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  1. Microsoft Announces Xbox Music At E3

    June 04, 2012 1:44 PM EDT Goodbye Zune, and hello Xbox Music. Microsoft previewed its new music service at the annual E3 Electronic Entertainment Expo in Los Angeles Monday, effectively announcing the next chapter in Microsoft's six-year-plus quest to create a viable ...

  2. Microsoft Apologizes for Insensitive Amy Winehouse Tweets

    July 25, 2011 1:33 PM EDT Microsoft has apologized after fans criticized the company for capitalizing on Amy Winehouse's death by reminding people to download her "Back to Black" album on Zune. "Remember Amy Winehouse by downloading the ground-breaking ...

  3. iPhone Makes Surprisingly Subdued Verizon Debut

    February 10, 2011 5:01 PM EST Apple's iPhone made its debut in Verizon Wireless stores and other retail locations today, officially ending AT&T's exclusive rights to the popular smartphone. But unlike past iPhone unveilings, this didn't spark the kinds of li ...

  4. Verizon Vs. AT&T iPhone: a Side-by-Side Comparison

    February 03, 2011 7:26 AM EST Ever since Apple's iPhone went on sale in 2007, Verizon Wireless customers have held out hope that, one day, AT&T's grip as its exclusive U.S. distributor would be broken. That day arrives next week, when Verizon's iPhone goes o ...

  5. @CES 2011: MOG & RDIO Music Streaming Services Move Beyond The Computer

    January 06, 2011 12:00 AM EST Streaming music services MOG and Rdio used the massive media platform that is this year's International Consumer Electronic Show (CES) to unveil their plans to extend their services off the computer and mobile phone and into new devices showc ...

  6. WSJ Investigation Finds Smartphone Apps Share User data Without Users' Consent

    December 20, 2010 12:00 AM EST A Wall Street Journal investigation into the data sharing policies of many top smartphone apps found that many-including the leading music streaming service Pandora-share users information with outside sources without users' knowledge or cons ...

  7. Katy Perry, Maroon 5 Help Launch Windows Phone

    November 01, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Microsoft and AT&T will launch the new Windows Phone with free concerts featuring Katy Perry at the Roseland Ballroom in New York, and Maroon 5 at the Fillmore in San Francisco on Nov. 8, the company announces today. Tickets are available only ...

  8. Nielsen: Teens Send 3339 Text Messages Per Month

    October 15, 2010 12:00 AM EDT That teens are glued to their mobile phones is no surprise. But new data fro Nielsen shows just how tight the connection is. According to the company’s analysis of monthly cell phones bills of more than 60,000 mobile subscribers from April to June ...

  9. Study: Awareness, Usage of Apps Still Have A Ways To Go

    September 14, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Awareness and usage of mobile apps still have a long way to go according to a study being released tomorrow from The Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project, in conjunction with data gained from a Nielsen survey. While 35% of U. ...

  10. Sharp Plans To Launch 3D Smartphone This Year

    August 04, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Sharp Corp plans to take on Apple's iPhone by the end of the year, with the international launch of a smartphone featuring a 3D panel that can be viewed without special glasses. The new phone will also likely have a 3D capable camera, the spo ...

  11. 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 ...

  12. mSpot's Cloud-based Service Opens

    June 28, 2010 12:00 AM EDT After a month in private beta , mSpot has opened its cloud-based music streaming service to the public. The service allows users to store DRM-free copies of any music in their library to mSpot’s online servers, from where they can then stream it t ...

  13. UPDATE: Major Shakeup At Xbox

    May 25, 2010 12:00 AM EDT It’s official. Microsoft has indeed engineered a major shakeup of its entertainment and devices division, as reported earlier today (below). Out are the two most visible faces of the division: president Robbie Bach—who has led the business unit si ...

  14. Windows Phone 7 Series: Music, App Details Revealed

    March 15, 2010 12:00 AM EDT When Microsoft unveiled the critically-hailed Windows Phone 7 Series operating system at the Mobile World Congress show in Barcelona last month, it promised more details on applications and developer programs would come this month at the MIX devel ...

  15. Business Matters: MOG, iPhone, Echo Nest, P2P and more

    March 05, 2010 12:00 AM EST -- MOG is planning to unveil an iPhone app at a press event on March 15, right in the middle of interactive week of SXSW. Look for more coverage at Billboard.biz when the app is in the wild. ( Press release ) -- Echo Nest has received a $500,000 g ...

  16. Mobile World Congress: Smartphones A Problem For Networks

    February 17, 2010 12:00 AM EST The chief executive of Vodafone Group Plc, the world's largest mobile network operator, expressed the fears of many when he said Google Inc should not be allowed to dominate the mobile space. Vittorio Colao, speaking ahead of a keynote speech ...

  17. Mobile World Congress: Microsoft Launches Windows Phone 7

    February 16, 2010 12:00 AM EST Microsoft unveiled its new mobile phone operating software at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, introducing a range of music, gaming and networking features aimed at expanding its appeal beyond its core business customers. The world's b ...

