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  1. Unlimited Music Heats Up with Big New Spotify Challengers

    November 01, 2012 2:00 PM EDT It's no simple matter to make music fans happy enough to pay $10 per month, even for unlimited access to most of the music in the world, while also paying royalties to record labels, music publishers, and artists. As another indication of jus ...

  2. Microsoft Presses Play on New Xbox Music Service

    October 15, 2012 12:00 AM EDT Microsoft is taking on Spotify -- as well as the rest of the streaming music market. The technology giant on Monday is taking the wraps off of its rebranded digital music service, now called Xbox Music, that promises an all-in-one music experience ...

  3. Business Matters: What is iTunes' U.S. Market Share? Is Google Play Disappointing?

    September 19, 2012 8:27 PM EDT NPD Group released a report Tuesday that said iTunes had a 64% share of U.S. digital download sales and a 29% share of overall sales in the second quarter. The figures came from NPD's consumer panel data of more than two million consumers tha ...

  4. Billboard's Live Blog On The U.S. Senate's Hearing On Universal-EMI Merger

    June 21, 2012 7:31 AM EDT The Senate Subcommittee on Antitrust, Competition Policy and Consumer Rights will hold a hearing on the Universal Music Group-EMI merger at around 2pm ET today, Thursday, June 21 and Billboard.biz is live blogging it here (see below). Business Mat ...

  5. Microsoft Announces Xbox Music At E3

    June 04, 2012 1:44 PM EDT Goodbye Zune, and hello Xbox Music. Microsoft previewed its new music service at the annual E3 Electronic Entertainment Expo in Los Angeles Monday, effectively announcing the next chapter in Microsoft's six-year-plus quest to create a viable ...

  6. Microsoft to Preview Upcoming Music Service at E3: Report

    April 26, 2012 11:43 AM EDT operating system. The Zune Really Died A Year Ago http://www.billboard.biz/bbbiz/industry ...

  7. 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 ...

  8. Canadian Music Week: 15 Things You Should Know About the Canadian Music Business

    March 21, 2012 12:50 PM EDT Canada is hot. The market north of the border continues to yield talent that scales the Billboard charts and drives sales worldwide, from Justin Bieber to Michael Bublé, Drake to Deadmau5, Avril Lavigne to Arcade Fire. These acts, among many other ...

  9. Business Matters: ABC News Helps Yahoo! Overtake Vevo for #2 in U.S. Online Video Traffic

    March 19, 2012 4:43 PM EDT Yahoo! Bumps Vevo To #3 In Online Video Rankings A deal to stream ABC News video helped Yahoo! overtake Vevo for second place in the U.S. online video rankings for February, according to comScore. Google sites had 16.7 billion video streams, Yahoo ...

  10. The Temptations Join Chorus of Lawsuits Over iTunes Royalties

    March 15, 2012 5:00 PM EDT Another major class-action lawsuit has just been filed on the digital royalties front. The Temptations, the pioneering male vocal group from the 1960s, is suing Universal Music in federal court in California, seeking millions of dollars after alle ...

  11. Billboard, Nielsen, DigitalMusic.org Launch First-Ever Subscription Services 'On-Demand Songs' Chart

    March 14, 2012 10:41 AM EDT Billboard, Nielsen and NARM's digitalmusic.org announced today the launch of the first-ever subscription services "On-Demand Songs" chart, and that this data will also be included in the Billboard Hot 100. On-demand streaming data i ...

  12. 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 ...

  13. How 'The Holy Grail - Universal Song ID' Could Vastly Improve Facebook Music

    October 13, 2011 10:30 AM EDT Facebook's big push into digital music could be a boon to music services, artists, and the fans, because it can provide the " connective tissue " that has been sorely missing from the industry for well over 10 years. Microsoft' ...

  14. This Week In Music Apps: Mufin Player, Geo-Playlists, iPhone MP3 Downloader

    August 26, 2011 4:00 PM EDT This Week In Music Apps serves up the latest music apps for iPhone, Android, and your now-more-capable web browser every week. You could set your… calendar by it. We'll start with a round-up of music apps and services we've put to the te ...

