Smartphones

  1. Google Expels Grooveshark from Android Market Following Label Pressure

    April 06, 2011 11:56 AM EDT Music sharing service Grooveshark has been booted from yet another mobile app store. As first reported by CNET, Google has expelled the service from the Android Market. Officially, the reason given was that Grooveshark violates Google's terms ...

  2. Leaked Android Music App Reveals Details About Google Cloud Music Service

    April 05, 2011 12:46 PM EDT The latest sign that Google is about to launch a cloud-based music service comes in the form of a leaked official music app created for smartphones running the Android operating system. The blog Tech From 10 obtained a copy of the Android music pl ...

  3. Pandora Subpoenaed In Federal Investigation Into Smartphone Apps

    April 04, 2011 3:01 PM EDT Pandora has been served a subpoena related to a federal investigation into personal information shared by smartphone apps "that run on the Apple and Android mobile platforms," according to an update to the SEC filing that announced the c ...

  4. Billboard.Biz's App Of The Month: SoundTracking

    April 01, 2011 6:08 PM EDT Once a week for the last four weeks, we've been highlighting the new music apps for we've seen for smartphones, online and the iPad. To be honest I wasn't sure if there would be enough activity to justify a weekly roundup of music r ...

  5. Rhapsody's Jon Irwin Talks Progress a Year After Spinning Off From Real Networks

    April 01, 2011 3:02 PM EDT Rhapsody's Jon Irwin A year ago today, Real Networks officially split off its Rhapsody music subscription service into a standalone company. Since then, the smaller, nimbler organization has added 100,000 net subscribers for a total of 750,00 ...

  6. This Week In Apps: Bluebrain's Location App/Album, Shapemix Remixing; MyStream's Music-Sharing Challenge

    April 01, 2011 1:50 PM EDT Bluebrain Washington D.C-based band Bluebrain are creating their most recent album as a location-aware iPhone app. Called "The National Mall," the album/app will play music from the album-really more what the band calls "melodic phr ...

  7. Existing Clouds: mSpot Responds to Amazon Locker Service With Lowered Pricing

    March 30, 2011 4:14 PM EDT Watching a behemoth like Amazon suddenly muscle into your turf the way music locker service mSpot did this week must be a chilling experience. But the small digital music company responded quickly today by unveiling a new pricing structure designe ...

  8. Android Launches In-App Sales, Poised To Take Smartphone Crown

    March 30, 2011 12:51 PM EDT Google today issued an update that allows developers with apps on the Android operating system to sell content from within their apps for the first time. Apple's iOS system for iPhone and iPad has featured in-app billing since 2009, so this i ...

  9. Nokia Sues Apple Again Over Patents

    March 29, 2011 6:45 AM EDT Nokia is suing Apple in the United States for allegedly infringing patents in "virtually all" of its mobile phones, portable music players, tablets and computers, the Finnish company said Tuesday. The move is the latest in a string of la ...

  10. Google Internally Testing Music Service: Report

    March 24, 2011 6:33 PM EDT The Google Music service still isn't live, but there are reports that employees at the company have begun using it already. CNET reports that Google employees are testing the product internally, which is a common practice for companies develo ...

  11. This Week In Apps: Color, Nirvana and Stones, XXL, Owl City

    March 24, 2011 12:14 PM EDT Color The app-watching world spun into a tailspin late this week after former Lala founder and startup wunderkind Bill Nguyen re-emerged with a new app called Color. The chatter has less to do with the app itself and more due to the company's ...

  12. Amazon Appstore's Conspicuous Absences: Pandora, Free MP3s

    March 24, 2011 11:03 AM EDT The Amazon Appstore is missing two things that Android users can get through Google's Android Market: Pandora and free MP3s. Pandora has long been one of the more popular free apps. The company boasts 80 million registered users. On Thursday ...

