Apple Inc.

  1. Apple Store Is Down Ahead of New iPhone, Smartwatch Reveal

    September 09, 2014 10:23 AM EDT Looking to buy an iPhone that will likely be old and cheaper in a couple hours? Too bad, Apple's online store is officially down so that the trend-setting company can update product listings ahead of Tuesday's big announcement. Apple is ...

  2. Steve Jobs vs. Tim Cook: The Apple CEOs' Major Differences

    May 12, 2014 4:53 PM EDT "Think different" became Apple's creed during the late Steve Jobs' reign as CEO. Now, chief executive Tim Cook is embracing that idea while making decisions that might have seemed crazy to his fabled predecessor. Apple's p ...

  3. Samsung Infringed Apple Patents, Jury Says

    May 02, 2014 9:09 PM EDT A California jury has determined that Samsung infringed Apple smartphone patents and awarded $120 million damages. The panel delivered its verdict in federal court in San Jose on Friday in the latest lawsuit involving the two tech giants. Apple In ...

  4. Apple Shares Surge on Earnings, Dividend Boost

    April 23, 2014 7:52 PM EDT Apple Inc. on Wednesday posted a modest 4.7% increase in sales and a 7% jump in profit its second quarter that nevertheless beat the expectations of Wall Street analysts and helped send the company's stock soaring more than 8% following the f ...

  5. Underwhelming Start to iTunes Radio Lights Fire Under Apple

    April 09, 2014 10:00 AM EDT The failure of iTunes Radio to halt the decline of music downloads has prompted Apple Inc. to consider the most dramatic overhaul of its iTunes music store in more than a decade, according to executives familiar with Apple’s internal delibera ...

  6. Apple Presses Labels For More 'Beyonce'-Type Exclusives In Wake of Downloads' Slide

    February 28, 2014 2:22 PM EST iTunes wants more exclusive ‘Beyonce time’ for downloads   THIS ARTICLE IS FROM THE NEW BILLBOARD GET THIS WEEK'S ISSUE – SUBSCRIBE TO BILLBOARD HERE – IPAD EDITION Apple Inc.’s music chief Robert Kondrk has been pressuring major labels ...

  7. Digital Notes: Music Apps Gain Revenue, Vevo Grows Views, Frank & Oak Leverages SoundCloud

    February 19, 2014 9:00 AM EST Music Apps Rock On -- While digital track sales may have fallen 5.7% last year, revenue generated by music apps grew 77% in 2013. This bit of good news comes from a report released Wednesday from App Annie and IHS. Among the biggest revenue-gene ...

  8. iTunes Lists Best-Sellers, Names Justin Timberlake Artist of the Year, Lorde Best Song

    December 17, 2013 4:31 PM EST Apple Inc. this week released its annual lists of best-sellers, as well as a handful of awards for songs, albums and podcasts that its editors handpicked. The lists are particularly interesting because of Apple's market dominance, owning 63% ...

  9. Apple Shares Volatile on Lower Profits, Outlook

    October 28, 2013 6:45 PM EDT Apple Inc. on Monday posted lower profits but higher revenue as sales from the iTunes store and from iPhones more than offset declines in Macs and iPods. Apple Unveils New Macs, iPads, (Free) Desktop Software What To Expect at Today's Apple ...

  10. Apple iTunes Radio’s Promise Vs. Its Delivery: A Report Card

    September 19, 2013 7:20 AM EDT iTunes Radio, after much chatter and speculation, has finally gone live as a feature in Apple Inc.’s new iOS 7 operating system, which also featured a new configuration of iTunes itself.  Apple iTunes Radio Launching Sept. 18, Called 'Pur ...

  11. Pepsi's Frank Cooper Talks iTunes Radio, Exclusive Brand Channels (Exclusive)

    September 18, 2013 6:56 PM EDT Apple’s long-awaited launch of iTunes Radio on Wednesday brings an exclusive list of sponsors -- McDonald’s, Nissan, and Procter & Gamble among them -- but only one with its own branded stations. Pepsi, iTunes Radio’s premier beverage spons ...

  12. New Apple TV Software Turns iOS Device Into a Portable Remote Control for Your Music

    September 17, 2013 2:56 PM EDT Apple reportedly plans to release new software on Sep. 18 for its popular Apple TV hardware ($99), which lets you listen to music on nice speakers and watch video on a big screen by routing them through your iOS device. The way it works for musi ...

