Online music stores

  1. Morning Heds: Spotify Says Bye to Free, Sony Goes iOS, Beatles Songs Sold

    January 12, 2012 6:11 AM EST Spotify no longer free for early US subscribers Music Week Early Spotify adopters in the US will see their no-strings, unlimited streaming experience cease next week when their promotional period comes to an end. Why Rhapsody Is (Probably) Bigger ...

  2. TuneCore Expands Into Canada

    January 11, 2012 2:40 PM EST Brooklyn, NY-based TuneCore has expanded its music and video distribution service into Canada. The site, www.tunecore.ca , is exclusive to Canadian artists. The music is priced in Canadian currency and there is no currency conversion on domestic s ...

  3. Cricket's Muve Music Quietly Passes 500,000 Subscribers

    January 09, 2012 9:05 AM EST Mobile carrier Cricket Communications announced Monday it surpassed 500,000 subscribers to Muve Music, the unlimited music service it bundles with mobile service. About one year after launch, Muve Music has quietly amassed about half the subscribe ...

  4. Business Matters: How Rhapsody Got to 1 Million Subscribers

    December 22, 2011 4:32 PM EST Rhapsody Continues Rapid Subscription Expansion -- Music subscription service Rhapsody announced Thursday it surpassed 1 million subscribers, just one week after its tenth anniversary. This latest milestone shows the company has increased subscrib ...

  5. iTunes Match Launches In Germany, Reaches Agreement With GEMA

    December 21, 2011 8:00 AM EST BERLIN - iTunes Match was launched in Germany last week after the German collectiion society GEMA approved an agreement in Munich. The will service costs €24.99 (about $32.50) per year in Germany and is limited to 25,000 tracks. Business Matters: ...

  6. Black Keys Explain Streaming Service Blackout for 'El Camino'

    December 14, 2011 11:47 AM EST Blues-rock duo The Black Keys, who held their newest LP, "El Camino," from streaming services like Spotify and Rhapsody when it dropped with Nonesuch on December 6, shared their reasoning with VH1 after a week of keeping mum on the decis ...

  7. It's Official: iTunes Launches In Latin America

    December 13, 2011 5:30 PM EST After much expectation, Apple launched its iTunes store in Brazil and 15 other Latin American Countries: Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Bolivia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, P ...

  8. Business Matters: Flaws in the Argument That Spotify Will 'Never' Be Profitable

    December 12, 2011 6:49 PM EST Flaws in the Argument That Spotify Will 'Never' Be Profitable After a few years of media infatuation, success is making Spotify a popular target for criticism. First, Spotify withstood months of criticism about payouts to artists - a fla ...

  9. Mashbox, Beatport's New iPad App, Allows Users To Make Mashups w/ Tiesto, Moby & Diplo

    December 09, 2011 8:45 AM EST Today (Dec.9) Beatport -- a global digital music store with one of the largest collections of electronic music -- announced the launch of Mashbox , an iPad app that allows music fans to create custom mashups by combining tracks from some of the wo ...

  10. Black Keys Withold New 'El Camino' LP From Spotify, Other Streaming Services

    December 08, 2011 1:00 PM EST Many artists have doubts about music-streaming services, largely due to the fear that companies like Spotify and Rhapsody detract from already declining music sales. The Black Keys are the latest addition to that group: their recently released &qu ...

  11. Can Record Labels Increase Album Sales In The 'A La Carte' Era?

    December 08, 2011 8:30 AM EST Can labels actually get better at selling albums as CD sales continue to slide? If the answer is yes, there should be some evidence in digital sales. It's actually a big question. The record business needs to succeed at selling bundles of tra ...

  12. Napster Laid To Rest...Inside Rhapsody

    December 01, 2011 5:30 PM EST Digital music's most disruptive brand, Napster, closed down yesterday, swallowed up by nine-year-old, music subscription service Rhapsody. It marks a symbolic end to the notorious file-sharing brand, which tried but failed to turn into a legi ...

  13. Spotify Unveils New API Platform, Announces Partnerships With Billboard, Rolling Stone, Others

    November 30, 2011 1:27 PM EST Spotify Founder and CEO Danel Ek at the New York press conference where he announced the opening up of the music streaming service's API to outside developers. Spotify CEO Daniel Ek announced the launch of a new API (Application Programming I ...

