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  1. Six Technology Trends from CES That Will Shape 2013

    January 13, 2013 1:32 PM EST Every January, the Consumer Electronics Show gives the world a preview of the flood of gadgets heading our way in the coming year and beyond. Some are incredibly silly, while others are complete game changers. All promise to make people's l ...

  2. 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 ...

  3. Video: Neil Young Shows off Prototype Music Player 'Pono' on Letterman

    September 28, 2012 11:58 AM EDT Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine took audio quality mainstream with Beats Electronics. Neil Young is trying to take even higher audio quality to the masses. While appearing on "Late Night with David Letterman" on Thursday, Young showed off a pro ...

  4. Fiona Apple Banked on Buzz to Build Anticipation for New Release

    June 14, 2012 8:15 PM EDT For her fourth album, "The Idler Wheel . . .," Fiona Apple wasn't willing to let her work be mishandled. Nearly seven years ago, the reclusive singer/songwriter released third album "Extraordinary Machine," a project that ...

  5. Sony Stock Dips Below 1,000 Yen, First Time Since 1980

    June 04, 2012 8:14 AM EDT TOKYO (AP) -- Sony's stock price fell below 1,000 yen Monday for the first time since 1980 in a symptom of weak global markets and the company's decline after huge success with the Walkman three decades ago. Battered by competition from ...

  6. Apple Posts $11.6 Billion Quarterly Profit on Sales of $39.2 Billion

    April 24, 2012 5:38 PM EDT Apple blew past expectations by reporting on Tuesday it earned $11.6 billion in its second fiscal quarter on revenue of $39.2 billion. On a per-share basis, Apple earned $12.30, up from $6.40 a year earlier and much better than the $10.02 that ana ...

  7. Apple Reports Record Quarterly Earnings Boosted By iPhone, Mac Sales

    January 24, 2012 7:20 PM EST In Apple's first quarterly financial report since the death of its iconic co-founder Steve Jobs in October, the technology-media behemoth said Tuesday that earnings surged 118 percent in large part due to the popularity of its newest mobile d ...

  8. Video: Steve Jobs Memorial Service Posted by Apple -- Features Coldplay, Norah Jones, Al Gore

    October 24, 2011 10:34 AM EDT Apple is allowing the general public to get a look at a heartfelt and star-studded memorial service it held for employees to celebrate the life of Steve Jobs at its Cupertino, Calif., headquarters last week. Apple Inc. posted a link on its website ...

  9. Apple Quarterly Earnings Lower Than Expected

    October 18, 2011 6:03 PM EDT Apple Inc. failed to set a new sales record in the last three months of founder and CEO Steve Jobs' life. Its financial results came in below expectations on Tuesday - a rare miss for the company. After several record quarters, the July-to-Se ...

  10. Steve Jobs Set Course Forward for Music, Movies, Books

    October 07, 2011 8:21 AM EDT LOS ANGELES (AP) - Steve Jobs made it easy for people to entertain themselves on high-tech devices, and he unveiled gadget after gadget with an effortless touch. But away from the bright lights of the stage, Jobs was a tough negotiator who took tu ...

  11. Steve Jobs: Watch Video of Key Moments From His Illustrious Career

    October 06, 2011 12:07 AM EDT Apple founder Steve Jobs, who died Wednesday after a long struggle with cancer, leaves behind a legacy rivaled by few in the history of American technological innovation. The MacIntosh, the iMac, the iPod, iTunes and the iPhone are just the highli ...

  12. Apple Promotes iTunes' Cue

    September 01, 2011 11:44 AM EDT Anyone involved in the digital side of the music biz probably knows Apple's Eddy Cue, who until recently was VP of iTunes. No longer. As one of the first executive moves of incoming CEO Tim Cook, Cue has been promoted to senior VP of Internet ...

  13. Who Is Tim Cook? Meet Apple's New Boss

    August 24, 2011 8:28 PM EDT Talk about a tough act to follow. Now that Steve Jobs has resigned as Apple CEO to become the company's chairman, the reigns of the company are now in the hands of Tim Cook. First of all, nobody replaces Jobs. Beside the fact that he's a ...

  14. Will Sony's New Walkman MP3 Player Win big? Or Fall Flat?

    August 05, 2011 1:40 PM EDT As brand names go, Sony's Walkman is the ultimate survivor. The brand that virtually defined the portable music market back in the days of the cassette has since endured multiple format changes through the years?from the CD, to the short-li ...

  15. 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 ...

  16. Apple Announces Whopping $6 Billion Profit, Record Growth

    January 18, 2011 12:00 AM EST News of Steve Jobs' second medical leave of absence was balanced by a record quarterly revenue and profit from Apple announced today . The company posted revenue of $26.74 billion in the quarter ended December 31, 2010, up 71% and the highest ...

  17. WATCH: New Apple iPod TV Spots

    September 03, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Apple's recently unveiled and completely revamped iPod lineup will hit retail shelves next week. Until then you can get a feel for the new Nano and iPod Touch in these TV spots. NANO: IPOD TOUCH Billboard Staff News Nano ...

