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  1. Apple's Swell Buy Signals a Focus on Personalization

    July 28, 2014 1:26 PM EDT Apple's acquisition of Swell , the developer of a podcast streaming app, is another bet on the value of personalized content.   Swell is to podcasts what Beats Music is to music: a service that delivers a personalized collection of audio cont ...

  2. One-Fifth of a Percent? A Closer Look at Amazon's Prime Music Launch

    June 24, 2014 10:43 AM EDT Amazon broke with tradition Monday and released some statistics on early adoption of its new Prime Music service. Although vague, the numbers seem to suggest Prime is off to a decent start. But, again, the numbers are vague. Launched June 12 , Pr ...

  3. Annual NMPA Meeting Addresses Membership Benefits, Technological Advances, Songs as 'Hopes and Dreams'

    June 12, 2014 2:44 PM EDT While the U.S. music publishing industry may have generated an annual revenue of $2.21 billion in 2013, National Music Publishers Association president and CEO David Israelite estimated (at the organization's annual meeting on June 11) that i ...

  4. iTunes, Spotify Aren't Pandora Killers Just Yet

    June 05, 2014 4:04 PM EDT Nearly every new mobile music service is hailed as a "Pandora killer," yet the leader in Internet radio continues to defy expectations. Pandora has continued to steadily grow after Apple and Spotify made strong moves into mobile streamin ...

  5. The Future of Streaming: Apple's Entry May Usher in an Era of Titanic Competition

    May 16, 2014 2:17 PM EDT The Apple-Beats deal talks were just the starter pistol. Industry execs eye the competition ahead. This article first appeared in the May 24th issue of Billboard Magazine . Talks continued at press time over Apple's bid to buy Beats Electroni ...

  6. Apple May Unveil Iovine, Dr. Dre Exec Appointments at June Conference

    May 12, 2014 1:41 PM EDT Apple could unveil Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre as its latest recruits at its Worldwide Developers’ Conference in June, according to people familiar with the Beats Electronics acquisition talks. Iovine and Dre, co-founders of Beats, are in talks to ...

  7. 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 ...

  8. AmEx Taps Maroon 5 for Live-Streamed Concert, Teams With iTunes Radio for 'First Play'

    April 02, 2014 12:01 AM EDT American Express is deepening its ties to music with a pair of new initiatives, an intimate concert with Maroon 5 and a partnership with Apple’s iTunes Radio. The Maroon 5 event will be a live-streamed concert on June 20 as part of AmEx’s Epic Eve ...

  9. Business Matters: IFPI's Annual Report to Bring 'Cannibalization' Into Focus

    March 14, 2014 8:30 AM EDT When the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry releases its twin annual economic reports on the state of the global music business in the coming days, they likely will unleash a debate that's been steadily heating up regarding ...

  10. The $1 Million Buy-In: Blue Chip Brands Flock to SXSW

    March 07, 2014 2:30 PM EST Samsung Launches Mobile Radio Service Milk Music Ahead of SXSW Lady Gaga Playing Stubbs at SXSW For Doritos, Must Do 'Bold Mission' To Get In For every one of Scott McNearney’s 14 years working for South by Southwest, the festival’s spo ...

  11. Business Matters: The Butterfly Effect and Why iTunes Radio Hasn't Increased Track Sales

    February 14, 2014 2:19 PM EST A 1972 research paper by Edward Lorenz titled "Predictability: Does the Flap of a Butterfly's Wings in Brazil Set Off a Tornado in Texas?" introduced the term "the butterfly effect" into popular lexicon. It's genera ...

  12. Brandle's Global Bits: iTunes Radio Launches in Australia, Eurovision Cracks Down On Vote-Rigging, New CEO At MAMA

    February 11, 2014 6:41 AM EST iTunes Radio Tunes Into Australia: Apple has launched iTunes Radio in Australia -- marking the service’s first expansion outside the United States. The streaming music operation dropped with little fanfare today, boasting more than 100 stations wh ...

  13. Business Matters: Study Shows Why iTunes Radio Lacks Big Impact on Download Sales

    January 28, 2014 2:52 PM EST A new report by Music Forecasting shows why iTunes Radio isn't the boon to track sales people thought it could be. Listeners of Internet radio aren't opposed to buying music. They simply don't want to interrupt the listening experie ...

