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  1. The Billboard Q&A: MediaNet CEO Alan McGlade

    January 13, 2010 12:00 AM EST In the early days of digital music, MediaNet (then MusicNet) seemed to be in a great place. Big brands of all types were rushing into the market with digital music stores of their own, and MusicNet was there to provide all the back-end technology ...

  2. Estimate: iPhone App Piracy Costs $450 million

    January 13, 2010 12:00 AM EST Apple boasts that users have downloaded more than 3 billion iPhone apps since it opened the App Store. But no one is certain how many pirated iPhone apps are downloaded as well. One estimate, at financial news Web site 24-7 Wall Street , puts loss ...

  3. Analysis: 5 Reasons Why 2010 Will Be Revolutionary For The Music Biz

    January 12, 2010 12:00 AM EST This year will host numerous events that could well change the course of the music industry. From the future of music giant EMI to the impact of the Performance Rights Act, many events that will occur in 2010 could have deep, long-term consequence ...

  4. @CES: Music Apps Abound

    January 08, 2010 12:00 AM EST While most of the gearheads rubbing elbows at CES are there for the gadgets, plenty of service providers use the conference to announce their new applications - you know, the things that make all the shiny new toys interesting to use. Below are a ...

  5. Indie Music Inc Launches Digital Music Service MusicScout

    January 07, 2010 12:00 AM EST Indie Music Inc, the outfit behind Band Metrics and the Indie Music Tech blog, has unveiled another new digital music service called MusicScout . MusicScout is a free location-based mobile app for the iPhone and Android-based devices that allows u ...

  6. @CES: Internet Radio Drives into Automotive Market

    January 07, 2010 12:00 AM EST A focus on Internet-connected automobiles is likely to start putting even more pressure on terrestrial radio broadcasters, as a number of carmakers and stereo developers are adding Internet radio services to their products. At CES, the popular cus ...

  7. Dada Flips Switch On Hybrid Subscription Service

    January 06, 2010 12:00 AM EST Mobile entertainment service provider Dada Entertainment is today launched a hybrid web-mobile music subscription service called Play.me . The Web-based service operates much like any other music subscription service, offering unlimited streaming ...

  8. 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 ...

  9. Is Melodeo The Next To Be Sold?

    January 05, 2010 12:00 AM EST The digital music shopping spree shows no signs of slowing down with chatter now bubbling about a potential acquisition of Melodeo, a developer of music-based applications for the iPhone which today introduced a new music recommendation app called ...

  10. Apple Buying Quattro Wireless: Report

    January 05, 2010 12:00 AM EST Apple Inc is set to announce it has acquired mobile advertising company Quattro Wireless for $275 million, the Wall Street Journal-affiliated blog All Things Digital reported. An announcement could come as early as Tuesday, said the report, which ...

  11. Nokia Files New Patent Suit Against Apple

    January 05, 2010 12:00 AM EST The world's top mobile phone maker, Nokia, has launched another court case against Apple for alleged patent violations, in an increasingly fierce legal battle between two leaders of the smartphone market. Nokia filed the case at a Delaware co ...

  12. Report: Google To Unveil New Mobile Phone, Spotify Included

    January 04, 2010 12:00 AM EST Google is expected unveil its much-rumored Nexus One Android-based mobile phone at a Jan. 7 press event, coinciding with the first day of the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Google would only confirm that the announcement will be related t ...

  13. Nokia Expands Patent Dispute Beyond Apple iPhone

    December 29, 2009 12:00 AM EST Nokia Corp. is broadening a legal dispute it already has with Apple Inc. over the iPhone, saying almost all of the company's other products also violate the Finnish phone maker's patents. Nokia said Tuesday that it has filed a complaint ...

  14. Best Buy, Interscope Team For Twitter App

    December 29, 2009 12:00 AM EST Best Buy and Interscope Records teamed up just after the Christmas holiday to offer music fans buying select CDs a copy of the TweetDeck iPhone app. TweetDeck is a free app that lets users post and review Twitter and Facebook updates from their iP ...

  15. Marketing & Branding Trends To Watch In 2010

    December 28, 2009 12:00 AM EST As a rough 2009 draws to a close, the digital marketing world is looking ahead to 2010, hoping to deliver stronger growth in the sector, which is one of the few bright spots in the media world. What lies ahead? We identified 10 trends that are sur ...

  16. Apple To Host Product Event In January: Report

    December 24, 2009 12:00 AM EST Apple Inc has reserved space in late January at a venue in San Francisco in advance of a planned product announcement, the Financial Times reported. The company has rented a stage at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts and is expected to make a &q ...

  17. Tap Tap Revenge 3 To Be Free, Feature New Indie Content

    December 21, 2009 12:00 AM EST Tapulous, developer of the popular Tap Tap Revenge series of iPhone-based music games, is adding a broad range of independent music as downloadable content and other new features to the most recent installment of the franchise—Tap Tap Revenge 3. F ...

