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  1. eMusic Cuts 10% Of Staff

    October 30, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The sagging economy continues to weigh heavily on the digital music space, with eMusic now laying off 10% of its workforce. The Wall Street Journal reports that the company cited the financial crisis in its decision. Danny Stein, eMusic chairman, ...

  2. Thumbplay Unveils Full-Song Mobile Music Service

    October 28, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The music industry's bid to sell full-song downloads from ringtones gained an ally today with the unveiling of Thumbplay's new full-song mobile music service. Hoping to do for full-song music downloads what it did for ringtones, Thumbpla ...

  3. Considering Direct-To-Fan Distribution? Keep These Tips In Mind

    October 17, 2008 12:00 AM EDT In the wake of the first anniversary of Radiohead's industry-rocking decision to distribute its album "In Rainbows" directly to fans, interest in DIY sales strategies is greater than ever before. While other artists had previously e ...

  4. ReverbNation Moves To Digital Distribution

    October 14, 2008 12:00 AM EDT ReverbNation is getting into the digital distribution business. The online music service that, to date, has limited itself to providing artists with online marketing, promotion and measurement tools is now taking on TuneCore, by offering to post m ...

  5. Updated: eMusic CEO To Exit

    September 29, 2008 12:00 AM EDT eMusic's vocal president and CEO David Pakman is leaving the indie-focused digital retailer. He is exiting to become a partner at venture capital firm, which the company has not yet named. As a result, the company has retained executive searc ...

  6. The Orchard Licenses Catalog To Limewire

    August 27, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The Orchard is licensing its music to the DRM-free a la carte music download service operated by file-sharing network LimeWire. The store, launched earlier this year, has existing content from Redeye Distribution, Nettwerk Music Group, and IRIS. T ...

  7. EMusic To Add New Features In Site Redesign

    July 22, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Digital music retailer eMusic will add content from social networking sites including YouTube and Flickr, as well as Wikipedia, in its six-month-long Web site redesign that began today. The first of the site's new elements-a redesigned eMusic ...

  8. Online Retailers Shift Pricing

    June 17, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The cost of digital music is rising, and falling, depending on where you shop online these days. Amazon.com introduced two new discount promotions on select digital albums as part of an ongoing variable pricing strategy. The company’s Daily Deals ...

  9. Last.fm Unrolls 'Box' Offering

    June 04, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Last.fm introduced a new initiative called "Last.fm In A Box," designed to add its ad-supported streaming music service to a host of partner Web sites. Partners in the Last.fm distribution deal include social networks like Bebo, Ning and ...

  10. 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 ...

  11. NARM Panel Talks Digital Music Retail

    May 06, 2008 12:00 AM EDT During the Digital Landscape panel at the NARM convention, digital merchants sounded very much like their peers in the brick-and-mortar world as they wrestle with pricing issues, profit margins and competition from other forms of entertainment sof ...

  12. eMusic Launches In Canada

    April 30, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Specialist independent music e-tailer eMusic has launched its Canadian music site. Boasting content from 33,000 indie labels and audio book publishers, eMusic says its Canadian offering will provide "a superior selection of music from Canadia ...

  13. Indie Briefs: eMusic, Fader, RCRD LBL

    April 14, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - Indie digital retailer eMusic announced they surpassed the 200 million download mark. Emusic, which was founded in November of 2003, said the number is comprised of downloads sold in the US and in Europe, where eMusic has been available in all 2 ...

  14. eMusic Appoints European MD

    April 14, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Leading indie digital retailer eMusic has appointed Madeleine Milne as managing director, Europe. Milne, who was the company's GM, joined eMusic in 2006 and took charge of the launch of the pan-European service in September that year. Milne, ...

  15. Societies Promote Pan-European Licensing

    April 11, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Over the last three years, the way music publishing rights in Europe are licensed for online uses has been going through a process of change. It's the subject of a feature article in Billboard magazine that hit the street on April 11 (Billboa ...

  16. 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 ...

  17. eMusic Boosts Catalog

    March 10, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Indie digital retailer eMusic recently inked a spate of new label partnerships, with records by 43 new labels and aggregators being added to their catalog. The new partnerships will bring the total number of tracks in the eMusic catalog to over 3. ...

  18. eMusic, Avis Team For Free Downloads

    February 20, 2008 12:00 AM EST Rental car company Avis has signed up eMusic as its exclusive music partner, providing free downloads to its customers. Avis customers will get five free tracks from eMusic for renting a car for up to four days, and 10 tracks for renting a car for ...

