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  1. HMV's Software Pulled from App Store, Apple’s Spirit of Competition Questioned

    October 23, 2013 5:38 AM EDT Britain’s Entertainment Retailers Assn. has called on Apple's iTunes to “act responsibly” after the digital music giant yanked HMV’s iOS app from its app ecosystem. In what appears to be a purely protectionist move, British-based retail cha ...

  2. Hewlett-Packard Fighting Lawsuit Over 'Chubby Checker' Penis-Measuring App

    August 15, 2013 6:58 PM EDT Hewlett-Packard says that a lawsuit over a mobile phone app allowing men to measure the size of their penis doesn't add up. At issue is the "Chubby Checker,"  the punning app which in February provoked action in California federal ...

  3. Apple iTunes Breaks Sales Records In Q3

    July 23, 2013 6:01 PM EDT Even though iPad sales stumbled in the third quarter, Apple Inc.'s iTunes store continued to rock on, according to the company latest earnings report released Tuesday. The iTunes store "generated record billings of $4.3 billion in the ...

  4. Don Was On Blue Note's 'Radical' Spotify App, OpenEMI, Revitalizing Label at FutureSound Keynote

    November 16, 2012 10:10 AM EST Was, Not Was: Don Was (left) being interviewed by Steve Jang: Co-Founder/CEO, Soundtracking at Billboard's FutureSound Conference. (Photo: Arnold Turner) Blue Note Records president Don Was told San Francisco technologists that the label' ...

  5. Blue Note Records App for iPad Breaks New Ground With OpenEMI Initiative

    October 04, 2012 2:09 PM EDT The iPad app released by Blue Note Records on Thursday appears to offer a wonderful experience through the legendary jazz label's storied history. But the real kicker here is how the app was made. The Blue Note app is the first commercially r ...

  6. From This Week's Billboard: EMI Opens Up The Vault

    September 21, 2012 2:04 PM EDT Below is an excerpt from the feature story "EMI Opens Up The Vault" -- a look at EMI's attempts to create an API to encourage app development -- from this week's edition of Billboard Magazine, which also features our cover stor ...

  7. Live Nation, TicketMaster, StubHub Apps Add Support For Apple's New Passbook

    September 20, 2012 9:40 AM EDT Apple began pushing out its new iOS 6 operating system Wednesday that includes support for Passbook , a new Apple application that acts like a wallet for concert tickets, boarding passes, movie tickets, retail coupons and loyalty cards. Applicatio ...

  8. Morning Fix: UMG-EMI Merger, YouTube Goes iOS, Russell Simmons Writes To Jay-Z

    September 11, 2012 7:34 AM EDT Head HERE to subscribe to Billboard's free music-business newsletters. SPOTIFY PRICING STAYING PUT: Spotify is set on its current prices as reports circulate its working on a browser-based version of its subscription service. Well, for the mo ...

  9. Dan Deacon's Concert App: Developer Talks Inspiration, Ideation, Creation

    September 06, 2012 5:04 PM EDT With the release of his newest album titled simply "America," electronic musician Dan Deacon has debuted a free smartphone app available for Android and iOS that will, among other things, greatly impact his live shows . Deacon's new ...

  10. Grooveshark Don't Need No Stinkin' App, Debuts HTML5 Mobile Site

    September 05, 2012 5:51 PM EDT Grooveshark launched an HTML5 mobile site Wednesday that should provide an adequate workaround for its problems with the Apple and Google app stores. After a year and a half removed from Google's app store, Grooveshark's Android app reap ...

  11. SongPop Music Quiz App Strikes Social-Gaming Gold

    August 15, 2012 4:54 PM EDT Whenever a music app cracks the top 10 in the ( lowercase ) app stores, we pay attention. While we look at music apps all day, these sudden rushes of popularity are a nice reminder that non-music-nerds get down with this stuff too. SongPop , a rid ...

