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  1. Sony Releases Crackle App for Apple Devices

    April 19, 2011 7:34 AM EDT Sony Pictures said Monday it has released iPad, iPhone and iPod apps for its Crackle Web site, which offers hundreds of TV and movie titles for free viewing on-demand with ads. Crackle's content includes movies from Columbia Pictures, TriStar ...

  2. Fidel Allows Russian Apple Device Owners to Stream Music Legitimately

    April 18, 2011 4:16 PM EDT Russian online music service Fidel has launched an application that will finally allow domestic iPad and iPhone users to legitimately stream music. iTunes does not currently operate in Russia and it is not clear when or if it ever will. "The ...

  3. 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 ...

  4. Business Matters: Music-Related Startups Raise $123 Million In First Quarter

    April 12, 2011 8:50 PM EDT Music-Related Startups Raise $123 Million In First Quarter -- The money started pouring back into digital music last quarter. Ten music and music-related startups raised $124.3 million in venture capital in the first quarter of 2011. Billboard tra ...

  5. 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 ...

  6. 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 ...

  7. 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 ...

  8. Business Matters: If Labels Don't Like Amazon's Cloud, They Won't Like Tunesbag Either

    March 31, 2011 4:55 PM EDT If Labels Hate Amazon's Cloud, They'll Won't Like Tunesbag Either -- If labels hate Amazon's Cloud Drive and Cloud Player, they might as well hate Tunesbag, too. Just days after the launch of Amazon's cloud storage service ...

  9. 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 ...

  10. Amazon's 'Third-Rate,' Unlicensed Cloud Service 'Disappoints' Labels

    March 29, 2011 12:32 PM EDT The biggest question being asked about Amazon's new cloud music service is: "How did it beat Apple and Google to the punch? " The answer to some is: It didn't. To say that Amazon beat Apple and Google is simply unfair, because ...

  11. 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 ...

  12. Apple's Developers Conference Scheduled for June -- Here's Why They Probably Won't Unveil Their Cloud Music Service There ...

    March 28, 2011 2:45 PM EDT Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference is scheduled for June 6-10, the company announced today, which is sure to start a new round of speculation over whether CEO Steve Jobs will use his keynote address to unveil the company's much-anti ...

  13. Business Matters: Is Groupon Sliding? What That Would Mean For The Music Biz

    March 25, 2011 4:22 PM EDT Is Groupon Sliding? What That Would Mean to the Music Biz -- Is Groupon having a difficult first quarter? If so, that would impact the venues, promoters and labels that use the service to move unsold inventory and new albums. But it may just be th ...

  14. 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 ...

  15. Publishing Briefs: Clear, Carly Simon, BMG, ASCAP, Primary Wave, EMI, BMI And More

    March 23, 2011 5:40 PM EDT Oleclear acquires Music People clear , the new production music division of Canadian music publishing firm ole, has acquired the Music People, a Canadian production music company founded in 1974, according to an announcement from ole. As part of t ...

  16. Shazam Gets Social with 'Shazam Friends'

    March 22, 2011 3:00 PM EDT Responding to a rash of recently launched mobile apps designed to make music discovery a more social experience, Shazam -- the original music ID app -- introduced a new feature today called Shazam Friends. The update lets Shazam users share a real ...

  17. AT&T/T-Mobile Merger: Five Ways It Could Impact Music Biz

    March 21, 2011 2:29 PM EDT On the eve of the mobile phone industry's annual CTIA Wireless conference, AT&T dropped the bombshell news that it is acquiring rival T-Mobile for $39 billion. The move has all manner of repercussions for the wireless market, should it pa ...

  18. Kina Grannis SXSW Tour Diary 2: BMI Brunch, Hanson Japan Benefit, Bats and More

    March 21, 2011 7:15 AM EDT Friday, March 18th, Even later o'clock. (Actually, we are well into Saturday at this point.) Perhaps she sees a bat? Kina Grannis played four times at SXSW on Friday. My day started when I woke in a panic to a sound that was NOT my cell phone ...

  19. Spin's iPad App Kicks Out the Jams

    March 18, 2011 10:13 AM EDT Music blogs have taken quite a bit of wind out of music magazines' sails. But tablets like the iPad offer all print outlets the potential for renewed life in the digital age if used correctly. Spin Magazine's iPad app -- called Spin Play ...

  20. 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 ...

  21. Business Matters: Why Some Americans Will Lose Interest in Spotify

    March 15, 2011 6:12 PM EDT Spotify Thrown Over For A WIMP ... -- In "I Broke Up With Spotify," Swedish writer Sam Sundberg explains that he has taken up a relationship with WiMP, the music service that launched last month in partnership with telecom company Telnor ...

  22. Eat at SXSW 2011's CNN Grill for the Future of News, Music

    March 15, 2011 3:00 PM EDT Welcome to the CNN Grill - the SXSW headquarters for the cable news network, and a place for hungry reporters and guests to grab a bite, schmooze and today a presentation on the Future of News, led by KC Estenson, senior vice president and general ...

  23. 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 ...

  24. 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 ...

  25. 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 ...

  26. Flipboard Announces Duran Duran Project At SXSWi 2011

    March 13, 2011 6:43 PM EDT Flipboard , developer of what it calls the world's first "social magazine" for the iPad (and, this summer, the iPhone), is aiming big. The company, based in Palo Alto, Ca., says it wants nothing less than to completely transform the ...

