iPhone

  1. RIM Launching New Version Of Touchscreen BlackBerry

    October 15, 2009 12:00 AM EDT BlackBerry maker Research In Motion is launching a new version of its touchscreen Storm smartphone, marking its latest move in the fight with Apple's iPhone. The Storm2, as the device is known, is "a biggie for us," RIM co-Chief Exe ...

  2. Business Matters: iTunes LP, Sky Songs, Tunecore

    October 14, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- Apple has responded to a claim that it charges a $10,000 production fee for the creation of iTunes LP titles. Said an Apple spokesperson, "We're releasing the open specs for iTunes LP soon, allowing both major and indie labels to crea ...

  3. Shazam Passes 50 Million Users, Secures Investment

    October 14, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Mobile music discovery service Shazam has secured further investment as it announces that global users have now passed 50 million. The service is available in more than 150 countries and users have increased by 15 million since February 2009, the ...

  4. Blizzards Blast Into U.K. At 'Hitchhiker's Guide' Bash

    October 12, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Platinum-selling Irish rock act the Blizzards launched their first U.K. album release with a performance at an event to mark 30 years since the publication of the comic science fiction novel "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy." P ...

  5. Business Matters: Lala, Viacom, YouTube, EMI

    October 07, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. -- Lala has some pretty incredible sale prices for the Top 200 Albums of the 2000s feature at Pitchfork. Radiohead 's "Kid A" is $1 ...

  6. Business Matters: Anti-Piracy Measures, Blackberry, U2

    October 06, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- In a statement following the UK government's consultation period on anti-piracy measures, The UK Music Managers Forum has called for statutory licensing in the event parties cannot agree to voluntary licensing agreements. It carries the fo ...

  7. CBS Launches AMP Radio Detroit

    October 05, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Taking on the top-rated station in Detroit, CBS Radio Monday at 8 a.m. debuted AMP Radio, which employs a top-40 format, on WVMV-FM. With the change, WVMV's smooth jazz programming, a format that has been disappearing from major markets acros ...

  8. Diddy Partners With BlackBook For iPhone App

    October 05, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Want to know where Diddy likes to hang out? There’s an iPhone app for that. BlackBook magazine has partnered with Sean Combs to create Diddy’s BlackBook. The guide offers Combs’ favorite U.S. hot spots as well as editorial reviews of 15,000 shops, ...

  9. Op-Ed: Streaming Vs. Downloading, The Coming Cash-Flow Crisis

    October 05, 2009 12:00 AM EDT First it was, "Fans want to feel it." Then it was, "Fans want to own it." Now it's, "Why own when I can save?" One of the unforeseen impacts of the global economic downturn on the music industry is the accelerate ...

  10. Business Matters: 'The Long Tail,' Perez Hilton, Rhapsody

    October 05, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- Chris Anderson talked about the "coat-tailing" critics of his book "The Long Tail" at the Commonwealth Club on September 23. "The academics are wrong," he told the audience. "They're just confused. They&# ...

  11. Wolfgang's Vault Opening Entire Concert Catalog

    September 30, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Wolfgang's Vault, which has amassed the largest collection of licensed streaming live recordings on the Internet, is about to make a treasure trove of those concerts available for downloading. Beginning Nov. 3, the site will add more than 1,0 ...

  12. Billboard Q&A: Alan Brenner, Research In Motion

    September 29, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The skyrocketing popularity of more media-capable smartphones has sparked a resurgence of interest in mobile music opportunities. As one of the leading smartphone manufacturers in the world, Research In Motion is aggressively targeting the mobile ...

  13. Apple Passes 2 Billion App Downloads

    September 29, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Apple Inc said on Monday (Sept. 28) that downloads from its iTunes applications store had passed 2 billion and that it now has more than 85,000 apps available for the iPhone and iPod Touch. It did not say how many of the applications delivered wer ...

  14. Vodafone To Join U.K. iPhone Battle From 2010

    September 29, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Vodafone, the world's largest mobile operator by revenue, will sell the Apple iPhone in Britain from 2010, it said on Tuesday, finally sealing a deal to sell the popular phone in one of its biggest markets. Vodafone, which said recently it ha ...

  15. Unicom To Sell Apple iPhones In China From October

    September 28, 2009 12:00 AM EDT China Unicom, the country's No. 2 mobile carrier, will begin to sell Apple Inc's iPhone in China for a retail price of 5,000 yuan ($732.50), as it leans on the phone to launch its 3G service. The high price tag may force buyers of the po ...

  16. Research Predicts $4.2 Billion App 'Gold Rush'

    September 23, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Research from the Yankee Group estimates that nearly 7 billion U.S. smartphone app downloads will produce $4.2 billion in revenue by 2013. The number of smartphone users is set to quadruple to 160 million over the same period, resulting an app mar ...