  18. UPDATED: Will Apple Announce Their Cloud Strategy Next Month?

    August 25, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Update: Apple just sent out invitations for a Sept. 1 special event at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Theater in San Francisco. The e-mail invitation doesn’t say much, but prominently features an acoustic guitar as the only image. Perhaps a h ...

  19. Apple's Largest Store To Open In London On Saturday

    August 05, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Apple says its new London store in Covent Garden will be its largest store in the world. The store, the 300th Apple store to open around the world, is based at No. 1 the Piazza, Covent Garden in central London and will open at 10am on Aug. 7. Appl ...

  20. Report: Cloud Streaming Unlikely To Spur Multiple Device Use

    July 09, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The promise of the much-heralded “cloud” music model is the ability for users to access their music anywhere, from any device. But a new report from Forrester Research pokes holes in that selling point, noting that most music fans tend to stick wi ...

  21. Apple iPod Updates Expected, Jobs Show Uncertain

    September 04, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Apple Inc's media extravaganza next week is being greeted with unusual calm, as it is uncertain if charismatic CEO Steve Jobs will appear and investors have nothing much to bet on apart from new iPods with cameras. Apple's stock has ofte ...

  22. Apple Targets Headphone Market?

    March 16, 2009 12:00 AM EDT All those fancy new headphones flooding the market may find themselves up the proverbial creek, as Apple looks to be doing for iPod accessories what it once did with music - lock out all competitors. According to Apple rumor site iLounge, Apple� ...

  23. Digital Briefs: iPod Shuffle, Mobile Streams

    March 11, 2009 12:00 AM EDT - Apple introduced a new version of the iPod Shuffle, the third generation of the line. It's added a "Voice Over" feature where the device "speaks" the name of the artist and track of the current song, as well as the selec ...

  24. Jobs Won't Deliver Macworld Keynote

    December 17, 2008 12:00 AM EST Apple Inc said on Tuesday that chief executive Steve Jobs will not deliver the keynote address at the Macworld trade show next month, reviving some investors' concerns about the state of his health and sending the company's shares down 3 ...

  25. Goldman Cuts Apple To Neutral

    December 15, 2008 12:00 AM EST Goldman Sachs downgraded Apple Inc to "neutral" from "buy" on concerns about weak consumer spending in the near-term, and risk of the stock's valuation premium coming down if iPhone sales fall short of expectations in the ...

  26. Apple Gears Up For Black Friday Sale

    November 27, 2008 12:00 AM EST Apple Inc, facing a tight U.S. consumer spending environment, is gearing up for a one-day sale on Friday and at least one analyst expects the company to offer discounts of up to 15%. The day after Thanksgiving, known as Black Friday, is the tradit ...

  27. Key Apple Exec To Exit

    November 04, 2008 12:00 AM EST Tony Fadell, the man credited with creating the iPod and iPhone, is leaving Apple for personal reasons, according to the company. Fadell, who at one point was rumored to be a possible successor to Apple chief Steve Jobs, will be replaced by former ...

  28. Strong iPhone Sales Drive Apple Q4 Profits Rise

    October 22, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Apple has announced positive fourth quarter figures, with a 26% profit increase on the same 2007 quarter. The increased profit was driven by rising sales of its iPhone as well as strong sales of iPods and Macintosh computers. For the quarter endin ...

  29. Norwegian Consumer Agency Threatens Apple Over iTunes Restrictions

    October 01, 2008 12:00 AM EDT A Norway consumer agency said it aims to take computer group Apple to court over what it calls unfair barriers to playing music from the iTunes store on devices other than Apple's iPod. Consumer Ombudsman Bjoern Erik Thon said he hoped other ...

  30. Teens Open Bandwidth Conference

    August 14, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The Bandwidth Conference in San Francisco got off to a strong start today, as a group of teenage music fans shared their thoughts about their own consumption and the industry. Among the trends: none of them read music magazines, and many valued a ...

  31. Consumers Turning To T.V. For Music Playback

    July 09, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The hot new music device these days seems to be the t.v. According to a recent survey by Parks Associates, music fans listen to their tunes through their t.v. set as much as they do via MP3 players like the iPod - a full third of respondents each. ...

  32. Digital Briefs: Analyst Says Teen Piracy Down, Digital To Hit $40 Billion?

    April 09, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - Financial analyst group Piper Jaffray conducted its 15th bi-annual teen survey, finding that illegal file sharing by students has dropped from 64% to 61%, and that iPod market share has increased to 86% among the demographic. iTunes leads all se ...

  33. Apple Unveils New iPhone, iPod Touch

    February 07, 2008 12:00 AM EST Apple Inc on Tuesday introduced models of its iPhone and iPod touch devices with double the memory available in previous versions. The products come on the heels of Apple's launch last month of a service that lets iPhone and iPod users rent a ...

