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  1. MySpace Music Expands Offering

    January 15, 2009 12:00 AM EST MySpace Music has added content from five larger independent labels and indie music distributor, four months after its September launch. The new partners include Nettwerk Music Group, INgrooves, IRIS Distribution and RoyaltyShare, as well as Wind- ...

  2. The Year In Music & Touring: Five iPhone Apps That Will Help The Music Business

    December 30, 2008 12:00 AM EST This was not a good year for mobile music. Ringtones sales are declining, over-the-air downloads are still little more than a blip on the radar, and the potential of ambitious initiatives like Nokia's Comes With Music is still unknown. There& ...

  3. Updated: Facebook Removes Project Playlist

    December 24, 2008 12:00 AM EST Facebook today has also removed access to the Project Playlist service from the popular social networking site, citing a request from the RIAA. A Facebook statement says the company hopes to resolve the situation so that the Project Playlist servi ...

  4. The Year In Music & Touring: 6 Questions With MySpace CEO Chris DeWolfe

    December 14, 2008 12:00 AM EST MySpace announced its plans to get into the music business in April, launched MySpace Music in September and streamed more than 1 billion songs during its first few days of operation. And since MySpace has already become an important way to market ...

  5. EMI, Sony BMG License MP3s To Musicane

    December 12, 2008 12:00 AM EST Social network and shopping site Musicane has signed licensing agreements with Sony BMG and EMI Music. Elements of the two majors' digital catalogs will be sold in MP3 format at www.musicane.com and through the Musicane widget, which is embed ...

  6. Digital Briefs: Slacker, WeMix, Soulja Boy

    December 09, 2008 12:00 AM EST - Portable personalized Internet radio service Slacker and Internet radio ad network TargetSpot have teamed up on a targeted advertising platform. Under the deal, TargetSpot will sell ads into the Slacker Internet radio stream. - Ludacris' us ...

  7. MySpace Delivers Video To Mobiles

    December 03, 2008 12:00 AM EST MySpace users with mobile phones are about to find out if they can walk and watch TV at the same time. On Wednesday (Dec. 3), News Corp's online social network will make video clips from its members' pages available for viewing on mobile ...

  8. Digital Briefs: Buzznet, Imeem, Lisa Loeb

    November 24, 2008 12:00 AM EST - Buzznet confirms it is laying off around 10 employees, about an 11% cut. Universal Music Group is an investor in the social media site, which recently acquired music blogs Idolator and Stereogum. - Imeem added a mobile advertising service for it ...

  9. MySpace To Develop Digital Music Player?

    November 07, 2008 12:00 AM EST MySpace, the popular online social network owned by Rupert Murdoch's News Corp, could develop a digital music player in the future, pitting it against Apple Inc's hot-selling iPod. But there are no immediate plans to make or sell such a ...

  10. Imeem To Cut 25% Of Its Staff

    October 22, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Ad-supported music streaming service Imeem has announced that it is cutting 25% of staffers (20 positions) across its entire organization. The company said that given the current economic climate, cutting costs was necessary in order to secure its ...

  11. Imeem Unveils G1 Phone Application

    October 21, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Following Amazon's decision to create a version of its digital music store for the new G1 phone from T-Mobile, ad-supported streaming service Imeem has unveiled it's own support for the new device. The G1 phone is powered by technology f ...

  12. Lala Introduces 'Virtual Ownership' Pricing Model

    October 20, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Lala , a digital music service that has experimented with several unique business models in the past, relaunched again this week with a new strategy that has won the backing and content of all four major labels as well as a host of independents. L ...

  13. Facebook Music Redux

    October 17, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Facebook doesn't seem ready to give up its music-service aspirations just yet. After first approaching the major labels with the idea back in March of this year, the company is now reportedly reaching out to existing streaming services as par ...

  14. Amie Street Launches New Web Site

    October 15, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Online retailer Amie Street, currently in the midst of raising its Series B round of financing, unveiled a new Web site today. The site has a new, cleaner look, as well as a number of new features and improvements on existing functions. The site, ...

  15. MySpace Aims Ad Service at Bands

    October 13, 2008 12:00 AM EDT MySpace will announce today that its MyAds program is available to the public. One group MySpace is aggressively targeting the service towards is bands, which will be able to create their own banner ads and then select which MySpace users will see ...

  16. Imeem Revamps Site

    October 01, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Music-focused social network Imeem re-launched its Web site today with some new features designed to highlight more music and make music discover faster and easier. The revamped home page now features a "Spotlight" section, a blog-like s ...

  17. MySpace, Majors Make Adjustments For Joint Venture

    September 25, 2008 12:00 AM EDT As the dust settles from the Sept. 25 launch of MySpace's highly anticipated and somewhat controversial new music service, the broader implications of the initiative are becoming clearer. A joint venture of the News Corp. subsidiary and Unive ...

