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  1. Mobile Devices, Especially Tablets, Have Huge Christmas

    December 27, 2012 4:15 PM EST If you got a smartphone or tablet computer for Christmas, you were hardly alone. Flurry , a mobile analytics company that tracks use of mobile apps, says 17.4 million new iOS and Android devices were activated on Christmas day, a 255% increase fro ...

  2. The Ten Most Interesting Startups of 2012

    December 19, 2012 5:16 PM EST Unlike years past, 2012 lacked debuts by big music services that require tens of millions of dollars of venture capital. Rdio, Vevo and Guvera made the list in 2010. Turntable was on last year's list. In fact, this year's list doesn' ...

  3. Don Was On Blue Note's 'Radical' Spotify App, OpenEMI, Revitalizing Label at FutureSound Keynote

    November 16, 2012 10:10 AM EST Was, Not Was: Don Was (left) being interviewed by Steve Jang: Co-Founder/CEO, Soundtracking at Billboard's FutureSound Conference. (Photo: Arnold Turner) Blue Note Records president Don Was told San Francisco technologists that the label' ...

  4. Business Matters: Music Quietly Vital at Apple

    October 25, 2012 9:04 PM EDT Although it was barely mentioned during Apple's fiscal fourth quarter earnings call on Thursday, music is still playing important role in Apple's strategies. Apple said it was "looking forward to launching" the redesigned iTune ...

  5. Apple Radio Service Rumors Crush Pandora Stock

    October 25, 2012 7:59 PM EDT Pity poor Pandora. The Internet radio company's stock price has been getting whiplashed by news of Apple's progress, or lack thereof, in launching a streaming radio service. On Thursday, a Bloomberg report that Apple is on track to go li ...

  6. Apple's iPad Mini Takes On Nexus, Kindle

    October 23, 2012 4:10 PM EDT Apple took the wraps off of its iPad mini tablet Tuesday, a pint-sized version of the iPad that's already sold 200 million units since it launched in April 2010. "What can you do with the iPad mini that you can't do with the fourth- ...

  7. Morning Fix: Mike Easterlin Named Fueled By Ramen GM; Jay-Z's Live Album; Simon Fuller's Parlophone?

    October 08, 2012 8:33 AM EDT Head HERE to subscribe to Billboard's free music-business newsletters. MIKE EASTERLIN NAMED GM OF FUELED BY RAMEN: The shockwaves of big executive moves keep on rolling. Mike Easterlin, head of promotion at Roadrunner Records , has been named ...

  8. Morning Fix: Mumford Mania; Apple's iPad Mini; Best Buy Buyers

    October 03, 2012 7:37 AM EDT Head HERE to subscribe to Billboard's free music-business newsletters. MUMFORD & SONS' BABEL HAS 2012'S BIGGEST DEBUT, TOPS BILLBOARD 200. Mumford & Sons' sophomore release Babel had an historic first week: The British ...

  9. Business Matters: If Apple is Peaking, What Digital Services Are Next?

    September 25, 2012 11:39 PM EDT Apple has had a flurry of uncharacteristically bad news over the last few days. A riot at its Foxconn supplier in China. Weaker-than-expected iPhone 5 sales over the weekend (although sales weren't all that bad, see below). A disappointing fe ...

  10. New Apple Stuff: What Music Fans Need to Know

    September 13, 2012 1:00 PM EDT Assuming you still care about Apple announcement after playing this drinking game all day -- and you like to listen to music --you're in luck. Evolver.fm has painstakingly assembled every shard of information of interest to music people from ...

  11. Morning Fix: UMG-EMI Merger, YouTube Goes iOS, Russell Simmons Writes To Jay-Z

    September 11, 2012 7:34 AM EDT Head HERE to subscribe to Billboard's free music-business newsletters. SPOTIFY PRICING STAYING PUT: Spotify is set on its current prices as reports circulate its working on a browser-based version of its subscription service. Well, for the mo ...

  12. Business Matters: 5 Reasons Why Apple Wants to Move Into Pandora Territory

    September 07, 2012 10:43 AM EDT Apple is in negotiations with rights holders for an Internet radio service similar to Pandora, according to reports in the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times . It appears Apple executives spot a hole in the needs of their consumers and the ...

