming leaked music from U2' ...

  45. Ruckus Shuts Down, Total Music in Question

    February 09, 2009 12:00 AM EST Without explanation or fanfare, the Ruckus digital music service targeted at university networks has gone out of business. A posting on the company's Web site simply says "unfortunately the Ruckus service will no longer be provided." ...

  46. eBay Joins Industry Trust For IP Awareness

    February 06, 2009 12:00 AM EST Leading online marketplace eBay has become a member of the Industry Trust for Intellectual Property (IP) Awareness Ltd, describing the move as a firm statement on its commitment in the fight against copyright piracy. The announcement is the next s ...

  47. Digital Briefs: Pirate Bay, Mobile Music, Last.fm, ISPs

    January 23, 2009 12:00 AM EST -Danish Internet service provider TDC is blocking access to The Pirate Bay, becoming the second to do so after the country’s High Court ordered rival Tele2 to block the same service last year. TDC took the action on its own, as the court-order for ...

  48. 6 Questions: Imeem CEO Dalton Caldwell

    January 21, 2009 12:00 AM EST It's make-or-break time for free ad-supported online music. Now that such services as imeem and MySpace Music have secured the backing and investment of the major labels, they have to prove that free access to music can be a profitable busine ...

  49. MySpace Music President's Public Debut At MidemNet

    January 17, 2009 12:00 AM EST Just 11 days into the job, MySpace Music president Courtney Holt outlined his ambitions for expanding into new services and territories during his first high profile public appearance. Holt was in conversation with Billboard editorial director Bil ...

  50. Digital Briefs: Last.fm, YouTube, Apple

    January 15, 2009 12:00 AM EST - Last.fm says it experienced explosive growth last year, up 204% in unique visitors, 147% in site visits, 219% in page views and 141% in time spent on site over 2007 levels. - YouTube is letting users opt to have the audio in their videos muted r ...

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