Smartphones

  1. Nokia Pulls Plug on Free Music In Most Markets

    January 17, 2011 12:00 AM EST The world's top cellphone maker, Nokia, is ending its bundling of free music downloads with cellphones in 27 countries, where it has gained little traction since its 2008 launch. Nokia will continue to sell phones with 12-month subscription t ...

  2. Nokia To End Free Music Downloads In Most Countries

    January 17, 2011 12:00 AM EST The world's top cellphone maker, Nokia, is ending its bundling of free music downloads with cellphones in 27 countries, where it has gained little traction since its 2008 launch. Nokia will continue to sell phones with 12-month subscription t ...

  3. Nokia To End Free Music Downloads In Most Countries

    January 17, 2011 12:00 AM EST The world's top cellphone maker, Nokia, is ending its bundling of free music downloads with cellphones in 27 countries, where it has gained little traction since its 2008 launch. Nokia will continue to sell phones with 12-month subscription t ...

  4. YouTube & Vevo: Coming Soon To An Android Mobile Near You

    January 12, 2011 12:00 AM EST The nation's two top providers of music videos online today set their sights on the mobile marketplace, with both Vevo and YouTube expanding their reach into Android mobile phones. YouTube, which to date has not been able to stream music vide ...

  5. Watch: The Daily Show Celebrates Verizon's Apple iPhone Deal -- Loudly!

    January 12, 2011 12:00 AM EST "Today, our long national nightmare is over," Jon Stewart said on last night's Daily Show (video below), referring to yesterday's announcement that starting in February Verizon will begin providing service for the Apple iPhone. ...

  6. Analysis: What Verizon's iPhone Launch Really Means

    January 11, 2011 12:00 AM EST Tech pundits and analysts have been waiting for Verizon to sell the iPhone since the device was first unveiled back in 2007. Now that that day is finally here, they can now turn their attention to what it really means. What does it mean for Verizo ...

  7. Verizon to Begin Selling iPhone Next Month

    January 11, 2011 12:00 AM EST The rumors were true: Verizon Wireless today announced it will begin selling Apple's iPhone, ending rival AT&T's three-year exclusive on the iconic device. Verizon will carry the existing iPhone 4, not some new iPhone model. Pre-orde ...

  8. If Verizon Gets the iPhone: Five Questions to Ask ...

    January 10, 2011 12:00 AM EST If the rumors swirling throughout the Internet are true, Verizon will announce tomorrow that it will, at long last, start selling Apple's iPhone by the end of the month. What we know for sure is that Verizon is holding a press event, although ...

  9. @CES: Five Gadgets That Rocked This Year's Conference

    January 08, 2011 12:00 AM EST Get past all the crowds, cab lines, celebrity spokespersons, bad food and booth babes, and the 2011 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) was about nifty little gadgets -- a whole lot of nifty little gadgets that take up more show floor ex ...

  10. @CES: Music in Your Car Will Get a Lot Sweeter With These New Apps

    January 07, 2011 12:00 AM EST LAS VEGAS -- Music got truly mobile at the Consumer Electronics Show this year, as a number of car manufacturers and car stereo makers finally got serious about including digital music apps into their products. The vast bulk of the activity lay in ...

  11. @CES 2011 Update: Time Warner CEO on Cord-Cutting; Rock Band For Smartphones, Home Video DRM

    January 07, 2011 12:00 AM EST Among the latest news coming out of CES are Time-Warner CEO Jeff Bewkes take on the theory of cord-cutting as well as new product announcements like Rock Band for smartphones, the Ultraviolet digital rights management system for home video and Son ...

  12. Business Matters: Amazon Preps Android App Store; 2010 Country Music Sales Better Than Overall Music Sales

    January 06, 2011 12:00 AM EST Amazon Preps Android App Store -- Amazon is prepping an Android app store of its own, TechCrunch reported on Wednesday just as Apple today announced it was launching an app store for its Macintosh computers and iPads. The lure is obvious beyond th ...

