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  1. Alicia Keys Ends One-Year BlackBerry Deal: Inside The Troubled Partnership

    January 02, 2014 6:32 PM EST When Alicia Keys was first named global creative director at BlackBerry on Jan. 30, 2013, much derision was made at her expense for tweeting from an iPhone just days before the announcement  – and maybe even once again a few days after, in an ap ...

  2. Alicia Keys Named BlackBerry's Global Creative Director

    January 30, 2013 2:22 PM EST BlackBerry announced Wednesday that Alicia Keys has become the company's new Global Creative Director. Keys was brought on board to "lead an array of new business initiatives that will drive engagement with BlackBerry and perception of ...

  3. 7digital Snags $10 million in Funding, Inks New Deal for BlackBerry 10

    October 18, 2012 9:22 PM EDT digital, a London-based technology company that operates digital music stores and services for companies like Samsung and Hewlett-Packard, said on Thursday it had secured $10 million in financing from undisclosed corporate investors. Billboard� ...

  4. Vevo Dives Into Mobile Web, Allows Streaming Directly From Browser

    July 06, 2012 4:06 PM EDT Vevo has launched its mobile website, which now allows visitors access to its archive of more than 50,000 music videos without having to download one of its apps, a development first reported at TechCrunch . While it still may be easier -- and qui ...

  5. Music in Devices: What is Working?

    March 14, 2012 5:00 PM EDT "The computer isn't the most natural listening experience for music- most people don't have a dedicated stereo anymore and all (digital) devices don't work together elegantly, but music lovers want that," said moderator Vi ...

  6. Business Matters: Justin Bieber Invests In A Startup

    December 21, 2011 5:13 PM EST Justing Bieber: Pop Icon, Savvy Investor? -- Justin Bieber invested in SoJo Studios , developer of games with a mission "to provide joyful and easily accessible ways for people to join with others to do lasting social good." The startup ...

  7. Business Matters: Will Boinc's Business Model Get Stale Before It Launches?

    October 20, 2011 7:25 PM EDT Will Boinc's Business Model Get Stale Before it Launches? -- Boinc, the innovative music service by Beyond Oblivion, could revolutionize the way people consume music. But the industry is going to have to wait a bit longer to see it in action. ...

  8. Billboard's Women In Music 2011: Marcie Allen

    October 01, 2011 12:00 AM EDT No. 19 Marcie Allen President, MAC Presents Website: macpresents.com Twitter: @marcieallen It's pure coincidence that Marcie Allen's biggest achievements in music and branding during the past year all happen to involve phones. Between he ...

  9. Business Matters: Will Facebook Announce Spotify Partnership At Developer Conference?

    August 26, 2011 7:40 PM EDT Will A Spotify Partnership Be Announced At Facebook's Developer Conference? -- If Facebook is going to announce any sort of music product or partnership, it could come at the company's just-announced f8 developer conference on Sept. 22. ...

  10. BlackBerry Music Service Becomes Official

    August 25, 2011 12:00 AM EDT Research in Motion unveiled its BBM Music service on Thursday. The new service is very much in line with the details that were leaked last week. Billed as a "social music sharing and discovery service," the music service is built on the ...

  11. Business Matters: Three Things to Watch for in Pandora's Q2 Earnings Report

    August 24, 2011 6:52 PM EDT Unpacking Pandora's (Q2 Earnings Report) Box -- Pandora Media will report its first quarterly earnings since its IPO at 5pm ET Thursday. Close scrutiny is both likely and understandable - Pandora is a bellwether of the Internet radio market a ...

  12. Blackberry Music Service: Additional Details Leak

    August 22, 2011 12:10 PM EDT More details emerged over the weekend about the new music service that Research In Motion reportedly is planning for its BlackBerry devices. According to details posted in both AllThingsD and Crackberry.com , the service will cost users $5 a month ...