  12. Why Apple's Decision to Drop YouTube from iOS Is a Big Deal for Music, Apps

    August 08, 2012 3:52 PM EDT When the very first iPhone shipped, literally changing the world as we knew it, it carried a little Trojan horse inside of it called YouTube. The app for Google's video sharing site comes standard with every single iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touc ...

  13. Will Spotify Roll Out Third-Party Mobile Apps?

    August 06, 2012 1:29 PM EDT As of today, the Spotify desktop client contains 44 optional apps with which users can play music. Is Spotify planning to do the same on the mobile side? Our tipster thinks so We're somewhat obsessed with Spotify apps , because they let devel ...

  14. Business Matters: Is the Luster Off Social Media?

    July 31, 2012 5:35 PM EDT Is the Luster Off Social Media? -- Social media doesn't look as sexy as it did in 2011. Fortunately, investors are not punishing companies just for being affiliated with Facebook. Facebook hit a new all-time low of $21.61 on Tuesday. It was a ...

  15. Music App Machine: Scaleable Apps for Major Label Artists

    July 24, 2012 4:36 PM EDT Nearly three years ago, it was already clear that music apps were going to become a major avenue for all things music, especially for letting artists distribute stuff directly to fans . Some of us even think they could be a major source of music r ...

  16. This Week in Music Apps: Automatic Sheet Music, Free MIDI, Your Own Rap Mixtape

    July 13, 2012 4:35 PM EDT As we begin to dig into the second half of 2012, stories and fun abound in the world of music -- to pluck out a few random examples, the Roskilde Festival in Denmark went off, Dan Deacon put together a Steve Reich -esque version of "Call Me M ...

  17. Business Matters: How Soundrop Is Helping Build the Spotify Economy

    June 12, 2012 6:58 PM EDT Soundrop Benefits From The Spotify Economy -- In a sign that at least one investor thinks Spotify is a valuable platform with longevity, Soundrop raised $3 million in funding from Northzone for its social listening app built specifically for the S ...

  18. 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 ...

  19. iTunes App Store: 30 Billion Downloads, $7.14 Billion in Revenue

    June 11, 2012 6:07 PM EDT McDonalds used to track how many customers it had served on its store's signs, until the number grew too large; now, the signs simply read "billions and billions served." The iTunes app store is headed in the same direction. Apple T ...

  20. Facebook Rolling Out Centralized App Center

    June 08, 2012 7:55 AM EDT NEW YORK (AP) -- There's more to Facebook apps than "Angry Birds" and Pinterest, but many users wouldn't know that because there hasn't been a good, central way to find them. Facebook Inc. is trying to change that. On Thur ...

  21. Business Matters: @NARM Royalties Are Getting Messier; Can the Problem Be Fixed?

    May 10, 2012 8:54 PM EDT @NARM Royalties Are Getting Messier; Can the Problem Be Fixed? -- Digital music has record labels and artists swimming -- some may say drowning -- in a sea of data. The NARM panel "Commerce vs. Royalties: Fitting a Square Peg in a Round Role& ...

  22. ShareMyPlaylists Launches iOS App For iPhone, iPad

    May 07, 2012 3:37 PM EDT ShareMyPlaylists homepage featuring mixes of Notorious B.I.G. samples and another of Drum 'n Bass ShareMyPlaylists.com has announced the launch of a new music discovery iOS app based around curated Spotify playlists. Since its launch in 2009, ...

  23. eMusic Launches New Android App

    April 23, 2012 8:01 AM EDT There are two things you should know about eMusic's first smartphone app: it's available only for the Android operating system, and it's pretty good. The app debuted Monday and is available in the Google Play app store. eMusic is jo ...

  24. Business Matters: TuneUp Media Launches Music I.D. App With Approach Different from Shazam and SoundHound

    April 19, 2012 6:41 PM EDT TuneUp Recognizes Music, But Also Cleans Up Your Music Collection Apparently the market for music identification apps isn't too crowded for new competitor. TuneUp Media has released a song identification app for iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad to ...

