1. Beatport Scoops Up Social Sharing App Listn

    October 23, 2014 1:39 PM EDT Social music app Listn will shut down at the end of the month and be absorbed by SFX Entertainment's Beatport, the startup's founder and CEO announced this week. Details of the deal were not disclosed. "When we first started Listn w ...

  2. Microsoft Nixes Free Version of Xbox Music Pass

    October 23, 2014 9:45 AM EDT Microsoft has announced plans to shut down the free version of its music streaming service Xbox Music Pass in December. The ad-supported free version, which is essentially Microsoft's attempt to compete with Spotify, will be retired so that X ...

  3. Jimmy Iovine Talks Birth of Beats, 'Cool' Steve Jobs and Music's 'Sterile' Distribution Systems at Revolt Conference

    October 22, 2014 2:07 PM EDT Jimmy Iovine used his acceptance speech for a special award at Sean Combs ' inaugural Revolt Music Conference this week to talk about Beats, Apple and the changing landscape of the music business, or as he prefers, the business of music. Iovi ...

  4. Pandora Now Sharing Listener Data With Artists

    October 22, 2014 9:00 AM EDT Starting Wednesday, Pandora will provide artists with data and visualization tools to provide insight into their audiences. Called Pandora AMP , the suite of tools is intended to provide artists with the data for such tasks as picking singles, cra ...

  5. Anatomy of a Hit: How Bobby Shmurda's 'Hot Boy' Came to Life

    October 21, 2014 12:57 PM EDT In March, Bobby Shmurda ’s “Hot Boy” (explicit version: “Hot N—a”) video hit YouTube. But it wasn’t until June, when Vine user Vladimir Francois looped the rapper’s Shmoney Dance move in the clip, that the song blew up. Now, Shmurda, 20, is signed ...

  6. Google Play Music Now Integrates Songza

    October 21, 2014 12:01 PM EDT Users of the Google Play All Access subscription service will see a new feature on Tuesday. Activity-based radio stations are the first signs of Google Play's integration of Songza, the Internet radio service Google acquired in July . The act ...

  7. Op-Ed: BitTorrent's Matt Mason Makes a Case for Art In the Digital Age

    October 21, 2014 11:45 AM EDT On September 22, Thom Yorke published an image of a vinyl record. The earth was thrown off its axis , as Consequence of Sound reported. And it was again, four days later, when the record was released as a BitTorrent Bundle . That isn’t hyperbole, ...

  8. Pioneer's New Black Box Will Monetize DJs' Club Sets

    October 21, 2014 10:39 AM EDT Is Pioneer’s KUVO finally a solution for decades of inaccurate (or nonexistent) nightclub royalty payments? A solution to the long-contested issue of nightclub performance royalties may come in the form of a small black box. Leading audio-equipmen ...

  9. TuneCore Unveils 'YouTube Money' to Help Artists Monetize Tracks

    October 21, 2014 9:22 AM EDT Digital distributor TuneCore has announced the launch of YouTube Money, a new service that gives all TuneCore-associated artists a way to further monetize their recordings on YouTube. According to TuneCore, artists choose which tracks they want to ...

  10. Exclusive: Tsu Launches as First Social & Payment Platform Where Users Own Their Content

    October 21, 2014 9:00 AM EDT Facebook ,  Twitter , and their investors may be profiting from user-generated content, but there's one person that's not: the user himself, who sees all the money from targeted ads (how did they know I was looking at those Ugg boots on ...

  11. Apple Beats Wall St. on Q3 Earnings, iTunes Revenue Up

    October 20, 2014 5:59 PM EDT The company earned earned $1.42 per share in its fiscal fiscal fourth-quarter on revenue of $42 billion. Apple beat expectations by reporting Monday that it earned $1.42 per share in its fiscal fiscal fourth-quarter on revenue of $42 billion. Wall ...

  12. Ticketmaster vs. Stubhub: Who’s Winning the Resale Battle?

    October 20, 2014 2:00 PM EDT One year after the Live Nation-owned seller shook up the $5 billion resale market, its primary rival has lowered selling fees and gone aggressive as concertgoers seek more value. While 2013 was the year that Ticketmaster and StubHub battled each ...

  13. Pandora Tests Its 'Sponsored Listening' Ad Format With Fox, Sony Playstation

    October 20, 2014 11:51 AM EDT Pandora's new ad product, dubbed Sponsored Listening, lets you skip audio promos for an hour if you click on a video ad. The music service is beta testing with Fox, which is pushing its fall shows Gotham and Mulaney . The idea behind Sponsore ...

