Technology

  1. Apple’s New Headphones: A New Hi-Def Connection For Beats? (Report)

    June 05, 2014 7:26 PM EDT Apple has introduced new specifications for headphones that connect through the Lightning cable input of its iPhones and other iOS devices, according to a report posted on 9to5mac.com . The Cupertino, Calif., tech giant is in the midst of its Worl ...

  2. Amazon Preps Prime Music Service For Launch Within Weeks (Report)

    May 29, 2014 9:33 PM EDT Another day, another tech behemoth getting into the music streaming business. Amazon.com is reportedly preparing to add a library of music to its hybrid Amazon Prime service within a few weeks, giving annual subscribers access to a limited catalog ...

  3. Winners and Losers From the Apple-Beats Deal

    May 29, 2014 7:11 PM EDT Love it or hate it, Apple's $3 billion acquisition of Beats Electronics , the tech giant's largest acquisition to date, will have a huge impact in the music industry and beyond. Beats' financial backers clearly benefit from the sal ...

  4. Facebook to Expand Privacy Check-Up Tool

    May 23, 2014 12:09 PM EDT More Facebook users can expect to see a blue cartoon dinosaur popping up in their feeds, reminding them to check their privacy settings. No stranger to privacy fiascos, Facebook had already made the tool available to users who were posting public ...

  5. Apple’s CarPlay to Hitch iPhone to Autos

    May 23, 2014 12:04 PM EDT Apple is getting ready to hitch the iPhone to cars in a mobile marriage of convenience. The ambitious project, called CarPlay, implants some of the iPhone's main applications in automobiles so drivers can control them with voice commands, a t ...

  6. Viggle Expands Into Music Identification

    May 22, 2014 8:00 AM EDT Shazam is getting some more competition. Viggle , an online platform that allows television viewers to "check in" to programs they watch, is branching out to music. Now the Viggle mobile app has been expanded to include a music identific ...

  7. Audiam Expands Into Publishing Administration

    May 21, 2014 1:04 PM EDT Audiam has expanded its expertise in mining YouTube revenue opportunities to offering its services to unlock revenues tied up at other digital services due to data problems gumming up proper accounting and payments. Initially billed as a service ...

  8. FCC's Wheeler Takes Another Stab at Explaining His Net Neutrality Position

    May 20, 2014 6:25 PM EDT House subcommittee hearing turned into a grilling of sorts What started out as a rocky hearing for Federal Communications Commission chairman Tom Wheeler turned into an opportunity for him to explain at length to lawmakers about the agency’s new r ...

  9. Miley Cyrus' Mom and Tyrese's 'Billionaire' Video Stir Big Social Chart Gains

    May 15, 2014 7:40 PM EDT Thanks in part to revised chart methodology, Miley Cyrus zooms from No. 18 to No. 2 on the latest Social 50 chart. As the chart has been reconfigured to emphasize reactions of fans to an artist's postings on social networks, a well-liked phot ...

  10. Universal Music, Sony Music and Warner Music All Take Cash Stakes in Shazam, Betting on IPO

    May 14, 2014 8:56 PM EDT Universal Music Group, Sony Music Entertainment and Warner Music Group have all bought stakes in privately held Shazam Entertainment in recent weeks, according to several people familiar with the talks. Related Articles Shazam Narrows Losses As Re ...

  11. Media Investors Back Twitter Analytics Startup SocialRank

    May 13, 2014 8:42 PM EDT Twitter analytics startup SocialRank is getting the support of some big media backers. The New York firm announced on its blog that it has raised more than $1 million in seed funding from investors that include Shari Redstone's Advancit Capit ...

  12. John Legend Invests in Video Start-Up Adventr

    May 13, 2014 10:00 AM EDT John Legend currently sits atop Billboard’s Hot 100 Singles chart with the ballad “All of Me,” but he’s also making a splash this week as a tech investor. Legend is among the backers of newly-launched web video start-up Adventr, co-founded by his ...

  13. Steve Jobs vs. Tim Cook: The Apple CEOs' Major Differences

    May 12, 2014 4:53 PM EDT "Think different" became Apple's creed during the late Steve Jobs' reign as CEO. Now, chief executive Tim Cook is embracing that idea while making decisions that might have seemed crazy to his fabled predecessor. Apple's p ...