  13. App Content Rating System Called For By Wireless Association

    March 23, 2011 10:30 AM EDT CTIA-The Wireless Association today introduced an initiative designed to apply a content rating system to mobile apps. The program calls for a voluntary self-certification of apps by app developers, but little else is defined at this time. The pla ...

  14. Amazon Launches Appstore To Rival Android, iTunes; Apple Sues

    March 22, 2011 1:10 PM EDT Amazon.com opened its version of an app store for smartphones today, focusing exclusively on apps for Android-based devices. The Appstore (as it is called) launches with 3,800 apps available, and is offering a free download of an exclusive level o ...

  15. Business Matters: What Music Companies Can Learn from the New York Times' Pay Wall

    March 17, 2011 5:05 PM EDT What Music Companies Can Learn from the New York Times' Pay Wall -- There should be a few learning lessons after the New York Times puts up a pay wall to its content at its website and mobile apps. Any entertainment business that sells digita ...

  16. 'Love, Music & APIs' Panel @SXSW Settles Hipster Music Quarrels

    March 15, 2011 11:30 AM EDT The new Bragging Rights app, created during Music Hack Day, could effectively end hipster on hipster violence as we know it . As any hipster can attest, the question over who discovered a band first has sparked many a bar argument. But perhaps the ...

  17. Iris Launches NoiseClerk to Make Music Licensing Easy for App Developers

    March 15, 2011 7:36 AM EDT Iris Distribution's BlinkerActive marketing agency has created an online shop where developers can acquire licenses for use in their mobile apps. Launched on Tuesday, NoiseClerk offers over 10,000 pre-cleared titles at flat rates of $100 for ...

  18. 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 ...

  19. Circus Mashimus Tent @SXSW 2011: A Playground For Music Apps

    March 14, 2011 5:03 PM EDT Two of the biggest obsessions for many people at South by Southwest are a) finding cool spots to network and b) a nice wireless connection, and the Circus Mashimus tent, presented by Mashery in partnership with AppCircus, provided a beautiful plac ...

  20. Superglued Sneak Peek: App, Unveiling At SXSW, Finds Gigs Based On Location, Friends, Preferences

    March 14, 2011 1:31 PM EDT While the music industry continues to wait for Foursquare to develop a music strategy, other less-known location-based apps are doing it today. SuperGlued is one such company, using the South by Southwest festival to launch an app that lets users ...

  21. 7digital, RIM Team on BlackBerry PlayBook Music Store

    March 10, 2011 10:41 AM EST The upcoming BlackBerry PlayBook tablet computer from Research In Motion (RIM) will include an embedded digital music store provided by 7digital, the two companies announced. The 7digital store lets users search, preview and buy and download MP3s ...

  22. Hackers Stumble Upon Google Music's Cloud-Based Service

    March 08, 2011 2:02 PM EST The much-anticipated Google Music service has been spotted in the wild. Not yet officially launched, an apparently unfinished version of the service has been found by hackers toying around with a new version of the Android operating system. As exp ...

  23. Kazaa Announces App-less Mobile Music Streaming, Avoids Apple Subscription Fees

    March 07, 2011 3:45 PM EST Shares of Atrinsic more than doubled after the company announced its popular Kazaa digital music service could be accessed without an application, in a move that could help it skirt Apple Inc's plans to take a cut of revenue generated from sa ...

  24. Analysis: What Apple's iPad 2 Means For The Music Industry

    March 03, 2011 6:20 PM EST Wednesday's unveiling of the iPad 2 wasn't much of a surprise, as most everyone following Apple knew it planned to announce an update to the tablet device. What follows now is an analysis of what the new device means. Apple has an uncann ...

  25. Steven Tyler's AppSoLewdly: the Week in Apps

    March 03, 2011 1:56 PM EST -- Steven Tyler's AppSoLewdly Aerosmith front man and American Idol judge Steven Tyler has added app entrepreneur to his resume with the release of the iPhone app "Steven Tyler's AppSoLewdly," available now on iTunes. The $3 ap ...

