February 21, 2013 |
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)
February 28, 2013 |
Trying to cut its burgeoning royalty costs, Pandora announced this week that it would limit customers to 40 hours of free streaming music per month. If that sounds familiar, the popular online radio site imposed a 40-hour cap in July 2009 for the very same reason, only to lift it a little more than two years later. The initial cap applied to all listeners; now it applies only to those tuning in on a smartphone, tablet computer or other mobile device. But mobile is hardly a sidelight for Pandora; according to the company, more than 75% of Pandora's streams go to "mobile and other non-traditional devices.
May 18, 2012 |
On the day Facebook went public other social media stocks have begun to drop like flies. Social media companies such as Zynga, LinkedIn, Groupon and Pandora that went public in the last year began Friday with some poor results, each seeing its stock price drop in the same fashion that Facebook stock began the day. Zynga, the social gaming site that relies on Facebook for the bulk of its users, was the biggest early loser. It saw an all-time low for its shares, at one point hitting $7.10, according to Yahoo Finance.
April 27, 2005 |
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.
October 15, 2001 |
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.
March 8, 2002 |
Radio stations, Webcasters and record labels are appealing an arbitration panel's proposed royalties for online radio services, arguing over rates that some say would kill most free Web broadcasts. At issue are fees that online radio services would have to pay to artists and record companies for each song played. The fee is $1.40 per thousand listeners for Internet-only stations, and 70 cents per thousand listeners for over-the-air stations that simultaneously broadcast online.
July 18, 2002 |
Opening a new front in the war against digital music piracy, major record companies are asking computer and electronics manufacturers to help stop consumers from sharing songs copied from online radio broadcasts. The Recording Industry Assn.
December 9, 2000 |
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.
March 8, 2007
AN OBSCURE FEDERAL panel has sent Internet radio stations into a panic. The Copyright Royalty Board's decision to increase the amount of royalties due to music labels and recording artists is nominally a victory for labels and artists. But the victory could be Pyrrhic if it forces a consolidation and commercialization that robs online radio of its musical diversity.
February 26, 2006 |
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.