  14. Google Music, Amazon Return to Normal Album Prices After Cyber Monday $1.99 Sales Battle

    November 29, 2011 4:35 PM EST In its second week live, Google Music shot a cannonball across the bow of iTunes and Amazon by pricing 13 frontline titles at $1.99 on Cyber Monday. Amazon immediately responded by pricing the same titles at that price point, but iTunes ignored th ...

  15. A Strong 2011 Holiday Season Could Bring Music Business First Positive-Sales Year Since 2004

    November 23, 2011 12:00 PM EST Coming into Black Friday, year-to-date U.S. album sales were up 3.2%, according to Nielsen SoundScan, leaving music merchandisers cautiously optimistic that this holiday selling season will be strong enough to deliver the industry's first ris ...

  16. Business Matters: What to Expect from Spotify's 'New Direction' Press Conference Next Week

    November 21, 2011 6:31 PM EST What to Expect from Spotify's 'New Direction' Press Conference -- Spotify sent out an announcement Monday morning for a "global press conference" that will take place on November 30 in New York. The event will be hosted by ...

  17. Google Music Launch Unveils a Solid Competitor to Apple, Amazon, Spotify

    November 16, 2011 6:36 PM EST Google did not disappoint in its hotly anticipated launch event for Google Music in Los Angeles this afternoon. Although the company is relatively late in launching a music-download store, it has put together a compelling suite of features that sh ...

  18. eMusic Debuts New 'eMusic Scenes' iPad App

    November 15, 2011 4:37 PM EST Music fans are probably finding it increasingly difficult not to own an iPad: Last week music-blog fans got a new Shuffler.fm iPad app; there are iPad-specific apps by Pandora, SoundHound and iHeartMusic; and Android tablets don't come close ...

  19. Used Download Store ReDigi Gets Cease-and-Desist Letter From RIAA

    November 15, 2011 12:44 PM EST Given the business model, it was only a matter of time before "used" download store ReDigi was contacted by rights owners. On November 10, the RIAA sent a cease-and-desist letter to the company on behalf of the four of its members: Unive ...

  20. Business Matters: Cloud Wars Heat Up With Launch of iTunes Match in U.S.

    November 14, 2011 6:58 PM EST Cloud Wars Head Up With Launch of iTunes Match in U.S. -- iTunes Match finally debuted in the United States on Monday in an update to the iTunes software. The new service's arrival comes two days before Google is expected to launch a music do ...

  21. Business Matters: Twitter Not A Common Activity After Music Discovery

    November 11, 2011 7:47 PM EST Twitter Not A Common Activity After Music Discovery -- Twitter gets tens of millions of U.S. visitors each month -- 32.3 million in September, according to comScore -- but not many of them are following up on a new artist or song they just discove ...

  22. Coldplay, Adele Help Push Digital Albums to Record Sales in US, UK

    November 08, 2011 1:08 PM EST We may live in the playlist era, but digital consumers are buying more albums than ever. In the U.K., digital album sales have already surpassed their 2010 total. Last year's sales figure is within close reach in the U.S. U.K. consumers have ...

  23. New Google TV Includes These 13 Music Apps

    October 28, 2011 5:54 PM EDT We've learned more about Google's exciting plan to launch third-party Android and web apps for Google TV , available in the Android market . Google spokesman Jacques Hebert tells Evolver.fm that the following apps will be included when t ...

  24. What's the Strategy Behind Coldplay, Tom Waits Bypassing Subscription Services?

    October 27, 2011 7:45 PM EDT As debate about the financial impact of streaming royalties heated up this week, albums released this week by Coldplay and Tom Waits are noticeably absent from leading subscription services. While it is not uncommon to see catalogs of legacy artis ...

  25. Business Matters: How Much Do Streaming Services Pay Artists? Ask the Labels

    October 27, 2011 4:30 PM EDT How Much Do Streaming Services Pay Artists? Ask the Labels -- How much do streaming services pay artists? It's a question that has been asked a lot lately of services such as Spotify, Mog, Rdio, Rhapsody and even iTunes. And it has led to som ...