  19. Aussie Digital Distributor Musicadium Launches

    February 14, 2008 12:00 AM EST New Australian-based digital distributor Musicadium launched in its hometown Brisbane Feb. 13 with a showcase of three of its signings at the Zoo club. One of these, Ranger, is made up of past members of Brisbane bands the Go-Betweens and Regurgit ...

  20. eMusic Selects To Spotlight Unsigned Acts

    February 12, 2008 12:00 AM EST Online indie music retailer eMusic has launched eMusic Selects, a curated boutique music space that will showcase unsigned new artists. Each month, eMusic's staff will handpick up to two artists to be featured prominently on the site's h ...

  21. U.K. Label Linn Inks Digital Deal

    February 12, 2008 12:00 AM EST Jazz, classical and Celtic specialist label Linn Records has signed a worldwide deal with RSK Entertainment to distribute the label's catalog via download services. The Glasgow-based indie's repertoire of 250 albums includes U.K. jazz ar ...

  22. Indies Unveil 'Independence Day' Celebration

    January 27, 2008 12:00 AM EST The independent music community will collectively plant its flag in the sand on the fourth of July for an international "Independents Day" series of festivities. The inaugural weekend-long event is an initiative of the Worldwide Independ ...

  23. eMusic Bolsters Classical, Jazz Roster

    January 23, 2008 12:00 AM EST Digital entertainment retailer eMusic has bolstered its classical/jazz roster with a number of label signings including UK-based Chandos Records, Telarc and Harmonia Mundi. Chandos Records is home to British conductor Richard Hickox; Telarc boasts ...

  24. Emusic Rings In Bumper Christmas Download Sales

    January 02, 2008 12:00 AM EST Emusic, the digital subscription service that industry experts peg as the second-largest digital download store, had its biggest Christmas period since the company began trading in November 2004. According to the firm, its subscribers downloaded n ...

  25. eMusic Names Execs

    December 18, 2007 12:00 AM EST eMusic named two new executives to its roster this week. Kip Morgan Chief joined the company's as marketing officer. Morgan comes to eMusic from Earthlink, where he was VP of direct marketing. At eMusic, Morgan will lead the company's ma ...

  26. eMusic Hits 350K Subscribers

    November 07, 2007 12:00 AM EST eMusic has reached the 350,000 subscriber mark and its catalogue now contains more than 3 million tracks, according to the independent digital music retailer. Additionally, eMusic has recently added a number of new labels, and will now sell record ...

  27. Sullivan, Cockerham Form RightsFlow

    November 05, 2007 12:00 AM EST Patrick Sullivan and Ben Cockerham, formerly with the Orchard, have formed RightsFlow Entertainment Group. The consulting group, based in New York, intends to assist companies with strategic planning and advise them in connection with licensing ri ...

  28. AT&T, Napster Extend Mobile Deal

    October 22, 2007 12:00 AM EDT AT&T extended it's partnership with Napster to include an over-the-air, full-song download service that provides the wireless operators’ customers to the entire Napster catalog of 5 million tracks. The Napster Mobile service looks very mu ...

  29. Cuba's Rodríguez Gets Digital Debut

    October 18, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The 21-album catalog of Silvio Rodríguez has been made available in digital form for the first time, thanks to a unique deal between iTunes and sDae, the digital division of the Spanish authors' and publishers' society, SGAE. Rodríguez i ...

  30. Report: iTunes To Expand DRM-Free Offering

    October 16, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Apple continues to dip its toe with variable pricing. Citing sources close to Apple, tech blog Ars Technica reports that iTunes will expand its DRM-free music plan, iTunes Plus, with additional tracks from a variety of independent labels. However, ...

  31. Report: Teens Moving From P2P To Paid Services

    October 10, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The results of a teen survey, conducted by financial analyst firm Piper Jaffray, revealed young music fans are slowly accepting paid online music sources over P2P filetrading. P2P is still the primary way they acquire music, but its market share f ...

  32. Leighton-Pope Speaks, Popkomm Listens On Day 3

    September 21, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The booming international live music sector is still relatively untapped, veteran British artist manager and agent Carl Leighton-Pope told delegates today on the final afternoon of the Popkomm 2007 trade fair. The executive, who has guided the car ...

  33. eMusic Launches DRM-Free Music Tool

    September 19, 2007 12:00 AM EDT eMusic introduced a new music management tool for it's DRM-free digital music service designed to let users more easily transfer tracks acquired through eMusic to existing music management software, such as iTunes, Winap or Windows Media Play ...

  34. eMusic Offers Audiobooks

    September 17, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Digital music retailer eMusic today began offering audiobooks, which are in mp3 format and play on all devices, with no Digital Rights Management (DRM) restrictions. The vast majority of the books will be priced at $10 per book, with two initial s ...

