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December 9, 2000 | JEFF LEEDS and JON HEALEY, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Radio stations must pay record companies for permission to broadcast musical programming over the Internet, the federal copyright office ruled Friday. The decision handed a major win to the Recording Industry Assn. of America, which has been locked in a battle with broadcasters for control of millions of dollars in potential revenue created by online radio. An estimated 4,000 of the nation's 13,000 radio stations simulcast their programming on the Web.
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BUSINESS
April 27, 2005 | Jon Healey, Times Staff Writer
To get people hooked on its Rhapsody subscription music service, RealNetworks Inc. plans to let them listen for free -- up to a point. The company unveiled Tuesday an advertiser-supported online music service, dubbed "Rhapsody 25," along with several new wrinkles in the existing version of Rhapsody. The new service gives registered users 25 free plays a month from Rhapsody's online jukebox, and it lets them send songs to their friends.
BUSINESS
February 26, 2006 | David Colker, Times Staff Writer
Instant messaging is one of the simple pleasures of the Internet. You just type and send, and your online buddy has your message in an instant. But now, many of the major instant-messaging services are making things more complicated by piling on audio and video chats, games, photo sharing, animated greetings, Internet radio channels and more. Also, some of the latest messaging programs include advertising.
BUSINESS
October 15, 2001 | JON HEALEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Justice Department has intensified its antitrust investigation of the music industry's licensing practices, demanding that industry organizations and online companies submit a slew of documents related to Internet music services. The department recently began sending out "civil investigative demand" letters, hunting for evidence of collusion by record companies and affiliates to impede competition. The recipients of the letters include the Recording Industry Assn. of America, at least two Internet companies and MusicNet, an online music distributor jointly owned by three major labels and RealNetworks Inc. A copy of one letter obtained by The Times indicates that antitrust investigators are looking at all the terms proposed by the record companies and music publishers for their licenses, as well as the lawsuits they threatened, brought or settled over online music.
NEWS
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.
BUSINESS
August 1, 2012 | By Deborah Netburn
We're used to seeing Times Square filled with party people, drunk and cheering on New Year's Eve as they vie to get their faces on TV before the ball drops at midnight. But late Sunday evening, you can expect a different type of person to gather in this strange part of Manhattan -- space geeks. Because beginning at 11:30 p.m. EST Sunday, the Toshiba Vision Screen that drifts high above Times Square will display live coverage of the Mars rover Curiosity as it completes its eight-month journey and lands on the Red Planet.
BUSINESS
June 15, 2011 | Bloomberg News
Pandora Media Inc., the online-radio company, gained on its first day of trading as investors raced to benefit from the biggest surge in Internet share sales since the dot-com boom a decade ago. The Oakland company rose 8.9 percent in its debut on the New York Stock Exchange, under the symbol P. It sold 14.7 million shares yesterday at $16 apiece, raising $234.9 million in its initial public offering. That was above the top of the range of $10 to $12. Investors are flocking to technology IPOs after professional-networking website LinkedIn Corp.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 20, 2013 | By Ryan Faughnder
Former MP3.com Chief Executive Michael Robertson has entered the ever-growing online music streaming industry. Uberstations, which launched Thursday, aggregates streams of traditional radio stations, which users can listen to from the site for free.  Uberstations shows users what songs and talk shows are playing in whatever ZIP code or area code they choose. When users pick a station to play, Uberstations suggests other stations playing similar streams.  Robertson, 46, said Uberstations, which has nine employees, combines elements of Pandora and TuneIn.  PHOTOS: Tech we want to see in 2013 “We think this is a real advance in online radio experience," he said in an interview.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 3, 2013 | By Dawn C. Chmielewski
Amid a rapidly evolving media landscape, radio remains a constant in Americans' daily lives, according to a new report from Nielsen. Ninety percent of Americans listen to AM or FM radio each week, with the average listener tuning in for more than two hours a day for news, sports, music, talk and traffic updates.  Roughly two-thirds of listening occurs out of the home, Nielsen found, with tune-in rising to a plateau during the morning commute,...
ENTERTAINMENT
February 21, 2013 | By Mikael Wood
Adapting to what editorial director Bill Werde called " new music experiences ," Billboard magazine announced Wednesday that it will begin incorporating YouTube streams into the data used to determine its Hot 100 singles chart. The change goes into effect with this week's tally, topped by Baauer's viral-video hit "Harlem Shake. " Last week, the song wasn't even on the chart, marking only the 21st time a song has debuted at No. 1 on the Hot 100, according to Billboard's Gary Trust . YouTube said "Harlem Shake" (in its various official incarnations)
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