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  1. Beats Music Is Top Downloaded iTunes Music App

    April 24, 2014 9:00 AM EDT Beats Music, which switched on the ability for listeners to buy subscriptions to the service within its iOS app on Sunday, has climbed up the iTunes charts in recent days. Related Articles Beats Music Adds In-App Purchasing for iOS AT&T To Off ...

  2. 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 ...

  3. Apple Presses Labels For More 'Beyonce'-Type Exclusives In Wake of Downloads' Slide

    February 28, 2014 2:22 PM EST iTunes wants more exclusive ‘Beyonce time’ for downloads   THIS ARTICLE IS FROM THE NEW BILLBOARD GET THIS WEEK'S ISSUE – SUBSCRIBE TO BILLBOARD HERE – IPAD EDITION Apple Inc.’s music chief Robert Kondrk has been pressuring major labels ...

  4. Digital Notes: Music Apps Gain Revenue, Vevo Grows Views, Frank & Oak Leverages SoundCloud

    February 19, 2014 9:00 AM EST Music Apps Rock On -- While digital track sales may have fallen 5.7% last year, revenue generated by music apps grew 77% in 2013. This bit of good news comes from a report released Wednesday from App Annie and IHS. Among the biggest revenue-gene ...

  5. Business Matters: Download Sales Off to Terrible Start in 2014

    January 23, 2014 4:47 PM EST U.S. digital sales are beginning 2014 just like they ended 2013: in negative territory. Through the third week of the year, track sales are down 11.9% and digital album sales are down 13.3%, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Both figures stand i ...

  6. Smule's Rap Battle Builds on Idea of Social Music

    January 16, 2014 4:54 PM EST Music has always had a strong social component, and it's only in modern times that it has developed as a sometimes solitary and passive media. Smule and its quirky chief executive, Jeffrey Smith, are determined to change that. The San Franci ...

  7. Pepsi’s Frank Cooper on Midemlab Sponsorship, 2014's Music Strategy, Using Big Data To Sell Soda

    January 08, 2014 3:00 PM EST Midemlab, the think-tank competition of startup ideas in the digital music space, which takes place as part of the annual Midem music business conference in Cannes, France (Feb 1-4), has announced its list of finalists , thirty in all, across th ...

  8. Amazon Not Stocking New Beyonce CD Following iTunes Exclusive

    December 20, 2013 6:43 PM EST Add Amazon to the short list of retailers protesting Beyonce's iTunes exclusive. While Amazon.com is carrying the MP3 version of the album, the online merchant is apparently not stocking the CD version of the album, according to label sour ...

  9. Business Matters: How Beyonce's Album Roll-Out Was Less Than Ideal For Radio, Retail

    December 20, 2013 4:25 PM EST Most companies probably wouldn't admit it, but they didn't like being left out of the pre-release promotion for Beyonce's new album, which unexpectedly went on sale exclusively at iTunes last Friday evening. Radio, retail, TV, the ...

  10. iTunes Lists Best-Sellers, Names Justin Timberlake Artist of the Year, Lorde Best Song

    December 17, 2013 4:31 PM EST Apple Inc. this week released its annual lists of best-sellers, as well as a handful of awards for songs, albums and podcasts that its editors handpicked. The lists are particularly interesting because of Apple's market dominance, owning 63% ...

  11. Target Not Selling Beyonce’s New Album

    December 16, 2013 4:55 PM EST While Beyonce's new fast-selling self-titled album is sure to be on many Christmas wish lists, there's at least one major retailer that's opting not to sell the album: Target. 'Beyonce' Fastest-Selling Album Ever in iTu ...

  12. iTunes Offers Donations Page for Philippines Typhoon Relief

    November 12, 2013 3:42 PM EST Apple is giving iTunes users a chance to donate to relief efforts for the typhoon tragedy in the Philippines. Users can go to the iTunes store to donate to the American Red Cross; funds raised will go to help the Asian nation, which has been dev ...

  13. Morning Fix: 2013 Digital Track Sales Down; Rdio Launches Free Internet Radio; Twitter Unseals IPO; Lorde's 'Royals' Debuts on Social 50

    October 04, 2013 8:45 AM EDT Get the Morning Fix Delivered To Your Inbox HERE 2013 DIGITAL TRACK SALES DOWN 3.4%, ALBUM SALES DROP 6.1% U.S. digital sales continue to be under pressure. In the third quarter, the digital track sales decline accelerated and now the slowdown o ...

