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March 26, 2009 | Dawn C. Chmielewski
The world's largest music store, Apple's iTunes, plans to boost the price of many hit singles and selected classic tracks to $1.29 on April 7, breaking the psychological barrier of 99 cents in what could be the first big test of how much consumers are willing to pay to download individual songs. Although the date for higher prices has not been publicly announced, Apple has been notifying record labels it will go into effect on that date, industry executives said.
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BUSINESS
January 29, 2008 | Joseph Menn, Times Staff Writer
The executives behind a new music service called Qtrax wanted to get the industry talking. They did -- for the wrong reasons. Brilliant Technologies Corp., the publicly traded parent company of Qtrax, said Sunday that it had opened the first Napster-like network to feature free music from the four major record labels with their permission.
BUSINESS
September 23, 2011 | By Jessica Guynn, Dawn Chmielewski and Alex Pham, Los Angeles Times
Facebook Inc. wants to become the entertainment hub for its 800 million members, not only soaking up more of their time online but giving them even more interaction and influence among their friends. The popular social-networking service rolled out new features and partnerships to allow its users to share the entertainment and information choices in their lives — with music, movies, television programs, books, games and news all available within the Facebook home. Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg told the 2,000 software developers attending the company's annual conference Thursday in San Francisco that the new features, including a dramatic redesign of users' profiles, will "transform" the media industry.
NEWS
August 27, 1991 | PAMELA MARIN
Mozart and Charlie Chaplin ran from the guests--acceptable behavior for llamas. The pygmy goats, Fred and Ethel, were friendlier, nibbling at outstretched hands. The peacocks fanned their flashy tail feathers. The geese honked. So it went in the zoo at Belvedere, a showplace estate in Tustin's hills owned by developer Richard Silver and interior designer John Benecke.
SPORTS
January 9, 1985
Helix High School Coach John Singer would not be surprised if the El Capitan basketball team began playing "Let's Get Physical" as its pregame song. The ninth-ranked Vaqueros (10-3, 6-0) have enjoyed success this season with their physical style and it worked again Tuesday night as they defeated the host Highlanders, 68-58, in Grossmont League play. "El Cap played their game," Singer said. "They're much more physical than us.
BUSINESS
August 1, 2002 | JON HEALEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Despite a series of improvements that make legitimate online music services more attractive, the major record labels still can't give music fans something they've been getting from pirate services for more than three years: a comprehensive catalog of songs. The latest example is the new version of Pressplay, the online music venture jointly owned by Universal Music Group and Sony Music.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 12, 1990 | VICTOR MERINA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
"Hookup!" shouted a deckhand as he saw a fishing pole suddenly bend to the accompanying wail of a saltwater reel. "Fish on!" yelled skipper Ted Cohen as fishermen scrambled along the stern of the "Champagne Wishes" and cleared the way for the teen-ager who was reeling furiously and grimacing noticeably as the others cheered him on.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 18, 1988 | ZAN STEWART
The opera and symphony crowd that frequents the Music Center might not recognize Patti Austin's name or face, but they probably do know her voice. Austin, who plays a rare Dorothy Chandler Pavilion pop-jazz show tonight with pianist David Benoit, has been the singer on hundreds of TV and radio commercials for the past dozen years.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 6, 1991 | DIRK SUTRO, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
In its third season, the "Champagne Jazz" series at the John Culbertson Winery in Temecula is spicing up a familiar agenda of light jazz with the inclusion of the hot, young straight-ahead jazz trumpeter Wynton Marsalis. Five consecutive Sundays of music begin this weekend with guitarist Grant Geissman and special guest Sam Riney on saxophone.
BUSINESS
October 4, 2011 | By Dawn C. Chmielewski, Los Angeles Times
Myspace has kicked off what its new owners hope will be its comeback tour. The site's senior executives joined with creative partner Justin Timberlake in outlining plans Monday to return Myspace to its musical roots. Their presentation for top advertisers gathered at Radio City Music Hall in New York was followed by a VIP concert whose lineup included contemporary artists Far East Movement, Natasha Bedingfield and B.o.B. The splashy promotional affair came three months after Irvine advertising firm Specific Media bought Myspace for $35 million and touted Timberlake's ability to lend cachet to the once-dominant social network that long ago lost its magnetism.
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