  26. Google+ Social Network to Play Big Role in Company's Music Store: Sources

    October 24, 2011 3:17 PM EDT Google's music-download store could launch within weeks, as several media reports have said, but if it does, it would not be a fully formed product with the involvement of all four major labels , sources tell Billboard.biz. But regardless of ...

  27. Beatport Launches Baseware, Will Begin Selling Music Through iTunes, Spotify, Rdio, Mobile Apps

    October 19, 2011 12:50 PM EDT Yesterday (Oct. 18), Beatport - a digital music store with one of the largest collections of electronic music - announced the creation of Baseware, a new digital music distribution company that will simplify the process of packaging, distributing ...

  28. Business Matters: Spotify's 2.4 Million September Visitors Were Mostly Male, Young and Pretty Well Off

    October 18, 2011 3:55 PM EDT Spotify's 2.4 Million September Visitors, Analyzed -- Spotify users are young and fairly well off financially, according to numbers released by comScore Tuesday. And while the service has experienced fantastic growth in just three months, it ...

  29. Business Matters: Amazon Becomes a Book Publisher -- Is Music Next?

    October 17, 2011 8:20 PM EDT Amazon Becomes a Book Publisher -- Is Music Next? -- Amazon will publish 122 books in both physical and digital formats this fall, according to the New York Times. It won't just act as an exclusive distributor, however. The company is acting ...

  30. Spotify Has 250,000 U.S. Subscribers: Report

    October 14, 2011 3:29 PM EDT Spotify has reached 250,000 paying customers in the U.S. since its mid-July launch, according to a Reuters report . By just about any measure, that is a strong performance over just a three-month period. In addition, the service is said to have &q ...

  31. Google Music in Negotiations But MP3 Store Not Imminent

    October 14, 2011 12:45 PM EDT Google is continuing its long-running negotiations with record labels for an MP3 store and expanded cloud storage service, according to major label sources with knowledge of the discussions. But these people say no agreements have been reached yet ...

  32. Google Aiming to Launch MP3 Store Within Weeks: Report

    October 13, 2011 7:58 PM EDT Google is weeks away from launching an online music store that will take on Apple and Amazon, though the company's dealings with major labels are far from complete, according to reports in The New York Times and Wall Street Journal . In May t ...

  33. Business Matters: Rdio Unveils Free Listening Option

    October 06, 2011 6:43 PM EDT Rdio Unveils Free Listening Option -- The freemium business model took another step forward Thursday when subscription service Rdio officially unveiled its free, advertising-free level of service. Rdio also offers web-only access ($4.99 per month) ...

  34. Rhapsody CPO Brendan Benzing Talks Napster Acquisition @ Future of Music Conference

    October 03, 2011 5:17 PM EDT Rhapsody Chief Product Officer Brendan Benzing sat on a panel called "New Frontiers in Mobile & Music and spoke about his company's acquisition of Napster today. (Photo: Sarah Godfrey) Shortly after news of Rhapsody's acquisitio ...

  35. Rhapsody to Acquire Napster From Best Buy

    October 03, 2011 3:42 PM EDT Rhapsody announced Monday it has signed an agreement to acquire Napster, a competing music subscription service owned by retail giant Best Buy. The value of the was not been announced. Under the terms of the agreement, Rhapsody will get Napter ...

  36. Business Matters: Another Indie Sours on Streaming Services, But How Solid Is the Math?

    September 28, 2011 6:45 PM EDT Another Indie Sours on Streaming Services, But How Solid Is the Math? -- Another indie label has announced it is leaving streaming services due to their low payouts from the music service. Projekt Records founder Sam Rosenthal explained at the Pro ...

  37. Business Matters: Analysts Still Not Agreeing on Pandora Media

    September 21, 2011 10:27 PM EDT Analysts Still Not Agreeing on Pandora Media -- Analysts continue to have widely varying opinions of Pandora (NYSE:P), which fell 4.76% to $10.01 on Wednesday. Wedbush initiated coverage of Pandora on Monday with an "outperform" rating a ...

  38. New eMusic Study Touts Ownership Over Streaming

    September 15, 2011 12:34 PM EDT With all the talk today about streaming music, free streaming, streaming on Facebook and more, it's important to remember that the majority of digital music users still prefer owning their own downloads. That's what music retailer eMusic ...

