Portable media players

  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. Backbeat: Nokia Music, Eli Young Band, Musicians on Call, Billboard Join Forces for Nashville Event

    October 22, 2012 4:50 PM EDT (L-R): Chris Thompson, Mike Eli, Elizabeth Mitchell (Nokia), Jon Jones, Anthony Montenegro (Nokia), James Young, Scott Welch (Musicians On Call), Theo Gupta (Nokia), Henrik Bowadt (Nokia). Nokia Music , together with Billboard Magazine and Musicia ...

  4. 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 ...

  5. How Green Day, Warner Bros., MAC, Nokia, AT&T Teamed Up for Social Campaign With Potential Audience of 144 Million

    September 18, 2012 12:17 PM EDT The Nokia-AT&T tab on Green Day's Facebook page that allowed fans to participate in the promotion. Green Day hit New York City's Irving Plaza to help Nokia and AT&T launch Nokia Music in the U.S. with a performance to a packed cr ...

  6. Business Matters: Apple Still King of Digital Music, Unveils New iTunes, iPhone, iPods

    September 12, 2012 3:15 PM EDT Apple confirmed its dominant position in its post-Jobs era Wednesday when it unveiled new versions of iPhone, iTunes, iPod Nano and iPod Touch. The new products it unveiled suggests Apple has a commitment to maintain its leadership in digital musi ...

  7. Apple Expected to Unveil New iTunes Today

    September 12, 2012 11:57 AM EDT A dead link found at Apple.com has revealed Apple is expected to unveil a new version of iTunes at its event at noon ET today. New versions of the iPod Nano and iPod Touch could also be revealed. According to the blog Pocket-lint, the search engin ...

  8. Beats Electronics President and COO Luke Wood Talks About Mog Acquisition, Future of Beats

    July 09, 2012 1:30 PM EDT There's more to Beats Electronics than those ubiquitous headphones. The increasingly diversified company grew last week when the company announced it had acquired music subscription service Mog . Terms of the deal have not been disclosed but ...

  9. Kazuo Hirai, New Sony CEO/President, Meets Fear, Hope at Shareholder Meeting

    June 29, 2012 9:01 AM EDT TOKYO (AP) -- The record 9,000 shareholders that packed Sony's annual meeting was no cause for celebration. After four years of losses and a halving of the share price, some angry investors doubt even a new CEO can pull the entertainment and ...

  10. 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 ...

  11. Microsoft to Preview Upcoming Music Service at E3: Report

    April 26, 2012 11:43 AM EDT operating system. The Zune Really Died A Year Ago http://www.billboard.biz/bbbiz/industry ...

  12. Neil Young: Steve Jobs Listened To Vinyl

    February 01, 2012 8:45 AM EST DANA POINT, Calif. (AP) -- Legendary rocker Neil Young took his campaign for higher-fidelity digital sound to the stage of a technology conference Tuesday, saying a giant of the industry was on his side: the late Steve Jobs. Young said the Apple c ...

  13. Q&A: U2 Manager Paul McGuinness Reflects on Steve Jobs' Passing

    October 07, 2011 10:36 PM EDT The Kitchen Debate: (From left) Interscope-Geffen-A&M Chairman Jimmy Iovine, U2's Bono, Apple founder and CEO the-late Steve Jobs and U2 guitarist The Edge holdeing the black-and-red U2-branded iPod, the plan for which was first negotiate ...

  14. Web Trends: Watch The New Trash Talk Video

    October 04, 2011 4:00 PM EDT Trash Talk - Burn Alive (music video) from High5Collective on Vimeo . Google Trends: No new music trends Twitter Music Trends: iPod Nano : Apple announced a new iPod Nano today iTunes Match : Apple's new iTunes feature will launch at the end ...

  15. Apple Unveils iPhone 4S, iTunes Match Set for Late October Launch

    October 04, 2011 3:08 PM EDT Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger: The new iPhone 4S was introduced today at an Apple's media event held in Cupertino, Calif. It didn't have as much music focus as previous product unveilings, nor did it have Steve Jobs, but Apple's ...

  16. 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 ...

  17. 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 ...

  18. Sony Execs Apologize for Network Security Breach, Promise to Improve Security

    May 01, 2011 12:38 PM EDT Sony executives apologized Sunday for a security breach in the company's PlayStation Network that caused the loss of personal data of some 77 million accounts on the online service. "We deeply apologize for the inconvenience we have caus ...

