Smartphones

  1. 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 ...

  2. 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 ...

  3. 7digital Expanding U.S. Presence; Launches Windows Phone App

    December 07, 2011 9:09 AM EST U.K. download store 7digital is targeting sizeable global expansion in 2012, beginning with the launch of a Windows Phone app. The London-based music service has partnered with Microsoft to launch its mobile service on the new range of Windows Pho ...

  4. Smule Buys Fellow Music App Creator Khush

    December 01, 2011 12:35 PM EST SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Smule, maker of apps such as Glee Karaoke, is hoping to make beautiful music with fellow app creator Khush through an acquisition announced Thursday. In an interview Wednesday, Smule Inc. CEO and co-founder Jeffrey Smith said ...

  5. Michael Schneider, Mobile Roadie CEO, Talks Mobile, Social Sharing, Google Music (Video Q&A)

    December 01, 2011 7:05 AM EST Mobile Roadie CEO Michael Schneider stopped by after his presentation titled "Is It 1995 Again? Why Mobile Is The New Web" at the Billboard FutureSound conference to discuss his company, the importance of getting into mobile apps, and ho ...

  6. Business Matters: Why A Facebook-HTC Phone Could Help Google Music

    November 22, 2011 7:47 PM EST Why A Facebook-HTC Phone Could Help Google Music -- A successful Facebook phone could end up lending a helping hand to Google Music, the combo MP3 store-cloud music locker launched this year. According to a report at the Wall Street Journal's ...

  7. Facebook Partners With Cell Phone Maker HTC to Develop Smartphone: Report

    November 21, 2011 10:43 PM EST Facebook is looking to enter the cell phone business. The social networking site has partnered with Taiwan-based mobile phone maker HTC to build a smartphone that would run on its own version of Goodle's Android, All Things D reported . The p ...

  8. Backbeat: Drake, Maroon 5, Busta Rhymes Rock Google Music Launch Party

    November 17, 2011 4:50 PM EST Surrounded by diverse crowd of L.A. socialites, music industry executives and tech industry legends, Busta Rhymes, Maroon 5, and Drake performed highly energized sets Wednesday night at the Google Music Launch, in an extravagantly decorated wareho ...

  9. Business Matters: Digital Executives Excited, Optimistic About Google Music

    November 16, 2011 9:13 PM EST Digital Executives Excited, Optimistic About Google Music -- It's official: Google is in the digital music business. At an event in Los Angeles on Wednesday the company unveiled a new MP3 store that is integrated with its existing cloud stora ...

  10. Google Music: Four Things We Can Expect from Today's Announcement

    November 16, 2011 7:05 AM EST While the finer points of Google's new music-download store won't be known until the press conference (scheduled for 5 p.m. ET Wednesday in Los Angeles), some aspects have become clear from industry sources and media reports over the las ...

  11. Sony on Board for Google Music Launch Tomorrow: Report

    November 15, 2011 6:37 PM EST In addition to Universal, Sony and the recently sold EMI are expected to be on board when Google announces the addition of MP3 downloads to Google Music at an event Wednesday in Los Angeles, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal. A pers ...

  12. Nokia's Echo Nest-Powered MixRadio Shows Anyone Can Do Personalized Radio

    November 15, 2011 5:30 PM EST Pandora may have built its personalized radio service on its proprietary Music Genome Project, but falling barriers to entry mean the company is going to have plenty of competitors. (Whether or not those competitors can create an equally satisfyin ...

  13. Myxer Social Radio Lets Users Listen With Facebook Friends in Real Time

    November 15, 2011 1:29 PM EST Wait -- don't switch the channel. We know you've heard all about how Facebook lets you see what your friends are listening to and play it back later. This is different. With the free, U.S.-only Myxer Social Radio ( previewed here ), you ...

  14. Google Music To Be Unveiled Wednesday -- Minus a Couple of Major Labels, Sources Say

    November 14, 2011 6:07 PM EST Google is expected to announce the addition of MP3 downloads to Google Music at an event Wednesday in Los Angeles. But don't expect all majors to be on board when the curtain lifts. Google's deal with Universal Music Group should be fina ...

