Apple Inc.

  1. Business Matters: Global iTunes Revenue Falls in Successive Quarters

    July 25, 2012 6:35 PM EDT iTunes Expanded, But Revenue Dropped in Fiscal Q3 iTunes started showing its age as its revenue dropped $100 million to $1.8 billion in Apple's fiscal third quarter from $1.9 billion in the fiscal second quarter. The decline occurred even tho ...

  2. Apple's Second Quarter Doesn't Match Expectations, Shares Fall

    July 25, 2012 10:11 AM EDT NEW YORK (AP) -- Shares of Apple are falling after it did something un-Apple-like: posting results below Wall Street expectations. Late Tuesday, Apple Inc. reported that in the latest quarter, earnings rose a mere 21 percent from the year before, ...

  3. 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 ...

  4. 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 ...

  5. Apple Pays $60 Million to Settle iPad Dispute With China's Proview

    July 02, 2012 7:50 AM EDT BEIJING (AP) -- Apple has paid $60 million to settle a dispute in China over ownership of the iPad name, a court announced Monday, removing a potential obstacle to sales of the popular tablet computer in the key Chinese market. Chinese Authorities ...

  6. iTunes Launches in 12 Southeast Asian Markets

    June 27, 2012 8:10 AM EDT The world's biggest music store got bigger Wednesday when Apple's iTunes Store launched in a dozen countries in Southeast Asia. It's Official: iTunes Launches In Latin America The 12 markets to get iTunes are Thailand, Hong Kong, Si ...

  7. Fiona Apple Banked on Buzz to Build Anticipation for New Release

    June 14, 2012 8:15 PM EDT For her fourth album, "The Idler Wheel . . .," Fiona Apple wasn't willing to let her work be mishandled. Nearly seven years ago, the reclusive singer/songwriter released third album "Extraordinary Machine," a project that ...

  8. Apple Shutting Down Ping, Source Confirms

    June 13, 2012 4:37 PM EDT Apple is shutting down Ping, its social network and music recommendation service in the next iTunes update, according to multiple media reports and confirmed to Billboard.biz by a source close to the situation. The attempt at a social network by t ...

  9. 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 ...

  10. 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 ...

  11. 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 ...

  12. Apple Touts iOS, Mocks Android, Friends Facebook... Finally

    June 11, 2012 3:46 PM EDT Any doubt that Apple's goose was cooked when Steve Jobs was replaced by Tim Cook after Jobs' untimely passing should have dissipated by the end of today. At its Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) on Monday, Apple rattled off some imp ...

  13. Apple Expected To Show New Macs, Software At Developers Conference

    June 11, 2012 9:13 AM EDT NEW YORK (AP) -- Apple CEO Tim Cook is expected to show off new iPhone software, updated Mac computers and provide more details on future releases of Mac software when he kicks off the company's annual conference for software developers on Mo ...

  14. Sean Parker: Apple Tried To Keep Spotify Out Of The U.S.

    May 31, 2012 7:46 AM EDT Spotify's long-delayed U.S. launch may have been due to pressure from Apple, shareholder Sean Parker said Wednesday at the D:All Things Digital conference. Parker was short on specifics, however. "There was some indication that that migh ...

  15. Music Apps For the Summer Time -- Last.fm Festivals, Blog DJs, Chart Playlists, More

    May 23, 2012 2:48 PM EDT As the thermometer consistently tops 70 degrees here in New England, it's safe to say summer is coming in . For music lovers, that means music festivals. This week's batch includes Last.Fm's Festivals app (available for Android, iPo ...

  16. SoundCloud Gets A Redesign: We Take the Beta Version for a Test-Drive

    May 10, 2012 4:36 PM EDT Faster, better-looking, and with an indispensable set of new features, the next version of SoundCloud's web app debuted online Wednesday at 10 a.m. PST to 10,000 invited beta testers. Phased rollouts to the community will occur over the comin ...

  17. Spotify Introduces First iPad App, Aims To Become 'Home Stereo'

    May 02, 2012 7:00 AM EDT Spotify's rumored iPad app screen grab that sent tech bloggers into a frenzy last week. Spotify's iPad app is finally here. After tech bloggers speculated wildly two weeks ago over an early screen-grab , many assumed it would be the subj ...

  18. Mobile Roadie Adds iPad Apps, Changes Pricing

    May 01, 2012 9:36 AM EDT Mobile Roadie has updated its platform, changed its pricing structure and now offers native iPad apps and mobile-optimized web pages. The three-year-old company offers a do-it-yourself app creation and hosting platform that now powers 3,000 apps - ...