  19. 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 ...

  20. The Zune Really Died A Year Ago

    March 14, 2011 7:00 PM EDT Bloomberg reports that Microsoft has decided to end production of the Zune, the device it created to support its music service of the same name. But the death of the Zune really began more than a year ago when Microsoft first announced its plans f ...

  21. Microsoft To Phase Out Zune Player

    March 14, 2011 6:08 PM EDT Microsoft Corp is not planning any more versions of its unpopular Zune digital media player, but is to continue offering music and video using the same software online, through its Xbox game console and on its Windows phones. The decision not to f ...

  22. Thanks Dr. Dre And Gaga: Celebrity Endorsements Boost Headphone Sales

    February 25, 2011 5:05 PM EST Celebrity endorsements are behind increases in headphone sales , says a new report by market-research company the NPD Group . That's good news for artists with headphone lines such as Dr. Dre, Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber, Ludacris and Diddy. Las ...

  23. Interscope's Jimmy Iovine Fighting the 24-Bit Fight

    February 22, 2011 4:59 PM EST Interscope chairman/CEO Jimmy Iovine is not taking any break away from his fight to increase the quality of digital music. In a CNN article , he reiterates his desire to get the labels to supply Apple and other digital retailers with 24-bit high-f ...

  24. 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 ...

  25. Microsoft Unveils Windows Phone 7 Rollout Plans

    October 11, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Microsoft today unveiled the rollout plans for its long-promised smartphone platform Windows Phone 7. There will be nine different phone models featuring the software for sale starting Nov. 8. Participating manufacturers include LG, Samsung, HTC a ...

  26. Slacker, iheartradio Among Windows Phone 7 Supported Apps

    October 07, 2010 12:00 AM EDT If you think that the new Windows Phone 7 smartphone platform will only feature Microsoft’s Zune digital music service, think again. During a lunch meeting, PR manager Brian Seitz showed off a model of the upcoming phone that featured a number of ...

  27. Zune To Replace MSN Music In U.K.

    September 29, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Microsoft will move its music service to the Zune Marketplace when the platform launches in the U.K. later this year. Zune Marketplace, which will also roll out across Europe, is for PCs, the new Windows Phone 7 and Xbox 360 games console. The Zun ...

  28. Business Matters: Stock Spikes, Zune, Apple and more

    September 21, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Opinion and analysis of the day's music news. Stocks Spike On Economic News -- Entertainment stocks had a strong day on Monday as the market rose on news the recession ended in June 2009. The National Bureau of Economic Research agreed that a ...

  29. Business Matters: Zune, Jonas Brothers, Redbox and more

    September 10, 2010 12:00 AM EDT ZUNE SERVICE TO LAUNCH IN UK? -- Rumors are circulating that Microsoft will launch the Zune Pass music service in the U.K. in a few weeks. WMPoweruser posted a screen shot of a Zune Pass sign-up page that shows pricing options in British pounds st ...

  30. 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 ...

  31. Sony Confirms Cloud-based Music Service

    September 01, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Sony Electronics introduced a new digital music service called Music Unlimited during a presentation at the IFA technology conference in Germany today. The service is part of the company’s new Qriocity (pronounced “curiosity”) entertainment networ ...

  32. Overheating iPod Delays Tokyo Rush-Hour Train

    August 16, 2010 12:00 AM EDT An overheating Apple iPod music player forced delays to a busy Tokyo commuter train during the morning rush hour after passengers complained of a strong burning smell, the rail line operator said today (Aug. 16). The train came to a halt for eight ...

  33. Japan Satisfied By Apple Moves On Overheating iPods

    August 12, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Japan's trade ministry said that Apple Inc's Japan unit has satisfied its demands for improved safety notifications about overheating iPod nano portable music players. The ministry in a statement confirmed that the U.S. company, which it ...

  34. Apple Says To Replace Overheating iPods In Japan

    August 11, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Apple Inc's Japan unit will replace any iPod nano portable music players that overheat, it said in an online statement, improving an earlier offer to replace only their faulty batteries. The concession came after Japan's trade ministry p ...

