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  1. Apple Store Is Down Ahead of New iPhone, Smartwatch Reveal

    September 09, 2014 10:23 AM EDT Looking to buy an iPhone that will likely be old and cheaper in a couple hours? Too bad, Apple's online store is officially down so that the trend-setting company can update product listings ahead of Tuesday's big announcement. Apple is ...

  2. Blue Note Records Launches iTunes Destination, Radio Station For 75th Anniversary (Exclusive)

    May 06, 2014 10:00 AM EDT Blue Note Records launched an iTunes destination page Tuesday, making every in-print Blue Note title from its 75-year history available in one place. The site will also feature Blue Note Radio, one of the first label-branded radio stations on Appl ...

  3. Apple Shares Surge on Earnings, Dividend Boost

    April 23, 2014 7:52 PM EDT Apple Inc. on Wednesday posted a modest 4.7% increase in sales and a 7% jump in profit its second quarter that nevertheless beat the expectations of Wall Street analysts and helped send the company's stock soaring more than 8% following the f ...

  4. 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 ...

  5. AmEx Taps Maroon 5 for Live-Streamed Concert, Teams With iTunes Radio for 'First Play'

    April 02, 2014 12:01 AM EDT American Express is deepening its ties to music with a pair of new initiatives, an intimate concert with Maroon 5 and a partnership with Apple’s iTunes Radio. The Maroon 5 event will be a live-streamed concert on June 20 as part of AmEx’s Epic Eve ...

  6. 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 ...

  7. 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 ...

  8. Apple's App Store Posts More Than $10 Billion in Sales in 2013

    January 07, 2014 4:58 PM EST December was the most successful month in the history of the retailer. Apple's App Store rang up more than $10 billion in sales in 2013, it was announced Tuesday. Related iTunes App Store: 30 Billion Downloads, $7.14 Billion in Revenue Why Ap ...

  9. 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% ...

  10. 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 ...

  11. Apple Shares Volatile on Lower Profits, Outlook

    October 28, 2013 6:45 PM EDT Apple Inc. on Monday posted lower profits but higher revenue as sales from the iTunes store and from iPhones more than offset declines in Macs and iPods. Apple Unveils New Macs, iPads, (Free) Desktop Software What To Expect at Today's Apple ...

  12. Apple iTunes Radio Launching Sept. 18, Called 'Pure Dose of Awesomeness'

    September 10, 2013 2:30 PM EDT Apple Inc. on Tuesday announced it will flip the switch for its Internet radio feature on Sept. 18, when the company releases its next operating system, iOS 7.  The radio streaming function, which will catapult Apple into the ad-supported str ...

  13. 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 ...

  14. Business Matters: Behind Apple iTunes Radio’s Launch Strategy

    August 20, 2013 6:37 PM EDT Don't expect a soft launch for iTunes Radio. Apple has lined up blue chip advertisers for its upcoming launch next month of iTunes Radio, according to an Ad Age report . McDonald’s, Nissan, Pepsi and Procter & Gamble were named as ad ...

  15. Business Matters: What is a Stream Worth? Not Much

    August 09, 2013 7:06 PM EDT Here's another way to think about the difference between purchases and streaming: value by MB. Much has been written about the small royalties artists and labels get for streaming media relative to purchased music. Less – if anything – has ...

  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. Apple iTunes Breaks Sales Records In Q3

    July 23, 2013 6:01 PM EDT Even though iPad sales stumbled in the third quarter, Apple Inc.'s iTunes store continued to rock on, according to the company latest earnings report released Tuesday. The iTunes store "generated record billings of $4.3 billion in the ...

  18. Apple iTunes Radio's Licensing Agreements With Indie Labels Emerge

    June 26, 2013 10:08 PM EDT The licensing agreement between Apple and indie labels reveals further information about the planned iTunes Radio service.  According to a copy of the document obtained by Billboard, Apple will not have to pay for any content during the beta ...

  19. Apple's 2013 WWDC Conference: What to Expect

    June 09, 2013 3:39 PM EDT Apple is expected to reveal a digital radio service and changes to the software behind iPhones and iPads on Monday as the company opens its annual conference for software developers. Apple hasn't said what it will unveil at the Worldwide ...

  20. 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 ...

  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. The Evolution of iTunes: The Birth of a Colossus

    April 26, 2013 3:01 PM EDT This is an excerpt from an article that 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, ...

  23. iTunes 10-Year Anniversary: 12 Best iTunes Ads

    April 26, 2013 2:37 PM EDT The iTunes Store launched on April 28, 2003, as an industry-supported alternative to combatting online music piracy, starting a revolution for companies and customers alike. Their first customers received a free download of The Fray's " ...

  24. 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 ...

  25. 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 “ Su ...

  26. 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 ...

  27. 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 ...

  28. 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 ...

  29. Amazon Music Looks to Nab iTunes Customers with HTML5 Update for iPhone, iPod Touch

    January 18, 2013 2:10 PM EST In an escalating battle for digital music customers, Amazon.com has optimized the Amazon MP3 Mobile website for Apple's massively popular iPhone and iPod touch. The optimization should make it easier for Amazon to poach sales from Apple' ...