  13. BlackBerry Working on Music Service (Report)

    August 19, 2011 11:16 AM EDT BlackBerry maker Research in Motion is in talks with record labels about a BlackBerry music service, according to multiple reports. The news was first reported Thursday by CNET , which claims the planned music service will run on top of the popula ...

  14. HP Taps 7digital for Digital Music on TouchPad

    July 21, 2011 11:56 AM EDT For months rumors have been swirling that Hewlett-Packard might be planning to integrate some kind of music service into its TouchPad tablet computer. Now we know at least what part of that plan is. The company today announced the addition of 7dig ...

  15. Best Buy Reportedly Bringing Cloud-Music Service to U.S.

    June 21, 2011 12:11 PM EDT Big box retailer Best Buy is reportedly eyeing a U.S. launch of a cloud music service it currently operates on the U.K. According to a report in Bloomberg , the retailer is close to announcing an expansion of the My Music Anywhere service from the ...

  16. Apple Settles With Nokia in Drawn-Out Patent Dispute

    June 14, 2011 4:52 PM EDT HELSINKI, Finland - Nokia Corp. on Tuesday notched a valuable win against rival Apple Inc., with the U.S. company agreeing to pay the Finnish handset maker a one-time sum to settle long-standing patent disputes as well as royalties for current lic ...

  17. This Week In Apps: Mixcloud, Viddy, and MobileRoadie's BlackBerry Snub

    June 03, 2011 4:24 PM EDT Mixcloud Billing itself as the "YouTube of radio," Mixcloud is an on-demand radio app, using a rather loose definition of "on-demand." It essentially aggregates a number of Internet radio streams, podcasts, and DJ mixes. It als ...

  18. Business Matters: Groupon Files for IPO -- A Look at the Numbers

    June 02, 2011 8:34 PM EDT Groupon Files for IPO. A Look at the Numbers. -- Daily deal company Groupon, soon to be a major player in concert tickets, has filed for an IPO. The company's S-1, filed with the SEC Thursday, reveals that Groupon has real -- not potential -- ...

  19. 50 Cent Launches Customized UberSocial Theme, 'Uber50'

    April 29, 2011 3:01 PM EDT There's no stopping 5 0 Cent . The Queens rapper has teamed up with UberMedia to launch a customized Twitter theme for their Blackberry application, UberSocial, titled " Uber50 ." Uber50 will include various features such as, custom ...

  20. Android Outpaces iPhone in Marketshare, Mindshare -- But Developers Still Consider iPhone Tops

    April 26, 2011 1:40 PM EDT Google's Android platform continues to outpace that of the iPhone's iOS. This time, the focus is not on market share, but consumer demand. According to a report from Nielsen , 31% of consumers surveyed between January and March of this y ...

  21. Nokia Sues Apple Again Over Patents

    March 29, 2011 6:45 AM EDT Nokia is suing Apple in the United States for allegedly infringing patents in "virtually all" of its mobile phones, portable music players, tablets and computers, the Finnish company said Tuesday. The move is the latest in a string of la ...

  22. 7digital, RIM Team on BlackBerry PlayBook Music Store

    March 10, 2011 10:41 AM EST The upcoming BlackBerry PlayBook tablet computer from Research In Motion (RIM) will include an embedded digital music store provided by 7digital, the two companies announced. The 7digital store lets users search, preview and buy and download MP3s ...

  23. Clear Channel Acquires Thumbplay's Mobile Music Service

    March 01, 2011 11:37 AM EST Clear Channel has emerged as the buyer for mobile music service Thumbplay, which we learned yesterday was up for sale . The sale, as expected, revolves around the Thumbplay Music on-demand streaming music service, which is available as a smartphon ...

  24. Business Matters: Google Android On Way To Surpassing iPhone & Blackberry

    January 04, 2011 12:00 AM EST Google's Android Smartphone On Way To Surpassing iPhone & Blackberry Sales -- We're getting closer to the day when Google is the preferred company of the music fan. The smartphone market is practically in a three-way dead heat, accor ...

