Electronics

  1. Japan's Major Labels Push Back Music Releases

    March 24, 2011 12:59 PM EDT Amid the triple disasters of the Tohoko-Kanto Great Earthquake (as it is now being called), the tsunami and radiation contamination, major labels in Japan are pushing back their March album and DVD releases to April and beyond. Some of the artists ...

  2. Will Apple Unveil Its New Music Service In April?

    March 21, 2011 3:31 PM EDT Will April see the unveiling of Apple's new mobile music plans? According to a number of sources within the music industry, it's possible -- but don't bet on it. "It's possible, but not probable," says one. Digital mu ...

  3. The Zune Really Died A Year Ago

    March 14, 2011 7:00 PM EDT Bloomberg reports that Microsoft has decided to end production of the Zune, the device it created to support its music service of the same name. But the death of the Zune really began more than a year ago when Microsoft first announced its plans f ...

  4. 'Steve Jobs Is Killing the Music Business,' Says Jon Bon Jovi

    March 14, 2011 6:23 PM EDT Jon Bon Jovi is accusing Apple co-founder Steve Jobs of "killing" the music industry with iTunes. "Kids today have missed the whole experience of putting the headphones on, turning it up to 10, holding the jacket, closing their eyes ...

  5. Microsoft To Phase Out Zune Player

    March 14, 2011 6:08 PM EDT Microsoft Corp is not planning any more versions of its unpopular Zune digital media player, but is to continue offering music and video using the same software online, through its Xbox game console and on its Windows phones. The decision not to f ...

  6. Sony's CD Manufacturing Plants in Japan Remain Closed

    March 14, 2011 12:18 PM EDT As a result of Friday's earthquake, operations have been suspended at Sony plants in Japan that manufacture CD, DVD and Blu-ray discs. In addition, the Sony Corporation Sendai Technology Center has ceased work entirely due to earthquake damag ...

  7. Kazuo Hirai Emerges as Sony Corp's Successor to CEO Howard Stringer

    March 10, 2011 7:27 AM EST Sony appears to be lining up Kazuo Hirai, current head of its gaming division, as the replacement for Howard Stringer, its 69-year-old current CEO, as it announced a corporate reorganization Thursday. The Network Products Services division, which ...

  8. Will Global Digital Music Revenue Total $20 Billion In 2015?

    March 07, 2011 8:15 PM EST Market research firm Ovum expects global digital music revenue to grow 20% per year and total $20 billion in 2015, according to a post at The Telegraph. This is just the latest estimate based on incredible optimism about subscription service growt ...

  9. Apple Music Locker Service Taking Shape

    March 04, 2011 11:55 AM EST That Apple is negotiating with the major record labels for a digital music locker service isn't exactly news , as virtually every story written speculating about Apple's cloud music plans have centered in on that scenario. Bloomberg toda ...

  10. Business Matters: Even Obscure Titles Still Selling Mostly CDs and LPs

    March 02, 2011 12:25 PM EST Even Obscure Titles Still Selling Mostly CDs and LPs -- The digital shares of new releases rose in 2010, according to Nielsen SoundScan, but across all sales strata the numbers show physical formats are still vital. At the top of the list, new rel ...

  11. Timing Of Doug Morris' Move From Universal To Sony Still Uncertain, Source Says

    February 28, 2011 1:49 PM EST If Doug Morris is leaving Universal Music Group for Sony Music any time soon, his departure date may be less certain than what has been described in a new report. On Monday, England's Telegraph claimed Morris will not be going to Sony Music u ...

  12. Microsoft To Self: Why Aren't Xbox Owners Paying For Zune Music Service?

    February 25, 2011 12:20 PM EST Despite the popularity of Microsoft's Xbox games, its users are taking a pass on its Zune Pass Subscription services have one a big problem. It's not Apple's 30% cut of in-app subscription revenue. It's not the friction created ...

  13. Interscope's Jimmy Iovine Fighting the 24-Bit Fight

    February 22, 2011 4:59 PM EST Interscope chairman/CEO Jimmy Iovine is not taking any break away from his fight to increase the quality of digital music. In a CNN article , he reiterates his desire to get the labels to supply Apple and other digital retailers with 24-bit high-f ...

