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  1. OK Go Claims Apple Ripped Them Off in Inspirational Launch Video

    September 10, 2014 7:39 PM EDT At Apple's product rollout Tuesday, the mega-company unveiled a new iPhone, iWatch, payment system and U2 record that have all caught a lot of attention. But what indie-rockers OK Go noticed most is the video that launched the event called &q ...

  2. Google & Apple Show Strong Potential for Digital Music Apps in New comScore Mobile Report

    August 22, 2014 8:20 PM EDT If the future of digital music will be shaped by mobile usage, the U.S. market could have few winners and many losers. Insights in comScore's new "The U.S. Mobile App Report" show that only a handful of companies offer apps that man ...

  3. Apple's Swell Buy Signals a Focus on Personalization

    July 28, 2014 1:26 PM EDT Apple's acquisition of Swell , the developer of a podcast streaming app, is another bet on the value of personalized content.   Swell is to podcasts what Beats Music is to music: a service that delivers a personalized collection of audio cont ...

  4. Does Run The Jewels Have a Case Against Apple's New MacBook Ad?

    July 25, 2014 11:24 AM EDT On July 22, Apple released a new "Stickers" ad for the MacBook Air. Soundtracked by Glasgow producer Hudson Mohawke 's latest banger, "Chimes," the clip whips through a series of short clips of some stock and recognizable ...

  5. Apple Reports Mixed Sales, But Doesn’t Signal Beats’ Future

    July 22, 2014 6:55 PM EDT Apple reported a modest uptick in computer and device sales, as well as faster revenue growth from its business segment that includes iTunes, while meeting its overall forecast during the third fiscal quarter of 2014. The Cupertino, Calif.,-based ...

  6. New Watermarking Tech Probably Won't Impact Piracy (Which Isn't Even a Big Deal Anyway?)

    July 21, 2014 3:28 PM EDT Watermarking audio files is nothing new, but a team of international researchers think they've found a way to improve it. On June 30, scientists from Sydney's Deakin University and Aizu University in Japan published an article  about the ...

  7. Spotify Founder Daniel Ek Talks Russia, Apple and Beats in Q&A

    July 16, 2014 2:42 PM EDT Spotify chief Daniel Ek closed out Fortune magazine's annual technology conference, Brainstorm, today with a 25-minute Q&A called "Making Cents of Music." He was interviewed by one of the magazine's senior writers, Jessi He ...

  8. iRash: Apple Tablets, Other Devices May Be Cause of Nickel Rashes

    July 14, 2014 8:43 AM EDT Unexplained rash? Check your iPad. It turns out the popular tablet computer may contain nickel, one of the most common allergy-inducing metals. Recent reports in medical journals detail nickel allergies from a variety of personal electronic device ...

  9. Apple Loses Speech Recognition Technology Patent Case In China (Report)

    July 09, 2014 12:27 PM EDT A Chinese court has ruled against Apple in a patent-infringement case over speech recognition technology, according to Reuters . 5 Things to Know About Apple's Stock Split Apple Wants to Be In Charge of the Internet of Things Apple’s New Head ...

  10. Samsung's Milk Music Claims 2M Downloads, Brings Out Iggy Azalea, Chromeo to Celebrate

    July 02, 2014 2:37 PM EDT Samsung brings out a panoply of stars to fete its success. Iggy Azalea featuring Charli XCX, Chromeo, Lady Antebellum and John Legend are among the seven music stars performing their latest singles in a 90-second ad for Samsung’s Milk Music, which ...

  11. Bono Teases Apple for Inconspicuous (Red) Branding, Solicits Marketing Ideas at Cannes

    June 24, 2014 1:06 PM EDT A packed crowd of the world's top marketers thought they were turning out today to see Bono. What they didn't realize was that he was actually there to see them. The U2 frontman spent much of his Cannes Lions presentation urging brands ...

  12. Apple May Be Planning Multiple iWatch Versions (Report)

    June 20, 2014 3:05 PM EDT The new wrist device, which will likely launch in the fall, will incorporate more than 10 sensors including ones that track health and fitness, people familiar with the matter told The Wall Street Journal. Apple is planning to make multiple versio ...

