Wireless

  1. Turn On, Tune In, Pay Up

    September 07, 2012 8:00 AM EDT Cricket Wireless' Muve Music targets underserved mobile consumers in its quest to become the No. 1 U.S. subscription service. In the past, music was primary sold to people through brick-and-mortar stores. Then it helped technology companies s ...

  2. Coachella Gets 30,000 Fans to 'Live Click' Around Festival, Automatically Link to Social Media

    May 09, 2012 12:21 PM EDT This year's Coachella 2012 Festival made waves for the mind-melding technology that came from its headliners, but it also got a little technological boost from 30,000 of its own attendees. Tupac Shakur (Hologram) Plays Coachella During Snoop ...

  3. GSMA Mobile World Congress Launches in Barcelona

    February 28, 2012 6:15 AM EST MADRID - The wireless industry turns its attention to Barcelona this week as the Mobile World Congress kicked off Monday, promising potentially game-changing announcements and glimpses of flashy technology to shape how mobile devices are used. The ...

  4. The End of Long Lines, Scalping, Cash? Intellitix Looks to Revolutionize Live Music Biz

    December 20, 2011 11:47 AM EST Wristbands On The Run: Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) wristbands from this year's Austin City Limits and Lollapalooza festivals. Mile-long access queues, ticket fraud and the secondary ticket business could well become a thing of the p ...

  5. U.S. Debt Fight Could Bring More Airwaves For Broadband

    July 29, 2011 6:26 AM EDT WASHINGTON (AP) - The debt ceiling battle could produce an unlikely winner: smartphone users. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's current plan would direct the Federal Communications Commission to auction off highly valuable radio spectrum to ...

  6. Muse, Metric Offer App Auditions

    November 29, 2010 12:00 AM EST Mobile communications trade body the GSMA has teamed with the U.K.'s Featured Artists Coalition and Music Managers Forum on a competition for app designers to develop innovative new mobile applications for four participating acts: rock bands ...

  7. Wireless Mics Freed From Interference

    September 24, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Artists using wireless mics onstage rejoice! The FCC today (Sept. 24) voted to protect the section of wireless spectrum that wireless mics rely on from interference from other types of devices. The Recording Academy was a leading force in the figh ...

  8. The Lordz Tap Video Share Tech Thwapr

    July 28, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Brooklyn punk/hip hop outfit the Lordz have become the first band to utilize a relatively new video sharing technology called Thwapr. With it, the band can post videos to their website which fans can then send to their friends mobile phone. The “S ...

  9. White House Launches Plan To Boost Broadband

    June 28, 2010 12:00 AM EDT U.S. President Barack Obama's plan to free up airways would nearly double the amount of commercial spectrum currently available for wireless devices, an administration official said on Monday (June 28). The plan would make available 500 megah ...

  10. German Biz Welcomes Wi-Fi Ruling

    May 14, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The ruling by the German federal high court of justice in Karlsruhe on protecting wi-fi Internet connections has been welcomed by the music industry. The Frankfurt-based label 3P, owned by the musician Moses Pelham, sued a WLAN (Wireless Local Are ...

  11. German Court Orders Wireless Passwords For All

    May 13, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Germany's top criminal court has ruled that Internet users need to secure their private wireless connections by password to prevent unauthorized people from using their Web access to illegally download data. Internet users can be fined up to ...

  12. Business Matters: CMA, Country Music Market Research, 'American Idol,' FCC Chairman

    February 26, 2010 12:00 AM EST -- The Country Music Association (CMA) has released follow-up findings from the market research study it conducted in 2008. A few highlights: Country fans dropped slightly to 37% in 2009 from 39% in 2008; 40% of fans feel better about country musi ...

  13. Mobile World Congress: Operators Challenge Apple's App Store

    February 15, 2010 12:00 AM EST Twenty-four telecom operators have formed an alliance to build an open platform that will deliver applications to all mobile phone users in an effort to compete with Apple's successful apps store. The move is supported by three of the world&# ...

  14. HMV On Course For Mama Takeover

    January 04, 2010 12:00 AM EST U.K. entertainment retailer HMV is on course to purchase its live music joint venture partner Mama Group, after rival bidder SMS Finance confirmed its offer had lapsed without managing to secure the necessary shareholder support. Last month Luxemb ...

  15. Mama Group Rejects Shareholder's Unsolicited Bid

    December 08, 2009 12:00 AM EST The largest shareholder in Mama Group made an unsolicited cash bid valuing the live music, artist services and consumer company of about £30 million ($48.9 million), but Mama rejected the offer calling it too low. Luxembourg-based investment firm ...

  16. Study: Mobile Shopping Poised for Growth

    May 27, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Americans are gradually warming up to the idea of buying things via their mobile phones, particularly young adults and men, found a new study conducted by Harris Interactive for the mobile credit card security firm Billing Revolution. Harris surve ...