  25. Record Store Day 2012: Useful Apps, In-Store Performances, More

    April 18, 2012 7:45 AM EDT Record Store Day is right around the corner (this Saturday April 21, but you already knew that), so here's a few updates and miscellaneous pieces of information that will help you manage your weekend and make it as enjoyable as possible. Reco ...

  26. 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 ...

  27. Business Matters: Spotify's Reported $4 Billion Valuation in Perspective

    March 26, 2012 5:08 PM EDT Spotify Looking For Billions In Funding Spotify is reported to be seeking funding of $3.5 billion, according to Business Insider , or $4 billion, according to the Financial Times . The company has over 10 million active users, well over 3 million ...

  28. Business Matters: When is it Safe to Say Google Music Has Failed?

    February 24, 2012 4:28 PM EST When is it Safe to Say Google Music Has Failed? -- Google's giant footprint was to give Google Music unparalleled access to music lovers. But according to a report by CNET's Greg Sandoval, Google Music has disappointed industry executive ...

  29. Shazam To Offer Exclusive Content For Fans Tagging Songs During Super Bowl

    February 02, 2012 11:00 AM EST Screenshot of Shazam tagging Superbowl content courtesy of Shazam Shazam, the fourth-most-popular iOS app of all time, plans to let Superbowl viewers tag the audio coming out of their television sets on Sunday. Tagging audio essentially provides l ...

  30. Billboard Power 100: Eddy Cue and Robert Kondrk

    January 27, 2012 10:00 AM EST No. 11 Eddy Cue & Robert Kondrk Senior VP of Internet Software and Services; Senior Director Apple Twitter: @cue Leading A Digital Juggernaut... Apple's Eddy Cue (pictured) and Robert Kondrk are the people behind the world's biggest ...

  31. This Week in Music Apps: Animoog for iPhone, Alien Beatbox, Nicki Minaj

    January 09, 2012 5:25 PM EST It's a new year for Evolver.fm ; we figured, why not celebrate it by continuing to bring you the best new music app coverage we can offer? (We'd call it a resolution, but we plan on actually following through with this one.) Welcome to t ...

  32. Mashbox, Beatport's New iPad App, Allows Users To Make Mashups w/ Tiesto, Moby & Diplo

    December 09, 2011 8:45 AM EST Today (Dec.9) Beatport -- a global digital music store with one of the largest collections of electronic music -- announced the launch of Mashbox , an iPad app that allows music fans to create custom mashups by combining tracks from some of the wo ...

  33. Adele, Instagram Top iTunes 'Rewind 2011' Year-End Charts

    December 08, 2011 5:21 PM EST iTunes launched its Rewind 2011 year-end charts and awards today; among the big winners for the platorm in music and apps are Adele, Foo Fighters, and Instagram. Adele dominated music sales on iTunes this year, swooping up titles for Top-Selling S ...

  34. EMI, Echo Nest Team Up to Give App Developers a 'Sandbox' of Music, Marketing

    November 03, 2011 11:17 AM EDT Echo Nest and EMI Music have partnered to give app developers access to EMI's catalog and marketing support for their creations. The effort is part of EMI Music's OpenEMI initiative, the company's effort to streamline the music lice ...

  35. This Week In Music Apps: Mobile Music Making, Bandcamp + Facebook, Channeling Your Inner Broadway Star

    October 27, 2011 3:00 PM EDT This week's edition is mostly about music-making apps, but it's also 1/8th about musicals. Speaking of fractions, we're more than two-thirds of the way through October, which means that (in New England at least) it's finally st ...

  36. Shazam Reverts Back To Free

    September 29, 2011 8:55 AM EDT Shazam, the firm behind the music identification app of the same name, today removed the limitations on how many songs users can ID for free when using its free iPod app. Those paying for the Shazam Encore premium app have long been able to ID as ...

  37. 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 ...