  13. Lady Gaga Says New Album 'Artpop' Will Also be an Interactive App

    September 05, 2012 6:00 PM EDT Albums are so yesterday. Lady Gaga is thinking bigger for her hugely anticipated next release, titled "Artpop," set for early 2013. In a statement posted on Wednesday to her website LittleMonsters.com , the fashion-forward pop diva says ...

  14. Apple Now Worth Over $600 Billion, Extends Lead As World's Most Valuable Company

    August 17, 2012 1:20 PM EDT News of an upcoming iPad and a possible deal between Apple TV and major networks has pushed Apple's stock to new heights this week. Shares of Apple rose 1.85% to close at an all-time high of $648.11 Friday, pushing the company's world-le ...

  15. Why Apple's Decision to Drop YouTube from iOS Is a Big Deal for Music, Apps

    August 08, 2012 3:52 PM EDT When the very first iPhone shipped, literally changing the world as we knew it, it carried a little Trojan horse inside of it called YouTube. The app for Google's video sharing site comes standard with every single iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touc ...

  16. Will Spotify Roll Out Third-Party Mobile Apps?

    August 06, 2012 1:29 PM EDT As of today, the Spotify desktop client contains 44 optional apps with which users can play music. Is Spotify planning to do the same on the mobile side? Our tipster thinks so We're somewhat obsessed with Spotify apps , because they let devel ...

  17. Apple's Second Quarter Doesn't Match Expectations, Shares Fall

    July 25, 2012 10:11 AM EDT NEW YORK (AP) -- Shares of Apple are falling after it did something un-Apple-like: posting results below Wall Street expectations. Late Tuesday, Apple Inc. reported that in the latest quarter, earnings rose a mere 21 percent from the year before, ...

  18. This Week in Music Apps: Automatic Sheet Music, Free MIDI, Your Own Rap Mixtape

    July 13, 2012 4:35 PM EDT As we begin to dig into the second half of 2012, stories and fun abound in the world of music -- to pluck out a few random examples, the Roskilde Festival in Denmark went off, Dan Deacon put together a Steve Reich -esque version of "Call Me M ...

  19. Vevo Dives Into Mobile Web, Allows Streaming Directly From Browser

    July 06, 2012 4:06 PM EDT Vevo has launched its mobile website, which now allows visitors access to its archive of more than 50,000 music videos without having to download one of its apps, a development first reported at TechCrunch . While it still may be easier -- and qui ...

  20. Apple Pays $60 Million to Settle iPad Dispute With China's Proview

    July 02, 2012 7:50 AM EDT BEIJING (AP) -- Apple has paid $60 million to settle a dispute in China over ownership of the iPad name, a court announced Monday, removing a potential obstacle to sales of the popular tablet computer in the key Chinese market. Chinese Authorities ...

  21. Microsoft Unveils iPad-Competitor Tablet Computer Called the Surface

    June 18, 2012 10:10 PM EDT Microsoft announced its iPad-competitor tablet computer called the Surface at a press event Monday in Los Angeles. CEO Steve Ballmer unveiled the device, which features a 10.6-inch screen, two USB ports, a magnesium case, Corning's flexible b ...

  22. Business Matters: How Soundrop Is Helping Build the Spotify Economy

    June 12, 2012 6:58 PM EDT Soundrop Benefits From The Spotify Economy -- In a sign that at least one investor thinks Spotify is a valuable platform with longevity, Soundrop raised $3 million in funding from Northzone for its social listening app built specifically for the S ...

  23. Spotify Introduces First iPad App, Aims To Become 'Home Stereo'

    May 02, 2012 7:00 AM EDT Spotify's rumored iPad app screen grab that sent tech bloggers into a frenzy last week. Spotify's iPad app is finally here. After tech bloggers speculated wildly two weeks ago over an early screen-grab , many assumed it would be the subj ...

  24. Business Matters: Apple Finds Better Use of its Cash Than Buying Music Company

    March 20, 2012 4:09 PM EDT Apple To Introduce Dividend and Share Repurchase Program So much for the idea that Apple could buy a music company. The company announced Monday a dividend and share repurchase program to put to use its $98 billion stockpile of cash and securities ...

  25. Apple's Garageband Adds Real-Time Jamming, iCloud Sync

    March 08, 2012 6:15 AM EST Maybe it's time to get the band back together. On top of all the other stuff Apple announced yesterday (March 7), including a new iPad and Apple TV, the company demonstrated a new version of its Garageband music app that can sync tracks up an ...