  25. RIM Takes On Apple's iPad

    November 10, 2010 12:00 AM EST BlackBerry maker Research In Motion, a late entrant in the booming tablet market, will take on Apple's iPad with competitive pricing of its rival Playbook device. The Canadian firm's tablet, set to launch in the first quarter of next yea ...

  26. Victor Manuelle Signs Deal With Sprint

    November 03, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Tropical singer/songwriter Victor Manuelle has signed a deal with Sprint in Puerto Rico to promote several of its products. The alliance will include a series of TV commercials for the Sprint Samsung Galaxy Tablet and the Blackberry Style, among o ...

  27. RIM's Balsillie Responds To Barbs From Apple's Jobs

    October 20, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Research In Motion's Jim Balsillie brushed off Steve Jobs' critique of RIM's BlackBerry PlayBook tablet computer, saying the Apple CEO's barbs made no sense outside of his company's "distortion field." Jobs on Mo ...

  28. 7digital Bundled With iPad Rivals

    October 19, 2010 12:00 AM EDT U.K. digital entertainment company 7digital is going to be busy with various new partners in the months ahead, and it's covering all the bases for digital music from mobile apps and tablets to browser access and even image recognition. The co ...

  29. The Latest Music Apps: Rhapsody, uPlaya, Musicpix

    October 18, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Although Billboard's Music App Awards may be over, developers are churning out new music apps on a regular bases for mobile phones, iPad and other devices. Here's the latest worth noting that came out in the last week: Rhapsody Music sub ...

  30. Thumbplay Touts 500,000 Downloads, Reveals User Stats

    October 13, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Thumbplay Music revealed that its mobile music streaming app has been downloaded more than 500,000 times since it was first released earlier this year. It originally came out on the Blackberry platform, and since expanded to Android and the iPhone ...

  31. UAE Says BlackBerry Dispute Resolved

    October 08, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The United Arab Emirates rescinded a threat to suspend BlackBerry services after resolving a dispute with Canada's Research in Motion, maker of the devices, the state news agency (WAM) said on Friday (Oct. 8). The UAE had said it would suspen ...

  32. Business Matters: Majors Back Video Site, Android Gains Steam, Hulu CEO Offers Content Strategy and more

    October 06, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Opinion and analysis of the day's music news. Majors Onboard With Russian Video Portal -- All four majors have licensed their content to Russian online music video service iviMusic. The content of an additional 20 Russian music companies is a ...

  33. RIM Unveils PlayBook Tablet To Compete With iPad

    September 28, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Research In Motion unveiled a tablet computer aimed at its core business customers, as it tries to gain a foothold in a fast-growing market dominated by Apple's consumer-friendly iPad. The BlackBerry PlayBook has a seven-inch (18 cm) touchscr ...

  34. Gaming Apps Top Pick Among Smartphone Owners

    September 10, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The massive popularity and business opportunity provided by mobile applications continue to generate plenty of research from analyst groups. A new report from Nielsen says the average smartphone owner has 27 apps installed on their device of choic ...

  35. BETTER KNOW A PANELIST: TAG Strategic's Ted Cohen

    September 09, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Name: Ted Cohen Title: Managing Partner, TAG Strategic Panel: Innovators Showcase (Judge). 1:45 – 2:45. Oct. 5. For more information or to register for Billboard’s Mobile Entertainment Live: The Music App Summit, Oct. 5 in San Francisco, please vi ...

  36. Low Prices Drive Q2 Phone Sales

    August 12, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Sales of mobile phones rose 13.8% to 326 million units in the second quarter of 2010 compared to the prior year, but average selling prices fell by more than expected amid intense competition, IT research firm Gartner said. Sales of smartphones ro ...

  37. Google Android Gains Pace, Social Web A Focus: CEO

    August 05, 2010 12:00 AM EDT About 200,000 smartphones and other devices based on Google's Android operating system are sold every day, CEO Eric Schmidt said, underscoring the strong challenge to rivals like Apple's iPhone. The world's No.1 search engine is hun ...

