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  1. Google Revenue Up 11 Percent on Search, YouTube Growth

    July 16, 2015 6:01 PM EDT Google's second quarter earnings exceeded expectations Thursday, when the search giant announced that it earned $6.99 per share, 29 cents more than Wall Street's estimated $6.70 per share.  Revenue shot up 11 percent during the second qu ...

  2. Meet Weav, the 'Elastic' Music Startup from the Co-Creator of Google Maps

    May 21, 2015 8:38 AM EDT The co-creator of the technology that became Google Maps this week unveiled Weav Music, a new music engine that lets artists create different versions of the same song that can adjust to the tempo of what listeners are doing. The central question ...

  3. Google Play Music Now Integrates Songza

    October 21, 2014 12:01 PM EDT Users of the Google Play All Access subscription service will see a new feature on Tuesday. Activity-based radio stations are the first signs of Google Play's integration of Songza, the Internet radio service Google acquired in July . The a ...

  4. Samsung and Google Play Team Up to Corner the Latin-American Streaming Market

    October 13, 2014 12:00 PM EDT Google Play has joined with Samsung in a bold move for the quickly growing Latin American music streaming market. Via a promotion launched in September, anyone who buys a new Samsung device (Galaxy S4, S5 and Galaxy Tab) in any of 17 countries g ...

  5. iHeartRadio Soon Available on Android Wear Smartwatches

    October 08, 2014 9:31 PM EDT Taylor Swift , Ariana Grande , Calvin Harris and all the other favorite iHeartRadio artists will soon be available on your watch.  The digital radio service announced Wednesday it will have an app on Android Wear smartwatches next week on Oct. 1 ...

  6. Google & Apple Show Strong Potential for Digital Music Apps in New comScore Mobile Report

    August 22, 2014 8:20 PM EDT If the future of digital music will be shaped by mobile usage, the U.S. market could have few winners and many losers. Insights in comScore's new "The U.S. Mobile App Report" show that only a handful of companies offer apps that man ...

  7. Twitch, Live Video Streaming Giant, to Silence Illegal Audio

    August 07, 2014 8:28 AM EDT Twitch, the streaming video service most well-known for webcasting major video game events, has announced it is implementing a copyright identification system for audio within its videos. It has been rumored since mid-May that Google is planning t ...

  8. Apple's Swell Buy Signals a Focus on Personalization

    July 28, 2014 1:26 PM EDT Apple's acquisition of Swell , the developer of a podcast streaming app, is another bet on the value of personalized content.   Swell is to podcasts what Beats Music is to music: a service that delivers a personalized collection of audio cont ...

  9. Facebook Introduces 'Save' Feature

    July 21, 2014 4:57 PM EDT Facebook has introduced a new feature enabling users to save posts, links, and the like that comes up in their newsfeed. "Every day, people find all sorts of interesting items on Facebook that they don't have time to explore right away,& ...

  10. Two Google Execs Cozy Up to Spotify (Report)

    July 21, 2014 2:03 PM EDT Two Google executives, one former and one current, are getting (very) close to Spotify, according to a report from Re/code this afternoon. Omid Kordestani, Google's current interim chief business officer, will be joining Spotify's board, ...

  11. Play Store Now Drives Google’s Fastest-Growing Revenue Segment

    July 17, 2014 6:53 PM EDT Sales of apps and content via the Google Play store are primarily responsible for a half-billion dollar revenue increase year-over-year at Google’s fastest-growing business segment, executives reported during the company’s second-quarter earnings ...

  12. Why Did Google Buy Songza? Probably Not Because of Beats Music

    July 02, 2014 8:50 AM EDT Google's announcement Tuesday  that it reached a deal to acquire Internet radio service Songza marks the third entrant in the Internet radio business by a leading technology company in the last nine months. Songza gives Google a webcasting se ...

  13. Google Glass Sets Its Sights on Music, with Artist Evangelizers

    June 30, 2014 11:53 AM EDT From hip-hop to classical, the $1,500 technology has arrived. This article was first published in the July 5th issue of Billboard Magazine . Will Google Glass revolutionize the music industry? According to early adopters of the wearable computer - ...