  38. Here Come The Spotify Apps

    September 01, 2011 11:57 AM EDT Spotify opened up its code to iOS developers on Wednesday, with big implications for music on the iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad. Starting today, developers can build Apple iOS apps that play anything from Spotify's entire 15-million-song-plus ...

  39. Apple Promotes iTunes' Cue

    September 01, 2011 11:44 AM EDT Anyone involved in the digital side of the music biz probably knows Apple's Eddy Cue, who until recently was VP of iTunes. No longer. As one of the first executive moves of incoming CEO Tim Cook, Cue has been promoted to senior VP of Internet ...

  40. This Week In Music Apps: Groove Machines, Home Music Networks and a Classical Education

    August 17, 2011 2:16 PM EDT It's a new week, which means it's time for the latest installation of Evolver.fm's "This Week In Music Apps" series featuring the most exciting, new and/or updated releases for Apple iOS, Google Android, and the web. We� ...

  41. Rdio Tests Apple Subscription Rules With New iPad App

    August 04, 2011 1:31 PM EDT Subscription music service Rdio introduced its first iPad app today , which is notable less for its features and more for the way its signing up users. Due to Apple's new rules for signing up subscribers through apps downloaded from the App S ...

  42. Univision Launches Radio App for iPhone

    August 02, 2011 3:45 PM EDT Listeners of Univision radio stations nationwide will now be able to access most of their local stations anywhere via the newly launched Univision Radio App for iPhone and iPod touch. Available on iTunes' App store, the app allows users to ac ...

  43. Rdio Teases New Plan Features, iPad App

    July 27, 2011 12:22 PM EDT subscribers (http://www.billboard.biz/bbbiz/industry/digital-and-mobile/spotify-u-s-70-000-reasons ...

  44. Business Matters: Piracy Ravages Earnings in App World

    July 15, 2011 6:09 PM EDT Maybe It's Time for App Developers to Start Selling T-Shirts -- Piracy is no longer a problem for legacy entertainment companies like record labels and film studios. Mobile app developers now must deal with their pirated games being available ...

  45. Katy Perry Launches Free Mobile App, But Does it Work Equally Well On All Smartphones?

    July 12, 2011 4:50 PM EDT Katy Perry has officially launched her new free mobile app for iPhone and Android, courtesy of Mobile Roadie, offering fans access to a library of Perry content on the go. The app is colorful and quirky, just like the 26-year-old pop star, and let ...

  46. Business Matters: Could Deal Between ISPs and Entertainment Companies Be a Global Model?

    July 07, 2011 5:56 PM EDT The Adam Smith Approach to Piracy: A Global Model? -- The press releases were flying as trade groups and varied associations quickly came out in favor of the graduated response agreement between U.S. Internet service providers and the music, telev ...

  47. This Week in Apps: Pitbull's Planet Pit and Roba, Incubus with Viddy, Radical.fm, More

    July 01, 2011 2:40 PM EDT Planet Pit Pitbull is supporting the release of his latest album, "Planet Pit," an iPad app off the same name. Developed by ROBA Interactive, the app provides several hours of behind-the-scenes interviews on the making of every track, re ...

  48. Colin Beswick: 30 Under 30

    July 01, 2011 10:00 AM EDT Colin Beswick Manager of Creative Content and Music Licensing, Disney Mobile Colin Beswick's age has served him well at Disney Mobile. An invested concert-goer and indie music fan, he has a considerable curative edge. The 27-year-old started ...

  49. Hitlantis Music Discovery Raises $1.5 Million

    June 27, 2011 1:24 PM EDT Hitlantis announced Monday (June 27) that it has raised $1.5 million in fresh funding for its music discovery service. The funding came from angel investors and includes private investments from senior Nokia executives and other private individual ...

  50. Apple Drops Subscription Rules That Threatened Music Services

    June 09, 2011 11:58 AM EDT Remember those new app rules Apple implemented a few months back that freaked out every subscription music service with an iPhone app? Well, looks like Apple has backed down. According to MacRumors , the company has "quietly changed its guide ...

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