  14. Sony 'Has No Intention Of Withdrawing From iTunes,' Exec Says

    February 17, 2011 1:40 PM EST Sony won't be leaving iTunes any time soon, said a Sony executive following reports last week that the company would leave the world's largest music store. "Sony Music as I understand it has no intention of withdrawing from iTunes, ...

  15. Biz Matters: The Headphone Gold Rush Is On, Skullcandy Files IPO

    February 15, 2011 4:05 PM EST The Great Headphone Gold Rush Is On, Skullcandy Files IPO -- Headphone manufacturer Skullcandy has filed for an initial public offering , signaling a strong belief in the increasingly crowded high-end headphone market. The company says it plans on ...

  16. New York Music Hack Day: The Search For The Next Great Tech Product

    February 14, 2011 1:05 PM EST While most of the traditional music industry was in Los Angeles for the Grammys , nearly 200 hackers were crowded into New York start-up space General Assembly, spending the weekend hunched over laptops while trying to build the next great music t ...

  17. iPhone Makes Surprisingly Subdued Verizon Debut

    February 10, 2011 5:01 PM EST Apple's iPhone made its debut in Verizon Wireless stores and other retail locations today, officially ending AT&T's exclusive rights to the popular smartphone. But unlike past iPhone unveilings, this didn't spark the kinds of li ...

  18. Business Matters: Irving Azoff On Battling Business Models; Spotify; YouTube + RightsFlow

    February 10, 2011 1:37 PM EST -- Ray Waddell's series of interviews with Live Nation chairman Irving Azoff on Billboard.biz this week provide a great example of the different approaches being taken in the ticketing world (read parts one , two and three ). One of the most ...

  19. Verizon iPhone Pre-orders Sell out

    February 04, 2011 7:05 AM EST Verizon sold out of iPhones pre-orders less than a day after it began allowing current customers to order the Apple smartphone, according to Mashasble.com A note on the telecommunication's website confirmed that Verizon is "no longer tak ...

  20. Verizon Vs. AT&T iPhone: a Side-by-Side Comparison

    February 03, 2011 7:26 AM EST Ever since Apple's iPhone went on sale in 2007, Verizon Wireless customers have held out hope that, one day, AT&T's grip as its exclusive U.S. distributor would be broken. That day arrives next week, when Verizon's iPhone goes o ...

  21. Sony Music Sales Down 14.5% Last Quarter

    February 03, 2011 6:58 AM EST Sony reported operating income down 5.9 percent in the quarter ending December 31 on a slight drop in sales, as the strong yen and a poor quarter for Sony Pictures and LCD TVs hit earnings. Sales and revenue were down on the same quarter in 2009 t ...

  22. Business Matters: Homeland Security Shutters Sports Sites Before Super Bowl

    February 02, 2011 2:35 PM EST Homeland Security Shuts Down Sports Sites In Advance of Super Bowl -- With so much attention going to piracy of music, television and film content, it's easy to forget that sports are a heavily pirated good as well. The fact hasn't been ...

  23. Rdio Lands Funding From Mangrove, Plans Aggressive Expansion

    January 28, 2011 6:08 PM EST Cloud-based music service Rdio has landed funding from Mangrove Capital Partners. The news first appeared on the Twitter page of Mangrove's Mark Tluszcz and has been confirmed by Billboard.biz. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. The fundin ...

  24. Sony Releases Australian Flood-Relief CD, Powderfinger To Release Single

    January 25, 2011 12:00 AM EST Sony Music Australia has responded to the country's disastrous recent floods with the release of a three-disc fund-raising compilation CD. "Flood Relief: Artists for the Flood Appeal" features 59 tracks, including recordings from Pi ...

  25. MIDEM In Transition: A Startup's Perspective, By Songkick CEO Ian Hogarth

    January 25, 2011 12:00 AM EST Ian Hogarth is the co-founder and CEO of Songkick, a London-based startup that allows fans to organize and track their favorite bands and track concerts and dates. Billboard.biz welcomes guest colums - contact Jem.Aswad@billboard.com or any Billbo ...

