About Bruce Houghton

Bruce Houghton is a 25 year music industry veteran who owns booking agency Skyline Music and the tour marketing company Skyline Innovations.

Engadget Cofounder Launches Record Label 2.0

Downtown Records and internet entrepreneur and Engadget cofounder Peter Rojas today launched RCRD LBL, as an online label offering free, sponsor-supported MP3s from established and emerging artists and labels across a variety of niches and genres.

Prince To Sue Bit-Torrent Indexer Pirate Bay


iLike’s Expanded Cross-Platform Marketing Tools
UPDATED: Yesterday music-based social networker iLike made marketing music via a multitude of social network and web sites a lot easier with new services that enable single source updating.

MySpace Launches HyperTargeting & SelfServe
Want to target only fans of like minded music on MySpace? The day got a lot closer with two programs that the social networking giant launched yesterday.

Bezos’ First Words On Amazon MP3 Store
Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos finally commented publically about the retailer’s new MP3 store during an earnings call yesterday.

Music 2.0 Shifts To Facebook, Others Turn Up Volume

MySpace has been the hub of Music 2.0 promotion for more than a year, but recently Facebook has been stealing the social networking spotlight and the new music industry is following.

Can eMusic Survive The New Amazon Store?

Second only to iTunes, eMusic has carved a significant niche in the scattered download marketplace with a subscription service offering plans starting at 30 tracks per month for $9.99. But how will Amazon’s new mp3 store effect eMusic; and how will labels who will be getting higher payouts from Amazon react?

Reactions to Amazon MP3 Store
Our news story and analysis "What The Amazon Store Is…And Is Not" got so many links and hits that we thought we’d take a look across the web to see what other’s thought of the opening of Amazon’s MP3 Download Store.

What The Amazon Download Store Is and Isn’t

You can find our in depth first look at the new Amazon DRM free download store here. But just how "industry changing" is it? 

Starbucks Gives Away Tracks For iTunes WiFi Launch
Starbucks is going to give away 50 million tracks as it helps launch the new iTunes wireless service with Apple. From Oct. 2 to Nov. 7 customers in all 10,000 U.S.

Amazon To Launch Download Store In September

Amazon is set to launch its long awaited download store in mid-September according to the New York Post.

All tracks on the new service will be DRM-free including tracks from EMI and Universal and hundreds of independent labels including several we hear that have never sold DRM free previously. Absent will be copy protected tracks from WMG or Sony/BMG.

Does Jobs Secretly Prefer DRM?
Steve Jobs achieved hero status a few months ago for calling on record labels to remove copy restrictions from downloads.

iTunes Sells EMI DRM Free, Attaching Purchaser Info
UPDATED:  iTunes yesterday began selling thousands of higher quality EMI tracks DRM free and added an upgrade option for previous purchases. But the offering dubbed iTunes Plus comes with some major  baggage that may not please consumers.

CBS Acquires Last.FM For $280 Million

CBS has just bought music and social networking site Last.FM for $280 million.

Amazon Announces New Music Store
Amazon today officially announced that it will launch an MP3 only digital music store later this year with tracks from more than 12,000 record labels including EMI’s entire catalog.

Entire EMI Catalog DRM Free
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Litigation And Regulation to Kill Music 2.0?
  • RIAA lawsuits are increasingly targeting college students and turning a generation of music consumers into enemies and outlaws.
  • ASCAP thinks a download constitutes a performance and wants payment for both mechanical and performance royalties.
  • Internet radio which already pays higher royalties than AM/FM broadcasters has been hit with new royalty rates that could put most of them – and all of the music discovery engines like Pandora – out of business.
Sprint Cuts Download Prices, AT&T Hooks up w/ Napster

The announcement derby in the music space shifts to Florida this week and mobile conference CITA Wireless. Even prior to today’s opening the press releases are flying.

Copyright Board to Hold Rehearing on Net Radio Ruling

Chief US Copyright Royalty Judge James Scott Sledge announced Tuesday that his board would hold a rehearing on the controversial decision (pdf of ruling) to raise royalty rates for internet streaming to unprecedented levels and gave broadcasters and organizations who requested the rehearing until April 2nd to submit documents detailing their positions.

Bloggers Bum Rushing the Charts

A growing group of bloggers and podcasters are urging their fans to join together on March 22nd and make an independently released track #1 on the iTunes chart with a campaign titled "Bum Rush The Charts"

Apple and Cisco Share iPhone Brand

Applelogo_63 Steve Jobs got a gold star yesterday for working well with others.

Goldberg and Roback Leave Yahoo Music

Yahoo Music head David Goldberg is exiting the struggling division along with Music GM Robert Roback.

Goldberg has been one of the industry’s first and most vocal voices for dropping DRM in downloads. Yahoomusic_3