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  1. Mobile Devices, Especially Tablets, Have Huge Christmas

    December 27, 2012 4:15 PM EST If you got a smartphone or tablet computer for Christmas, you were hardly alone. Flurry , a mobile analytics company that tracks use of mobile apps, says 17.4 million new iOS and Android devices were activated on Christmas day, a 255% increase fro ...

  2. Amazon Improves Its Cloud Service

    August 09, 2012 7:25 PM EDT Amazon's Cloud Player gets a major-label upgrade Cloud music is getting smarter - and may soon get more mainstream. On July 31 Amazon launched a fully licensed scan-and-match cloud music service, giving it the same features as Apple's cl ...

  3. Amazon Launches Scan-and-Match Service For Cloud Player To Compete With Apple's iTunes Match

    July 31, 2012 2:44 PM EDT Amazon Launches Scan-and-Match Service For Cloud Player To Compete With Apple's iTunes Match Amazon today launched a fully licensed scan-and-match cloud music service giving it a better competitor to Apple's similar service, iTunes Match ...

  4. Business Matters: Facebook's Not Alone in its Mobile Problems

    July 27, 2012 4:15 PM EDT Facebook's Numbers Normal, But Stock Dips Anyway Facebook is being punished for being normal. After the company released decent, entirely expected quarterly results Thursday afternoon, investors decided the company doesn't have a strong ...

  5. Business Matters: How Spotify's First Year Compares to Pandora, Vevo, YouTube and Others

    July 23, 2012 8:42 PM EDT How Does Spotify's First Year Stack Up? -- Spotify's tenure in the U.S. has reached one year. Is the performance good, bad or mediocre? See how the service compares to other segments and players in digital music. In honor of its one-year ...

  6. Amazon Cloud Player App Now Available For Apple iPhone, iPod Touch

    June 12, 2012 2:57 PM EDT The new Amazon Cloud Player App on the Apple App Store listing page. Though Amazon and Apple, two of the largest digital music retailers, have a rich history of "competition," the two competing digital retailers' relationship appear ...

  7. Apple Sued By US Department of Justice Over E-Book Price Fixing

    April 11, 2012 12:05 PM EDT NEW YORK (AP) -- The U.S. government filed an antitrust lawsuit against Apple Inc. and book publishers Wednesday, saying the publishers conspired with Apple to raise retail electronic-book prices to limit competition. The government also filed pap ...

  8. Business Matters: Spotify, Pandora, Google Music, Lady Antebellum Nominated for 2012 Webby Awards

    April 10, 2012 5:58 PM EDT Webby Awards Announce Nominations A handful of music sites and artists have been nominated for the 16th Annual Webby Awards organized by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Science to award excellent on the Internet. The awards show will ...

  9. The MP3 Vs. the E-Book: 'Online Music Then and Now' SXSWi Examines What We Have (And Haven't) Learned ...

    March 10, 2012 8:14 PM EST In 1999, Diamond Multimedia's Rio became the first portable mp3 player to be commercially successful. Eight years later, the Kindle brought a similar level of mobility to books. Needless to say, the two game-changing devices met with differen ...

  10. Apple iPad 3 Expected To Launch Today

    March 07, 2012 6:28 AM EST NEW YORK (AP) - Apple is holding an event Wednesday in San Francisco, and has hinted that it will reveal a new iPad model. Rumors speak of an updated tablet with a speedier processor, a sharper screen and an option for faster wireless broadband ac ...

  11. Business Matters: Is Madonna Behind Live Nation's Stock Surge?

    February 03, 2012 6:14 PM EST Live Nation Stock Jumped After Madonna Tour Announcement Are investors excited about Madonna's upcoming tour? Or are they increasingly convinced the concert business has left its troubles behind? Maybe a bit of both. Live Nation's stock ...