  17. Billboard MEL Keynote Q&A: AT&T's Rob Hyatt

    September 22, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The iPhone has sparked a number of changes in how the mobile industry approaches music and other entertainment content, and few operators are as intimately aware of the affect that device has had as AT&T--the exclusive provider of the iPhone i ...

  18. Business Matters: Spotify, iTunes, Pandora

    September 18, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. -- A new era for iTunes ? Perhaps music will not be as important to Apple since it will not be the critical driver of future hardware sales. Needh ...

  19. Pre Helps Palm Narrow Loss, Unveils Share Sale

    September 18, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Robust sales of the Pre smartphone helped Palm Inc post a smaller-than-expected loss, but a tepid second-quarter sales forecast and a plan to sell more shares helped snuff out a rally and sent its shares down nearly 2% on Thursday. Palm, which has ...

  20. Billboard MEL Q&A: Melodeo Business Dev VP Dave Dederer

    September 17, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Mobile entertainment firm Melodeo recently released its third artist-branded app with "Usher Top 100," which, like other artist apps from the company, allows fans to stream 100 songs from the artist’s catalog via their iPhone. The compan ...

  21. Business Matters: U2, Blackberry, MySpace Music, WMG

    September 17, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. -- Blackberry owners, often a forgotten group in era of the iPhone app, now have one up on their Apple-owning friends: the U2 Blackberry app is fi ...

  22. Billboard MEL Q&A: Mobile Executive Jared Hoffman

    September 15, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Earlier in his career, as the CEO of the Knitting Factory Entertainment, Jared Hoffman focused heavily on how digital platforms could be leveraged to draw fans to concerts. Now a consultant, he’s helping companies utilize Web 2.0 and mobile servic ...

  23. Mobile Campaign Pays Off For Geffen's Mini Viva

    September 15, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Geffen U.K. has scored a success with new pop duo Mini Viva, whose debut single "Left My Heart In Tokyo" entered the U.K. singles chart at No. 7 on sales of 29,000 according to the Official Charts Co. As well as benefiting from appearing ...

  24. Microsoft Launches New Zune To Rival Apple iPod

    September 15, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Microsoft Corp launched a slimmer, revamped version of its Zune handheld music and video player on Tuesday as the software giant makes its latest attempt to compete with Apple Inc's ubiquitous iPod. The touch-screen Zune HD, which features a ...

  25. Business Matters: YouTube, Spotify, Rhapsody

    September 14, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. -- Statistics revealed by TubeMogul show the dominance of music videos among YouTube ’s most-watched videos. Tracking all-time views for videos to ...

  26. 6 Questions With Michaelangelo L'Acqua

    September 11, 2009 12:00 AM EDT W Hotels Worldwide has just appointed Michaelangelo L'Acqua as the hotel chain's first global music director, assigning him the task of creating partnerships with labels, curating the company's compilation CDs and finding other ways ...

  27. Business Matters: UMG, Richard Branson, YouTube, Van Halen

    September 10, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. -- A funny thing happened on the way to the future of the record industry: disagreement. Universal Music Group ’s planned ISP-based music service ...

  28. Billboard.biz Q&A: Neil Smith, VP of Business Management, Rhapsody

    September 10, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Apple has approved Rhapsody’s on-demand music streaming application, marking the second time in a week that the company has given the nod to a potentially competing music service on the iPhone and iPod Touch platforms. The Rhapsody app—available i ...

  29. Apple Unveils Ringtones, 'iTunes LP'

    September 09, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Apple CEO Steve Jobs returned to the keynote stage at the company’s press event, for the first time since his liver transplant earlier this year, to announce several upgrades to the iTunes service, as well as a new line of video-recording iPod Nan ...

  30. Business Matters: eMusic, Sony, Perez Hilton, Apple

    September 09, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. -- How many file sharers are there in the U.K. and where does that number come from? Ars Technica explains the investigation by a BBC Radio 4 show ...

  31. Palm Unveils Pixi Phone, May Be Overshadowed

    September 09, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Palm Inc on Wednesday announced a lower-priced smartphone in the same family as its popular Palm Pre smartphone, although the move may be overshadowed by rival product launches by Motorola Inc and Apple Inc. Palm said it will start sales of the Pi ...

  32. Analysis: The Digital Revenue Slowdown

    September 08, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Digital music sales in the U.S. are stagnating. You won't read much about this in the news, and analysts tend to gloss over this recent trend in favor of reporting companies' year-over-year digital growth or digital's share of total ...

  33. Business Matters: Spotify, DMCA, Geffen Records

    September 08, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- Reviews of Spotify's iPhone app are appearing just a week after Apple gave its approval. Reviews range from insanely positive to positive with reservations. The Spotify app is free to people in the UK, Sweden, France, Spain, Norway and Fin ...