  35. Apple Ordered To Publicize iPod Fix In Japan

    August 06, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Japan's trade ministry has ordered Apple Inc's Japan unit to state on its website that users who are concerned about their iPod nano portable music player catching fire can receive a replacement battery. The ministry ordered Apple to pub ...

  36. Tiesto Partners With SanDisk For Tour Promotion

    July 27, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Dutch DJ Tiesto has partnered with Silicon Valley-based electronics company SanDisk Corporation to create a crowd-sourced music video utilizing mobile phone footage from his 2010 North American and European tour. The partnership, which will see Sa ...

  37. Business Matters: MP3Tunes, We7, Live Nation, Sonfile and more

    July 13, 2010 12:00 AM EDT -- MP3Tunes has launched an initiative called “Buy Anywhere, Listen Anywhere.” This means MP3Tunes will allow its users to buy music from the download store of their choice and play the tracks on MP3Tunes software on any device. So, for example, y ...

  38. 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 ...

  39. Business Matters: CRB, Ringtone Royalties, Vevo, Zune and more

    June 28, 2010 12:00 AM EDT COURT UPHOLDS CRB DECISION -- Last week, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit upheld a 2009 decision by the Copyright Royalty Board that set the mechanical royalty rate for ringtones at 24 cents. The judges found that the CRB’s decision ...

  40. Microsoft Rolls Out Entertainment Bing Search Engine

    June 22, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Microsoft rolled out an entertainment-based section for its Bing search engine at a Los Angeles press conference this evening. Bing searchers now have the ability to play any song listed in Bing search results in its entirety once, provided that t ...

  41. BETTER KNOW A PANELIST: Brand Alchemy's Steven Yanovsky

    June 10, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Name: Steven Yanovsky Title: Founder, Brand Alchemy Panel: Beyond The TV Commercial: How Are Artists Striking New Deals With Brands? 9:00am - 9:50am, June 15. For more information visit Billboardevents.com . What's the last album you bought? ...

  42. Business Matters: Borders, Lala, Canada's CD Tariff, Buzzmedia, Irving Plaza and More

    June 01, 2010 12:00 AM EDT -- Borders reported a greater operating loss and an improved net loss in the first fiscal quarter ending May 1, 2010. The net loss of $64.1 million was a fair improvement over the $86 million net loss in the previous year’s first fiscal quarter. R ...

  43. 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 ...

  44. Business Matters: iPad, Microsoft, RealNetworks and More

    April 01, 2010 12:00 AM EDT -- The iPad is unlikely to launch with a streaming music service, according to CNET. Not that record labels and music consumers were holding their breaths. With the exception of the iTunes LP, a format that has been quiet since being launched in S ...

  45. Zune Taps Music Reports

    February 18, 2010 12:00 AM EST Microsoft has tapped Music Reports to handle the publishing licensing activities for the Zune music service. Under the deal, Music Reports will administer all mechanical licensing and reporting responsibilities needed to allow Zune to sell and str ...

  46. Business Matters: Ear X-tacy, Microsoft Phone 7 Series, TuneWiki, Live Nation and More

    February 16, 2010 12:00 AM EST Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. Follow Billboard senior analyst Glenn Peoples on Twitter at twitter.com/billboardglenn . -- Louisville independent music retailer Ear X-tacy is in ...

  47. Mobile World Congress Preview: 4 Things To Watch

    February 12, 2010 12:00 AM EST Expect a host of new phones, services and other advancements to be unveiled in the next week as the first major mobile industry conference of the year kicks off. The Mobile World Congress takes place Feb. 15 - 18, hosted by the GSM Association in ...

  48. 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 ...

  49. @CES: Ballmer's CES Keynote - Natal, Tablets, Not Much Else

    January 07, 2010 12:00 AM EST Microsoft CES Steve Ballmer took the keynote stage at CES last night - his second time since replacing Bill Gates as the face of the company - but ultimately offered very little in the way of new products or services. But a few tidbits emerged tha ...

  50. SanDisk Releases 500-Song Latin Music Memory Card

    December 16, 2009 12:00 AM EST SanDisk has released a new Billboard-branded slotRadio memory card pre-loaded with 500 songs from top Latin artists including Shakira, Banda El Recodo, Enrique Iglesias, Valentin Elizalde, Intocable, Vicente Fernandez, Gilberto Santa Rosa, Flex, W ...

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