  15. Business Matters: 38% of YouTube's July U.S. Visitors Watched a Vevo Video

    August 16, 2011 7:45 PM EDT % of YouTube's July U.S. Visitors Watched a Vevo Video -- Music videos published by music video network Vevo were seen by a whopping 37.8% of YouTube's monthly U.S. unique visitors, according to comScore. On Wednesday the online measur ...

  16. Microsoft Apologizes for Insensitive Amy Winehouse Tweets

    July 25, 2011 1:33 PM EDT Microsoft has apologized after fans criticized the company for capitalizing on Amy Winehouse's death by reminding people to download her "Back to Black" album on Zune. "Remember Amy Winehouse by downloading the ground-breaking ...

  17. Nintendo, Sony Debut New Hardware at E3, While Microsoft Sticks to Kinect Features

    June 07, 2011 4:16 PM EDT The videogame industry's largest confab of the year, E3-more formally known as the Electronic Entertainment Expo -is currently underway in Los Angeles, and already several big gaming hardware unveilings have been made. Nintendo made perhaps t ...

  18. Nokia's Ovi Services To Get Rebranded

    May 16, 2011 2:55 PM EDT The "door" is now closed. Nokia is removing the Ovi brand from its suite of software services in favor of the more academic "Nokia Services." Ovi meant "door" in Finnish. The switch will include the Ovi Music store, w ...

  19. Business Matters: Microsoft's Acquisition of Skype Means Nothing for Us, Rdio Says

    May 11, 2011 8:21 PM EDT Microsoft's Acquisition of Skype Means Nothing for Us, Rdio Says -- What does Microsoft's $8.5 billion acquisition of Skype mean for upstart music service Rdio? Recall the two companies are closely related. Prior to founding Rdio, Niklas ...

  20. Business Matters: Sony Networks Are Still Down, But Music Unlimited Promo Tour Rolls On

    April 25, 2011 5:20 PM EDT Sony Networks Are Still Down, But Music Unlimited Promo Tour Rolls On -- At the same time an Amazon Web Services outage wreaked havoc on websites and Internet services last week, Sony's PlayStation and Qriocity networks were experiencing unre ...

  21. The Zune Really Died A Year Ago

    March 14, 2011 7:00 PM EDT Bloomberg reports that Microsoft has decided to end production of the Zune, the device it created to support its music service of the same name. But the death of the Zune really began more than a year ago when Microsoft first announced its plans f ...

  22. Microsoft To Phase Out Zune Player

    March 14, 2011 6:08 PM EDT Microsoft Corp is not planning any more versions of its unpopular Zune digital media player, but is to continue offering music and video using the same software online, through its Xbox game console and on its Windows phones. The decision not to f ...

  23. Microsoft To Self: Why Aren't Xbox Owners Paying For Zune Music Service?

    February 25, 2011 12:20 PM EST Despite the popularity of Microsoft's Xbox games, its users are taking a pass on its Zune Pass Subscription services have one a big problem. It's not Apple's 30% cut of in-app subscription revenue. It's not the friction created ...

  24. Sony's Qriocity Music Service Launches in U.S.

    February 17, 2011 10:27 AM EST Sony Network Entertainment had promised to launch its Qriocity Music Unlimited subscription service in the U.S. before the end of the first quarter, and today that promise was met. The U.S., in addition to New Zealand and Australia, now have acces ...

  25. Business Matters: The Top 40 Got More Popular in 2010

    February 07, 2011 2:00 PM EST The Top 40 Got More Popular in 2010 -- The top 40 tracks continue to grab an even bigger share of the top 200 tracks, according to Billboard analysis of Nielsen SoundScan data. In 2010, the top 40 accounted for 43.5% of the top 200's sales, u ...