  34. Spotify Launches For iPhone, Android

    September 07, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Digital music service Spotify has launched its mobile app for the iPhone and iPod Touch and Android-powered phones. The app is available today (Sept. 7) for free from Android Market and the iTunes App store for Spotify's premium users in the ...

  35. Business Matters: Nokia, Pandora, Crosslink Capital

    September 04, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. -- Nokia says the U.S. launch of its Comes With Music service isn’t being delayed to 2010 because the U.S. launch never had a firm date in the fir ...

  36. Sources: iTunes To Add Pre-cut Ringtones

    September 03, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The Apple iTunes Music Store is gearing up to add pre-cut ringtones to its inventory and the pricing for the configuration could change the dynamics of the game. Major label sources say that while Apple will announce ringtones at its Sept. 9 iTune ...

  37. Business Matters: Vevo, SanDisk, Eircom, Apple

    September 01, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. -- Vevo , the video streaming joint venture between Universal Music Group and YouTube , is raising capital at a $300 million valuation, according ...

  38. Digital Briefs: Live365, CRB, Napster, Live Nation

    September 01, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- Internet radio provider Live365 , one of the few webcasters to turn down the recent SoundExchange compromise agreement for streaming royalty rates, is taking a decidedly different approach to the ongoing dispute - by challenging the constitutio ...

  39. China Unicom In 3-Year Deal For Apple's iPhone

    August 28, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Apple's iPhones will go on sale later this year in China, the world's largest mobile market, its partner China Unicom confirmed on Friday, after the country's No. 2 mobile carrier posted first-half profits that fell 45% yet beat exp ...

  40. Apple Approves Spotify App

    August 28, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Spotify says its iPhone app has been approved by Apple and will be available for its premium subscribers. The app will be available "soon" from the App Store for customers in the U.K., Sweden, France, Spain, Norway and Finland. The Spoti ...

  41. Digital Briefs: Apple, China, 'Rock Band'

    August 27, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- According to Chinese press reports, Apple and China Unicom have agreed on a deal to bring the popular iPhone to the country, expected to be for sale by October. The official announcement is expected tomorrow in Hong Kong. -- Gamer blog Joystiq ...

  42. RealNetworks Develops Rhapsody iPhone App

    August 24, 2009 12:00 AM EDT RealNetworks says it had developed an iPhone app for its Rhapsody subscription music service, and is submitting it for Apple's approval this week. An overview of the app, including a video demo, was posted over the weekend to the Rhapsody blo ...

  43. Clear Channel Reprising 'Stripped' Music Series

    August 21, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Clear Channel Radio is bringing its popular "Stripped" on-demand music series to its iheartradio online and mobile channel. Since "Stripped" launched in 2005, more than 125 artists have performed exclusive renditions of their h ...

  44. Business Matters: The Pirate Bay, Hot Topic, iTunes Pricing

    August 20, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. -- UPC Ireland , parent company of the NTL and Chorus Internet service providers, has refused to comply with requests from the four major music gr ...

  45. MySpace Acquires iLike

    August 19, 2009 12:00 AM EDT MySpace officially has acquired social music discovery service iLike, confirming rumors that have been swirling for days. The deal brings the entire iLike team, including founders Ali and Hadi Partovi, to the social networking service, although th ...

  46. Apple Looking Into Reports Of Exploding iPhones

    August 19, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Apple is investigating media reports that one or more of the company's iPhones have exploded in Europe, a European Commission spokeswoman said. The spokeswoman for the EU executive, which oversees the safety of consumer products sold in the 2 ...

  47. Qtrax To Go Live In the Asia Pacific

    August 18, 2009 12:00 AM EDT On the heels of several lawsuits from the vendors it has yet to pay for services, ad-supported music service Qtrax unveiled plans to go live in the Asia Pacific region on Oct. 29, with a U.S and U.K. rollout expected by the end of the year. Specif ...

  48. Digital Briefs: Qtrax, MySpace, iLike

    August 17, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- Ad-supported music service Qtrax continues to struggle as it moves towards launch. It now faces multiple lawsuits by technology vendors that it has yet to pay. Oracle, Millennium Information Technologies and Las Vegas Wall Street Group have all ...

  49. Web Music Players Strike a New Chord

    August 17, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Back in June, things looked grim for ad-supported online music services. SpiralFrog, well-funded and heavily hyped, had already gone belly up. Pioneering Web radio outfit Pandora warned it would likely shut down. And in April, social music site im ...

  50. Briefs: New Social Networking Trends, Grooveshark

    August 06, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- Marketers, take note. Adults' love of social networking sites is driving away teens. "Although their love of being online shows no sign of abating, the percentage of 15- to 24-year-olds who have a profile on a social networking site h ...

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