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  1. Analysis: Where Will Musicians Go After Myspace?

    January 13, 2011 12:00 AM EST Myspace's decision to lay off half its workforce yesterday did not come as a huge surprise. But once it became official, the move solidified Myspace's image as a hopelessly sinking ship. Few believe anything but a sale or spinoff is the ...

  2. Business Matters: What's The Potential For Access Models?

    October 07, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Opinion and analysis of the day's music news. What's The Potential For Access Models? -- So what's the potential for access models? Jon Healey's recap of a contentious discussion at the Digital Music Forum West conference under ...

  3. Ping Still Lacks Facebook Integration

    September 23, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Ping, Apple's beleaguered attempt at adding a social layer to iTunes, still has no integration with Facebook. And all signs point to no solution to that problem emerging anytime soon. The plan of course was for Ping and Facebook to work toget ...

  4. Apple's Ping: The Review Round-Up

    September 03, 2010 12:00 AM EDT On Sept. 1, Apple unveiled one of the largest overhauls to iTunes since the App Store debuted two years ago. Amid a handful of cosmetic changes and updates to its video services, by far the most significant change was the introduction of Ping, a m ...

  5. Business Matters: Terra Firma, 'Glee,' Wolfgang's Vault and more

    May 28, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Follow Glenn Peoples on Twitter or e-mail him at gpeoples AT billboard.com. -- A source close to Kohlberg Kravis & Roberts (KKR) denied to the Financial Times the buyout firm has been in talks with Terra Firma . “There are no discussions betwe ...

  6. Plugged/Unplugged: How Facebook’s Privacy Problems Affect Music Discovery and Recommendation

    May 17, 2010 12:00 AM EDT There’s not an update or change that Facebook has made to either the tools available to users—or the terms of service they must agree to—that hasn’t gotten one group or another bent out of shape. But the most recent and ongoing dust-up over its pr ...

  7. Who's The King Of Smartphones?

    April 27, 2010 12:00 AM EDT For the first time, there are more smartphones based on Google’s Android operating system accessing the AdMob mobile advertising network in the U.S. than there are from the iPhone, according to the company’s March data . Here’s the data: Android p ...

  8. Business Matters: We7, Live Nation, Ticketmaster

    December 03, 2009 12:00 AM EST Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. -- Continuing its series on executive Q&As on the topic of ad-supported music, Music Ally talks to We7's Steve Purdham . While Purdham� ...

  9. Business Matters: Anti-Piracy Measures, Blackberry, U2

    October 06, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- In a statement following the UK government's consultation period on anti-piracy measures, The UK Music Managers Forum has called for statutory licensing in the event parties cannot agree to voluntary licensing agreements. It carries the fo ...

  10. Business Matters: iLike, Qtrax, Georgia Theater

    August 19, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. -- Former eMusic president David Pakman , now a partner at venture capital firm Venrock, explains why iLike sold for "peanuts." Short ve ...

  11. Digital Briefs: NPR, Jonas Brothers

    June 05, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- National Public Radio 's public interactive unit will collect and report online streaming music activity to SoundExchange, as directed by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Public interactive will serve as the central reporting vehic ...

  12. Web Reaction: Apple Drops DRM

    January 06, 2009 12:00 AM EST Apple iTunes' announcement that it will begin offering DRM-free music from all four major labels and will add a new pricing scheme for tracks today was, to say the least, covered extensively. Below, a round-up of reaction from around the Web ...

  13. Mobile Firm Thumbplay To Cut Staff

    November 13, 2008 12:00 AM EST Mobile entertainment company Thumbplay said it will lay off an undisclosed number of employees as a preemptive measure against an expected "prolonged economic downturn." The company just launched a full-track downloads service in the U.S ...

  14. CRB Day 2: Blog Reaction

    October 03, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The long-awaited decision from the U.S. Copyright Royalty Board (CRB) concerning mechanical royalty rates came down yesterday and not much changed. The CRB left unchanged the per-song rate of 9.1 cents for physical product, set for the first time ...

  15. Report: Sony BMG Layoffs Coming

    December 03, 2007 12:00 AM EST Sony BMG could be close to laying off as many as 70 of its mid-level executive roster before the end of the year. Silicon Alley Insider reports that some of the executives have already been notified, and others are pending . A Sony BMG spokesman d ...