Electronics

  1. Apple Sued Over Apps Sharing User Information With Third Parties, Lawsuit Names Pandora Radio

    December 28, 2010 12:00 AM EST Apple is the target of a class action lawsuit over the way its apps share personal information with outside parties, according to a Bloomberg report . The lawsuit comes a week after a Wall Street Journal article about user information being shared ...

  2. What the FCC's New Rules Mean to Music Companies

    December 23, 2010 12:00 AM EST With the ink not yet dry on the new FCC net neutrality rules, there are already concerns about the impact they will have on the music industry. The new regulations set the stage for Internet service providers to create different tiers of service ( ...

  3. Sony Launches Subscription Music Streaming Service

    December 22, 2010 12:00 AM EST Sony Corp went live with its previously announced Qriocity music service today, debuting in the U.K. and Ireland. "Music Unlimited powered by Qriocity" is a subscription streaming service with access to about 6 million songs for 10-pound ...

  4. Reactions To The FCC's Ruling On Net Neutrality

    December 21, 2010 12:00 AM EST The 3-2 vote party-line vote establishes the Net Neutrality provisions outlined by FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski that among other things would prohibit ISPs from giving priority access to some Internet traffic over others while at the same time ...

  5. Business Matters: Senate Approves Local Community Radio Act

    December 21, 2010 12:00 AM EST Senate Approves Local Community Radio Act, Low Power FM Stations To Increase -- The U.S. Senate passed the Local Community Radio Act on Friday. The House of Representatives had already passed the bill. It now awaits the president's approval. ...

  6. Music Discovery, Streaming and Artist Apps Top New Neilsen Report on Mobile Music Apps & Streaming Services

    December 20, 2010 12:00 AM EST A new report on mobile music apps from research group Nielsen breaks down the activity and interest in music apps by type-such as streaming, artist apps, discovery apps, touring apps and so on. In North America, music discovery apps lead the way, ...

  7. Calls For U.S. Antitrust Officials To Require Unfettered Internet Access In Comcast-NBC Universal Deal

    December 17, 2010 12:00 AM EST Level 3 Communications Inc asked U.S. antitrust officials to set conditions on Comcast Corp's planned acquisition of NBC Universal that would assure "unfettered access" to all internet content. The move represents Level 3's lat ...

  8. U.K. Govt Says Wants Europe's Best Broadband By 2015

    December 07, 2010 12:00 AM EST Britain should have a digital hub in every community to help it build Europe's best broadband network by 2015, which could create up to 600,000 new jobs and add 18 billion pounds ($28 billion) to GDP, the government said. Culture ministers Je ...

  9. Business Matters: Jack White, DDEX, Spotify and more

    December 02, 2010 12:00 AM EST Opinion and analysis of the day's music news. Jack White On Limited Edition Vinyl -- Jack White’s Third Man Records releases limited edition vinyl. Some pieces of vinyl end up on eBay and can sell for hundreds of dollars. So, Third Man recent ...

  10. Net Neutrality Vote Set For Dec. 21

    December 01, 2010 12:00 AM EST The ongoing Net Neutrality debate is set to receive some long-awaited clarity - if not consensus - before the end of the year. Today, the FCC scheduled a vote to decide new rules of governing how Internet service providers may regulate traffic. Th ...

  11. Peter Maffay Signs 12-Year Label Deal

    December 01, 2010 12:00 AM EST The German singer songwriter Peter Maffay has signed a 12-year contract with the Sony Music label Ariola until 2022. "Out of the long lasting and successful cooperation with Sony Music, a lot of real friendships have developed that are based ...

  12. PlayStation Portable's Streaming Service Close To Launch?

    November 30, 2010 12:00 AM EST Looks like Sony’s promised music streaming service for the PlayStation Portable is nigh. The company last week notified users that a pending update to the device’s software will prepare it for the “Music Unlimited, powered by Qriocity” service. Th ...

  13. Spanish Authorities Demand Digital Levy Refund

    November 12, 2010 12:00 AM EST The Catalan regional government and several other local administrations in Spain have demanded collecting society SGAE return taxes paid since 1987 on purchased devices that can be used to record protected cultural content. The European Union' ...

  14. Amazon Japan Launches MP3 Store

    November 12, 2010 12:00 AM EST The Amazon MP3 store has launched in Japan - a market where labels have been holding out on DRM-free music. Japan's iTunes store is still DRM-enabled with Apple's FairPlay DRM system. So far EMI Music Japan is the only major to license i ...

  15. Business Matters: Must See Internet Radio Stats, Apple, OK Go and more

    November 10, 2010 12:00 AM EST Opinion and analysis of the day's music news. Surprising Internet Radio Stat of the Day -- In the mad race for an on-demand music service that can pay the bills, We7 has offered some numbers that may cause people to re-think the importance of ...

