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  1. Questions For The Coming Verizon App Store

    September 14, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Verizon Wireless seems poised to go beyond merely dabbling its toes in the app store waters and finally fully jump into the pool with its VCast Apps store. VCast Apps to date has operated as a sort of sub-store in the Android Market, listing apps ...

  2. Innovators Showcase To Spotlight Mobile Up-And-Comers

    September 14, 2010 12:00 AM EDT At our upcoming conference Mobile Entertainment Live: The Music App Summit , taking place Oct. 5 in San Francisco, we’ve got plenty of high-profile executives giving keynotes. But it’s not just about the names you know. Billboard also strives to i ...

  3. 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. ...

  4. BETTER KNOW A PANELIST: Redwood Capital's Alan Goodstadt

    September 14, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Name: Alan Goodstadt Title: Partner, Redwood Capital Panel: Innovators Showcase (Judge). 1:45 – 2:45. Oct. 5. For more information or to register for Billboard’s Mobile Entertainment Live: The Music App Summit, Oct. 5 in San Francisco, please visi ...

  5. Music App Summit: Decision-Makers Discuss Past, Present and Future of Mobile Music Apps

    September 13, 2010 12:00 AM EDT This year’s Mobile Entertainment Live: The Music App Summit is taking place Oct. 5 in San Francisco and will be a high-level meeting of the main players involved in making music-relates smartphone apps. They include the leading app developers, VCs ...

  6. Location-Based Apps Far From Crossing Into Mainstream

    September 13, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Despite their intense hype, location-based applications like Foursquare are far from crossing over into the mainstream. In fact, the vast majority of mobile phone owners claim to have never used them. And the buzz-heavy Foursquare isn’t even the m ...

  7. BETTER KNOW A PANELIST: Norwest Venture's Tim Chang

    September 10, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Name: Tim Chang Title: Principal, Norwest Venture Partners Panel: Innovators Showcase (Judge). 1:45 – 2:45. Oct. 5. For more information or to register for Billboard’s Mobile Entertainment Live: The Music App Summit, Oct. 5 in San Francisco, pleas ...

  8. BETTER KNOW A PANELIST: TAG Strategic's Ted Cohen

    September 09, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Name: Ted Cohen Title: Managing Partner, TAG Strategic Panel: Innovators Showcase (Judge). 1:45 – 2:45. Oct. 5. For more information or to register for Billboard’s Mobile Entertainment Live: The Music App Summit, Oct. 5 in San Francisco, please vi ...

  9. Amazon Acquires AmieStreet

    September 08, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Amazon.com has acquired the AmieStreet.com digital music service, for an undisclosed sum. The most immediate result of the acquisition is that the AmieStreet.com service will cease to exist as of Sept. 22. All AmieStreet.com links will forward to ...

  10. Echo Nest, 7digital Partner For New DIY Platform

    September 02, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The Echo Nest and UK music service 7digital have teamed up to give music app developers a comprehensive technology and music sales platform on which to build new services. The deal adds the ability to sell DRM-free MP3 files from 7digital to any a ...

  11. Here's All You Need To Know From The Apple Announcement

    September 01, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Beyond the big news about the Ping social network and the new lineup of iPods , here are the other interesting bits from the company's annual media event today in San Francisco: - Apple has shipped 120 million devices running the iOS operatin ...

  12. Apple Introduces 'Ping'; Revamping Entire iPod Lineup

    September 01, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Apple is getting into the social network business with the introduction of its music-centric service called "Ping." At Wednesday's press event in San Francisco, Apple CEO Steve Jobs said the newest iteration of iTunes, known as iTun ...

  13. BILLBOARD MUSIC APP AWARDS FINALISTS

    September 01, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Music applications are among the most popular apps downloaded on today's smartphones. But which are the best of the best? Billboard set out to answer that question by soliciting applications from developers all summer long. What follows are t ...

  14. Your Daily Dose of Apple Announcement Rumors

    August 31, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Tomorrow Apple will take the stage in San Francisco to lay out it’s product and service announcements for the holiday sales period, and as usual a flurry of rumors and speculation abound. The latest is a report from CNET that, among other things, ...

  15. Report: Music Tops Apps On iTunes

    August 31, 2010 12:00 AM EDT While iTunes’ App Store is certainly a groundbreaking initiative that has changed the mobile content landscape, music still rules in the iTunes world. According to a new report from NPD Group, 82% of iPhone and iPod Touch users have bought music f ...

  16. Dave Stewart To Keynote Mobile Entertainment Live: The Music App Summit

    August 26, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Industry technology conferences can easily turn into bore-fests, with slide after PowerPoint slide of software architecture diagrams and panelists bantering tired clichés like “it’s all about the music.” We’re going to turn that on it’s head at Mo ...

