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  1. 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 ...

  2. 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. ...

  3. 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 ...

  4. Koch Artists To Get 'Skinned'

    June 06, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Koch Records artists -- including Foxy Brown, In Flames and Otep -- will soon be promoted through a line of vinyl protective skins for iPods, phones and laptops after the label signed a deal with MusicSkins LLC. MusicSkins LCC aims for their produ ...

  5. EMI Flying High With MEDIAnywhere Kiosk Deal

    May 29, 2008 12:00 AM EDT EMI is reaching for the sky through a new service which enables travellers to download the record company's music before embarking on their flight. More than 25,000 EMI titles have been licensed to British technology firm MEDIAnywhere's ...

  6. 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 ...

  7. 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 ...

  8. 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 ...

  9. 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 ...

  10. 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 ...

  11. 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 ...

  12. 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 ...

  13. 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 ...

  14. Digital Classics DVD Migrates Online

    March 19, 2008 12:00 AM EDT DCD Media-owned Digital Classics DVD is to make classical music and arts programs available online. The Digital Classics download service launched March 14 at www.digitalclassics.co.uk with more than 150 titles, featuring arias sung by some of the ...

  15. 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 ...

  16. Apple's iTunes Store Has Sold 4 Billion Tracks—But Is It Profitable?

    March 11, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Research group NPD recently named iTunes the second-largest U.S. music retailer, and the company has just revealed that its store has passed the 4 billion download mark. So Billboard decided to crunch some numbers to see whether the conventional w ...

  17. RealNetworks Forecasts Lower Revenues, Shares Fall

    February 08, 2008 12:00 AM EST Digital media company RealNetworks Inc forecasts first-quarter and full-year 2008 revenue below Wall Street expectations partly due to slower growth in its Rhapsody America music business. The news sent shares down as much as 3.3 percent in extend ...

  18. Apple Unveils New iPhone, iPod Touch

    February 07, 2008 12:00 AM EST Apple Inc on Tuesday introduced models of its iPhone and iPod touch devices with double the memory available in previous versions. The products come on the heels of Apple's launch last month of a service that lets iPhone and iPod users rent a ...

  19. Midem Quotes Of The Day

    January 28, 2008 12:00 AM EST The top soundbites from Monday's Midem panels and debates. "Mr Plant emailed me and said, 'Who's going to prostitute himself first?’" - Peter Gabriel on the Genesis/Led Zep reunion game "I've always been of the a ...

  20. Will Apple TV Control The Home Streaming Experience?

    January 24, 2008 12:00 AM EST A memo to all iPod-dock stereo manufacturers -- your time is up. That goes for you, Logic, and you, Emerson, and even you, Sony. The harbinger of your doom -- the new Apple TV. That's right, the device at the hub of Apple's new digital m ...

  21. WMG Sues Music Search Site Seeqpod

    January 23, 2008 12:00 AM EST Warner Music Group is suing music search company Seeqpod, claiming the company engages in "direct, contributory and vicarious infringement" of the record label's music. Seeqpod is both a search engine and a music player. Users can s ...

  22. Apple Introduces Online Movie Rentals

    January 15, 2008 12:00 AM EST As expected, Apple introduced a movie rental service for iTunes at the annual MacWorld confab in San Francisco, part of a broader upgrade to the Apple TV device that also has implications on how iTunes buyers can access music. In addition to the n ...

  23. Plugged And Unplugged

    January 11, 2008 12:00 AM EST Plugged After three days of lines, sore feet and a crushing mass of rage-inducing humanity, my return from the international Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas is invariably greeted with one question:"What's the coolest thing y ...

  24. CES Update: Start-up Aims at Portable Music Networks

    January 07, 2008 12:00 AM EST Gaming technology firm Razer has introduced a new division called Jook, which was created to market a new social networking-based digital music standard by the same name. The new technology was unveiled today (Jan. 7) at the CES conference in Las ...

  25. Report: Apple Readies HD Radio Push

    December 28, 2007 12:00 AM EST According to a story at iLounge.com, an independent provider of information about all things iPod- and iPhone-related, Apple plans a push during the Macworld Expo event in San Francisco next month for HD Radio-equipped boom boxes that have iPod do ...

  26. Apple Fan Makes Case For Open Digital Environment

    December 19, 2007 12:00 AM EST A tech-savvy Apple fan Richard Bullwinkle, chief evangelist for tech company Macrovision, weighs his love of iPod products versus his desire for an open digital environment. "If we want consumers to have faith in electronic media, they have t ...

  27. A Tipping Point For MP3s

    November 30, 2007 12:00 AM EST The scope of a yearlong download promotion planned between Pepsi and Amazon, Billboard has learned, is among several developments forcing further consideration by Warner Music Group (WMG) and Sony BMG Music Entertainment to follow EMI and Universa ...

  28. EMI, Hip Digital Team On Ad Campaigns

    November 12, 2007 12:00 AM EST EMI Music Group is now licensing its DRM-free music catalog to Hip Digital, a digital media agency that develops promotional campaigns for advertisers. Hip Digital has developed digital music programs for clients like Visa, Pepsi, Seagate, Dentyne ...

  29. Aus Retailer JB Hi-Fi Forecasts Record Sales

    October 31, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Australasian home entertainment retail powerhouse JB Hi-Fi in on course for another strong financial year. Chief executive Richard Uechtritz told the company's annual general meeting in Melbourne, Australia, yesterday that he expects sales ac ...

  30. Starbucks To Give Away Free iTunes Songs

    September 24, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Starbucks Corp. plans to give away 50 million free digital songs to customers in all of its domestic coffee houses to promote a new wireless iTunes music service that's about to debut in select markets. From Oct. 2 to Nov. 7, baristas in the ...

