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  1. 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 ...

  2. 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 ...

  3. Business Matters: Guvera, Mewbox, Guy Hands, SXSW

    December 04, 2009 12:00 AM EST Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. -- Unlike most ad-supported sites, the upcoming Guvera will offer downloads and streams. And its take on advertising in unique: it plans to align ...

  4. Business Matters: Wayne Rosso, Spotify, Cyber Monday

    December 01, 2009 12:00 AM EST Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. -- Global consumer confidence is on the rebound, according to the latest Economic Current by Nielsen. Of the 12 countries surveyed, only Germany s ...

  5. Brands Urged To Engage With Music Fans Via Social Networks

    November 25, 2009 12:00 AM EST Music is playing such a critical role on fast-growing social networks that brand owners can no longer ignore it for brand-awareness strategies, says a new report by Heartbeats International, the Sweden-based international marketing agency. Called ...

  6. Sony Corp Slides To 4-Month Low

    November 20, 2009 12:00 AM EST Shares of Sony Corp fell to their lowest in nearly four months on Friday (Nov. 20) after the electronics maker's new business strategy failed to convince investors it could deliver strong profit growth. Sony, which is heading for its second s ...

  7. Paper Sheds New Light On Music Listening Habits

    November 03, 2009 12:00 AM EST A new paper by Council for Research Excellence (CRE) with support from the Nielsen Company dispels many of the myths about how people today listen to music. From broadcast radio to MP3 players, some popular notions about listening in the digital a ...

  8. Business Matters: Lord Mandelson, EFF, Apple

    October 28, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. -- Lord Mandelson , the British Business Secretary, will forge ahead with his legislative measures to cut off the Internet connections of illegal ...

  9. 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 ...

  10. 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 ...

  11. Apple, Eminem Headed For Trial As Talks Break Down

    September 24, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Apple Inc and Eminem have failed to settle a lawsuit over whether the rapper's songs can be downloaded on the iTunes music service, paving the way for a federal trial to begin on Thursday. Eight Mile Style LLC, Eminem's music publisher, ...

  12. Hardcore Band Wins Polaris Music Prize

    September 22, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Of the all the acts on the shortlist for Canada's Polaris Music Prize, Toronto hardcore band Fucked Up seemed the least likely to take the $20,000 award. But that's exactly what happened as a jury of 10 Canadian music journalists, blogge ...

  13. Microsoft Launches New Zune To Rival Apple iPod

    September 15, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Microsoft Corp launched a slimmer, revamped version of its Zune handheld music and video player on Tuesday as the software giant makes its latest attempt to compete with Apple Inc's ubiquitous iPod. The touch-screen Zune HD, which features a ...

  14. Apple Unveils Ringtones, 'iTunes LP'

    September 09, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Apple CEO Steve Jobs returned to the keynote stage at the company’s press event, for the first time since his liver transplant earlier this year, to announce several upgrades to the iTunes service, as well as a new line of video-recording iPod Nan ...

  15. Palm Unveils Pixi Phone, May Be Overshadowed

    September 09, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Palm Inc on Wednesday announced a lower-priced smartphone in the same family as its popular Palm Pre smartphone, although the move may be overshadowed by rival product launches by Motorola Inc and Apple Inc. Palm said it will start sales of the Pi ...

  16. Billboard.biz Q&A: General Partner For VC Firm Norwest Venture Partners, Bob Abbott

    September 04, 2009 12:00 AM EDT As general partner for venture capital firm Norwest Venture Partners, Bob Abbott keeps a close eye on the intersection of technology and entertainment. Mobile is one area that has caused many VCs no small degree of grief, thanks to slim margins an ...

  17. 7-Eleven, Whole Foods Come Together for Fab 4

    August 31, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The Beatles will get a little help from new corporate friends on Sept. 9 when EMI Music embarks on the global launch of its digitally remastered Beatles catalog on CD to coincide with the release of videogame The Beatles: Rock Band. It will be har ...

  18. Business Matters: Global Gaming Factory, Live Nation, Spotify

    August 27, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. -- Global Gaming Factory , the Swedish company that planned to buy The Pirate Bay and transform it into a legitimate company with a bold business ...

  19. Qtrax To Go Live In the Asia Pacific

    August 18, 2009 12:00 AM EDT On the heels of several lawsuits from the vendors it has yet to pay for services, ad-supported music service Qtrax unveiled plans to go live in the Asia Pacific region on Oct. 29, with a U.S and U.K. rollout expected by the end of the year. Specif ...

