EMI: Mobile music market “growing”

Danny Van Emden (digital media director, EMI Music), said the last in 18 month mobile revenues had been “coming through strongly. The commercial imperative among networks to make 3G work is pretty high. Fixed line revenue is higher than mobile.” Andy Baker of Dx3 said there was £720m was spent on mobile content last year but it was still hard to get to. “People are buying content online. iTunes has

Wireless music means subscription beats downloading

Subscription services ultimately work better than downoad services, according to Ted Cohen , Senior Vice President, Digital Development & Distribution, EMI Music “Right now we have choke points on how music gets exposed to you. On subscription services it’s a more level playing field, because you’re not competing for one of the 20 slots on the front of the music store. You may want to own a song, but if

A&R goes mobile in a digital world

Ralph Simon (Chairman of the influential Mobile Entertainment Forum – Americas (MEF), the official global body of the mobile entertainment industry) said A&R is changing, and music firms must have a mobile strategy for your A&R. “How should record labels mobilise? What mobile content can artists create? What should artists and mangers plan for? How does A&R interface with “seeding”? “A golden rule of mobile is to use mobile to

Major US indie label attacks iTunes and tech biz

Steve Gottlieb, President and founder TVT Records, the most successful indie label in the US spoke passionately at In The City about the future of the music business. He vehemently attacked the technology industry, as using and promoting the concept of free music in order to sell computers. “The Problem for the music industry is it has little defence against and technology advocates like Lawrence Lessig who advocate free music.”

Variable pricing for downloads “critical’

Ted Cohen, Senior Vice President, Digital Development & Distribution, EMI Music, talked about how comparitive pricing of downloadable songs was an idea whos time had come. Cohen says it’s critical it should come. The tools are now amazing, but we’ve taken away the ability to have a sale, like in a store. “I worked on Joss Stone on a lot of interactive products. He would have liked to have her

Will mobile phones overtake the iPod?

“Will the mobile phone take over from the iPod”. This was the question discussed by a panel session at In The City, which featured Steve Mayall (mobile music analyst, MusicAlly), Andy Baker (CEO, DX3), Susie Hinchliffe (Head of Content, Filter), Leigh Turnbull (Senior Publicist, WayToBlue) and Danny Van Emden (digital media director, EMI Music). Recent research commissioned by MonsterMob revealed that that there are 935m internet users, but 2 billion

Cohen: Wireless future for music

Ted Cohen (Senoir Vice President, Digital Development & Distribution, EMI Music, USA) said the future for mobile future would be wireless. “Having the ability to access music anywhere is future. Sony Stream Man service streams music to your handset. There#039s software now which can stream my hardrive over the Net to my handset. Filter, which did a Bluecasting promotion, was great. That’s wireless.”

TrueTones attacked by mobile agency

Nick Early, CEO of DMX3.net attacked Truetone “soundalikes” at In The City, saying “It is absolutely right that artists should get paid for their work. He said Truetone’s are ‘polluting’ the digital music industry. “Sure the publisher of the soundalike gets paid, but the artist of the original track doesn’t,” he said. Early contends that Realtones actually put money back into the business of finding more artists. A cover version