Cloud computing

  1. Dropbox Music? New Carousel Photo App Hints at Plans

    April 09, 2014 7:10 PM EDT Cloud storage and file management system developer Dropbox showed off its newest application, photo-sharing app Carousel, in a presentation and blog post Wednesday. The company says Carousel is part of a broad strategy to turn its utilitarian fold ...

  2. Morning Fix: Holiday Music Sales Drop; MP3 Player Sales Dwindle; Fiscal Cliff Nears; Britney Spears Exiting 'X Factor'?

    December 28, 2012 8:45 AM EST Head HERE to subscribe to Billboard's Morning Fix email and our other free music-business newsletters HOLIDAY BLUES: MUSIC SALES DOWN 10%: In the absence of a steady-selling blockbuster title like Adele 's "21" or Michael Buble ...

  3. Business Matters: Five Reasons Why Dropbox's Acquisition of Audiogalaxy Could Be a Big Deal

    December 14, 2012 2:11 PM EST Google, Amazon and Apple may soon get more competition in the cloud music space. Audiogalaxy, a second-tier music hosting and streaming service, announced this week it has been acquired by file hosting service Dropbox. Started in 1998 as a file-sh ...

  4. Amazon Planning to Add Physical CD Purchases to Cloud Player Accounts

    August 10, 2012 1:41 PM EDT Sources tell Billboard that Amazon is working to launch a feature that will populate its Cloud Player accounts with tracks from physical CDs purchased on Amazon. One estimate puts the new feature launching this fall. Cloud Player is Amazon's ...

  5. Limited Data Plan? Download the Music Cloud To Go

    August 10, 2012 11:15 AM EDT Wireless data allows people to listen to millions of songs from the cloud, just about anywhere where they go, using all manner of services and sites. But once you lose that signal, the music stops. As we are all too clear , wireless bandwidth is a ...

  6. Amazon Improves Its Cloud Service

    August 09, 2012 7:25 PM EDT Amazon's Cloud Player gets a major-label upgrade Cloud music is getting smarter - and may soon get more mainstream. On July 31 Amazon launched a fully licensed scan-and-match cloud music service, giving it the same features as Apple's cl ...

  7. Amazon Launches Scan-and-Match Service For Cloud Player To Compete With Apple's iTunes Match

    July 31, 2012 2:44 PM EDT Amazon Launches Scan-and-Match Service For Cloud Player To Compete With Apple's iTunes Match Amazon today launched a fully licensed scan-and-match cloud music service giving it a better competitor to Apple's similar service, iTunes Match ...

  8. Amazon in Process Of Clearing Music Rights For Cloud (Report)

    June 13, 2012 8:00 AM EDT More than a year since launching its cloud service without the benefits of music licensing, online retailer Amazon is close to securing publishing deals with the major labels, according to a report on CNET. According to the report, Amazon is in ne ...

  9. 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 ...

  10. The Cloud Is Running Out of Room: Here's How It Affects Spotify, Pandora and Others

    February 21, 2012 3:17 PM EST CNN Money's chart, which relies on data from the FCC, shows our wireless spectrum surplus becoming a deficit next year It's true what they say: Our digital lives are moving to the cloud. Whenever we fire up Facebook instead of a local em ...

  11. The Future of Cloud Music Debated by Publishers, Rights Holders, Digital Services @MIDEM

    January 31, 2012 11:49 AM EST From left: CISAC director general Olivier Hinnewinkel, who introduced the panel; moderator Emmanuel Legrand, a journalist and consultant; Scott Bagby, head of strategic partnerships at Rdio; Richard Conlon, BMI senior VP of corporate strategy, com ...

  12. Google Music To Be Unveiled Wednesday -- Minus a Couple of Major Labels, Sources Say

    November 14, 2011 6:07 PM EST Google is expected to announce the addition of MP3 downloads to Google Music at an event Wednesday in Los Angeles. But don't expect all majors to be on board when the curtain lifts. Google's deal with Universal Music Group should be fina ...