  15. This Week In Music Apps: Mobile Music Making, Bandcamp + Facebook, Channeling Your Inner Broadway Star

    October 27, 2011 3:00 PM EDT This week's edition is mostly about music-making apps, but it's also 1/8th about musicals. Speaking of fractions, we're more than two-thirds of the way through October, which means that (in New England at least) it's finally st ...

  16. Steve Jobs' Vendetta Against Google, Believed Android Stole Apple iPhone's Software

    October 25, 2011 8:25 AM EDT SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Google can only hope that Steve Jobs' final vendetta doesn't haunt the Internet search leader from his grave. The depths of Jobs' antipathy toward Google leaps out of Walter Isaacson's authorized biography ...

  17. Business Matters: Will Boinc's Business Model Get Stale Before It Launches?

    October 20, 2011 7:25 PM EDT Will Boinc's Business Model Get Stale Before it Launches? -- Boinc, the innovative music service by Beyond Oblivion, could revolutionize the way people consume music. But the industry is going to have to wait a bit longer to see it in action. ...

  18. Apple iCloud Review: Don't Cut Your Cords Just Yet

    October 20, 2011 7:41 AM EDT LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Syncing music from your iPhone or iPad across computers has got to be one of the least enjoyable experiences in Apple's computing ecosystem. The advent of iCloud was meant to lift the headaches of this cord-reliant process ...

  19. Business Matters: Rihanna's 'Unlocked' Facebook App Gets Her 750,000 New Followers

    October 19, 2011 5:27 PM EDT Rihanna's 'Unlocked' Facebook App Gets Her 750,000 New Followers -- A Facebook app created for Rihanna's new album is gaining the singer a horde of new social media followers. The app, titled " Unlocked," is a promoti ...

  20. How Siri, the Apple iPhone 4S's 'Virtual Personal Assistant,' Could Transform Music

    October 19, 2011 11:58 AM EDT The launch of the Apple iPhone 4S has people raving about Siri, the talking-assistant app. It lets users speak into their devices and the app fulfills requests like scheduling plans or replying to text messages. But it also works with music. In th ...

  21. Apple Quarterly Earnings Lower Than Expected

    October 18, 2011 6:03 PM EDT Apple Inc. failed to set a new sales record in the last three months of founder and CEO Steve Jobs' life. Its financial results came in below expectations on Tuesday - a rare miss for the company. After several record quarters, the July-to-Se ...

  22. Watch: Blippar Augmented Reality App with Warner Music Nashville's Hunter Hayes

    October 14, 2011 4:26 PM EDT Warner Music Nashville has paired with Blippar to enable the UK-based developer's mobile app to offer fans a different way to access music and video. A sticker on the front of Hunter Hayes' new, self-titled CD on the label notes the &quo ...

  23. Apple's New 'Music' App Replaces 'iPod'...And Deletes Music?

    October 14, 2011 2:30 PM EDT Say goodbye to "iPod" -- say hello to "Music." As suspected , Apple changed the name of its music player app, found on the iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad, during its recent iOS 5 launch. It's now known simply as "Music. ...

  24. Google 3Q Numbers Impress Investors

    October 14, 2011 6:29 AM EDT SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Mounting worries about another global recession haven't shaken Google. The online search and advertising leader's third-quarter earnings, released Thursday, are the latest reminder of how Google's position as th ...

  25. Business Matters: SoundHound Integrates with Apple iOS 5, Sends Search History to the Cloud

    October 13, 2011 11:12 PM EDT SoundHound Integrates with Apple iOS 5, Sends Search History to the Cloud -- SoundHound's new support for Apple's iOS 5 operating system takes advantage of the iCloud's capabilities. iCloud, Apple's cloud-based media storage se ...

  26. This Week In Music Apps: Dancing Jello, Free YouTube MP3s, and Writing Great Lyrics

    October 12, 2011 2:48 PM EDT At the risk of giving too much away, we have some... interesting apps for you this week. But when haven't we? This Week In Music Apps has been bringing you farm-fresh picks from the latest, greatest music app releases for 18 weeks straight. D ...