  30. Amazon Introducing 'AutoRip' -- Automatically Stores CD Purchases in Cloud

    January 10, 2013 6:52 PM EST Amazon today will re-jumpstart the subscription cloud service business model for the music industry by adding digital copies of CD purchases for its customers to their locker. Amazon customers possessing a cloud account who already have MP3 purcha ...

  31. Mobile Devices, Especially Tablets, Have Huge Christmas

    December 27, 2012 4:15 PM EST If you got a smartphone or tablet computer for Christmas, you were hardly alone. Flurry , a mobile analytics company that tracks use of mobile apps, says 17.4 million new iOS and Android devices were activated on Christmas day, a 255% increase fro ...

  32. Business Matters: MP3 Player Sales Are Dwindling -- And That's a Good Thing for the Music Business

    December 27, 2012 12:53 PM EST Falling sales of MP3 players, impacted by feature-filled smartphones, could turn out to be one of the music industry's biggest opportunities in years. It should come as no surprise that market research company Mintel announced this week that ...

  33. Google Music's Scan & Match Problem, But There's An Easy Fix

    December 26, 2012 2:31 PM EST Google Music's new free online music locker has run into an inevitable, often popular fact of the music business: some songs have both clean and explicit versions. Online reports have circulated in recent days about explicit versions of songs ...

  34. The Ten Most Interesting Startups of 2012

    December 19, 2012 5:16 PM EST Unlike years past, 2012 lacked debuts by big music services that require tens of millions of dollars of venture capital. Rdio, Vevo and Guvera made the list in 2010. Turntable was on last year's list. In fact, this year's list doesn' ...

  35. Google Launches Free Licensed Scan-And-Match Music Locker in U.S.

    December 18, 2012 4:12 PM EST Google, which launched its scan-and-match locker service in Europe in November, today (Dec. 18) introduced the service in the U.S., having secured the necessary copyrights to do so from the three major labels, as well as some independent music lab ...

  36. '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 ...

  37. Apple Releases iTunes 11

    November 29, 2012 1:00 PM EST With just a day to spare before its second deadline, Apple debuted the newest version of iTunes today, one that gives users the ability to stream their entertainment from the Internet via iCloud. The release came after the Cupertino, Calif., techn ...

  38. 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, ...

  39. 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 ...

  40. Startups GetMixxd, Playground.fm, Swarm.fm, Tixie and Tunezy Vie for Title at Billboard's Innovators Showcase

    November 16, 2012 1:00 PM EST The five finalists who presented at Billboard FutureSound Conference's Innovators Showcase (from left): Derrick Fung, Tunezy; Mehul Trivedi, Playground.fm; Jeff Foster, Tixie; Peter Watts, Swarm.fm; Andrew Dever, Swarm.fm, before Innovators s ...

  41. 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' ...

  42. 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 ...

  43. 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, ...

  44. GetMixxd, Playground.fm, Swarm.fm, Tixie and Tunezy Announced as Billboard FutureSound Innovators Finalists

    November 05, 2012 10:00 AM EST The next digital-music disruption could come from one of the five finalists in the Innovators Showcase at Billboard's upcoming FutureSound conference . GetMixxd, Playground.fm, Swarm.fm, Tixie and Tunezy were chosen from a group of 67 nominee ...

  45. Kid Rock Finally Hits iTunes With 'Rebel Soul'

    October 31, 2012 6:38 PM EDT Kid Rock's new album, Rebel Soul , due Nov. 19, is up on iTunes as a pre-order, marking the first time (apart from a soundtrack appearance) that the artist's music has been available in that store. The album, which will bow on a Monday, ...

  46. Apple Delays iTunes 11 Release Until November to 'Get it Right'

    October 30, 2012 7:40 PM EDT In an unusual move to postpone a previously announced product launch, Apple on Tuesday said it would not release its new iTunes software until November, a month after the company had earlier promised to deliver the update. Billboard's FutureS ...

  47. The Great Simplifier: Play iTunes, Pandora, Spotify, and Rdio from One Mac App

    October 26, 2012 2:38 PM EDT Music apps have quote demonstrably given us more ways to access and listen to music than ever before. As cool as that is, it can also be a headache to jump between them - say, Pandora, iTunes, Rdio, and Spotify. Assuming you're a Mac person, ...

  48. Business Matters: Music Quietly Vital at Apple

    October 25, 2012 9:04 PM EDT Although it was barely mentioned during Apple's fiscal fourth quarter earnings call on Thursday, music is still playing important role in Apple's strategies. Apple said it was "looking forward to launching" the redesigned iTune ...

  49. Apple Radio Service Rumors Crush Pandora Stock

    October 25, 2012 7:59 PM EDT Pity poor Pandora. The Internet radio company's stock price has been getting whiplashed by news of Apple's progress, or lack thereof, in launching a streaming radio service. On Thursday, a Bloomberg report that Apple is on track to go li ...

  50. Apple's iPad Mini Takes On Nexus, Kindle

    October 23, 2012 4:10 PM EDT Apple took the wraps off of its iPad mini tablet Tuesday, a pint-sized version of the iPad that's already sold 200 million units since it launched in April 2010. "What can you do with the iPad mini that you can't do with the fourth- ...

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