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  1. Business Matters: 75,000 Albums Released In U.S. In 2010 -- Down 22% From 2009

    February 18, 2011 1:45 PM EST -- About 75,000 albums were released in 2010, according to Nielsen, down 22% from 96,000 in 2009. Yeah, that's a big drop - especially when you consider that it includes both digital and physical formats. In fact, the number of new releases p ...

  2. Google Music: Meet The Executive Team

    February 15, 2011 5:04 PM EST The Google Music service that's become the worst-kept secret in the music industry may not be live yet, nor is it showing signs of launching anytime soon, but we are slowly getting clarity into who at Google is building the service. On Friday ...

  3. Report: Nokia - Microsoft Deal Sparks Wildfire App Development

    February 14, 2011 10:02 AM EST Mobile app tracking firm Flurry Analytics reports that it has seen a 66% spike in developer interest in Microsoft's Windows Phone 7 platform following the company's landmark partnership deal with Nokia last week. While that may not seem ...

  4. Beatles Launch A Mobile App With 'Love'

    February 08, 2011 1:04 PM EST Do-It-Yourself mobile app platform Mobile Roadie scored a huge win by powering a mobile app for "The Beatles: Love" -- the soundtrack for the Cirque du Soleil show -- which went live on the iTunes App Store today. The free app streams 30 ...

  5. Android Market Hits Web as In-App Purchasing Hits Android

    February 02, 2011 3:30 PM EST Android Web Store Now Open For Business Google unveiled a new, web-based Android Market at its Android event on Wednesday, Until now, Google offered Android apps only through a mobile-based store. Some third- party sites such as AndroidZoom have o ...

  6. Business Matters: Homeland Security Shutters Sports Sites Before Super Bowl

    February 02, 2011 2:35 PM EST Homeland Security Shuts Down Sports Sites In Advance of Super Bowl -- With so much attention going to piracy of music, television and film content, it's easy to forget that sports are a heavily pirated good as well. The fact hasn't been ...

  7. Business Matters: The Android Surge: Mobile Is No. 1, Tablets Up Ten-Fold

    February 01, 2011 1:11 PM EST Android Mobile Is No. 1 -- Android overtook Nokia for the top mobile market share in the fourth quarter of 2010, according to Canalys. Google's operating system was used on 33.3 million units shipped in the quarter, up 615% year over year and ...

  8. MIDEM: Are Mobile Apps Monetizing the Few or the Many?

    January 24, 2011 12:00 AM EST Are mobile apps just for super fans? At a MidemNET discussion on monetizing mobile apps hosted by Mobile Roadie CEO Michael Schneider, a question from the audience brought up a question that was also on other people's minds. Duncan McRae of S ...

  9. Analysis: What Verizon's iPhone Launch Really Means

    January 11, 2011 12:00 AM EST Tech pundits and analysts have been waiting for Verizon to sell the iPhone since the device was first unveiled back in 2007. Now that that day is finally here, they can now turn their attention to what it really means. What does it mean for Verizo ...

  10. @CES: Five Gadgets That Rocked This Year's Conference

    January 08, 2011 12:00 AM EST Get past all the crowds, cab lines, celebrity spokespersons, bad food and booth babes, and the 2011 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) was about nifty little gadgets -- a whole lot of nifty little gadgets that take up more show floor ex ...

  11. Business Matters: Amazon Preps Android App Store; 2010 Country Music Sales Better Than Overall Music Sales

    January 06, 2011 12:00 AM EST Amazon Preps Android App Store -- Amazon is prepping an Android app store of its own, TechCrunch reported on Wednesday just as Apple today announced it was launching an app store for its Macintosh computers and iPads. The lure is obvious beyond th ...

  12. @CES 2011: Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer's Keynote Address Focuses on Kinect, Mobile Apps. Tablets Take Backseat

    January 06, 2011 12:00 AM EST Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer led off his CES keynote tonight with a little bit of gaming and a little bit of mobile, touting impressive momentum for two of the company's larger initiatives of the last year. On the gaming side, Ballmer proudly ...

  13. MTV's Music Meter Expanding To Select Samsung TVs

    January 05, 2011 12:00 AM EST MTV is expanding its Music Meter artist discovery service to Internet-connected TVs manufactured by Samsung. Under the deal, Samsung will include the Music Meter on select HDTVs, as well as Blu-ray players and home thearter systems through its Sam ...

  14. Business Matters: Google Android On Way To Surpassing iPhone & Blackberry

    January 04, 2011 12:00 AM EST Google's Android Smartphone On Way To Surpassing iPhone & Blackberry Sales -- We're getting closer to the day when Google is the preferred company of the music fan. The smartphone market is practically in a three-way dead heat, accor ...

  15. Google Building Digital Newsstand To Compete With Apple

    January 03, 2011 12:00 AM EST Google Inc has approached several magazine publishers about creating a digital newsstand, in a move that could open a new front in the Internet company's rivalry with Apple Inc, according to a news report. The digital newsstand would provide ...

  16. Android MP3 Player Leak Suggests Google Is Gearing Up To Challenge Apple iTunes; Can A Google Music Store Or Cloud Service Be Far Behind?