  13. Behind Google's Failed Bid for Playlisting Startup 8tracks

    June 17, 2014 2:15 PM EDT In Google’s quest to acquire a music service, it appears that playlists are a priority . Playlist repository site 8tracks rejected a buyout offer from Google last fall, according to a source close to the San Francisco-based company. The search gia ...

  14. Google Goes Shopping: The Next Big Music Play

    June 17, 2014 1:44 PM EDT This article first appeared in the June 21st issue of Billboard Magazine . Apple's $3 billion purchase of Beats Electronics has spurred a flurry of interest in streaming music services from the world's richest tech companies. Of them, Go ...

  15. Amazon Smartphone to Be Carried Exclusively by AT&T

    June 17, 2014 11:30 AM EDT AT&T will be the exclusive mobile carrier for Amazon's smartphone, the Wall Street Journal is reporting . The publication's sources said  that the phone, anticipated to be announced at an event on Wednesday in the online retailer ...

  16. Annual NMPA Meeting Addresses Membership Benefits, Technological Advances, Songs as 'Hopes and Dreams'

    June 12, 2014 2:44 PM EDT While the U.S. music publishing industry may have generated an annual revenue of $2.21 billion in 2013, National Music Publishers Association president and CEO David Israelite estimated (at the organization's annual meeting on June 11) that i ...

  17. Apple Under Investigation By E.U. Over Irish Tax Deals

    June 11, 2014 10:45 AM EDT The European Union's antitrust regulator has launched an investigation into tax deals that Apple, Starbucks and Fiat struck with some European countries, the start of a wider push to keep multinationals from taking advantage of loopholes. EU ...

  18. Music's the Glue for World Cup Advertisers

    June 10, 2014 2:18 PM EDT Companies that are advertising for the World Cup are hoping music will strike a chord with fans globally. Because the FIFA World Cup, the international soccer tournament that begins on Thursday, is the most popular sports event on the planet, adve ...

  19. Google Offered $15 Million to Buy Songza (Report)

    June 06, 2014 7:15 PM EDT Google has offered $15 million to acquire curated playlist site Songza, according to the New York Post . The deal would give the search giant company a new music property that could improve its Google Play Music All Access subscription service or ...

  20. Apple’s New Headphones: A New Hi-Def Connection For Beats? (Report)

    June 05, 2014 7:26 PM EDT Apple has introduced new specifications for headphones that connect through the Lightning cable input of its iPhones and other iOS devices, according to a report posted on 9to5mac.com . The Cupertino, Calif., tech giant is in the midst of its Worl ...

  21. What's the Value of 800 Million iTunes Accounts to Beats?

    June 04, 2014 8:12 PM EDT In the wake of Apple's acquisition of Beats Electronics , a frequently mentioned fact has been Apple's 800 million iTunes accounts. Those 800 million accounts are important because they can be leveraged to sell more Beats headphones and ...

  22. City of Hope to Award Apple's Eddy Cue with Spirit of Life Award

    June 04, 2014 1:37 PM EDT Apple SVP Eddy Cue will be the next recipient of City of Hope's 'Spirit of Life' award, given to those who have had a significant impact on the entertainment industry. The award's previous honorees is a who's-who of music ...

  23. Apple Wants to Be In Charge of the Internet of Things

    June 03, 2014 1:11 PM EDT The Internet of Things (IoT) is, potentially, much more intelligent than its clunky name may imply. Imagine your car speaking to your house, and your phone controlling both. A typical example of the Internet of Things' potential is your car l ...

  24. Spotify Offers Price Reduction for Summer as Streaming Price Wars Heat Up

    June 03, 2014 11:04 AM EDT Not to be outdone by Beats Music's recent, if modest , price reduction on the heels of its acquisition by Apple, Spotify has announced a far less demure drop of its own. Beginning today and ending June 15th, the service is offering customers ...

  25. Apple Adds Shazam Integration at WWDC, But No Mention of Beats

    June 02, 2014 6:14 PM EDT Apple’s integration of song identification service Shazam was among a host of new features introduced along with two new operating systems at its Worldwide Developers Conference on June 2. But company executives onstage never mentioned newly ac ...

