• SoundCloud Confirms Licensing Deal With Warner Music Group

    SoundCloud Confirms Licensing Deal With Warner Music Group

    SoundCloud, the user-created audio streaming platform currently used by 175 million unique listeners each month, confirmed today that it has inked its first licensing deal with one of the major record labels: the Warner Music Group — whose roster includes David Guetta, The Flaming Lips and Sheryl Crow — will partner with the streaming company around its ad-supported, creator… Read More

  • Nine Music Labels Plan To Sue Vkontakte, The Facebook Of Russia, Over 6,000 Illegal Tracks

    Nine Music Labels Plan To Sue Vkontakte, The Facebook Of Russia, Over 6,000 Illegal Tracks

    Vkontakte, a social networking site known as the “Facebook of Russia”, is facing legal action from nine music labels including EMI, Sony and Warner over what they claim is the unlawful distribution of some 6,000 tracks of licensed music on the site from artists like Madonna, Linkin Park, Metallica and Beyonce. The lawsuits are being prepared for filing after the holidays, according… Read More

  • Netflix Signs Multi-Year Licensing Agreement With Turner Broadcasting And Warner Bros. Television

    Netflix Signs Multi-Year Licensing Agreement With Turner Broadcasting And Warner Bros. Television

    Netflix isn’t all about movies, as you know. The company has been adding more television to its on-demand service and today announced multi-year licensing agreements with both Turner Broadcasting and Warner Bros. Television Group. The agreement includes episodes of shows from Cartoon Network, Warner Bros. Animation, Adult Swim, and the show Dallas from TNT. The deal, which will only… Read More

  • More Warner Catalog TV Shows Come To Netflix: Nip/Tuck, Veronica Mars And More

    Warner Bros. and Netflix this morning announced an expansion of the companies’ existing streaming content agreement, adding a slew of catalog TV shows, including drama series “Nip/Tuck,” “Veronica Mars,” “Pushing Daisies” and “Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles” to those already available to watch instantly at Netflix. Netflix has… Read More

  • WaTunes Signs Warner Music, Opens Store Inside Facebook Walls

    Detroit-based digital music company WaTunes has come to a licensing agreement with Warner Music Group, the third major record label to sign a deal with the startup after Universal and EMI. Warner has licensed its full catalog of music for use in WaTunes’ brand new Facebook application, which essentially lets people purchase digital music through a full-fledged storefront without the need… Read More

  • eMusic Reels In Another Major Label With Warner Music Deal

    Digital music company eMusic is rumored to be up for sale, according to various reports, but that hasn’t stopped it from signing licensing deals with big music. This morning, eMusic announced that it come to an agreement with Warner Music Group and that it will soon begin selling tracks from WMG’s roster of artists to its U.S. users. eMusic last year inked a similar deal with… Read More

  • Lawsuits Galore: Songbeat Silenced For Now, Won't Go Down Without A Fight

    With a comic message on its website saying that the service has gone away to enter the 36 Shaolin Chambers of Software Kung Fu but will return stronger, music discovery application Songbeat lets its visitors know that it has received a first blow in court after Warner Music (and other music labels) sued the German startup for enabling users to stream and download music without… Read More

  • Warner Music Slaps Songbeat With Lawsuit

    Who didn’t see this one coming? When we first reviewed Songbeat, a simple desktop application for playing and discovering music on the net, we liked the product but were interested in what the music industry would have to say about it. The updated version released last December was even better, but we were still critical of its chances for survival. Songbeat essentially allows you to… Read More

  • Watchmen games: please forgive my skepticism

    So it’s gonna be a game. Okay, leaving aside the entire point and purpose of the Watchmen books (the moral ambiguity and hubris of the heroes), I guess it might actually be cool to play Rorschach on some mad, murderous, MacGuyverish rampage. Maybe they’ll have a combination system a la MDK 2’s scientist levels. “Combine match with hairspray. Combine harpoon gun… Read More

  • New "virus washer" technology to clean the air in Japanese movie theaters

    Yesterday Sanyo announced it will install a new kind of air purification system in 26 multiplex movie theaters Warner operates in Japan. The system will be integrated into rooftop air conditioner units and features Sanyo’s so-called virus-washer technology. Using electrolyzed water, the company claims the technology is able to to fight the activity of odors, bacteria, viruses and pollen. Read More

  • Warner Music to test variable song, album pricing

    The days of the 99-cent single could be over. Warner Music has teamed up with a company, Digonex, that collects and analyzes music sales data from a number of online music stores. Using the data, and applying some sort of Warner Music formula, Digonex then alters the price of the song to reflect things like demand, amount of time it’s been available, and so on. In trials, songs have… Read More

  • Time Warner's overage caps could be as low as 5GB per month

    We all knew this time would come, and last week’s disturbing news that Time Warner would be testing bandwidth caps in Texas came as no surprise. But we never thought the limits would be so low. Granted, 5GB is the bottom of their estimates as to where they might place caps, but they shouldn’t even be thinking at that level. That amount of data would be gone in a snap for any… Read More

  • Why Warner's Blu-ray decision hurts pirates, regular consumers

    Thanks, AP Warner’s decision to exclusively back Blu-ray definitely hurts pirates and could, in the long run, hurt regular consumers, too. By all indications, right now, Blu-ray has the momentum to “win” the format war, especially if the reports suggesting Paramount will switch to it turn out to be true. That would… Read More

  • Warner CEO makes much of music-making's meager margins

    Apparently EMI isn’t the only major label in trouble. Warner’s CEO Edgar Bronfman Jr. tried to remain upbeat during a conference call recently despite Warner only making $5million on $869million worth of sales, translating into a healthy profit margin of a little more than half a percent. Considering the scale of their earnings, it’s not surprising that Warner may also be… Read More

  • Hybrid HD DVD/Blu-ray discs dead in the water

    Looks like we won’t be seeing Warner Home Entertainment’s hybrid HD DVD/Blu-ray discs after all. The company recently reported that it’s pulling the plug on the project that would have offered consumers movies under the Total HD moniker, simply meaning an HD DVD version on one side of the disc, Blu-ray on the other. To date, Warner is the only major studio that … Read More

  • 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 without consent or compensation. The two major labels here have not only screwed Dawg Music out of royalty checks, they’ve also made illegal hard copies of music not owned by them. Read More

  • Warner Music Puts Music Videos on YouTube, Doesn't Nastygram Itself

    Has YouTube found a reason besides lipsyncing teens, fake teen confessionals and NBC promos to exist? Maybe, since Warner Music just announced that they’re placing their library of music videos onto YouTube, so music haters everywhere can see their favorite music videos in lousy, fuzzy, 2001 video quality format. Pretty soon people are going to start using apps to rip YouTube music… Read More