  27. SXSWi 2011: Beyond the 'I am T-Pain' App: Creating Music on Your Mobile

    March 12, 2011 1:53 PM EST Rocking the App: Smule founder Ge Wang Makes Like Pan at SXSWi With handheld devices crammed with the latest gaming, social media and productivity applications, is there any time or space left for anything else? Probably. On Friday, the opening da ...

  28. This Week in Apps - SXSW Edition: Music Apps Get Very Social

    March 11, 2011 11:21 AM EST Right on time for SXSW, music app developers were quick to unveil their latest and greatest creations in hopes of making a splash at the annual event. A common theme among many is the addition of social features -- focusing on giving users the abi ...

  29. Microsoft's Kinect Gaming System Sells 10 Million, Sets World Record

    March 09, 2011 4:11 PM EST Microsoft not only has a hit on its hands with the Kinect motion-based gaming system: It's got a Guinness World Record. The company today revealed it has sold 10 million Kinect devices worldwide for the Xbox 360 system. Eight million of those ...

  30. Vevo To Live-Stream Bonnaroo 2011

    March 09, 2011 12:37 PM EST Vevo will host a free, exclusive live stream of the 2011 Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival, the company and the festival announced today. Through a new partnership, Vevo will webcast select live and on-demand performances and interviews from the mu ...

  31. 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 ...

  32. Business Matters: Qtrax Inks Short Term Deal with EMI, But Could it Succeed in 2011?

    March 04, 2011 7:58 PM EST Qtrax Inks Short Term Deal with EMI, But Could it Succeed in 2011? -- After many false starts, is Qtrax on its way to a launch? And is it too late? The "free and legal" download service has completed a licensing deal with EMI and may hav ...

  33. How Will Pandora Turn a Profit? New Toyota Campaign Should Help, A Lot

    March 04, 2011 1:01 PM EST After Pandora filed for an IPO in February, attention was drawn to a business model some felt was unsustainable. People tended to focus on two facts: roughly half the company's revenue goes toward royalties; and its royalty rate will increase ...

  34. 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 ...

  35. 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 ...

  36. 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 ...

  37. 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 ...

  38. Business Matters: Pandora Slayed All Internet Radio Competition in December

    February 28, 2011 4:54 PM EST Pandora Killed the (Internet) Radio Star -- Pandora was the tops -- by a mile -- in Internet radio in December, according to Ando Media's latest rankings. Pandora was first in the Domestic Ranker (M-F, 6a-8p) with 642,614 active average sessi ...

  39. 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 ...

  40. App Attacks: Foursquare Teases New Features for SXSW; Rdio Expands to Roku

    February 24, 2011 1:21 PM EST Foursquare Teases New Features for SXSW The popular location-based check-in service Foursquare made a huge splash at SXSW two years ago, using the music festival as its coming out party. So it's not surprising that it plans to make waves agai ...

  41. Business Matters: Who Will Soon Join Eminem in YouTube Billion-Airs Club?

    February 23, 2011 2:58 PM EST The YouTube Billion-Airs Club: Eminem, Bieber, Gaga and...Rhi Rhi? -- Who will follow Eminem to become the fourth artist to surpass one billion YouTube views? Rihanna, who currently has nearly 986 million YouTube views. Based on her daily average ...

  42. Interscope's Jimmy Iovine Fighting the 24-Bit Fight

    February 22, 2011 4:59 PM EST Interscope chairman/CEO Jimmy Iovine is not taking any break away from his fight to increase the quality of digital music. In a CNN article , he reiterates his desire to get the labels to supply Apple and other digital retailers with 24-bit high-f ...

  43. U.S. and EU Regulators Eye Apple's New Subscription Plan

    February 20, 2011 11:28 AM EST U.S. and European regulators are keeping tabs on Apple Inc's plans to take a cut of the revenue generated by the sale of online subscriptions through its App Store following concerns voiced by publishers. Some app makers are unhappy with Appl ...

  44. Uncharted Territory: Traphik, Tyler Ward, Teen Hearts and More

    February 18, 2011 4:00 PM EST Five weeks in, Southern California rapper Traphik is still not budging from the top spot of Uncharted , Billboard's weekly ranking of emerging artists who have yet to appear on a major Billboard chart but are mapping new territory in online f ...

  45. Billboard Unveils Chart App For iPhone

    February 18, 2011 8:00 AM EST You can now access 60 years of Billboard chart history on your iPhone. Released Thursday in the iTunes store, the Billboard Chart App features 15 charts, from the Hot 100 and Billboard 200 to genre rankings and ringtones. Users can view 60 years o ...

  46. 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 ...

  47. 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 ...

  48. 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 ...

  49. Videogame Composer Christopher Tin Talks Historic Grammy Win

    February 14, 2011 6:31 PM EST Among the big surprises and performances of last night's Grammy Awards is the historic win of composer Christopher Tin, who took home a Grammy for Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalists for the song "Baba Yetu." The tr ...

  50. Apple Music-Streaming Rumors Heat Up

    February 14, 2011 12:10 PM EST Apple's plans for a potential streaming music service have been a point of discussion and speculation for more than a year now, ever since it acquired and subsequently shuttered streaming music service Lala in December of 2009. But news leaki ...

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