  14. Business Matters: Download Sales Off to Terrible Start in 2014

    January 23, 2014 4:47 PM EST U.S. digital sales are beginning 2014 just like they ended 2013: in negative territory. Through the third week of the year, track sales are down 11.9% and digital album sales are down 13.3%, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Both figures stand i ...

  15. After Judge's Ruling, Publishing Companies' Digital Rights Withdrawal Anything But Clear-Cut

    January 14, 2014 3:18 PM EST While the BMI website says that four of the five largest music publishing catalogs have withdrawn from BMI, sources tell Billboard that most of those publishers have reached a stand-still agreement with digital music services and BMI while they ...

  16. Ross On Radio: Intriguing Stations of 2013, Part I

    January 08, 2014 2:02 PM EST Last year was neatly bookended by a few stations that represented the year in programming. It began with  Cumulus' WNSH (Nash-FM), the station that brought country back to New York radio after more than a decade, but as the flagship of a nati ...

  17. The Music Biz in 2013: In Flux, Disruptors Disrupted

    January 01, 2014 8:28 AM EST The week before Christmas, pondering a year-end music business essay, a litany of major stories jumped to mind, including: the Twitter and SFX IPOs; Sony and Vivendi investors’ calling for entertainment spin-offs; Live Nation’s record revenues ...

  18. Julie Greenwald, Billboard's Women In Music Top Honoree, Interviewed on the Red Carpet (Video)

    December 12, 2013 1:40 PM EST Atlantic Records Group chairman/COO Julie Greenwald took a few minutes to chat with Billboard on the red carpet at Billboard's 2013 Women In Music event, where she was the top honoree. Among the topics discussed here are this year's tren ...

  19. Morning Fix: Did iTunes Radio Dent Track Sales?; RIP Winamp; Carlos Vives, Julio Reyes Win Big at Latin Grammys; ASCAP Reps Go to Washington

    November 22, 2013 8:45 AM EST Get the Morning Fix Delivered To Your Inbox HERE BUSINESS MATTERS: TRACK SALES ON DOWNWARD TREND IN 2013. DID ITUNES RADIO PLAY A PART? It's not clear if iTunes Radio has hurt U.S. track sales since its Sept. 18th launch. One thing is clear, ...

  20. Business Matters: Track Sales on Downward Trend in 2013. Did iTunes Radio Play a Part?

    November 21, 2013 4:08 PM EST It's not clear if iTunes Radio has hurt U.S. track sales since its Sept. 18th launch . One thing is clear, however: aggregate track sales haven't been helped by the arrival of Apple's Internet radio service. A recent dip in track ...

  21. Pandora Growth Continues After iTunes Radio Launch

    November 05, 2013 12:51 AM EST Pandora fared well in the first full month iTunes Radio was available in the United States. The Internet radio company's listener hours grew 8% from September to 1.47 billion, according to figures revealed by CFO Mike Herring at a Morgan S ...

  22. Business Matters: iTunes Radio Starting Strong But Not Yet a Pandora Killer

    October 23, 2013 3:44 PM EDT iTunes Radio is off to a good start, but it’s too early to call it a Pandora killer.   At yesterday's press event, Apple CEO Tim Cook revealed the month-old Internet radio service has attracted 20 million users and has played 1 billion son ...

  23. Ross On Radio: Fresh Listen, iTunes Radio Top 40

    October 08, 2013 7:00 AM EDT On a dial of infinite choice, it shouldn’t be hard to find: the mainstream top 40 station that plays the hits, but plays them just a little bit sooner. On the broadcast dial, KMVQ (Now 99.7) San Francisco comes the closest to filling that brief. ...

  24. Morning Fix: 2013 Digital Track Sales Down; Rdio Launches Free Internet Radio; Twitter Unseals IPO; Lorde's 'Royals' Debuts on Social 50

    October 04, 2013 8:45 AM EDT Get the Morning Fix Delivered To Your Inbox HERE 2013 DIGITAL TRACK SALES DOWN 3.4%, ALBUM SALES DROP 6.1% U.S. digital sales continue to be under pressure. In the third quarter, the digital track sales decline accelerated and now the slowdown o ...

