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  1. 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 ...

  2. Nokia MixRadio to Spin Off from Microsoft

    July 18, 2014 2:27 PM EDT With 18,000 jobs being cut at Microsoft over the next year, the largest in the company’s 39-year history, what’s to become of Nokia MixRadio? The streaming music service, launched in 31 countries last November on Windows phones, will spin-off to b ...

  3. 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 ...

  4. Why Did Google Buy Songza? Probably Not Because of Beats Music

    July 02, 2014 8:50 AM EDT Google's announcement Tuesday  that it reached a deal to acquire Internet radio service Songza marks the third entrant in the Internet radio business by a leading technology company in the last nine months. Songza gives Google a webcasting se ...

  5. Spotify and Beats' Canadian Launch Still Up in the Air

    June 26, 2014 1:33 PM EDT Despite recent reports , the arrival of Spotify in Canada may not be as imminent as suggested. Representatives from Beats and Spotify deny these rumors. A source told Billboard that "It would be inaccurate to claim it's even close to a l ...

  6. Meet ROK Mobile, a Slightly Different On-Demand Streaming Service from a Tequila Billionaire

    June 26, 2014 11:34 AM EDT The United States is about to get a new on-demand music service. Set for a July 4th launch, ROK Mobile is the creation of John Paul DeJoria, the billionaire behind Paul Mitchell hair products and Patron Tequila, and British mobile entrepreneur ...

  7. How, and How Much, America Listens Have Been Measured for the First Time

    June 18, 2014 3:00 PM EDT A new survey by Edison Research says Americans listen to four hours and five minutes of audio each day. Exactly how that listening breaks down might surprise you since no previous study has tracked all audio consumption.  Mainstreaming Radio: M ...

  8. New Jay Z Remix Available Only on Beats Music

    June 15, 2014 11:45 PM EDT Dr. Dre's mysterious Tweet at Jay Z yesterday which said only “Welcome to the jungle @S_C_” has been explained while at the same time offering a clue to Beats Music's possible future business strategy: exclusives. Welcome to the jungle @ ...

  9. Germany’s ProSiebenSat.1 Takes Stake in Music Streaming Service Deezer

    June 10, 2014 1:51 PM EDT ProSieben will merge its own music streaming company Ampya with French-based Deezer, which will have access to editorial content from the German media giant. German media giant ProSiebenSat.1 continues its Internet shopping spree, taking a strateg ...

  10. 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 ...

  11. 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 ...

  12. 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 ...

  13. 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 ...

  14. 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 ...

  15. 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 ...

  16. Beats Music Valued at $500M (Updated)

    May 30, 2014 2:29 PM EDT According to the Wall Street Journal's sources , Beats Music, launched in January, is worth $500 million of the $3 billion Apple is paying for the brand. A source familiar with the matter told Billboard that the estimate "isn't far ...

  17. 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 ...

  18. 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 ...

  19. 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. ...

  20. 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 ...

  21. 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 ...

  22. 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 ...

  23. MOG Founder Sues Beats For More Than $20 Million (Report)

    May 16, 2014 9:37 AM EDT David Hyman, the founder of streaming music service MOG, has sued Beats Electronics for more than $20 million, claiming that Beats fired him to avoid giving him an equity payout, according to a report from Courthouse News Service . News of the s ...

  24. 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 ...

  25. 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 ...

  26. Spotify, Sprint Unveil Music Bundling Offer

    April 29, 2014 12:20 PM EDT Spotify and the No.3 wireless operator Sprint unveiled their music offer as part of the phone company’s ‘Framily’ plans, with premium service going as low as $4.99. The two companies did not initially reveal details of their marketing plans, but i ...

  27. 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 ...

  28. Beats Music Is Top Downloaded iTunes Music App

    April 24, 2014 9:00 AM EDT Beats Music, which switched on the ability for listeners to buy subscriptions to the service within its iOS app on Sunday, has climbed up the iTunes charts in recent days. Related Articles Beats Music Adds In-App Purchasing for iOS AT&T To Off ...

  29. Beats Music's First 100 Days: A Bumpy Start

    April 21, 2014 10:59 AM EDT As Spotify allies with Sprint, labels say Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre's streaming service is off to a slow start. This article was first published in the April 26th issue of Billboard Magazine . Two of music's most successful brand mar ...

  30. Business Matters: Five Ways Sprint Will Help Spotify

    April 17, 2014 11:25 AM EDT The news this week that Sprint could be announcing a partnership with Spotify at its April 29 press event was just the latest in a multitude of pairings between streaming music services and telecommunications companies. Related Articles Is Beats M ...

  31. 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 ...

  32. Topspin Sells Remaining Assets to Transom Capital Group (Updated)

    April 03, 2014 2:43 PM EDT Topspin Media, which sold its core technology to Beats Music less than a month ago, has sold the remainder of its e-commerce and marketing assets to Transom Capital Group. Transom will merge Topspin with its existing properties BandMerch and Cinde ...

  33. Pepsi's Bozoma Saint John Joins Beats Music as SVP, Head of Global Marketing

    April 02, 2014 10:20 AM EDT Bozoma Saint John, former head of Pepsi-Cola North America’s music and entertainment marketing group, has joined Beats Music as its new senior vice president, head of global marketing. Effective April 14, Saint John will lead marketing strategy, b ...

  34. Streaming Made Up One-Fifth of U.S. Recorded Music Revenue in 2013

    March 18, 2014 9:02 AM EDT Streaming music revenue in the U.S. grew 39% in 2013, generating $1.4 billion in revenue and making up more than one-fifth of the recorded music industry's business, up from just 15% in 2012, according to figures released Tuesday by the Rec ...