  14. Ex-Google Exec Alexis Giles Named SoundCloud Director of Business Development

    June 27, 2014 2:42 PM EDT Alexis Giles is the new director of business development at SoundCloud. Based in San Francisco, Giles will look to develop partnerships for the company with platform and distribution partners. Exploration.io's Aaron Davis on Maximizing YouT ...

  15. The 'San Francisco Is Doomed' Compilation Wants to Take Silicon Valley to Task

    June 27, 2014 2:26 PM EDT At the very end of Thee Oh Sees' "You Can Have It," a crusty diatribe against changing neighborhoods, frontman Jeff Dwyer makes things personal: "Fuck you, Google. Fuck you, Twitter." The bitter sentiment isn't far fr ...

  16. Google's I/O Developer Conference: More of the Same, But From Google This Time

    June 25, 2014 5:18 PM EDT The company unveiled a smattering of offerings, mostly intended to compete with much of the same from other tech giants. Google revealed a host of updates around its Android operating system, mostly targeting developers, at its 2014 I/O event Thur ...

  17. 'We Want to Compete,' Says Secretly's Van Arman, Ahead of His Congressional Testimony Tomorrow (Guest Post)

    June 24, 2014 12:46 PM EDT Darius Van Arman is co-founder and co-owner of Secretly Group, an independent label group that is based in Indiana. He currently serves on the boards of A2IM, SoundExchange and Merlin. Tomorrow (June 25), he is providing testimony on behalf of ...

  18. Disgust, In Digest: The Top Five Reasons Indies Are Mad at YouTube

    June 23, 2014 4:12 PM EDT Last week, Billboard obtained a typical contract being offered by YouTube to its indie label partners for its new subscription service. Here's a breakdown of the five things that are really upsetting your favorite indie label. 1. YouTube i ...

  19. Inside YouTube's Controversial Contract with Indies

    June 20, 2014 1:42 PM EDT Billboard has obtained a typical contract being offered by YouTube to its indie label partners for its new subscription service. The devil is in the numbers, but also in the overall strategy. Even though YouTube is said to be offering lower r ...

  20. How, and How Much, America Listens Have Been Measured for the First Time

    June 18, 2014 3:00 PM EDT A new survey by Edison Research says Americans listen to four hours and five minutes of audio each day. Exactly how that listening breaks down might surprise you since no previous study has tracked all audio consumption.  Mainstreaming Radio: M ...

  21. How YouTube's Subscription Terms Will Hurt Indies – No Content Removal Required

    June 18, 2014 1:25 PM EDT 16 1.009 k 149 0 YouTube might not, in fact, take down music from indies it doesn’t have an agreement with... but it won’t pay them either. Right after Amazon appeared to take independent labels for granted with a take-it-or-leave-it payment scheme for it ...

  22. Behind Google's Failed Bid for Playlisting Startup 8tracks

    June 17, 2014 2:15 PM EDT In Google’s quest to acquire a music service, it appears that playlists are a priority . Playlist repository site 8tracks rejected a buyout offer from Google last fall, according to a source close to the San Francisco-based company. The search gia ...

  23. Google Goes Shopping: The Next Big Music Play

    June 17, 2014 1:44 PM EDT This article first appeared in the June 21st issue of Billboard Magazine . Apple's $3 billion purchase of Beats Electronics has spurred a flurry of interest in streaming music services from the world's richest tech companies. Of them, Go ...

  24. YouTube Confirms Subscription Service Imminent, Warns of Takedowns

    June 17, 2014 12:00 PM EDT 71 4.982 k 303 0 YouTube has confirmed it is close to launching its music subscription service, even as it in the process of pulling down some of the biggest indie label acts in a dispute over payments. Google Transfers VP of Engineering Venkat Panchapake ...

  25. Apple Under Investigation By E.U. Over Irish Tax Deals

    June 11, 2014 10:45 AM EDT The European Union's antitrust regulator has launched an investigation into tax deals that Apple, Starbucks and Fiat struck with some European countries, the start of a wider push to keep multinationals from taking advantage of loopholes. EU ...

  26. Google Offered $15 Million to Buy Songza (Report)

    June 06, 2014 7:15 PM EDT Google has offered $15 million to acquire curated playlist site Songza, according to the New York Post . The deal would give the search giant company a new music property that could improve its Google Play Music All Access subscription service or ...