  17. What To Expect From Apple's Upcoming Event

    August 26, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Now that Apple has confirmed the date of its next "big announcement" for Sept. 1 in San Francisco, the rumor mill has kicked into high gear. The big question is whether Apple will unveil its long-anticipated cloud-based music service, si ...

  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. Here's What The Smartphone Market Will Look Like In 2013

    August 20, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Are mobile app stores the wave of the future or just another passing digital fad? Berlin-based research group Research2guidance sees a bright future in the market, predicting that the worldwide smartphone application market will reach $15 billion ...

  20. Apple Pulls Grooveshark App Following Universal Complaint

    August 17, 2010 12:00 AM EDT U.S. online music service Grooveshark has had its iPhone app pulled from the Apple app store, following a complaint from the U.K. office of Universal Music Group. The announcement was made yesterday (Aug. 16) on Grooveshark's official blog ww ...

  21. 'I Am T-Pain' Developer Talks Apps

    August 16, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Ge Wang is the founder and chief creative officer at Smule, the iPhone developer behind the hit apps "I Am T-Pain" and "Glee." In this short video on Fora.tv, he discusses his creative inspiration and passion for using technolo ...

  22. Chart Moves: Arcade Fire, Janelle Monae, Taylor Swift, Kenny Chesney

    August 12, 2010 12:00 AM EDT A quick look at the most notable jumps and drops on this week's Billboard 200 albums and Hot 100 singles charts. The Billboard 200: -- Arcade Fire: The Canadian band made waves atop the Billboard 200 albums chart this week as its "The Su ...

  23. MySpace Selects Agency To Lead Rebranding

    August 12, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Pereira & O'Dell of San Francisco has won the assignment to help rebrand MySpace following a review, according to sources. The shop bested New York agencies Bartle Bogle Hegarty and Droga5 and Los Angeles-based Goodness Mfg., which made f ...

  24. Kiss Preps Mobile Photo App

    August 05, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Kiss is going back on tour, and you know what that means - all sorts of Kiss-licensed stuff. This time around, the Masters of Merch are going digital with Kiss Liveshare, a mobile app that lets fans share photos taken at the show on screen during ...

  25. Peermusic Gets John Carter

    August 05, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Longtime British hit writer John Carter has signed a deal with independent publisher peermusic to represent his entire catalog. Birmingham-born Carter, who lives in London, co-wrote a wide selection of enduring British hits, notably in the 1960s a ...

  26. Rdio Launches To Public, Adds More Content

    August 03, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Music streaming service Rdio opened to the public on Tuesday with an additional distributor’s content and availability in Canada. It had been in private beta release since early June. Rdio has added IODA to the content it has already licensed from ...

  27. Mobile Roadie Launches New App Builder

    July 28, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Self-service mobile app builder Mobile Roadie unveiled a new version of its service that provides even greater customization options, called Mobile Roadie Pro. The service lets users log in to an online app management tool, and then provide conten ...

  28. Gorillaz Roll Out Game App

    July 27, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The latest iPhone app trend among artists is focusing on games rather than music. The latest is an app from the Gorillaz called “escape to Plastic Beach.” From the release: Escape to Plastic Beach is a 3D (Unity) action game in which Murdoc floats ...

  29. Amanda Palmer Sells $15K Worth Of Music, Merch In Three Min

    July 22, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Musician Amanda Palmer has helped give Bandcamp its coming out party. In one of the better DIY success stories, Palmer sold $15,000 of music and merch from her Bandcamp page in just three minutes on Tuesday. Within a day, according to a post at Ba ...

  30. Billboard Q&A: Google’s New Music Attorney Elizabeth Moody

    July 22, 2010 12:00 AM EDT When word broke this week that Google had hired veteran music industry lawyer Elizabeth Moody to help it score licensing deals with the music industry, it helped make the rumors that Google is considering a cloud-based music service just that much ...

  31. LoKast Hits Android Devices

    July 21, 2010 12:00 AM EDT NearVerse has extended its LoKast content sharing smartphone app to Android devices. Any user with the app installed can browse through the content stored on any other user’s device, so long as they are within 300 feet of each other. And the conte ...

  32. Mobile Backstage App Targets Touring Artists

    July 21, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Finnish mobile developer Steam Republic unveiled a new mobile app designed for artists on tour, called Mobile Backstage. It’s a social-focused app created to let artists and fans interact in real time, used so far by Dizzee Rascal, You Me At Six a ...

  33. Billboard Introduces ‘Innovators Showcase’ Program, Calls For Submissions

    July 19, 2010 12:00 AM EDT If you’re a new company looking for the right place to launch your brand, or even an established company with a new service to tout, then Billboard wants to hear from you. For the next two weeks, Billboard is taking applications for companies inte ...

  34. UMG Releasing Free Version of Six-String iPhone App

    July 15, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music Group is releasing a free version of its Six-String iPhone app in addition to the existing paid app in the latest twist in the major labels' app strategy. The free app includes the song "Raised On Rock," from the Sco ...