  35. Beats Music Raises $60 Million in Funding

    March 11, 2014 2:51 PM EDT Beats Music has raised a second round of funding of aproximately $60 million, according to a source familiar with the deal. The money comes largely from current investors, including Jimmy Iovine, Dr. Dre and Access Industries with the cash bein ...

  36. Beats Electronics Names An De Vooght Executive VP/CFO

    March 10, 2014 4:19 PM EDT Beats Electronics has appointed An De Vooght executive VP and CFO. In her new role, De Vooght will be responsible for the financial operations of Beats, while giving strategic oversight alongside the rest of the company’s senior management team. S ...

  37. Beats Music Buys Topspin

    March 04, 2014 11:13 AM EST Beats Music's Chief Executive Ian Rogers on Tuesday announced his company is acquiring Topspin Media, a platform that lets artists sell merchandise and albums directly to fans. Beats Music Hires Ex-Gang of Four's Dave Allen as Artist A ...

  38. Spotify Drove Universal Music’s 75% Jump in Streaming Revenue Last Year

    February 25, 2014 8:15 PM EST Spotify drove a large part of the 75% jump Universal Music Group achieved in 2013 in subscription and streaming revenue, according to a source familiar with the music group’s financial statements. During the conference call, Vivendi reported that ...

  39. Beats Music Hires Ex-Gang of Four's Dave Allen as Artist Advocate (Exclusive)

    February 25, 2014 7:00 PM EST In an effort to address the critics of streaming music head on, Beats Music has hired Dave Allen, the former bass guitarist for the post-punk band Gang of Four, to be the company's public face and chief advocate. The newly created positi ...

  40. How Aloe Blacc Outfoxed Simon Fuller (From the Magazine)

    February 17, 2014 10:23 AM EST This article first appeared in the February, 22 issue of Billboard Magazine . Self-management isn’t for the faint of heart, but Aloe Blacc certainly seems up to the task. The 35-year-old singer, best-known for delivering the soulful vocals to Av ...

  41. Merlin's CEO Charles Caldas on Indies, Streaming and the Market Share Issue (Op-Ed)

    February 12, 2014 9:00 AM EST Charles Caldas is the CEO of Merlin , a global rights licensing organization referred to as "the fourth major label" which serves a wide swath of independent labels. Caldas and Merlin were recently recognized as one of Billboard's I ...

  42. Beats Music Rolls Out Commerce Via Topspin

    February 07, 2014 7:00 AM EST Is Shamal Ranasinghe, the press-shy co-founder of Topspin Media, streaming music's new best friend?  Nearly 12 months ago, Jimmy Iovine made a public promise to artists -- that Beats Music, the music service he co-founded, would directly conn ...

  43. Beats Music Courting Indies, Signs Up Merlin (Exclusive)

    February 06, 2014 7:00 AM EST Beats Music is courting independent artists and labels. Related Articles AT&T Fires Up Beats Music Marketing After Weeklong Delay Billboard International Power Players 2014: Merlin's Charles Caldas Martin Mills Reappointed Chairman of M ...

  44. Super Bowl Ads: Why You'll Hear New Music by Passenger, U2, One Republic and Zedd

    January 31, 2014 7:50 PM EST Ever since fun. skyrocketed to stardom from the use of “We Are Young” in a 2012 Super Bowl commercial for Chevrolet , brands, bands, publishers and music supervisors at top ad agencies alike have all been scrambling to re-create the lightning in ...

  45. Investors Put $2.4 Billion Into Music In 2013, Streaming Tops List

    January 31, 2014 5:48 PM EST The big got bigger and the rich got richer in 2013. In the 57 investment deals totaling over $2.4 billion tracked by Billboard, nearly 9 in 10 dollars invested went to a traditional music company, an EDM concert promoter or a company that stre ...

  46. Eminem, Diddy, Ice Cube Among Legendary Hip-Hop Line-Up Playing Tonight's Beats Music Launch Party

    January 25, 2014 2:00 AM EST Billboard and THR have learned that Eminem will be performing at tonight's Beats Music launch party along with a constellation of primarily old school hip-hop luminaries that includes, Ice Cube, Sean "Diddy" Combs, Geto Boys, Metho ...

  47. Business Matters: Download Sales Off to Terrible Start in 2014

    January 23, 2014 4:47 PM EST U.S. digital sales are beginning 2014 just like they ended 2013: in negative territory. Through the third week of the year, track sales are down 11.9% and digital album sales are down 13.3%, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Both figures stand i ...

  48. The State of Streaming Music As Beats Music Launches

    January 21, 2014 8:51 PM EST Beats Music's launch in the United States provides a good opportunity to reflect on the state of streaming music.   On-demand music streaming services have come far in the last five years. The first generation of services, such as Rhapsod ...

  49. Beats Music: What Works and What Doesn’t

    January 21, 2014 4:15 PM EST The basic premise of Beats Music, which officially launched today, is that it’s the same as its many competitors‑‑see Spotify, Rhapsody, Slacker, Rdio, Sony Music Unlimited, Xbox Music, Muve, Google Music and, likely later this year, Deezer and ...

  50. Business Matters: Norwegian Music's Revenue Spike May Mean the Streaming Model Is Working

    January 17, 2014 4:57 PM EST Led by growth in streaming revenue, both digital and total recorded music revenue in Norway grew in 2013, according to figures released by IFPI Norway. Total revenue grew 10.6% to 603 million NOK ($97.8 million), the country's best total si ...

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