    December 28, 2010 12:00 AM EST Google-owned Android phones are doing a fine job of grabbing market share without a killer MP3 music player like iTunes. With an improved MP3 player, however, Android could make significant inroads on the iPhone as the device of choice for music l ...

  17. Cloud Music App mSpot Now Available For iPhone

    December 15, 2010 12:00 AM EST Apple has not yet offered a cloud-music service on its own, but a new app available in the App Store hopes to fill that void. The mSpot music app lets users store up to 2GB of compressed music files in a cloud-based locker, and then stream it to t ...

  18. Will the Android Be the Dominant App Platform of 2011?

    December 13, 2010 12:00 AM EST Depending on who you believe, the Android smartphone platform either is or isn't going to be the dominant app environment for 2011. On the pro side is famed VC Fred Wilson of Union Square Ventures, who last week on his A VC blog said Android ...

  19. Google Gaining On Booming Smartphone Market

    November 01, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Google's Android software platform rose to No. 2 spot globally on the booming smartphone market in the third quarter, research firm Canalys said on Monday (Nov. 1). Nokia's Symbian continued to lead the market with a 37% share, while And ...

  20. Business Matters: Android, Lady Gaga, Google TV and more

    October 26, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Opinion and analysis of the day's music news. Android Hits 100K Mark -- Android has reached 100,000 apps in its app store, a threefold increase since March. Google says there are now 270,000 developers writing software for Android. Apple’s Ap ...

  21. Guest Post: Girlilla's Digital Marketing Tips

    October 20, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Jennie Smythe is the CEO of Nashville-based Girlilla Marketing , a full service strategic digital marketing firm. In this post she talks about the trends and companies she's watching right now. APPS Geesh, that’s the keyword, isn’t it? You he ...

  22. Business Matters: A Look At Apple's Q4 Numbers

    October 19, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Opinion and analysis of the day's music news. A Look At Apple's Q4 Sales Numbers -- Here's a quick look at the sales stats from Apple 's fiscal 2010 fourth quarter ended Sept. 25: 3.89 million Macs (up 27% from last Q4), 14.1 m ...

  23. Google Trumps Wall Street Targets

    October 15, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Google Inc eased fears that big spending would erode margins as its results blew past Wall Street's targets, and the Web search leader revealed for the first time the strength of its fledgling mobile and online display ad businesses. Analysts ...

  24. Thumbplay Touts 500,000 Downloads, Reveals User Stats

    October 13, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Thumbplay Music revealed that its mobile music streaming app has been downloaded more than 500,000 times since it was first released earlier this year. It originally came out on the Blackberry platform, and since expanded to Android and the iPhone ...

  25. Microsoft Unveils Windows Phone 7 Rollout Plans

    October 11, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Microsoft today unveiled the rollout plans for its long-promised smartphone platform Windows Phone 7. There will be nine different phone models featuring the software for sale starting Nov. 8. Participating manufacturers include LG, Samsung, HTC a ...

  26. BACKBEAT: @Billboard's Mobile Entertainment Live Music App Summit

    October 05, 2010 12:00 AM EDT “Stand on your chair and call bullshit when you start to hear some on stage,” Bill Werde , editorial director for Billboard, encouraged a room fill of music and tech industry players this morning during opening remarks at the Billboard Mobile Ente ...

  27. @MEL: Motorola Defies WIRED Magazine, Says Web Is Not Dead

    October 05, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The web is not dead, it's just gone mobile, said Motorola Mobile Devices vice president Christy Wyatt, giving a keynote speech at the Music App summit of Billboard's Mobile Entertainment Live today in San Francisco. Motorola has gone all ...

  28. Report: Amazon Close To Android App Store Launch

    September 28, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Amazon reportedly is close to launching its own app store for the Android mobile phone operating system. Details are sketchy still, but according to TechCrunch , essentially the program asks developers to create apps for the Amazon-branded app mar ...

  29. mSpot Reveals Music App Downloads

    September 23, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Amid all the talk about cloud-based music lockers, such as that reportedly being proposed by Google , there's the nagging question of whether consumers will even go for the idea. mSpot, a far smaller provider of mobile music services, recentl ...

  30. Exclusive: Sources Detail Google's Proposal For A Music Service

    September 14, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Google is circulating a proposal among major record labels for a long-anticipated music service that would include an a la carte digital download store and a subscription-based cloud-based locker, according to industry sources. The search giant ha ...

  31. Questions For The Coming Verizon App Store

    September 14, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Verizon Wireless seems poised to go beyond merely dabbling its toes in the app store waters and finally fully jump into the pool with its VCast Apps store. VCast Apps to date has operated as a sort of sub-store in the Android Market, listing apps ...

  32. Music App Summit: Decision-Makers Discuss Past, Present and Future of Mobile Music Apps

    September 13, 2010 12:00 AM EDT This year’s Mobile Entertainment Live: The Music App Summit is taking place Oct. 5 in San Francisco and will be a high-level meeting of the main players involved in making music-relates smartphone apps. They include the leading app developers, VCs ...

