Category: Music marketing

Sony to make last MiniDisc stereo system in March

I looked after the retail launch of MiniDisc (MD) in the UK. I still have, and occasionally use, MiniDisc equipment. Sony announcing that they are to discontinue MD is really no great surprise but it did bring back some great

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HMV ‘may sell’ the part of it’s strategy that is working

In 1921, the Gramophone Company opened the first HMV shop in London, England; the composer Sir Edward Elgar participated in the opening ceremonies. Today we are on possibly seeing the last Christmas for HMV. I hope not, but things are

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Success of Isle of Wight trial will see cashless festivals take off next year

With the festival season in full swing both organisers and festival goers are suffering the usual headache of managing cash with the average queue at the ATM reported as over an hour. However Intelligent Venue Solutions (IVS), who have over

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Ticketfriend launches end-to-end contactless ticketing system

A young sales technology company has launched a new ticketing solution allowing users to buy and redeem tickets through a tap of their smartphone. Dublin, Ireland-based ticketfriend, a ticket sales and event promotion company, has since 2009 provided a space

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Bringing Timberlake on MySpace board can’t be Justified

Rupert Murdoch’s NewsCorp has sold MySpace to ad network Specific Media and – bizarrely – Justin Timberlake for $35m (£21.9m), a mere fraction of the price it was bought for, but can the former NSync star really bring sexyback to

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Music fans give thumbs up to contactless

Festival-goers put MasterCard prepaid contactless-enabled wristbands to the test during the UK’s 2011 Isle of Wight Festival and a resounding 100% said they would use the technology at future events. The vast majority of those using the PayPass prepaid wristbands

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Vodafone Hungary to test NFC m-payments at Sziget festival

Here’s a good trial of NFC m-payments in an entertainemtn environment. The whole scheme seems to focus on the consumer first including cashing-out and theft of cards. Well done Vodafone and good luck. During the 18th edition of the festival,

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