  26. Billboard Demos Sony Qriocity Music Unlimited Service @ MIDEM, iTunes Latest Challenger

    January 24, 2011 12:00 AM EST As Billbaord.biz reported yesterday , Sony is giving its new Qriocity cloud-based media platform a big push at this year's MIDEM. They launched in the U.K. last week and Germany this week and is expected to arrive in the U.S. in the first qua ...

  27. Sony Launches Subscription Music Streaming Service

    December 22, 2010 12:00 AM EST Sony Corp went live with its previously announced Qriocity music service today, debuting in the U.K. and Ireland. "Music Unlimited powered by Qriocity" is a subscription streaming service with access to about 6 million songs for 10-pound ...

  28. Katy Perry, Maroon 5 Help Launch Windows Phone

    November 01, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Microsoft and AT&T will launch the new Windows Phone with free concerts featuring Katy Perry at the Roseland Ballroom in New York, and Maroon 5 at the Fillmore in San Francisco on Nov. 8, the company announces today. Tickets are available only ...

  29. Business Matter: Spotify, Rhapsody, Zune and more

    October 25, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Opinion and analysis of the day's music news. Two Issues Spotify, Music Services Must Overcome -- Speaking at the Daily Beast's Innovators Summit on Friday, Spotify investor Sean Parker (Founders Fun) explained the music service lures us ...

  30. Business Matters: A Look At Apple's Q4 Numbers

    October 19, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Opinion and analysis of the day's music news. A Look At Apple's Q4 Sales Numbers -- Here's a quick look at the sales stats from Apple 's fiscal 2010 fourth quarter ended Sept. 25: 3.89 million Macs (up 27% from last Q4), 14.1 m ...

  31. Microsoft Unveils Windows Phone 7 Rollout Plans

    October 11, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Microsoft today unveiled the rollout plans for its long-promised smartphone platform Windows Phone 7. There will be nine different phone models featuring the software for sale starting Nov. 8. Participating manufacturers include LG, Samsung, HTC a ...

  32. Slacker, iheartradio Among Windows Phone 7 Supported Apps

    October 07, 2010 12:00 AM EDT If you think that the new Windows Phone 7 smartphone platform will only feature Microsoft’s Zune digital music service, think again. During a lunch meeting, PR manager Brian Seitz showed off a model of the upcoming phone that featured a number of ...

  33. Zune To Replace MSN Music In U.K.

    September 29, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Microsoft will move its music service to the Zune Marketplace when the platform launches in the U.K. later this year. Zune Marketplace, which will also roll out across Europe, is for PCs, the new Windows Phone 7 and Xbox 360 games console. The Zun ...

  34. Business Matters: Stock Spikes, Zune, Apple and more

    September 21, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Opinion and analysis of the day's music news. Stocks Spike On Economic News -- Entertainment stocks had a strong day on Monday as the market rose on news the recession ended in June 2009. The National Bureau of Economic Research agreed that a ...

  35. Business Matters: Zune, Jonas Brothers, Redbox and more

    September 10, 2010 12:00 AM EDT ZUNE SERVICE TO LAUNCH IN UK? -- Rumors are circulating that Microsoft will launch the Zune Pass music service in the U.K. in a few weeks. WMPoweruser posted a screen shot of a Zune Pass sign-up page that shows pricing options in British pounds st ...

  36. Sony Confirms Cloud-based Music Service

    September 01, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Sony Electronics introduced a new digital music service called Music Unlimited during a presentation at the IFA technology conference in Germany today. The service is part of the company’s new Qriocity (pronounced “curiosity”) entertainment networ ...

  37. Microsoft Announce Tablet Plans

    July 30, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Microsoft Corp set out its ambitions to dominate the consumer electronics market on Thursday with Windows-powered tablet computers and smartphones designed to beat back advances by Apple Inc and Google Inc. New tablets will be available as soon as ...

  38. Business Matters: Media Levies, 'Three Strikes,' Pirate Bay and more

    July 19, 2010 12:00 AM EDT BLANK CD FEES DROP -- In Sweden, levies meant to compensate copyright owners for private copying are dropping as consumers buy fewer blank discs and more items that do not carry a levy. As a result, fees from the sale of blank CDs and DVDs have fa ...

