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  1. Jay-Z and Kanye West's 'Watch the Throne' Exclusives Have Retailers Up in Arms

    July 28, 2011 6:00 PM EDT Jay-Z and Kanye West may be kings of hip-hop sales, but their decision to give iTunes and Best Buy exclusive windows to sell different editions of their "Watch the Throne" album has other music retailers in open revolt. Brick-and-mortar ...

  2. Rdio Teases New Plan Features, iPad App

    July 27, 2011 12:22 PM EDT subscribers (http://www.billboard.biz/bbbiz/industry/digital-and-mobile/spotify-u-s-70-000-reasons ...

  3. Universal Music Group Launching Spotify Playlist Service for U.S. Fans

    July 27, 2011 6:30 AM EDT How badly do U.S. record labels want Spotify to succeed? Universal Music Group Distribution (UMGD) has created a fan-facing music playlist service that's entirely powered by Spotify's free usage tier. Billboard.biz has learned that the p ...

  4. Bjork's App Designer Scott Snibbe Talks In-Depth About 'Biophilia'

    July 26, 2011 5:23 PM EDT Bjork's "Biophilia" brings new meaning to the term "Multi-platform" - it incorporates a massive live show, a 90-minute documentary and of course, the singer's anxiously awaited seventh full-length album, due in Septem ...

  5. The biggest of Fall 2011 in Downloading, Streaming and Gaming

    July 25, 2011 9:12 AM EDT The biggest of fall 2011 in downloading, streaming and gaming. In a fall that's sure to be filled with eye-catching apps, talked-about music services and innovative videogames, these three are likely to make the most noise. ITunes Match , a ...

  6. This Week in Apps: ShapeMix, MusicPound, iSheetMusic, The Polyphonic Spree, More

    July 22, 2011 2:03 PM EDT Bullseye iPad App Teaser from Moonbot Studios on Vimeo . Bullseye The Polyphonic Spree put out the music video for its new single "Bullseye" as an app for the iPhone and iPad. It's basically an interactive video that lets viewers na ...

  7. Entire Apple Stores Being Faked in China

    July 21, 2011 7:35 AM EDT BEIJING (AP) -- At first, it looks like a sleek Apple store. Sales assistants in blue T-shirts with the company's logo chat to customers. Signs advertising the iPad 2 hang from the white walls. Outside, the famous logo sits next to the words ...

  8. Bjork Releases First Apps From 'Biophilia'

    July 20, 2011 3:09 PM EDT After releasing the first singles from her forthcoming album "Biophilia," Bjork has finally followed up with the first apps created for them. The album is a sort of hybrid collection of songs and associated apps . Each song carries with ...

  9. Apple Smashes Q3 Earnings Estimates With Record iPhone, iPad Sales

    July 19, 2011 6:00 PM EDT The iPhone is conquering Asia, the home of its strongest competitors. Sales there nearly quadrupled from a year ago and helped Apple Inc. trump analyst expectations for yet another quarter. Apple also said iPad sales worldwide nearly doubled from ...

  10. Spotify's Media Metrics: How Much Attention Did the Site's U.S. Launch Get Last Week?

    July 19, 2011 2:10 PM EDT For Spotify to revitalize the U.S. music-subscription market , it needs a lot of media awareness and word-of-mouth buzz from consumers. The company's plan for the U.S. service is to let the media do the heavy lifting, according to marketing m ...

  11. Apple Shares Hit All-Time High

    July 18, 2011 8:10 PM EDT Apple traded at an all-time high Monday of $374.65 before closing a nickel beneath that milestone as investors positioned themselves for what is expected to be impressive quarterly earnings. Apple is scheduled to release financial details of its f ...

  12. Business Matters: Piracy Ravages Earnings in App World

    July 15, 2011 6:09 PM EDT Maybe It's Time for App Developers to Start Selling T-Shirts -- Piracy is no longer a problem for legacy entertainment companies like record labels and film studios. Mobile app developers now must deal with their pirated games being available ...

  13. Katy Perry Launches Free Mobile App, But Does it Work Equally Well On All Smartphones?

    July 12, 2011 4:50 PM EDT Katy Perry has officially launched her new free mobile app for iPhone and Android, courtesy of Mobile Roadie, offering fans access to a library of Perry content on the go. The app is colorful and quirky, just like the 26-year-old pop star, and let ...

