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  1. 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 ...

  2. Google's Vice President of Content, Jamie Rosenberg, Talks All Access: Q&A

    May 15, 2013 5:48 PM EDT Google, which on Wednesday unveiled its All Access music streaming service as part of its I/O conference for developers, continues to expand its music offerings, in spite of heavy competition. The service, initially available only in the U.S., o ...

  3. Google Signs Universal, Sony for On-Demand Music Service

    May 14, 2013 6:50 PM EDT Google Inc. has landed licensing deals with Sony Music Entertainment and Universal Music Group to introduce an on-demand music streaming service that would compete with Spotify, Rhapsody and others, according to executives knowledgeable with the ...

  4. 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 ...

  5. 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, ...

  6. iTunes 10-Year Anniversary: 12 Best iTunes Ads

    April 26, 2013 2:37 PM EDT The iTunes Store launched on April 28, 2003, as an industry-supported alternative to combatting online music piracy, starting a revolution for companies and customers alike. Their first customers received a free download of The Fray's " ...

  7. 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 ...

  8. 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 “ ...

  9. 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 ...

  10. 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 ...

  11. 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 yea ...

  12. Business Matters: How Sagging PC Sales Will Impact the Music Business

    April 11, 2013 7:53 PM EDT The PC is taking a beating this week. IDC reported that worldwide PC shipments fell nearly 14% in the first quarter and posted the fourth-straight year-over-year decline. Gartner released similarly gloomy numbers for PC shipments. Three equity a ...

  13. Rdio Launches Vdio, New TV and Film Marketplace (Updated)

    April 03, 2013 2:07 PM EDT On-demand music subscription service Rdio announced the launch on Wednesday of Vdio, a video service that streams movies and TV shows. Vdio (pronounced vee-dee-oh) becomes the first video service offered by a standalone company that also offers ...

  14. Spotify, Rdio, Xbox Music Reps Debates the Merits of Subscription Music Streaming at SXSW

    March 14, 2013 8:26 PM EDT With the rapid growth of platforms like Spotify and Deezer -- and white hot rumors of competing offerings emanating from the likes of Apple and Google -- it’s no surprise that the rise of music streaming subscription services is some of the most ...

  15. 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 labe ...

  16. Google In Talks For Music Streaming Service

    February 23, 2013 5:16 AM EST Google is in the process of negotiating licensing fees for a music streaming service akin to Spotify, Mog, Deezer and others, according to several published reports and first reported by the Financial Times.   The news comes as Google is in t ...

  17. Beatport’s Matthew Adell on Shazam Deal, Why Music Biz Is a ‘Disaster Model’

    February 07, 2013 12:03 PM EST Yesterday morning, two of electronic music-media’s biggest names -- the online dance retailer Beatport and the multi-format name-that-tune app Shazam -- announced a new partnership, allowing Shazam access to the “imprints” of 1.5 million EDM ...

  18. 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 ...

  19. 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' ...

  20. Mobile Devices, Especially Tablets, Have Huge Christmas

    December 27, 2012 4:15 PM EST If you got a smartphone or tablet computer for Christmas, you were hardly alone. Flurry , a mobile analytics company that tracks use of mobile apps, says 17.4 million new iOS and Android devices were activated on Christmas day, a 255% increase fro ...

  21. 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 ...

  22. The Grammys Go DIY: Social Media An Emphasis For 2013

    December 21, 2012 11:12 AM EST Despite the ongoing downward trend of TV ratings and pressures on the music industry, the Grammys are bigger than ever. Last year's ceremony, the 54th in the Recording Academy's history, drew nearly 40 million viewers to CBS, according t ...

  23. SoundTracking Integrates YouTube in Android Update

    December 20, 2012 5:07 PM EST SoundTracking, the application downloaded by 3 million people who use it to share virtual music postcards with their friends, has integrated YouTube for its latest Android version released Thursday. Developed by Schematic Labs in San Francisco, So ...

  24. Google Launches Free Licensed Scan-And-Match Music Locker in U.S.

    December 18, 2012 4:12 PM EST Google, which launched its scan-and-match locker service in Europe in November, today (Dec. 18) introduced the service in the U.S., having secured the necessary copyrights to do so from the three major labels, as well as some independent music lab ...