  27. WIN's Alison Wenham on Licensing Imbroglio: 'YouTube Is Trying To Devalue the Streaming Market'

    June 06, 2014 2:41 PM EDT The on-going dispute between independent labels trade body The Worldwide Independent Network (WIN) and YouTube over licensing terms for its new music subscription service shows no sign of abating. On Wednesday June 4, it was confirmed that the Eur ...

  28. Apple Wants to Be In Charge of the Internet of Things

    June 03, 2014 1:11 PM EDT The Internet of Things (IoT) is, potentially, much more intelligent than its clunky name may imply. Imagine your car speaking to your house, and your phone controlling both. A typical example of the Internet of Things' potential is your car l ...

  29. Online Pirates Thrive on Legitimate Ad Dollars

    June 03, 2014 1:11 PM EDT Movie and music piracy thrives online in part because crafty website operators receive advertising dollars from major companies like Comcast, Ford and McDonald's. That's the conclusion of several recent reports that shed light on Interne ...

  30. John Oliver Explains Net Neutrality in 13 Minutes on 'Last Week Tonight'

    June 02, 2014 3:54 PM EDT Late night talk-show host John Oliver tackled net neutrality on Sunday night's episode of his HBO show "Last Week Tonight." "Yes, net neutrality," he told the audience. "The only two words in the English language t ...

  31. Apple’s Beats Deal: Why Content Is No Longer King (Guest Post)

    May 30, 2014 2:50 PM EDT Benedict Evans is partner at Andreessen Horowitz. Previously, he was a strategy consultant in London, and worked in strategy at NBC Universal, Channel 4 and Orange. Follow him on  his blog , and on Twitter @BenedictEvans . Apple's Beats dea ...

  32. Exploration.io's Aaron Davis on Maximizing YouTube and SoundCloud (Q&A)

    May 23, 2014 10:42 AM EDT Aaron Davis helps content owners take maximum advantage of YouTube and SoundCloud via the services of Exploration.io, the comprehensive digital media management company he founded and where he serves as CEO. Last month, Davis spoke at a SESAC-spon ...

  33. The Future of Streaming: Apple's Entry May Usher in an Era of Titanic Competition

    May 16, 2014 2:17 PM EDT The Apple-Beats deal talks were just the starter pistol. Industry execs eye the competition ahead. This article first appeared in the May 24th issue of Billboard Magazine . Talks continued at press time over Apple's bid to buy Beats Electroni ...

  34. German Econ. Minister Mulls Google Breakup Following Complaints

    May 16, 2014 9:02 AM EDT Germany's economy minister says Google may have such a dominant market position that a breakup of the company "must be seriously considered." Sigmar Gabriel says such a move would be the "ultima ratio," or last resort, in ...

  35. Tech Giants Join Neutrality Furor in Open Letter, FCC Responds with Open Email

    May 08, 2014 1:00 PM EDT Today has brought two separate reactions to the raging net neutrality debate; the FCC has thrown open its doors, while the most powerful companies on the web have thrown down the gauntlet. Yesterday, a letter was delivered to the FCC addressing th ...

  36. YouTube Offers Pharrell, Pepsi, Google Preferred Ad Tool At Upfront

    May 01, 2014 8:30 AM EDT Just two years ago, YouTube touted a lineup of premium content from traditional-media players and Hollywood talent (an investment valued at over $100 million) to pitch advertisers on buying TV-quality content online. But at YouTube (and Google’s) ...

  37. Vevo Owners May Be Looking to Sell (Report)

    April 29, 2014 8:47 AM EDT Universal Music Group, Sony Music, Google and Abu Dhabi Media are considering a sale of Vevo, the music video streaming platform launched in 2009, according a report from Bloomberg. The company is said to be mulling bringing on Goldman Sachs to ov ...

  38. Music Biz Vying For Larger Chunk Of TV’s $20 Billion in Upfront Ad Dollars

    April 25, 2014 5:09 PM EDT This story was first published in the May 3rd issue of Billboard . The upfront season — when media companies secure some $20 billion in early advertising buys with TV, cable and radio networks and online content companies — is underway, and inc ...