  33. Gaming Apps Top Pick Among Smartphone Owners

    September 10, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The massive popularity and business opportunity provided by mobile applications continue to generate plenty of research from analyst groups. A new report from Nielsen says the average smartphone owner has 27 apps installed on their device of choic ...

  34. Business Matters: Smartphone Forecast For 2014, Google, IODA and more

    September 09, 2010 12:00 AM EDT WHAT THE SMARTPHONE MARKET WILL LOOK LIKE IN 2014 -- Apple is making a few moves to help app developers. First, it has decided to lift restrictions that prevented developers from using third-party tools to rewrite the code from another platform. T ...

  35. Business Matters: Google's Music Plans, Walkman Outsells iPod and more

    September 03, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Opinion and analysis of the day's music news. GOOGLE'S MUSIC PLANS: MOBILE, BROWSER Google's music plans are being welcomed by executives who have heard the pitch, according to an LA Times article. The article gives away only two ti ...

  36. Apple, Google To Clash In Music Space By Christmas

    September 02, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Google Inc. is in talks with music labels on plans for a download store and a digital song locker that would allow its mobile users to play songs wherever they are as it steps up its rivalry with Apple Inc, according to people familiar with the ma ...

  37. Here's What The Smartphone Market Will Look Like In 2013

    August 20, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Are mobile app stores the wave of the future or just another passing digital fad? Berlin-based research group Research2guidance sees a bright future in the market, predicting that the worldwide smartphone application market will reach $15 billion ...

  38. Billboard Announces Music App Summit Keynote Program

    August 17, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The activity around mobile music apps is at an all-time high, but few seem to know what strategies are working, which ones are profitable, and where the fast-changing market will go next. The aim of Billboard’s upcoming Mobile Entertainment Live: ...

  39. Low Prices Drive Q2 Phone Sales

    August 12, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Sales of mobile phones rose 13.8% to 326 million units in the second quarter of 2010 compared to the prior year, but average selling prices fell by more than expected amid intense competition, IT research firm Gartner said. Sales of smartphones ro ...

  40. Analysis: Will Google Music Be Good For The Industry?

    August 09, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Is Google’s upcoming foray into digital music good or bad for record labels, publishers, songwriters and performers? History tells us to expect pushback from copyright owners as well as an eventual agreement, but not everybody in the industry will ...

  41. Google Android Gains Pace, Social Web A Focus: CEO

    August 05, 2010 12:00 AM EDT About 200,000 smartphones and other devices based on Google's Android operating system are sold every day, CEO Eric Schmidt said, underscoring the strong challenge to rivals like Apple's iPhone. The world's No.1 search engine is hun ...

  42. Business Matters: Android Vs. iPhone, Radiohead, DMCA Takedowns and more

    August 03, 2010 12:00 AM EDT WHO'S WINNING THE SMARTPHONE WARS -- Google’s Android operating system has 27% of recent smartphone owners and now accounts for 13% of all smartphones. In the last six months, however, Android has accounted for 33% of new smartphones. And Nie ...

  43. Mobile Roadie Launches New App Builder

    July 28, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Self-service mobile app builder Mobile Roadie unveiled a new version of its service that provides even greater customization options, called Mobile Roadie Pro. The service lets users log in to an online app management tool, and then provide conten ...

  44. Google Hires Attorney For New Music Service

    July 21, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Google seems to be getting serious about its much-rumored music service, hiring music licensing attorney Elizabeth Moody to spearhead label negotiations, Billboard has confirmed. To date, nothing Google has done required music industry licensing. ...

  45. LoKast Hits Android Devices

    July 21, 2010 12:00 AM EDT NearVerse has extended its LoKast content sharing smartphone app to Android devices. Any user with the app installed can browse through the content stored on any other user’s device, so long as they are within 300 feet of each other. And the conte ...

  46. Shazam App Expanding Paid Version To Android

    July 14, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Music ID app Shazam is expanding the paid version of its popular mobile app to Android mobile phones. Shazam Encore, the premium version of the app, is now available in the Android Marketplace for $5, which offers the ability to ID an unlimited nu ...

  47. Rdio, MP3Tunes Roll Out Android Apps

    July 14, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The Android smartphone platform keeps gaining new music traction, this time adding support for digital music services Rdio and MP3Tunes. The free Rdio Android app went live today in beta, allowing users to browse and listen to playlists saved in t ...

  48. Google App Inventor Opens App Dev To Anyone

    July 12, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Google’s Android smartphone technology is already taking off as the fastest-growing, if not largest, smartphone platform on the market. In an effort to provide additional momentum, the company is now providing a tool to allow even those with no pr ...

  49. Apple Celebrates App Store Anniversary Amid Mounting Challenges

    July 09, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Apple’s App Store will celebrate its two-year anniversary this weekend, and the numbers its reached so far are staggering. More than a quarter of a million applications developed and posted to the store. Five billion apps downloads. More than $1 b ...

  50. Google Music Watch: Here's The Latest

    July 06, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The rumored Google Music service will launch in the fourth quarter, according to tech blog Gizmodo , which cited an interview with Google's Android product manager Gaurav Jain in an Israeli newspaper. The Q4 launch would correspond with that ...

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