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  1. Germany’s ProSiebenSat.1 Takes Stake in Music Streaming Service Deezer

    June 10, 2014 1:51 PM EDT ProSieben will merge its own music streaming company Ampya with French-based Deezer, which will have access to editorial content from the German media giant. German media giant ProSiebenSat.1 continues its Internet shopping spree, taking a strateg ...

  2. European Parliament Approves Net Neutrality Law in Landslide Vote

    April 03, 2014 11:36 AM EDT The European Parliament voted to stop Internet providers from charging for preferential access to their networks on Thursday, a step cheered by consumer groups but bemoaned by the telecommunications industry. The bill on "net neutrality" ...

  3. Vodafone Acquires Spanish Mobile Carrier Ono for $10 Billion

    March 17, 2014 10:48 AM EDT British telecommunications company Vodafone agreed on Monday to buy Spain's Ono for 7.2 billion euros ($10 billion) as it seeks to expand operations across Europe. The deal is part of a broader trend of mergers and takeovers in Europe, where ...

  4. Brandle’s Global Bits: Sydney Entertainment Centre’s Name Change, Ian James’ Academic Turn, KickassTorrents Blocked

    January 23, 2014 2:01 AM EST SEC’s Two-Year Stay of Execution: The Sydney Entertainment Centre won’t be turned into a pile of rubble anytime soon after Qantas’ credit union flew in with a naming rights sponsorship deal. The venue will be renamed Qantas Credit Union Arena unti ...

  5. 13 Ways to Make Money with Your Songs (Guest Post)

    December 13, 2013 2:17 PM EST Jamie Purpora is TuneCore's President of Music Publishing Administration.  If you write songs, and your songs are sold, downloaded, streamed or used in many other ways, they’re generating songwriter royalties for you.  Awesome, right? Nowad ...

  6. Germany's ProSiebenSat.1 Buys Songtexte.com to Boost Music Service Ampya

    November 29, 2013 3:15 AM EST   German broadcast giant ProSiebenSat.1 has boosted its music streaming service Ampya with the acquisition of Songtexte.com, an online music site that provides English and translated lyrics to hit tunes. ProSieben purchased the site from Liechtens ...

  7. Business Matters: What the Spotify-Vodafone Partnership Means to the U.S. Market

    November 19, 2013 8:25 PM EST News that Spotify has formed a partnership with Vodafone in Ireland is fairly routine. Such partnerships are commonplace, and Spotify has partners throughout Europe. But one news report contained a bit of information that shows the value of a mo ...

  8. Rara.com With BMW Launches European In-Car Streaming Service

    May 22, 2013 2:30 PM EDT The next generation of in-car music entertainment has moved up a gear following the announcement that U.K.-based music streaming service rara.com has partnered with BMW to launch what is billed as the first direct-to-car music streaming service ...

  9. Spotify to Launch in Australia and New Zealand Tuesday

    May 21, 2012 5:00 PM EDT Spotify will launch in Australia and New Zealand Tuesday, giving the leading on-demand music service its first presence outside Europe and the United States and its 14th and 15th overall markets. The service's catalog will have 16 million tra ...

  10. 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 ...

  11. GSMA Mobile World Congress Launches in Barcelona

    February 28, 2012 6:15 AM EST MADRID - The wireless industry turns its attention to Barcelona this week as the Mobile World Congress kicked off Monday, promising potentially game-changing announcements and glimpses of flashy technology to shape how mobile devices are used. The ...

  12. Vodafone, German Ad Agency TLGG Win MIDEM's First Marketing Campaign Competition

    January 30, 2012 5:35 PM EST German ad agency Torben, Lucie und die gelbe Gefahr GmbH (TLGG) was named the surprise winner of MIDEM's first Marketing Campaign Competition Monday, winning on behalf of client Vodafone. TLGG was one of 10 competitors selected by Contagious ...

