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  1. Billboard.biz Q&A: Verizon Biz Dev Director Ed Ruth

    February 08, 2010 12:00 AM EST Last year, Verizon Wireless shook up the mobile industry by revealing plans to open its network to developers with the intention of launching an application storefront similar to iPhone’s App Store. That effort will soon come to fruition with the ...

  2. Funding Alert: Slacker Raises $2 Million

    February 03, 2010 12:00 AM EST Personalized Internet radio company Slacker has raised $2 million in a $6 million round of funding, according to a new SEC filing. In late 2009, the company's previous SEC filing revealed it had raised about $12.1 million of a $14.2 million r ...

  3. Business Matters: Ticketmaster-Live Nation Criticism, Apple Sales Predicitons

    January 28, 2010 12:00 AM EST -- Criticism of the Ticketmaster-Live Nation merger and the concessions accepted by the Department of Justice is compiled at the Wall Street Journal. Chicago concert promoter Jerry Mickelson makes a good point: there's more to a ticket price ...

  4. @MIDEM: The Best Of The Digital Music Start-ups

    January 27, 2010 12:00 AM EST As part of the conference's MIDEMNet digital music focused events, a new company pitch session featured 15 of such hopefuls, hosted by TopSpin CEO Ian Rogers. Each had five minutes to present details on what they did. The MusicAlly blog was t ...

  5. Apple iPad Analysis: What Does It Mean For The Music Biz?

    January 27, 2010 12:00 AM EST It's fair to say that the newly-unveiled, over-hyped and much-anticipated iPad tablet computer will not be the mobile music business game-changer that previous Apple offerings were, like the iPhone and the App Store. That's not to say it ...

  6. It's Here: Apple Unveils $499 iPad Tablet

    January 27, 2010 12:00 AM EST Apple CEO Steve Jobs took the wraps off the company's much-anticipated touch screen tablet computer today in San Francisco. Dubbed the iPad, the computer looks and works very much like a larger version of the iPhone, Apple's touch-screen ...

  7. UPDATE: It's the iPad! Liveblogging The Apple Announcement

    January 27, 2010 12:00 AM EST :32 p.m. - That's a wrap. Check back today for insight and analysis of today's announcements . Below, the new Apple iPad, which will go on sale in March starting at $499. 2:30 p.m. - Jobs in closing: More than 75 million people already ...

  8. 7 Things To Watch For At Apple’s Event On Wednesday

    January 25, 2010 12:00 AM EST The Apple rumor mill is reaching a fevered pitch in advance of Wednesday’s event, where the company has invited press to “view our latest creation.” It’s not an upgrade to an existing product, not a new service announcement - but an actual new-nev ...

  9. Apple Posts Huge First Quarter, Sells Nearly Nine Million iPhones

    January 25, 2010 12:00 AM EST Apple posted a strong first quarter of fiscal 2010 (for the three months ended December 26, 2009). The company posted net earnings of $3.3 billion on revenue of $15.7 billion, or $3.67 per share. That was a solid increase from the $2.50 earnings p ...

  10. Using Free, Piracy for Music Profits

    January 25, 2010 12:00 AM EST Tapulous head of business development Tim O’Brien made headlines after disclosing during a panel discussion at MIDEM that 1 million of the 2.5 million downloads the iPhone game Tap Tap Revenge 3 saw in its first two months of availability were the ...

  11. @MIDEM: Labels Learn To Monetize Apps

    January 24, 2010 12:00 AM EST Music-related apps can build a fan base for artists and create revenue - and they are going to become even more ambitious. That was the message from Ted Mico, EVP Digital, Interscope, Geffen, A&M at day two of the MidemNet digital music confer ...

  12. Apple Approaching Labels with Streaming Music Plans

    January 21, 2010 12:00 AM EST Apple's acquisition of Lala last year foreshadowed a plan to add some sort of music streaming service to iTunes. Exactly how that will come about still remains under wraps, but a number of news outlets (including Billboard) have uncovered nug ...

  13. Apple Confirms Product Unveiling Date

    January 19, 2010 12:00 AM EST Apple confirmed the swirling rumors of a Jan. 27 media event with a press invitation to “Come see our latest creation.” Expectations are that Steve Jobs & Co. will unveil Apple's much-rumored/anticipated tablet computing device. What that ...

  14. Apple Turns Up Heat In Nokia Battle

    January 18, 2010 12:00 AM EST Nokia said it would defend itself vigorously against Apple's new complaint to the United States International Trade Commission. The two phone giants are in the midst of a major legal battle, which started last October when Nokia charged Apple ...

  15. MiJay App Lets Users Share Playlists

    January 14, 2010 12:00 AM EST Another day, another iPhone app. This time its Austin-based MSDC Development offering a "Facebook for music" app called MiJay. According to a release, the app offers the following features: -- live view of what's playing on your fri ...

  16. Fox Asks Apple To Kill Rogue iPhone App

    January 14, 2010 12:00 AM EST Want to read all of the latest Fox News headlines on your mobile phone? There’s an app for that -- but it's not owned or produced by Fox. An independent company called RIV Creations has crafted a string of media applications for Apple’s iPhon ...