  26. Billboard Demos Sony Qriocity Music Unlimited Service @ MIDEM, iTunes Latest Challenger

    January 24, 2011 12:00 AM EST As Billbaord.biz reported yesterday , Sony is giving its new Qriocity cloud-based media platform a big push at this year's MIDEM. They launched in the U.K. last week and Germany this week and is expected to arrive in the U.S. in the first qua ...

  27. Omnifone & GEMA Announce Germany Deal @ MIDEM For Sony's Qriocity

    January 24, 2011 12:00 AM EST CANNES, France -- Omnifone, a provider of cloud-based music services announced a deal on Sunday, Jan. 23 with German collection society GEMA to license Sony's cloud based music service "Music Unlimited Powered by Qriocity." The new ...

  28. @MIDEM 2011: Can Hacking Save Music?

    January 23, 2011 12:00 AM EST CANNES, France -- In a digital music environment where upstart legal services can take years to go from inception to launch, some technologists are creating new music innovations in a single day. And it's just what the music industry could us ...

  29. @MIDEM 2011: Sony's Qriocity Turns Up The Volume

    January 23, 2011 12:00 AM EST CANNES, France -- When Sony launched its oddly named Qriocity music service last month, it did so rather quietly and with few details. Here at MIDEM, they've turned the volume way up. In addition to announcing an expansion of the cloud-based ...

  30. Exclusive MIDEM Video: mSpot CEO Daren Tsui Responds To Cloud Locker Licensing Controversy

    January 23, 2011 12:00 AM EST After being savaged by Sony Music's Thomas Hesse and others during yesterday's MIDEM panel, Digital Music Future - Going Cloud or Getting Cloudy , mSpot CEO Daren Tsui more fully addressed the controversy surrounding his digital locker s ...

  31. Apple Stocks Falls 5% in Morning Trading

    January 18, 2011 12:00 AM EST Shares of Apple Inc. were down 3% in midday trading Tuesday after the company announced over the weekend that CEO Steve Jobs will take an indefinite medical leave. The stock opened the trading day down 5% but quickly recovered some of those losses ...

  32. Nokia Pulls Plug on Free Music In Most Markets

    January 17, 2011 12:00 AM EST The world's top cellphone maker, Nokia, is ending its bundling of free music downloads with cellphones in 27 countries, where it has gained little traction since its 2008 launch. Nokia will continue to sell phones with 12-month subscription t ...

  33. Nokia To End Free Music Downloads In Most Countries

    January 17, 2011 12:00 AM EST The world's top cellphone maker, Nokia, is ending its bundling of free music downloads with cellphones in 27 countries, where it has gained little traction since its 2008 launch. Nokia will continue to sell phones with 12-month subscription t ...

  34. Nokia To End Free Music Downloads In Most Countries

    January 17, 2011 12:00 AM EST The world's top cellphone maker, Nokia, is ending its bundling of free music downloads with cellphones in 27 countries, where it has gained little traction since its 2008 launch. Nokia will continue to sell phones with 12-month subscription t ...

  35. Stock Futures Drop Following Steve Jobs Medical Leave Announcement

    January 17, 2011 12:00 AM EST Stock index futures extended their fall on Monday, pulled lower by Apple Inc (AAPL.O) after the company's CEO Steve Jobs said the company's board had granted him leave to concentrate on his health. Apple's shares traded in Frankfurt ...

  36. Apple CEO Steve Jobs Taking Medical Leave of Absence

    January 17, 2011 12:00 AM EST Apple Inc. founder and CEO Steve Jobs sent a note Monday to employees saying he's taking a medical leave of absence so he can focus on his health. He says he will continue as CEO and be involved in major decisions but has asked chief operatin ...

  37. Analysis: Labels Began Phasing Out CD Manufacturing Plants A Decade Ago

    January 13, 2011 12:00 AM EST Yesterday we reported that Sony Music is closing a CD manufacturing plant in New Jersey. This is more than just a reaction to the current woes of the CD format. Sony's move out of CD manufacturing is just the latest example of major music com ...