  18. MySpace Music Launches with Notable Upgrades, Glaring Omissions

    September 24, 2008 12:00 AM EDT MySpace will flip the switch on its long-anticipated MySpace Music service on Thursday, completely revamping every element of the music section of the social network and bringing several elements of the music industry to the table with the launch. ...

  19. Six Degrees Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month With Giveaway

    September 24, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Six Degrees Records is giving away 10 tracks by Latin artists on iTunes via a Hispanic Heritage Month promotion with music site Batanga. The "Batanga Hispanic Heritage Sampler" offers songs by Six Degrees artists such as the Spanish Harl ...

  20. MySpace Music To Start With Major Ad Sponsors

    September 15, 2008 12:00 AM EDT News Corp's MySpace, the world's largest social networking site, said on Sunday its long-expected MySpace Music joint venture with three major music labels will launch with four major sponsors underwriting the costs of streaming free mus ...

  21. Best Buy To Buy Napster For $121 Million

    September 15, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Consumer electronics retailer Best Buy Co. Inc said on Monday it plans to buy digital music service Napster Inc for $121 million in cash. Best Buy said it will $2.65 per share, nearly double the amount of Friday's closing price. Included in t ...

  22. Warner Makes Friends With Online Music Community

    August 19, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Warner Music International (WMI) has agreed to a content and revenue partnership with European online music community Music Makes Friends. The Luxembourg-based company has already signed deals with the three other majors as well as thousands of in ...

  23. Ad-Supported Sites Navigate Tough Ad Market

    August 12, 2008 12:00 AM EDT When MySpace flips the switch on its long-awaited music service next month, advertising-supported free streaming is expected to play a big role. But the social networking bellwether will launch during an economic slowdown, joining an existing ad-s ...

  24. Social.fm No More

    August 04, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Self-styled "P2P radio" network Social.fm has gone out of business. A visit to it's Web page merely states "The Company is unfortunately no longer in business and therefore cannot continue its service to you." It closed Ju ...

  25. Atlantic Rolls Out Content Aggregator

    July 29, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Atlantic Records unveiled a desktop computer application that will aggregate various types of online content related to its artists in one location. Called Fanbase, the desktop widget includes a music player for streaming tracks, chat feature to c ...

  26. Rawrip Goes Live

    July 28, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Rawrip, a new online music-discovery and retail service that promises to offer artists and labels 100% of the download royalties, launches today in the beta format. The MP3 platform's full commercial launch is scheduled for November. Its owne ...

  27. Digital Briefs: Last.fm, Buzznet

    July 09, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - Last.fm has "officially" launched its artist royalty program, originally unveiled in January. The program pays unsigned and independent artists for each time their music is played on the free streaming music service. Since January, mor ...

  28. Napster Faces Proxy Battle From Three Shareholders

    June 27, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Three shareholders of digital music service Napster Inc are seeking election to the board, saying current management had not been aggressive enough in battling rival Apple Inc and Internet piracy. Perry Rod, Thomas Sailors and Kavan Singh are prep ...

  29. UMG, Last.fm Strike Video Deal

    June 17, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music Group has agreed to license its music video catalog for streaming on Last.fm. Beginning today, thousands of UMG's artist videos from the likes of Jay-Z, Nirvana, Amy Winehouse, the Killers, Duffy, Snow Patrol and Kanye West wi ...

  30. MySpace To Flip Switch On Redesign

    June 13, 2008 12:00 AM EDT MySpace says it will undergo a major site redesign beginning next week, including a new splash page, search functions, profile editor and overall site navigation. Although the much-heralded MySpace Music service will not go live as part of the Jun ...

  31. Sony Strikes Agreements With Napster, 7digital

    June 11, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Hardware giant Sony has struck separate deals with Napster and 7digital.com that enables free music to be bundled with certain Walkman-branded portable music devices. A video collaboration between Sony U.K. and digital media deliver firm 7digital ...

  32. Merlin Indie Label Membership Tops 12,000

    June 10, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Merlin, the global rights body for the independent music community, has announced that their combined membership now represents an 8% market share, equal to that of major label EMI. Merlin now counts more than 12,000 independent labels from all ov ...

  33. eBay Hosts Independents Day Auction

    June 09, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The Independents Day auction, mooted as the largest-ever sale of music memorabilia and experiences, has gone live on eBay. Items up for sale include a test pressing of the Arctic Monkeys sophomore album "Favourite Worst Nightmare," signe ...

  34. Last.fm Loses Warner Music Group

    June 06, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Warner Music Group has pulled its music from Last.fm’s free on-demand music streaming service in an apparent dispute over compensation rates. Last.fm began removing Warner artists from its service earlier this week at the label’s request, accordin ...

