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  1. This Week In Music Apps: Smart Guitar, Digital Accordion and iTunes for Android

    August 11, 2011 12:00 PM EDT Each week, our "This Week in Music Apps" series whets your app-etite (sorry, couldn't resist) with a satisfying slice of the most promising music app releases for Android, iOS, and your web browser. (For a taste, sample last week� ...

  2. Beats By Dr. Dre, HTC Ink $300 Million Mobile Phone Deal

    August 10, 2011 10:36 PM EDT Beats Electronics and mobile device company HTC Corporation have entered a strategic partnership to bring high performance sound to HTC phones. HTC will release a line of devices integrated with Beats sound innovations this fall. The $300 million ...

  3. Bits & Briefs

    August 08, 2011 6:35 AM EDT Mobile Gamers Willingly Buy In-Game Content More proof that the freemium model?otherwise known as "try before you buy"?is working on the mobile app front: App analytics company Flurry says games that are free to download but sell in-ga ...

  4. This Week in Apps: ShapeMix, MusicPound, iSheetMusic, The Polyphonic Spree, More

    July 22, 2011 2:03 PM EDT Bullseye iPad App Teaser from Moonbot Studios on Vimeo . Bullseye The Polyphonic Spree put out the music video for its new single "Bullseye" as an app for the iPhone and iPad. It's basically an interactive video that lets viewers na ...

  5. Apple Smashes Q3 Earnings Estimates With Record iPhone, iPad Sales

    July 19, 2011 6:00 PM EDT The iPhone is conquering Asia, the home of its strongest competitors. Sales there nearly quadrupled from a year ago and helped Apple Inc. trump analyst expectations for yet another quarter. Apple also said iPad sales worldwide nearly doubled from ...

  6. Spotify Finally Launches in the U.S. -- Full Details Here

    July 14, 2011 6:16 AM EDT Spotify is finally available for U.S. consumers, ending well over a year of anticipation that a deal with all four U.S. major labels was imminent. A deal with Warner Music Group was finalized Wednesday, according to sources and reports. The compan ...

  7. Katy Perry Launches Free Mobile App, But Does it Work Equally Well On All Smartphones?

    July 12, 2011 4:50 PM EDT Katy Perry has officially launched her new free mobile app for iPhone and Android, courtesy of Mobile Roadie, offering fans access to a library of Perry content on the go. The app is colorful and quirky, just like the 26-year-old pop star, and let ...

  8. Gregory Brothers' New Songify App Turns Spoken Word into Song

    July 11, 2011 5:01 PM EDT YouTube sensations The Gregory Brothers, in conjunction with developer Khush, released Songify, a new iPhone app that turns spoken words into song. "I'd say we'd dreamed of an app like this since before we were born," Evan Greg ...

  9. New Security Holes Discovered in iPhones, iPads

    July 08, 2011 7:26 AM EDT SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A new security hole has opened up in Apple Inc.'s iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch devices, raising alarms about the susceptibility of some of the world's hottest tech gadgets to hacker attacks. Flaws in the software runn ...

  10. Business Matters: Could Deal Between ISPs and Entertainment Companies Be a Global Model?

    July 07, 2011 5:56 PM EDT The Adam Smith Approach to Piracy: A Global Model? -- The press releases were flying as trade groups and varied associations quickly came out in favor of the graduated response agreement between U.S. Internet service providers and the music, telev ...

  11. App of the Month: Songkick Concerts

    July 05, 2011 7:23 PM EDT As any good cook knows, the right ingredients just sell themselves -- and that's the philosophy behind June's App of the Month, Songkick Apps . The initial selling point is simple: the app scans the music stored on any iPhone to which it ...

  12. Business Matters: Smartphones Now Over Half of New Phone Sales in US, iPhone Driving Growth

    June 30, 2011 6:01 PM EDT Increasingly American as Apple Pie: Smartphones -- Smartphones have reached an important milestone in the U.S. According to Nielsen, 55% of mobile consumers who reported buying a new handset in the last three months purchased a smartphone instead ...

