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April 3, 2007 | Michelle Quinn and Dawn C. Chmielewski, Times Staff Writers
Apple Inc. and EMI Group want digital music fans to pay more money for more freedom. EMI, the world's fourth-largest record label, said Monday that it had agreed to sell its 150,000-song catalog through Apple's iTunes store without the anti-piracy software that limits which devices can play digital music. EMI acts include Coldplay and the Rolling Stones -- only the Beatles were excluded from the deal. The companies plan to charge $1.
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.
September 15, 2006 | Dawn C. Chmielewski, Times Staff Writer
Two questions confront Microsoft Corp. as it prepares to launch its answer to Apple Computer Inc.'s hugely popular iPod. First, how badly do the 79% of Americans who don't already own a portable digital media player want one? And second, will they want one made by Microsoft?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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