  26. Apple Introduces Newest Employee: Dr. Dre At WWDC (Updated)

    June 02, 2014 4:01 PM EDT Apple senior vice president of software engineering Craig Federighi introduced Dr. Dre as a company employee via telephone during the keynote presentation at the company’s Worldwide Developers Conference. “What time should I show up for work?” as ...

  27. Trent Reznor to Remain With Apple-Owned Beats Music (Confirmed)

    June 02, 2014 2:46 PM EDT Trent Reznor will remain with Beats Music once Apple completes its acquisition of the fledgling digital music service, Billboard has confirmed. The Nine Inch Nails frontman is currently the company's chief creative officer. Spokespersons for ...

  28. Apple's WWDC Presentation: New iPhone, Mac Features Unveiled

    June 02, 2014 2:44 PM EDT Apple's Mac operating system is getting a new design and better ways to exchange files, while the software for iPhones and iPads is getting new features for keeping tabs on your health. Apple executive Craig Federighi pointed out that data fr ...

  29. Is Trent Reznor Out At Beats Music?

    June 02, 2014 4:19 AM EDT Reps for both parties are pouring cold water on reports that Trent Reznor has stepped down from his position as Chief Creative Officer for Beats Music. USA Today has published a feature in which the Nine Inch Nails frontman is said to have “report ...

  30. Is Beats a 'Distressed Business'? Did it Matter to Apple

    May 30, 2014 5:51 PM EDT Beats Electronics needed Apple. Actually, based on an analysis of legal documents and private financial statements by PrivCo , Beats desperately needed a financial savior. Apple became that savior. Here's a short version: PrivCo claims last ...

  31. Apple’s Beats Deal: Why Content Is No Longer King (Guest Post)

    May 30, 2014 2:50 PM EDT Benedict Evans is partner at Andreessen Horowitz. Previously, he was a strategy consultant in London, and worked in strategy at NBC Universal, Channel 4 and Orange. Follow him on  his blog , and on Twitter @BenedictEvans . Apple's Beats dea ...

  32. Winners and Losers From the Apple-Beats Deal

    May 29, 2014 7:11 PM EDT Love it or hate it, Apple's $3 billion acquisition of Beats Electronics , the tech giant's largest acquisition to date, will have a huge impact in the music industry and beyond. Beats' financial backers clearly benefit from the sal ...

  33. iTunes Store Customer Spending Down 24% (Report)

    May 29, 2014 5:15 PM EDT It would seem that Apple's purchase of Beats and attendant move into the streaming music service business was prescient. CNN, citing a report from Morgan Stanley analyst Katy Huberty, writes that Apple's per-user spending in its iTunes S ...

  34. Price War: Beats Music Drops Price, Extends Trial

    May 28, 2014 9:47 PM EDT Newly united Apple and Beats Music didn’t even wait a day after formally announcing their $3 billion union to start a price war with their competition. Beats Music’s latest app update includes a 17% drop in price for yearly subscribers in the U.S. ...

  35. Apple Buys Beats in $3 Billion Deal; Iovine, Dr. Dre to Join Tech Giant

    May 28, 2014 4:33 PM EDT 14 2.117 k 173 69 After nearly three weeks of waiting and speculation, Apple has officially announced the acquisition of Beats Electronics and Beats Music in a $3 billion deal.   Beats founders -- Interscope-Geffen-A&M chairman Jimmy Iovine and hip-ho ...

  36. Apple Drops Beats Purchase Price From $3.2 to $3 Billion (Report)

    May 28, 2014 1:14 PM EDT Apple has lowered the purchase price of Beats from an estimated $3.2 billion to $3 billion, the New York Post reported this morning.  Leading up to the anticipated acknowledgement and announcement of the acquisition, supposedly due later this week ...

  37. Five Things Holding Up the Apple-Beats Deal

    May 23, 2014 3:42 PM EDT When news broke on Thursday May 8 that Apple was in talks to buy Jimmy Iovine and Dr Dre’s Beats Electronics for a shocking $3.2 billion the deal’s closure seemed imminent. In fact Billboard’s sources repeatedly said late that day, the tran ...

  38. Dr. Dre, Jimmy Iovine Face Royalties Claim From Beats Headphones Co-Founder

    May 20, 2014 8:29 PM EDT As the rumored marriage between Apple Computers and Beats Electronics remains stubbornly awaiting its "I do's," a royalty dispute that looks back at the beginning of the headphones giant is heating up. Last Friday, former hedge-fund ...