  25. Business Matters: Free Music Marches Onward

    October 03, 2013 5:24 PM EDT Rdio’s announcement Thursday that its app users can enjoy free radio shows free music is an powerful force. From YouTube, the world’s biggest jukebox, to freemium subscription services and Apple’s free-of-charge iTunes Radio, digital music servi ...

  26. Business Matters: Internet Radio Hits the Mainstream, Says Survey

    September 26, 2013 6:43 PM EDT A new study funded by three leaders in music streaming says Internet radio -- including on-demand services -- is used by 53% of online adults age 12 and over. "The New Mainstream," the study was presented Tuesday at Advertising Week by ...

  27. Business Matters: How Good Was iTunes Radio's Start? (Really Good)

    September 24, 2013 4:57 PM EDT Just how good was iTunes Radio's start? Pretty good. Apple announced Monday that iTunes Radio picked up 11 million listeners in its first five days of availability.   The news immediately made clear that iTunes Radio should be considered a ...

  28. Guest Post: Compilation Producers vs. Spotify, Round One

    September 23, 2013 4:37 PM EDT Dance music label Ministry of Sound has reportedly sued Spotify in the United Kingdom over playlists of MoS’ well-known compilation albums -- even though MoS doesn’t license to Spotify. How can you tell it’s an MoS compilation? Because Spotify’s ...

  29. Over 11 Million People Have Already Used iTunes Radio

    September 23, 2013 1:53 PM EDT The Internet radio business suddenly got a lot more competitive. Less than one week after its launch, over 11 million people have already tried iTunes Radio. The figure was included in a press release Apple issued Monday morning about last week& ...

  30. Morning Fix: iTunes Radio's Report Card; Pandora/ASCAP Ruling: 'All In' or 'All Out'; 'Spotify Landmark' Launches

    September 19, 2013 8:21 AM EDT Get the Morning Fix Delivered To Your Inbox HERE ITUNES RADIO'S PROMISE VS. ITS DELIVERY: A REPORT CARD iTunes Radio, after much chatter and speculation, has finally gone live as a feature in Apple Inc.’s new iOS 7 operating system, which a ...

  31. Apple iTunes Radio’s Promise Vs. Its Delivery: A Report Card

    September 19, 2013 7:20 AM EDT iTunes Radio, after much chatter and speculation, has finally gone live as a feature in Apple Inc.’s new iOS 7 operating system, which also featured a new configuration of iTunes itself.  Apple iTunes Radio Launching Sept. 18, Called 'Pur ...

  32. Pepsi's Frank Cooper Talks iTunes Radio, Exclusive Brand Channels (Exclusive)

    September 18, 2013 6:56 PM EDT Apple’s long-awaited launch of iTunes Radio on Wednesday brings an exclusive list of sponsors -- McDonald’s, Nissan, and Procter & Gamble among them -- but only one with its own branded stations. Pepsi, iTunes Radio’s premier beverage spons ...

  33. New Apple TV Software Turns iOS Device Into a Portable Remote Control for Your Music

    September 17, 2013 2:56 PM EDT Apple reportedly plans to release new software on Sep. 18 for its popular Apple TV hardware ($99), which lets you listen to music on nice speakers and watch video on a big screen by routing them through your iOS device. The way it works for musi ...

  34. Morning Fix: Apple Debuts iPhone 5S, 5C, 'Pure Dose of Awesomeness'; Lady Gaga Vs. Ex-Assistant; Taylor Swift, Kacey Musgraves Lead CMAs

    September 11, 2013 8:45 AM EDT Get the Morning Fix Delivered To Your Inbox HERE APPLE DEBUTS UPGRADED IPHONE 5S, LOWER COST 5C For the first time since introducing the device that changed cellphones forever, Apple will offer two distinct versions of the latest iPhones - a che ...

  35. Apple iTunes Radio Launching Sept. 18, Called 'Pure Dose of Awesomeness'

    September 10, 2013 2:30 PM EDT Apple Inc. on Tuesday announced it will flip the switch for its Internet radio feature on Sept. 18, when the company releases its next operating system, iOS 7.  The radio streaming function, which will catapult Apple into the ad-supported str ...