  14. YouTube at Music Biz Conf: 'Supporting Artists at Any Stage in Their Career’

    May 08, 2014 9:47 PM EDT While some might believe that technology companies and record labels have a long history at being at loggerheads, YouTube is moving beyond that perception by paying over $1 billion to labels and publishers over the last few years. That was the mes ...

  15. YouTube Creator Management Lead Bing Chen Resigns for Stealth Startup

    May 08, 2014 7:17 PM EDT Bing Chen was global creator development and management lead at the Google-owned video streaming service. YouTube is losing its global creator development and management lead.  Bing Chen, who has worked for the Google-owned video streaming platfor ...

  16. Muve Music Up For Sale (Sources)

    May 07, 2014 9:55 PM EDT Muve Music, the leading paid U.S. subscription play, bundled as part of the Cricket Wireless service, is being put up for sale according to people familiar with early discussions. News of the sale discussions was first reported by New York Times . ...

  17. Data Breaches Offer CEOs New Nightmares

    May 06, 2014 6:22 PM EDT Add hackers to the long list of things that give CEOs insomnia. Target's chief executive, Gregg Steinhafel, is the first boss of a major corporation to lose his job over a theft of customer data. His exit from the helm of the nation's th ...

  18. Two New Breakthroughs Aim at Easy Music Publishing Solutions

    May 01, 2014 7:12 PM EDT SongLily offers easy sync licensing to game/app developers while the termination and reversion calculator helps you figure out just that. Technology is once again helping the music industry eliminate the middle man, with new online ways to facilit ...

  19. How Spotify's Daniel Ek, Sprint's Dan Hesse Pulled a Deal Together in a Month

    April 30, 2014 8:00 AM EDT It may be hard to believe given the scale of their new partnership, but Sprint CEO Dan Hesse and Spotify CEO Daniel Ek met for the first time just a month ago in a “spontaneously planned” meeting at San Francisco Airport.  That both companies have ...

  20. Twitter Revenue, Spending, Users All Up, Stock Down

    April 29, 2014 8:25 PM EDT Twitter revenues more than doubled to $250 million in the first quarter of 2014 from the $114.3 million it produced in the same time last year. Meanwhile, its loss more than quadrupled to $132.4 million from the $27.1 million in red ink it produce ...

  21. Apple Shares Surge on Earnings, Dividend Boost

    April 23, 2014 7:52 PM EDT Apple Inc. on Wednesday posted a modest 4.7% increase in sales and a 7% jump in profit its second quarter that nevertheless beat the expectations of Wall Street analysts and helped send the company's stock soaring more than 8% following the f ...

  22. AT&T Explores Expansion Of Super-Fast Internet

    April 21, 2014 7:36 PM EDT AT&T plans a major expansion of super-fast Internet services to cover as many as 100 municipalities in 25 metropolitan areas. The service, called GigaPower, has a 1 gigabit per second speed that is about 100 times what U.S. consumers typically ...

  23. Business Matters: Five Ways Sprint Will Help Spotify

    April 17, 2014 11:25 AM EDT The news this week that Sprint could be announcing a partnership with Spotify at its April 29 press event was just the latest in a multitude of pairings between streaming music services and telecommunications companies. Related Articles Is Beats M ...

  24. Despite Last-Minute Offer By Relativity, Maker Studios Says Disney Deal Already Approved

    April 14, 2014 8:08 PM EDT It was reported earlier today the Ryan Kavanaugh-led Relativity Media was looking to outbid Disney for the YouTube network, but Maker Studios says it is still going with Disney. In a statement, a Maker spokesperson says, "As per the announcem ...

  25. Neil Young’s PonoMusic Kickstarter Campaign Raises $5.75 Million

    April 10, 2014 9:28 PM EDT With five days left in their Kickstarter funding initiative, Neil Young and the PonoMusic team are now the third most funded campaign in Kickstarter history at $5.75 million as of today.  PonoMusic CEO John Hamm is thrilled about hitting the miles ...