  38. Sony Lays Off 300 In Pitman Plant Closure

    January 12, 2011 12:00 AM EST Sony DADC announced Tuesday that it's closing its CD manufacturing plant in southern New Jersey and laying off about 300 employees by March 31. Another 50 or so employees could be transferred to nearby jobs with Sony, according to The Glouces ...

  39. What Merlin's Deal With Rdio Means for Indies

    January 12, 2011 12:00 AM EST At Billboard's Music and Money conference two years ago, a spirited discussion erupted on a panel when experts debated whether indie artists should strike lowball deals with emerging music streaming sites. Some came down on the side of playin ...

  40. Watch: The Daily Show Celebrates Verizon's Apple iPhone Deal -- Loudly!

    January 12, 2011 12:00 AM EST "Today, our long national nightmare is over," Jon Stewart said on last night's Daily Show (video below), referring to yesterday's announcement that starting in February Verizon will begin providing service for the Apple iPhone. ...

  41. Analysis: What Verizon's iPhone Launch Really Means

    January 11, 2011 12:00 AM EST Tech pundits and analysts have been waiting for Verizon to sell the iPhone since the device was first unveiled back in 2007. Now that that day is finally here, they can now turn their attention to what it really means. What does it mean for Verizo ...

  42. Verizon to Begin Selling iPhone Next Month

    January 11, 2011 12:00 AM EST The rumors were true: Verizon Wireless today announced it will begin selling Apple's iPhone, ending rival AT&T's three-year exclusive on the iconic device. Verizon will carry the existing iPhone 4, not some new iPhone model. Pre-orde ...

  43. @CES 2011: Lots to Look at, But Where Was the Wow?

    January 10, 2011 12:00 AM EST Too often, the measure of a successful conference is based purely on attendance, rather than the quality of the experience for the people who attended. By the former metric, this year's Consumer Electronics Show was a success. Organizers repo ...

  44. If Verizon Gets the iPhone: Five Questions to Ask ...

    January 10, 2011 12:00 AM EST If the rumors swirling throughout the Internet are true, Verizon will announce tomorrow that it will, at long last, start selling Apple's iPhone by the end of the month. What we know for sure is that Verizon is holding a press event, although ...

  45. @CES: Five Gadgets That Rocked This Year's Conference

    January 08, 2011 12:00 AM EST Get past all the crowds, cab lines, celebrity spokespersons, bad food and booth babes, and the 2011 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) was about nifty little gadgets -- a whole lot of nifty little gadgets that take up more show floor ex ...

  46. @CES 2011: Verizon Unveils Smartphones, Tablets & MiFi

    January 07, 2011 12:00 AM EST CES historically is not a big mobile industry conference. But with smartphones having now eliminated the line that once separated mobile phones from consumer electronics devices, mobile operators flocked to the conference this year to tout their n ...

  47. Business Matters: Why Spotify Still Hasn't Launched In the U.S.: $$$

    January 05, 2011 12:00 AM EST Why Spotify Still Hasn't Launched In the U.S.: $$$ Why has Spotify taken so long to launch? Money, sources tell The Telegraph. "Extremely high cash advances" demanded by record labels, an unnamed senior music executive says. (No ind ...

  48. 2011 Consumer Electronics Show Preview: Tablets, Smartphones & Biz Markie

    January 03, 2011 12:00 AM EST The ringing in of the New Year is now behind us, which means only one thing-CES is just around the corner. The International Consumer Electronics Show -- as it officially is known -- runs from Jan. 6 - 9 in Las Vegas and sets the stage for the yea ...

  49. Malfunctioning iPhone Alarm Clock Brings Oversleeping to Asia and Europe

    January 03, 2011 12:00 AM EST Some iPhone users in Asia and Europe complained of malfunctioning alarms on the first working day of 2011, even after Apple reassured users that its phones' built-in clocks will work from Monday. Bloggers, Facebook and Twitter users complaine ...

  50. Apple Noticeably Absent at This Week's Consumer Electronics Show

    January 02, 2011 12:00 AM EST What do you call it when you have 120,000 people and an elephant in the room? The International Consumer Electronics Show, which kicks off this week in Las Vegas. The elephant is Apple Inc. It won't be at the show this year, but its tablet co ...

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