  27. Apple iPhone 4S Pre-Orders Top One Million, Break Record

    October 11, 2011 7:48 AM EDT NEW YORK (AP) - Apple says first-day pre-orders of the iPhone 4S topped 1 million, breaking the record set by last year's model. Apple Inc. and various phone companies in the U.S., Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Japan and Britain started ...

  28. Wall Street Luke Warm On New Apple iPhone 4S

    October 05, 2011 7:40 AM EDT CUPERTINO, California (AP) - The most closely kept secret about the iPhone 5? There isn't one - yet. The new iPhone is faster, has a better camera and allows you to sync content without needing a computer. It includes a futuristic, voice-acti ...

  29. Business Matters: 700,000 French ISP Subscribers Have Received an Infringement Warning

    October 04, 2011 8:48 PM EDT K French ISP Subscribers Have Received an Infringement Warning -- Nearly 700,000 ISP accounts in France have received at least one copyright infringement warning as part of the country's anti-piracy efforts. Sixty ISP account holders in Fr ...

  30. Why Apple Probably Didn't Damage Its Leadership in Digital Music

    October 04, 2011 5:21 PM EDT Apple's media event on Tuesday may have lacked the "wow" moments of the past. Music played only a minor role. But music companies should look at the new products and lower prices as evidence that Apple can maintain mobile market sha ...

  31. Sprint to Buy More Than 30 Million iPhones (Report)

    October 04, 2011 7:15 AM EDT NEW YORK (AP) -- Sprint Nextel Corp. has committed to buying more than 30 million iPhones over the next four years, imposing a heavy burden on an already cash-strapped company, according to a report published Monday. The Wall Street Journal's ...

  32. iPhone 5: Five Things To Expect At Tomorrow's Launch

    October 03, 2011 3:55 PM EDT Apple will "talk iPhone" with the world Tuesday at an event at the company's Cupertino campus. The event is expected to unveil the next generation of iPhone - dubbed the iPhone 5 - and could include updates to previous incarnations ...

  33. Shazam Reverts Back To Free

    September 29, 2011 8:55 AM EDT Shazam, the firm behind the music identification app of the same name, today removed the limitations on how many songs users can ID for free when using its free iPod app. Those paying for the Shazam Encore premium app have long been able to ID as ...

  34. Tablets Can Do More to Encourage Digital Music Purchases, Report Says

    September 28, 2011 6:21 PM EDT One million additional people have purchased content at iTunes this year, according to a new report from The NPD Group. Unfortunately for music companies, the percent of iTunes content buyers who purchased music has declined to 75 percent from 82 ...

  35. This Week In Music Apps: Samples, Synths, and Sketching out Music

    September 28, 2011 2:38 PM EDT Each week, we go hunting for the best and most interesting music apps on Android, iOS and the web, for our This Week In Music Apps series (also worthwhile: previous installments .) For those of you just joining us, we usually start off with a roun ...

  36. Business Matters: Apple to 'Talk iPhone' on October 4

    September 27, 2011 4:57 PM EDT Apple to "Talk iPhone" on October 4 -- Apple has announced it will host a special event October 4 to "talk iPhone." The event will take place at the Apple campus in Cupertino, California and will begin at 1 p.m. ET/10 a.m. PT. ...

  37. Juke Music Streaming Service Launches In Germany

    September 15, 2011 7:00 AM EDT Wanna See My Music Collection? Juke, a new music streaming service, launched in Germany this month with 13 million licensed tracks. BERLIN - On Sept. 1, a new cloud-streaming music service called Juke launched in Germany. The new service offers ac ...

  38. Topspin's Andrew Mains Heading to Mobile Roadie, Named Chief Operating Officer (Exclusive)

    September 12, 2011 12:02 PM EDT Direct to fan marketing platform Topspin is losing its VP of sales and marketing Andrew Mains, who is leaving to join mobile app development firm Mobile Roadie. His new position at Mobile Roadie will be chief operating officer, overseeing business ...