  14. Business Matters: Apple iTunes Radio Vs. Downloads and The Innovator's Dilemma

    September 06, 2013 6:26 PM EDT Nearly all companies must eventually embrace innovation or risk injury. As the music business follows consumers' shift to streaming media, Apple will eventually abandon part of what made it successful. iTunes Radio, expected to launch Tue ...

  15. Appeals Court Won't Revive Class Action Over Apple's Digital Music Sales

    September 03, 2013 4:15 PM EDT Most consumers don't like the type of digital rights management software that makes music purchased on Apple's iTunes Store only compatible on Apple devices. Unfortunately for one consumer who attempted to bring a class action lawsuit ...

  16. Australian Inquiry Into Price Hikes for iTunes, Software Propose Geo-Block Ban

    July 30, 2013 2:57 AM EDT An Australian parliamentary inquiry into the high prices of digital music and software Down Under has recommended that consumers find ways to legally bypass geo-blocking technology to find a better deal. A total ban on geo-blocking hasn’t been r ...

  17. Exclusive: Universal Music, X5 Music Partnership Debuts Blue Note and Verve Titles

    July 25, 2013 1:46 PM EDT The joint venture between Universal Music Group and X5 Music Group has released its first digital compilations containing the catalogs of Universal's Blue Note Records and Verve labels. The 11 releases by the U5 imprint include such legenda ...

  18. Apple Debuts iTunes Radio

    June 10, 2013 3:27 PM EDT Apple finally introduced the world to its anticipated Internet radio service at its World Wide Developers Conference Monday. Called iTunes Radio, the service works on iPhones, iPod Touches, iPads, iTunes on Mac computers and AppleTV. It will ...

  19. Publishers to Get Bigger Payday From Apple Thanks to Direct Licensing Deals

    June 05, 2013 6:09 PM EDT In cutting a deal with the Warner Music Group, sources say Apple caved on publishing and has agreed to pay at least 10 percent of advertising revenue to license the songs, sources say. While the WMG deal is for both master rights and publishin ...

  20. The Eagles Catalog Joins Rdio -- Then Disappears

    May 09, 2013 2:12 AM EDT The Eagles catalog became available for streaming at Rdio on Wednesday after being a longtime holdout from subscription services. No other subscription service in the U.S. had nabbed the Eagles catalog. A check at Deezer's U.K. site turned ...

  21. From SoundJam to 25 Billion Songs Sold: An iTunes Timeline on Its Tenth Anniversary

    April 28, 2013 2:31 PM EDT July 2000 Apple acquires SoundJam, the music management software that would become iTunes January 9, 2001 iTunes 1.0 music software is launched. It is available only for Mac users. 7 Ways iTunes Changed the Music Biz: Doug Morris, Jeff Price, Mo ...

  22. What Is iTunes Today?

    April 26, 2013 11:22 AM EDT This article first appeared in the May 4, 2013 issue of Billboard magazine, which also features our cover story on Rod Stewart's return to rock, an in-depth look at the 10th anniversary of the iTunes Music Store, our incomparable charts and ...

  23. After a Decade of iTunes Dominance, Apple Has a Tough Choice: Guest Post by Jason Herskowitz

    April 25, 2013 5:45 PM EDT Jason Herskowitz is a core contributor and co-founder of Tomahawk, an open-source music platform that creates a music aggregation and interoperability layer across music providers. Last month, he wrote an guest post for Billboard.biz called “ ...

  24. Seven Ways iTunes Changed the Music Industry

    April 25, 2013 4:34 PM EDT In less than 10 years, iTunes has become so embedded in people’s everyday lives that it has all but disappeared into the overall fabric of our digital commerce. It’s hard to remember a time when selling a song by itself for $3.49 was an opti ...

  25. iTunes Market Share Still Dominant After a Decade (Research)

    April 16, 2013 7:00 AM EDT After nearly a decade since selling its first digital song, Apple Inc.'s iTunes continues to dominate with a 63% unit share of the U.S. market for digital music downloads in the fourth quarter, according to estimates released Tuesday by t ...