  14. Spotify Announces Family Pricing Plan

    October 20, 2014 9:22 AM EDT Sharing is caring, unless you're talking about Spotify. The streaming music giant has announced a new subscription that makes it easier for the whole family to get their own dang  customized account under one bill. "Spotify Family" ...

  15. Watch: LeBron James Backed by Hozier’s ‘Take Me to Church’ in Powerful New Beats by Dre Ad

    October 19, 2014 2:13 PM EDT Basketball star LeBron James’ return to Cleveland is celebrated in the latest Beats by Dre commercial, which features Hozier ’s hit single “Take Me to Church” playing in the background. LeBron James' Cleveland Playlist: 15 Songs For His Homec ...

  16. Diddy Opens Up During Revolt Conference Q&A: 'Success ... Turns You Into an Asshole'

    October 18, 2014 4:48 PM EDT "This is going to be like church," he told a packed room at Miami's Fontainebleu Hotel. Revolt chairman and co-founder Sean Combs took the stage for his Q&A session at the Revolt Music Conference in Miami on Oct. 18 sounding ...

  17. Digital Execs Discuss How Much a Play Is Worth at Inaugural Revolt Music Conference

    October 18, 2014 11:45 AM EDT The value of music was the prevalent theme at the “Disruptors” panel during day one of the 2014 Revolt Music Conference at Fontainebleau Miami Beach in Miami Beach, Fla. But reps from Spotify, Vevo, Soundcloud and Pandora were not always on the sa ...

  18. Revolt's Inaugural Music Conference Kicks Off in Miami with Sean Combs, Guy Oseary, Craig Kallman and Many More

    October 17, 2014 5:53 PM EDT The first day of Revolt’s Music Conference in Miami centered on two central themes: Innovation and artistry. Approximately 800 people flocked to Miami Beach’s Fontainebleau Hotel for the cable music network’s inaugural conference event, with att ...

  19. Chance the Rapper's 'No Better Blues' Helps Launch Twitter Audio Card Feature

    October 16, 2014 9:31 PM EDT For iOS and Android users, listening to music and discussing it just became a whole lot easier. While on a fall college tour, Chance the Rapper and the Social Experiment debuted a new track, "No Better Blues," via Soundcloud on Thursday ...

  20. Twitter 'Audio Cards' Put Music in Your Tweets

    October 16, 2014 5:32 PM EDT Listening to music on Twitter's iOS and Android apps just got easier. On Thursday (Oct. 16), the social media company introduced a new product, the Twitter audio card, which enables audio streaming within the Twitter app. The audio card will ...

  21. Apple Debuts New iPad and iMac, Jokes with Stephen Colbert

    October 16, 2014 2:58 PM EDT Apple's presentation today was short on music-related news, surprise or otherwise (though a surprise appearance from Stephen Colbert helped to lighten the mood). From a presentation room markedly smaller than its iPhone announcement last mont ...

  22. Oxford Business Students Helped Thom Yorke's BitTorrent Release

    October 16, 2014 1:35 PM EDT Add a group of Oxford business students to the list of people who kept Thom Yorke 's new solo album a secret from the world. MBA candidates at the prestigious university worked with the Radiohead singer's management team on the experimen ...

  23. How Digitally Imported Will Become a One-Stop Shop for EDM

    October 16, 2014 12:28 PM EDT The EDM-focused internet radio service's new business model will seamlessly integrate on-demand streaming and retail. Digitally Imported, the Denver-based internet radio service catering to electronic music fans (also known as di.fm ), today ...

  24. Publishing Briefs: Imagem Music Signs Admin Deal With PRMD Publishing (Exclusive), Warner Chappell Music Teams With Mike Dean

    October 16, 2014 9:00 AM EDT Imagem Music has just signed a global administration deal with PRMD Publishing , the company formed by EDM impressario Ash Pournouri . As part of the deal, Imagem will now represent the publishing catalog of Cazzette , and any future signings ma ...

  25. Will.i.am Shows Off New Smart 'Cuff,' Wearable Fashion Line

    October 15, 2014 10:48 PM EDT UPDATE:  7digital has confirmed it has entered into an agreement with i.am+ for the development of applications and operation of the music service on its devices, including the Puls.  Will.i.am 's new wearable device, the Puls, is far more t ...