  18. Billboard.biz Q&A: Verizon Biz Dev Director Ed Ruth

    February 08, 2010 12:00 AM EST Last year, Verizon Wireless shook up the mobile industry by revealing plans to open its network to developers with the intention of launching an application storefront similar to iPhone’s App Store. That effort will soon come to fruition with the ...

  19. Microsoft Planning Zune Phone?

    January 20, 2010 12:00 AM EST An analyst report on Monday sparked renewed speculation that Microsoft may soon unveil the long-expected "Zune phone." Jefferies & Co. analyst Katherine Egbert says she expects Microsoft to unveil a phone in the next two months, perh ...

  20. Business Matters: Zune HD, Michael Robertson, EMI, RIAJ

    September 15, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. -- U.K., shadow culture secretary Jeremy Hunt criticized Lord Mandelson's plans to step up anti-piracy measures. "Do we really want to p ...

  21. Japanese Govt Set To Crack Down On Mobile Piracy

    September 08, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The Japanese government will work with music industry bodies like the Recording Industry Association of Japan (RIAJ) to attempt to create a new system to prevent mobile phone users from illegally downloading music. The Japanese government's I ...

  22. Billboard.biz Q&A: General Partner For VC Firm Norwest Venture Partners, Bob Abbott

    September 04, 2009 12:00 AM EDT As general partner for venture capital firm Norwest Venture Partners, Bob Abbott keeps a close eye on the intersection of technology and entertainment. Mobile is one area that has caused many VCs no small degree of grief, thanks to slim margins an ...

  23. Briefs: Sotomayor, Ticketmaster, Eminem, Zune HD

    May 29, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- More on the copyright decisions of Judge Sotomayor , President Obama 's choice for the soon-to-be-vacant seat on the Supreme Court. An example: "Congress's provision allowing for a greater award where willful infringements are fo ...

  24. Microsoft To Integrate Zune With Xbox 360

    May 26, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Microsoft unveiled plans to integrate its Zune digital entertainment service with the highly popular Xbox 360 platform, in a move designed more to confirm rumors than to provide specifics. The company will also bring a new Zune device to market th ...

  25. Microsoft Restructures Zune Division

    February 13, 2009 12:00 AM EST Microsoft has restructured its Zune division. A report in CNET , based on an interview with Microsoft, details how the team is now split between hardware and software responsibilities. The latter is now under the purview of the Mediaroom and Media ...

  26. Dell Plots Smartphone Foray, Eyes Apple: Report

    January 30, 2009 12:00 AM EST Dell Inc is plotting a foray into the cell phone arena as early as next month, making and selling smartphones to revitalize a business walloped by crumbling PC sales and pitting the firm against Apple, the Wall Street Journal reported. The world&# ...

  27. Reports: 30GB Zune Players Malfunction

    December 31, 2008 12:00 AM EST Multiple reports of problems with Microsoft's 30GB Zune players are flooding tech blogs today (Dec. 31). The issue - which seemed to hit a sizable number of players in the market, all at once, early this morning - seems to be that the Zunes a ...

  28. 6 Questions: Microsoft Exec Chris Stephenson

    November 21, 2008 12:00 AM EST Microsoft's Zune music player and subscription service have faced an uphill battle to capture a significant share of the Apple-dominated digital music market. But the company is nothing if not persistent. In an effort to draw more subscribers ...

  29. Zune Pursuing Original Content

    August 11, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Microsoft's Zune is looking to Hollywood to gain an edge on Apple's iPod. Microsoft executives have been making the rounds at talent agencies and production companies in recent months in hopes of licensing exclusive original video progra ...

  30. Zune Pacts with New Era for Webisodes

    July 01, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Microsoft's Zune, as part of a marketing campaign with hat manufacturer New Era, will be releasing a series of Webisodes featuring artists such as Nelly, Linkin Park and N.E.R.D. The free Webisodes, which are expected to be from five to seven ...

  31. Plugged and Unplugged: erockster, Madonna, Verizon

    May 02, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Plugged I have to admit, when I first read the details about Clear Channel's new erockster initiative I was skeptical. But after actually checking it out, I have to give props to what looks to be an excellent music resource. To be sure, it� ...

  32. Plugged And Unplugged

    January 11, 2008 12:00 AM EST Plugged After three days of lines, sore feet and a crushing mass of rage-inducing humanity, my return from the international Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas is invariably greeted with one question:"What's the coolest thing y ...

  33. CES Update: Start-up Aims at Portable Music Networks

    January 07, 2008 12:00 AM EST Gaming technology firm Razer has introduced a new division called Jook, which was created to market a new social networking-based digital music standard by the same name. The new technology was unveiled today (Jan. 7) at the CES conference in Las ...

