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  1. 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 ...

  2. 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 ...

  3. Morning Fix: Hurricane Sandy Hits Concert Biz; UMG-EMI Nashville Restructuring; Google Play Gets WMG

    October 30, 2012 8:35 AM EDT Head HERE to subscribe to Billboard's free music-business newsletters HURRICANE SANDY TO COST CONCERT BIZ MILLIONS: With live events being cancelled or postponed as Hurricane Sandy pounds the Eastern Seaboard and beyond, stakeholders in the l ...

  4. 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- ...

  5. Apple iPad Mini Vs. Microsoft Surface: Music To The Ears of Consumers and Rights Holders

    October 16, 2012 4:10 PM EDT Apple Inc. and Microsoft Corp. appear poised to duke it out over the touch-screen tablet market this holiday -- with the winners most likely to be consumers who will have more gadget choices than ever, as well as music rights holders whose songs w ...

  6. Morning Fix: Mumford Mania; Apple's iPad Mini; Best Buy Buyers

    October 03, 2012 7:37 AM EDT Head HERE to subscribe to Billboard's free music-business newsletters. MUMFORD & SONS' BABEL HAS 2012'S BIGGEST DEBUT, TOPS BILLBOARD 200. Mumford & Sons' sophomore release Babel had an historic first week: The British ...

  7. Business Matters: If Apple is Peaking, What Digital Services Are Next?

    September 25, 2012 11:39 PM EDT Apple has had a flurry of uncharacteristically bad news over the last few days. A riot at its Foxconn supplier in China. Weaker-than-expected iPhone 5 sales over the weekend (although sales weren't all that bad, see below). A disappointing fe ...

  8. New Apple Stuff: What Music Fans Need to Know

    September 13, 2012 1:00 PM EDT Assuming you still care about Apple announcement after playing this drinking game all day -- and you like to listen to music --you're in luck. Evolver.fm has painstakingly assembled every shard of information of interest to music people from ...

  9. Apple News Takes Bite Out of Pandora's Market Cap

    September 07, 2012 5:13 PM EDT Shares of Internet radio giant Pandora Media took a big hit Friday as investors absorbed news that Apple is planning - merely planning, mind you - an Internet radio service. After closing at $12.57 on Thursday, Pandora shares opened down 19.4% at ...

  10. Lady Gaga Says New Album 'Artpop' Will Also be an Interactive App

    September 05, 2012 6:00 PM EDT Albums are so yesterday. Lady Gaga is thinking bigger for her hugely anticipated next release, titled "Artpop," set for early 2013. In a statement posted on Wednesday to her website LittleMonsters.com , the fashion-forward pop diva says ...

  11. Pandora Shares Bounce on Analyst Upgrades

    August 30, 2012 7:21 PM EDT Analyst upgrades and improved fiscal 2013 guidance pushed shares of Pandora Media as high as $12.43 Thursday before ending up 14.3% to $11.52. Trading was heavy at 40.6 million shares versus a daily average of 2.8 million. Pandora's Second Qu ...

  12. Apple Now Worth Over $600 Billion, Extends Lead As World's Most Valuable Company

    August 17, 2012 1:20 PM EDT News of an upcoming iPad and a possible deal between Apple TV and major networks has pushed Apple's stock to new heights this week. Shares of Apple rose 1.85% to close at an all-time high of $648.11 Friday, pushing the company's world-le ...

  13. Apple's Second Quarter Doesn't Match Expectations, Shares Fall

    July 25, 2012 10:11 AM EDT NEW YORK (AP) -- Shares of Apple are falling after it did something un-Apple-like: posting results below Wall Street expectations. Late Tuesday, Apple Inc. reported that in the latest quarter, earnings rose a mere 21 percent from the year before, ...

  14. Apple Pays $60 Million to Settle iPad Dispute With China's Proview

    July 02, 2012 7:50 AM EDT BEIJING (AP) -- Apple has paid $60 million to settle a dispute in China over ownership of the iPad name, a court announced Monday, removing a potential obstacle to sales of the popular tablet computer in the key Chinese market. Chinese Authorities ...