  18. Briefs: EMI, Primary Wave, Smule, Thumbplay, NBA

    December 17, 2009 12:00 AM EST -- EMI's Capitol Records group is suing video sharing site Vimeo for copyright infringement. Vimeo, a division of online media powerhouse IAC, allows users to upload user-generated videos of all types. The complaint claims that the Vimeo staf ...

  19. 'MySpace For Mobile' Flips Switch On Artist Services

    December 15, 2009 12:00 AM EST Mobile ringtone and media provider Myxer is expanding into artist services with a new program called MobileStage. Dubbed the "MySpace for Mobile," MobileStage is a suite of mobile marketing tools and services for iPhone, BlackBerry and A ...

  20. Digital Briefs: Snocap, Green Day, Google

    December 14, 2009 12:00 AM EST -- Fallout from MySpace Music's purchase of imeem continues. Artists and labels owed money from sales and streams on the now-defunct imeem won't get any money from the services new owners. Wired's Epicenter blog focuses on the more ...

  21. Apple Countersues Nokia Over 13 Patents

    December 11, 2009 12:00 AM EST Apple Inc said on Friday that it filed a countersuit against Nokia, claiming that the Finnish cellphone maker is infringing 13 Apple technology patents. The move follows a Nokia lawsuit filed in October accusing iPhone maker Apple of infringing 10 ...

  22. Business Matters: Tenenbaum Case, Apple, Lala, Vinyl Sales

    December 08, 2009 12:00 AM EST Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. -- The judge in the Joel Tenenbaum file sharing case issued a Memorandum and Order explaining the court's grant of summary judgment against t ...

  23. Analysis: Apple Embraces The Cloud, Positions Mobile With Lala Deal

    December 07, 2009 12:00 AM EST With its acquisition of online music start-up Lala, Apple appears to have bet on a digital music strategy that places ownership – no matter how ephemeral - over subscription. And more than competing services, Lala best fits into Apple's desir ...

  24. Apple In Talks To Acquire Lala

    December 04, 2009 12:00 AM EST Apple is in “advanced negotiations” to acquire online streaming music service Lala, first reported on CNET , in a deal that will significantly shake-up the digital music landscape. Billboard has independently confirmed the news with sources. The d ...

  25. Late Steven Gately Tops Google U.K. Search List

    December 03, 2009 12:00 AM EST Former Boyzone singer Stephen Gately, who died Oct 10, topped the list of most popular topics searched for over the past 12 months by U.K. Google users. The only other music artist to appear in the top 5 was Lady Gaga, who appeared at No. 5 in the ...

  26. Business Matters: We7, Playdar, Linn Products

    November 24, 2009 12:00 AM EST Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. -- Screenshots of We7 's iPhone app are posted to TechCrunch Europe. According to the blog, CEO Steve Purdham is holding back the app because ...

  27. IPhone To Go On Sale In South Korea

    November 23, 2009 12:00 AM EST Apple's iPhone will go on sale in South Korea this week, offered by the country's No. 2 mobile carrier KT Corp. South Korea, a market for 47 million mobile users, is home turf for the world's No. 2 and 3 mobile phone makers Samsung ...

  28. Real Networks, MTV Plan Rhapsody Reorganization

    November 20, 2009 12:00 AM EST RealNetworks disclosed in a regulatory filing that it is negotiating a reorganization of the Rhapsody America joint venture with MTV Networks. According to the filing , the intent is to let Rhapsody operate "more independently" of either ...

  29. Business Matters: EMI, Comcast, John Taylor, Wolfgang's Vault

    November 17, 2009 12:00 AM EST Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. -- More on EMI 's debt with Citi : The Financial Times reports Terra Firma has written down its investment in EMI by 90%. "Mr Hands want ...

  30. @ Media & Money: Execs Debate Controlling Digital Content

    November 13, 2009 12:00 AM EST With the rise of the digital mediums, companies have found it more difficult to place value on their content since it appears on the Internet or on phones instead of in a format the companies can contain. The Controlling Content in a Digital World ...

  31. Sony Taps Azuki For Mobile Push

    November 11, 2009 12:00 AM EST Sony Music Entertainment has selected Azuki Systems to create mobile versions of select Web sites. The first to be optimized for mobile viewing will be Michael Jackson's official site. The mobile version of Jackson's site includes news, ...

  32. Apple Tops Phone Chart As Nokia, Samsung Step Up

    November 11, 2009 12:00 AM EST The world's two largest cellphone makers, Nokia and Samsung Electronics, have unveiled their latest rivals to the iPhone as Apple became the top profit generator in the handset industry. Apple Inc overtook Nokia in the September quarter as th ...