  20. Microsoft Prices Zune HD Below iPod

    August 14, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Microsoft Corp put its new Zune HD digital music and video player on sale on Thursday (Aug. 13), pricing it below comparable Apple Inc iPod devices, in an attempt to claw some market share away from the dominant leader. The devices, which are avai ...

  21. Flo Rida, Chuck Berry, Journey Among Top Downloaded Tracks

    August 12, 2009 12:00 AM EDT It shouldn't be strange to see Chuck Berry's "Johnnie B. Goode," Journey's "Don't Stop Believin,'" and Michael Jackson's "Black or White" on someone's iPod, as each of these tracks w ...

  22. Report: Apple, Labels Work On Plan To Boost Album Sales

    July 27, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Apple and the major record labels are working on a new system that would allow them to include a digital, interactive version of the CD booklet to albums downloaded from iTunes, according to a report in the Financial Times . The effort, dubbed &qu ...

  23. Apple Smashes Profit Forecasts, iPhone Shines

    July 22, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Apple Inc's quarterly profit blew past Wall Street forecasts thanks to strong sales of Macs and iPhones and higher-than-expected gross margins, boosting its shares 4% on Tuesday. The company continued to defy the global recession with a solid ...

  24. Microsoft Talks Music Streaming Service

    July 14, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Microsoft plans to launch a music streaming service with a "similar principle to Spotify," according to a report by the U.K.'s Daily Telegraph. "Music is an important area for Microsoft. We are looking at launching a music stre ...

  25. Web Music Category Tunes to Audio, Visual Ad Models

    July 06, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Michael Jackson's death continues to resonate in the world of online music as fans flock to the Web to purchase his music-and stream tons of it for free, often without many ads. That surge is seen as a boost to the fast-growing Web music sect ...

  26. Apple CEO Steve Jobs Returns To Work

    June 30, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Apple Inc Chief Executive Steve Jobs is back at work following a near six-month medical leave, although he will work at least initially from home for a few days a week, the company said. The official word of his return followed months of speculati ...

  27. Apple's Jobs Has 'Excellent Prognosis' After Transplant

    June 24, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Apple Inc chief executive Steve Jobs underwent a liver transplant at a Tennessee hospital and has "an excellent prognosis," the hospital that performed the operation has confirmed. Jobs, 54, received the transplant because he was "t ...

  28. NMPA Vows To Continue YouTube Fight

    June 17, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The National Music Publishers of America’s top legislative initiative for this year is to get law written that will clarify that there is a performance right for audio-visual downloads, the organization’s president and CEO David Israelite said at ...

  29. Virgin Media, Universal Offer 'World First' Unlimited MP3s

    June 15, 2009 12:00 AM EDT U.K. telco and cable TV company Virgin Media has partnered with Universal Music on an unlimited download service described as a "world first" in that users will be able to keep all the MP3 downloads forever. The announcement appears to p ...

  30. Apple Unveils New iPhone

    June 08, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Apple fans hoping for a new iPhone were not disappointed by the company's Worldwide Developers Conference keynote presentation. As expected Apple introduced a iPhone device, dubbed the iPhone 3GS. While identical in look and feel to past devi ...

  31. Briefs: eMusic, RIAA, 'The Beatles: Rock Band'

    June 04, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- eMusic has raised its rates, but it's possible per-track payouts might not increase at all or much. The addition of the well-known Sony catalog may reduce unused tracks that expire at the end of the month, or "breakage," as subsc ...

  32. Pandora Founder Tim Westergren Sits With Billboard For An Extended Q&A

    May 26, 2009 12:00 AM EDT A year ago, Pandora founder Tim Westergren was predicting the company's collapse in the wake of new, higher streaming rates for Internet radio services. Today, he's predicting the personalized Internet radio service will be profitable by ...

  33. Project Playlist Acquires Total Music

    May 19, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Total Music lives once again. Embattled online playlist service Project Playlist has acquired the assets and employees of the defunct music platform, which it plans to use to offer streaming music and music downloads. The deal was announced via a ...

  34. Napster Introduces $5 Unlimited Stream, Five Download Tier

    May 18, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The Napster subscription service introduced a new pricing tier that allows users to stream an unlimited number of songs and download five DRM-free tracks a month for $5. The offer does not require subscribers to download the Napster client, but ra ...

  35. Microsoft Steps Up Value Attacks On Apple

    May 12, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Microsoft is continuing its attacks on Apple products as overpriced with a new Web campaign for its Zune portable media player. In a Web video, financial planner and former reality show star Wes Moss presents the case that the 120GB iPod would cos ...