  13. Apple Launches App Store for Its Mac Computers and iPads

    January 06, 2011 12:00 AM EST Apple Inc is launching an applications store for Mac computers, replicating a model that proved wildly popular on its iPhones. Apple is hoping to capitalize on Macs' surging sales as it aims to change the way software is sold for its computer ...

  14. @CES 2011: Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer's Keynote Address Focuses on Kinect, Mobile Apps. Tablets Take Backseat

    January 06, 2011 12:00 AM EST Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer led off his CES keynote tonight with a little bit of gaming and a little bit of mobile, touting impressive momentum for two of the company's larger initiatives of the last year. On the gaming side, Ballmer proudly ...

  15. MTV's Music Meter Expanding To Select Samsung TVs

    January 05, 2011 12:00 AM EST MTV is expanding its Music Meter artist discovery service to Internet-connected TVs manufactured by Samsung. Under the deal, Samsung will include the Music Meter on select HDTVs, as well as Blu-ray players and home thearter systems through its Sam ...

  16. Business Matters: Google Android On Way To Surpassing iPhone & Blackberry

    January 04, 2011 12:00 AM EST Google's Android Smartphone On Way To Surpassing iPhone & Blackberry Sales -- We're getting closer to the day when Google is the preferred company of the music fan. The smartphone market is practically in a three-way dead heat, accor ...

  17. 2011 Consumer Electronics Show Preview: Tablets, Smartphones & Biz Markie

    January 03, 2011 12:00 AM EST The ringing in of the New Year is now behind us, which means only one thing-CES is just around the corner. The International Consumer Electronics Show -- as it officially is known -- runs from Jan. 6 - 9 in Las Vegas and sets the stage for the yea ...

  18. Google Building Digital Newsstand To Compete With Apple

    January 03, 2011 12:00 AM EST Google Inc has approached several magazine publishers about creating a digital newsstand, in a move that could open a new front in the Internet company's rivalry with Apple Inc, according to a news report. The digital newsstand would provide ...

  19. Malfunctioning iPhone Alarm Clock Brings Oversleeping to Asia and Europe

    January 03, 2011 12:00 AM EST Some iPhone users in Asia and Europe complained of malfunctioning alarms on the first working day of 2011, even after Apple reassured users that its phones' built-in clocks will work from Monday. Bloggers, Facebook and Twitter users complaine ...

  20. Apple Noticeably Absent at This Week's Consumer Electronics Show

    January 02, 2011 12:00 AM EST What do you call it when you have 120,000 people and an elephant in the room? The International Consumer Electronics Show, which kicks off this week in Las Vegas. The elephant is Apple Inc. It won't be at the show this year, but its tablet co ...

  21. Business Matters: Xmas Digital Music Sales Up Slightly; iPad Not Magazine Industry's Savior

    December 30, 2010 12:00 AM EST Sales Up Over Christmas, But Down Year-Over-Year -- Digital sales were up slightly Christmas week 2010 but showed the same signs of a slowdown that has been evident throughout much of the year. Digital track sales were down 2% from the same week i ...

  22. Android MP3 Player Leak Suggests Google Is Gearing Up To Challenge Apple iTunes; Can A Google Music Store Or Cloud Service Be Far Behind?

    December 28, 2010 12:00 AM EST Google-owned Android phones are doing a fine job of grabbing market share without a killer MP3 music player like iTunes. With an improved MP3 player, however, Android could make significant inroads on the iPhone as the device of choice for music l ...

  23. Apple Sued Over Apps Sharing User Information With Third Parties, Lawsuit Names Pandora Radio

    December 28, 2010 12:00 AM EST Apple is the target of a class action lawsuit over the way its apps share personal information with outside parties, according to a Bloomberg report . The lawsuit comes a week after a Wall Street Journal article about user information being shared ...

  24. 3D iPhone? Apple Granted Patent For New 3D Technology

    December 27, 2010 12:00 AM EST The Future is now, or at least a little bit closer. Apple is reportedly working on a display screen that will show 3D images and holographs without the need for bulky glasses. According to the Telegraph , Apple was recently granted a U.S. patent f ...

