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  1. Business Matters: iTunes & Tap Tap Revenge 4 Have Very Merry Christmas

    December 27, 2010 12:00 AM EST iTunes Page Sees Christmas Boost -- The iTunes download page was the eighth most popular web page on Christmas day, as ranked by Alexa.com. That rank is on pace with previous years -- it was No. 7 and No. 8 on Christmas in 2008 and 2009, respectiv ...

  2. Business Matters: Will Apple and Google Bid on EMI?

    December 22, 2010 12:00 AM EST Will Apple and Google Bid on EMI? -- Now that Citigroup's takeover of EMI seems to be a near certainty, it's time for the pundits to ponder possible acquirers. If history offers any lesson it is that Apple and Google will be frequently c ...

  3. Monetizing Gaming Apps: Paying For Smurfberries

    December 21, 2010 12:00 AM EST The publisher of the popular "The Smurfs' Village" game for the iPhone and iPad has added a warning that virtual items such as "Smurfberries" cost real money - as much as $100 with just two taps on the screen. An Associate ...

  4. The Apple TV Juggernaut: Sales Expected To Reach 1 Million This Week

    December 21, 2010 12:00 AM EST Apple Inc forecast sales of Apple TV would climb to 1 million this week and said that iTunes users are now renting and buying more than 400,000 TV shows and more than 150,000 movies per day. In September, Apple introduced a new version of Apple TV ...

  5. Business Matters: Vevo Leapfrogs Viacom in Online Video Rankings

    December 17, 2010 12:00 AM EST Vevo Leapfrogs Viacom in Online Video Rankings - comScore's U.S. online video rankings for November 2010 show that Vevo ranks Number 3 in total unique viewers with 50.3 million. Viacom Digital, which includes MTV.com, VH1.com and CMT.com, ran ...

  6. Vevo Releases New iPad App

    December 16, 2010 12:00 AM EST Following up on its critically acclaimed iPhone app, Vevo now has an iPad app available in the App Store. The app, Vevo HD, provides access to the entire Vevo catalog of more than 25,000 music videos from 7,500 artists. Additionally, it provides n ...

  7. From Apple to EMI: Former iTunes Exec Joins Capitol & Virgin Label Group

    December 16, 2010 12:00 AM EST Seems like Apple and the major labels won't stop trading execs anytime soon. This time it's iTunes director of global music initiatives Alex Luke jumping ship to EMI, where he will serve as executive VP of A&R at Capitol & Virgin ...

  8. Apple To Open App Store For Mac Computers

    December 16, 2010 12:00 AM EST There's just no escaping the app model. Apple today announced that it will open a special App Store just for Mac computers on Jan. 6. Here's the statement from CEO Steve Jobs: "The App Store revolutionized mobile apps. We hope to do ...

  9. Cloud Music App mSpot Now Available For iPhone

    December 15, 2010 12:00 AM EST Apple has not yet offered a cloud-music service on its own, but a new app available in the App Store hopes to fill that void. The mSpot music app lets users store up to 2GB of compressed music files in a cloud-based locker, and then stream it to t ...

  10. Analysis: Here's Why Kanye West’s New Album Was $3.99 at Amazon

    December 03, 2010 12:00 AM EST Last week the Village Voice picked up on a thought-provoking topic: using music as a loss-leader. This was a big topic in the ‘00s as mass merchants, freed from labels’ minimum advertised price rules, used cheap CDs to lure customers who would ost ...

  11. Business Matters: LimeWire Winding Down Legal Download Store, Nixes Subscription Service

    December 03, 2010 12:00 AM EST Opinion and analysis of the day's music news. LimeWire Winding Down Legal Download Store -- LimeWire’s legal problems appear to be affecting the legitimate side of its business . One indication is the company’s winding down of its LimeWire do ...

  12. Quarterly Earnings Recap: Apple Stuns, Music Companies Stumble

    November 30, 2010 12:00 AM EST While consumers continued to opt for less expensive digital music and shied away from live events in the third quarter of 2010, one company found a way to entertain and thrill its customers: Apple. Although Apple does not create musical content, p ...

