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July 19, 2012 | By Alex Pham
Samsung Electronics Co. is expected to launch a digital music service in the U.S. within the next few weeks, the Korean technology giant confirmed Thursday. The new service, dubbed Music Hub, will be very similar to one that Samsung already offers in the United Kingdom, France, Germany and Spain; it charges 9.99 pounds a month in the U.K. and 9.99 Euros elsewhere. Subscribers there can stream on-demand songs from a catalog of more than 15 million tracks, create custom radio stations akin to Pandora and upload their current music collection to an online "locker" where they can call up tunes from any Internet connection.
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March 14, 2014 | By August Brown
“If I forgot anybody, sorry, I just smoked before I came out here,” Lil Wayne said to guffaws from the overflowing room at the Austin Convention Center during the 2014 South by Southwest festival. “Shoutout to Willie Nelson.” Game recognizes game.  Wayne was tasked with rattling off all the artists currently on his label Young Money, and it sounded like he got them all. The list was an implicit torch-passing: Wayne has announced that his next album “Tha Carter 5” might be his last.
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June 29, 2012 | By Alex Pham
Beats by Dre, the Santa Monica-based maker of high-end headphones founded by rap pioneer Dr. Dre and veteran music executive Jimmy Iovine, is expected to shortly announce a deal to acquire digital music service MOG, according to executives familiar with the transaction. The agreement, which is not yet finalized, calls for Beats to pay roughly $10 million for MOG, a Berkeley, Calif.-based streaming service with about 500,000 subscribers. A MOG spokeswoman was not immediately available for comment. A Beats spokesman declined to comment.
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December 6, 2013 | By Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times Music Critic
From the start, I opposed digital downloads and everything about them. The early MP3s a decade ago were so sonically constricted they seemed like the worst so-called advance in the history of recorded sound. The tyrannical iTunes infrastructure requires the vast variety of musical forms to be treated as songs if they hoped for a place at the digital table, and the lack of information about the music was (and remains) appalling. The Apple and Amazon war on record stores threatened to disastrously diminish the crucial social interaction of music lovers.
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October 26, 2010 | By Alex Pham, Los Angeles Times
The music industry may be bellyaching about how tough times are as revenue continues to sink like a rock for traditional music companies, but don't tell that to Jeff Price. FOR THE RECORD: Digital music : An Oct. 26 article in Business about TuneCore, which charges flat fees to distribute music to online merchants, said the company charges $9.99 to distribute each song and $19.99 to distribute each album of two or more songs. In fact, the album charge is $49.99. Annual recurring fees are $9.99 per single and $19.98 per album.
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July 24, 2013 | By Ryan Faughnder
Digital music is expected to surpass physical music sales within the next several years as revenue from downloading and streaming increases and the overall business shrinks, according to a new report. Digital music is picking up share and will account for the majority of the industry's sales by 2017, said the report from from Siemer Ventures, the investment arm of Santa Monica-based merchant bank Siemer & Associates LLC.  Part of that growth is coming from streaming on a plethora of services , including Pandora, Clear Channel's iHeartRadio, Spotify, Rdio and MOG, as well as online video companies such as YouTube and Vevo.  RELATED: Despite concerns, it's full-steam ahead for music industry The streaming space is getting more crowded with big players, including  Google  Inc.'s recently introduced offering and the  impending launch of Apple Inc.'s iTunes Radio . The growth will continue as companies offer new services, such as streaming in cars, said John Rudolph, a senior advisor at Siemer.
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January 1, 2009 | Dawn C. Chmielewski
Digital music downloads reached a milestone in 2008, exceeding 1 billion songs purchased online, according to a newly released report from Nielsen SoundScan, which tracks music sales. That represents a 27% gain over the previous year. But the soaring popularity of the 99-cent download is not enough to offset continued declines in CD sales, which still account for the bulk of the music industry's revenue. Physical disc sales fell nearly 20% to 362.
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May 11, 2011 | By Alex Pham and Jessica Guynn, Los Angeles Times
Google Inc. is proceeding with plans for a digital music service despite not having secured licensing agreements with record labels or music publishers. Google unveiled the free service, dubbed Music Beta, at a company event in San Francisco. It would let users upload their music library to Google's computers so they can stream their songs from any Web browser or Internet-connected cellphone running Google's Android operating system. The service is currently by invitation only and is not yet widely available to the public, the Mountain View, Calif., search giant said.
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October 1, 2005 | Charles Duhigg, Times Staff Writer
Digital Music Group Inc. has registered to raise as much as $36 million in an initial public offering that would make it one of the first independent digital music wholesalers to sell stock. But the financials of the fledgling company, which provides digital music to Apple's iTunes Music Store, Wal-Mart Music and Yahoo Music, didn't strike much of a chord with some analysts. In the six months ended June 30, the firm lost $866,172 on revenue of $223,672, according to the Thursday filings.
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August 28, 1991 | From Reuters
Japan's big electronics firms have agreed to negotiate a deal with the Japanese music industry on royalty payments for digital music recordings, a spokesman for the Electronic Industries Assn. of Japan said Tuesday. The system of royalty payments has not been decided, but will probably involve a levy on purchases of digital recording equipment, either fixed or as a proportion of price, he said.