  17. Digital Briefs: Last.fm, 'Guitar Hero 5,' Crystal Method

    May 18, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- Mobile music service mSpot has added content from CBS Radio and Last.fm to its streaming music channels it delivers for various wireless operators. mSpot's mobile application lets users stream participating radio channels through their pho ...

  18. FCC Clears Google-Backed Plan On Airwaves

    November 05, 2008 12:00 AM EST The U.S. Federal Communications Commission has approved a plan sought by tech companies like Google Inc and Microsoft Inc to open soon-to-be-vacant television airwaves to new wireless devices. The five-member FCC voted Nov. 4 to open unlicensed po ...

  19. Mobile Network GoTV Links With Alltel For Latin Deal

    October 23, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Mobile media network GoTV Networks has struck a deal with wireless network Alltel Wireless to offer Alltel customers access to music channel ES Música and Univision Móvil content. ES Musica, which is programmed by GoTV, is a channel that features ...

  20. Virgin Mobile Acquires Helio

    June 27, 2008 12:00 AM EDT It's official, Virgin Mobile USA is acquiring rival mobile operator Helio in a deal valued at $39 million. Helio is jointly owned by Korean carrier SK Telecom and the U.S.-based ISP EarthLink. Both Virgin and Helio are mobile virtual network ...

  21. Virgin Mobile To Acquire Helio?

    June 25, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Big changes may be ahead for the U.S. mobile virtual network operator market, with Virgin Mobile USA reportedly set to acquire Helio-the U.S. operator owned by SK Telecom. Helio is a joint venture between SK Telekom and Earthlink, with SK Telekom ...

  22. Orange Starts Ad-Funded Download Trial

    March 25, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Telecoms giant Orange has launched this week an ad-supported music download trial for users of its mobile Internet platform in the U.K. Through the Orange World platform, 800,000 of Orange's 15.6 million registered mobile customers will have ...

  23. Digital Briefs: SongNumbers, Jupitermedia, Yangaroo

    March 12, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - SongNumbers.com unveiled a service at SXSW that lets users sample and buy music by making a cell-phone call. Bands can establish a unique phone number that will stream the songs they post, and fans just press "1" to buy the current son ...

  24. Redford Takes Spotlight At GSMA Congress

    February 01, 2008 12:00 AM EST Oscar winner and independent film stalwart Robert Redford will headline Mobile Backstage, a special one-day mobile entertainment conference produced by the GSM Association and The Nielsen Company, owner of Billboard and The Hollywood Reporter. Red ...

  25. Verizon To Open Network To Developers

    November 27, 2007 12:00 AM EST Verizon Wireless unveiled a plan to open its network to any device that meets its basic technical standards. The company next year will publish technical standards that would allow any developer to make a device that can connect to its nationwide ...

  26. France's SFR Launches 'All You Can Eat' Download Service

    November 06, 2007 12:00 AM EST France's second mobile operator SFR launched an all-you-can-eat permanent music download service, to be integrated in its new 3G+ "Illimythics" mobile offer. Customers will get unlimited download over-the-air access to more than 150 ...

  27. The Charlatans Continue Free Experiment

    November 01, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The Charlatans are continuing their experiment with free digital content by launching an Internet site that allows fans to download ringtones, full songs, photos, video, news and concert updates to their mobile phones at no charge. The site is the ...

  28. Motricity Acquires InfoSpace Mobile Assets

    October 15, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Mobile content services firm Motricity is taking over the mobile assets of its primary competitor, InfoSpace, in an acquisition worth $135 million. With the move, Motricity now manages the mobile content activities of 11 of the top 13 wireless ope ...

  29. Groove To Power UMG Downloads For UK Phone Carrier

    September 20, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Groove Mobile's off-portal, direct-to-consumer mobile music download service has picked up some new allies. The company added Universal Music Group and wireless operator 3 UK to the initiative. The system allows fans to find, buy and download ...

  30. GoTV Adds ES Musica

    August 07, 2007 12:00 AM EDT GoTV networks is adding a Latin Music channel, ES Musica, to its original programming lineup. The channel will feature Latin pop, rock, hip-hop, reggaeton as well as daily news, interviews, music videos, live performance and behind-the-scene foota ...

  31. Amp'd Shutting Service, Virgin Mobile Preps IPO

    July 23, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Two wireless operators shared a similar business plan. One is preparing for a lucrative IPO, the other has gone bankrupt and is selling off assets. Bad news first. Amp'd Mobile is planning to shut down its service Tuesday. The company, which ...

  32. Toronto Law Enforcement Raids Alleged Counterfeiting Operation

    July 17, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Following a six-month investigation, Metropolitan Toronto Police filed three criminal charges on July 13 against an alleged counterfeiter of music, movies, video games, electronic equipment and apparel. Owen Brown, owner of I-Man Muzik, was arrest ...