  13. Apple iTunes Radio Launching Sept. 18, Called 'Pure Dose of Awesomeness'

    September 10, 2013 2:30 PM EDT Apple Inc. on Tuesday announced it will flip the switch for its Internet radio feature on Sept. 18, when the company releases its next operating system, iOS 7.  The radio streaming function, which will catapult Apple into the ad-supported str ...

  14. What to Expect from Apple's Expected iTunes Radio Announcement

    September 09, 2013 1:50 PM EDT There has been a lot of speculation about iTunes Radio since word first broke last year that Apple had started discussions with record labels. Although opinions won't come until people get actual hands-on experience with the product on T ...

  15. Business Matters: Apple iTunes Radio Vs. Downloads and The Innovator's Dilemma

    September 06, 2013 6:26 PM EDT Nearly all companies must eventually embrace innovation or risk injury. As the music business follows consumers' shift to streaming media, Apple will eventually abandon part of what made it successful. iTunes Radio, expected to launch Tue ...

  16. Business Matters: Behind Apple iTunes Radio’s Launch Strategy

    August 20, 2013 6:37 PM EDT Don't expect a soft launch for iTunes Radio. Apple has lined up blue chip advertisers for its upcoming launch next month of iTunes Radio, according to an Ad Age report . McDonald’s, Nissan, Pepsi and Procter & Gamble were named as ad ...

  17. U.S. Justice Department Seeks Oversight of Apple's iTunes Store Following Anti-Trust Ruling (Updated)

    August 02, 2013 12:45 PM EDT Editor's note: The following story was updated with Apple's response to the Department of Justice's remedies after it was originally published. Following a victory against Apple in an anti-trust lawsuit on July 10, the Department ...

  18. Australian Inquiry Into Price Hikes for iTunes, Software Propose Geo-Block Ban

    July 30, 2013 2:57 AM EDT An Australian parliamentary inquiry into the high prices of digital music and software Down Under has recommended that consumers find ways to legally bypass geo-blocking technology to find a better deal. A total ban on geo-blocking hasn’t been r ...

  19. 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 ...

  20. From The Magazine: Will iTunes Radio Pay Off?

    June 17, 2013 2:45 PM EDT This story on Apple's business model for its just-launched iTunes Radio is from the latest edition of Billboard (cover date June 22, 2013). Also featured in this issue: a look at Pandora's terrestrial radio purchase; the declining va ...

  21. Apple Debuts iTunes Radio

    June 10, 2013 3:27 PM EDT Apple finally introduced the world to its anticipated Internet radio service at its World Wide Developers Conference Monday. Called iTunes Radio, the service works on iPhones, iPod Touches, iPads, iTunes on Mac computers and AppleTV. It will ...

  22. Apple's 2013 WWDC Conference: What to Expect

    June 09, 2013 3:39 PM EDT Apple is expected to reveal a digital radio service and changes to the software behind iPhones and iPads on Monday as the company opens its annual conference for software developers. Apple hasn't said what it will unveil at the Worldwide ...

  23. 7digital to Power Internet Radio Services

    June 06, 2013 9:00 AM EDT The Internet radio market is about to get more crowded. 7digital announced Thursday a new streaming radio solution that will help smaller services better compete with names like Pandora, Clear Channel and Apple. The service provides an enhanced ...

  24. Publishers to Get Bigger Payday From Apple Thanks to Direct Licensing Deals

    June 05, 2013 6:09 PM EDT In cutting a deal with the Warner Music Group, sources say Apple caved on publishing and has agreed to pay at least 10 percent of advertising revenue to license the songs, sources say. While the WMG deal is for both master rights and publishin ...

  25. Apple CEO Tim Cook To Senate Panel: 'We Pay All the Taxes We Owe - Every Single Dollar'

    May 21, 2013 3:42 PM EDT Apple's CEO is disputing assertions by a Senate panel that the company avoids billions of dollars in U.S. taxes by shifting profits to foreign affiliates. Tim Cook testified at a hearing Tuesday by the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Inves ...

  26. Apple, Universal Music Group Reach Agreement for iRadio Service: Report

    May 09, 2013 10:14 PM EDT Universal Music Group has agreed to license its songs to Apple Inc.'s proposed iRadio streaming service, according to the Financial Times.  With the largest record company in the bag, the Cupertino, California, hardware company now only nee ...