  26. 84% of Content Consumed in Spain is Pirated

    April 10, 2014 6:55 PM EDT % of content consumed in Spain is illegal, according to new report that adds more fuel to fiery debate in piracy-plagued country. Eighty-four percent of all online content consumed in Spain is pirated, according to a study of 2013 Internet trend ...

  27. Dropbox Music? New Carousel Photo App Hints at Plans

    April 09, 2014 7:10 PM EDT Cloud storage and file management system developer Dropbox showed off its newest application, photo-sharing app Carousel, in a presentation and blog post Wednesday. The company says Carousel is part of a broad strategy to turn its utilitarian fold ...

  28. Underwhelming Start to iTunes Radio Lights Fire Under Apple

    April 09, 2014 10:00 AM EDT The failure of iTunes Radio to halt the decline of music downloads has prompted Apple Inc. to consider the most dramatic overhaul of its iTunes music store in more than a decade, according to executives familiar with Apple’s internal delibera ...

  29. Martin Garrix Makes an Ultra Debut on Social 50 Chart

    April 03, 2014 7:54 PM EDT EDM star Martin Garrix debuts on the Social 50 chart thanks to his breakout turn at the Ultra Music Festival over the March 28-30 weekend. The Social 50 ranks the most popular artists on YouTube, Vevo, Facebook, Twitter, SoundCloud, Wikipedia, Mys ...

  30. Business Matters: What's Behind YouTube Music Service's Delays

    April 03, 2014 3:58 PM EDT YouTube, which originally planned to launch its on-demand music streaming service late last year, has pushed its debut to the second quarter or beyond. Related Articles Last.fm Pulls Out of Radio Streaming, Plugs in YouTube YouTube Has Paid Out $1 ...

  31. Netflix, Hulu Plus, Dozens of Other Streaming Apps Available on Amazon's Fire TV

    April 02, 2014 8:20 PM EDT Online video providers are fired up about Amazon's new streaming video box, the Fire TV.  The device, which Amazon announced at a media event in New York on Wednesday morning, comes pre-loaded with dozens of apps including Netflix, Hulu Plus, ...

  32. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg's Pay Dropped 67 Percent in 2013

    March 31, 2014 8:08 PM EDT Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg earned $651,165 in 2013, down from $2 million one year prior, the social network company said in a filing Monday. Zuckerberg's compensation fell in part because he took just $1 in base salary, as opposed to $503,2 ...

  33. Pluto.tv Aims to Turn Online Video Into Lean-Back Experience

    March 31, 2014 5:55 PM EDT As pervasive as online video seems to be, the amount of time people spend with YouTube and other video platforms remains a fraction of how long they spend watching good, old-fashioned television.  Pluto.tv wants to change that. The West Hollywood ...

  34. Facebook Launches Lab To Bring Internet Everywhere

    March 27, 2014 9:37 PM EDT Facebook is giving more details about its effort to connect remote parts of the world to the Internet - and it involves drones, lasers and satellites. CEO Mark Zuckerberg said Thursday that Facebook is hiring "key members of the team" fr ...

  35. Netflix Nabs Rights to SXSW Documentary 'Print the Legend'

    March 26, 2014 8:05 PM EDT Netflix has acquired the rights to documentary Print the Legend after its award-winning debut at SXSW.  The film, which chronicles the rapid rise of 3D printing, will premiere exclusively on Netflix later this year and will be available to stream ...

  36. Zuckerberg on Facebook Spending Spree: Getting Ready for 'The Platforms of Tomorrow'

    March 26, 2014 7:26 PM EDT Facebook's latest multibillion dollar acquisition of virtual reality headset maker Oculus is prompting some people to wonder if CEO Mark Zuckerberg is already living in an alternate reality. Longtime technology analyst Roger Kay wonders wheth ...

  37. Last.fm Pulls Out of Radio Streaming, Plugs in YouTube

    March 26, 2014 7:00 PM EDT Last.fm has been considered to be an online music pioneer since starting in 2002. But like many pioneers, it's gotten hit by a few arrows over the years as it tries to find the right business model for streaming music. The latest of those str ...