  26. Apple Unveils New iPad With Sharper Screen, Faster Processor

    March 07, 2012 2:01 PM EST SAN FRANCISCO -- Apple's new iPad model, with a sharper screen and a faster processor, will go on sale in the U.S. and six other countries next Friday, the company confirmed Wednesday. The new features mean the iPad will be slightly thicker a ...

  27. Apple iPad 3 Expected To Launch Today

    March 07, 2012 6:28 AM EST NEW YORK (AP) - Apple is holding an event Wednesday in San Francisco, and has hinted that it will reveal a new iPad model. Rumors speak of an updated tablet with a speedier processor, a sharper screen and an option for faster wireless broadband ac ...

  28. The Only Tools You'll Need For SXSW 2012

    March 07, 2012 5:45 AM EST Evolver.fm's Eliot Van Buskirk (Right) with Spotify's Daniel Ek in a keynote interview at SXSW 2010 (Photo: Jim Merithew/Wired.com) Each year, those of us lucky enough to attend the SXSW festival in Austin, Texas face the same questions: ...

  29. Apple Expected to Unveil iPad 3 at Event Next Week

    February 28, 2012 4:19 PM EST NEW YORK (AP) -- Apple is expected to unveil a new version of the iPad at an event in San Francisco next week. Apple sent out invitations to news media on Tuesday with an image showing part of an iPad screen. The company had been widely expected t ...

  30. Business Matters: When is it Safe to Say Google Music Has Failed?

    February 24, 2012 4:28 PM EST When is it Safe to Say Google Music Has Failed? -- Google's giant footprint was to give Google Music unparalleled access to music lovers. But according to a report by CNET's Greg Sandoval, Google Music has disappointed industry executive ...

  31. Apple Defends Use of iPad Trademark in China During Heated Court Battle

    February 22, 2012 7:54 AM EST SHANGHAI (AP) - Apple defended its right to use the iPad trademark in China in a heated court hearing Wednesday that pitted the electronics giant against a struggling company that denies it sold the mainland China rights to the tablet's name. ...

  32. Apple's New Mountain Lion OS for Mac to Have iPhone Features

    February 17, 2012 8:57 AM EST The next operating system for Mac will make the computers more like the mobile devices which make up the lion's share of Apple's sales. Apple CEO Tim Cook revealed plans to incorporate features from the iPhone and iPad into the forthcomi ...

  33. 'Spin' to Roll Out Larger Format Magazine, Drop Frequency to Six Times a Year

    February 17, 2012 7:28 AM EST As alternative music magazine Spin figures out how to be a music magazine for the digital future, it's taking a page from the past. On Feb. 28, the March/April issue will hit newsstands (following a sharp decline in ad pages, the magazine hal ...

  34. Midemlab Winners Announced: Apsmart's MPme, LiveOne's Crowdsurfing, Ovelin's WildChords

    January 30, 2012 8:32 AM EST Midemlab Contest Winners (From left): Thibaud Morin, Vivendi senior VP of business innovation; Ovelin co-founder/CEO Christoph Thür; National Digital Council chairman Gilles Babinet; LiveOne Group principal Tim Ganschow; Music Ally CEO Paul Brindl ...

  35. Macworld iWorld Pumps Up Volume for Music Fans, Artists and Companies

    January 27, 2012 8:04 PM EST Public Enemy founder and Bomb Squad producer Hank Shocklee evangelized for Apple's disruptive effects on the music industry, then performed on some Apple products of his own during a headlining gig at the 27th annual MacWorld | iWorld expo Fr ...

  36. Billboard Power 100: Eddy Cue and Robert Kondrk

    January 27, 2012 10:00 AM EST No. 11 Eddy Cue & Robert Kondrk Senior VP of Internet Software and Services; Senior Director Apple Twitter: @cue Leading A Digital Juggernaut... Apple's Eddy Cue (pictured) and Robert Kondrk are the people behind the world's biggest ...

  37. Apple Announces Interactive iPad Textbooks

    January 19, 2012 1:50 PM EST Apple's new textbooks for iPad initiative NEW YORK (AP) -- Apple Inc. on Thursday launched its attempt to make the iPad a replacement for a satchel full of textbooks by starting to sell electronic versions of a handful of standard high-school ...