  39. Walter Isaacson, Steve Jobs' Biographer, Predicts Jimmy Iovine Will Run Apple's Content Business

    May 19, 2014 11:28 AM EDT It may not be the headphones or the streaming. Does Tim Cook think Jimmy Iovine is the next Steve Jobs? This article first appeared in the May 24th issue of Billboard Magazine . Apple is reportedly acquiring Beats Electronics for $3.2 billion, wi ...

  40. The Future of Streaming: Apple's Entry May Usher in an Era of Titanic Competition

    May 16, 2014 2:17 PM EDT The Apple-Beats deal talks were just the starter pistol. Industry execs eye the competition ahead. This article first appeared in the May 24th issue of Billboard Magazine . Talks continued at press time over Apple's bid to buy Beats Electroni ...

  41. Apple May Unveil Iovine, Dr. Dre Exec Appointments at June Conference

    May 12, 2014 1:41 PM EDT Apple could unveil Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre as its latest recruits at its Worldwide Developers’ Conference in June, according to people familiar with the Beats Electronics acquisition talks. Iovine and Dre, co-founders of Beats, are in talks to ...

  42. Would Steve Jobs Have Bought Beats?

    May 12, 2014 7:30 AM EDT On Thursday night shortly after news broke that Apple was close to acquiring Beats Electronics for a reported $3.2 billion, former Myspace and MTV executive Jason Hirschhorn tweeted , “Jimmy Iovine could sell fire to hell. Or Beats to Apple.” A ...

  43. Business Matters: Apple & Beats, In Search of the Ultimate Bundle

    May 09, 2014 8:30 AM EDT A year or two from now, when the music subscription business will surely have been transformed further by dealmaking and consolidation, the acquisition of Beats Electronics by Apple may be viewed as the turning point in the story of how the sect ...

  44. Deezer Knocks Spotify Out of Shazam in Four Countries

    May 08, 2014 4:45 PM EDT Shazam's new deal with Deezer puts Spotify in the corner. Music-identification app Shazam has added on-demand streaming service Deezer as a partner, enabling Deezer account holders in four countries to listen to full-length songs immediately ...

  45. Decoding the Apple-Samsung Patent Dispute

    May 04, 2014 2:01 PM EDT Apple and Samsung are suing each other in courts and trade offices around the world, each making claims that the other copied patented mobile device features. The companies' most-recent legal tussle all but concluded on Friday, when a Califor ...

  46. Closing Arguments Delayed in Apple-Samsung Trial

    April 28, 2014 2:16 PM EDT A federal court has delayed by a day closing arguments in the Apple and Samsung trial because of an appeals court ruling in another case on a related patent issue. Dueling expert witnesses were called back to the stand Monday in a San Jose federal ...

  47. Rdio Wants to Stream Stronger, Launches 'Artists for Quality' Initiative with Grateful Dead's Bob Weir

    April 28, 2014 11:47 AM EDT Looks like Neil Young isn't the only veteran rocker with quality on his mind ; The Grateful Dead's Bob Weir has teamed with Rdio on a program the company is calling "Artists for Quality." In a blog post , the company has dubbed ...

  48. Shazam and Apple's iOS Cozy Up (Report)

    April 17, 2014 12:03 PM EDT Shazam will be fully integrated into iOS in an upcoming update, according to Bloomberg's sources. The integration will be across the mobile operating system and will likely integrate closely with the iTunes Store and iTunes Radio, which has b ...

  49. TuneCore Downloads, Streams Grow 75%, Paid Out $34 Million in Q1

    April 16, 2014 8:50 AM EDT *Correction appended The market for music download may be taking a hit, but TuneCore's payouts are still climbing.  The self-serve music distribution platform announced it paid out $34.1 million to artists in the first quarter of this year.  ...

  50. Business Matters: How Amazon Could Have ‘Tens of Millions’ of Paid Streaming Music Subscribers Instantly

    April 10, 2014 5:40 PM EDT After nearly a decade and a half of buildup, streaming music services are finally poised to make the leap from niche market to mainstream acceptance. That leap is likely to coincide with the introduction of new services by large, diversified tech ...

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