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  1. Apple Updates Software to Fix Controversial Tracking Glitch

    May 05, 2011 8:28 AM EDT SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Apple Inc on Wednesday released a software update to fix a problem that enabled its mobile devices to collect and store customers' location data, making good on a promise it made last week. Apple Chief Executive Offi ...

  2. Smule Embraces Freemium With Magic Piano iPhone App

    May 04, 2011 12:05 PM EDT You know the freemium business model for mobile apps has reached an inflection point when music app developer Smule-which has never released a free app in the lifetime of the company-embraces it. That changes today. Smule-the developer behind such ...

  3. Watch Out, iTunes: Spotify Adds iPod Integration, MP3 Download Service

    May 04, 2011 11:02 AM EDT Music fans in Spotify's seven markets now have two fewer reasons to use iTunes. On Wednesday Spotify added features that allow its users manage their iPods from within the Spotify software. A post at the Spotify blog says the feature was adde ...

  4. Why Apple Pulled Best-Selling App From Its App Store, Report

    May 04, 2011 8:19 AM EDT Apple on Tuesday pulled a music downloader from its App Store after it became the best-selling iPhone app, Wired.com reported. Any Music Downloader allowed customers to search for any MP3 online, download them to their iPhone drive and then listen ...

  5. Billboard.Biz's App of the Month: ClubWorld

    May 02, 2011 2:22 PM EDT Following the music app space can certainly keep one busy. Be it mobile, Web-based, or for social networks like Facebook, there is certainly no shortage of developer activity targeting music fans and artists. Many of these are cute, interesting ap ...

  6. Business Matters: Amazon's Motivation for Selling Hit Songs at 69 Cents

    April 29, 2011 4:54 PM EDT Amazon's Motivation for Selling Hit Songs for 69 Cents -- It's not the signal of all-out price war, but Amazon has dropped the price of 204 hit songs to 69 cents. Among the select group of songs are Katy Perry's "E.T.," Je ...

  7. This Week In Apps: Bruno Mars Revenge, Hunt Music on the iPad, Stream with Pitchify and More

    April 29, 2011 7:30 AM EDT Bruno Mars Revenge Bruno Mars joined Katy Perry and Lady Gaga with his own branded version of Tap Tap Revenge from Disney Mobile. The smartphone rhythm game features 10 tracks to play along with, including hits "Grenade" and "Just T ...

  8. Did Apple Buy The Domain iCloud.com?

    April 28, 2011 11:20 AM EDT More signs point to a pending cloud-music service coming from Apple. This time, two news outlets independently reported tips that Apple has bought the domain name iCloud.com from a Swedish firm for $4.5 million. At press time, Apple had not respon ...

  9. iPhone Tracking Is Actually Good For Music Apps

    April 25, 2011 3:26 PM EDT Depending on what you've read, Apple's location-tracking feature for the iPhone is either a complete outrage or a manufactured controversy not worthy of the hubbub it's caused. The news broke last week in the tech press and quickly ...

  10. This Week in Apps: iheartradio for iPad, Gorillaz Remixing, Augmented Reality, and Songasaurus

    April 22, 2011 11:23 AM EDT iheartradio Clear Channel extended its iheartradio Internet radio app to the iPad, where it is one of the few streaming music services available. Like the iPhone versions, the iPad app simply lets users stream music from any of the company's ...

  11. Apple Slammed Over iPhone, iPad Location Tracking

    April 22, 2011 7:47 AM EDT Privacy watchdogs are demanding answers from Apple Inc. about why iPhones and iPads are secretly collecting location data on users - records that cellular service providers routinely keep but require a court order to disgorge. It's not clear ...

  12. Jim Dalrymple, Guest Columnist, Test Drives Apogee's Jam for iPad, iPhone

    April 21, 2011 12:15 PM EDT .Biz guest guest columnist Jim Dalrymple blogs about Apple products for The Loop . You can follow him on Twitter @jdalrymple. Also, as the video and audio below demonstrates, he clearly knows how to shred on guitar. Click arrow below to hear the t ...