  38. Linkin Park's Latest Music Video Is a Game

    March 25, 2014 12:35 PM EDT It's a music video. It's a game. It's Linkin Park's latest play on technology -- a six-minute video game debuting on Tuesday that's based on the band's latest single, "Guilty All the Same," featuring Rakim. ...

  39. Disney EVP on $500 Mil. Maker Purchase: 'Our Audience Spends a Lot of Time on YouTube'

    March 25, 2014 12:00 PM EDT When Disney bought social game developer Playdom in 2010, it was hailed as one of the hottest startups in Silicon Valley. The media giant paid $563 million for the service and promised up to $763 million if the company performed well. Does the sto ...

  40. Spotify Acquires the Echo Nest

    March 06, 2014 10:19 AM EST Spotify announced today that it has acquired the Echo Nest. The deal will allow the streaming platform to utilize the music intelligence platform's widely-used algorithms to enhance user experience and music discovery for Spotify's mil ...

  41. PledgeMusic Redesign De-Emphasizes Crowdfunding

    March 03, 2014 6:55 PM EST PledgeMusic on Monday rolled out a redesign that de-emphasizes the crowdfunding features of its platform, a sign that crowdfunding has potentially reached the limit of its utility for musicians as they seek new ways to generate revenue directly fr ...

  42. Warner Music's Shazam Deal: What It Means For Music

    February 20, 2014 8:02 PM EST Warner Music Group's announcement this week that it has entered into a strategic collaboration with Shazam is the latest example of traditional music labels embracing social data to reinvent the way they do business. The deal lets Warner a ...

  43. AT&T To Offer $15-A-Month Beats Music Family Plan

    January 12, 2014 1:10 PM EST AT&T says it will start offering customers a subscription to streaming service Beats Music in a package that gives as many as five family members unlimited streaming and song downloading for $15 a month. Ian Rogers: The Man Behind the Beats Be ...

  44. Pepsi’s Frank Cooper on Midemlab Sponsorship, 2014's Music Strategy, Using Big Data To Sell Soda

    January 08, 2014 3:00 PM EST Midemlab, the think-tank competition of startup ideas in the digital music space, which takes place as part of the annual Midem music business conference in Cannes, France (Feb 1-4), has announced its list of finalists , thirty in all, across th ...

  45. Artists Angry with TuneCore and INDmusic Over YouTube Claims

    December 19, 2013 3:10 PM EST Artists and gamers have taken issue with TuneCore and INDmusic over the companies' recent efforts to claim YouTube videos that contain copyrighted music.  The eruption of complaints on Twitter , Reddit and elsewhere  this week gives a glimpse ...

  46. TuneCore Taps INDmusic to Monetize YouTube

    November 20, 2013 9:00 AM EST TuneCore Inc., one of the world's largest digital music distribution companies, on Wednesday announced it has signed an agreement with INDmusic to better monetize its artists' music on YouTube . The deal calls for INDmusic to adminster ...

  47. The Echo Nest Integrates Getty Images (Exclusive)

    October 29, 2013 11:00 AM EDT What do images have to do with sound? A lot, it seems. The Echo Nest, a music technology company based in Somerville, Mass., will be integrating more than 27,000 photos from Getty Images into its database of artist information. Subscribers of Ec ...

  48. YouTube Close to Launching Subscription Music Service (Breaking)

    October 23, 2013 6:51 PM EDT YouTube is preparing a premium on-demand music service -- akin to a Spotify, but with video -- to launch later this year, according to several sources familiar with the plans. The service, designed with mobile listening in mind, will have ...

  49. The Orchard Serves Up Multi-Channel Network with a Side of BACON (From the Magazine)

    October 11, 2013 8:00 AM EDT The Orchard, a company that started 16 years ago as an independent record distribution shop on Orchard Street in New York, announced on Oct. 10 it has formed a YouTube multi-channel network, or MCN, with more than 1,000 channels across the g ...

  50. Blue Note and Panasonic Partner on In-Car Audio (Exclusive)

    September 26, 2013 9:00 AM EDT Blue Note Records has signed a licensing partnership with Panasonic to help develop and co-market a car audio system that would be tuned to the types of music featured in Blue Note's catalog, whose artists range from Norah Jones and Van ...

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