  26. Apple Is Pitching Labels Half of Pandora's Royalty Rate for Upcoming Internet Radio Service

    March 07, 2013 3:41 PM EST Apple has pitched record labels a per-stream royalty of 0.06 cents per stream, or half of what pure-play webcasters like Pandora currently pay for performing sound recordings, for its upcoming Internet radio service, according to a record labe ...

  27. iTunes Crosses 25 Billion Songs Sold, Now Sells 21 Million Songs a Day

    February 06, 2013 7:47 PM EST Nearly a decade after Apple Inc. launched its iTunes music store, the company surpassed 25 billion songs sold. The online store, which has expanded its offerings in recent years to include digital books, games, applications, magazines, movies an ...

  28. Led Zeppelin, Bob Dylan and David Bowie: Classic Rock Icons in the Digital Age

    January 11, 2013 7:26 PM EST It's been an extraordinary last couple of days for three icons of classic rock who this week faced a music industry they couldn't have possibly imagined in their heydays. It's interesting, though, to consider the unique and very d ...

  29. Chart Moves: Beatles For Sale on Billboard 200, Kelly Clarkson's 'Stronger' LP Hits 1 Million Sales

    December 28, 2012 4:14 PM EST It was a familiar story at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 this past week, where Taylor Swift's "Red" held atop the chart for a sixth nonconsecutive stanza. The singer's album moved another 276,000 copies according to Nielsen SoundS ...

  30. '12-12-12' Album Pre-Orders Grow to 50,000

    December 14, 2012 7:50 PM EST The pre-orders continue to come in for the "12-12-12 The Concert for Sandy Relief" album. iTunes' pre-orders for the set numbered around 50,000 through the close of business on Dec. 13, according to industry sources. '12-12-1 ...

  31. Apple Launches iTunes in Russia, Turkey, India, South Africa, 52 Additional Countries

    December 04, 2012 6:37 AM EST Apple today announced it has launched its iTunes Store in fifty-six countries, including Russia, Turkey, India, South Africa. iTunes Stores are now available in a total 119 countries where it is offered as a free download. The company made a point ...

  32. AC/DC's iTunes Debut Sells 48,000 Digital Albums, 696,000 Songs

    November 29, 2012 10:15 AM EST One of the longest hold-outs from iTunes, AC/DC, finally reached the digital retailer last week. The iconic rock band's entire catalog, along with two iTunes-exclusive box sets, became available on Monday, Nov. 19. In the week ending Nov. 25, ...

  33. 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 ...

  34. AC/DC Finally Joins iTunes

    November 19, 2012 10:51 AM EST Just a few weeks after longtime digital holdout Kid Rock announced that his new album will be available on iTunes , another holdout has made the move: in a release Monday morning, Columbia Records and Apple announced that AC/DC's entire catal ...

  35. Don Was On Blue Note's 'Radical' Spotify App, OpenEMI, Revitalizing Label at FutureSound Keynote

    November 16, 2012 10:10 AM EST Was, Not Was: Don Was (left) being interviewed by Steve Jang: Co-Founder/CEO, Soundtracking at Billboard's FutureSound Conference. (Photo: Arnold Turner) Blue Note Records president Don Was told San Francisco technologists that the label' ...

  36. Morning Fix: WMG To Bid on Sony/ATV's Rosetta (Report); Joel Klaiman to Columbia; What Spotify's Valuation Means; Bandpage Expands

    November 13, 2012 7:55 AM EST Head HERE to have Billboard's Morning Fix and other free music-business newsletters sent directly to your inbox BUSINESS MATTERS: A $3 BILLION VALUATION BRINGS SPOTIFY EXPECTATIONS BACK TO EARTH: News that Spotify raised money at a $3 billion ...

  37. From This Week's Billboard: Kid Rock Rides With iTunes

    November 12, 2012 5:20 PM EST Photo: Darren McCollister/Getty Images) Below is an excerpt from BIllboard's cover story on Kid Rock, who -- as he explains here -- has just broken his longstanding refusal to sell his non-soundtrack music on iTunes. Also in the issue: a spec ...

  38. Morning Fix: Clear Channel-MSG's Hurricane Sandy Benefit; Billboard Touring Awards; Pandora Cuts Into Sales, Downloads: Study

    November 09, 2012 8:30 AM EST Head HERE to subscribe to Billboard's Morning Fix and other free music-business newsletters ROGER WATERS, BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN, NEIL DIAMOND, KENNY CHESNEY, LADY GAGA AMONG 2012 BILLBOARD TOURING AWARDS WINNERS: Roger Waters, Bruce Springsteen, ...