  13. Hitlantis Music Discovery Raises $1.5 Million

    June 27, 2011 1:24 PM EDT Hitlantis announced Monday (June 27) that it has raised $1.5 million in fresh funding for its music discovery service. The funding came from angel investors and includes private investments from senior Nokia executives and other private individual ...

  14. Business Matters: Spotify Reportedly Launching in Mid-July -- Will Americans Care?

    June 24, 2011 5:27 PM EDT Spotify Reportedly Launching in Mid-July -- Will Music Fans Care? -- The latest Spotify rumor of the week says the service will launch in the U.S. between July 5 and July 15 and will cost $10 per month. This is according to a post by The Noisecast ...

  15. This Week in Apps: iTunes Festival, Exfm Mobile, MOG's Moggles, Sir Mix-A-Lot's Mix-N-Match

    June 23, 2011 6:22 PM EDT iTunes Festival London Live Nation released an app for the iTunes Festival London, which will allow users to stream performances from the music festival live on their iPhone, iPad or iPod. It's a free app that also supports AirPlay so users c ...

  16. Business Matters: Apple's iTunes Festival App Will Stream Concerts to the World

    June 21, 2011 6:36 PM EDT Business Matters: Apple's iTunes Festival App Will Stream Concerts to the World -- Apple has released a free app that allows HD streaming of live performances from the iTunes Festival 2011 at the Roundhouse in London. An updated version of th ...

  17. This Week in Apps: Yahoo!, Music Choice, More.

    June 17, 2011 12:04 PM EDT Play by Yahoo! Music A free Android app that combines music ID with playlist creation. It's basic feature is a simple music player, used to play songs stored on the users device. It also lets users select a single song from their library and ...

  18. Germany's Simfy Claims Apple Is Delaying iPad App Approval

    June 16, 2011 2:06 PM EDT BERLIN - Simfy, the German music streaming company based in Cologne, is claiming Apple has delayed approval of its iPad app for over three months and has filed a formal complaint at the German cartel-office in Bonn. Simfy says Apple is misusing it ...

  19. Apple Settles With Nokia in Drawn-Out Patent Dispute

    June 14, 2011 4:52 PM EDT HELSINKI, Finland - Nokia Corp. on Tuesday notched a valuable win against rival Apple Inc., with the U.S. company agreeing to pay the Finnish handset maker a one-time sum to settle long-standing patent disputes as well as royalties for current lic ...

  20. Business Matters: What Exactly Is Blackwell Fuller's Business Model?

    June 13, 2011 6:07 PM EDT What is Blackwell Fuller's Business Model? -- The new music industry grew on Monday with the announcement of Blackwell Fuller , a new company created by Island Records founder Chris Blackwell and 19 Entertainment founder Simon Fuller. The pai ...

  21. This Week in Apps: Songkick, Gowalla with Owl City, Avid Scorch, Echo Nest's Facebook App Contest

    June 10, 2011 11:21 AM EDT Our weekly look at the hottest new music apps available for your mobile devices… Songkick Concerts The app scans the music stored in users' iPhones and cross references it to its database of 100,000 concert listings worldwide to create a pers ...

  22. Keith Urban Teams With AT&T, Samsung for 'Get Closer' Tour

    June 09, 2011 8:57 AM EDT Keith Urban has inked an integrated sponsorship deal with AT&T and Samsung for his upcoming "Get Closer" 2011 World Tour, it was announced today. The agreement includes AT&T/Samsung's naming rights as presenting sponsor and ...

  23. What the Apple iCloud Means...and What it Doesn't

    June 06, 2011 6:00 PM EDT Now that we know what iCloud is , now the debate begins over what it means. Taking a step back and addressing that answer within the grand scheme of the digital music landscape, the answer is simple-not much. That's not a dig on Apple or in a ...

  24. Steve Jobs' Apple Keynote By The Numbers

    June 06, 2011 3:45 PM EDT Apple and CEO Steve Jobs love to jam their keynote presentations full of stats, figures, and numbers. Here's a quick list of the most relevant to Billboard readers: -- 200 million iOS devices sold to date -- iOS holds 44% of the smartphone ma ...