  26. Phonio Hooks You Up with Your Favorite Young Money Rappers... and Chris Daughtry

    October 15, 2014 7:06 PM EDT Have you always dreamed about Lil Wayne whispering sweet, froggy nothings about having a milli and being a martian into your ear? Thanks to mobile platform Phonio, that fantasy can now be a reality, just by dialing a phone number. Aloe Blacc, Youn ...

  27. Jimmy Iovine Lauds 'Cool' Status of Beats Among NFL Players

    October 15, 2014 6:53 PM EDT Iovine talks NFL's headphones fine & his educational venture with Dr. Dre at USC event. "I can't believe I'm this lucky," Jimmy Iovine joked on Wednesday (Oct. 15), reacting to the $10,000 fine lobbed last week again ...

  28. Science Fiction Fantasy... or will.i.am Reality?

    October 15, 2014 3:55 PM EDT It's somewhat surprising, in 2014, that will.i.am isn't just a cloud of nanobots floating from keynote to keynote, proselytizing on the future of things from the very recent past. Unfortunately, the angle-coiffed singer and investor' ...

  29. Hello, World: Gigmor Wants to Be a Facebook, or LinkedIn, for Bands

    October 15, 2014 1:46 PM EDT Name: Gigmor Founder: David Baird Founded: 2011 Location: Santa Monica, CA Launched: October 2013 Business sector(s): Web, Social Media, Digital Music Key Execs: David Baird, Founder/CEO; Tracy Eumont, VP Product; Venk Tatineni, CTO; Blake Kuehn, ...

  30. Neil Young Readies Pono Store, Says Partnerships With Lincoln, Tesla in Works

    October 15, 2014 12:02 PM EDT Neil Young is making the media rounds this week to hype his Toblerone-sized Pono music player and its updated website, which now has a preview of how the service's music store will function when launched. The PonoMusic.com store is comprised ...

  31. U2 Talks iTunes Album Release in Facebook Q&A: 'Oops'

    October 14, 2014 5:54 PM EDT To celebrate the physical release of their new album Songs of Innocence , U2 sat down to answer questions posed by fans -- and detractors -- on Facebook. The Edge gave a humorous introduction to the session. "It's gonna be very hard to g ...

  32. YouTube Pays Out $1 Billion with Content ID

    October 14, 2014 10:39 AM EDT YouTube has confirmed a big milestone to Billboard: $1 billion in payouts from its ContentID copyright earmarking system since its launch seven years ago. The system is made available to select creators and rightsholders (generally companies tha ...

  33. How 'App Whisperer' Eytan Oren Plays Matchmaker Between Bands Like One Direction and Brands

    October 14, 2014 9:59 AM EDT Ever since Facebook announced its acquisition of WhatsApp for $19 billion, messenger apps have become part of a conversation previously dominated by Facebook and Twitter. Eytan Oren was one of the first to realize their revenue potential for bra ...

  34. Kim Dotcom Fights U.S. Government's Attempt to Seize $67 Million in Assets

    October 13, 2014 1:32 PM EDT Although Megaupload founder  Kim Dotcom has had a rough few months, he at least is in the comfort of his New Zealand mansion rather than a United States jail cell awaiting prosecution for criminal copyright infringement. No telling exactly when Do ...

  35. Samsung and Google Play Team Up to Corner the Latin-American Streaming Market

    October 13, 2014 12:00 PM EDT Google Play has joined with Samsung in a bold move for the quickly growing Latin American music streaming market. Via a promotion launched in September, anyone who buys a new Samsung device (Galaxy S4, S5 and Galaxy Tab) in any of 17 countries get ...

  36. SoundCloud Posts $29 Million Loss in 2013 on $14 Million Revenues

    October 12, 2014 8:24 PM EDT As SoundCloud is amidst focused efforts to build a profitable business from its 175 million users a month, the popular online music streaming and sharing platform has posted a loss almost twice that of its revenues in the past year.  According to ...

  37. SoundScan's Third-Quarter Numbers in One Word: Bleak

    October 10, 2014 4:00 PM EDT Bad news keeps mounting with the roll of the tape. So far this year, 60 digital songs have sold over 1 million units as compared to 83 last year. And after nine months, not one artist-album has yet to hit the million-unit mark, although the Fro ...