  33. Business Matters: Rdio, Keith Urban, Sky Songs

    November 10, 2009 12:00 AM EST Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. -- See the first screenshots or Rdio , the on-demand music streaming service created by the founders of Kazaa and Skype . The pictures are of Rdio ...

  34. Business Matters: Spotify, Sirius XM, Journey and More

    November 06, 2009 12:00 AM EST Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. -- The Register has reported Spotify is doing a better job converting its free users to paid, premium subscribers. The service now has 116,000 pre ...

  35. France's Deezer Launches Premium Services

    November 06, 2009 12:00 AM EST Paris-based on-demand streaming service Deezer has unveiled premium offers to complement its free ad-supported service. For €4.99 ($7.44) a month, subscribers can access the on-demand service in a higher quality (up to 320 kbps) without any visual ...

  36. Business Matters: Doug Morris, Rhapsody, EMI, The Beatles

    November 03, 2009 12:00 AM EST Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. -- According to BusinessWeek.com, Doug Morris, CEO of Universal Music Group, is "quietly making plans to bring in a successor" - Lucian ...

  37. Billboard Q&A: iFund Manager Matt Murphy

    October 30, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Several months before Apple opened its App Store in July 2008, the venerable Bay Area venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers launched the iFund, a $100 million investment vehicle focused on backing companies developing applicati ...

  38. Business Matters: Sony, RealNetworks, Google, Warner Music Nashville and More

    October 30, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. -- Sony Music reported revenue of $1.38 billion and an operating income of $96 million in Sony Corp’s fiscal Q2 ending September 30. That was a 3% ...

  39. Business Matters: Qtrax, MySpace, Lala, WMG

    October 29, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. -- Qtrax , which has been holed up in the "where are they now?" file for a few months, issued a press release on Wednesday with details ...

  40. Digital Briefs: Alice In Chains, SendMe Mobile

    October 26, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- At Billboard’s Mobile Entertainment Live conference earlier this month, EMI senior VP of digital marketing Syd Schwartz hinted at an upcoming iPhone app from a band he declined to name. Mystery solved. It’s Alice In Chains , and the app “Black ...

  41. Nokia Charges Apple With Patent Infringement

    October 23, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Cellphone maker Nokia has charged Apple with infringing Nokia patents, accusing the iPhone maker of trying to hitch a "free-ride" on Nokia's technology investments. Nokia dominates the global handset market but it has lost some grou ...

  42. Amsterdam Dance Event A Sell-Out

    October 22, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Day one of the 14th Amsterdam Dance Event, held for the first time on the Wednesday with a full day and evening program, provided solid proof that the event is thriving despite the economic downturn. A mixture of geographic convenience and, accord ...

  43. Verizon Turns To Artist Apps To Recharge Mobile Music Offerings

    October 20, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Record labels disappointed with the low adoption of music services on mobile phones often say wireless operators need to get more aggressive with their music services if the mobile music market is to escape its current rut. Careful what you ask fo ...

  44. Business Matters: Apple, HMV, Band Metrics, EMI

    October 20, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- From the transcript of Monday's Apple fiscal Q4 earnings call is this lone excerpt that deals specifically with music: "We sold almost 10.2 million iPods, which was down from just over 11 million in the year-ago quarter. Our latest re ...

  45. Apple Smashes Forecasts, Stock Hits Record

    October 20, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Apple Inc's profits and sales streaked past Wall Street forecasts as iPhone and Mac sales hit quarterly records, sending its shares rocketing to all-time highs. Sales of Mac computers -- the largest single contributor to Apple's revenue ...

  46. Digital Briefs: Microsoft, Xbox Live, iPhone

    October 19, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- Microsoft will add a special section to its Xbox Live Marketplace dedicated exclusively to the purchase of downloadable music for such music-based games as "Rock Band," "Guitar Hero," and other rhythm-based titles. Gamers wi ...

  47. Sony Ericsson Q3 Loss Narrows On Cost Cuts, Margin

    October 16, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Mobile phone maker Sony Ericsson posted a smaller than expected third-quarter pretax loss on Friday, boosted by big cost cuts, but said it expected the market to remain tough for the rest of the year. The global handset market has been slammed by ...

  48. CIMA Names City Sonic As Film Production Member

    October 15, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The newly named Canadian Independent Music Association (CIMA) -- formerly known as the Canadian Independent Record Production Association -- has announced City Sonic as its first film production company to become a member. “We are extremely happy ...

  49. Spotify Revamps Music Purchase System

    October 15, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Spotify has given its music purchase system a makeover, allowing users of the ad-funded streaming service to purchase tracks with one click within Spotify, without interrupting the music. Spotify now has a closer integration with digital technolog ...

  50. Business Matters: ASCAP, Spotify, Wolfgang's Vault

    October 15, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- In a summary judgment that is part of a larger case between ASCAP and mobile carriers, a federal court said ringtones played in public do not constitute public performances and therefore are not due performance royalties. The judgement states & ...

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