  13. iTunes Generates $1.4 Billion Last Quarter; Three Reasons Why Its Value Is Far Greater

    April 21, 2011 11:44 AM EDT In Apple's impressive fiscal second quarter numbers , iTunes may not have created much revenue but its value to the company is certainly more than the financial statements indicate. Apple's second quarter revenue was $24.67 billion, its ...

  14. Apple Earnings Nearly Double, Helped By iPhone

    April 20, 2011 8:37 PM EDT Apple Inc. is already the envy of the technology world. On Wednesday, it rubbed it in with quarterly results that had only one blemish: It couldn't make the new iPads fast enough. "We sold every iPad 2 we could make," Chief Financia ...

  15. Business Matters: Record Store Day Has Banner Sales Day

    April 20, 2011 4:59 PM EDT Record Story Day Has Quite A Day -- Due to Saturday's Record Store Day, independent stores' album sales were up 39% last week and contributed much of the 8% increase in total album sales, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Independent store ...

  16. Ian Rogers Guest Post: The Unbundling (and Re-Bundling) of Music

    April 20, 2011 2:30 PM EDT The following is a guest post from Ian Rogers, CEO of direct to fan artist platform Topspin. He previously was VP and General Manager of Yahoo! Music and Yahoo! Video. He currently blogs at fistfulayen and on the Topspin site where this post origi ...

  17. Apple to Ship New iPhone in September: Sources

    April 20, 2011 7:39 AM EDT Apple's next-generation iPhone will have a faster processor and will begin shipping in September, three people with direct knowledge of the company's supply chain said. The production of the new iPhone will start in July/August and the s ...

  18. Apple Seeks FairPlay Antitrust Lawsuit Dismissal

    April 19, 2011 1:32 PM EDT Apple is seeking to have the antitrust lawsuit filed against it over its FairPlay DRM technology dismissed. According to Bloomberg , which is following the court case, the presiding judge expects to make a decision on the request by May. Earlier i ...

  19. Sonos Offers New Services For Music Streaming

    April 19, 2011 12:58 PM EDT Cloud music services are all the talk these days. But let's not forget the devices used to access the cloud. Sonos, one of the earliest pioneers of cloud music home entertainment systems, today unveiled a number of new improvements to keep it ...

  20. Fidel Allows Russian Apple Device Owners to Stream Music Legitimately

    April 18, 2011 4:16 PM EDT Russian online music service Fidel has launched an application that will finally allow domestic iPad and iPhone users to legitimately stream music. iTunes does not currently operate in Russia and it is not clear when or if it ever will. "The ...

  21. This Week In Apps: 8tracks, Wah Wah Pedal, and the Next Lawsuit Waiting to Happen

    April 15, 2011 7:05 AM EDT tracks 8tracks is another playlist sharing app that allows users to upload MP3s to create customized playlists. The hook -- only eight tracks per playlist, hence the name. The Web-based service has received largely high marks for usability and fu ...

  22. Google Survey: Tablets Used Primarily At Home for Games, Search, Email

    April 12, 2011 11:28 AM EDT People use tablets predominantly for games, search and email, according to a new survey by Google's AdMob . Unlike mobile phones, which owners take everywhere, tablets are being used primarily at home on weekdays. Eight-four percent of respon ...

  23. Google Acquires Pushlife Streaming Service, A Sign of Momentum or Struggle?

    April 11, 2011 12:09 PM EDT Google last week acquired another mobile content streaming service, this time in the form of Pushlife. The company's service allows users to stream their iTunes libraries to mobile devices. It also allows mobile operators to give their subscr ...

  24. This Week in Apps: Tapulous' New ClubWorld, Invisible Instrument, David Bowie and Grooveshark

    April 08, 2011 7:00 AM EDT ClubWorld Tapulous, the developers of the Tap Tap Revenge series, has unveiled its first new app since being acquired by Disney last year. ClubWorld is a real-time social game in which players act as nightclub owners. Users hire bouncers, bartende ...

  25. Billboard.Biz's App Of The Month: SoundTracking

    April 01, 2011 6:08 PM EDT Once a week for the last four weeks, we've been highlighting the new music apps for we've seen for smartphones, online and the iPad. To be honest I wasn't sure if there would be enough activity to justify a weekly roundup of music r ...

