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  1. Goldman Cuts Apple To Neutral

    December 15, 2008 12:00 AM EST Goldman Sachs downgraded Apple Inc to "neutral" from "buy" on concerns about weak consumer spending in the near-term, and risk of the stock's valuation premium coming down if iPhone sales fall short of expectations in the ...

  2. Sony Corp. To Cut 8,000 Jobs

    December 09, 2008 12:00 AM EST Japan's Sony Corp. said it will cut about 4% of its workforce, curb investment and pull out of businesses to save $1.1 billion a year, as the financial crisis ravages demand for its electronics products. The 8,000 job cuts are the biggest ann ...

  3. Billboard Q&A: 'Rock Band' Frontman/MTV Exec Paul DeGooyer

    December 08, 2008 12:00 AM EST Walk into the MTV store adjacent to the network's Times Square headquarters, and you'll get an immediate sense of what's most important to the venerable music brand these days: "Rock Band 2." There's the game system i ...

  4. Kennedy Center Honors Streisand, The Who

    December 08, 2008 12:00 AM EST Barbra Streisand got an awkward kiss on the cheek from the president, and yes, she gave him a smooch back. Streisand, a vocal critic of President George W. Bush, was a guest Sunday at the White House just before one of Washington's few A-list ...

  5. Apple Gears Up For Black Friday Sale

    November 27, 2008 12:00 AM EST Apple Inc, facing a tight U.S. consumer spending environment, is gearing up for a one-day sale on Friday and at least one analyst expects the company to offer discounts of up to 15%. The day after Thanksgiving, known as Black Friday, is the tradit ...

  6. Holt Named President Of MySpace Music

    November 25, 2008 12:00 AM EST Confirming several weeks of rumors, MySpace has revealed that former Interscope and MTV digital music executive Courtney Holt will take the helm of the newly formed MySpace Music venture early next year. Holt most recently was executive VP of digi ...

  7. Billboard Q&A: Top EMI Music Execs Talk

    November 14, 2008 12:00 AM EST When Billboard arrived at EMI's famed Capitol Tower in Hollywood to interview new recorded music CEO Elio Leoni-Sceti, we got a surprise: joining Leoni-Sceti were president of A&R for North America, the United Kingdom and Ireland Nick Gat ...

  8. Dell Quells Rumors About Music Player

    November 11, 2008 12:00 AM EST Dell Inc, struggling to recharge its line-up of consumer product offerings, has indicated that a digital music player is not in the computer maker's near-term plans despite speculation that such a product is in the works. Although Dell declin ...

  9. Sony DRM-Free To iTunes?

    November 10, 2008 12:00 AM EST The Apple rumor du jour is that Sony Music Entertainment will license DRM-free tracks to iTunes, under the iTunes Plus program. The speculation began on Apple blog 9to5mac.com , which provides very little information other than hinting its more th ...

  10. Apple's Music Sales Up 34% In 2008

    November 07, 2008 12:00 AM EST While consumer caution may cause a dip in electronic sales this holiday season, Apple wrapped up its fiscal year with a 34% jump in music-related products and services sales. According to a recent 10-K filing outlining its fiscal year results, sal ...

  11. MySpace To Develop Digital Music Player?

    November 07, 2008 12:00 AM EST MySpace, the popular online social network owned by Rupert Murdoch's News Corp, could develop a digital music player in the future, pitting it against Apple Inc's hot-selling iPod. But there are no immediate plans to make or sell such a ...

  12. Key Apple Exec To Exit

    November 04, 2008 12:00 AM EST Tony Fadell, the man credited with creating the iPod and iPhone, is leaving Apple for personal reasons, according to the company. Fadell, who at one point was rumored to be a possible successor to Apple chief Steve Jobs, will be replaced by former ...

  13. Lala Introduces 'Virtual Ownership' Pricing Model

    October 20, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Lala , a digital music service that has experimented with several unique business models in the past, relaunched again this week with a new strategy that has won the backing and content of all four major labels as well as a host of independents. L ...

  14. Chuck D. Set to Address Red Bull Music Conference

    October 09, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Chuck D., one of the founders of seminal hip-hop group Public Enemy, will address the Red Bull Music Academy this weekend in Barcelona. The Red Bull Music Academy is a conference put on by the energy drink maker. This is the 10th year anniversary ...

  15. Regional Mexican Summit: Q&A With Marco Antonio Solis

    October 08, 2008 12:00 AM EDT A clown, a singer or a priest. Those were the careers that Marco Antonio Solis had in mind as a child growing up in Michoacan, Mexico, before becoming a superstar singer-songwriter. The normally press-shy Solis revealed his creative process and ap ...