  35. Epitaph Inks With ADA, Likely To Exit eMusic Deal

    September 12, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Epitah Records is shifting its worldwide digital distribution to Alternative Distribution Alliance (ADA) in October. Until now, ADA had been distributing mobile content for Epitaph. "We do digital distribution for a number of smaller independ ...

  36. BT Digital Awards Return Oct. 2

    August 29, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Nominations for the annual BT Digital Music Awards, to presented Oct. 2 at the Roundhouse in north London, were unveiled today. Muse won for their official and unofficial sites last year and they are nominated again this time, for best indie/rock ...

  37. eMusic Re-ups With Beggars, XL, Others

    August 29, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Four of the biggest independent labels have renewed their agreements with music download service eMusic. The labels are Beggars Group, which includes 4AD, Matador, and Rough Trade; XL Recordings; ATO Records; and Concord Music Group, which include ...

  38. eMusic Hits 150 Million Download Mark

    August 16, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Online indie music retailer eMusic announced that it has sold more than 150 million downloads, bucking the general slowing trend in paid download growth. The site, which sells music using a subscription model, is geared towards fans age 25 and old ...

  39. Plugged And Unplugged

    August 03, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Plugged: AT&T's full-song mobile music download partnership with eMusic almost has it right. Almost. I like the fact that the operator is partnering with companies that have expertise in digital music and I like the fact that it exposes a ...

  40. Samsung, AT&T Partner For Summer Concerts

    August 03, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Queens of the Stone Age, Ludacris, the Bravery, Kinky, Big & Rich, the All-American Rejects and Plain White T's will perform as part of the inaugural Samsung/AT&T Summer Krush, a free summer concert series designed to highlight a line ...

  41. AT&T, eMusic Partner On Full-Song Mobile Downloads

    July 31, 2007 12:00 AM EDT AT&T Wireless unveiled its first over-the-air, full-song music download service today (July 31) through a partnership with eMusic. Unlike rival wireless operators Sprint and Verizon, AT&T is not launching its own branded services, keeping ...

  42. Spanish Indies Head Stateside

    July 16, 2007 12:00 AM EDT A set of groundbreaking meetings aimed at helping Spanish independent music expand into the U.S. market is taking place in New York this week. A group of Spanish indie labels and publishers are visiting the city for three days of meetings from tod ...

  43. Digital Music Group, The Orchard Agree To Merge

    July 11, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Digital Music Group Inc. and The Orchard have agreed to merge, creating an interesting mix of content ownership and distribution across both video and music assets. The combined business will retain Digital Music's Nasdaq listing and change i ...

  44. eMusic Lends Support To Web Radio Campaign

    June 27, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Indie-focused retailer eMusic will pledge its support to SaveNetRadio.org, which was launched to protest the raise in royalty rates for Web broadcasters. The subscription service has stated it will make a "modest contribution" to SaveNet ...

  45. eMusic Bulks Up Original Programming

    June 21, 2007 12:00 AM EDT eMusic is ramping up its new original programming series, eMusic Sessions. The company today (June 21) is introducing an exclusive live EP from John Doe, formally of the seminal L.A. punk rock outfit X, called "Live from the Living Room." ...

  46. Dizzee Album Set For Digital Release

    May 23, 2007 12:00 AM EDT London-based rapper Dizzee Rascal will release his next album, "Maths & English," for XL/Beggars Group on June 5 in the U.S. In a first for XL/Beggars Group, Billboard.biz has learned that the album will only be serviced to digital o ...

  47. Does Lower Digital Pricing Necessarily Mean More Sales?

    May 14, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The issue of music pricing continues to be a discussion point of increasing interest, particularly following a recent Billboard article about independent labels expressing frustration over the financial of the eMusic service. The LA Times ran this ...

  48. Alltel Offers Sideloading Service

    May 14, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Alltel Wireless introduced a new service that allows customers to more easily transfer music files from their computers to their phones. The practice, known as "sideloading," requires a software download from Alltel called Jump Music. Ju ...

  49. Dimensional Sells Publishing Unit

    May 10, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Dimensional Associates, a division of JDS Capital Management, has sold its music publishing unit, Billboard.biz has learned. Steve McMellon, backed by the Commonwealth Bank of Australia, will run the publisher. McMellon was the head of business af ...

  50. eMusic CEO Defends Company On Blog

    May 08, 2007 12:00 AM EDT eMusic CEO David Pakman has posted his thoughts on the state of digital music pricing on the company's blog , defending the company's pricing model as one that inspires fans to actually buy music. "We want musicians to be fairly com ...

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