  17. Estimate: iPhone App Piracy Costs $450 million

    January 13, 2010 12:00 AM EST Apple boasts that users have downloaded more than 3 billion iPhone apps since it opened the App Store. But no one is certain how many pirated iPhone apps are downloaded as well. One estimate, at financial news Web site 24-7 Wall Street , puts loss ...

  18. @CES: Music Apps Abound

    January 08, 2010 12:00 AM EST While most of the gearheads rubbing elbows at CES are there for the gadgets, plenty of service providers use the conference to announce their new applications - you know, the things that make all the shiny new toys interesting to use. Below are a ...

  19. Indie Music Inc Launches Digital Music Service MusicScout

    January 07, 2010 12:00 AM EST Indie Music Inc, the outfit behind Band Metrics and the Indie Music Tech blog, has unveiled another new digital music service called MusicScout . MusicScout is a free location-based mobile app for the iPhone and Android-based devices that allows u ...

  20. @CES: Internet Radio Drives into Automotive Market

    January 07, 2010 12:00 AM EST A focus on Internet-connected automobiles is likely to start putting even more pressure on terrestrial radio broadcasters, as a number of carmakers and stereo developers are adding Internet radio services to their products. At CES, the popular cus ...

  21. Is Melodeo The Next To Be Sold?

    January 05, 2010 12:00 AM EST The digital music shopping spree shows no signs of slowing down with chatter now bubbling about a potential acquisition of Melodeo, a developer of music-based applications for the iPhone which today introduced a new music recommendation app called ...

  22. Apple Buying Quattro Wireless: Report

    January 05, 2010 12:00 AM EST Apple Inc is set to announce it has acquired mobile advertising company Quattro Wireless for $275 million, the Wall Street Journal-affiliated blog All Things Digital reported. An announcement could come as early as Tuesday, said the report, which ...

  23. Nokia Files New Patent Suit Against Apple

    January 05, 2010 12:00 AM EST The world's top mobile phone maker, Nokia, has launched another court case against Apple for alleged patent violations, in an increasingly fierce legal battle between two leaders of the smartphone market. Nokia filed the case at a Delaware co ...

  24. Nokia Expands Patent Dispute Beyond Apple iPhone

    December 29, 2009 12:00 AM EST Nokia Corp. is broadening a legal dispute it already has with Apple Inc. over the iPhone, saying almost all of the company's other products also violate the Finnish phone maker's patents. Nokia said Tuesday that it has filed a complaint ...

  25. Best Buy, Interscope Team For Twitter App

    December 29, 2009 12:00 AM EST Best Buy and Interscope Records teamed up just after the Christmas holiday to offer music fans buying select CDs a copy of the TweetDeck iPhone app. TweetDeck is a free app that lets users post and review Twitter and Facebook updates from their iP ...

  26. Apple To Host Product Event In January: Report

    December 24, 2009 12:00 AM EST Apple Inc has reserved space in late January at a venue in San Francisco in advance of a planned product announcement, the Financial Times reported. The company has rented a stage at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts and is expected to make a &q ...

  27. Briefs: EMI, Primary Wave, Smule, Thumbplay, NBA

    December 17, 2009 12:00 AM EST -- EMI's Capitol Records group is suing video sharing site Vimeo for copyright infringement. Vimeo, a division of online media powerhouse IAC, allows users to upload user-generated videos of all types. The complaint claims that the Vimeo staf ...

  28. Digital Briefs: Snocap, Green Day, Google

    December 14, 2009 12:00 AM EST -- Fallout from MySpace Music's purchase of imeem continues. Artists and labels owed money from sales and streams on the now-defunct imeem won't get any money from the services new owners. Wired's Epicenter blog focuses on the more ...

  29. Apple Countersues Nokia Over 13 Patents

    December 11, 2009 12:00 AM EST Apple Inc said on Friday that it filed a countersuit against Nokia, claiming that the Finnish cellphone maker is infringing 13 Apple technology patents. The move follows a Nokia lawsuit filed in October accusing iPhone maker Apple of infringing 10 ...

  30. Business Matters: Tenenbaum Case, Apple, Lala, Vinyl Sales

    December 08, 2009 12:00 AM EST Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. -- The judge in the Joel Tenenbaum file sharing case issued a Memorandum and Order explaining the court's grant of summary judgment against t ...

  31. Apple Confirms Purchase Of Lala.com

    December 07, 2009 12:00 AM EST Apple Inc. has purchased online music retailer Lala.com, a Silicon Valley start-up that has threatened "the end of the MP3" with its fast song-streaming application. Apple spokesman Steve Dowling confirmed the purchase Sunday, but would ...

  32. Analysis: Apple Embraces The Cloud, Positions Mobile With Lala Deal

    December 07, 2009 12:00 AM EST With its acquisition of online music start-up Lala, Apple appears to have bet on a digital music strategy that places ownership – no matter how ephemeral - over subscription. And more than competing services, Lala best fits into Apple's desir ...