  39. This Week In Music Apps: Jessie J's App, Change Your Ears' Age, Spotify-as-Pandora

    September 09, 2011 1:40 PM EDT It's been raining music apps at Evolver.fm headquarters again, and that means we're due for another installment of our This Week In Music Apps series, which delivers the latest and greatest music apps from the iTunes App Store, Android M ...

  40. Muve Breaks 200,000 Mark, Expands to Android

    September 08, 2011 11:34 AM EDT Cricket Communications' Muve mobile music service continues to grow, now claiming 200,000 subscribers and expanding onto Android-based devices. The service-which bundles unlimited music with unlimited talk, text, and data into a single mobile ...

  41. Here Come The Spotify Apps

    September 01, 2011 11:57 AM EDT Spotify opened up its code to iOS developers on Wednesday, with big implications for music on the iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad. Starting today, developers can build Apple iOS apps that play anything from Spotify's entire 15-million-song-plus ...

  42. Without Steve Jobs, Apple Faces Challenges in Retaining Its Dominance in Digital Music

    September 01, 2011 8:58 AM EDT The resignation of Apple CEO Steve Jobs marks the end of an era not only for Apple, but for the digital music industry that he played a crucial role in shaping. Which is why the timing of this move is so important. By any standard, Jobs is the c ...

  43. This Week In Music Apps: Mufin Player, Geo-Playlists, iPhone MP3 Downloader

    August 26, 2011 4:00 PM EDT This Week In Music Apps serves up the latest music apps for iPhone, Android, and your now-more-capable web browser every week. You could set your… calendar by it. We'll start with a round-up of music apps and services we've put to the te ...

  44. MTV Unveils Group Viewing iPhone App, But What About the Music?

    August 19, 2011 12:47 PM EDT Group listening apps are all the rage right now, from Turntable.fm to Music+ on Facebook . But in the television world, people have been watching together using technology for longer - a difference we chalk up to the simple fact people tend to wat ...

  45. This Week In Music Apps: Groove Machines, Home Music Networks and a Classical Education

    August 17, 2011 2:16 PM EDT It's a new week, which means it's time for the latest installation of Evolver.fm's "This Week In Music Apps" series featuring the most exciting, new and/or updated releases for Apple iOS, Google Android, and the web. We� ...

  46. Is Google's Purchase of Motorola All About The 17,000 Patents?

    August 16, 2011 7:44 AM EDT SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - It may be the boldest move yet by a company known for being audacious: Google is spending $12.5 billion to buy Motorola Mobility. But the big prize isn't Motorola's lineup of cellphones, computer tablets and cable se ...

  47. Business Matters: Just How Valuable Are Heavy Social-Media Users?

    August 15, 2011 8:11 PM EDT Just How Valuable Are Heavy Social-Media Users? -- Are heavy social-media users more valuable than other consumers? People may guess that social media activity translates into activity in other areas. And they can point to a recent Pew Internet st ...

  48. How The Google Motorola Acquisition Helps the Music Industry

    August 15, 2011 12:10 PM EDT Google's $12.5 billion acquisition of Motorola Mobility Holdings today sent shockwaves through the mobile world, fundamentally altering the landscape of the business. For the music industry, this is a significant development given the role th ...

  49. Google to buy Motorola Mobility for $12.5 Billion

    August 15, 2011 8:00 AM EDT MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (AP) -- Google Inc. is buying cell phone maker Motorola Mobility Holdings Inc. for $12.5 billion in cash. It's by far Google's biggest acquisition to date and a sign the online search leader is serious about expandi ...

  50. Jimmy Iovine on Beats/HTC Deal: 'The Record Industry Must Make the Transition to Phones Globally'

    August 11, 2011 6:34 PM EDT Last night's news that mobile phone manufacturer HTC has taken a majority stake in Beats Electronics shows just how far the company has come since its original line of Beats By Dre headphones… and how far it's willing to go. Beats co-fou ...

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