Spotify and Universal sign new licensing deal, will partner on development of marketing tools

Spotify this morning announced a global, multi-year licensing agreement with Universal Music Group, which secures the label’s catalog for streaming rights but also signs it on to be an early ado

Netflix Renews Agreements With Universal, Twentieth Century Fox

<img src="http://tctechcrunch.files.wordpress.com/2010/02/netflix.jpeg" class="shot2" /><a href="http://netflix.com">Netflix</a> this morning announced renewed distribution deals with two major conten

Review: Universal's Fast & Furious Blu-ray iPhone app (It's a start)

I have a secret to tell you. I’m a fan of the Fast & Furious franchise. Actually, the second one sucked really badly. But I’m not reviewing the fourth installment in the riveting saga here, ju

Sony, Universal begin rolling out PoP vending machines

Frankly, I’m surprised it’s taken this long for such a thing to transpire. I think it’s safe to say that most of us have seen vending machines spewing out electronics at airports and other rando

Transformers theme park coming soon

According to ENI, Universal Studios have struck a deal with Hasbro and Dreamworks to bring those cuddly killing machines known as Transformers to the Hollywood-based Universal theme park in 2011. You&

DOJ Launches Anti-Trust Probe Over Total Music

The US Department of Justice has launched an anti-trust probe into Total Music, the proposed music service from Universal and Sony BMG. As we wrote in October 2007, Total Music would offer free music

HD DVD still kickin'

Try as they might, HD DVD isn’t going down without a fight. Whether these titles were lined up before the WB announcement is anyone’s guess, but a few blockbusters are slated for this quar

Universal, Paramount prepared to drop HD DVD support

[photopress:vhddvd.jpg,full,center] HD DVD? What’s that? Universal has ended its HD DVD exclusivity arrangement and Paramount’s HD DVD contract has an escape clause. Should Paramount exerc

CG Holiday 2007 Recommendation: Van Damme in "Timecop"

Do I really need to endorse this one? It’s Van Damme in HD. Sure, it’s not his best movie (“Blood Sport” gets my vote), but it’s in HD! He does the splits as he does in e

Universal Music's classical subsidiary to go DRM-free

Deutsche Grammaphon. Ever heard of it? Doesn’t matter if you have or not. It’s owned by Universal Music and has decided to build its own classical music download site, where the MP3s are D

Music Industry: "We is poopid!"

Doug Morris over at Universal Music Group has a hard job — he has to sell dying media to plugged-in consumers. For a hundred years, recorded music has come on platters of plastic called “d

DRM-Free Classical Music: Deutsche Grammophon Launches Online MP3 Store

Apparently Universal Music Group – which has been dipping its toes into DRM-free waters this year – is none too worried about music pirates getting into classical music. Deutsche Grammopho

Supply Side Economics Fail Music Industry Again

The latest brainwave from the besieged music industry is the proposal to offer free music to end users via the Total Music brand. Spawned by Universal Music, Total Music looks likely to sign the big f

Universal getting ready to take down iTunes?

Universal CEO Doug Morris is looking to partner with Sony BMG and Warner to develop "a new music subscription service that will try to loosen Apple’s grip on the online music market."

Myvu Universal Edition review

It’s hard being NinjaMan, Ninja of the Future. Just ask the stewards on my last flight. They had to put up with me looking like a total moron and loving every minute of it. Why? Because I was we

Universal Finally Sues Veoh

After one too many “unreasonable threats”, video site Veoh preemptively sued Universal Music last month in federal court, seeking a declaratory injunction to bar Universal from taking legal action

Universal Music To Test DRM-Free Downloads

Universal Music Group will sell DRM-free music until January to test consumer demand for being able to do as we please with music that we legitimately purchase. The test tracks will be offered through

Eminem Sues Apple Because Universal Music Sold His Music On iTunes

Eminem, who peaked in 2000, has filed a lawsuit against Apple, which peaked on June 29, 2007. The lawsuit centers on the whether or not Universal Music, which publishes Eminem’s hot beats, can d

Breaking: UMG Will Not Renew iTunes Contract

Not much info on these HOT SCOOPS, but Matt Drudge is reporting that Universal Music Group will not be renewing its iTunes contract with Apple. This means that the iTunes Music Store is going to lose

Apple, Labels Giving Artists The Shaft

A new class action lawsuit is upon us and yet again, Apple is the target. This time, independent music label Dawg Music is suing Apple, Universal Music Group, and Warner Music for selling its catalog
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