  13. Dollars From Heaven: CMJ Panel Ponders How Industry Can Monetize The Cloud

    October 21, 2011 2:15 PM EDT A discussion of new cloud-based models of music consumption kicked off Day Three of CMJ. Patrick Sullivan, president and CEO of licensing company Rightsflow, moderated a Thursday planed titled "That Cloud is Shaped Like a $." Sitting wit ...

  14. Google Music in Negotiations But MP3 Store Not Imminent

    October 14, 2011 12:45 PM EDT Google is continuing its long-running negotiations with record labels for an MP3 store and expanded cloud storage service, according to major label sources with knowledge of the discussions. But these people say no agreements have been reached yet ...

  15. Google Aiming to Launch MP3 Store Within Weeks: Report

    October 13, 2011 7:58 PM EDT Google is weeks away from launching an online music store that will take on Apple and Amazon, though the company's dealings with major labels are far from complete, according to reports in The New York Times and Wall Street Journal . In May t ...

  16. Google Music Expands to iPhone, iPad

    September 08, 2011 7:13 PM EDT Although the service remains in invite-only beta, Google has expanded the functionality of its Google Music locker service to support Apple-made devices. The update means users can download an app to their iPhone or iPad that will let them stream ...

  17. Five Ways to Improve Google Music Beta

    August 19, 2011 4:00 PM EDT Google Music Beta has a lot going for it. For starters, it has the benefit of being launched by Google . That means deep pockets, a smart and talented team and integration with Google's popular web and mobile services and products (Google ...

  18. Google Launches Magnifier Music-Discovery Site

    August 17, 2011 8:26 PM EDT Ever since the Google Music locker went live in May , Google has been pretty quiet on the music front. But on Wednesday afternoon, the company let out a little squeak. Google unveiled a music discovery website called Magnifier . The site features ...

  19. Amazon Steps up Cloud Offering, Gives Unlimited Music Storage (for a Limited Time)

    July 07, 2011 12:55 PM EDT As Apple's cloud service looms and Spotify is about to pounce on the U.S. market , Amazon is giving customers more music storage for less money. The company announced Wednesday that Cloud Drive now allows for unlimited storage of MP3 and AAC ...

  20. 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 ...

  21. Will Apple's iCloud Change the Game -- Financially and Culturally -- Like iTunes Has?

    June 14, 2011 3:48 PM EDT If Apple can convince its iTunes users to sign up for iCloud , it will dominate the cloud like it does downloads. But how many people will actually pay for the service? The media has covered iCloud ad nauseam in recent weeks but has provided littl ...

  22. Apple's iCloud Could Finally Make Music Pirates Pay

    June 07, 2011 7:48 AM EDT LOS ANGELES - Apple Inc. CEO Steve Jobs on Monday introduced more than just a cloud storage system for songs that fans buy legitimately through iTunes. He unveiled a system that might finally get music lovers to pay for the songs they got through ...

  23. Apple iCloud Preview: Annual Price, Advances to Labels, Impact on Blackberry and Amazon, and More

    June 03, 2011 4:29 PM EDT The long wait is almost over. With Apple expected to unveil iCloud at its Worldwide Developers Conference Monday , the race to dominate music in the cloud can finally get started in earnest. Full details will be given at Monday's conference, ...

  24. What Apple's Move to Control iCloud Domain and Trademark Signals

    June 02, 2011 11:54 AM EDT Apple earlier this week made the highly unusual move of forecasting the topics of Steve Jobs' keynote at next week's Worldwide Developers Conference, causing many to ask… why? The answer, or at least part of it, lies in Apple's desi ...

  25. Apple to Unveil iCloud at WWDC on Monday

    May 31, 2011 10:56 AM EDT Getting answers out of Apple is like watching the TV series "Lost": Some questions get answered, others not, and new questions ultimately arise. That's what comes to mind with the company's latest press release , in which is co ...

  26. RIAA Files Legal Action Against Box.Net

    May 19, 2011 2:15 PM EDT The Recording Industry Association of America, fresh off a proclaimed "milestone" in securing $105 million in settlement money from file-sharing service LimeWire , has set its sight on the burgeoning cloud-computing world. On Wednesday, ...