  15. Microsoft Unveils iPad-Competitor Tablet Computer Called the Surface

    June 18, 2012 10:10 PM EDT Microsoft announced its iPad-competitor tablet computer called the Surface at a press event Monday in Los Angeles. CEO Steve Ballmer unveiled the device, which features a 10.6-inch screen, two USB ports, a magnesium case, Corning's flexible b ...

  16. Fiona Apple Banked on Buzz to Build Anticipation for New Release

    June 14, 2012 8:15 PM EDT For her fourth album, "The Idler Wheel . . .," Fiona Apple wasn't willing to let her work be mishandled. Nearly seven years ago, the reclusive singer/songwriter released third album "Extraordinary Machine," a project that ...

  17. Usher Performs, Provides Choreography For 'Dance Central 3' at E3 2012

    June 05, 2012 8:24 AM EDT Usher gave a surprise performance of his hit "Scream" to launch "Dance Central 3" on Kinect for Xbox 360, Monday at Microsoft's E3 press conference. The latest game in the dance series from Harmonix Music Systems and Micro ...

  18. Microsoft Announces Xbox Music At E3

    June 04, 2012 1:44 PM EDT Goodbye Zune, and hello Xbox Music. Microsoft previewed its new music service at the annual E3 Electronic Entertainment Expo in Los Angeles Monday, effectively announcing the next chapter in Microsoft's six-year-plus quest to create a viable ...

  19. Apple Posts $11.6 Billion Quarterly Profit on Sales of $39.2 Billion

    April 24, 2012 5:38 PM EDT Apple blew past expectations by reporting on Tuesday it earned $11.6 billion in its second fiscal quarter on revenue of $39.2 billion. On a per-share basis, Apple earned $12.30, up from $6.40 a year earlier and much better than the $10.02 that ana ...

  20. Apple Sued By US Department of Justice Over E-Book Price Fixing

    April 11, 2012 12:05 PM EDT NEW YORK (AP) -- The U.S. government filed an antitrust lawsuit against Apple Inc. and book publishers Wednesday, saying the publishers conspired with Apple to raise retail electronic-book prices to limit competition. The government also filed pap ...

  21. The MP3 Vs. the E-Book: 'Online Music Then and Now' SXSWi Examines What We Have (And Haven't) Learned ...

    March 10, 2012 8:14 PM EST In 1999, Diamond Multimedia's Rio became the first portable mp3 player to be commercially successful. Eight years later, the Kindle brought a similar level of mobility to books. Needless to say, the two game-changing devices met with differen ...

  22. Apple Unveils New iPad With Sharper Screen, Faster Processor

    March 07, 2012 2:01 PM EST SAN FRANCISCO -- Apple's new iPad model, with a sharper screen and a faster processor, will go on sale in the U.S. and six other countries next Friday, the company confirmed Wednesday. The new features mean the iPad will be slightly thicker a ...

  23. Apple iPad 3 Expected To Launch Today

    March 07, 2012 6:28 AM EST NEW YORK (AP) - Apple is holding an event Wednesday in San Francisco, and has hinted that it will reveal a new iPad model. Rumors speak of an updated tablet with a speedier processor, a sharper screen and an option for faster wireless broadband ac ...

  24. Apple Expected to Unveil iPad 3 at Event Next Week

    February 28, 2012 4:19 PM EST NEW YORK (AP) -- Apple is expected to unveil a new version of the iPad at an event in San Francisco next week. Apple sent out invitations to news media on Tuesday with an image showing part of an iPad screen. The company had been widely expected t ...

  25. Apple Vs. Proview iPad Trademark Lawsuit Comes To U.S.

    February 24, 2012 7:48 AM EST SHANGHAI (AP) -- Apple Inc. is facing yet another challenge to its use of the iPad trademark in China - this time in a court in California. Proview Electronics Co., a unit of Proview International Holdings, which claims it owns the iPad name, file ...

  26. Apple Defends Use of iPad Trademark in China During Heated Court Battle

    February 22, 2012 7:54 AM EST SHANGHAI (AP) - Apple defended its right to use the iPad trademark in China in a heated court hearing Wednesday that pitted the electronics giant against a struggling company that denies it sold the mainland China rights to the tablet's name. ...