  26. This Week In Apps: Bluebrain's Location App/Album, Shapemix Remixing; MyStream's Music-Sharing Challenge

    April 01, 2011 1:50 PM EDT Bluebrain Washington D.C-based band Bluebrain are creating their most recent album as a location-aware iPhone app. Called "The National Mall," the album/app will play music from the album-really more what the band calls "melodic phr ...

  27. Amazon's Cloud Drive Test Drive: Service Is Simple, But Effective

    March 29, 2011 12:26 PM EDT It's not the second coming of iTunes or anything that drastic, but Cloud Drive , Amazon's new cloud storage service , is a good product with a narrow focus. If you're looking for bells and whistles -- recommendations, sharing with f ...

  28. 'Songs For Japan' Tops iTunes Charts in 18 Nations

    March 29, 2011 8:50 AM EDT "Songs for Japan," the charity album released to raise funds for disaster relief after Japan was devastated by an earthquake and tsunami this month, has rocketed to the top of iTunes charts in 18 nations and is on track to make a top fiv ...

  29. Apple's Developers Conference Scheduled for June -- Here's Why They Probably Won't Unveil Their Cloud Music Service There ...

    March 28, 2011 2:45 PM EDT Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference is scheduled for June 6-10, the company announced today, which is sure to start a new round of speculation over whether CEO Steve Jobs will use his keynote address to unveil the company's much-anti ...

  30. ROBA Launches Interactive Albums for Tablets

    March 28, 2011 2:11 PM EDT Jon Bon Jovi earlier this month made headlines by saying digital music is ruining fans ability to interact with their music like they could with vinyl records of yore. Emerging to bring that same experience to the digital realm is ROBA Interactive ...

  31. Business Matters: Is Groupon Sliding? What That Would Mean For The Music Biz

    March 25, 2011 4:22 PM EDT Is Groupon Sliding? What That Would Mean to the Music Biz -- Is Groupon having a difficult first quarter? If so, that would impact the venues, promoters and labels that use the service to move unsold inventory and new albums. But it may just be th ...

  32. The Location-Based Mobile Music App Explosion, A Survey

    March 25, 2011 11:40 AM EDT Adding location awareness to music apps is fast becoming a major mobile trend, as is evident by a rash of new mobile music apps hitting app stores of late. Use of location technology is taking many forms. Many, if not most, are designed to let use ...

  33. EMI Launches Multimedia iPad App With Swedish House Mafia's 'Until One'

    March 24, 2011 1:50 PM EDT EMI Music has launched a multi-media iPad App that it's premiering with Swedish House Mafia's 'Until One - iPad edition', designed and built in-house by EMI Music's creative team and now available on Apple's iPad App ...

  34. This Week In Apps: Color, Nirvana and Stones, XXL, Owl City

    March 24, 2011 12:14 PM EDT Color The app-watching world spun into a tailspin late this week after former Lala founder and startup wunderkind Bill Nguyen re-emerged with a new app called Color. The chatter has less to do with the app itself and more due to the company's ...

  35. App Content Rating System Called For By Wireless Association

    March 23, 2011 10:30 AM EDT CTIA-The Wireless Association today introduced an initiative designed to apply a content rating system to mobile apps. The program calls for a voluntary self-certification of apps by app developers, but little else is defined at this time. The pla ...

  36. iTunes Monopoly? Apple's Jobs Ordered by Judge to Answer Anti-Competition Charges

    March 23, 2011 7:31 AM EDT Apple Inc. Chief Executive Steve Jobs, who is out on medical leave, has been ordered by a federal magistrate to answer questions from plaintiffs' lawyers in an antitrust lawsuit related to his company's iTunes business. U.S. Magistrate J ...

  37. Shazam Gets Social with 'Shazam Friends'

    March 22, 2011 3:00 PM EDT Responding to a rash of recently launched mobile apps designed to make music discovery a more social experience, Shazam -- the original music ID app -- introduced a new feature today called Shazam Friends. The update lets Shazam users share a real ...

  38. Rebecca Black's First-Week Sales: Not Bad, But Not In The Millions ...

    March 22, 2011 12:13 PM EDT Contrary to several media reports, Rebecca Black is not netting hundreds of thousands of dollars from the more than 33 million YouTube views of her uber-viral video "Friday" or its digital sales. However, she's not doing badly. The ...