  25. This Week In Apps: Mixcloud, Viddy, and MobileRoadie's BlackBerry Snub

    June 03, 2011 4:24 PM EDT Mixcloud Billing itself as the "YouTube of radio," Mixcloud is an on-demand radio app, using a rather loose definition of "on-demand." It essentially aggregates a number of Internet radio streams, podcasts, and DJ mixes. It als ...

  26. This Week in Apps: Lady Gaga (x 2), Lokast, Spins.FM, Moodagent, SoundHound, RedLaser

    May 27, 2011 2:15 PM EDT -- Lady Gaga "Revenge" and "The Monster in You" (@ladygaga @taptaprevenge @appetizermobile) The all-out marketing blitz behind Lady Gaga's new album "Born This Way" wouldn't be complete without a few mobile ...

  27. Android Market Producing Fewer Blockbusters Than Apple's App Store

    May 27, 2011 10:55 AM EDT New statistics on the Android Market show that Android is creating fewer blockbuster paid apps than Apple's App Store. And like apps for other operating systems, Android apps are finding the business is a winner-take-all market in which few t ...

  28. Pioneer Debuts AppRadio In-Car Stereo System With Support for Pandora, Rdio

    May 26, 2011 12:06 PM EDT Fans of today's smartphone music apps will soon have a chance to integrate them more seamlessly into their cars, thanks to a new car stereo coming soon from Pioneer Electronics. It's called the AppRadio, and is designed specifically as a ...

  29. Senator Calls For Smartphone App Privacy Policies

    May 26, 2011 7:39 AM EDT WASHINGTON - A key member of the Senate Judiciary Committee is challenging Apple Inc. and Google Inc. to require all developers that make apps for their mobile devices to adopt formal privacy policies. Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., sent letters to the ...

  30. Is Apple Launching a New Product This Weekend?

    May 17, 2011 11:44 AM EDT The 10th anniversary of Apple 's retail stores is this coming Thursday, and rumors are swirling that the company may have a surprise product launch planned to mark the occasion. According to the Apple insider blog Boy Genius Report , a flurry ...

  31. Nokia's Ovi Services To Get Rebranded

    May 16, 2011 2:55 PM EDT The "door" is now closed. Nokia is removing the Ovi brand from its suite of software services in favor of the more academic "Nokia Services." Ovi meant "door" in Finnish. The switch will include the Ovi Music store, w ...

  32. Why Record Labels, Google Couldn't Agree on the Cloud

    May 11, 2011 5:50 PM EDT LOS ANGELES-- Google's decision to launch a music locker service yesterday (May 10) was a big topic of discussion on the sidelines of the NARM conference here this week. The reaction from the more veteran music industry attendees is simply an ...

  33. Apple, Google Grilled on Location Data By Senate Panel

    May 11, 2011 7:18 AM EDT WASHINGTON - Executives from Apple and Google told lawmakers Tuesday that users have control over information used to pinpoint the location of iPhones and smartphones running Google's Android software. Guy "Bud" Tribble, vice presid ...

  34. Google Music Launched Today -- Without Licenses

    May 09, 2011 9:01 PM EDT Proving unable to come to an agreement with all the major labels for the music service it originally wanted, Google is going to pull an Amazon and unveil a digital music locker service without any licensing deals at all during a keynote tomorrow ( ...

  35. Amazon Includes iOS Support for Cloud Player, Access Through Safari Web Browser

    May 09, 2011 11:06 AM EDT Amazon's Cloud Player now has basic support for Apple's iOS devices. While Cloud Player is not yet accessible through an app for iPhone or iPad, users of those devices can now access the Amazon cloud storage service through Apple's ...

  36. Apple Updates Software to Fix Controversial Tracking Glitch

    May 05, 2011 8:28 AM EDT SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Apple Inc on Wednesday released a software update to fix a problem that enabled its mobile devices to collect and store customers' location data, making good on a promise it made last week. Apple Chief Executive Offi ...

  37. Business Matters: Surprise, Music Sales Continue to Improve

    May 04, 2011 8:12 PM EDT Surprise, Music Sales Continue to Improve -- Here's the latest on the surprisingly strong recorded music sales of 2011. Through May 1, track sales are up 8%, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Current tracks are up 10% and catalog tracks are up ...

