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January 8, 2008 | Alex Veiga, The Associated Press
When you're not inclined to give away your product for free, make your customers believe that they're getting something for nothing. That's the thinking behind some of the offerings music fans may see this year as the recording industry scrambles to offset losses from plunging CD sales and find new sources of revenue when many people simply download music for free.
March 20, 2008 | Michelle Quinn, Times Staff Writer
Consumers might have the option to pay a higher price for iPods and iPhones in the future and get unlimited access to a music library, according to record industry executives who say they have had preliminary conversations with Apple Inc., the manufacturer of those devices. That would mark a change in strategy for Apple. A year ago, Chief Executive Steve Jobs said he didn't believe most consumers wanted to rent their music and that Apple had no plans to offer a music subscription service.
July 24, 2006 | Dawn C. Chmielewski, Times Staff Writer
Microsoft Corp. faces major challenges as it readies a portable music player and service to take on Apple Computer Inc.'s popular iPod, analysts said Sunday. The device, the first of a family of hardware and software products under the new Zune brand, is expected to ship by year's end and represents a fundamental shift for the Redmond, Wash.-based software giant.
September 22, 2007 | Martin Zimmerman, Times Staff Writer
Digital music, Bluetooth-enabled cellphone, text messages you can hear -- all in one integrated package. The latest pricey gadget from Apple? Nope, it's the latest car from Ford Motor Co. The automaker, in partnership with Microsoft Corp., is rolling out what it hopes will be a game changer in the world of mobile connectivity.
August 30, 2008 | Michelle Quinn, Times Staff Writer
Napster Inc. has struggled to catch the ear of enough customers. Now the company is out of tune with some of its big shareholders. With its stock trading at $1.34 and subscribers leaving its digital music service, the Los Angeles company is facing a proxy battle with three investors who together own about 1.5% of the company. They each want a seat on the board and are pushing Napster's management to turn around its stock slump or pursue a sale. The company, which bought its name from the defunct file-sharing network, said Friday that it was continuing to look for suitors through UBS Investment Bank.
December 19, 2004 | Randy Lewis
The dancing black silhouettes were impossible to escape. So was the ever-expanding cult of the white wires and earbuds. If 2001 was the year the iPod blasted off the launch pad, 2004 likely will go down as the year gadget lust propelled it into orbit. Did the random-shuffle function willfully choose the lamest songs from your hard drive during that backyard barbecue?
October 3, 2008 | Michelle Quinn
A sigh of relief could be heard in digital music land Thursday as the federal Copyright Royalty Board left unchanged the rate for royalties paid to songwriters and publishers for CDs and digital downloads. The ruling is the first time that the board formally set the digital download rate. Previously, because there was no formal rate for downloads, companies such as Apple Inc. had used the CD rate -- a 9.1-cent payment to the songwriter and/or publisher for every track sold through iTunes and other download stores.
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.
October 29, 2009 | Alex Pham
Google Inc. started out 13 years ago as a simple search engine, but it has grown into a behemoth that has shaken up dozens of industries, including computers and cellphones. On Wednesday, it jumped into the music industry. The Mountain View, Calif., Internet giant unveiled a music search feature that lets users play millions of songs for free with an option to buy or rent them from several online music stores. Although not a direct threat to Apple Inc.'s hugely popular iTunes store, the new feature is expected to bolster the music services that compete with iTunes.
August 16, 2012 | By David Lazarus
Video killed the radio star. YouTube is now the leading way for young people to hear -- er, watch -- music, surpassing both radio and CDs. Nearly two thirds of 3,000 teens polled by Nielsen say they prefer YouTube when they want to take in some tunes. But apparently this doesn't mean music sales are dead. Nearly three-quarters of poll respondents say they purchased music in the last 12 months, which is more than the average across all age groups. "The accessibility of music has seen tremendous expansion and diversification," says David Bakula, Nielsen's senior vice president of client development.
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