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  • Garth Brooks unveils iTunes alternative: GhostTunes

    Garth Brooks unveils iTunes alternative: GhostTunes

    Garth Brooks, long a holdout from allowing his music to be sold on iTunes, lifted the lid Thursday on his alternative, GhostTunes, a new download and streaming service that the newly unretired country superstar said “allows artists to sell music any way they want to.” Brooks’ beef with iTunes is...

  • Piracy of 'Breaking Bad,' other Emmy favorites surges after awards

    Piracy of 'Breaking Bad,' other Emmy favorites surges after awards

    Piracy on the rise for "Breaking Bad"? Better call Saul. Piracy rates for the AMC drama surged after the 2014 Emmy Awards, according to anti-piracy firm CEG Tek. The show, which won big at the Emmys last week, saw a 412% increase in illegal peer-to-peer file-sharing the day after the awards broadcast,...

  • SoundCloud joins the music streaming mainstream with advertising

    SoundCloud joins the music streaming mainstream with advertising

    SoundCloud, a popular destination for music on the Web, is going commercial. The site has attracted millions of users with free streaming audio and no ads. But its days as a commercial-free service are coming to an end. Late on Wednesday, the Berlin-based company said it will start placing ads...

  • TV's new microaudiences are shaking up the business

    TV's new microaudiences are shaking up the business

    The business end of show business is made up of numbers. It's a thing of charts and tallies, receipts and ratings. There are counters on everything nowadays, toting up the hits, keeping track of followers. In television, which I write about, there are the famous Nielsen ratings, by which series...

  • Six start-ups present ideas at Turner, Warner Bros. media camp

    Six start-ups present ideas at Turner, Warner Bros. media camp

    Twelve weeks ago, six start-ups from around the world came to Warner Bros. Entertainment in Burbank with one common goal: to develop products for the entertainment industry. As participants of Media Camp, an accelerator program led by Turner Broadcasting and Warner Bros that began in 2012, representatives...

  • Pandora partners with Merlin in first direct record label deal

    Pandora partners with Merlin in first direct record label deal

    Pandora Media Inc., the biggest Internet radio company, has forged a partnership with the independent music rights group Merlin, marking the first direct deal between the popular music streaming firm and record labels. As part of the agreement, Pandora will negotiate royalty rates directly with...

  • Pandora turns up new audience for James Brown biopic

    Pandora turns up new audience for James Brown biopic

    Universal Pictures' new biopic "Get on Up" about the influential performer James Brown has a clear target audience: fans of the Godfather of Soul. But the studio ran into the problem of how to broaden the audience and lure younger people with more contemporary music tastes. After all, the most...

  • Ex-Maker Studios CEO launches digital media company

    Ex-Maker Studios CEO launches digital media company

    A little over a year after leaving Maker Studios, former CEO Danny Zappin announced the launch of Zealot, his new digital media company. Zappin made headlines in June 2013 after suing Maker Studios, alleging that he was the victim of a conspiracy to oust him from the board. In April, Zappin sued...

  • Music streaming services unleash a torrent of digital playlists

    Music streaming services unleash a torrent of digital playlists

    It's a question we pose daily, and with increasing frequency in an age of digital bounty and instant entertainment: "What am I in the mood for?" We ask it of office mates at lunch, friends before taking in a movie, with family on weekends. We stare at the search window in iTunes, dumbfounded, and...

  • Sarah Palin launches online channel

    Sarah Palin launches online channel

    Sarah Palin wants the Internet to “go rogue” with her.On Sunday, the former governor of Alaska and 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee launched subscription-based “The Sarah Palin Channel” on online video platform “TV App,” or TAPP Platform.“Tired of media filters? Well, so am I,” Palin Tweeted....

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