  19. Why Does Apple Want To Hide Steve Jobs' Secret Deposition in Major Label Digital Revenue Lawsuits?

    April 30, 2012 3:19 PM EDT Aftermath Records, a division of Universal Music Group, is about to go to trial in a case that will determine what money is owed over digital music to producers of many hit Eminem records. Meanwhile, in another case -- a class action against UMG b ...

  20. Australia's iTunes Music Store to be Probed on Pricing Points

    April 30, 2012 10:41 AM EDT Australia's iTunes Music Store is to be probed on its pricing points, according to reports. Apple Computer and Microsoft will be among technology companies asked to explain to Australia's Parliament why consumers pay considerably more fo ...

  21. Business Matters: Social Media Isn't All That - But You Still Want It

    April 26, 2012 4:30 PM EDT Social Media Is Ubiquitous, But Overhyped Social media is a tough nut to crack. Its benefit is hard to measure but it's become a focal point in sales and marketing efforts. Market research says it plays a minor role relative to traditional me ...

  22. Web Trends: RIP Lisa "Left Eye" Lopez, TMZ Says TLC Creating Hologram Of Her

    April 25, 2012 4:31 PM EDT Google Trends: 6. aapl - Apple's stock is trending for several reasons including deeper looks into iPad, iPhone accessories, and the company at large 7. gladys knight - the Motown singer was eliminated from "Dancing With The Stars" ...

  23. Apple Posts $11.6 Billion Quarterly Profit on Sales of $39.2 Billion

    April 24, 2012 5:38 PM EDT Apple blew past expectations by reporting on Tuesday it earned $11.6 billion in its second fiscal quarter on revenue of $39.2 billion. On a per-share basis, Apple earned $12.30, up from $6.40 a year earlier and much better than the $10.02 that ana ...

  24. 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 ...

  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. 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 ...

  27. Online Radio Audience Jumps 30 Percent in Past Year: Study

    April 10, 2012 4:26 PM EDT A new study conducted by Arbitron Inc. and Edison Research entitled "The Infinite Dial 2012: Navigating Digital Platforms" found that the online weekly radio audience is now at an estimated 76 million Americans. The figure represents a m ...

  28. Ashton Kutcher To Play Steve Jobs In Biopic

    April 02, 2012 7:00 PM EDT He's already a titan of social media, so it only makes sense that Ashton Kutcher would play the late Apple founder Steve Jobs in an upcoming biography. Kutcher's publicist confirmed Tuesday that the independent film "Jobs" will ...

  29. Business Matters: Thanks to Songkick, 100,000 Fewer People Can Claim Ignorance for Missing a Concert

    March 28, 2012 4:30 PM EDT Songkick Announces 100,000 New Users Through Spotify App There's a common saying in the concert and ticketing businesses that 40% of all tickets go unsold because people weren't aware of the shows. This 40% Rule seems to have come from L ...

  30. 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 ...

  31. Business Matters: Apple Finds Better Use of its Cash Than Buying Music Company

    March 20, 2012 4:09 PM EDT Apple To Introduce Dividend and Share Repurchase Program So much for the idea that Apple could buy a music company. The company announced Monday a dividend and share repurchase program to put to use its $98 billion stockpile of cash and securities ...

  32. Business Matters: SXSW Interactive Was Big on Parties and Celebrities, But Light on Breakthrough Products

    March 15, 2012 8:30 PM EDT SXSW Interactive Was Big on Parties and Celebrities, Light on Breakthrough Products -- During SXSW Interactive, commonly written as SXSWi, I asked 20 or more people -- music industry professionals, digital professionals, random people -- which tec ...

  33. SXSWi Panel Explores The Future of High Quality Audio, 4K Televisions

    March 13, 2012 10:46 AM EDT While some SXSW attendees were choosing between happy hour or Sean Parker's interview of Al Gore ("If you like platitudes, then it was great," the Los Angeles Times' Jon Healey said afterward), some fortunate people were gettin ...

  34. Business Matters: Finally Global? Turntable.fm Doing Deals with Labels (Report)

    March 08, 2012 6:31 PM EST Turntable.fm's Could Go Global With New Major Licensing Deals Turntable.fm has signed a licensing deal with EMI and is close to completing deals with Universal Music Group and Sony Music Entertainment, according to CNET. The status of discuss ...

  35. Apple's Garageband Adds Real-Time Jamming, iCloud Sync

    March 08, 2012 6:15 AM EST Maybe it's time to get the band back together. On top of all the other stuff Apple announced yesterday (March 7), including a new iPad and Apple TV, the company demonstrated a new version of its Garageband music app that can sync tracks up an ...