  27. From SoundJam to 25 Billion Songs Sold: An iTunes Timeline on Its Tenth Anniversary

    April 28, 2013 2:31 PM EDT July 2000 Apple acquires SoundJam, the music management software that would become iTunes January 9, 2001 iTunes 1.0 music software is launched. It is available only for Mac users. 7 Ways iTunes Changed the Music Biz: Doug Morris, Jeff Price, Mo ...

  28. The Evolution of iTunes: The Birth of a Colossus

    April 26, 2013 3:01 PM EDT This is an excerpt from an article that first appeared in the May 4, 2013 issue of Billboard magazine, which also features our cover story on Rod Stewart's return to rock, an in-depth look at the 10th anniversary of the iTunes Music Store, ...

  29. What Is iTunes Today?

    April 26, 2013 11:22 AM EDT This article first appeared in the May 4, 2013 issue of Billboard magazine, which also features our cover story on Rod Stewart's return to rock, an in-depth look at the 10th anniversary of the iTunes Music Store, our incomparable charts and ...

  30. After a Decade of iTunes Dominance, Apple Has a Tough Choice: Guest Post by Jason Herskowitz

    April 25, 2013 5:45 PM EDT Jason Herskowitz is a core contributor and co-founder of Tomahawk, an open-source music platform that creates a music aggregation and interoperability layer across music providers. Last month, he wrote an guest post for Billboard.biz called “ Su ...

  31. Business Matters: The Importance of Apple's Ecosystem

    April 25, 2013 5:01 PM EDT It's no secret that Apple's ecosystem is vital to the company's success. Now two of the three ratings agencies agree. Because Apple plans to access the debt markets (it will allow the company to return cash to shareholders without ...

  32. Seven Ways iTunes Changed the Music Industry

    April 25, 2013 4:34 PM EDT In less than 10 years, iTunes has become so embedded in people’s everyday lives that it has all but disappeared into the overall fabric of our digital commerce. It’s hard to remember a time when selling a song by itself for $3.49 was an opti ...

  33. Apple Grossed $43.6 Billion Last Quarter, Surpassing Expectations

    April 23, 2013 5:01 PM EDT Apple posted revenue of $43.6 billion and net profit of $9.5 billion, or $10.09 per share, in the quarter ended March 31. Both figures surpassed analysts' expectations. However, the company's 37.5% gross margin, down from 47.4% a year ...

  34. Morning Fix: Hilco Buys HMV; YouTube, UMPG's Multi-National Pub Deal; Anthony, Santos, Tapia To Play Billboard Latin Music Awards

    April 05, 2013 9:18 AM EDT Get the Morning Fix Delivered Directly To Your Inbox HERE . HILCO BUYS HMV HMV has been handed a lifeline. Retail restructuring specialist Hilco has swooped in with a rescue package for the British chain -- reportedly worth some £50 million ($76 ...

  35. Apple Is Pitching Labels Half of Pandora's Royalty Rate for Upcoming Internet Radio Service

    March 07, 2013 3:41 PM EST Apple has pitched record labels a per-stream royalty of 0.06 cents per stream, or half of what pure-play webcasters like Pandora currently pay for performing sound recordings, for its upcoming Internet radio service, according to a record label ...

  36. iTunes Crosses 25 Billion Songs Sold, Now Sells 21 Million Songs a Day

    February 06, 2013 7:47 PM EST Nearly a decade after Apple Inc. launched its iTunes music store, the company surpassed 25 billion songs sold. The online store, which has expanded its offerings in recent years to include digital books, games, applications, magazines, movies an ...

  37. Business Matters: Apple Sets iTunes Record But Misses Bigger Expectations

    January 24, 2013 5:14 PM EST Apple set a new iTunes record, but fell short of some analysts' expectations when it released its earnings report Wednesday afternoon. The company had record quarterly revenue of $54.5 billion and record quarterly net profit of $13.1 billion ...

  38. Amazon Music Looks to Nab iTunes Customers with HTML5 Update for iPhone, iPod Touch

    January 18, 2013 2:10 PM EST In an escalating battle for digital music customers, Amazon.com has optimized the Amazon MP3 Mobile website for Apple's massively popular iPhone and iPod touch. The optimization should make it easier for Amazon to poach sales from Apple' ...