  39. Happy Ninth Birthday YouTube: From ‘Me at the Zoo’ to Billions

    April 23, 2014 1:42 PM EDT As groundbreaking recorded media events go, YouTube’s first upload is about as banal as Thomas Edison reciting “Mary Had A Little Lamb” on the first phonograph record. In the eighteen-second clip “Me At The Zoo,” uploaded for the world to see nine ...

  40. Streaming in the Car Is Huge Business – So Which Service Will Win?

    April 22, 2014 12:48 PM EDT This article first appeared in the April 26th issue of Billboard Magazine . As the New York International Auto Show opened on April 18, a rash of announcements and demonstrations heralded the ongoing rush to further music-­connectivity in cars. ...

  41. Underwhelming Start to iTunes Radio Lights Fire Under Apple

    April 09, 2014 10:00 AM EDT The failure of iTunes Radio to halt the decline of music downloads has prompted Apple Inc. to consider the most dramatic overhaul of its iTunes music store in more than a decade, according to executives familiar with Apple’s internal delibera ...

  42. Business Matters: What's Behind YouTube Music Service's Delays

    April 03, 2014 3:58 PM EDT YouTube, which originally planned to launch its on-demand music streaming service late last year, has pushed its debut to the second quarter or beyond. Related Articles Last.fm Pulls Out of Radio Streaming, Plugs in YouTube YouTube Has Paid Out $1 ...

  43. European Parliament Approves Net Neutrality Law in Landslide Vote

    April 03, 2014 11:36 AM EDT The European Parliament voted to stop Internet providers from charging for preferential access to their networks on Thursday, a step cheered by consumer groups but bemoaned by the telecommunications industry. The bill on "net neutrality" ...

  44. Netflix, Hulu Plus, Dozens of Other Streaming Apps Available on Amazon's Fire TV

    April 02, 2014 8:20 PM EDT Online video providers are fired up about Amazon's new streaming video box, the Fire TV.  The device, which Amazon announced at a media event in New York on Wednesday morning, comes pre-loaded with dozens of apps including Netflix, Hulu Plus, ...

  45. Predicting What You Want To Hear: Music And Data Get It On

    March 25, 2014 7:30 PM EDT When I log on to Spotify, it recommends I listen to T. Rex because I listened to Marc Bolan. Bolan is the frontman of T. Rex. I roll my eyes and click away. “On the record, I’m going to get rid of that one.” That’s Brian Whitman, co-founder and c ...

  46. Biz Stock Ticks: This Week's Entertainment Indices 3/17-3/21

    March 21, 2014 3:54 PM EDT Biz Related News:   Apple Mulls Launching Spotify Rival, Android App as Downloads Decline (Sources)       Biz Related News:           Biz Related News:           Biz Related News: Google, Viacom Settle YouTube Copyright Lawsuit       Biz Related N ...

  47. What Viacom Has to Show for Seven Years of Pursuing YouTube (Analysis)

    March 18, 2014 5:45 PM EDT The content giant has spent millions of dollars to shape copyright law. In a Manhattan courtroom on Monday, an attorney for one of the nation's biggest copyright holders delivered closing arguments in a trial meant to determine whether one In ...

  48. Google, Viacom Settle YouTube Copyright Lawsuit

    March 18, 2014 10:44 AM EDT The two companies had been locked in a legal battle since 2007 Viacom and Google announced today that they have resolved a massive copyright case. The closely-followed lawsuit was filed in New York federal court in 2007. It was alleged that YouTub ...

  49. Tech Execs, T-Shirt Wearers at SXSWi Ask: Are We in a Post-Privacy World?

    March 08, 2014 10:24 PM EST Wearable tech is turning out to be one of the buzziest topics to come out of SXSWi (as predicted by festival director Hugh Forrest in a chat last week ), and the debate around it isn't safe from the other most-talked about topic at the fest - ...

  50. Google's Eric Schmidt on Privacy, Power, Tech at SXSWi: 'We Were Attacked by the Chinese in 2010 and the NSA in 2013'

    March 07, 2014 9:27 PM EST The convention center's principal ball room, relatively quiet for the mass of people in town to attend, was all but filled with a half hour to go before the discussion began. It was an appropriate beginning, and introduction, to SXSWi; a talk ...

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