  16. Zune Launches Artist Focused Podcast Series

    October 06, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Microsoft's Zune will launch an artist-focused podcast tomorrow, Billboard has learned. Dubbed the Green Room, the first one will feature backstage interviews with Chicago rapper Common. Following Common, the next podcasts will showcase Oasis ...

  17. Norwegian Consumer Agency Threatens Apple Over iTunes Restrictions

    October 01, 2008 12:00 AM EDT A Norway consumer agency said it aims to take computer group Apple to court over what it calls unfair barriers to playing music from the iTunes store on devices other than Apple's iPod. Consumer Ombudsman Bjoern Erik Thon said he hoped other ...

  18. Amazon Develops MP3 Store For Google Mobile Platform

    September 23, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Amazon.com is expanding its digital music presence to the mobile realm by developing a version of its MP3 music store for Google's new Android mobile phone platform. The first phone compatible with the Android operating system was announced t ...

  19. News Analysis: SanDisk's SlotMusic

    September 22, 2008 12:00 AM EDT There are a lot of unanswered questions regarding SanDisk's slotMusic, mainly due to the limited details – like no info on content or pricing - as the product was unveiled today . While the reaction from analysts and the press is mixed, most ...

  20. Jobs Unveils Apple's 'Thinnest' iPod

    September 09, 2008 12:00 AM EDT A thin and smiling Apple Inc Chief Executive Steve Jobs launched a much thinner, curved iPod nano music player and joked about the state of his much-discussed health on Tuesday. But shares of Apple fell more than 4 percent after the presentation, ...

  21. Microsoft Confirms Zune Upgrades

    September 08, 2008 12:00 AM EDT With its hand forced by a retail partner who it says inadvertently leaked details before its planned announcement date, Microsoft today confirmed several major upgrades to its Zune device in a surprise announcement the day before Apple is set to u ...

  22. iTunes China Back Online

    August 28, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Users can once again access iTunes in mainland China. Apple's US-based online music store was fully blocked last week after it emerged that Olympic athletes in Beijing had used the store to download the compilation "Songs for Tibet." ...

  23. Doors Legal Dispute Nearing Resolution

    August 22, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The end is near for a bitter legal dispute between the three surviving members of the Doors now that the California Supreme Court has refused to take up their case. Keyboardist Ray Manzarek and guitarist Robby Krieger are on the hook for more than ...

  24. Retailer Sanity Launches Aussie Subscription Service

    August 20, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Market leading CD and DVD retailer Sanity Entertainment has launched what it claims is Australia's first online music subscription service. The company has licensed the digital catalog of all the major labels. The LoadIt music store is built ...

  25. Teens Open Bandwidth Conference

    August 14, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The Bandwidth Conference in San Francisco got off to a strong start today, as a group of teenage music fans shared their thoughts about their own consumption and the industry. Among the trends: none of them read music magazines, and many valued a ...

  26. BigPond First Aussie Store To Offer MP3s

    August 14, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Telecommunications giant Telstra's internet service provider BigPond has become the first Australian online music store to offer download tracks in DRM-free MP3 format. It has struck deals with all the four Australian-based majors plus leadin ...

  27. Zune Pursuing Original Content

    August 11, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Microsoft's Zune is looking to Hollywood to gain an edge on Apple's iPod. Microsoft executives have been making the rounds at talent agencies and production companies in recent months in hopes of licensing exclusive original video progra ...

  28. Warner Music: Music Video Games Must Pay More

    August 08, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Warner Music Group, the world's third-largest music company, said on Thursday that video game makers will need to pay more to license songs for music-based video games like "Guitar Hero" and "Rock Band." Warner Music Chief ...

  29. Sirius XM: Now Comes The Hard Part

    August 04, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Now that the two U.S. satellite radio broadcasters completed their merger July 29 to form Sirius XM Radio, the combined company will face a host of challenges in navigating the new digital landscape. Over the long haul, the prospect of widespread ...

  30. Performances Of Classic Indie Albums Generating Box-Office Bumps

    August 04, 2008 12:00 AM EDT When Built to Spill announced its fall tour in May, fans took notice. That's because rather than a typical jaunt around the country promoting a new album, the three-month trek will find the band performing its 1997 release, "Perfect From ...

  31. Dell Tests Music Player To Renew iPod Battle: Report

    July 30, 2008 12:00 AM EDT In recent months, personal computer maker Dell Inc., has been testing a digital music player that could go on sale as early as September, the Wall Street Journal newspaper said, citing several Dell officials. Dell's new foray would put it int ...

  32. Plugged & Unplugged: The Future Of 'Guitar Hero,' 'Rock Band'

    July 18, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Plugged: With yet another E3 conference now behind us, it's only fitting to dedicate a few lines to the state of music and videogames. It hardly seems possible that only two years ago, the E3 news that MTV bought "Guitar Hero" devel ...