  12. Business Matters: Will SOPA Turn Into a Bill Even Google Can Support?

    January 17, 2012 5:03 PM EST Obama Administration Reacts to SOPA and PIPA, Hoping For Revisions The Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) isn't dead, but expect revisions. On Saturday officials in the Obama Administration outlined their reservations with the controversial Stop O ...

  13. Business Matters: Cloud Wars Heat Up With Launch of iTunes Match in U.S.

    November 14, 2011 6:58 PM EST Cloud Wars Head Up With Launch of iTunes Match in U.S. -- iTunes Match finally debuted in the United States on Monday in an update to the iTunes software. The new service's arrival comes two days before Google is expected to launch a music do ...

  14. Pandora, Rhapsody, Songza Among Apps Available For Amazon's $199 Kindle Fire Tablet

    November 10, 2011 2:51 PM EST Buyers of Amazon's Kindle Fire, the upcoming 7" color-screen tablet, will be able to download some of the most popular music and video apps. Combined with a low price and integration with Amazon's cloud services, the Kindle Fire wil ...

  15. Kindle Fire: Low Price May Overshadow Missing Bells & Whistles

    September 29, 2011 7:44 AM EDT On Wednesday, Amazon unveiled not one, but four new Kindle products. It was the Kindle Fire that really had to tech world buzzing. The tablet was quickly called a rival to Apple's iPad, but with a much lighter price tag at $199. The product, ...

  16. Amazon Expected to Launch Tablet Today

    September 28, 2011 7:30 AM EDT NEW YORK (AP) - Amazon is expected to unveil a tablet computer Wednesday, picking a fight with Apple Inc. and its iPad. The iPad has many challengers, but analysts say Amazon's could be different - it has a chance to be more than a wannabe. A ...

  17. Amazon Q2 Profits Fall But Surpass Wall St. Expectations As Shares Rise

    July 27, 2011 6:00 AM EDT SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Amazon.com Inc. said Tuesday that its second-quarter profit fell despite a 51 percent jump in revenue as the leading online retailer spent heavily to expand its business. The results easily beat analyst expectations, as did Am ...

  18. Business Matters: The Numbers Inside the Latest Lawsuit Against Universal Music Group; Apple's Cloud and Music Publishers

    May 20, 2011 5:52 PM EDT The Numbers Inside The Latest Royalties Lawsuit Against Universal -- More artists have filed a class action lawsuit against Universal Music Group over a dispute about royalty calculations . According to the New York Times, Rob Zombie, White Zombie ...

  19. Amazon, Labels To Meet For Locker Talks: Sources

    April 13, 2011 8:38 PM EDT Amazon.com Inc is due to meet with music label executives on Thursday to hash out deals over the online retailer's controversial cloud-based media locker service that has sparked a music business uproar. Amazon launched the free digital locke ...

  20. Amazon to Sell Cheaper Kindle With On-Screen Ads

    April 12, 2011 7:20 AM EDT Amazon.com Inc. is dropping the price on its Kindle e-reader, but the change comes with a trade-off: On-screen ads. The online retailer was set to announce Tuesday that the new Kindle with Special Offers will cost $114 - $25 less than the currentl ...

  21. Business Matters: Do Teens Really Like Subscriptions Better Than Paid Downloads?

    April 07, 2011 4:45 PM EDT Do Teens Really Like Subscriptions More than Paid Downloads? When perusing the results of a Piper Jaffray survey of U.S. high school students , keep in mind there's a big difference between considering to buying a product and actually parting ...

  22. Amazon's Director Of Music Talks Cloud Drive: 'We Don't Believe We Need Licenses'

    March 29, 2011 2:02 PM EDT Amazon today launched a new music-locker service called Cloud Drive , sparking a new round of analysis over the potential impact of cloud music services and upsetting a number of major labels in the process. Amazon's director of music Craig P ...

  23. Amazon's 'Third-Rate,' Unlicensed Cloud Service 'Disappoints' Labels

    March 29, 2011 12:32 PM EDT The biggest question being asked about Amazon's new cloud music service is: "How did it beat Apple and Google to the punch? " The answer to some is: It didn't. To say that Amazon beat Apple and Google is simply unfair, because ...