  35. Last.fm, Bowery Presents Partner For Concerts

    June 06, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Free online streaming service Last.fm has joined forces with New York-based independent concert promoter the Bowery Presents to stage live music events for popular bands on Last.fm's Web site . Artists are chosen based on Last.fm's hype ...

  36. Digital Briefs: Buzznet, Spiralfrog, Qloud

    June 03, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - Buzznet launched Celebuzz.com , a social networking and media site dedicated to celebrity news, gossip and photos. The site aggregates photos and blog postings of about a dozen existing celebrity blogs, as well as user-generated content. - Spira ...

  37. Last.fm Bullish On New Build Feature

    May 23, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Last.fm, the U.K.-originated international online-music platform acquired last year by CBS, has big wraps on its new Build.Last.fm feature. Ryan Regan, Last.fm's financial officer and chief digital offer, says the new offering will benefit th ...

  38. Plugged & Unplugged: Napster Goes DRM-Free

    May 23, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Plugged: By the end of this year, virtually every digital music service that sells downloadable music will have to do so without DRM in order to remain a relevant competitor in the business. The transition won't be easy. Each major label has ...

  39. Napster Goes DRM-Free

    May 20, 2008 12:00 AM EDT As promised, Napster has stripped DRM from all paid downloads on its digital music service in favor of unprotected MP3s. As of today (May 20) all six million songs in the Napster catalog are now available to purchase without DRM protection. The co ...

  40. Digital Briefs: Mozes, Qtrax, Imeem

    May 14, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - Mobile messaging marketing firm Mozes raised $11.5 million in second round financing from Maveron, Norwest Venture Partners, and North Bridge Venture Partners, according to a regulatory filing disclosed by peHUB. This follows a $5 million fundin ...

  41. Last.fm Partners With Lollapalooza

    May 12, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Last.fm was named the official media partner for this summer's Lollapalooza festival. It is the first time the service has teamed with a live event. Through the partnership, Last.fm will power "Lolla Radio," an online radio station ...

  42. Social Networks, Managers Discuss New Biz Models

    May 06, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Two panels held at NARM this afternoon (May 6) represented a significant departure from yesterday's programming, with speakers on the "Music and Social Networking" and "Artist Managers" panels declaring the old CD and majo ...

  43. MySpace Karaoke Goes Live

    April 29, 2008 12:00 AM EDT MySpace unveiled the beta launch of a new music service called MySpace Karaoke. The user-generated service allows members to sing, record and share recordings of themselves singing along to the songs of their choice. Each member can save up to 10 ...

  44. Labels Sue Project Playlist On Copyright

    April 28, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Nine major record labels filed suit against an online music provider on Monday, accusing Project Playlist Inc of a "massive infringement" of their copyrights to the songs of artists such as U2 and Gwen Stefani. Project Playlist enables i ...

  45. PluggedIn Set For Launch

    April 16, 2008 12:00 AM EDT PluggedIn, a Web site focused on music videos and other music offerings, is expected to launch Wednesday in public beta with partnerships with Sony BMG, Universal Music Group and EMI and an investment from Will Smith's Overbrook Entertainment ...

  46. Plugged & Unplugged: Shoveling Snocap, Wal-Mart Madness

    April 11, 2008 12:00 AM EDT PLUGGED Snocap was an over-hyped tech play from the very beginning, primarily because of its association with the former Napster-era bad boy Shawn Fanning. It hinged its digital registry hopes on the mistiest of all vaporware that is/was Mashboxx, ...

  47. Wiki Impact Further Revealed

    April 07, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Internet traffic analysis firm Hitwise is running with a story that first appeared in Billboard about Wikipedia's rise as the top choice of destination for Web searches on music acts, and supporting it with some additional custom data. The fi ...

  48. Imeem Acquires Snocap

    April 07, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Confirming a long-held expectation, Imeem acquired the struggling Snocap digital rights and content management firm. Snocap is the Shawn Fanning-founded "digital registry" that proposed to transform the digital music space by allowing ma ...

  49. Plugged & Unplugged: MySpace Music, And Who's No. 1?

    April 04, 2008 12:00 AM EDT PLUGGED No matter how you spin it, the MySpace Music announcement is a net positive for the music industry. But not for the reasons most may think. Frankly, I don't give a hoot if the new MySpace service unseats iTunes or puts Napster out of ...

  50. Napster Q4 Revenue Hits $31 Million

    April 03, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Shares of Napster Inc. jumped Thursday after the online music retailer said it expects its revenue for the fiscal fourth-quarter, which ended March 31, totaled about $31 million, beating analysts' predictions. Napster shares rose 24 cents, or ...

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