  38. British Lawmaker Publishes Detailed Report on Copyright Education

    October 10, 2014 3:30 PM EDT Mike Weatherley , the British Prime Minister's adviser on intellectual property, has published a comprehensive report on promoting copyright education and awareness. Entitled "Copyright Education and Awareness," the 29-page paper ou ...

  39. Is Streaming Service Grooveshark Finally Dead in the Water?

    October 10, 2014 2:00 PM EDT On Sept. 30, Grooveshark seemed all but sunk when a Manhattan court ruled in favor of Universal Music Group (UMG), which first sued the music streaming service for copyright infringement in 2011. With damning evidence including emails from Grooves ...

  40. Last.fm Posts Further Loss as Revenues Slide

    October 10, 2014 9:40 AM EDT Last.fm recorded a loss of £2.1 million ($3.4 million) in 2013, as revenues slumped by more than 20 percent year-on-year from £6.4 million ($10.3 million) to £4.9 million ($7.9 million). In line with the fall in sales, staff numbers at the CBS-own ...

  41. The Download Heard 'Round the World: iTunes Numbers Show 81 Million 'Experienced' U2 Album

    October 09, 2014 3:43 PM EDT 'Songs of Innocence,' the band's latest release delivered for free, is firmly entrenched with 26 million customers downloading the set in its entirety. U2 has gone from setting records to breaking them and, with the band's game ...

  42. UK Artists Swarm Spotify, Account for 19% of Tracks Streamed Worldwide

    October 09, 2014 9:40 AM EDT The British Invasion continues, only this time it's on streaming services. New data released by Spotify (via BPI ) shows that 19 percent -- or one in five -- of all songs streamed around the world were recorded by UK artists, including Clean ...

  43. iHeartRadio Soon Available on Android Wear Smartwatches

    October 08, 2014 9:31 PM EDT Taylor Swift , Ariana Grande , Calvin Harris and all the other favorite iHeartRadio artists will soon be available on your watch.  The digital radio service announced Wednesday it will have an app on Android Wear smartwatches next week on Oct. 15. ...

  44. Rdio Gets $108 Million in Equity Over 2 Years According to New Filings

    October 08, 2014 5:58 PM EDT Pulser Media, the parent company of Rdio, sold equity, warrants or options worth $108 million from unnamed sources over the last 13 months according to numerous new SEC filings. The filings detail amounts of $25 million in April, $4.4 million in D ...

  45. Pandora Shares New York's Favorite Genres By Neighborhood, from Beach Bar Lounge to i-Pop

    October 08, 2014 3:22 PM EDT If there's one thing music streaming services love doing, it's studies on people's listening habits . (To be fair, who doesn't love trolling through and judging or coveting the songs in John's Jumpin' Jack iTunes Lib ...

  46. Spotify U.K. Sees Big Jump in Revenue

    October 08, 2014 2:44 PM EDT The U.K. arm of Spotify grew its revenues by over 40% in 2013, entering profitability for the first time.   According to the company’s latest set of financial results, published by Companies House, year-on-year revenues grew from £92.6 million ($1 ...

  47. Report: Lawsuit Over iTunes Double-Billing Dismissed

    October 08, 2014 10:58 AM EDT A lawsuit against Apple claiming the company double-billed its iTunes customers has been dismissed. Courthouse News is reporting that the plaintiffs, Robert Herskowitz and Phoebe Juel , settled with the tech giant on Tuesday (Oct. 7). Related iTun ...

  48. Twitter Suing FBI, DOJ to Release Gov't Surveillance Report

    October 08, 2014 9:22 AM EDT Twitter is suing the FBI and the Department of Justice to be able to release more information about government surveillance of its users. The social media company filed a lawsuit Tuesday in a California federal court to publish its full "tra ...

  49. Audiam Signs Metallica, Red Hot Chili Peppers for Thorny Area of Digital Rights

    October 07, 2014 1:22 PM EDT Digital rights administrator Audiam has signed Metallica and Red Hot Chili Peppers for an exclusive North American representation of the bands' publishing catalogs across digital music services including YouTube, Spotify, Beats, Google Play, ...

  50. Instant Karma: John Lennon's Full Catalog Now on Spotify

    October 07, 2014 10:43 AM EDT Imagine all the streaming... Spotify has snagged its elusive fourth Beatle , with today's (Oct. 7) announcement of John Lennon 's solo catalog on the popular streaming music service. From 1970's John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band to 1984& ...

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