  24. Forrester: iPad Not Death Sentence for Kindle

    January 05, 2011 12:00 AM EST Despite its color, sexy design and fancy apps, the iPad is not a Kindle killer-in fact, both devices will enjoy robust growth in 2011. According to a new report issued by Forrester, tablet computer sales should skyrocket this year, jumping over 13 ...

  25. U.K. Xmas TV Commercial Synchs

    November 25, 2010 12:00 AM EST With U.K. retailers currently pulling out all the stops to entice customers into their stores, Billboard.biz looks at five U.K. TV commercials - kicking off with the holiday season's biggest synch star. -- Ellie Goulding "Your Song" ...

  26. Amazon Opens In Italy

    November 24, 2010 12:00 AM EST Amazon.com, which made its first sale to an Italian customer in 1995, has finally opened a separate Amazon.it store. The Italian site launched at midnight on Nov. 22. It does not yet have an Amazon MP3 store, nor has the company signed any agreeme ...

  27. Business Matters: Must See Internet Radio Stats, Apple, OK Go and more

    November 10, 2010 12:00 AM EST Opinion and analysis of the day's music news. Surprising Internet Radio Stat of the Day -- In the mad race for an on-demand music service that can pay the bills, We7 has offered some numbers that may cause people to re-think the importance of ...

  28. With E-books Still Young, A Hit Novel Reaches 30% Digital Share

    November 09, 2010 12:00 AM EST Sales of John Grisham’s latest book, “The Confession,” have reached a digital mile marker far faster than digital albums. According to an article at the Wall Street Journal , 70,000 of the 230,000 units sold in the first week were e-book sales. Am ...

  29. Business Matters: EMI Records v. UPC, Piracy, Amazon and more

    October 12, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Opinion and analysis of the day's music news. The 'Scourge of Internet Piracy' - The ISPs may have won over record labels in an Irish court, but the judge went to great lengths to describe the damages done by piracy and the obligati ...

  30. BETTER KNOW A PANELIST: Salty Sounds' Brooke Wentz

    August 25, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Name: Brooke Wentz Title: Co-founder, Salty Sounds Panel: Sept. 15, 5:30 p.m. - Speed Networking and Sept. 16, 3:30 p.m. - Roundtable: Music Rights For Tomorrow's Mediamakers For more information or to register for our Music & Advertising ...

  31. Business Matters: Streaming Music Vs. Piracy, The Flip Side of the '6-Pack' Debated and more

    August 17, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Opinion and analysis on the day's music business news. -- According to a study commissioned by Aspiro, using a streaming music service cuts down on users’ illegal file-sharing while getting them to listen to more music and discover new music. ...

  32. Amazon Q2 Profit Jumps 45%, Misses Wall Street

    July 23, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Amazon.com Inc. said that its second-quarter net income jumped, bolstered by shoppers who spent more with the online retailer even as consumer confidence fell overall. But the Seattle-based company's earnings fell below analyst expectations, ...

  33. Business Matters: Bandcamp, Vodafone, Copyright Policy Analysis and More

    January 26, 2010 12:00 AM EST Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. Follow Billboard senior analyst Glenn Peoples on Twitter at twitter.com/billboardglenn . -- The business models of personalized radio stations sto ...

  34. Business Briefs: RealNetworks, MediaDefender, Ticketmaster, Live Nation And More

    April 03, 2009 12:00 AM EDT - Vodafone and RealNetworks have launched an unlimited music service in Spain that is bundled with an unlimited data plan. The service costs 16 euros ($21.50) per month and offers both streams and over-the-air downloads (which are locked to the de ...

  35. Amazon Launches German MP3 Store

    April 01, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Amazon.de is the latest Amazon online retail platform to offer digital downloads. The German service launched today (April 1) with a catalog of 5 million DRM-free tracks. Like the U.K. Amazon MP3 store, which launched in December, prices are compe ...