  33. Apple In Talks To Acquire Lala

    December 04, 2009 12:00 AM EST Apple is in “advanced negotiations” to acquire online streaming music service Lala, first reported on CNET , in a deal that will significantly shake-up the digital music landscape. Billboard has independently confirmed the news with sources. The d ...

  34. Business Matters: We7, Playdar, Linn Products

    November 24, 2009 12:00 AM EST Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. -- Screenshots of We7 's iPhone app are posted to TechCrunch Europe. According to the blog, CEO Steve Purdham is holding back the app because ...

  35. IPhone To Go On Sale In South Korea

    November 23, 2009 12:00 AM EST Apple's iPhone will go on sale in South Korea this week, offered by the country's No. 2 mobile carrier KT Corp. South Korea, a market for 47 million mobile users, is home turf for the world's No. 2 and 3 mobile phone makers Samsung ...

  36. Spotify To Preview Robbie Williams Set

    November 03, 2009 12:00 AM EST Spotify will be streaming the comeback album from Robbie Williams three days ahead of its U.K. release. The ad-funded free streaming service will make "Reality Killed The Video Star" (Virgin/EMI) available to users in the U.K. at midnigh ...

  37. Business Matters: Doug Morris, Rhapsody, EMI, The Beatles

    November 03, 2009 12:00 AM EST Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. -- According to BusinessWeek.com, Doug Morris, CEO of Universal Music Group, is "quietly making plans to bring in a successor" - Lucian ...

  38. Billboard Q&A: iFund Manager Matt Murphy

    October 30, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Several months before Apple opened its App Store in July 2008, the venerable Bay Area venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers launched the iFund, a $100 million investment vehicle focused on backing companies developing applicati ...

  39. Digital Briefs: Alice In Chains, SendMe Mobile

    October 26, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- At Billboard’s Mobile Entertainment Live conference earlier this month, EMI senior VP of digital marketing Syd Schwartz hinted at an upcoming iPhone app from a band he declined to name. Mystery solved. It’s Alice In Chains , and the app “Black ...

  40. Nokia Charges Apple With Patent Infringement

    October 23, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Cellphone maker Nokia has charged Apple with infringing Nokia patents, accusing the iPhone maker of trying to hitch a "free-ride" on Nokia's technology investments. Nokia dominates the global handset market but it has lost some grou ...

  41. Verizon Turns To Artist Apps To Recharge Mobile Music Offerings

    October 20, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Record labels disappointed with the low adoption of music services on mobile phones often say wireless operators need to get more aggressive with their music services if the mobile music market is to escape its current rut. Careful what you ask fo ...

  42. Business Matters: Apple, HMV, Band Metrics, EMI

    October 20, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- From the transcript of Monday's Apple fiscal Q4 earnings call is this lone excerpt that deals specifically with music: "We sold almost 10.2 million iPods, which was down from just over 11 million in the year-ago quarter. Our latest re ...

  43. Apple Smashes Forecasts, Stock Hits Record

    October 20, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Apple Inc's profits and sales streaked past Wall Street forecasts as iPhone and Mac sales hit quarterly records, sending its shares rocketing to all-time highs. Sales of Mac computers -- the largest single contributor to Apple's revenue ...

  44. Business Matters: ASCAP, Spotify, Wolfgang's Vault

    October 15, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- In a summary judgment that is part of a larger case between ASCAP and mobile carriers, a federal court said ringtones played in public do not constitute public performances and therefore are not due performance royalties. The judgement states & ...

  45. RIM Launching New Version Of Touchscreen BlackBerry

    October 15, 2009 12:00 AM EDT BlackBerry maker Research In Motion is launching a new version of its touchscreen Storm smartphone, marking its latest move in the fight with Apple's iPhone. The Storm2, as the device is known, is "a biggie for us," RIM co-Chief Exe ...

  46. Shazam Passes 50 Million Users, Secures Investment

    October 14, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Mobile music discovery service Shazam has secured further investment as it announces that global users have now passed 50 million. The service is available in more than 150 countries and users have increased by 15 million since February 2009, the ...

  47. Business Matters: Anti-Piracy Measures, Blackberry, U2

    October 06, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- In a statement following the UK government's consultation period on anti-piracy measures, The UK Music Managers Forum has called for statutory licensing in the event parties cannot agree to voluntary licensing agreements. It carries the fo ...

  48. Billboard Q&A: Alan Brenner, Research In Motion

    September 29, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The skyrocketing popularity of more media-capable smartphones has sparked a resurgence of interest in mobile music opportunities. As one of the leading smartphone manufacturers in the world, Research In Motion is aggressively targeting the mobile ...

  49. Apple Passes 2 Billion App Downloads

    September 29, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Apple Inc said on Monday (Sept. 28) that downloads from its iTunes applications store had passed 2 billion and that it now has more than 85,000 apps available for the iPhone and iPod Touch. It did not say how many of the applications delivered wer ...

  50. Vodafone To Join U.K. iPhone Battle From 2010

    September 29, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Vodafone, the world's largest mobile operator by revenue, will sell the Apple iPhone in Britain from 2010, it said on Tuesday, finally sealing a deal to sell the popular phone in one of its biggest markets. Vodafone, which said recently it ha ...

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