  36. Bob Dylan Bows Atop Billboard 200

    May 06, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Bob Dylan, whose Billboard 200 chart career began in 1963, lands his fifth No. 1 album this week as "Together Through Life" (Columbia) opens atop the list with 125,000. It gives the icon back-to-back No. 1s with studio albums, as 2006� ...

  37. Bob Dylan Lands Fifth No. 1 Album

    May 06, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Bob Dylan earns his fifth chart-topper on the Billboard 200 as "Together Through Life" begins atop the list with 125,000 . . . Rock super group Heaven and Hell make a top 10 bow, as does the world music-flavored "Playing for Change& ...

  38. Apple Profit Beats Expectations On iPhones, iPods

    April 22, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Apple Inc posted stronger-than-expected quarterly earnings as sales of its iPhones and iPod topped forecasts, sending shares up 3 percent. While the company gave a typically conservative outlook for the current quarter, with profit and revenue for ...

  39. Report Spotlights Country Radio Listener Habits

    April 17, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Country Radio Broadcasters and Edison Research have released their 2009 study of U.S. country listeners that was originally presented on March 6 at the Country Radio Seminar. Edison conducted over 13,000 online interviews between January 30 and Ma ...

  40. Study: Online Radio Audience Grows To 42 Million Weekly

    April 16, 2009 12:00 AM EDT There is good news in the radio industry: online radio is gaining in popularity. The number of Americans that tune-in weekly to online radio grew to 42 million, up from 33 million in 2008. Stuck in the 11 to 13% range for the past three years, wee ...

  41. Business Briefs: Sony vs. Tenenbaum, Piper Jaffray, Lala

    April 10, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- Audio of the April 8th oral arguments in the Sony vs. Tenenbaum file-sharing case is appearing in a number of locations. Follow the links to both MP3 files and YouTube streams. ( Recording Industry vs. the People ) -- More details have emerged ...

  42. Qtrax Relaunches In The U.S.

    April 10, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Qtrax, the ad-supported P2P music download service, has finally relaunched in the U.S., more than a year after it originally proposed to go live. The subsidiary of Brilliant Technologies originally unveiled their service at the international music ...

  43. Business Briefs: Live Nation-Ticketmaster Merger, StubHub, TrueAnthem and More

    April 07, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- NPD Group found that 87% of U.S. digital music buyers used iTunes in 2008 versus 16% who used Amazon.com's MP3 store . Those figures do not indicate volume of purchases, just the percent of consumers who have purchased music at each store. ...

  44. SpiralFrog Shuts Down

    March 20, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Ad-supported music service Spiralfrog has shuttered-a move many critics felt was inevitable from the very beginning. The company paid millions in upfront licensing fees to the major record labels which it hoped to pay off with advertising revenue ...

  45. iPhone Upgrade Boosts Music Features

    March 17, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Apple iPhone users now have more flexibility with their music catalogs and the music industry is getting a swing at new revenue streams tied to the device, thanks to an upgrade rolled out by Apple Inc. today. Of the more than 100 new features in t ...

  46. Apple Targets Headphone Market?

    March 16, 2009 12:00 AM EDT All those fancy new headphones flooding the market may find themselves up the proverbial creek, as Apple looks to be doing for iPod accessories what it once did with music - lock out all competitors. According to Apple rumor site iLounge, Apple� ...

  47. Microsoft Restructures Zune Division

    February 13, 2009 12:00 AM EST Microsoft has restructured its Zune division. A report in CNET , based on an interview with Microsoft, details how the team is now split between hardware and software responsibilities. The latter is now under the purview of the Mediaroom and Media ...

  48. Sony Swings To Q3 Operating Loss As Demand Wilts

    January 29, 2009 12:00 AM EST Sony Corp swung to a quarterly operating loss and reiterated a forecast for its first annual loss in 14 years, battered by a firmer yen and weaker demand while highlighting deepening woes at the electronics conglomerate. The loss announcement was ...

  49. Report: iTunes To Offer Variable Pricing, Expands DRM-Free Offering

    January 06, 2009 12:00 AM EST With the MacWorld conference kicking off today, rumors are swirling that Apple is poised to unveil new music licensing deals with the major labels that will allow it to sell DRM-free music at variable prices. Citing two unnamed sources, CNET is re ...

  50. Jobs Won't Deliver Macworld Keynote

    December 17, 2008 12:00 AM EST Apple Inc said on Tuesday that chief executive Steve Jobs will not deliver the keynote address at the Macworld trade show next month, reviving some investors' concerns about the state of his health and sending the company's shares down 3 ...

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