  25. Monetizing Gaming Apps: Paying For Smurfberries

    December 21, 2010 12:00 AM EST The publisher of the popular "The Smurfs' Village" game for the iPhone and iPad has added a warning that virtual items such as "Smurfberries" cost real money - as much as $100 with just two taps on the screen. An Associate ...

  26. Music Discovery, Streaming and Artist Apps Top New Neilsen Report on Mobile Music Apps & Streaming Services

    December 20, 2010 12:00 AM EST A new report on mobile music apps from research group Nielsen breaks down the activity and interest in music apps by type-such as streaming, artist apps, discovery apps, touring apps and so on. In North America, music discovery apps lead the way, ...

  27. Apple To Open App Store For Mac Computers

    December 16, 2010 12:00 AM EST There's just no escaping the app model. Apple today announced that it will open a special App Store just for Mac computers on Jan. 6. Here's the statement from CEO Steve Jobs: "The App Store revolutionized mobile apps. We hope to do ...

  28. Cloud Music App mSpot Now Available For iPhone

    December 15, 2010 12:00 AM EST Apple has not yet offered a cloud-music service on its own, but a new app available in the App Store hopes to fill that void. The mSpot music app lets users store up to 2GB of compressed music files in a cloud-based locker, and then stream it to t ...

  29. Will the Android Be the Dominant App Platform of 2011?

    December 13, 2010 12:00 AM EST Depending on who you believe, the Android smartphone platform either is or isn't going to be the dominant app environment for 2011. On the pro side is famed VC Fred Wilson of Union Square Ventures, who last week on his A VC blog said Android ...

  30. CBS Radio Unveils New iPhone App

    December 06, 2010 12:00 AM EST Not content to let Clear Channel's iheartradio smartphone app run uncontested in the smartphone space, CBS Radio has introduced its new Radio.com app for the iPhone. The app offers streaming access to more than 200 music, news, sports and tal ...

  31. Business Matters: Jack White, DDEX, Spotify and more

    December 02, 2010 12:00 AM EST Opinion and analysis of the day's music news. Jack White On Limited Edition Vinyl -- Jack White’s Third Man Records releases limited edition vinyl. Some pieces of vinyl end up on eBay and can sell for hundreds of dollars. So, Third Man recent ...

  32. Report: Mobile Games To Top $11 Billion By 2015

    November 30, 2010 12:00 AM EST The major labels may have turned their noses up at the freemium model popularized by Spotify, but there are other versions of the model that are showing signs of success. Take mobile apps, games in particular. A recent report by Juniper Research f ...

  33. Live Nation App Goes Live

    November 30, 2010 12:00 AM EST Fresh off a Web site upgrade that added new social features to the ticket-buying process, Live Nation now has a smartphone app as well. The app, currently only for the iPhone, offers users ticket alerts, app-exclusive pre-sales and access to last- ...

  34. Smule's 'Magic Fiddle' Released For iPad

    November 10, 2010 12:00 AM EST App developers Smule—creators of the wildly popular “I Am T-Pain” app—introduced their latest virtual instrument for the iPad in the form of Magic Fiddle. As the title suggests, the app is a virtual violin, allowing users to simulate playing a vio ...

  35. RIM Takes On Apple's iPad

    November 10, 2010 12:00 AM EST BlackBerry maker Research In Motion, a late entrant in the booming tablet market, will take on Apple's iPad with competitive pricing of its rival Playbook device. The Canadian firm's tablet, set to launch in the first quarter of next yea ...

  36. Victor Manuelle Signs Deal With Sprint

    November 03, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Tropical singer/songwriter Victor Manuelle has signed a deal with Sprint in Puerto Rico to promote several of its products. The alliance will include a series of TV commercials for the Sprint Samsung Galaxy Tablet and the Blackberry Style, among o ...

  37. Google Gaining On Booming Smartphone Market

    November 01, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Google's Android software platform rose to No. 2 spot globally on the booming smartphone market in the third quarter, research firm Canalys said on Monday (Nov. 1). Nokia's Symbian continued to lead the market with a 37% share, while And ...