  35. Shazam App Expanding Paid Version To Android

    July 14, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Music ID app Shazam is expanding the paid version of its popular mobile app to Android mobile phones. Shazam Encore, the premium version of the app, is now available in the Android Marketplace for $5, which offers the ability to ID an unlimited nu ...

  36. Kristin Hersh Discusses HarperCollins Released Album

    July 14, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Efforts to prolong the life of physical formats tend to focus on existing CD packages. HarperCollins is taking a different path by releasing albums as books. Kristin Hersh talks about “Crooked,” her new book/album being released by HarperCollins. ...

  37. Rdio, MP3Tunes Roll Out Android Apps

    July 14, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The Android smartphone platform keeps gaining new music traction, this time adding support for digital music services Rdio and MP3Tunes. The free Rdio Android app went live today in beta, allowing users to browse and listen to playlists saved in t ...

  38. Apple Celebrates App Store Anniversary Amid Mounting Challenges

    July 09, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Apple’s App Store will celebrate its two-year anniversary this weekend, and the numbers its reached so far are staggering. More than a quarter of a million applications developed and posted to the store. Five billion apps downloads. More than $1 b ...

  39. Sun Valley Confab Kicks Off

    July 06, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Entertainment industry power players have descended on Sun Valley, Idaho, for the annual post-July 4 tradition known as summer camp for moguls. Several hundred media and tech execs, financial types, agents, lawyers and assorted sports, entertainme ...

  40. Opinion: Apple’s Cloud Service Rumors Tell Nothing New

    July 02, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Guess what? Apple is still planning on a cloud-music service. Know what else? Nobody still knows what’s going on. Apple has yet to present its complete plans to the labels, the labels have yet to strike any licensing deals, and there’s still no ti ...

  41. Business Matters: AEG, Copyright Reform, Another Planet and more

    July 01, 2010 12:00 AM EDT LABELS + AEG, CONFLICT OF INTEREST? -- Would a conflict of interest prevent major labels from buying a stake in AEG ? The Deal tosses out Live Nation as an example, saying its artist management division’s quest for higher guarantees is fundamental ...

  42. AT&T To Launch Six-Month Latin Concert Series

    June 30, 2010 12:00 AM EDT AT&T is launching a six-month concert series and social media marketing effort, "Musica Ya!", around more than two dozen Latin acts including Moderatto, Aleks Syntek and Alejandra Guzman. The campaign begins July 4 with a concert by ...

  43. Billboard Music App Awards Judges Revealed

    June 30, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Billboard is happy to announce the panel of judges who will select the winners of the first ever Music App Awards, taking place Oct. 5 as part of its Mobile Entertainment Live: The App Summit conference. The judges are: - MC Hammer - Daniel Klaus, ...

  44. Ticketfly Acquires Gigbot, Ramps Up Social Focus

    June 25, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Ticketing company Ticketfly has announced the acquisition of Gigbot. Details were not made available. Gigbot provides web-based ticketing and social marketing tools for venues and promoters. Sean Porter, Gigbot’s founder and chief architect, will ...

  45. Cuba's Buena Vista Social Club Miss U.S. Show

    June 25, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The first of three U.S. concerts scheduled by Cuban band Buena Vista Social Club was canceled because of a delay in getting U.S. visas, their U.S. lawyer said. The band made famous in a 1999 documentary by German director Wim Wenders was supposed ...

  46. Apple Fans Queue For iPhone 4

    June 24, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Hundreds of fans flocked to stores in Tokyo to be the first buyers of Apple's iPhone 4 and some lined up in San Francisco as the red-hot smartphone rolls out on Thursday (June 24) in five of the world's six largest economies. Sales of th ...

  47. MySpace Co-President To Depart Amid Challenges

    June 17, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The doors just keep swinging at MySpace. MySpace has confirmed a Techcrunch post that co-president Jason Hirschhorn is set to announce his departure tomorrow, nary four months after accepting the co-leadership role with Mike Jones. Jon Miller, chi ...

  48. AOL To Sell Bebo

    June 17, 2010 12:00 AM EDT AOL Inc will sell its Bebo social network site to private investment firm Criterion Capital Partners for an undisclosed sum, as it tries to restructure its business and deal with declining revenue. Thursday's (June 17) announcement comes as A ...

  49. AT&T Hit With Order, Privacy complaints Over iPhone

    June 16, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Customers trying to reserve the latest version of the iPhone were thwarted by technical glitches that hindered sales on Tuesday (June 15), the first day of pre-orders before the device hits stores on June 24. AT&T Inc customers reported seeing ...

  50. Zakk Wylde Launching Black Label Berzerkus Tour This Fall

    June 16, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Metal guitarist Zakk Wylde will launch the Black Label Berzerkus this fall, headlined by Wylde's Black Label Society. The two-month North American tour will feature Clutch, Children Of Bodom and 2Cents, with the first two bands sharing the ma ...

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