  39. Business Matters: MP3 Player Sales Are Dwindling -- And That's a Good Thing for the Music Business

    December 27, 2012 12:53 PM EST Falling sales of MP3 players, impacted by feature-filled smartphones, could turn out to be one of the music industry's biggest opportunities in years. It should come as no surprise that market research company Mintel announced this week that ...

  40. The Ten Most Interesting Startups of 2012

    December 19, 2012 5:16 PM EST Unlike years past, 2012 lacked debuts by big music services that require tens of millions of dollars of venture capital. Rdio, Vevo and Guvera made the list in 2010. Turntable was on last year's list. In fact, this year's list doesn' ...

  41. Apple Releases iTunes 11

    November 29, 2012 1:00 PM EST With just a day to spare before its second deadline, Apple debuted the newest version of iTunes today, one that gives users the ability to stream their entertainment from the Internet via iCloud. The release came after the Cupertino, Calif., techn ...

  42. Morning Fix: Broadcasters Get Earful at House Hearing; Rihanna Rules Charts; Dre Tops Forbes; iTunes 11 Today?

    November 29, 2012 7:45 AM EST Head HERE to subscribe to Billboard's Morning Fix email and our other free music-business newsletters BROADCASTERS GET AN EARFUL AT INTERNET RADIO FAIRNESS HEARING: In a rather lively Congressional hearing that was supposed to be about Intern ...

  43. AC/DC Finally Joins iTunes

    November 19, 2012 10:51 AM EST Just a few weeks after longtime digital holdout Kid Rock announced that his new album will be available on iTunes , another holdout has made the move: in a release Monday morning, Columbia Records and Apple announced that AC/DC's entire catal ...

  44. 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' ...

  45. Morning Fix: Justin Timberlake and Vanderhooks on Myspace; Flom and Rudolph to Bid on UMG's EMI Assets; Easterlin Running Roadrunner; Latin Grammys; FutureSound

    November 16, 2012 8:32 AM EST Head HERE to subscribe to Billboard's Morning Fix email and other free music-business newsletters JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE, VANDERHOOKS DETAIL MYSPACE'S NEW MUSIC-CENTRIC DESIGN: At a press event unveiling the new Myspace's private beta to ...

  46. Morning Fix: Clear Channel-MSG's Hurricane Sandy Benefit; Billboard Touring Awards; Pandora Cuts Into Sales, Downloads: Study

    November 09, 2012 8:30 AM EST Head HERE to subscribe to Billboard's Morning Fix and other free music-business newsletters ROGER WATERS, BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN, NEIL DIAMOND, KENNY CHESNEY, LADY GAGA AMONG 2012 BILLBOARD TOURING AWARDS WINNERS: Roger Waters, Bruce Springsteen, ...

  47. Turntable.fm Chairman Seth Goldstein Returns With EDM-Centric DJZ

    October 31, 2012 4:25 PM EDT Serial entrepreneur Seth Goldstein, chairman of social music service Turntable.fm , is back with another music project, DJZ - and he's brought in some Silicon Valley backers and an Internet veteran to help him run the company. With its combin ...

  48. Apple Delays iTunes 11 Release Until November to 'Get it Right'

    October 30, 2012 7:40 PM EDT In an unusual move to postpone a previously announced product launch, Apple on Tuesday said it would not release its new iTunes software until November, a month after the company had earlier promised to deliver the update. Billboard's FutureS ...

  49. Morning Fix: Hurricane Sandy Hits Concert Biz; UMG-EMI Nashville Restructuring; Google Play Gets WMG

    October 30, 2012 8:35 AM EDT Head HERE to subscribe to Billboard's free music-business newsletters HURRICANE SANDY TO COST CONCERT BIZ MILLIONS: With live events being cancelled or postponed as Hurricane Sandy pounds the Eastern Seaboard and beyond, stakeholders in the l ...

  50. Business Matters: Apple Events Have Dropped Pandora Shares Only 6% This Year

    October 26, 2012 7:09 PM EDT It may be hard to believe, but Apple news has not really had much of an impact on Pandora's share price. People may remember the impact from two reports about Apple's plans to launch an Internet radio service. But they could be less like ...

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