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  1. Business Matters: Vacuous Pop Music Was Never the Problem

    July 12, 2012 8:18 PM EDT Vacuous Pop Music Was Never the Problem -- The weakest criticism of the music business is the prevalence of vacuous pop music is responsible for its sorry state. In fact, a year doesn't go by in which that statement, or something similar, is ...

  2. Bits and Briefs: Google Play, Nielsen and Facebook, Email Comes Out On Top

    July 12, 2012 5:05 PM EDT Google Play Store Expands Offerings Google Play, the search ­giant's version of the iTunes store, has expanded to offer movies, TV shows and magazines. The additions, announced at Google's annual I/O conference, put Google Play more on p ...

  3. Business Matters: Pandora Growth Stalls As Dog Days of Summer Begin

    July 10, 2012 6:19 PM EDT Pandora Listening Drops As Summer Advances The growth of Internet radio leader Pandora is practically taken for granted as digital music gobbles up time previously spent listening to other formats. So it's a big deal when Pandora's liste ...

  4. 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 ...

  5. Google Goes for Digital Living Room -- Again -- With Nexus Q Streaming Device

    June 28, 2012 10:45 AM EDT the company announced http://www.billboard.biz/bbbiz ...

  6. Smule Cracks the Android Market With Songify, Magic Piano Apps

    June 14, 2012 3:52 PM EDT Developers continue to complain that Android is too fragmented and annoying to develop for compared to Apple iOS, but nonetheless Android owns over 50 percent of the U.S. smartphone market. Prerna Gupta , CEO of Khush (acquired by music app powerh ...

  7. Apple Shutting Down Ping, Source Confirms

    June 13, 2012 4:37 PM EDT Apple is shutting down Ping, its social network and music recommendation service in the next iTunes update, according to multiple media reports and confirmed to Billboard.biz by a source close to the situation. The attempt at a social network by t ...

  8. 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 ...

  9. Japanese Mobile Company NTT DoCoMo Acquires Majority Interest in Tower Records Japan

    June 12, 2012 12:14 PM EDT http://www.billboard.biz/bbbiz/content_display/industry/news/e3i8bd724a7a615a7fe4a477dc1b1d7ac2d. Glenn Peoples Global Digital and Mobile ...

  10. Apple Touts iOS, Mocks Android, Friends Facebook... Finally

    June 11, 2012 3:46 PM EDT Any doubt that Apple's goose was cooked when Steve Jobs was replaced by Tim Cook after Jobs' untimely passing should have dissipated by the end of today. At its Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) on Monday, Apple rattled off some imp ...

  11. Apple Expected To Show New Macs, Software At Developers Conference

    June 11, 2012 9:13 AM EDT NEW YORK (AP) -- Apple CEO Tim Cook is expected to show off new iPhone software, updated Mac computers and provide more details on future releases of Mac software when he kicks off the company's annual conference for software developers on Mo ...

  12. Business Matters: Tablet Owners Love Online Video

    June 08, 2012 5:20 PM EDT Tablet Owners Watch More Online Video Than Smartphone Owners Here's some good news for YouTube, Vevo and any other company betting there's a business for streaming online video: tablet owners are far more likely to watch online videos th ...

  13. Facebook Rolling Out Centralized App Center

    June 08, 2012 7:55 AM EDT NEW YORK (AP) -- There's more to Facebook apps than "Angry Birds" and Pinterest, but many users wouldn't know that because there hasn't been a good, central way to find them. Facebook Inc. is trying to change that. On Thur ...

  14. Sony Music Unlimited, More Open Than Ever, Takes the iOS Plunge on Friday

    May 22, 2012 3:08 PM EDT Sony Music Unlimited for iOS, not pictured here, will likely have the same "offline mode" that allows this Android version to store music for playback without a data connection. When Sony Entertainment Network chief Tim Schaaf told Evolv ...