  27. With Google Music's Arrival, Cloud Music Poised For Mainstream

    May 10, 2011 8:10 PM EDT Music Beta , Google's long-awaited music service, marks the mainstreaming of the cloud. Once a service found in the minor leagues of technology companies, online storage and playback of music files has suddenly jumped to the major league. Jus ...

  28. Amazon Apologizes for Server Outage, Offers Credit

    April 29, 2011 2:27 PM EDT Amazon.com Inc. apologized Friday for a data-center outage that brought down major websites including Foursquare and Reddit and offered Web services customers a 10-day credit.0 The company isn't disclosing how much the credit will cost it. Am ...

  29. Did Apple Buy The Domain iCloud.com?

    April 28, 2011 11:20 AM EDT More signs point to a pending cloud-music service coming from Apple. This time, two news outlets independently reported tips that Apple has bought the domain name iCloud.com from a Swedish firm for $4.5 million. At press time, Apple had not respon ...

  30. A Slightly Smaller Cloud: Amazon Says 0.07% of Lost Data Not 'Fully Recoverable'

    April 27, 2011 11:56 AM EDT Amazon says a small amount of data will be lost due to its Web Services outage that began last Thursday . According to a report at The Register , about 0.07% of the EBS storage volumes in the East Region of its Web Services infrastructure are not ...

  31. Rethink Music Panel Explores the Cloud: How to Make People Aware, Let Alone Make Money?

    April 26, 2011 4:00 PM EDT The Cloud music panel at Rethink Music conference, L-R: Jon Vanhala, Sami Valkonen, Brad Navin, David Hyman, Jon Potter, Don Gorder (Photo: Phil Farnsworth) The recent introduction of Amazon's Cloud Player -- and similar offerings from Google ...

  32. Amazon Cloud Outage: A Teachable Moment?

    April 25, 2011 11:31 AM EDT Amazon's Elastic Cloud Computing web service was still experiencing problems four days after the initial outage that brought down many web sites. On Monday morning, the EC2 dashboard noted instance connectivity, latency and error rates at the ...

  33. Cloud Technology Under Scrutiny After Amazon, PlayStation Service Disruptions

    April 25, 2011 7:20 AM EDT Service interruptions in Amazon's cloud computing web services that began on Thursday as well as Sony's PlayStation Network that began on Wednesday raised questions about the promise of cloud services just a week after the subject grabbe ...

  34. Amazon Cloud Outage Impacts Foursquare, Indaba Music, Quora, Reddit and a Town in Canada

    April 21, 2011 3:44 PM EDT Amazon's Web Services is experiencing service issues that have affected a wide range of companies. By midday Thursday, the service health dashboard still showed service disruptions at its Elastic Compute Cloud and Relational Database services ...

  35. HP TouchPad to Include Cloud Music Service: Report

    April 18, 2011 12:13 PM EDT Hewlett-Packard's TouchPad tablet device will ship with a cloud-based music service, according to PreCentral.net . Information on the service was included in a PowerPoint presentation about the TouchPad. The report says the TouchPad "wil ...

  36. Amazon Letter To Labels: Cloud Drive Locker Has Boosted MP3 Sales

    April 11, 2011 7:14 PM EDT In a letter to music labels, Amazon says its Cloud Drive locker has boosted Amazon MP3 sales. The company also reiterated the claim that its current setup doesn't need a license. The letter, signed from the Amazon Music Team, doesn't bac ...

  37. Business Matters: Do Teens Really Like Subscriptions Better Than Paid Downloads?

    April 07, 2011 4:45 PM EDT Do Teens Really Like Subscriptions More than Paid Downloads? When perusing the results of a Piper Jaffray survey of U.S. high school students , keep in mind there's a big difference between considering to buying a product and actually parting ...

  38. Business Matters: If Labels Don't Like Amazon's Cloud, They Won't Like Tunesbag Either

    March 31, 2011 4:55 PM EDT If Labels Hate Amazon's Cloud, They'll Won't Like Tunesbag Either -- If labels hate Amazon's Cloud Drive and Cloud Player, they might as well hate Tunesbag, too. Just days after the launch of Amazon's cloud storage service ...