  13. The Year in Music Stocks: The Good, The Bad, The Overall Decline

    January 01, 2012 4:18 PM EST Music stocks were much like the broader markets in 2011: a mix of good and bad with an overall decline. Billboard's list of ten music-related stocks fell by an average of 4 percent in 2011. The Dow rose 3.2 percent, the S&P 500 dropped 1. ...

  14. Germany's Digital Music Revenues Increased 25% In First Half of 2011

    July 26, 2011 12:10 PM EDT BERLIN - In the first half of 2011 digital music download revenue in Germany increased 25%. This according to the market research institutes Media Control in Baden Baden and GfK in Nuremberg on behalf of the German music industry association (BVMI ...

  15. Business Matters: If iTunes Is Still Breaking Even, It Could Cost $1.3 Billion Per Year To Run

    June 14, 2011 8:09 PM EDT If iTunes is Still Breaking Even, It Could Cost $1.3 Billion Per Year To Run -- iTunes could cost Apple $1.3 billion per year beyond royalties to publishers, according to an estimate by market intelligence firm Asymco. The estimate was based on nu ...

  16. Omnifone Eyes U.S. Expansion With 'Big Players' Following Qriocity Launch

    April 29, 2011 4:03 PM EDT Omnifone , the technology provider behind several music streaming services in the UK, is preparing for an aggressive entry into the U.S. market this year. The service already has a foothold here with Sony's Qriocity Music Unlimited service . ...

  17. How Germany Overtook The U.K. To Become Europe's Largest Music Market

    April 11, 2011 2:58 PM EDT Having long played second fiddle to the United Kingdom, Germany now ranks as the largest music market in Europe, according to international music trade body IFPI. The reversal was announced last week with the publication of IFPI's annual &quo ...

  18. Vice Partners With Intel, Dell To Launch Noisey.com Music Site

    March 11, 2011 12:35 PM EST Indie music fans who want to read about emerging artists have a plethora of places to go on the Web. But searching for concert footage of those acts often brings up little more than shaky clips shot on a mobile phone. To address that perceived gap ...

  19. Vice Partners With Intel, Dell To Launch Noisey.com Music Site

    March 10, 2011 12:39 PM EST Indie music fans who want to read about emerging artists have a plethora of places to go on the Web. But searching for concert footage of those acts often brings up little more than shaky clips shot on a mobile phone. To address that perceived gap ...

  20. Omnifone & GEMA Announce Germany Deal @ MIDEM For Sony's Qriocity

    January 24, 2011 12:00 AM EST CANNES, France -- Omnifone, a provider of cloud-based music services announced a deal on Sunday, Jan. 23 with German collection society GEMA to license Sony's cloud based music service "Music Unlimited Powered by Qriocity." The new ...

  21. Vodafone Director @ MIDEM Claims 1 Million Paid Mobile Music Subscriptions

    January 22, 2011 12:00 AM EST CANNES, France -- With the collapse of Comes With Music in most Western markets, it's fair game to question how well mobile music is doing in Europe. Lee Epting, the content services director for one of the continent's larger network ope ...

  22. Gin Wigmore, Stan Walker Clean Up At NZ Music Awards

    October 11, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Singer/songwriter Gin Wigmore and R&B/pop vocalist Stan Walker took away four awards apiece at this year's New Zealand Music Awards. Wigmore's folky Universal Music debut "Holy Smoke" (Island) won the album of the year awar ...

  23. Business Matters: Best Buy, Bamajam, LimeWire and more

    June 16, 2010 12:00 AM EDT BEST BUYS LOOKS TOWARD GAMING -- As Billboard already reported, Best Buy shares dropped 6% on weaker-than-expected quarterly profits. The company did not reveal much about music sales, but it did make clear the category was among the losers last q ...

  24. Business Matters: SonicBids, Vodafone, FCC, Tom Petty and more

    June 14, 2010 12:00 AM EDT -- SonicBids has acquired ArtistData , an online platform that allows artists to update their many online profiles from one place. The site currently has 25,000 musicians using its service while SonicBids has 245,000 users. At the company blog, Ar ...