  36. Morning Fix: What to Expect From Today's Apple Announcement; WME's John Marx on Bruno Mars' Super Bowl Gig; Chris Brown Signs to Resolution; More

    September 10, 2013 7:45 AM EDT Get the Morning Fix Delivered To Your Inbox HERE WHAT TO EXPECT FROM APPLE'S EXPECTED ITUNES RADIO ANNOUNCEMENT TODAY Although opinions won't come until people get actual hands-on experience with the product on Tuesday, iTunes Radio ap ...

  37. What to Expect from Apple's Expected iTunes Radio Announcement

    September 09, 2013 1:50 PM EDT There has been a lot of speculation about iTunes Radio since word first broke last year that Apple had started discussions with record labels. Although opinions won't come until people get actual hands-on experience with the product on T ...

  38. Business Matters: Apple iTunes Radio Vs. Downloads and The Innovator's Dilemma

    September 06, 2013 6:26 PM EDT Nearly all companies must eventually embrace innovation or risk injury. As the music business follows consumers' shift to streaming media, Apple will eventually abandon part of what made it successful. iTunes Radio, expected to launch Tue ...

  39. Business Matters: Behind Apple iTunes Radio’s Launch Strategy

    August 20, 2013 6:37 PM EDT Don't expect a soft launch for iTunes Radio. Apple has lined up blue chip advertisers for its upcoming launch next month of iTunes Radio, according to an Ad Age report . McDonald’s, Nissan, Pepsi and Procter & Gamble were named as ad ...

  40. Business Matters: Why Pandora's 2-Year High is Good for Music Business

    August 15, 2013 6:15 PM EDT Pandora shares reached their highest mark in over two years when they peaked at $21.00 on Tuesday. The company’s shares have not been that high since they hit $21.20 on July 1, 2011. The all-time high was $26 on the first day of trading, June 15 ...

  41. Business Matters: What iTunes Radio Will Actually Pay

    June 28, 2013 7:24 PM EDT A close look at the iTunes licensing agreement for indie labels shows iTunes Radio royalties have limited downside and strong upside. The minimum royalty calculation ensures labels will be paid a decent royalty until iTunes Radio becomes effe ...

  42. Apple iTunes Radio's Licensing Agreements With Indie Labels Emerge

    June 26, 2013 10:08 PM EDT The licensing agreement between Apple and indie labels reveals further information about the planned iTunes Radio service.  According to a copy of the document obtained by Billboard, Apple will not have to pay for any content during the beta ...

  43. From the Magazine: How to Exponentially Increase the Digital Music Services Market

    June 18, 2013 1:44 PM EDT This except from this week's Billboard magazine (cover date June 22, 2013) entitled "Easy Does It" is an in-depth look at the best ways for digital music services to exponentially increase market share. Also in this issue: Apple&# ...

  44. From The Magazine: Will iTunes Radio Pay Off?

    June 17, 2013 2:45 PM EDT This story on Apple's business model for its just-launched iTunes Radio is from the latest edition of Billboard (cover date June 22, 2013). Also featured in this issue: a look at Pandora's terrestrial radio purchase; the declining va ...

  45. New Music Seminar: Music Subscription Companies Talk Differentiation in a Crowded Field

    June 11, 2013 12:35 PM EDT A panel of representatives from the music subscription business tackled issues including market differentiation, how to expand internationally and what Apple’s entrance into the space means for competitors Monday at the New Music Seminar. Paneli ...

  46. Apple Debuts iTunes Radio

    June 10, 2013 3:27 PM EDT Apple finally introduced the world to its anticipated Internet radio service at its World Wide Developers Conference Monday. Called iTunes Radio, the service works on iPhones, iPod Touches, iPads, iTunes on Mac computers and AppleTV. It will ...

  47. Radio Disney Installs Cocchia As GM

    October 15, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Disney executive Sean Cocchia is moving over to Radio Disney as senior VP and GM. In his new position, Cocchia will oversee the radio industry's only network programming to kids and their parents across both traditional and digital platforms. ...