  39. Apple Sues Amazon Over App Store Trademark

    March 22, 2011 7:45 AM EDT Apple Inc has sued Amazon.com Inc in a bid to stop the online retailer from improperly using Apple's APP STORE trademark, according to a court filing. The lawsuit, filed in a California federal court late last week, said Amazon has improperly ...

  40. Business Matters: EMI/iTunes '69-Cent Songs' Promotion A Hit At iTunes

    March 18, 2011 4:00 PM EDT Lots Of Love For EMI/iTunes '69-Cent Songs' Promotion -- Usually it's rare to see a lot of songs priced under $1.29 on iTunes' list of its current top 200 tracks. Earlier this week, however, 32 songs priced at $0.69 were on the ...

  41. Spin's iPad App Kicks Out the Jams

    March 18, 2011 10:13 AM EDT Music blogs have taken quite a bit of wind out of music magazines' sails. But tablets like the iPad offer all print outlets the potential for renewed life in the digital age if used correctly. Spin Magazine's iPad app -- called Spin Play ...

  42. Business Matters: What Music Companies Can Learn from the New York Times' Pay Wall

    March 17, 2011 5:05 PM EDT What Music Companies Can Learn from the New York Times' Pay Wall -- There should be a few learning lessons after the New York Times puts up a pay wall to its content at its website and mobile apps. Any entertainment business that sells digita ...

  43. Eat at SXSW 2011's CNN Grill for the Future of News, Music

    March 15, 2011 3:00 PM EDT Welcome to the CNN Grill - the SXSW headquarters for the cable news network, and a place for hungry reporters and guests to grab a bite, schmooze and today a presentation on the Future of News, led by KC Estenson, senior vice president and general ...

  44. Circus Mashimus Tent @SXSW 2011: A Playground For Music Apps

    March 14, 2011 5:03 PM EDT Two of the biggest obsessions for many people at South by Southwest are a) finding cool spots to network and b) a nice wireless connection, and the Circus Mashimus tent, presented by Mashery in partnership with AppCircus, provided a beautiful plac ...

  45. GarageBand for iPad 2 Review: From Garth Brooks to AC/DC and Beyond

    March 14, 2011 3:12 PM EDT Pre-GarageBand Warm Up: The author honing his shredding. As an avid guitar player for the last 20 years and a blogger about Apple products for the last 16, I was predictably excited when Apple announced GarageBand for iPad 2. The possibilities of ...

  46. Superglued Sneak Peek: App, Unveiling At SXSW, Finds Gigs Based On Location, Friends, Preferences

    March 14, 2011 1:31 PM EDT While the music industry continues to wait for Foursquare to develop a music strategy, other less-known location-based apps are doing it today. SuperGlued is one such company, using the South by Southwest festival to launch an app that lets users ...

  47. Apple iPad 2 Sales Estimated at a Million

    March 14, 2011 7:35 AM EDT Analysts expect Apple Inc to have sold close to a million iPad 2 tablet computers on its debut weekend -- significantly more than the first iPad, which went on sale last April. "We would not be surprised to see Apple sell closer to 1 million ...

  48. SXSWi 2011: Beyond the 'I am T-Pain' App: Creating Music on Your Mobile

    March 12, 2011 1:53 PM EST Rocking the App: Smule founder Ge Wang Makes Like Pan at SXSWi With handheld devices crammed with the latest gaming, social media and productivity applications, is there any time or space left for anything else? Probably. On Friday, the opening da ...

  49. This Week in Apps - SXSW Edition: Music Apps Get Very Social

    March 11, 2011 11:21 AM EST Right on time for SXSW, music app developers were quick to unveil their latest and greatest creations in hopes of making a splash at the annual event. A common theme among many is the addition of social features -- focusing on giving users the abi ...

  50. Apple iPad 2 Launches Today

    March 11, 2011 8:44 AM EST Apple Inc.'s updated version of its iPad tablet computer will be available in stores Friday afternoon but those who can't wait to say they own the gadget can beat the crowds by ordering one online before the sun rises. The Cupertino comp ...

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