  26. Apple -- And Steve Jobs -- Unveil iPad 2, Garage Band App

    March 02, 2011 2:57 PM EST At a special press event today in San Francisco, Apple unveiled the next generation of the iPad, dubbed the iPad 2 . Unlike past events, this reveal was not much of a surprise, since Apple hinted at it pretty clearly in the invitations sent out fo ...

  27. Clear Channel Acquires Thumbplay's Mobile Music Service

    March 01, 2011 11:37 AM EST Clear Channel has emerged as the buyer for mobile music service Thumbplay, which we learned yesterday was up for sale . The sale, as expected, revolves around the Thumbplay Music on-demand streaming music service, which is available as a smartphon ...

  28. 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 ...

  29. Business Matters: Motorola Gets Cloud Fever, Invests in Catch Media

    February 25, 2011 4:52 PM EST Get the lowdown (below) on the music offerings at this week's Launch conference in San Francisco. Business Matters: Motorola Gets Cloud Fever, Invests in Catch Media -- Motorola has made a strategic investment in cloud storage and playback se ...

  30. Facebook Developer Booyah Announces 'Nightclub City: DJ Rivals' Mobile Gaming App

    February 25, 2011 4:18 PM EST The creators of Nightclub City, a music-focused social game on Facebook, are bringing their experience to mobile phones next month with a unique app that blends the two platforms. The Nightclub City game on Facebook lets users create custom virtua ...

  31. Business Matters: 75,000 Albums Released In U.S. In 2010 -- Down 22% From 2009

    February 18, 2011 1:45 PM EST -- About 75,000 albums were released in 2010, according to Nielsen, down 22% from 96,000 in 2009. Yeah, that's a big drop - especially when you consider that it includes both digital and physical formats. In fact, the number of new releases p ...

  32. Apple Subscription Panic: Mulligan, Purdham Urge Calm

    February 17, 2011 12:49 PM EST If you've picked read the news in the last 24-hours - from Billboard.biz to tech and national press - you may have noticed that Apple has set off a wave of fear and trepidation. Wednesday's news of Apple's decision to take a 30% cut ...

  33. Rdio Unveils new iPhone App in Spite of Apple's New Subscription Rules

    February 16, 2011 1:00 PM EST Rdio unveiled a new version of its iPhone app today in a complete redesign that it hopes will attract more users to the service. Gone are the bottom-screen tabs, replaced by a customizable home screen that mimics the app icon arrangement of the iP ...

  34. Google Music: Meet The Executive Team

    February 15, 2011 5:04 PM EST The Google Music service that's become the worst-kept secret in the music industry may not be live yet, nor is it showing signs of launching anytime soon, but we are slowly getting clarity into who at Google is building the service. On Friday ...

  35. Apple's New Subscription Rules Could Kill Streaming Music Services

    February 15, 2011 3:37 PM EST Apple today introduced the ability to let app developers charge for in-app content on a subscription basis. While this development is a major boon for developers looking for new ways to monetize their products, it could have devastating affects on ...

  36. Report: Nokia - Microsoft Deal Sparks Wildfire App Development

    February 14, 2011 10:02 AM EST Mobile app tracking firm Flurry Analytics reports that it has seen a 66% spike in developer interest in Microsoft's Windows Phone 7 platform following the company's landmark partnership deal with Nokia last week. While that may not seem ...

  37. Nokia Taps Microsoft For Smartphone Alliance in Massive Restructuring

    February 11, 2011 9:50 AM EST Nokia CEO Stephen Elop promised to make broad changes to address the phone manufacturer's declining market share, and today he delivered, unveiling the biggest shakeup since the company changed focus from rubber manufacturing to the telecommu ...

  38. iPhone Makes Surprisingly Subdued Verizon Debut

    February 10, 2011 5:01 PM EST Apple's iPhone made its debut in Verizon Wireless stores and other retail locations today, officially ending AT&T's exclusive rights to the popular smartphone. But unlike past iPhone unveilings, this didn't spark the kinds of li ...