  38. Business Matters: Android Vs. iPhone, Radiohead, DMCA Takedowns and more

    August 03, 2010 12:00 AM EDT WHO'S WINNING THE SMARTPHONE WARS -- Google’s Android operating system has 27% of recent smartphone owners and now accounts for 13% of all smartphones. In the last six months, however, Android has accounted for 33% of new smartphones. And Nie ...

  39. RIM Says Apple Claims About BlackBerry Unacceptable

    July 19, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Apple Inc appears to be deliberately distorting the issues surrounding the iPhone 4's antenna design by asserting that Research In Motion's BlackBerry has similar reception problems, RIM said. "Apple's attempt to draw RIM into ...

  40. RIM Shares Drop As BlackBerry Shipments Disappoint

    June 25, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Research in Motion reported subscriber and shipment figures that disappointed investors and rekindled fears that the BlackBerry maker is losing market share to Apple Inc and other rivals. Shares of RIM tumbled more than 5% in June 24 after-hour tr ...

  41. Business Matters: Google Music Store, Don Henley, The Orchard, 'If I Can Dream' and more

    June 15, 2010 12:00 AM EDT GOOGLE MUSIC STORE COMING IN FALL? -- Google's music store could be on its way later this fall, CNET's Greg Sandoval reports. Citing multiple industry sources, Sandoval says the service could have both downloads and streaming music. &quo ...

  42. Thumbplay Lines Up iPhone App

    June 01, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The Thumbplay Music streaming music service is now available for the iPhone, making it yet another cloud-based music service operating on the iPhone before Apple has yet to introduce its own. Thumbplay Music launched in January in beta mode for th ...

  43. Top Clear Channel Talent Goes Mobile

    May 27, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Clear Channel has begun offering commercial-free radio programming for four of its biggest personalities as part of its iheartradio mobile application for the iPhone/iPod Touch, BlackBerry and Android smartphones. The mobile apps for Sean Hannity, ...

  44. BMI Readies Mobile App

    May 25, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Broadcast Music, Inc. has launched a mobile version of its website for iPhone, Android, Palm, Symbian and the upcoming Blackberry 6.0 phones. It is also readying an app that will allow its members to access the organization's online services ...

  45. Thumbplay Teams With Cellular South

    May 24, 2010 12:00 AM EDT To reach true scale services need to partner directly with wireless operators and that’s what Thumbplay has done with its Thumbplay Music streaming service. The company has teamed up with Cellular South to bring the cloud to subscribers using Andr ...

  46. Thumbplay Now Available On Android Phones

    May 03, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The Thumbplay Music cloud-based on-demand mobile streaming service is now available for Android phones, says the company. Launched this January for BlackBerry devices only, this marks the first new mobile platform for the young service, which char ...

  47. Who's The King Of Smartphones?

    April 27, 2010 12:00 AM EDT For the first time, there are more smartphones based on Google’s Android operating system accessing the AdMob mobile advertising network in the U.S. than there are from the iPhone, according to the company’s March data . Here’s the data: Android p ...

  48. Billboard Launches Music App Awards

    April 14, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Attention application developers: Billboard is unveiling the first ever Music App Awards, designed to reward the most innovative music-focused apps created for smartphones such as the iPhone, BlackBerry, and Android and Nokia devices. Submissions ...

  49. Survey: Consumers Will Pay For Apps

    March 31, 2010 12:00 AM EDT A survey from mobile app distributor Mplayit suggest mobile users are willing to pay for content. The company, which operates a mobile app store on Facebook, says 35% of users say they are interested in paid apps, regardless of which device they o ...

  50. Business Matters: Tenenbaum, Nielsen, Thumbplay

    March 22, 2010 12:00 AM EDT -- In a decision that could help record labels, a federal court in the Northern District of California has said the constitutional limits on statutory damages in BMW of North America, Inc. v. Gore do not apply to awards of copyright statutory dama ...

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