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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....
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
May 8, 2007 | Alana Semuels, Times Staff Writer
After the Beatles arrived on the scene, Frankie Avalon, whose hit "Venus" was the last No. 1 song of the 1950s, watched sadly as fans ditched syrupy pop for rock 'n' roll. "I figured that was over," the 66-year-old crooner said about his recording career. Avalon went on to star in movies of the beach party genre. His music was relegated to discount bins in record stores and the playlists of oldies stations.
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.
May 30, 2012 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Apple Inc. has acquired a small Italian start-up that specializes in digital music editing, according to an Italian blog. The Cupertino, Calif., tech company purchased Redmatica , a small start-up whose most notable software is Keymap Pro, according to Fanpage . In all, the company has four software products.   Apple has not officially confirmed the Redmatica takeover, but Fanpage includes a document from an Italian communications regulator that appears to back up the report.
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