  25. Irish Labels' Legal Action Against Telcos

    May 28, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The Irish Recorded Music Association (IRMA) has taken legal action against mobile operators O2 and 3 Ireland. IRMA's plenary summons against both companies is part of an effort to get Irish fixed line and mobile providers to introduce a gradu ...

  26. Mobile World Congress: Omnifone Takes Dolby Pulse Format

    February 16, 2010 12:00 AM EST Dolby Laboratories and digital music service provider Omnifone have announced an international collaboration to introduce the multi-platform digital file format Dolby Pulse into music services for mobile, PC, in-home, and in-car streaming and down ...

  27. Mobile World Congress: MusicStation Launches On Android

    February 15, 2010 12:00 AM EST Digital music service provider Omnifone has demonstrated its MusicStation platform working on Android handsets during the GSMA Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. Android vendors, application developers and mobile network operators can utilize the ...

  28. Mobile World Congress: Operators Challenge Apple's App Store

    February 15, 2010 12:00 AM EST Twenty-four telecom operators have formed an alliance to build an open platform that will deliver applications to all mobile phone users in an effort to compete with Apple's successful apps store. The move is supported by three of the world&# ...

  29. The Rise of Lucian Grainge

    February 10, 2010 12:00 AM EST Lucian Grainge was once described by Doug Morris, the man Grainge will replace as CEO of Universal Music Group (UMG) on Jan. 1, 2011, as a "killer shark." "He is so deceptive with that little kind face and those little glasses," ...

  30. Business Matters: Bandcamp, Vodafone, Copyright Policy Analysis and More

    January 26, 2010 12:00 AM EST Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. Follow Billboard senior analyst Glenn Peoples on Twitter at twitter.com/billboardglenn . -- The business models of personalized radio stations sto ...

  31. It's Official: Google Unveils Nexus One Phone

    January 05, 2010 12:00 AM EST As anticipated, Google today officially unveiled the Nexus One smartphone, an Android-based mobile phone which Google will both sell directly to customers as well as through partner T-Mobile. The phone features a 3.7 inch touchscreen with voice-co ...

  32. New Zealand Retailer Expands Into Digital

    December 10, 2009 12:00 AM EST New Zealand's biggest specialist music chain will early next year launch a digital download store as part of a wide-ranging revamp of the business. Formerly known as the CD and DVD Store group, the 35-strong chain has been rebranded Marbecks ...

  33. Ladyhawke Wins 6 NZ Music Awards

    October 09, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Ladyhawke was the big winner at the New Zealand Music Awards, taking home six of the awards - known as 'Tuis' - in Auckland. The U.K.-based artist, whose real name is Pip Brown, won the album of the year for "Ladyhawke" (Modula ...

  34. Vodafone To Join U.K. iPhone Battle From 2010

    September 29, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Vodafone, the world's largest mobile operator by revenue, will sell the Apple iPhone in Britain from 2010, it said on Tuesday, finally sealing a deal to sell the popular phone in one of its biggest markets. Vodafone, which said recently it ha ...

  35. Vodafone Adds Warner To Mobile Music Store

    September 22, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Vodafone has signed up Warner Music to offer over-the-air access to DRM-free music from the major. It now has all four majors on board for its music download store, with a total catalog of 1 million tracks. The mobile phone network already offers ...

  36. D.Telekom, France Telecom to join forces in U.K.

    September 08, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Deutsche Telekom and France Telecom have launched exclusive talks to merge their British mobile units in a joint venture that would grab the top spot in the cut-throat U.K. market. The partners plan to reach an agreement by the end of October, Deu ...

  37. Ladyhawke, Midnight Youth Up For 6 NZ Music Awards

    September 03, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Ladyhawke and Midnight Youth head the list of nominations for this year's New Zealand Music Awards. Vodafone is once again sponsoring the country's premier music industry event the Tuis, which will be held at the Vector Arena in Auckland ...