  15. Business Matters: @NARM Royalties Are Getting Messier; Can the Problem Be Fixed?

    May 10, 2012 8:54 PM EDT @NARM Royalties Are Getting Messier; Can the Problem Be Fixed? -- Digital music has record labels and artists swimming -- some may say drowning -- in a sea of data. The NARM panel "Commerce vs. Royalties: Fitting a Square Peg in a Round Role& ...

  16. SoundCloud Gets A Redesign: We Take the Beta Version for a Test-Drive

    May 10, 2012 4:36 PM EDT Faster, better-looking, and with an indispensable set of new features, the next version of SoundCloud's web app debuted online Wednesday at 10 a.m. PST to 10,000 invited beta testers. Phased rollouts to the community will occur over the comin ...

  17. Mobile Roadie Adds iPad Apps, Changes Pricing

    May 01, 2012 9:36 AM EDT Mobile Roadie has updated its platform, changed its pricing structure and now offers native iPad apps and mobile-optimized web pages. The three-year-old company offers a do-it-yourself app creation and hosting platform that now powers 3,000 apps - ...

  18. 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 ...

  19. eMusic Launches New Android App

    April 23, 2012 8:01 AM EDT There are two things you should know about eMusic's first smartphone app: it's available only for the Android operating system, and it's pretty good. The app debuted Monday and is available in the Google Play app store. eMusic is jo ...

  20. Business Matters: TuneUp Media Launches Music I.D. App With Approach Different from Shazam and SoundHound

    April 19, 2012 6:41 PM EDT TuneUp Recognizes Music, But Also Cleans Up Your Music Collection Apparently the market for music identification apps isn't too crowded for new competitor. TuneUp Media has released a song identification app for iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad to ...

  21. Record Store Day 2012: Useful Apps, In-Store Performances, More

    April 18, 2012 7:45 AM EDT Record Store Day is right around the corner (this Saturday April 21, but you already knew that), so here's a few updates and miscellaneous pieces of information that will help you manage your weekend and make it as enjoyable as possible. Reco ...

  22. Online Radio Audience Jumps 30 Percent in Past Year: Study

    April 10, 2012 4:26 PM EDT A new study conducted by Arbitron Inc. and Edison Research entitled "The Infinite Dial 2012: Navigating Digital Platforms" found that the online weekly radio audience is now at an estimated 76 million Americans. The figure represents a m ...

  23. Nicki Minaj Teams With Nokia For Times Square Event, 'Starships' Remix

    April 06, 2012 6:19 PM EDT Just three days after releasing her anticipated sophomore album Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded , Nicki Minaj took over Times Square Friday night for a live performance and remix of current single "Starships." The event was hosted by Nokia i ...

  24. News You May Have Missed During the Annual SXSWi P.R. Barrage

    March 23, 2012 12:42 PM EDT Onesheet Mobile, like many tech companies, introduced it's latest product initiative during SXSWi If you were busy before, during and after SXSW, you may have missed some news items during the annual SXSW press release barrage from Onesheet, ...

  25. 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 ...

  26. Music in Devices: What is Working?

    March 14, 2012 5:00 PM EDT "The computer isn't the most natural listening experience for music- most people don't have a dedicated stereo anymore and all (digital) devices don't work together elegantly, but music lovers want that," said moderator Vi ...

  27. SXSWi Panel Explores How Phones Have Changed Concerts: 'At Jay-Z Show, Everyone Was Looking at Their Phones, Not Jay-Z'

    March 13, 2012 6:55 PM EDT "What's interesting to me," said Brenna Ehrlich of MTV Networks, who moderated the "Music 2.0: Engaging Fans with Mobile Social Apps" panel Tuesday afternoon, to kick things off, "is how the advent of the iPhone has c ...

  28. Sony Music Unlimited Brings Offline Playback to Android App

    March 09, 2012 6:15 AM EST Sony Music Unlimited, the all-you-can-hear music subscription service that represents Sony's answer to Spotify, MOG, Rhapsody and so on, added a crucial new feature to its Android app on Thursday: the ability to store music on an Android smar ...