  13. Report: Mobile Games To Top $11 Billion By 2015

    November 30, 2010 12:00 AM EST The major labels may have turned their noses up at the freemium model popularized by Spotify, but there are other versions of the model that are showing signs of success. Take mobile apps, games in particular. A recent report by Juniper Research f ...

  14. Which Consumer Electronics Sold the Best on Black Friday?

    November 29, 2010 12:00 AM EST Portable MP3 players, video game consoles and accessories, and computers including notebooks and tablets were among the most popular electronics shoppers purchased this weekend, according to interim results from the Consumer Electronics Assn.' ...

  15. 'Abbey Road' Tops Beatles Albums Sales

    November 24, 2010 12:00 AM EST The much-hyped arrival of the Beatles catalog on iTunes helped move a total of 144,000 units in the U.S., or about seven times the scans generated by the catalog in the prior week, when the total was 20,000 units, according to Nielsen Soundscan. T ...

  16. Beatles Sales On iTunes Top 450K

    November 23, 2010 12:00 AM EST The initial Beatles sales figures are in: More than 450,000 albums and 2 million individual songs were sold on iTunes worldwide, according to Apple, since the Beatles catalog was made available Tuesday (Nov. 16). In U.S. the best-selling album was ...

  17. Emusic Adds Major Labels, Higher Price Tiers

    November 19, 2010 12:00 AM EST Digital music subscription club eMusic launched a new pricing plan this week that charges more for new music but adds tunes from major labels in an effort to broaden its appeal. In the past, the site focused on indie labels and offered discounts o ...

  18. Five Things Missing From The Beatles/iTunes Deal

    November 16, 2010 12:00 AM EST One striking aspect of the newly available Beatles albums on iTunes is that they weren't accompanied by the release of more digital bells and whistles. When EMI Music reissued all of the band's albums on CD last year, every title boasted ...

  19. Five Reasons Why The Beatles' Arrival On iTunes Still Matters

    November 16, 2010 12:00 AM EST It's tempting to dismiss the Beatles' long-delayed arrival on iTunes as a non-event. After all, it's been more than seven years since iTunes began selling music. And EMI Music reissued the band's entire discography on CD barely ...

  20. Beatles On iTunes: The Story Behind the Deal

    November 16, 2010 12:00 AM EST From the day iTunes launched nearly 10 years ago, the questions started over when the Beatles catalog would be added to the digital music store. As iTunes influence grew in scope and power -- eventually becoming the world's largest digital re ...

  21. Beatles Arrival at iTunes Prompts Mixed Web Reaction

    November 16, 2010 12:00 AM EST It wasn’t exactly an appearance on “The Ed Sullivan Show,” but the Beatles’ debut at iTunes made waves on Tuesday. The news brought out commentary all across the Internet, much of it negative. Many people dismissed the value of adding vintage -- a ...

  22. Beatles Finally Arrives On iTunes

    November 16, 2010 12:00 AM EST The Beatles ' catalog is now available on iTunes . As expected , Apple today (Nov. 16) announced the addition of music from the Beatles a day after posting a cryptic message on its website promising that today will be "just another day. ...

  23. Best Bet: Apple To Announce Addition of Beatles Catalog to iTunes

    November 15, 2010 12:00 AM EST The smart money on tomorrow's mysterious iTunes announcement is that Apple will finally be adding the Beatles catalog to the digital music store. That's not fully confirmed, but after a day of phone calls, e-mails and cryptic messages, B ...

  24. Highly Anticipated Apple Announcement Coming Tomorrow

    November 15, 2010 12:00 AM EST So what does Apple have in store now? A visit to the Apple website cues up this cryptic message: "Tomorrow is just another day. That you'll never forget. "Below the message are a number of clocks tuned to different time zones that a ...