  31. MySpace Unveils New Ad System

    September 18, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Social networking giant MySpace unveiled a new targeted advertising technology today designed to let advertisers tailor their message to MySpace members based on information contained in their profiles. MySpace says the new system increased the ch ...

  32. James Blunt Album To Be Sold Via MySpace

    September 18, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Warner Music Group will sell the new James Blunt album "All the Lost Souls" on MySpace. And while it's not DRM-free, it will work with the iPod. WMG is tapping LaLa, which is creating a sales widget that will sell the album for $9.9 ...

  33. Amazon To Launch Music Service Next Week?

    September 12, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The much-anticipated music service from Amazon could go live as early as Tuesday, Billboard.biz has learned. The company has been testing the service internally for the last several weeks, and is presenting the results to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos for ...

  34. Apple's New Developments Could Equal Holiday Dominance

    September 07, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Not content to rest on its laurels, Apple has now unveiled its master plan to extend its digital music dominance into the coming holiday season. Here is how the latest developments shake out. iPod Touch What it is: A Wi-Fi-enabled, touch-screen ca ...

  35. New Devices Bring HD Radio To iTunes

    September 06, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Two new electronics devices have been announced that will allow HD Radio listeners to "tag" songs they like and then purchase and download those songs via the Apple iTunes music store. The devices, from Polk Audio and JBL, make use of Ap ...

  36. Apple, Majors To Meet In Brussels

    September 06, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Executives from Apple Inc and major music labels will visit Brussels on Sept. 19-20 for an antitrust hearing with the European Commission over the iTunes Music Store. The development comes five months after the Commission -- the European Union ...

  37. Analysis: Apple's Product Upgrades, Starbucks Pact

    September 05, 2007 12:00 AM EDT As the dust settles on Apple's press event today in San Francisco , let's dive in and take a closer look at what the product upgrades, the new partnership and product launches -- highlighted by a touch-screen, WiFi-enabled iPod -- all me ...

  38. Apple Unveils New iPods, Ringtone Service

    September 05, 2007 12:00 AM EDT In preparation for the upcoming fourth-quarter sales cycle, Apple Inc. CEO Steve Jobs made a number of product updates and announcements today in San Francisco, including a ringtone service, a partnership with Starbucks and a touch-screen, WiFi-en ...

  39. Report: Apple Ringtone Service Coming

    August 31, 2007 12:00 AM EDT One of the more noticeable omissions of Apple's vastly popular iPhone is the lack of available ringtones for the device. According to reports, that may soon change. Citing unnamed sources close to the situation, The New York Post says Apple i ...

  40. Apple To Unveil New iPods?

    August 27, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Apple is set to unveil a new line of iPods at a Sept. 5 event, according to various technology blogs and Apple rumor sites. Like anything else about Apple's upcoming plans, it's all speculation, but persistent rumors point to a new line ...

  41. Wal-Mart Selling Digital Music Free Of Copy Curbs

    August 21, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Wal-Mart Stores Inc said on Tuesday that it was now selling digital music downloads on its Web site without the customary copy-protection technology that limits where consumers can play the songs. Wal-Mart, the world's largest retailer, said ...

  42. Plugged & Unplugged

    August 17, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Plugged: Ahh, the dog days of August . . . the slow news cycle is both a blessing and a curse for journalists seeking compelling content to fill their pages. So it is in that context that we award Sirius’ deal with Sonos the "Plugged" aw ...

  43. Plugged & Unplugged

    August 10, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Plugged: Now it really gets interesting. Universal Music Group’s decision to test DRM-free digital sales on a widespread basis is a much-needed complement to EMI’s catalog-wide maneuver, allowing the music industry to finally have a rational discu ...

  44. Plugged & Unplugged

    August 10, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Plugged: Now it really gets interesting. Universal Music Group’s decision to test DRM-free digital sales on a widespread basis is a much-needed complement to EMI’s catalog-wide maneuver, allowing the music industry to finally have a rational discu ...

  45. UMG Ramps Up DRM-Free Testing

    August 09, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music Group is testing the non-DRM waters. The label, which has the largest market share of all the major labels at 26%, unveiled a plan to test selling digital music without digital-rights management on a massive scale. UMG will begin s ...

  46. SpiralFrog Launches Beta Service

    August 08, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The ad-supported free digital music service SpiralFrog has taken a step closer to finally going live. The company this week initiated an invite-only beta launch in Canada and the U.S., inviting select media and other outlets to test the service an ...

  47. ROK Unveils Three-Tiered Digital Plan

    August 08, 2007 12:00 AM EDT ROK Entertainment Group, the U.K.-based mobile-technology developer, has launched an international digital-entertainment service which aims to challenge the dominance of Apple's iTunes Music Store and iPod players. The new ROK Media Store is ...

  48. Sony BMG Releases iPod Game

    August 07, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Sony BMG has released a rhythm-based game designed for the iPod called Musika, available via iTunes for $4.99. The game taps into your music library while characters appear on the screen with a variety of visual effects. Users hit the middle iPod ...

  49. iTunes Crosses 3 Billion Mark

    July 31, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Apple's iTunes music store has sold more than 3 billion songs since it launched, the company announced today. In addition, it added that the iTunes catalogue now contains more than 5 million songs, 550 TV shows and 500 movies. Antony Bruno Ne ...

  50. Apple Sued Over Eminem Downloads

    July 31, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Eminem's music publisher has filed a multimillion-dollar lawsuit against Apple Inc., accusing the California company of violating copyrights by allowing unauthorized downloads of the rapper's songs. In their complaint filed Monday in U.S ...

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