  16. 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 ...

  17. Sean Rosenberg Exits Sony

    November 01, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Sony VP of global account management Sean Rosenberg has left the company. An e-mail sent to friends and contacts late Friday announced the move, and a followup e-mail early Monday pointed to his next venture. Rosenberg will assume the position of ...

  18. Google Gaining On Booming Smartphone Market

    November 01, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Google's Android software platform rose to No. 2 spot globally on the booming smartphone market in the third quarter, research firm Canalys said on Monday (Nov. 1). Nokia's Symbian continued to lead the market with a 37% share, while And ...

  19. Apple Sues Motorola

    November 01, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Apple Inc sued rival Motorola Inc, claiming the Droid smartphone maker infringes on three iPhone patents. Cupertino, California-based Apple says Motorola is purposefully using its touchscreen software, as well as other display technologies. " ...

  20. Katy Perry, Maroon 5 Help Launch Windows Phone

    November 01, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Microsoft and AT&T will launch the new Windows Phone with free concerts featuring Katy Perry at the Roseland Ballroom in New York, and Maroon 5 at the Fillmore in San Francisco on Nov. 8, the company announces today. Tickets are available only ...

  21. Technics Turntables To Stop Spinning?

    October 29, 2010 12:00 AM EDT According to Japanese media reports and a bevy of blogs, an icon of the analog age -- the Panasonic Technics turntable -- is about to be consigned to history. In a move which could have DJ's shedding tears over their 12-inchers, Panasonic has ...

  22. Shakira’s 'Sale el Sol' Tops Latin Albums Chart

    October 28, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Shakira’s “Sale el Sol” debuts at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Latin Albums chart this week, and also tops charts throughout Latin America. In the artist’s native Colombia, Sony Music is selling her Spanish language set album via an exclusive deal wit ...

  23. Business Matters: Comcast, Holiday Sales Forecast, Spotify and more

    October 28, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Opinion and analysis of the day's music news. Changes In Consumer Behavior -- Comcast’s latest earnings provide a few telling examples of the changes in how consumers are consuming entertainment. The company lost 265,000 video customers in th ...

  24. Broadcasters Prepared to Show Music Biz the Money

    October 26, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Broadcasters are expected to formally approve Tuesday (Oct. 26) a set of terms that could bring to a close the years-long fight between broadcasters and the music industry over royalty fees for music played on the air. The terms were voted on Mond ...

  25. Lawsuit: Whitley Family Members Seek Unpaid Royalties From Sony

    October 22, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Lorrie Morgan, the widow of late country artist Keith Whitley, and their children, have filed suit against Sony Music Entertainment, claiming that the major label has underpaid Whitley royalties by $1 million. Most of the underpaid royalties appea ...

  26. French Anti-Piracy Scheme's 25,000 Daily Reports

    October 22, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Three weeks after the first warning messages were sent by email to online infringers, French body HADOPI remains quiet on the process and its results. However, Billboard.biz has learned that rights-holders are reporting 25,000 music related copyri ...

  27. Nokia To Cut 1,800 Jobs After Strong Q3

    October 21, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Nokia reported stronger-than-expected profits for the third quarter, boosted by solid demand for its cheap smartphones, and said on Thursday (Oct. 21) it would cut up to 1,800 jobs under its new chief executive. Third-quarter underlying earnings p ...

  28. @Digital Hollywood: Why Apple Will Own Streaming

    October 20, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Maybe the problem with music streaming services isn't the product, but the message behind the product. Alan Goodstadt, partner at Redwood Capital, told a Digital Hollywood audience that music streaming services suffer from a lack of awareness ...

  29. 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 ...

  30. Nielsen: Teens Send 3339 Text Messages Per Month

    October 15, 2010 12:00 AM EDT That teens are glued to their mobile phones is no surprise. But new data fro Nielsen shows just how tight the connection is. According to the company’s analysis of monthly cell phones bills of more than 60,000 mobile subscribers from April to June ...

  31. Business Matters: Spotify, Apple, MPAA and more

    October 08, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Opinion and analysis of the day's music news. Is Spotify Rattling Apple? -- Is Spotify rattling Apple? Judging from a post by CNET’s Greg Sandoval, Apple is taking Spotify seriously. From the CNET post: “…Apple executives (are) worried about ...

  32. Apple In Talks On Subscription Service: Report

    October 08, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Apple is in talks with major record labels to provide a subscription-based music service, allowing unlimited access to songs for a monthly fee, the New York Post said, citing unnamed sources. A few weeks ago, Apple VP of Internet services Eddy Cue ...

  33. 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 ...

  34. Business Matters: Apple, Pandora, Spotify and more

    October 05, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Opinion and analysis of the day's music news. Apple Loses Lawsuit -- Apple has lost a patent lawsuit brought by Mirror Worlds LLC and is challenging the verdict that could cost the company as much as $625 million. If Apple pays that amount, i ...