  25. Backbeat: Industry Thought Leaders Gather For BMI's FutureSound Dinner

    December 18, 2012 11:00 AM EST On Nov. 15, the first evening of Billboard's FutureSound Conference, some of the best and brightest from a wide-cross section of the music and technology spheres gathered for BMI's Inudstry Thought Leaders dinner at the W Hotel in San Fr ...

  26. Morning Fix: Bruno Mars Vs. Taylor Swift on Billboard 200; Clive Davis To Honor L.A. Reid at Pre-Grammy Party; Jenni Rivera Memorial Service

    December 18, 2012 8:35 AM EST Head HERE to subscribe to Billboard's free Morning Fix email and other free music-business newsletters BRUNO MARS VS. TAYLOR SWIFT FOR NO. 1 ON BILLBOARD 200 CHART: After a surprisingly strong sales weekend for Bruno Mars' new album Unor ...

  27. Warner Music Bullish on Downloads, Subscriptions as Digital Revenue Grows

    December 13, 2012 9:00 PM EST Warner Music Group believes digital music is helping bring growth back to the music business. The company's fiscal year-end numbers show it has benefitted from the surge in subscription services, growth in Internet radio and the continued ris ...

  28. Morning Fix: '12-12-12' Concert Raised $36 Mil. Before Show; Warner's 4Q Results; Skrillex's New Imprint

    December 13, 2012 8:55 AM EST Head HERE to subscribe to Billboard's free daily Morning Fix email and our other free music-business newsletters 12-12-12 SANDY BENEFIT CONCERT ROCKS WITH "LOCALS" ROLLING STONES, PAUL MCCARTNEY AND A REUNITED NIRVANA: Musicians clo ...

  29. Morning Fix: Young Acts Score Big Grammy Noms, But Bieber Snubbed; Concord Shopped To Equity Firms; Instagram Vs. Twitter

    December 06, 2012 8:45 AM EST Head HERE to subscribe to Billboard's Morning Fix email and our other free music-business newsletters FRANK OCEAN, MUMFORD & SONS, FUN., JAY-Z, KANYE LEAD GRAMMY NOMINATIONS 2013 : The 55th annual Grammys announced its nominees in Nashvil ...

  30. Apple Launches iTunes in Russia, Turkey, India, South Africa, 52 Additional Countries

    December 04, 2012 6:37 AM EST Apple today announced it has launched its iTunes Store in fifty-six countries, including Russia, Turkey, India, South Africa. iTunes Stores are now available in a total 119 countries where it is offered as a free download. The company made a point ...

  31. Morning Fix: Billboard Women In Music Honorees; HMV Sells Mama Group; Zep Honored by Obama; iTunes Coming to Russia?

    December 03, 2012 8:30 AM EST Head HERE to subscribe to Billboard's Morning Fix email and our other free music-business newsletters BILLBOARD ANNOUNCES 2012 WOMEN IN MUSIC HONOREES: Billboard announced its Women in Music honorees, which recognizes achievement, talent and ...

  32. 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 ...

  33. Bits & Briefs: Rdio Now on Nook

    November 19, 2012 12:39 PM EST Rdio now on Nook Music subscription service Rdio is now available on Barnes & Noble' Nook tablet, including the HD and HD+. It's not unusual for a subscription service to have an app for the Nook; Rhapsody, MOG and Grooveshark all ...

  34. 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, ...

  35. Morning Fix: WMG Realignment; Elections' Impact on Music Biz; Tim Schaaf Leaving Sony; Azoff Speaks Out

    November 08, 2012 8:20 AM EST Head HERE to subscribe to Billboard's Morning Fix and other free music-business news letters WARNER MUSIC REALIGNS STRUCTURE; CAMERON STRANG GETS BIG BOOST: Warner Music is restructuring and dividing itself into 3 divisions: frontline recorde ...

  36. Facebook to Music App Developers: You Need Us

    November 06, 2012 4:28 PM EST Facebook on Tuesday trumpeted its track record as a platform for music applications not named Spotify. In a post entitled, "Facebook Timeline Apps and Music, A Year Later," Facebook engineer Lincoln Hochberg singled out six music apps th ...