  14. Gregory Brothers' New Songify App Turns Spoken Word into Song

    July 11, 2011 5:01 PM EDT YouTube sensations The Gregory Brothers, in conjunction with developer Khush, released Songify, a new iPhone app that turns spoken words into song. "I'd say we'd dreamed of an app like this since before we were born," Evan Greg ...

  15. New Security Holes Discovered in iPhones, iPads

    July 08, 2011 7:26 AM EDT SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A new security hole has opened up in Apple Inc.'s iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch devices, raising alarms about the susceptibility of some of the world's hottest tech gadgets to hacker attacks. Flaws in the software runn ...

  16. Amazon Steps up Cloud Offering, Gives Unlimited Music Storage (for a Limited Time)

    July 07, 2011 12:55 PM EDT As Apple's cloud service looms and Spotify is about to pounce on the U.S. market , Amazon is giving customers more music storage for less money. The company announced Wednesday that Cloud Drive now allows for unlimited storage of MP3 and AAC ...

  17. App of the Month: Songkick Concerts

    July 05, 2011 7:23 PM EDT As any good cook knows, the right ingredients just sell themselves -- and that's the philosophy behind June's App of the Month, Songkick Apps . The initial selling point is simple: the app scans the music stored on any iPhone to which it ...

  18. Colin Beswick: 30 Under 30

    July 01, 2011 10:00 AM EDT Colin Beswick Manager of Creative Content and Music Licensing, Disney Mobile Colin Beswick's age has served him well at Disney Mobile. An invested concert-goer and indie music fan, he has a considerable curative edge. The 27-year-old started ...

  19. Business Matters: Smartphones Now Over Half of New Phone Sales in US, iPhone Driving Growth

    June 30, 2011 6:01 PM EDT Increasingly American as Apple Pie: Smartphones -- Smartphones have reached an important milestone in the U.S. According to Nielsen, 55% of mobile consumers who reported buying a new handset in the last three months purchased a smartphone instead ...

  20. Hitlantis Music Discovery Raises $1.5 Million

    June 27, 2011 1:24 PM EDT Hitlantis announced Monday (June 27) that it has raised $1.5 million in fresh funding for its music discovery service. The funding came from angel investors and includes private investments from senior Nokia executives and other private individual ...

  21. This Week in Apps: iTunes Festival, Exfm Mobile, MOG's Moggles, Sir Mix-A-Lot's Mix-N-Match

    June 23, 2011 6:22 PM EDT iTunes Festival London Live Nation released an app for the iTunes Festival London, which will allow users to stream performances from the music festival live on their iPhone, iPad or iPod. It's a free app that also supports AirPlay so users c ...

  22. Business Matters: Apple's iTunes Festival App Will Stream Concerts to the World

    June 21, 2011 6:36 PM EDT Business Matters: Apple's iTunes Festival App Will Stream Concerts to the World -- Apple has released a free app that allows HD streaming of live performances from the iTunes Festival 2011 at the Roundhouse in London. An updated version of th ...

  23. Germany's Simfy Claims Apple Is Delaying iPad App Approval

    June 16, 2011 2:06 PM EDT BERLIN - Simfy, the German music streaming company based in Cologne, is claiming Apple has delayed approval of its iPad app for over three months and has filed a formal complaint at the German cartel-office in Bonn. Simfy says Apple is misusing it ...

  24. Business Matters: If iTunes Is Still Breaking Even, It Could Cost $1.3 Billion Per Year To Run

    June 14, 2011 8:09 PM EDT If iTunes is Still Breaking Even, It Could Cost $1.3 Billion Per Year To Run -- iTunes could cost Apple $1.3 billion per year beyond royalties to publishers, according to an estimate by market intelligence firm Asymco. The estimate was based on nu ...

  25. Will Apple's iCloud Change the Game -- Financially and Culturally -- Like iTunes Has?

    June 14, 2011 3:48 PM EDT If Apple can convince its iTunes users to sign up for iCloud , it will dominate the cloud like it does downloads. But how many people will actually pay for the service? The media has covered iCloud ad nauseam in recent weeks but has provided littl ...

