Online music is hard: iLike shuts down

iLike was once the most popular music application of Facebook, with close to 10 million active users generating 1.5 billion page views per month. On Tuesday, it finally shut down. Its demise proves once again that online music is a tough business to be in.

Infographic: Music, movie & book biz bigger than ever

Surprise: The Internet hasn’t destroyed the entertainment industry. The business of making money with music, movies, video games and books has grown by 50 percent in the last decade, according to a new study. Check out some highlights of the study in this infographic.

Rhapsody buys Napster’s Euro assets, targets Spotify

Music subscription service Rhapsody is going to Europe, but not under its own name. The company will use the Napster brand in the U.K. and Germany to compete with Spotify. The company announced the acquisition of Napster’s foreign assets three months after it bought Napster USA.

Indie labels stage another Spotify walkout

A consortium of more than 200 small electronic music labels have become the latest to quit Spotify — and other streaming services — in a protest at the amount of money they earn. But can compensation ever match consumption?

Napster’s Undoing: Company-wide layoffs coming Dec. 16

It’s time to say good-bye to the cat: The announced acquisition of Napster by Rhapsody means that the Napster brand will cease to exist. Company’s staff will be laid off in December, its offices shuttered, and the future of its international operations is undecided.

Rhapsody buys Napster to counter its Spotify envy

On-demand music service pioneer Rhapsody is acquiring Napster, the company announced Monday. The deal is just the latest example of how the rapid ascent of Spotify — which GigaOM called “the new Napster” back in 2009 — is shaking up the on-demand music space in a big way.

When Will P2P Get Any Respect?

Much like the late comic Rodney Dangerfield, peer-to-peer technologies can’t get no respect. Despite its obvious technological advantages, P2P has become a…

iTunes’ Attackers

Netflix and Napster are both launching assaults on Apple, today. CNET is reporting the release of Netflix’s Apple TV rival, simply called…

Napster Signs Up O2 In UK For Mobile Music

Napster (NSDQ: NAPS), very slowly building up its mobile operator clients, has signed on UK and European operator O2, to launch a music serv…

Big Brands Fail On Music Subscription Services

Online music subscription services should be left to small startups focused on the space, or so says this article from Reuters. It cites the…