  34. Apple Introduces Online Movie Rentals

    January 15, 2008 12:00 AM EST As expected, Apple introduced a movie rental service for iTunes at the annual MacWorld confab in San Francisco, part of a broader upgrade to the Apple TV device that also has implications on how iTunes buyers can access music. In addition to the n ...

  35. Apple Fan Makes Case For Open Digital Environment

    December 19, 2007 12:00 AM EST A tech-savvy Apple fan Richard Bullwinkle, chief evangelist for tech company Macrovision, weighs his love of iPod products versus his desire for an open digital environment. "If we want consumers to have faith in electronic media, they have t ...

  36. Report: Mac Users Buy More Music

    December 19, 2007 12:00 AM EST According to the NPD Group, Mac owners are more likely to buy digital music files than PC owners. In its quarterly Digital Music Monitor report, NPD found that exactly half of all Mac owners paid to download music in the third quarter of 2007, ver ...

  37. New Devices Bring HD Radio To iTunes

    September 06, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Two new electronics devices have been announced that will allow HD Radio listeners to "tag" songs they like and then purchase and download those songs via the Apple iTunes music store. The devices, from Polk Audio and JBL, make use of Ap ...

  38. Apple, Majors To Meet In Brussels

    September 06, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Executives from Apple Inc and major music labels will visit Brussels on Sept. 19-20 for an antitrust hearing with the European Commission over the iTunes Music Store. The development comes five months after the Commission -- the European Union ...

  39. Analysis: Apple's Product Upgrades, Starbucks Pact

    September 05, 2007 12:00 AM EDT As the dust settles on Apple's press event today in San Francisco , let's dive in and take a closer look at what the product upgrades, the new partnership and product launches -- highlighted by a touch-screen, WiFi-enabled iPod -- all me ...

  40. Apple Unveils New iPods, Ringtone Service

    September 05, 2007 12:00 AM EDT In preparation for the upcoming fourth-quarter sales cycle, Apple Inc. CEO Steve Jobs made a number of product updates and announcements today in San Francisco, including a ringtone service, a partnership with Starbucks and a touch-screen, WiFi-en ...

  41. Apple To Unveil New iPods?

    August 27, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Apple is set to unveil a new line of iPods at a Sept. 5 event, according to various technology blogs and Apple rumor sites. Like anything else about Apple's upcoming plans, it's all speculation, but persistent rumors point to a new line ...

  42. Source: Universal Snubs iTunes Deal

    July 02, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music Group has refused to strike a long-term licensing arrangement with Apple's iTunes Music Store and will instead opt for "flexible," interim agreements, a source close to negotiations tells Billboard.biz. In recent day ...

  43. Lala Rolls Out Free Streaming Site, WMG On Board

    June 05, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Lala.com, a Silicon Valley-based digital music start-up, is launching an iPod-compatible online music service that offers free streaming song play in a bid to get customers to buy music downloads. The start-up is launching the service with Warner ...

  44. New Devices To Give Boost To Mobile Gaming Music

    May 31, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Music in mobile games is merely an afterthought today, but is expected to become of greater importance as more media-centric phones hit the market. This ZDNet Asia story , reprinted in BusinessWeek, points to such devices as the Walkman series fro ...

  45. Sony Launches Video Sharing Site

    April 29, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Sony Corp. on Friday launched a video-sharing Web site in Japan that is seen as a potential rival to YouTube. The eyeVio service enables users to download clips from the Web site onto personal computers as well as portable devices such as Sony ...

  46. Poll Reveals Important Next Step For MP3 Players

    April 02, 2007 12:00 AM EDT While iPod and MP3 player growth continues to be impressive, a new web poll survey indicates that some users want something more in their next device: an FM radio. When asked about the most important new feature that they desire in their next pers ...

  47. EU Takes Aim At Apple Over iTunes

    March 12, 2007 12:00 AM EDT European Union consumer chief Meglena Kuneva has hit out at Apple Inc.'s bundling of its popular iPod music players and its iTunes online music store, according to German weekly magazine Focus. "Do you think it's fine that a CD play ...

  48. Apple Reports Record Q1 Profit

    January 17, 2007 12:00 AM EST Apple Inc. on Wednesday (Jan. 17) posted a record profit in its fiscal first quarter, beating Wall Street estimates as earnings rose 78 percent amid strong holiday sales of its iPod music players and Macintosh computers. During the final three mon ...

  49. iTunes Music Stores Back On Track After Christmas Delays

    December 28, 2006 12:00 AM EST Apple Computer Inc.'s popular iTunes music store appeared to be back to normal Thursday (Dec. 28), two days after shoppers wielding new gift cards faced long delays in downloading music on Christmas and the hours afterward. Apple officials di ...

  50. Report Reveals iTunes Purchase Info

    December 07, 2006 12:00 AM EST Forrester Research just issued a report finding that only 3% of online households in the United States have bought music from iTunes in the past year. The 3% of online households that have purchased music from iTunes spent an average total of $35 ...

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