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September 17, 2013 | By Ryan Faughnder
Streaming music pioneer Rhapsody, one of the first digital music companies to offer access to songs through monthly subscriptions, has cut its staff by 15%. Also, its president, Jon Irwin, is stepping down and will continue as a strategic advisor.  Rhapsody International, the service's parent, said Monday that the layoffs were concurrent with New York investment firm Columbus Nova Technology Partners' taking a large share in the company....
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July 24, 2013 | By Ryan Faughnder
Digital music is expected to surpass physical music sales within the next several years as revenue from downloading and streaming increases and the overall business shrinks, according to a new report. Digital music is picking up share and will account for the majority of the industry's sales by 2017, said the report from from Siemer Ventures, the investment arm of Santa Monica-based merchant bank Siemer & Associates LLC.  Part of that growth is coming from streaming on a plethora of services , including Pandora, Clear Channel's iHeartRadio, Spotify, Rdio and MOG, as well as online video companies such as YouTube and Vevo.  RELATED: Despite concerns, it's full-steam ahead for music industry The streaming space is getting more crowded with big players, including  Google  Inc.'s recently introduced offering and the  impending launch of Apple Inc.'s iTunes Radio . The growth will continue as companies offer new services, such as streaming in cars, said John Rudolph, a senior advisor at Siemer.
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April 3, 2013 | By Andrea Chang
Amazon.com's AutoRip, which gives customers free digital copies of CDs they purchase, is now available for vinyl records -- including those purchased in the past. Starting Wednesday, when customers buy AutoRip-eligible vinyl records, MP3 versions of the music will be automatically added to their Cloud Player libraries where it will be available for immediate playback or download.  And customers who have purchased AutoRip records at any time since Amazon first opened its Music Store in 1998 will find digital copies of those albums in their Cloud Player libraries free.
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February 26, 2013 | By Randy Lewis
When is 13 a lucky number? When it's the number of years it's taken for the music industry to post its first yearly increase in global recorded music sales, which is what happened in 2012, according to new figures from the International Federation for the Phonographic Industry . The group's annual Digital Music Report , issued Feb. 26 in London, noted that overall music sales rose from $16.2 billion to $16.5 billion, or 0.3%, from 2011...
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February 13, 2013 | By Andrea Chang
Amazon Cloud Player is now available in Ford Sync AppLink-equipped vehicles, so owners can wirelessly connect the Amazon MP3 app on their Android smartphone to the Sync connectivity system to access their music library in their car using voice commands or audio controls. Ford AppLink-equipped vehicles include the 2013 Ford Fiesta, Mustang, Focus, E-Series, C-MAX Hybrid, Expedition, Fusion, F-150 and Super Duty models. Amazon said the integration of its cloud player with Ford vehicles would help drivers get rid of CDs, wires and other ways they used to connect and listen to their music in the car. It also frees up local storage space on phones by storing and accessing music in the cloud.
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January 11, 2013 | By Alexandra Le Tellier
Is Pandora co-founder Tim Westergren a band's biggest enemy or best ally? Last year, he began lobbying Congress to lower digital music royalties, a move that made him appear a soulless businessman all too eager to bite the hand that feeds him. (After all, Pandora is nothing without its music.) But at this week's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Westergren cast Pandora in a different light. “Speaking to a room full of technology executives and policymakers, [Westergren]
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December 20, 2001 | Reuters
Consumer electronics company Sonicblue this week unveiled a high-end home-entertainment hub that can store an entire music collection. At about $1,500, Sonicblue's Advanced Digital Audio Center is designed to become the centerpiece of a music enthusiast's wired home. It features a 40-gigabyte hard drive that can record up to 650 hours of music.
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January 11, 2008 | From Bloomberg News
Sony BMG Music Entertainment plans to sell digital music without copyright protection through Amazon.com Inc., stepping up competition between the Internet retailer and Apple Inc.'s iTunes. Sony BMG is the last of the four major record companies to sell music without piracy protection through Amazon.com, the world's largest online retailer.
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November 19, 2012 | By Randall Roberts, Pop Music Critic
The digital music world is a bit louder this morning. AC/DC, the Australian hard rock band whose heavy metal thunder has never been available for legal download, has stepped into the 21st century and released its music through iTunes, the band announced Monday morning. After years of stubbornly arguing that iTunes was, in the words of singer Brian Johnson, “going to kill music if they're not careful,” the band reached a deal with the company to sell its entire catalog -- 16 studio albums, four live albums and three compilations -- through the service.
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October 15, 2012 | By Dawn C. Chmielewski
After failing to gain traction in the digital music market with its Zune player and service, Microsoft Corp. hits the reset button with the launch of a new music offering for the Xbox 360 game console, and smartphones and computers running Microsoft's new Windows 8. Xbox Music debuts Tuesday on the game console, offering a combination of free music streaming, a subscription option that would allow users to download individual tracks or listen to...
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