  35. BMI: Ringback Tone Market Declines In 2010

    October 05, 2010 12:00 AM EDT BMI estimates the U.S ringback tone market to be at $181 million for the year ended June 30, 2010. That represents a 7.2% decline from the $195 million (see graph) it calculated for a revised 2009 projection. A ringback is a musical work that play ...

  36. @MEL: Key To App Sales Success: Winning Over Apple's Editors

    October 05, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Apple's App store editorial department – tasked with selecting and promoting the best apps on the crowded site – now holds enormous power over the success or failure of music industry apps, panelists said during “The New Music Industry” discu ...

  37. Echo Nest, The Brains Behind Music Services, Raises $7 Million

    October 05, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The Echo Nest has raised $7 million in funding in a round led by Matrix Partners. Previous backer Commonwealth Capital Ventures also participated in the round. Remember those BASF commercials that said, “We make the products you buy better?” That’ ...

  38. Sony Debuts Online Classical Store Ariama

    October 05, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Just when new ideas in digital downloads seemed to be dead, Sony Music Entertainment debuted a new consumer-oriented classical recorded music store called Ariama on Tuesday. Created to better serve classical consumers, the browser-based store has ...

  39. Value Vs. Price: Analysis From NPD's Russ Crupnick

    October 04, 2010 12:00 AM EDT More than ten million people stop buying music each year, Russ Crupnick told the Leadership Music Digital Summit last week, and two-thirds of non-digital buyers don’t have any interest in buying digital. They simply wanted good value in music and ...

  40. What You Missed @Leadership Music Digital Summit Day 1

    September 30, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Experiments with digital products and business models may not have produced many winners, but it was clear from the discussions at the first day of the Leadership Music Digital Summit, that some people felt progress has been made. The event began ...

  41. Business Matters: Holiday Sales Predictions, Songkick, Best Buy and more

    September 29, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Opinion and analysis of the day's music news. Economic Recovery Slow -- On the economic front, U.S. CEOs say they are less willing to hire new workers out of fear that sales growth with lose steam, according to a Business Roundtable survey. “ ...

  42. Business Matters: Harry Fox, Smule, Hulu Plus, Blockbuster Bankruptcy and more

    September 23, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Opinion and analysis of the day's music news. Harry Fox Inks Deal With IODA -- Harry Fox has inked a deal with digital distributor IODA for a clearance and royalty digital process. One feature is the ability of IODA clients to clear digital l ...

  43. Business Matters: Stock Spikes, Zune, Apple and more

    September 21, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Opinion and analysis of the day's music news. Stocks Spike On Economic News -- Entertainment stocks had a strong day on Monday as the market rose on news the recession ended in June 2009. The National Bureau of Economic Research agreed that a ...

  44. Study: Awareness, Usage of Apps Still Have A Ways To Go

    September 14, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Awareness and usage of mobile apps still have a long way to go according to a study being released tomorrow from The Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project, in conjunction with data gained from a Nielsen survey. While 35% of U. ...

  45. WATCH: New Apple iPod TV Spots

    September 03, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Apple's recently unveiled and completely revamped iPod lineup will hit retail shelves next week. Until then you can get a feel for the new Nano and iPod Touch in these TV spots. NANO: IPOD TOUCH Billboard Staff News Nano ...

  46. Echo Nest, 7digital Partner For New DIY Platform

    September 02, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The Echo Nest and UK music service 7digital have teamed up to give music app developers a comprehensive technology and music sales platform on which to build new services. The deal adds the ability to sell DRM-free MP3 files from 7digital to any a ...

  47. Sony Ericsson Sees Big Smartphone Growth In China

    September 01, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Mobile phone maker Sony Ericsson it expects half of all mobile phones sold in China to be smartphones by 2015, as prices for handsets fall amid growing popularity. Sony Ericsson, a joint venture between Sony Corp and Sweden's Ericsson, also a ...

  48. Sony Confirms Cloud-based Music Service

    September 01, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Sony Electronics introduced a new digital music service called Music Unlimited during a presentation at the IFA technology conference in Germany today. The service is part of the company’s new Qriocity (pronounced “curiosity”) entertainment networ ...

  49. China Preps For iPhone 4 Launch

    August 19, 2010 12:00 AM EDT China Unicom, China's second-largest telecommunications operator, may start selling Apple Inc's iPhone 4 in the mainland market in September, state television reported on Thursday. "China Unicom has reached an agreement with Apple, ...

  50. NAB, MusicFirst Mull Possible Compromise On Performance Royalties

    August 17, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The consumer electronics industry is getting dragged into the ongoing battle over whether U.S. radio stations should pay a performance rights royalty to labels and artists. The National Association of Broadcasters is circulating among its members ...

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