  27. Apple's New Mountain Lion OS for Mac to Have iPhone Features

    February 17, 2012 8:57 AM EST The next operating system for Mac will make the computers more like the mobile devices which make up the lion's share of Apple's sales. Apple CEO Tim Cook revealed plans to incorporate features from the iPhone and iPad into the forthcomi ...

  28. 'Spin' to Roll Out Larger Format Magazine, Drop Frequency to Six Times a Year

    February 17, 2012 7:28 AM EST As alternative music magazine Spin figures out how to be a music magazine for the digital future, it's taking a page from the past. On Feb. 28, the March/April issue will hit newsstands (following a sharp decline in ad pages, the magazine hal ...

  29. Chinese Authorities Seizing iPads

    February 16, 2012 7:30 AM EST BEIJING (AP) - Authorities have seized iPads from retailers in more Chinese cities in an escalating dispute between Apple Inc. and a struggling local company over the trademark for the popular tablet computer, news reports said Thursday. The Chine ...

  30. Apple to Unveil New iPad in March (Report)

    February 10, 2012 7:30 AM EST NEW YORK (AP) - A news report says Apple plans to unveil a new iPad early next month. AllThingsD, a website affiliated with The Wall Street Journal , says Apple Inc. is holding an event in San Francisco the first week of March - the same week Appl ...

  31. Business Matters: Is Madonna Behind Live Nation's Stock Surge?

    February 03, 2012 6:14 PM EST Live Nation Stock Jumped After Madonna Tour Announcement Are investors excited about Madonna's upcoming tour? Or are they increasingly convinced the concert business has left its troubles behind? Maybe a bit of both. Live Nation's stock ...

  32. Pub Briefs: Spirit Signs Zola Jesus, Escape Club; Peermusic Signs FM; Hal Leonard Goes to the Cloud

    January 18, 2012 7:30 AM EST -- The Spirit Music Group has purchased the Escape Club song catalog, which includes the band's debut hit, "Wild Wild West," as well as songs like "Shake For The Sheik" and "I'll Be There." Escape Club, whic ...

  33. Beats By Dre Ending Partnership With Monster

    January 13, 2012 12:31 PM EST Beats by Dre and Monster Cable Products are parting ways at year's end, per a new report from Bloomberg Business Week . Although Beats has quickly risen to be the leader in the headphone category, with 53 percent of 2011's $1 billion mar ...

  34. Tiesto DJs First Ever Live Twitter Stream At 2012 CES

    January 12, 2012 8:05 AM EST CES saw the power of dance music firsthand Wednesday night, as Tiësto took the booth at Las Vegas nightclub XS to make social media history. The DJ/producer and Billboard cover star teamed-up with HP and Intel to stage the first-ever live concert ...

  35. Pandora's Stock Jumps With Announcement of 125 Million Registered Users As CES Gets Rolling

    January 10, 2012 2:17 PM EST Pandora is going into CES with over 125 registered users and an average listener time of 18 hours per month. The company's Monday press release also boasts of a 68-percent share of the top 20 Internet radio services for the month of November, ...

  36. Consumer Electronics Show Curse? Gadget Show Has History of Products Falling Flat

    January 06, 2012 9:19 AM EST NEW YORK (AP) - The largest trade show in the Americas must be a great place to show off new products, right? Wrong. The International Consumer Electronics Show is quickly becoming a launch pad for products that fall flat. When the annual conclave ...

  37. Online Shopping Jumps 16.4 Pct On Christmas Day

    December 27, 2011 8:17 AM EST NEW YORK (AP) - A growing number of shoppers apparently need only the briefest of breaks before diving back in, especially if they can log in to shop. IBM found that online shopping jumped 16.4 percent on Christmas Day over last year, and the doll ...

  38. Video: Live Nation Network President Russell Wallach Talks Brand/Artist Partnerships

    November 18, 2011 6:40 AM EST Live Nation's Russell Wallach has done his fair share of research into branding. Just this year, his company has paired Weezer with State Farm and 30 Seconds to Mars with HP to try and help each with cross-promotion. After appearing at the Bi ...