  38. Orange Goes DRM-Free

    July 10, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The Orange Music Store is to offer music free of Digital Rights Management in the U.K. in partnership with Universal Music, EMI Music and a number of independent labels. The DRM-free catalog amounts to more than 700,000 tracks and it will be " ...

  39. Telecom New Zealand Relaunches Download Store

    June 25, 2009 12:00 AM EDT With the relaunch of its download store, Telecom New Zealand claims to have the country's largest mobile music library. Telecom, the country's largest telco, on June 24 unveiled its new-look music store as part of the rollout of its just ...

  40. Spanish ISPs Suspend Talks With Rights Holders

    June 17, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Spain's Internet service provider association Redtel refuses to hold any more talks on illegal P2P file-sharing with the culture content industry until the government comes up with a viable legal solution to the problems, Redtel president Mig ...

  41. RealNetworks Music Revenues Climb 16%

    May 08, 2009 12:00 AM EDT RealNetworks reported first-quarter earnings that showed an increase in music revenues to $44.1 million, 16% more than the same period last year. That's more revenue than any other business unit in the company. Helping drive this growth is an ...

  42. Business Briefs: RealNetworks, MediaDefender, Ticketmaster, Live Nation And More

    April 03, 2009 12:00 AM EDT - Vodafone and RealNetworks have launched an unlimited music service in Spain that is bundled with an unlimited data plan. The service costs 16 euros ($21.50) per month and offers both streams and over-the-air downloads (which are locked to the de ...

  43. Hong Kong First To Get New Omnifone Unlimited Service

    April 02, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Omnifone is launching its interoperable unlimited music service for PC users in Hong Kong, where it has partnered with mobile network 3. London-based Omnifone, which powers unlimited services around the world for companies including Sony Ericsson, ...

  44. Irish ISPs Reject Labels' 'Three Strikes' Demand

    March 19, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The Internet Service Providers' Association of Ireland (ISPAI) has issued a statement rebuffing the majors' "spurious" threats of legal action over broadband subscribers who are infringing copyright. Following an out of court s ...

  45. Vodafone Takes Lead On DRM-Free Mobile Music

    March 11, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Vodafone is claiming it will be the first global mobile network operator to offer music free of DRM when it makes the switch to a large proportion of its Vodafone Music Store catalog for mobile and PC by the summer. Universal Music Group, Sony Mus ...

  46. EU Receives Vivendi Complaint Over France Telecom

    March 03, 2009 12:00 AM EST The European Commission said on Tuesday it had received a complaint from French media group Vivendi accusing France Telecom of abusing a dominant market position. The Commission, executive arm of the 27-nation European Union, said in an email that ...

  47. Mobile Study Offers Insights For Advertisers

    February 17, 2009 12:00 AM EST A feasibility study by global mobile communication body GSMA and a task force of U.K. telecommunications companies has revealed insights into the behavior of mobile users that GSMA says can be used to develop more comprehensive advertising campaig ...

  48. Omnifone, Gracenote Partner On Integrated Unlimited Music

    January 08, 2009 12:00 AM EST London-based Omnifone, which powers various mobile unlimited music services, has partnered with data services company Gracenote on a new offering that will extend all-you-can-eat platforms to consumer electronics devices in the home and car. Omnif ...

  49. Spanish Indies Sign Digital Partnership

    December 05, 2008 12:00 AM EST Two of Spain's leading indie labels have signed an exclusive digital distribution deal to boost online sales. As a result, the progressive underground-leaning catalog of Subterfuge Records will be placed on the most important online shops in ...

  50. Poston Restructures EMI Aus

    October 10, 2008 12:00 AM EDT EMI Music Australasia has completed a restructure of its A&R, marketing and new channel, synchronization & licensing departments. Its new chairman Mark Poston, who took over from John O'Donnell on Sept. 11, last month upped head of A& ...

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