  25. New Apple iTunes Updates Adds AirPlay

    November 12, 2010 12:00 AM EST Apple issued an update to iTunes today—iTunes 10.1—which adds the new AirPlay feature to the service. AirPlay is the ungraded version of AirTunes, which now allows users to stream video and photos from their iTunes-enabled device—computer, iPhone ...

  26. Apple's Ping Connects With Twitter

    November 11, 2010 12:00 AM EST Apple’s Ping social network for music fans continues to get flack for not integrating with Facebook. But it’s taken a step towards openness today through a deal with Twitter. Starting today, users can connect their Twitter and Ping accounts, allow ...

  27. Smule's 'Magic Fiddle' Released For iPad

    November 10, 2010 12:00 AM EST App developers Smule—creators of the wildly popular “I Am T-Pain” app—introduced their latest virtual instrument for the iPad in the form of Magic Fiddle. As the title suggests, the app is a virtual violin, allowing users to simulate playing a vio ...

  28. Apple Poised To Extend Song Clips on iTunes

    November 03, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Better late than never. One of the expected announcements that didn’t make it in Apple’s September music event was lengthening the iTunes song samples played from 30 to 90 seconds. But according to a recent communication to Apple’s record label pa ...

  29. Business Matters: Android, Lady Gaga, Google TV and more

    October 26, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Opinion and analysis of the day's music news. Android Hits 100K Mark -- Android has reached 100,000 apps in its app store, a threefold increase since March. Google says there are now 270,000 developers writing software for Android. Apple’s Ap ...

  30. RIM's Balsillie Responds To Barbs From Apple's Jobs

    October 20, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Research In Motion's Jim Balsillie brushed off Steve Jobs' critique of RIM's BlackBerry PlayBook tablet computer, saying the Apple CEO's barbs made no sense outside of his company's "distortion field." Jobs on Mo ...

  31. Business Matters: A Look At Apple's Q4 Numbers

    October 19, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Opinion and analysis of the day's music news. A Look At Apple's Q4 Sales Numbers -- Here's a quick look at the sales stats from Apple 's fiscal 2010 fourth quarter ended Sept. 25: 3.89 million Macs (up 27% from last Q4), 14.1 m ...

  32. 7digital Bundled With iPad Rivals

    October 19, 2010 12:00 AM EDT U.K. digital entertainment company 7digital is going to be busy with various new partners in the months ahead, and it's covering all the bases for digital music from mobile apps and tablets to browser access and even image recognition. The co ...

  33. Apple 4Q Net Income Soars 70 Percent; iPad Falls Short

    October 18, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Apple Inc. said Monday that net income for the most recent quarter soared 70 percent on strong sales of iPhones, though iPad sales fell short of expectations. Shares fell in after-hours trading. Apple's stock had been breaking through record- ...

  34. Atomic Tom: iPhone Subway Concert Video 'Was Intentional'

    October 18, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Atomic Tom has made music for roughly three years, but the Brooklyn four-piece only started making headlines over the past three days. In a video posted to YouTube last Friday (Oct. 15), the group performed its single "Take Me Out" on a ...

  35. Nimbit Providing iTunes Ping Profiles

    October 15, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The Nimbit direct-to-fan platform for artists is now able to create profiles on Apple’s Ping social network for iTunes for any member artists. Apple has special Ping profile settings for artists, but getting one can be somewhat difficult as Apple ...

  36. Analysts: There’s A Goldmine In Virtual Goods

    October 15, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Where’s the money in mobile apps? According to app analysis firm Flurry, it’s in virtual goods, not ads. In a post on the company’s blog , Flurry notes that mobile virtual good account for 80% of revenue from iPhone and iPad apps, which include su ...

  37. Verizon's Plans With Apple

    October 14, 2010 12:00 AM EDT With rumors still swirling that Verizon will at some point begin carrying the iPhone, Apple and Verizon today revealed that the wireless operator will start selling the iPad as of Oct. 28. While some iPads come with wireless connections to the AT& ...