  34. Microsoft Eyes-Up Musiwave

    November 12, 2007 12:00 AM EST Microsoft revealed that it is in talks to acquire mobile music firm Musiwave, which currently is owned by mobile software company Openwave. Musiwave develops various software, marketing and content management services for mobile operators who want ...

  35. Minogue Launches Social Networking Site

    November 05, 2007 12:00 AM EST Kylie Minogue is launching her own social networking site. Not just a profile on an existing social networking service, KylieKonnect is a complete site in it's own right. Members can create their own profiles, update them, and connect with ot ...

  36. Plugged And Unplugged

    October 26, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Plugged: This week saw the entrance of yet another major wireless operator fully committing to a mobile music download service. AT&T's launch of Napster Mobile not only puts the nation's No. 1 carrier on par with competitors Sprint a ...

  37. Microsoft Unveils New Zune Devices And Service

    October 03, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Showing no signs of backing off its effort to be the No. 2 in the digital music wars, Microsoft has a new line of Zune devices and upgrades to the Zune Marketplace service. The new devices, unveiled today (Oct. 3), include two flash-based devices ...

  38. Zune's New Tune

    September 25, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Microsoft's introduction of three new Zune devices, combined with an updated version of the Zune digital music service, suggests that the relatively lackluster response to the initial Zune offering has not fazed the computing giant from advan ...

  39. Reports: New Zune Expected In Fall

    September 19, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Rumors are rife over a new version of the Zune, expected this fall. Tech blog Engadget reports a mid-October street date for new devices code-named Draco and Scorpio, including a flash-based device. Sources tell Billboard that Microsoft planned an ...

  40. Friday Feature: Plugged and Unplugged

    May 11, 2007 12:00 AM EDT PLUGGED: It was a small story that passed virtually unnoticed this week, but you have to give props PassAlong Networks for its new freedomMP3 platform . To be sure, it's not perfect-limiting tracks to 20 transfers might sound great to labels ...

  41. Microsoft To Share Zune Sales With Labels

    November 09, 2006 12:00 AM EST Barely a week before its Zune digital music player hits retail shelves, Microsoft has agreed to share the revenues gained from the device's sales with record labels and artists. This is the first time Barely a week before its Zune digital mus ...

  42. T-Mobile Sidekick 3 Arrives

    August 08, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Priced at $299 with a two year contract. The T-Mobile Sidekick 3 has finally arrived. No, it’s not a super phone—it does not aspire to imitate your home entertainment center (though it does now have an MP3 player). It remains true to its roots. “T ...

  43. Musicbrigade Opens U.K. Office

    June 15, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Claims to have largest online video library. Sweden-based Musicbrigade, the pan-European music-video download service that claims to have the biggest licensed online music-video library, has opened its first fully-staffed international office in t ...

  44. Buzznet To Offer Exclusive Warped Tour Coverage

    June 14, 2006 12:00 AM EDT To include daily photos, video coverage. Warner Brothers Records is working with social community site Buzznet to capture daily photo and video coverage of the Vans Warped Tour. Select tour artists and staff will be provided mobile phones equipped ...

  45. Verizon, MySpace Call On Unsigned Bands

    February 14, 2006 12:00 AM EST Unveil promotion for the VCast Music service. Verizon Wireless and MySpace on Wednesday (Feb. 15) will unveil a contest to give one unsigned band the chance to release their music on Verizon's VCast music service. The contest, named "Cal ...

  46. Verizon Wireless Unveils Online Music Store

    January 06, 2006 12:00 AM EST Wireless downloads to cost $1.99. Verizon Wireless on Thursday (Jan. 5) unveiled a music download service for its subscribers with a catalog of 1 million songs, going head to head with its biggest rival, Sprint Nextel Corp., which launched a simil ...

  47. EMI, Nokia Team For Trial Service In Finland

    October 31, 2005 12:00 AM EST Offering to be free during initial period. EMI Music Group and Nokia have teamed to offer music fans in Finland a trial service that would allow users to download music and related content directly to their mobile phones over a Bluetooth wireless ...

  48. Palm, Microsoft To Launch New Smart Phone

    September 26, 2005 12:00 AM EDT New Treo 700 to be offered through Verizon. Palm Inc. is teaming up with Microsoft Corp. to launch a Windows-based version of the Treo smart phone, marking the first time the handheld computer pioneer will sell a device based on its former rival&# ...

  49. Robbie's Hits Readied For Mobile Market

    October 19, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Robbie Williams' "Greatest Hits" is to be released on a memory card format compatible with cell phones and hand-held computers, thanks to a pact struck by EMI Music U.K. and British telecommunications Robbie Williams' "Gre ...

  50. Robbie's Hits Readied For Mobile Market

    October 19, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Robbie Williams' "Greatest Hits" is to be released on a memory card format compatible with cell phones and hand-held computers, thanks to a pact struck by EMI Music U.K. and British telecommunications Robbie Williams' "Gre ...