  33. France's NRJ Offers Unlimited Mobile Downloads

    June 14, 2007 12:00 AM EDT NRJ Mobile, the MVNO subsidiary of French media conglomerate NRJ Group, officially launches a music download service for 3G mobile phone users in France tomorrow (June 15). The "Music Illimitee" service offers an unlimited number of down ...

  34. Babinet Steps Down From MEF Board

    June 05, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Gilles Babinet, mobile-entertainment entrepreneur and founder of mobile-music service provider Musiwave, is to step down from the Mobile Entertainment Forum's (MEF) board of directors. Babinet tells Billboard.biz that rapid growth at his curr ...

  35. Amp'd Mobile files For Chapter 11

    June 04, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Startup wireless operator Amp'd Mobile filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy late Friday, unable to meet payments due on almost $100 million of debt. The company, which launched service in December of 2005, does not own its own network but instead ...

  36. Knitting Factory Ramps Up Digital Offerings

    May 29, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Knitting Factory Entertainment is ramping up is digital offerings. The company is launching a SMS text message ticketing system tomorrow, allowing consumers to purchase tickets to shows directly from their mobile devices. The service is powered by ...

  37. Flycell Inks Deal With UMG, Launches New Mobile Store

    April 19, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music Group has licensed content to mobile content company Flycell, which just launched a new digital entertainment wireless application protocol (WAP) storefront. As an open standard similar to HTML, the WAP store can be access from any ...

  38. Cohen Set For Billboard Mobile Entertainment Live! Session

    March 15, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Ted Cohen, former EMI digital music guru and current TAG Strategic managing partner, will be moderating a plenary session at Billboard's upcoming Mobile Entertainment Live! conference March 26, focusing on how to best produce entertainment co ...

  39. Report: Entertaiment To Dominate Mobile Content Market

    March 13, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Mobile entertainment technologies and services constituted $4.2 billion of the $16.3 billion mobile content market in 2006, according to research firm iSuppli, and are poised to grow to $7.4 billion of a $35 billion mobile content market by 2011. ...

  40. China Mobile, Star Team For Music Platform

    November 14, 2006 12:00 AM EST China Mobile and Star, the Hong Kong-based TV and entertainment subsidiary of media conglomerate News Corp., have unveiled the launch of V Wireless Original Music, a platform for developing and distri China Mobile and Star, the Hong Kong-based TV ...

  41. EMI France Launches EMI Mobile

    August 31, 2006 12:00 AM EDT EMI Music France has launched a self-branded WAP (wireless application protocol) site. EMI Music France has launched a self-branded WAP (wireless application protocol) site. The "EMI Mobile" service is currently live on Gallery, the mult ...

  42. Napster Launches Cell Phone Service

    August 10, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Partner for offering is SunCom Wireless. Partner for offering is SunCom Wireless. News ...

  43. UMG Preps '30303' Mobile Initiative

    August 08, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Offering aims to simplfy access to mobile content. Offering aims to simplfy access to mobile content. News ...

  44. UMG Preps '30303' Mobile Initiative

    August 08, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Offering aims to simplfy access to mobile content. Universal Music Group has teamed with Motricity to offer simplfied access to mobile content such as music, mastertones and photos. Consumers will text artist related keywords to "30303" ...

  45. Microsoft's iPod Rival Out By Christmas

    July 06, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Player to have wireless feature. Player to have wireless feature. News ...

  46. MTV, Fox Bow Mobile Entertainment Services

    February 28, 2006 12:00 AM EST MTV Networks and News Corp's Fox Mobile Entertainment have unveiled their latest mobile content services as part of their ongoing efforts to appeal to wireless customers. MTV Networks and News Corp's Fox Mobile Entertainment have unveile ...

  47. Napster Mobile Available In U.S. Soon

    February 13, 2006 12:00 AM EST Service coming via SunCom Wireless. Service coming via SunCom Wireless. News ...

  48. Network Live To Broadcast Rock In Rio

    January 23, 2006 12:00 AM EST Deal applies to Web, wireless, sat, TV, radio. Network Live has won the exclusive rights to broadcast the next Rock in Rio music festival. The agreement applies to all Internet, wireless, satellite and terrestrial radio and TV broadcasting on a gl ...

  49. Mobile Downloads Begin In Oz

    December 21, 2005 12:00 AM EST The mobile download market has taken a leap forward in Australia. From today (Dec. 21), users of telecommunication company Optus's 3G (third generation) service can download music tracks and videos to The mobile download market has taken a le ...

  50. Mobile Downloads Begin In Oz

    December 21, 2005 12:00 AM EST The mobile download market has taken a leap forward in Australia. From today (Dec. 21), users of telecommunication company Optus's 3G (third generation) service can download music tracks and videos to The mobile download market has taken a le ...

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