  39. Business Matters: MP3Tunes, We7, Live Nation, Sonfile and more

    July 13, 2010 12:00 AM EDT -- MP3Tunes has launched an initiative called “Buy Anywhere, Listen Anywhere.” This means MP3Tunes will allow its users to buy music from the download store of their choice and play the tracks on MP3Tunes software on any device. So, for example, y ...

  40. Business Matters: CRB, Ringtone Royalties, Vevo, Zune and more

    June 28, 2010 12:00 AM EDT COURT UPHOLDS CRB DECISION -- Last week, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit upheld a 2009 decision by the Copyright Royalty Board that set the mechanical royalty rate for ringtones at 24 cents. The judges found that the CRB’s decision ...

  41. Microsoft Rolls Out Entertainment Bing Search Engine

    June 22, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Microsoft rolled out an entertainment-based section for its Bing search engine at a Los Angeles press conference this evening. Bing searchers now have the ability to play any song listed in Bing search results in its entirety once, provided that t ...

  42. Business Matters: Borders, Lala, Canada's CD Tariff, Buzzmedia, Irving Plaza and More

    June 01, 2010 12:00 AM EDT -- Borders reported a greater operating loss and an improved net loss in the first fiscal quarter ending May 1, 2010. The net loss of $64.1 million was a fair improvement over the $86 million net loss in the previous year’s first fiscal quarter. R ...

  43. UPDATE: Major Shakeup At Xbox

    May 25, 2010 12:00 AM EDT It’s official. Microsoft has indeed engineered a major shakeup of its entertainment and devices division, as reported earlier today (below). Out are the two most visible faces of the division: president Robbie Bach—who has led the business unit si ...

  44. Business Matters: Live Nation, LimeWire, Eircom, Isohunt and More

    May 24, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Follow Glenn Peoples on Twitter -- Live Nation shut down its music and entertainment news site LiveDaily on Friday, May 21. The Ticketmaster-owned site debuted in 1998. ( @livedaily ) -- The New York Times’ article “Man Behind the Service” takes a ...

  45. Business Matters: Madison Square Garden, Live Nation, Foursquare and More

    May 07, 2010 12:00 AM EDT -- Madison Square Garden, Inc., reported revenue of $306.5 million in Q1 2010, up from $281.3 million last year. Net income was $17.4 million, up from a net loss of $1.9 million. MSG Entertainment, the company's venue business, experienced a ...

  46. Business Matters: iPad, Microsoft, RealNetworks and More

    April 01, 2010 12:00 AM EDT -- The iPad is unlikely to launch with a streaming music service, according to CNET. Not that record labels and music consumers were holding their breaths. With the exception of the iTunes LP, a format that has been quiet since being launched in S ...

  47. Business Matters: MOG, iPhone, Echo Nest, P2P and more

    March 05, 2010 12:00 AM EST -- MOG is planning to unveil an iPhone app at a press event on March 15, right in the middle of interactive week of SXSW. Look for more coverage at Billboard.biz when the app is in the wild. ( Press release ) -- Echo Nest has received a $500,000 g ...

  48. Zune Taps Music Reports

    February 18, 2010 12:00 AM EST Microsoft has tapped Music Reports to handle the publishing licensing activities for the Zune music service. Under the deal, Music Reports will administer all mechanical licensing and reporting responsibilities needed to allow Zune to sell and str ...

  49. Business Matters: Ear X-tacy, Microsoft Phone 7 Series, TuneWiki, Live Nation and More

    February 16, 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 . -- Louisville independent music retailer Ear X-tacy is in ...

  50. Mobile World Congress Preview: 4 Things To Watch

    February 12, 2010 12:00 AM EST Expect a host of new phones, services and other advancements to be unveiled in the next week as the first major mobile industry conference of the year kicks off. The Mobile World Congress takes place Feb. 15 - 18, hosted by the GSM Association in ...

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