  38. Apple Sues Motorola

    November 01, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Apple Inc sued rival Motorola Inc, claiming the Droid smartphone maker infringes on three iPhone patents. Cupertino, California-based Apple says Motorola is purposefully using its touchscreen software, as well as other display technologies. " ...

  39. Katy Perry, Maroon 5 Help Launch Windows Phone

    November 01, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Microsoft and AT&T will launch the new Windows Phone with free concerts featuring Katy Perry at the Roseland Ballroom in New York, and Maroon 5 at the Fillmore in San Francisco on Nov. 8, the company announces today. Tickets are available only ...

  40. Business Matters: Spotify Says No Truth To Apple Rumor

    October 27, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Opinion and analysis of the day's music news. Spotify: No Truth To Apple Rumor -- Spotify tells Billboard there is no truth in the rumor posted at TechCrunch that Apple is in very early, “on-again, off-again discussions” with the company. “We ...

  41. Business Matters: Android, Lady Gaga, Google TV and more

    October 26, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Opinion and analysis of the day's music news. Android Hits 100K Mark -- Android has reached 100,000 apps in its app store, a threefold increase since March. Google says there are now 270,000 developers writing software for Android. Apple’s Ap ...

  42. Nokia To Cut 1,800 Jobs After Strong Q3

    October 21, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Nokia reported stronger-than-expected profits for the third quarter, boosted by solid demand for its cheap smartphones, and said on Thursday (Oct. 21) it would cut up to 1,800 jobs under its new chief executive. Third-quarter underlying earnings p ...

  43. RIM's Balsillie Responds To Barbs From Apple's Jobs

    October 20, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Research In Motion's Jim Balsillie brushed off Steve Jobs' critique of RIM's BlackBerry PlayBook tablet computer, saying the Apple CEO's barbs made no sense outside of his company's "distortion field." Jobs on Mo ...

  44. Guest Post: Girlilla's Digital Marketing Tips

    October 20, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Jennie Smythe is the CEO of Nashville-based Girlilla Marketing , a full service strategic digital marketing firm. In this post she talks about the trends and companies she's watching right now. APPS Geesh, that’s the keyword, isn’t it? You he ...

  45. ReverbNation Acquires Sound Around

    October 19, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The acquisitions in the mobile app space just keep coming. This time its DIY outfit ReverbNation picking up developer Sound Around, creator of Band App The company announced the acquisition on its blog earlier today. Sound Around's Band App l ...

  46. Business Matters: A Look At Apple's Q4 Numbers

    October 19, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Opinion and analysis of the day's music news. A Look At Apple's Q4 Sales Numbers -- Here's a quick look at the sales stats from Apple 's fiscal 2010 fourth quarter ended Sept. 25: 3.89 million Macs (up 27% from last Q4), 14.1 m ...

  47. 7digital Bundled With iPad Rivals

    October 19, 2010 12:00 AM EDT U.K. digital entertainment company 7digital is going to be busy with various new partners in the months ahead, and it's covering all the bases for digital music from mobile apps and tablets to browser access and even image recognition. The co ...

  48. Apple 4Q Net Income Soars 70 Percent; iPad Falls Short

    October 18, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Apple Inc. said Monday that net income for the most recent quarter soared 70 percent on strong sales of iPhones, though iPad sales fell short of expectations. Shares fell in after-hours trading. Apple's stock had been breaking through record- ...

  49. The Latest Music Apps: Rhapsody, uPlaya, Musicpix

    October 18, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Although Billboard's Music App Awards may be over, developers are churning out new music apps on a regular bases for mobile phones, iPad and other devices. Here's the latest worth noting that came out in the last week: Rhapsody Music sub ...

  50. Analysts: There’s A Goldmine In Virtual Goods

    October 15, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Where’s the money in mobile apps? According to app analysis firm Flurry, it’s in virtual goods, not ads. In a post on the company’s blog , Flurry notes that mobile virtual good account for 80% of revenue from iPhone and iPad apps, which include su ...

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