  37. Tiesto Teams With (RED) For Global EDM Event On World AIDS Day

    November 06, 2012 11:00 AM EST Tiesto will become the latest celebrity face of the (RED) campaign, teaming with the organization for a global event on World AIDS Day (Dec. 1, 2012) that will see the superstar DJ recruiting A-list house and EDM artists to raise awareness over th ...

  38. 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 ...

  39. Google Play Finally Adds Warner Music, Debuts Free Scan-and-Match Music Locker

    October 29, 2012 6:37 PM EDT Google may be playing catch-up with its music-download store and online locker service, but the company made up a lot of ground on Monday. Warner Music Group has finally licensed its catalog to Google's music-download store, nearly a year aft ...

  40. 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 ...

  41. Business Matters: Music Quietly Vital at Apple

    October 25, 2012 9:04 PM EDT Although it was barely mentioned during Apple's fiscal fourth quarter earnings call on Thursday, music is still playing important role in Apple's strategies. Apple said it was "looking forward to launching" the redesigned iTune ...

  42. Apple Radio Service Rumors Crush Pandora Stock

    October 25, 2012 7:59 PM EDT Pity poor Pandora. The Internet radio company's stock price has been getting whiplashed by news of Apple's progress, or lack thereof, in launching a streaming radio service. On Thursday, a Bloomberg report that Apple is on track to go li ...

  43. Apple's iPad Mini Takes On Nexus, Kindle

    October 23, 2012 4:10 PM EDT Apple took the wraps off of its iPad mini tablet Tuesday, a pint-sized version of the iPad that's already sold 200 million units since it launched in April 2010. "What can you do with the iPad mini that you can't do with the fourth- ...

  44. Morning Fix: Rara Expands; Today's Apple Event; Bertelsmann, KKR & EMI; ATP Merger

    October 23, 2012 7:36 AM EDT Head HERE to subscribe to Billboard's free music-business newsletters RARA ADDS IOS, EXPANDS MUSIC CATALOG, PARTNERS WITH LENOVO: On-demand subscription music company Rara has launched its service on Apple's iPad and iPhones , as well de ...

  45. Rara Adds iOS Support, Expands Music Catalog and Partners with Lenovo

    October 23, 2012 5:00 AM EDT Rara, an on-demand subscription music company based in the U.K., has launched its service on Apple's iPad and iPhones, as well devices running Microsoft's Windows 8 operating system. Billboard's FutureSound Conference, takes place N ...

  46. Billboard Insight: Music Business Stays in Apple's Shadow

    October 17, 2012 9:00 AM EDT The late Steve Jobs. (Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images) Ed. Note: The full version of this story appeared in the 10/20/2012 issue of Billboard Magazine, which can be purchased here . Apple, famous for its obsession over creating user-friendly p ...

  47. Music Plays On For Apple

    October 15, 2012 9:27 AM EDT A year after Steve Jobs' death, Apple still has music in its DNA but may have lost some of its passion. That may be a good thing. Apple, famous for its obsession over creating user-friendly products, may have itself become more user-friendl ...

  48. Billboard Home Front: Shaking Up The Genre Charts

    October 15, 2012 7:36 AM EDT Revamped charts will add streaming and downloads to methodology, breaking out fresh genre lists. Billboard unveils new methodology this issue for the long-standing Hot Country Songs, Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs and Hot Latin Songs charts. Each rec ...

  49. Morning Fix: Mike Easterlin Named Fueled By Ramen GM; Jay-Z's Live Album; Simon Fuller's Parlophone?

    October 08, 2012 8:33 AM EDT Head HERE to subscribe to Billboard's free music-business newsletters. MIKE EASTERLIN NAMED GM OF FUELED BY RAMEN: The shockwaves of big executive moves keep on rolling. Mike Easterlin, head of promotion at Roadrunner Records , has been named ...

  50. Apple Posts Steve Jobs Video, Letter on Anniversary of His Passing

    October 05, 2012 1:13 PM EDT Steve Jobs -- Apple computer co-founder, tech pioneer and revered revolutionary -- died a year ago today, from complications due to cancer. Though his death did not come as a shock, his figure growing gaunt and work becoming more sparse as he batt ...

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