  38. Apple In Talks On Subscription Service: Report

    October 08, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Apple is in talks with major record labels to provide a subscription-based music service, allowing unlimited access to songs for a monthly fee, the New York Post said, citing unnamed sources. A few weeks ago, Apple VP of Internet services Eddy Cue ...

  39. Business Matters: What's The Potential For Access Models?

    October 07, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Opinion and analysis of the day's music news. What's The Potential For Access Models? -- So what's the potential for access models? Jon Healey's recap of a contentious discussion at the Digital Music Forum West conference under ...

  40. @MEL: iPhone Synth 'MorphWiz' Wins 'Best Music Creation App'

    October 06, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Prog metal legend and Dream Theater keyboardist Jordan Rudess took home the 'Best Music Creation App' award at the Billboard Music App Awards Tuesday (Oct. 5) for MorphWiz, an app from Wisdom Music that turns the iPhone into a new instru ...

  41. @MEL: Pandora Blasts Into New Mercedes-Benz Models

    October 06, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Hit online radio app Pandora continues its march into non-traditional devices with the announcement that the service will appear in select Mercedes-Benz models. Pandora is also coming to some GM model vehicles after experiencing explosive growth o ...

  42. @MEL: 'I Am T-Pain' Wins Best Artist-Based App Award

    October 05, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Hit iPhone auto-tuner “I Am T-Pain” took home the 'Best Artist-Based App' Award at the Billboard Music App Awards today in San Francisco, beating out finalists Linkin Park's “8-Bit Rebellion” and “TouchChords: Jimmie Vaughan.” Sport ...

  43. @MEL: Key To App Sales Success: Winning Over Apple's Editors

    October 05, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Apple's App store editorial department – tasked with selecting and promoting the best apps on the crowded site – now holds enormous power over the success or failure of music industry apps, panelists said during “The New Music Industry” discu ...

  44. FULL COVERAGE: Billboard Mobile Entertainment Live Music App Summit in San Francisco #MEL2010

    October 05, 2010 12:00 AM EDT WATCH: Smule Co-founder Talks Apps, Acquisitions, The Majors and More October 06, 2010 Smule co-founder Ge Wang sat with Billboard at the Billboard Mobile Entertainment Live The Music App Summit - Smule took home the best artist app award for &quo ...

  45. Rhapsody Sales Up 10% On Strength Of Mobile App

    September 29, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Some interesting tidbits of information surfaced out of an otherwise ho-hum rehash of mobile music subscription services in USA Today , most notably that Rhapsody is seeing a 10% increase in subscribers as a result of their mobile app. From the ar ...

  46. Apple Tweaks Ping

    September 27, 2010 12:00 AM EDT When Apple introduced its Ping social network for iTunes, it was clearly a first step that was destined for improvement over time. And today, Apple made its first tweak to the still-maligned service. The most obvious element of the Ping update is ...

  47. What Do Ping Followers Say About An Artist's Fans?

    September 27, 2010 12:00 AM EDT What do your Ping followers say about an artist's fans and the formats they buy? Billboard analyzed the number of Ping followers for 49 artists and compared them to three metrics for each artist - CD sales, digital albums sales and digital tr ...

  48. mSpot Reveals Music App Downloads

    September 23, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Amid all the talk about cloud-based music lockers, such as that reportedly being proposed by Google , there's the nagging question of whether consumers will even go for the idea. mSpot, a far smaller provider of mobile music services, recentl ...

  49. Ping Still Lacks Facebook Integration

    September 23, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Ping, Apple's beleaguered attempt at adding a social layer to iTunes, still has no integration with Facebook. And all signs point to no solution to that problem emerging anytime soon. The plan of course was for Ping and Facebook to work toget ...

  50. Billboard.biz Q&A: App Developer/Dream Theater Keyboardist Jordan Rudess

    September 22, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Jordan Rudess' claim to fame may be as the keyboardist for the progressive rock outfit Dream Theater, but he’s also emerging as a leading voice for the music app development community. Rudess has created or assisted in the making of several m ...

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