  29. Business Matters: Finally Global? Turntable.fm Doing Deals with Labels (Report)

    March 08, 2012 6:31 PM EST Turntable.fm's Could Go Global With New Major Licensing Deals Turntable.fm has signed a licensing deal with EMI and is close to completing deals with Universal Music Group and Sony Music Entertainment, according to CNET. The status of discuss ...

  30. 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 ...

  31. 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: ...

  32. Google Play Launches, Consolidates Music, Movies, Books In Central Marketplace

    March 06, 2012 6:46 PM EST Google is overhauling its cloud-based offerings by consolidating Google Music, the Google eBookstore and the Android Market into Google Play, a digital hub that will offer storage, a marketplace of music, movies, books and games, and its entire li ...

  33. Business Matters: Ticketmaster Debuts iPhone App

    February 29, 2012 7:42 PM EST Ticketmaster Debuts iPhone App -- Ticketmaster released on app for iPhone Tuesday that allows consumers to quickly and easily buy tickets on their Apple mobile device. While the new app is fairly similar to the Live Nation app that debuted in Nove ...

  34. Business Matters: 850,000 Androids Activated Every Day -- What Does That Mean to You?

    February 27, 2012 8:12 PM EST ,000 Android Devices are Activated Every Day -- What Does That Mean to You? -- More than 850,000 Android phones are now activated each day, according to a tweet on Monday by Google senior VP Andy Rubin, who heads the company's mobile divis ...

  35. 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 ...

  36. Business Matters: Thrillcall's New iPhone App Has Your Live Music Daily Deals

    February 17, 2012 6:40 PM EST Thrillcall's New iPhone App Has Your Live Music Daily Deals -- Live music event aggregator Thrillcall launched an iPhone app this week that focuses on exclusive tickets and packages. The app may give music fans daily deals, but Thrillcall is ...

  37. 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 ...

  38. Google Wins U.S., EU Approval For $12.5 Billion Motorola Bid

    February 14, 2012 11:27 AM EST Google's $12.5 billion bid to buy cellphone maker Motorola Mobility has won approvals from U.S. and European antitrust regulators, moving Google a major step closer to completing the biggest deal in its 13-year history. Monday's blessing ...

  39. Google Seeking Digital Play for the Living Room, Closing to Motorolla Acquisition: Report

    February 10, 2012 1:52 PM EST Google is looking more like Apple every day. The technology giant is developing a home entertainment system that streams music wirelessly, according to a report at the Wall Street Journal . The system would be branded with Google's name and o ...

  40. AT&T-Samsung Sign Sponsorship Deal With Rag & Bone, Band of Horses To Play Launch

    February 08, 2012 9:00 AM EST AT&T and Samsung Telecommunications America (Samsung Mobile) has inked a sponsorship pact with hot fashion brand rag & bone for the U.S. launch of Samsung's new device, the Samsung Galaxy Note , which will be available exclusively at ...

  41. Rdio Steps Up its Android App

    February 07, 2012 10:25 AM EST Subscription service Rdio has finally given Android users as good a mobile experience as iPhone users. Rdio unveiled the updated app on Monday. The new Rdio app for Android has the great home screen it was previously missing. The home screen has o ...

  42. 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 ...

  43. 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 ...

  44. 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 ...

  45. Beats By Dre Ending Partnership With Monster

    January 13, 2012 12:31 PM EST Beats by Dre and Monster Cable Products are parting ways at year's end, per a new report from Bloomberg Business Week . Although Beats has quickly risen to be the leader in the headphone category, with 53 percent of 2011's $1 billion mar ...

  46. 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 ...

  47. 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 ...

  48. Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer Hits Familiar Chord In CES Swan Song

    January 10, 2012 7:26 AM EST SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer struck a familiar chord Monday in his swan song at the International Consumer Electronics Show. Much of the 70-minute presentation revolved around Microsoft's work on software that Ballmer has ...

  49. 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 ...

  50. 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 ...

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