  38. Smule Embraces Freemium With Magic Piano iPhone App

    May 04, 2011 12:05 PM EDT You know the freemium business model for mobile apps has reached an inflection point when music app developer Smule-which has never released a free app in the lifetime of the company-embraces it. That changes today. Smule-the developer behind such ...

  39. Why Apple Pulled Best-Selling App From Its App Store, Report

    May 04, 2011 8:19 AM EDT Apple on Tuesday pulled a music downloader from its App Store after it became the best-selling iPhone app, Wired.com reported. Any Music Downloader allowed customers to search for any MP3 online, download them to their iPhone drive and then listen ...

  40. Apple Denies Tracking iPhone Customers -- Will This End the Outcry? Probably Not ...

    April 27, 2011 12:30 PM EDT Apple today directly addressed the controversy over its iPhone tracking practices for the first time, forcefully stating that it does not track its users as has been claimed. On its website, Apple explains that: "Apple is not tracking the loc ...

  41. Android Outpaces iPhone in Marketshare, Mindshare -- But Developers Still Consider iPhone Tops

    April 26, 2011 1:40 PM EDT Google's Android platform continues to outpace that of the iPhone's iOS. This time, the focus is not on market share, but consumer demand. According to a report from Nielsen , 31% of consumers surveyed between January and March of this y ...

  42. iPhone Tracking Is Actually Good For Music Apps

    April 25, 2011 3:26 PM EDT Depending on what you've read, Apple's location-tracking feature for the iPhone is either a complete outrage or a manufactured controversy not worthy of the hubbub it's caused. The news broke last week in the tech press and quickly ...

  43. This Week in Apps: iheartradio for iPad, Gorillaz Remixing, Augmented Reality, and Songasaurus

    April 22, 2011 11:23 AM EDT iheartradio Clear Channel extended its iheartradio Internet radio app to the iPad, where it is one of the few streaming music services available. Like the iPhone versions, the iPad app simply lets users stream music from any of the company's ...

  44. Apple Slammed Over iPhone, iPad Location Tracking

    April 22, 2011 7:47 AM EDT Privacy watchdogs are demanding answers from Apple Inc. about why iPhones and iPads are secretly collecting location data on users - records that cellular service providers routinely keep but require a court order to disgorge. It's not clear ...

  45. Report: Apple to Beat Google to the Cloud

    April 22, 2011 6:00 AM EDT Watching the race between Apple and Google to see who launches a cloud-based music service first is kind of like the children's fable of the Tortoise and the Hare. Except they're both Tortoises. But there are signs that the finish line i ...

  46. iTunes Generates $1.4 Billion Last Quarter; Three Reasons Why Its Value Is Far Greater

    April 21, 2011 11:44 AM EDT In Apple's impressive fiscal second quarter numbers , iTunes may not have created much revenue but its value to the company is certainly more than the financial statements indicate. Apple's second quarter revenue was $24.67 billion, its ...

  47. Apple to Ship New iPhone in September: Sources

    April 20, 2011 7:39 AM EDT Apple's next-generation iPhone will have a faster processor and will begin shipping in September, three people with direct knowledge of the company's supply chain said. The production of the new iPhone will start in July/August and the s ...

  48. Sonos Offers New Services For Music Streaming

    April 19, 2011 12:58 PM EDT Cloud music services are all the talk these days. But let's not forget the devices used to access the cloud. Sonos, one of the earliest pioneers of cloud music home entertainment systems, today unveiled a number of new improvements to keep it ...

  49. This Week In Apps: 8tracks, Wah Wah Pedal, and the Next Lawsuit Waiting to Happen

    April 15, 2011 7:05 AM EDT tracks 8tracks is another playlist sharing app that allows users to upload MP3s to create customized playlists. The hook -- only eight tracks per playlist, hence the name. The Web-based service has received largely high marks for usability and fu ...

  50. This Week in Apps: Tapulous' New ClubWorld, Invisible Instrument, David Bowie and Grooveshark

    April 08, 2011 7:00 AM EDT ClubWorld Tapulous, the developers of the Tap Tap Revenge series, has unveiled its first new app since being acquired by Disney last year. ClubWorld is a real-time social game in which players act as nightclub owners. Users hire bouncers, bartende ...

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