  33. Bon Jovi Performs For Thousands In Central Park

    July 14, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Bon Jovi rocked Central Park, New Jersey style. The rock group gave a free concert Saturday night on the park's Great Lawn, delighting tens of thousands of fans who sang along with the lyrics on a glorious summer evening. The band opened with ...

  34. Plugged/Unplugged: iPhone, Last.fm, Merlin

    July 11, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Plugged: The early iPhone reviews are out and for a change the digerati is treating the launch with some degree of restraint (rare among the Apple-fanboy tech press corps). Most of the hesitation was due to AT&T's 3G network, which is val ...

  35. Consumers Turning To T.V. For Music Playback

    July 09, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The hot new music device these days seems to be the t.v. According to a recent survey by Parks Associates, music fans listen to their tunes through their t.v. set as much as they do via MP3 players like the iPod - a full third of respondents each. ...

  36. Blu-ray Subjected To Japanese Copy Levy

    June 24, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The Japanese government has added Blu-ray Discs and Blu-ray Disc recorders to the list of products subject to private-copying levies. But copyright groups such as JASRAC and the RIAJ have expressed concern over the future of the copying-levy syste ...

  37. Plugged & Unplugged: Release Dates, ‘Pork And Beans’

    June 20, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Plugged: In the digital age, it's becoming more and more clear that release dates are no longer the important event they once were. It's the pre-release strategy that matters. Look at the consumer response to new albums by Coldplay and L ...

  38. Tesco, MediaNet Strike Digital Deal

    June 16, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Digital music service provider MediaNet Digital has struck a deal to power Tesco's revamped online entertainment business, Tesco Digital. As reported in April, the British Tesco supermarkets giant had announced grand plans to overhaul its dow ...

  39. 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 ...

  40. Report: Apple, Labels In Talks Over More Mobile Music

    May 19, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The next iteration of the iPhone, expected to be unveiled next month, may have a whole lot more music if record labels and Apple can learn to play nice. According to the New York Times , Apple is negotiating with the music industry to expand its c ...

  41. Morning Glory: My Morning Jacket

    May 17, 2008 12:00 AM EDT It's 4 a.m. on the last night of South by Southwest, and Jim James is belting out Rod Stewart's "You're in My Heart." A few hours earlier, the My Morning Jacket frontman dazzled an intimate crowd at an Austin church with a ...

  42. Digital Briefs: Radiohead, Zune, BlackBerry

    May 12, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - Internet traffic measurement firm Hitwise takes a closer look at how free digital downloads from Coldplay, Nine Inch Nails and Radiohead affects long-term visits to each artist's Web site. Radiohead takes the prize, but it's hard to sa ...

  43. Japan Ponders "iPod Tax"

    May 07, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Japan may introduce a private copying levy on sales of portable digital music players and digital hard-disc recorders, according to media reports. The government's Cultural Affairs Agency will this week propose introduction of such a levy, wh ...

  44. Plugged and Unplugged: erockster, Madonna, Verizon

    May 02, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Plugged I have to admit, when I first read the details about Clear Channel's new erockster initiative I was skeptical. But after actually checking it out, I have to give props to what looks to be an excellent music resource. To be sure, it� ...

  45. HMV Forecasts A Physical-Meets-Digital Future

    April 28, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Britain's leading music and entertainment retailer HMV will launch an MP3 digital download store later this year as part of a broader company refocus on technology, product and store designs. From this summer, the retailer's revamped dig ...

  46. Tesco Relaunches Download Site

    April 15, 2008 12:00 AM EDT British supermarkets giant Tesco is getting busy in the download space. The chain will launch Tesco Digital in May, initially offering 3.3 million music tracks. Half of those titles will be in the iPod-compatible MP3 format. Plans are to offer its ...

  47. Digital Briefs: Analyst Says Teen Piracy Down, Digital To Hit $40 Billion?

    April 09, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - Financial analyst group Piper Jaffray conducted its 15th bi-annual teen survey, finding that illegal file sharing by students has dropped from 64% to 61%, and that iPod market share has increased to 86% among the demographic. iTunes leads all se ...

  48. Sony BMG Eyes Online Music Service

    March 25, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Sony BMG CEO Rolf Schmidt-Holtz expressed interest in a digital music subscription service to German newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung . It's not clear whether he's proposing a consumer-facing subscription service based exclusivel ...

  49. Plugged And Unplugged

    March 21, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Plugged M:Metrics revealed some staggering data this week about the iPhone. It found that while 6.7% of overall mobile users listened to music in some form or another on their phone, and 27.9% of smartphone users did the same, iPhone users blew th ...

  50. Labels, Apple Debate 'Total Music'

    March 19, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Apple and major record labels have reportedly stepped up negotiations concerning the idea of bringing the "Total Music" concept to iPod devices. The negotiations, first reported by the Financial Times and since confirmed by industry sour ...

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