  26. This Week in Apps: Songkick, Gowalla with Owl City, Avid Scorch, Echo Nest's Facebook App Contest

    June 10, 2011 11:21 AM EDT Our weekly look at the hottest new music apps available for your mobile devices… Songkick Concerts The app scans the music stored in users' iPhones and cross references it to its database of 100,000 concert listings worldwide to create a pers ...

  27. Apple Drops Subscription Rules That Threatened Music Services

    June 09, 2011 11:58 AM EDT Remember those new app rules Apple implemented a few months back that freaked out every subscription music service with an iPhone app? Well, looks like Apple has backed down. According to MacRumors , the company has "quietly changed its guide ...

  28. Business Matters: Another Sign of Retail Life -- Hastings Music Sales Up 1.3%

    June 08, 2011 6:45 PM EDT Slightly Better Than Flat Is the New Up! -- Here's another example of brick-and-mortar retail reaching something of a plateau: Hastings' music sales were up 1.3% in the quarter ended April 30. That's a few percentage points better t ...

  29. Apple's iCloud: The Best Reactions From Around The Web

    June 07, 2011 12:38 PM EDT When Steve Jobs talks, people listen. Then they do a whole lot of talking themselves, usually with their fingers. Overall, the reaction to Apple's iCloud announcement within the music industry was rather muted, partially because most of the i ...

  30. Apple's iCloud Could Finally Make Music Pirates Pay

    June 07, 2011 7:48 AM EDT LOS ANGELES - Apple Inc. CEO Steve Jobs on Monday introduced more than just a cloud storage system for songs that fans buy legitimately through iTunes. He unveiled a system that might finally get music lovers to pay for the songs they got through ...

  31. What the Apple iCloud Means...and What it Doesn't

    June 06, 2011 6:00 PM EDT Now that we know what iCloud is , now the debate begins over what it means. Taking a step back and addressing that answer within the grand scheme of the digital music landscape, the answer is simple-not much. That's not a dig on Apple or in a ...

  32. Steve Jobs' Apple Keynote By The Numbers

    June 06, 2011 3:45 PM EDT Apple and CEO Steve Jobs love to jam their keynote presentations full of stats, figures, and numbers. Here's a quick list of the most relevant to Billboard readers: -- 200 million iOS devices sold to date -- iOS holds 44% of the smartphone ma ...

  33. Apple Unveils iCloud with Few Surprises

    June 06, 2011 3:30 PM EDT If you've been following the speculation surrounding Apple's iCloud keynote speech today , then the details that have finally emerged proved very little in the way of surprises. Steve Jobs & Co. laid out a vast array of cloud-based p ...

  34. Apple's Steve Jobs Set to Take Stage At Developers Conference As iCloud Buzz Grows

    June 06, 2011 8:30 AM EDT SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Apple Inc Chief Executive Steve Jobs returns today (June 6), to the stage at San Francisco's Moscone center to take the wraps off what investors hope will be the next source of growth for the world's most valuab ...

  35. Apple iCloud Preview: Annual Price, Advances to Labels, Impact on Blackberry and Amazon, and More

    June 03, 2011 4:29 PM EDT The long wait is almost over. With Apple expected to unveil iCloud at its Worldwide Developers Conference Monday , the race to dominate music in the cloud can finally get started in earnest. Full details will be given at Monday's conference, ...

  36. Apple Signs Deal With Universal Music Group for iCloud, Major Publishers Also on Board

    June 02, 2011 5:25 PM EDT As expected, Apple has signed the fourth major label -- Universal Music Group -- to a licensing deal for its new iCloud service , which is scheduled to be unveiled on Monday at its Worldwide Developer Conference, sources told Billboard today. At t ...

  37. What Apple's Move to Control iCloud Domain and Trademark Signals

    June 02, 2011 11:54 AM EDT Apple earlier this week made the highly unusual move of forecasting the topics of Steve Jobs' keynote at next week's Worldwide Developers Conference, causing many to ask… why? The answer, or at least part of it, lies in Apple's desi ...