  39. MPAA President Chris Dodd Warns Tech Community to Support Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA)

    November 17, 2011 6:02 AM EST On the same day that the U.S. House of Representatives was holding hearings in Washington on an Internet piracy bill that is opposed by many technology companies, former Senator Chris Dodd was in Hollywood warning the tech giants that if they fail ...

  40. Pandora, Rhapsody, Songza Among Apps Available For Amazon's $199 Kindle Fire Tablet

    November 10, 2011 2:51 PM EST Buyers of Amazon's Kindle Fire, the upcoming 7" color-screen tablet, will be able to download some of the most popular music and video apps. Combined with a low price and integration with Amazon's cloud services, the Kindle Fire wil ...

  41. Apple Quarterly Earnings Lower Than Expected

    October 18, 2011 6:03 PM EDT Apple Inc. failed to set a new sales record in the last three months of founder and CEO Steve Jobs' life. Its financial results came in below expectations on Tuesday - a rare miss for the company. After several record quarters, the July-to-Se ...

  42. Vevo, iHeartRadio Among New Partners for Microsoft's Xbox Live

    October 05, 2011 2:08 PM EDT Music companies and other TV and entertainment companies are the newest partners of Microsoft's Xbox Live entertainment service for the Xbox 360 gaming platform. The new services will launch with Xbox this holiday season. Nearly 40 companies ...

  43. iPhone 5: Five Things To Expect At Tomorrow's Launch

    October 03, 2011 3:55 PM EDT Apple will "talk iPhone" with the world Tuesday at an event at the company's Cupertino campus. The event is expected to unveil the next generation of iPhone - dubbed the iPhone 5 - and could include updates to previous incarnations ...

  44. Kindle Fire: Low Price May Overshadow Missing Bells & Whistles

    September 29, 2011 7:44 AM EDT On Wednesday, Amazon unveiled not one, but four new Kindle products. It was the Kindle Fire that really had to tech world buzzing. The tablet was quickly called a rival to Apple's iPad, but with a much lighter price tag at $199. The product, ...

  45. Amazon Expected to Launch Tablet Today

    September 28, 2011 7:30 AM EDT NEW YORK (AP) - Amazon is expected to unveil a tablet computer Wednesday, picking a fight with Apple Inc. and its iPad. The iPad has many challengers, but analysts say Amazon's could be different - it has a chance to be more than a wannabe. A ...

  46. Business Matters: Apple to 'Talk iPhone' on October 4

    September 27, 2011 4:57 PM EDT Apple to "Talk iPhone" on October 4 -- Apple has announced it will host a special event October 4 to "talk iPhone." The event will take place at the Apple campus in Cupertino, California and will begin at 1 p.m. ET/10 a.m. PT. ...

  47. Business Matters: Pandora Stock Falls 11% on Debut of New Clear Channel iHeartRadio Service

    September 08, 2011 6:57 PM EDT Pandora Stock Falls 11% on Debut of New Clear Channel iHeartRadio Service -- The changing strength of Pandora's competition was evident in the company's stock price Thursday. Shares of Pandora Media (NYSE:P) fell 10.91% on the day Clear ...

  48. New Apple iPhones, iCloud Coming Sept. 7?

    August 12, 2011 1:39 PM EDT What is it with Apple and September when it comes to music? For that last several years, Apple has used an early September media event to introduce some sort of new music service, feature or device, and if the rumors swirling about today are true, ...

  49. Apple Passes Exxon As Most Valuable US Company -- Briefly

    August 09, 2011 4:02 PM EDT Apple briefly surpassed Exxon Mobil as the most valuable company in the U.S. Tuesday afternoon before settling back slightly lower. But the two are now so close that the change of guard is likely to happen soon. Apple Inc.'s stock gained 5.9 ...

  50. Bjork: Hack My Apps!

    August 02, 2011 12:23 PM EDT We've heard of artists encouraging fans to pirate their music. But pirating their app is a new one. Yet Bjork did just that this week, in an interview with Drowned in Sound . Since unveiling the first apps designed in conjunction with her &qu ...

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