  38. Pub Briefs: Spirit Signs Zola Jesus, Escape Club; Peermusic Signs FM; Hal Leonard Goes to the Cloud

    January 18, 2012 7:30 AM EST -- The Spirit Music Group has purchased the Escape Club song catalog, which includes the band's debut hit, "Wild Wild West," as well as songs like "Shake For The Sheik" and "I'll Be There." Escape Club, whic ...

  39. Grooveshark Launches iPhone App in Face of Major Label Lawsuits

    January 13, 2012 10:25 AM EST When a digital music startup distributes massive amounts of unlicensed music and fails to pay for the music it has licensed, most of us know what happens next: They go out of business. Not so with Grooveshark. The popular P2P streaming site, which ...

  40. Business Matters: Sony's Music Unlimited Coming to iOS Devices

    January 12, 2012 6:54 PM EST Business Matters: Sony's Music Unlimited Coming to iOS Devices -- Sony's Music Unlimited subscription service will be available for the iOS platform this quarter. Tim Schaaff, head of Sony Entertainment Network, broke the news at CES Wed ...

  41. This Week in Music Apps: Animoog for iPhone, Alien Beatbox, Nicki Minaj

    January 09, 2012 5:25 PM EST It's a new year for Evolver.fm ; we figured, why not celebrate it by continuing to bring you the best new music app coverage we can offer? (We'd call it a resolution, but we plan on actually following through with this one.) Welcome to t ...

  42. iOS, Albums, Google+: Three Digital Music Trends to Watch in 2012

    December 29, 2011 3:28 PM EST There is hardly a shortage of trends to watch in digital music. From Internet radio to subscription services to a never-ending stream of services aimed at independent artists, 2012 will be filled with numerous developments that merit close attenti ...

  43. Discovering Music With Your New Holiday Gadgets

    December 29, 2011 9:05 AM EST Happy holidays! So, you scored a new iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad. You've already downloaded Angry Birds, set up email, and possibly had some interesting conversations with Siri. What about the music? You probably have some, and you probably want m ...

  44. Online Shopping Jumps 16.4 Pct On Christmas Day

    December 27, 2011 8:17 AM EST NEW YORK (AP) - A growing number of shoppers apparently need only the briefest of breaks before diving back in, especially if they can log in to shop. IBM found that online shopping jumped 16.4 percent on Christmas Day over last year, and the doll ...

  45. Business Matters: SOPA Delayed, Not Dead, After House Judiciary Committee Session Ends

    December 16, 2011 4:37 PM EST SOPA: Not Dead Yet -- A House Judiciary Committee ended two days of markup on the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) on Friday with plans to reconvene on Wednesday. Most of the amendments introduced to the committee were voted down, but the bill's ...

  46. Mashbox, Beatport's New iPad App, Allows Users To Make Mashups w/ Tiesto, Moby & Diplo

    December 09, 2011 8:45 AM EST Today (Dec.9) Beatport -- a global digital music store with one of the largest collections of electronic music -- announced the launch of Mashbox , an iPad app that allows music fans to create custom mashups by combining tracks from some of the wo ...

  47. Adele, Instagram Top iTunes 'Rewind 2011' Year-End Charts

    December 08, 2011 5:21 PM EST iTunes launched its Rewind 2011 year-end charts and awards today; among the big winners for the platorm in music and apps are Adele, Foo Fighters, and Instagram. Adele dominated music sales on iTunes this year, swooping up titles for Top-Selling S ...

  48. EMI, Echo Nest Announce $5000 Prize Contest For 'Sandbox' Initiative

    November 30, 2011 3:50 PM EST EMI and music intelligence platform the Echo Nest, who launched an open API initiative as part of EMI's OpenEMI project earlier this month, have announced the OpenEMI contest . The competition offers a $5,000 prize for the best app that utili ...

  49. eMusic Debuts New 'eMusic Scenes' iPad App

    November 15, 2011 4:37 PM EST Music fans are probably finding it increasingly difficult not to own an iPad: Last week music-blog fans got a new Shuffler.fm iPad app; there are iPad-specific apps by Pandora, SoundHound and iHeartMusic; and Android tablets don't come close ...

  50. Business Matters: Cloud Wars Heat Up With Launch of iTunes Match in U.S.

    November 14, 2011 6:58 PM EST Cloud Wars Head Up With Launch of iTunes Match in U.S. -- iTunes Match finally debuted in the United States on Monday in an update to the iTunes software. The new service's arrival comes two days before Google is expected to launch a music do ...

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