  39. Business Matters: Appreciate Amazon's Cloud Drive For What It Is, Not What It Isn't

    March 29, 2011 6:12 PM EDT Amazon's Cloud Drive is Not a Camel -- Two common themes underlie Tuesday's chatter about the launch of Amazon's Cloud Drive, its cloud-based storage service, and Cloud Player, the music player that's integrated with Cloud Driv ...

  40. Amazon's Director Of Music Talks Cloud Drive: 'We Don't Believe We Need Licenses'

    March 29, 2011 2:02 PM EDT Amazon today launched a new music-locker service called Cloud Drive , sparking a new round of analysis over the potential impact of cloud music services and upsetting a number of major labels in the process. Amazon's director of music Craig P ...

  41. Amazon's 'Third-Rate,' Unlicensed Cloud Service 'Disappoints' Labels

    March 29, 2011 12:32 PM EDT The biggest question being asked about Amazon's new cloud music service is: "How did it beat Apple and Google to the punch? " The answer to some is: It didn't. To say that Amazon beat Apple and Google is simply unfair, because ...

  42. Amazon's Cloud Drive Test Drive: Service Is Simple, But Effective

    March 29, 2011 12:26 PM EDT It's not the second coming of iTunes or anything that drastic, but Cloud Drive , Amazon's new cloud storage service , is a good product with a narrow focus. If you're looking for bells and whistles -- recommendations, sharing with f ...

  43. Amazon Beats Apple and Google to the Cloud

    March 29, 2011 9:23 AM EDT Amazon has beaten Google and Apple to the cloud by launching a cloud music storage service that will allow people to remotely access their digital music collections from connected devices. Called Cloud Drive, the service is integrated into both th ...

  44. Amazon Launches Cloud, Online Music Storage Service

    March 29, 2011 7:30 AM EDT Amazon.com wants to be more than a destination for shopping online - it also dreams of being a place where you can store your music, photos and videos and access them any time, from any computer. The online retailer launched two new offerings late ...

  45. Rdio Service Outage: Bad News For The Music Cloud?

    March 21, 2011 11:19 AM EDT As Rdio subscribers found out on Saturday, customers of streaming services will have to deal with the occasional service outage. Listening to MP3 files carries no such uncertainty. But will this get in the way of consumers' adoption of cloud ...

  46. Apple Music-Streaming Rumors Heat Up

    February 14, 2011 12:10 PM EST Apple's plans for a potential streaming music service have been a point of discussion and speculation for more than a year now, ever since it acquired and subsequently shuttered streaming music service Lala in December of 2009. But news leaki ...

  47. Business Matters: Hulu Mulls Music Biz Approach to Free Videos

    January 28, 2011 1:48 PM EST Hulu Mulls Music Biz Approach to Free Videos -- The free vs. paid debate so common in the music industry is being played out with online video. Wary of giving away too much content, the companies in the Hulu joint venture are considering a transfo ...

  48. On Everyone's Lips @ Midem: The Cloud

    January 26, 2011 5:36 PM EST One topic was constantly on the lips of MIDEM 2011 attendees: The cloud. It is the foundation for feature-rich services on mobile devices, PCs and televisions. It allows an incredible level of interconnectivity between devices and services. Becaus ...

  49. MSpot Takes a Beating at MIDEM Panel For Unlicensed Locker Service

    January 22, 2011 12:00 AM EST CANNES, France -- Claiming 1 million U.S. users of its cloud-based music locker streaming service, mSpot unveiled an expansion into Europe at the MIDEM conference . But CEO Daren Tsui found himself on the defensive while on a panel discussing clou ...

  50. Cloud Music App mSpot Now Available For iPhone

    December 15, 2010 12:00 AM EST Apple has not yet offered a cloud-music service on its own, but a new app available in the App Store hopes to fill that void. The mSpot music app lets users store up to 2GB of compressed music files in a cloud-based locker, and then stream it to t ...

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