  36. Apple Unveils New iPad With Sharper Screen, Faster Processor

    March 07, 2012 2:01 PM EST SAN FRANCISCO -- Apple's new iPad model, with a sharper screen and a faster processor, will go on sale in the U.S. and six other countries next Friday, the company confirmed Wednesday. The new features mean the iPad will be slightly thicker a ...

  37. 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 ...

  38. Google Play Launches, Consolidates Music, Movies, Books In Central Marketplace

    March 06, 2012 6:46 PM EST Google is overhauling its cloud-based offerings by consolidating Google Music, the Google eBookstore and the Android Market into Google Play, a digital hub that will offer storage, a marketplace of music, movies, books and games, and its entire li ...

  39. Live Nation Dives Deeper Into Data, Acquires Setlist.fm

    March 06, 2012 10:09 AM EST Live Nation continues its technology spree with its acquisition of Setlist.fm , a wiki-like service that allows individuals to add and edit concert set lists to its database. The addition of Setlist.fm to Live Nation's consumer-facing propert ...

  40. Business Matters: Ticketmaster Debuts iPhone App

    February 29, 2012 7:42 PM EST Ticketmaster Debuts iPhone App -- Ticketmaster released on app for iPhone Tuesday that allows consumers to quickly and easily buy tickets on their Apple mobile device. While the new app is fairly similar to the Live Nation app that debuted in Nove ...

  41. Apple Expected to Unveil iPad 3 at Event Next Week

    February 28, 2012 4:19 PM EST NEW YORK (AP) -- Apple is expected to unveil a new version of the iPad at an event in San Francisco next week. Apple sent out invitations to news media on Tuesday with an image showing part of an iPad screen. The company had been widely expected t ...

  42. 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 ...

  43. Apple Vs. Proview iPad Trademark Lawsuit Comes To U.S.

    February 24, 2012 7:48 AM EST SHANGHAI (AP) -- Apple Inc. is facing yet another challenge to its use of the iPad trademark in China - this time in a court in California. Proview Electronics Co., a unit of Proview International Holdings, which claims it owns the iPad name, file ...

  44. Apple Defends Use of iPad Trademark in China During Heated Court Battle

    February 22, 2012 7:54 AM EST SHANGHAI (AP) - Apple defended its right to use the iPad trademark in China in a heated court hearing Wednesday that pitted the electronics giant against a struggling company that denies it sold the mainland China rights to the tablet's name. ...

  45. Fiona Apple Announces Tour Dates After SXSW

    February 21, 2012 2:12 PM EST It's been a good few months for long-awaited live comebacks: first Neutral Milk Hotel's Jeff Mangum comes out of hiding for an extended tour, then D'Angelo returns with a few overseas tour dates, and now Fiona Apple has announced a ...

  46. Apple's New Mountain Lion OS for Mac to Have iPhone Features

    February 17, 2012 8:57 AM EST The next operating system for Mac will make the computers more like the mobile devices which make up the lion's share of Apple's sales. Apple CEO Tim Cook revealed plans to incorporate features from the iPhone and iPad into the forthcomi ...

  47. 'Spin' to Roll Out Larger Format Magazine, Drop Frequency to Six Times a Year

    February 17, 2012 7:28 AM EST As alternative music magazine Spin figures out how to be a music magazine for the digital future, it's taking a page from the past. On Feb. 28, the March/April issue will hit newsstands (following a sharp decline in ad pages, the magazine hal ...

  48. Chinese Authorities Seizing iPads

    February 16, 2012 7:30 AM EST BEIJING (AP) - Authorities have seized iPads from retailers in more Chinese cities in an escalating dispute between Apple Inc. and a struggling local company over the trademark for the popular tablet computer, news reports said Thursday. The Chine ...

  49. Apple to Unveil New iPad in March (Report)

    February 10, 2012 7:30 AM EST NEW YORK (AP) - A news report says Apple plans to unveil a new iPad early next month. AllThingsD, a website affiliated with The Wall Street Journal , says Apple Inc. is holding an event in San Francisco the first week of March - the same week Appl ...

  50. Business Matters: Embracing the Chaos Earns TuneCore $10,000 from iTunes Match

    February 09, 2012 7:15 PM EST Embracing the Chaos Got TuneCore $10,000 from iTunes Match -- Embrace the chaos, get a check in the mail. TuneCore received $10,000 in royalties for the first 2 months of Apple's iTunes Match, CEO Jeff Price revealed in a blog post. iTunes Ma ...

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