  39. Taylor Swift's 'Red' Sells 1.21 Million -- Biggest Sales Week for an Album Since 2002

    October 30, 2012 7:56 PM EDT It's official: Taylor Swift's "Red" sold a whopping 1.208 million copies last week in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan. That's more than any album has sold in a single week since 2002, when Eminem's "The ...

  40. Business Matters: 7digital, Amazon and Google Selling Taylor Swift's 'Red' at Deep Discounts

    October 30, 2012 7:45 PM EDT Buyers of the digital version of Taylor Swift's "Red" paid the full fare at iTunes last week -- and turned out in great numbers. Great bargains await those who didn't rush out and buy the artist's latest album. Taylor Swif ...

  41. Is Taylor Swift's 'Red' iTunes Exclusive a Play to Prevent Deep Discounting?

    October 23, 2012 8:00 PM EDT In a possible attempt to ensure that Google Play and Amazon don't use Taylor Swift's just-released Red album as a loss leader priced below $3.49, Big Machine Records has not serviced the album to those stores, a source confirmed to Billb ...

  42. Business Matters: Why Taylor Swift's 'Red' is Absent From Subscription Services

    October 23, 2012 6:07 PM EDT Taylor Swift has joined a litany of artists in holding back a new release from subscription services. Her new album Red is conspicuously absent from Spotify, Rhapsody, Rdio, Mog and Xbox Music this week. The album's absence from subscription ...

  43. Morning Fix: Rara Expands; Today's Apple Event; Bertelsmann, KKR & EMI; ATP Merger

    October 23, 2012 7:36 AM EDT Head HERE to subscribe to Billboard's free music-business newsletters RARA ADDS IOS, EXPANDS MUSIC CATALOG, PARTNERS WITH LENOVO: On-demand subscription music company Rara has launched its service on Apple's iPad and iPhones , as well de ...

  44. Billboard Insight: Music Business Stays in Apple's Shadow

    October 17, 2012 9:00 AM EDT The late Steve Jobs. (Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images) Ed. Note: The full version of this story appeared in the 10/20/2012 issue of Billboard Magazine, which can be purchased here . Apple, famous for its obsession over creating user-friendly p ...

  45. Music Plays On For Apple

    October 15, 2012 9:27 AM EDT A year after Steve Jobs' death, Apple still has music in its DNA but may have lost some of its passion. That may be a good thing. Apple, famous for its obsession over creating user-friendly products, may have itself become more user-friendl ...

  46. Mumford Takes Deluxe High Ground

    October 15, 2012 8:46 AM EDT 'Babel' sales show deluxe digital albums outselling standard on iTunes, but discounting has key role. Mumford & Sons' "Babel" is doing more than putting big numbers up on the board: It's also proving that if you ...

  47. Business Matters: Loudbytes Brings the Short Tail Model to Digital Music

    October 12, 2012 5:41 PM EDT An innovative technology is bringing digital distribution to brick-and-mortar retailers in a way that works seamlessly with brands and promotions. If you're thinking of kiosks that burn files to CDs or download them to thumb drives, you' ...

  48. Is iTunes Launching In Russia?

    September 26, 2012 10:09 AM EDT MOSCOW - A local Russian newspaper has reported that an iTunes store is coming to the European country in late 2012 or early 2013. vThe business daily Vedomosti quoted anonymous sources in the online and publishing businesses who claimed Apple is ...

  49. Business Matters: Universal's Deal for EMI No Longer a Sure Thing, But Still Worthwhile

    September 21, 2012 10:00 PM EDT How much will Universal Music Group miss that pound of flesh the European Commission took when it forced considerable concessions from the world's largest record company in exchange from its approval of a merger with EMI Music? That's th ...

  50. Morning Fix: Universal-EMI EU Approval Tomorrow? Amanda Palmer Pays; Cash Money Signs Caskey

    September 20, 2012 12:33 AM EDT Head HERE to subscribe to Billboard's free music-business newsletters. AEG SALE LIKELY TO ATTRACT L.A. CONSORTIUM BID: The announcement that s ports and live-entertainment giant AEG is for sale for a reported $7 to $8 billion , has prompted s ...

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