  39. What the Music Biz Can Learn From Nokia CEO's 'Burning Platform' Memo

    February 09, 2011 5:02 PM EST The Internet was ablaze this morning with the leak of a sensational memo from Nokia CEO Stephen Elop about the state of the company. Originally obtained by Engadget , (and reprinted in full below), the memo compares Nokia's current predicamen ...

  40. Beatles Launch A Mobile App With 'Love'

    February 08, 2011 1:04 PM EST Do-It-Yourself mobile app platform Mobile Roadie scored a huge win by powering a mobile app for "The Beatles: Love" -- the soundtrack for the Cirque du Soleil show -- which went live on the iTunes App Store today. The free app streams 30 ...

  41. Nokia Staff Shakeup Reportedly Under Consideration

    February 07, 2011 10:35 AM EST Approximately half of the executive board at mobile phone maker Nokia may be out of a job later this week, as new CEO Stephen Elop scrambles to reverse the company's falling revenue and declining market share. At least, that's the news c ...

  42. Verizon iPhone Pre-orders Sell out

    February 04, 2011 7:05 AM EST Verizon sold out of iPhones pre-orders less than a day after it began allowing current customers to order the Apple smartphone, according to Mashasble.com A note on the telecommunication's website confirmed that Verizon is "no longer tak ...

  43. Verizon Vs. AT&T iPhone: a Side-by-Side Comparison

    February 03, 2011 7:26 AM EST Ever since Apple's iPhone went on sale in 2007, Verizon Wireless customers have held out hope that, one day, AT&T's grip as its exclusive U.S. distributor would be broken. That day arrives next week, when Verizon's iPhone goes o ...

  44. Android Market Hits Web as In-App Purchasing Hits Android

    February 02, 2011 3:30 PM EST Android Web Store Now Open For Business Google unveiled a new, web-based Android Market at its Android event on Wednesday, Until now, Google offered Android apps only through a mobile-based store. Some third- party sites such as AndroidZoom have o ...

  45. Business Matters: The Android Surge: Mobile Is No. 1, Tablets Up Ten-Fold

    February 01, 2011 1:11 PM EST Android Mobile Is No. 1 -- Android overtook Nokia for the top mobile market share in the fourth quarter of 2010, according to Canalys. Google's operating system was used on 33.3 million units shipped in the quarter, up 615% year over year and ...

  46. Verizon On The Horizon: Apple Releases iTunes Update

    January 28, 2011 8:05 AM EST On Thursday Apple released iTunes 10.1.2, the latest update for the company's popular music and media management system. While stability and performance improvement are ostensibly the reasons behind the new edition, several of the upgrades po ...

  47. MIDEM: Are Mobile Apps Monetizing the Few or the Many?

    January 24, 2011 12:00 AM EST Are mobile apps just for super fans? At a MidemNET discussion on monetizing mobile apps hosted by Mobile Roadie CEO Michael Schneider, a question from the audience brought up a question that was also on other people's minds. Duncan McRae of S ...

  48. Apple App Store Hits 10 Billion Downloads

    January 22, 2011 12:00 AM EST Apple says that its app store has hit the 10 billion downloads mark. The milestone, announced on Apple Inc.'s website Saturday, arrives as the company's hugely popular smart phone is likely to become even more popular with the addition n ...

  49. Sony Strikes Deals With Spotify, Mobile Roadie

    January 20, 2011 12:00 AM EST Sony Music Entertainment has been very busy lately. Originally reported by the Wall Street Journal's AllThingsD blog , and independently confirmed by Billboard, Sony has indeed finalized its long-rumored "almost there" deal with Spo ...

  50. Music Apps Lead Apple's Nearly 10 Billion Downloads

    January 19, 2011 12:00 AM EST Apple is closing in on 10 billion apps downloaded via the App Store -- complete with a $10,000 iTunes gift card for the lucky user who makes the milestone-setting download -- and in the process is revealing which apps have done the most to help re ...

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