  39. Rhapsody's New Update Gets With The Social

    September 15, 2011 8:00 AM EDT This spring, Rhapsody quietly replaced the Web-based version of the service with a more robust online platform. Today, the full implications of that move are bearing fruit, with Rhapsody flipping the switch on a massive socially oriented overhaul ...

  40. Business Matters: Deezer's Limits on Free Users Increased Subscribers Five-Fold

    September 06, 2011 10:26 PM EDT Deezer's Limits on Free Users Increased Subscribers Five-Fold -- French digital music service Deezer has won a court victory against Universal Music France that reaffirms its ability to stream Universal's catalog. The case stems from Uni ...

  41. Exclusive 'Watch The Throne' Release Windows Imperil Long-Term Health of Music Retailers

    September 01, 2011 9:34 AM EDT Jay-Z, Kanye West and their respective labels dissed both the digital and brick-and-mortar account base by giving iTunes an exclusive four-day window on their album Watch the Throne (Roc-a-Fella/Roc Nation/Def Jam) and then giving Best Buy an 11 ...

  42. Labels Turning To Distribution Partners To Ease Digital Transition

    September 01, 2011 9:18 AM EDT Record labels traditionally have had three core responsibilities: produce music, market music and distribute music. But what happens if one of those duties is taken away? It's an interesting question to ponder in the digital age, as more la ...

  43. This Is How You'll Cloud: Apple iTunes Match Beta Goes Live (Video)

    August 30, 2011 12:03 PM EDT Apple released a beta version of the iTunes Match feature of its iCloud service to developers today, unveiling new details about how the service will work in the process. Most importantly, it seems the service will in fact allow users to stream mu ...

  44. eMusic Partners With The Echo Nest to Create eMusic Radio

    August 30, 2011 10:57 AM EDT eMusic has partnered with The Echo Nest to build new products for its digital music service using The Echo Nest's music intelligence platform. The first result of the partnership is eMusic Radio, radio programs hosted at eMusic that help list ...

  45. Business Matters: Rhapsody, MetroPCS Partnership Excludes Warner Music Group

    August 17, 2011 6:29 PM EDT Rhapsody, MetroPCS Partnership Excludes Warner Music Group -- Warner Music Group is a holdout in the Rhapsody-MetroPCS bundle r eported Wednesday at Billboard.biz , according a report by CNET. That means subscribers who get the free subscription t ...

  46. eMusic Quietly Launches eMusic Radio

    August 12, 2011 10:06 AM EDT eMusic has quietly launched a new Internet radio feature to aid music discovery called eMusic Radio . Currently in beta, eMusic Radio gives U.S. subscribers free, non-interactive streaming of songs hand-picked by the music store's editorial s ...

  47. Business Matters: Walmart Shutters MP3 Store

    August 09, 2011 9:15 PM EDT Walmart Shutters MP3 Store -- Need more evidence that the digital music world is moving to an access-over-ownership future? Walmart is shuttering its seven-year-old MP3 store, according to a report in the New York Times . The store's last day ...

  48. Kanye West and Jay-Z's 'Watch the Throne' on Track to Break iTunes' One-Week Sales Record

    August 09, 2011 6:32 PM EDT The big numbers for Jay-Z and Kanye West's "Watch the Throne" keep rolling in. The set is already on track to sell more than a half-million copies in its first week , sources say, and now, it's likely to shatter the one-week iT ...

  49. Century Media Label Pulls Music from Spotify, but Will It Help Artists?

    August 09, 2011 5:17 PM EDT Although Spotify has shown strong signs of hitting the ground running in the U.S. since its launch here last month, not all labels are pleased. Indie metal-focused label group Century Media is one such outfit, announcing today its plans to pull al ...

  50. Jay-Z and Kanye West's 'Watch the Throne' Exclusives Have Retailers Up in Arms

    July 28, 2011 6:00 PM EDT Jay-Z and Kanye West may be kings of hip-hop sales, but their decision to give iTunes and Best Buy exclusive windows to sell different editions of their "Watch the Throne" album has other music retailers in open revolt. Brick-and-mortar ...

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