  38. More Details Emerge About Bjork's App/Album Hybrid, 'Biophilia'

    June 01, 2011 5:15 PM EDT The question has been asked many times-is the app the new album? Bjork is taking the lead in answering that question with her forthcoming LP, "Biophilia." As first announced back in March, the new album is being created on an iPad and wi ...

  39. Apple to Unveil iCloud at WWDC on Monday

    May 31, 2011 10:56 AM EDT Getting answers out of Apple is like watching the TV series "Lost": Some questions get answered, others not, and new questions ultimately arise. That's what comes to mind with the company's latest press release , in which is co ...

  40. Senator Calls For Smartphone App Privacy Policies

    May 26, 2011 7:39 AM EDT WASHINGTON - A key member of the Senate Judiciary Committee is challenging Apple Inc. and Google Inc. to require all developers that make apps for their mobile devices to adopt formal privacy policies. Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., sent letters to the ...

  41. Business Matters: Digital Album Sales Way Up in 2011 (Thanks Adele!); More Shareholders Sue WMG

    May 24, 2011 5:19 PM EDT Thanks Adele: Digital Album Sales Way Up in 2011 -- Led by Adele's hit "21", this year's best selling new albums are putting up great digital numbers. The top 5 digital albums have sold 1.81 million units through May 15, accord ...

  42. At Tech Crunch Disrupt, Music Doesn't Have a Huge Presence but Still Makes Some Noise

    May 23, 2011 4:19 PM EDT NEW YORK - While music doesn't have a huge presence at this year's TechCrunch Disrupt conference -- there are only a handful of music startups in the exhibitor area and only one presented during the startup battlefield today -- it's ...

  43. Did Amazon Overstep With Its 99-Cent Lady Gaga Album Promotion?

    May 23, 2011 3:38 PM EDT By designating Lady Gaga's hotly anticipated album "Born This Way" as Monday's "MP3 Daily Deal," Amazon appears to be have gambled that the cost of selling the album at far below wholesale price will be worth the valu ...

  44. Amazon Selling New Lady Gaga Album for 99 Cents -- Today Only

    May 23, 2011 11:17 AM EDT Amazon's MP3 store is selling Lady Gaga's new 14-track album, "Born This Way," for just 99 cents -- today only. Not surprisingly, the title had already become the store's top digital album by 9 a.m. ET. The same album is s ...

  45. This Week in Apps: Supersonic, TuneWiki and Wahwah.fm

    May 20, 2011 2:46 PM EDT Supersonic The third music discovery app from developer We Are Hunted is pretty straightforward. Using APIs from the Echo Nest and 7digital, it simply suggests other artists users might like based on any given song in their existing music library. ...

  46. Why Apple Will Dominate Cloud Music, Regardless of Label Deals

    May 19, 2011 11:34 AM EDT UPDATE : Reports surfaced today (May 22) that Apple has come to terms with Sony Music Entertainment for it's impending cloud service , according to Bloomberg News. The deal would make Sony the third major label after Warner and EMI to sign li ...

  47. Apple Close to Label Deals for Cloud Music Service: Report

    May 19, 2011 7:47 AM EDT Apple has signed a cloud-music licensing deal with EMI Music and is close to pacts with with Universal Music Group and Sony Music Entertainment, CNET reported late Wednesday, citing "multiple music industry sources." Warner Music Group i ...

  48. Is Apple Launching a New Product This Weekend?

    May 17, 2011 11:44 AM EDT The 10th anniversary of Apple 's retail stores is this coming Thursday, and rumors are swirling that the company may have a surprise product launch planned to mark the occasion. According to the Apple insider blog Boy Genius Report , a flurry ...

  49. Google Music Beta's Instant Mix Fails 'WTF Test'

    May 16, 2011 4:01 PM EDT The launch of Google's music beta service last week introduced us to yet another playlist-building app called Instant Mix. Simply pick a song in your library, and Instant Mix will build a playlist based on similar songs also in your library. ...

  50. 69-Cent Bonanza: iTunes, Amazon Selling Hundreds of Tracks At .69 Cents Each

    May 13, 2011 4:16 PM EDT It not exactly a price war just yet, but iTunes has 302 songs priced at 69 cents songs acting as a counterweight to Amazon's 226 69-cent songs. In the last two weeks, iTunes added 15 new collections of songs priced at 69 cents and gave them h ...

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